Bose QuietComfort 25

Yesterday morning I had to hang out in a courthouse cafeteria for about an hour before the start of a hearing in “Club Dead” (aka probate court). I wanted to get some work done. However, there was a lot of noise from lots of other people — plus a loudspeaker from the adjoining jury assembly room.

Good time to try out my newly purchased Bose QuietComfort 25 noise cancelling headphones. These headphones did an amazing job of cancelling noise even without playing music. And once I played music (oldies of course) softly, essentially no noise at all. Got a lot of work done!

The only downside of the QC 25, in addition to the $299 price (ouch), is they are not Bluetooth. You need a wire from the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the cans to the corresponding port on your phone. Not as convenient as wireless. And if the iPhone 7 does away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack …

Actually, you can add Bluetooth functionality. I used a BTunes Bluetooth adapter. $99 (ouch again), but few alternatives which have all its features, including a microphone for phone calls. Since it’s an adapter instead of integrated Bluetooth, it does stick out a bit, but not too much. Still testing it, but so far so good.

Of course, there are other noise cancelling headphones that have integrated Bluetooth. However, the ones I tried either had inferior noise cancellation, or were large and less portable. Portablity is important for me. That said, one alternative which looked intriguing (though I opted for the tried and true Bose) was the AKG N60 NC.

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