If you’re looking for the wired version, the QC25’s is a deal-saver over the QC35’s. And MORE comfortable too!
Let me just start off my by saying, these will amaze you. I’m pleased to show you the Bose QuietComfort 25, the followup to the very successful, very well praised QC15’s which were released way back in August of 2009. The Bose QC25 retails for $299 at the time of this video, and although some might think they’re expensive, since 2009, premium headphones are really hitting the market around this price range, and people are buying. Its almost the norm now with premium headphones.
Going over its physical features first, they’re definitely a departure to the more sophisticated look on the old model, the QC 15’s. The headband itself now features alcantara, which is synthetic suede normally found in exotic super cars and some premium luxury automobiles. The very top is lined with a linen, almost like a very thin denim material, with a little bit of cushion, to not make the QC25’s feel so harsh, when you pick it up. We’re looking at all plastic construction, except for the metal hinges and the headband itself, very similar to the older model.
From the factory, the QC25’s come in matte black, with the ear cups being a dark grey with a slate blue like color accent. And from the factory, they also come in white with tan padding, similar to that of the Samsung Over Headphones I reviewed a few weeks back. Of course styling is subjective and you can be the ones to judge.
Now keep in mind, this time, Bose is offering for an additional fee, you can customize the color of your headphones if you chose to do so. For me personally, they still look good in my opinion and they are still very sturdy, rugged and very well built with no creaks or unwanted flex, but with that being said, I feel Bose has stepped down a notch in making this look less premium or high end. And it might be a smart move on Bose’s behalf, attracting a bigger audience and not too much of a focus on business professionals.
COMFORT & FIT
In regards to adjustments and wearability which is very important, these are the lightest premium headphones that I’ve personally tested. They weigh in at 192 grams, or 6.8 ounces, and its one of the first things you’ll notice when picking these up. But wearing them has been a dream, as most other headsets that I’ve tested so far are in the mid to high 200 gram range. But more on my comfort test shortly.
Now the earcups themselves do swivel 90 degrees frontward, and only about 5 degrees back but its range is just enough for most people, if not everyone. The band itself again shows how much quality is put into these, as I can almost flex these perfectly horizontal. Adjusting the headphones has been very easy to do and holds very well.
I wouldn’t expect the band to accidentally shorten or lengthen if accidentally bumped, which can be an issue on some other brands, so be sure to test that as most people forget if shopping for a new pair. And last are the ear cup pads themselves which at first, I thought was too thin and wouldn’t be able to support anyone wearing these for extended periods of time.
But for my comfort test, after wearing these for 4 hours straight testing audio… I never once felt wearing fatigue around the ears or on the crown of my head. At times, I almost forget that I’m wearing these all together. There’s not too much pressure at the jaw line, and despite moving away from leather on the old model, this new design and material, actually feels more comfortable surprisingly, especially when wearing these long term.
Overall, these are ridiculously comfortable and very ideal for long flights, train rides into the city, or down to watching movies in your own home.
PHONE CALL QUALITY & EXTRAS
And before going into the sound test, some minor features to discuss.
Bose does provide inline volume controls and microphone for your audio listening needs, but also for answering and taking phone calls, which performed perfectly fine and as well as a headset should.
But just as an FYI, the wire is only attachable to the left earcup, not an issue, but just something to be aware about as some other headsets, you can connect on either side.
With QC25’s, Bose engineered the ear-cups to now fold in, allowing for Bose to offer a smaller case for stowing and traveling. On the outside, its made of this leather material with the back having a neoprene sleeve for storing items and accessories.
Unzipping and opening the inside of the carrying case, its felt lined with the headphones embossed right into the backing which is a nice touch. A Triple-A battery is provided, which is used to power the Active Noise Cancelling feature, which we’ll test shortly, and also included is a flight adapter for those in-flight entertainment chairs that requires two prongs. The only thing missing on this compared to the old model, there’s a pocket inside to hold my wires. But that’s okay, as I very much prefer the smaller footprint.
