Bose has achieved something with this set of on-ear headphones – an effective noise-cancelling solution that’s comfortable to wear and integrates all the technology inside the battery-powered headphones themselves.
The QuietComfort 3’s are compact and foldable with cushioned, leather-covered foam earpieces. The cans offer excellent sound and healthy silences, too: switch them on and wear them without music and you’ll be transported beyond background sound. When it comes to listening to music, these headphones provide a wide soundstage; trebles and mid-range come through well and bass frequencies sound particularly rich and warm, though this reduces sound clarity in some types of music (classical and jazz, for example).
These are battery powered, using specially designed rechargeable cells that slip into the right-hand earpiece. You can expect 20 hours of playback on one charge. Popping into a shop for emergency replacements isn’t an option but the system ships with an international battery charger.