Bose has long been a pioneer in the market for active noise-cancelling headphones 700. It must be said that the brand initiated this new market in 2000 with the QuietComfort 2. The manufacturer remained alone for a long time on this market, king in his kingdom, before the competition began to strike.
First with Parrot, then with the repeated assaults of Sennheiser, Jabra, Microsoft and especially Sony, Bose had trouble responding. It must be said that if Sony offers a new version of its headphones every year, Bose only releases a new version of its noise-cancelling headphones every three or four years. This new Bose NC Headphones 700 in Australia is now readily available at various online stores.
- NFC: no
- Active noise reduction: yes
- Cable length: 1.06 m
- Charging: USB-C
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- Audio codecs: SBC (via A2DP), AAC
- Weight: 250g
The Bose Headphones 700 offers a silicone coating below the headband, instead of the foam of the latest model. A choice that should allow better ageing of the design in the long term and allow it to escape more dust. But the main difference is in the articulation between the headband and the headphones: no double arms, but a pivot system.
The headphones are attached directly to the headband and can rotate 90 degrees outwards. Just drag them up or down the hoop to adjust them, and that’s it. A reasonably practical and very aesthetic design, even if we regret that it is necessary to force a little to adjust the high or low position.
Levels of Noise reduction
The Bose Headphones 700 headphones offer a total of 11 levels of ambient noise reduction, from 0 to 10. These levels can be adjusted directly in the Bose Music app, but also with the dedicated button behind the left earphone.
However, the headphones can only record three levels of noise reduction. By default, these are logically levels 0, 5 and 10, but you can modify them directly in the application. So, each time you press the button, you can change the noise level. A practical feature, for example, if you want to enjoy your music while continuing to hear your colleagues in the open space.
On the other hand, with maximum noise reduction, the headphones breathe in an insulation effect and a slight breath which can be annoying for some. It remains present until level 6 approximately, and it is, therefore, advisable to stop at this level for those who may be sensitive to this disturbing effect of breath and pressure. The constant noises will remain filtered, but not the more variable ones.
In terms of sound quality, the Bose Headphones 700 does not reinvent the wheel. Bose forces, the helmet takes the signature of most of the brand’s products, with a big emphasis on bass, high midrange and treble. The sound is also unusually warm and effective on all types of music, as well as a rock as hip-hop, pop, classical music or jazz. We can nevertheless regret an absence of spatialization and a sound that would benefit from being a bit more encompassing.
Bose headphones can block outside noise through the combination of a closed system and very active noise cancellation, but can it keep me entertained? Are the strengths more in music, games or videos? Of course, personal preferences play a significant role in this regard. For my musical tastes, more mainstream, R&B and pop, the Bose 700 offers a “centred” sound. Treble and bass are less present, but these are, of course, only the necessary settings. If desired, you can fine-tune the music with an equalizer and tailor it to your own needs.
With wireless headphones that also have active noise reduction, battery life plays an important role. Bose promises up to 20 hours of battery life, and the headset lasts in reality, almost 20 hours. Your smartphone won’t last that long. If the battery indicator is set to zero per cent, you can still use a cable and headphones without the ANC (Active Noise Canceling) function.
It’s a good thing Bose thought of plugging the charger cable connector from the Bose 700 into the USB Type-C port. The headset is a USB headset. A charging cable without a power supply is provided in the transport case. It takes 2.5 hours to charge the battery fully.
The market for headphones with active noise reduction is vast, and more and more manufacturers are entering this segment. With the Quiet-Comfort series, Bose was put under pressure not only by renowned manufacturers such as Sennheiser, Sony and Co. but also by relatively unknown manufacturers, mainly in Asia. You can buy any of the Bose headphones from Paylessdeal.com.au at the reasonable price range.
But with the new Noise Canceling Headphones 700, Bose is showing how to use its strengths and experience in noise reduction to create another high-end product. It remains to be seen whether Bose AR technology, which is currently difficult to use, will prevail. First, Bose needs to work with interested developers to create a killer app truly. For now, it’s more of a concept.