2009 BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 15
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