2009 BOSE QUI­ET­COM­FORT 15

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The QC15 wasn’t Bose’s first Ac­tive Noise­can­celling on-ear head­phone de­sign (that was 2006’s Qui­et­com­fort 3), but it was the first that es­tab­lished a tem­plate that’s been oft-im­i­tated but has proven ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to bet­ter.

Gen­er­at­ing noise-can­cel­la­tion via both ac­tive, bat­tery-pow­ered mic-driven algorithms and pas­sive, pad­ding-and-ma­te­ri­als meth­ods, the QC15S negated the hub­bub of an air­craft cabin (or sim­i­lar) more or less com­pletely. Sud­denly a long-haul flight stopped be­ing a night­mare of back­ground drone and be­came the per­fect place to catch up on movies, en­joy some favourite tunes or just get some un­in­ter­rupted sleep.

And so head­phone brands both es­tab­lished and up­start climbed aboard the newly man­u­fac­tured (and very quiet) band­wagon.

“Sud­denly a long-haul flight stopped be­ing a night­mare of back­ground drone” Bose Qui­et­com­fort 15

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