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Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Review: Worth The Money?

Bose’s initial QC15 have a successor...how do they fare?

Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on May 2, 2024
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In the world of headphones and audio gadgets, it’s becoming increasingly hard, without a music degree or the passionate interest of an audiophile, to tell which headphone is better than the next, or which company provides quality. But we’re here to provide a simple review of the Bose Quiet Comfort 25 headphones, whether they are worth your money and ears’ company.


Bose Quiet Comfort 25

What Do The Headphones Offer?

The Bose Quiet Comfort (QC) 15, is a previous iteration of this style of headphones released back in 2014. They were considered some of the best noise-canceling headphones on the market at the time.

They won multiple awards, and are widely regarded as a worthy companion for most audio needs. So the successor to such high-quality headphones was always going to attract attention once Bose delivered them.

Briefly, the Bose QC 25’s are a bettering of the QC15 noise-canceling headphones, as the aim is still a focus on providing quality audio with some of the best noise-canceling features as well.

Build And Design Quality

One thing that customers suggest about these headphones is that the clamping force is ideal – they grip without squishing your ears, and that means you can wear them for as long as you need. It’s a fair comment.

The earpads actually have memory foam in them to help your ears remain comfy, and they are super squishy as a result. The fact the protein leather earpads are synthetic and don’t use animal products is a plus too if you ask us.

On the point of materials, there is a lot of plastic on these headphones, but Bose manages to keep the headphones more sleek and chic than bulky and unwieldy.

Importantly, the noise cancelation relies on a built-in amp, so you’ll need to keep the single AAA battery in flux with a replacement in order to keep the noise cancelation going.

On the one hand, this is annoying, but on the other, these are some of the best noise-canceling headphones we’ve tested, so for the sake of a single AAA battery that needs occasional attention, we can get over it. Noise-cancelation lasts a quoted 35 hours.

Luckily, if your battery runs out you can use the headphones passively without active noise cancellation, which you couldn’t do on the QC 15s.

Audio And Noise Cancelation Quality

So, let’s start with noise cancellation. We’ve already mentioned how highly-regarded the noise cancelation on the QC15s is and we’re glad to say that the noise cancelation in these headphones is even better than that model.

Yet, and this is worth noting, we like that the ear cup design means that the noise cancelation isn’t dangerously good. In other words, when you are outside you can still hear someone shouting, a car horn beeping, and other louder audible cues you may need to be aware of.

The equalization is very well balanced too: meaning that neither bass, the vocals nor high-end outweigh each other. In turn, this means they’re not bass-heavy and so they won’t have the bass power you might expect from Beats or other headphones.

Our Verdict

Overall, it’s hard to suggest much negative about the Bose QC 25s. If you like the older Bose QC 15 model, you will certainly like these – and won’t regret an upgrade.

The audio quality is great, although they’re maybe not the ideal model for more specialized uses (in the studio), but in terms of noise cancelation and all-around performance, these headphones are worth their price.

Of course, they are expensive, but you are pretty much getting the best noise-canceling headphones at this price when you do part with your money.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.