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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but some hiss, 4 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: QuietComfort® 15 headphones - Black with - Silver accents (Electronics)
I'm not keen on in-ear headphones - I've some Ultimate Ears headphones which do a great job of blocking noise but I find them very uncomfortable.

So I wanted headphones that didn't go inside but would reduce noise so I don't have to listen to my iPhone on full blast!

I've been amazed at how good they are at reducing noise. It can't reduce external noise to silence but essentially its like turning the volume down on the world!

They are actually as effective at noise reduction as some ear plugs I have! Unlike claims in some reviews I've seen they won't stop the sound of a screaming baby next to you or someone chatting loudly in the next seat but they really do a great job of reducing general external noise. I had some people talking loudly outside my window - coupled with busy traffic noise and a PC fan. With the headphones on and some music on quietly I couldn't hear a thing of the noise outside!

I'm no audiophile but the sound quality sounds good to me.

One area I am disappointed about is the hiss sound they make. Its not audible with music on or in a noisy environment. But in a quiet room playing an audio book the hiss is clearly heard.

I spoke to Bose about this and they said this is normal. She did say not everyone hears the noise - so I guess lucky me for having good ears!

If the noise cancelling is switched off the headphones stop working. It'd be nice if the noise cancelling could be switched off in quiet rooms but the music still played. Not only would this save on battery it'd remove the hiss.

Overall I'm very impressed by these headphones.

--- UPDATE ---

Away on holiday and travelling by train a lot for a week. The headphones performed very well and made listening to an audio book possible on a busy train without having to crank the volume up to max. Sadly won't block sound of screaming babies on trains but deadens the noise a bit!

Hiss was not at all audible in the noisy train - only when used at home in a quiet room.
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Initial post: 14 Aug 2010 21:26:30 BDT
Jessica says:
Thank you for your review. I bought these a while ago and the hiss is so loud sometimes that I thought there was a fault in my headphones, but your review has reassured me it's not just me and saved me £6 sending them back! Sometimes I can hear other faint noises and am not sure whether it's also sounds of the headphones or my neighbours upstairs. Thanks again xx
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