The audio quality is very good from my tests – not perfect or the best that I’ve heard, but the QC25’s do sit high on the pedestal, you can say. These headphones don’t give off any distortion in all ranges, whether it be bass, mids and highs. All levels of audio is very balanced and there’s barely any audio fields dominating the other.
Vocals are clear and the beats hit very clean when you have turned on the built-in Active EQ, or Equalizer. Bose automatically adjusts levels seamlessly through external and internal microphones, to improve acoustics which is noticeable when you do turn it on, on the right side earcup. Overall, these I believe are great for artists like Sam Smith, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Bastille….
But just so you guys know where I’m coming from, I favor a bit more balance over dominate bass audio, but I personally wished there was just a little bit more bass in general for the QC25’s. When switching back and forth, I noticed the QC15’s was just slightly more deep and resonating.
A bit more bass on the QC25’s I think, would have other genres be more appreciated as well. I’m talking about genres in hip-hop, rap and some pop songs too like currently hot on the billboards, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, and other beat heavy artists. Its not bad, but to make those aforementioned genre’s a bit more immersive and have your head bob a bit, a slight bump in bass I don’t think would have hurt or impacted other genre’s.
Electronic dance music, house, techno, etc which is my favorite category does well with crisp clear synthesized sounds, but since EDM isn’t too sub-bass heavy it still does well in my opinion.
And last, I usually listen at 60 to 65% volume on other headsets and thats a comfortable level for me. With the QC25’s, I noticed I had to have it around 75% volume for an enjoyable and comfortable experience. Even at 100% was still listenable and I wouldn’t say I was tolerating the audio.
Overall, its clear, accurate in my opinion, very easy to listen to without my ears ringing or droning after several hours of straight use… and in the end, this makes for a very enjoyable experience.
And I also noticed after that 4th hour of breaking these in, the bass did become a little bit better, but by the end, if you’re looking for a bit more bass, I would have to say… listen to these, there might just be enough, but I think if you’re mainly listening to hip-hop and rap, you want something thats hits a bit harder.
ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION
But going to where these headphones really shine is the noise cancelling feature. I have never had this experience or this quality of noise cancelling performance except for being at the racetrack with hearing protection earmuffs. When the active noise cancelling is on and music is playing around 65 to 70%, and as soon as I flick the switch over, most sounds are gone. Its almost like a feeling I never experienced before. Its not the same as wearing earplugs, its not the same a plugging your ears with your fingers. Its something that feels beyond that. And this does phenomenal for low frequencies.
I would blast my home speakers and the bass would go through the room, and when these are on, nearly all the bass is gone in my ears, and I can only feel the bass in the chair I’m sitting in. Its an odd experience, none-the-less, this works well and I believe it works a bit better than the QC15’s. Not marginally different, but again, a bit better. There’s no noise cancelling and ear protection that will make the world 100% silent, but these has to be the closest that you can get with a consumer grade headphone for entertainment purposes.
When I used to fly pretty often for work, I would see working professionals with these on, but always thought they were so big and clunky and why not get earbuds but the noise cancelling technology behind this is really worth it. And before I forget, the Triple-A battery lasts about 35 hours of use per Bose, and unlike last generation, when the battery does die, the headphones still work.
IS IT WORTH IT?
So overall, is this worth it? Again, the sound is very good, not the best, but the very impressive noise cancelling feature makes up for it 10 times. Not to mention, these are crazy light, the QC25’s are now more portable meaning foldable, and all around, I had a very enjoyable experience. Is it worth upgrading from the QC15’s? Let me just say, the QC15’s I think really set the bar pretty high. The refinements in the QC25’s does make things more simpler, compact, the comfort level improves a bit, but that’s the thing, it improves in almost all areas, but they’re all slight improvements or refinements you can say. But once you add all these little things up, it really depends if you want to spend the $300 dollars again. But if you never had a pair and noise cancelling is one of the top 3 priorities, for sure look into these.
So I hope this review helped you in some way. Be sure to find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for content behind the scenes, and I’ll see you on the next one. This is Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom, take care everyone.