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March 22, 2003
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BOSE Quiet Comfort Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones: Silence Is Golden. Continued.




Sound a little better? We thought so. Letís take a better look at the headphones, shall we?

We ordered our headphones by calling the toll-free number that was listed with a Bose advertisement in one of the in-flight magazines. The cost was $299, plus shipping and handling - a little on the pricey side, yes, but Bose also offers 12 months interest-free financing. For around $25 per month, you can amortize the cost of the headphones to something a bit more manageable.

The first thing we noticed about the Quiet Comfort headphone system is that itís a little on the large side. Bose does include two types of carrying cases - both are soft cases, one resembles a pouch; the other resembles a small shaving kit.

The headphones have what appears to be a synthetic leather pad around each ear cup. The padding is soft and supple, but the material causes your ear area to sweat if used for an extended period of time. I've noticed that on flights lasting more than an hour, my ears get very warm - the cups surround your entire ear, completely.

The ear cups are adjustable - you can make the headset bigger or smaller as you desire, and the cups are on pivots, which makes for a very comfortable fit (albeit a bit warm). Once fitted to your head, two thin signal wires make their way about 30" to a small controller. The controller has a switch that controls "Off, Lo or Hi" settings, and also houses the two AAA batteries necessary for the headphones to work properly.

From the controller, a third, single signal wire is terminated with an angled mini-stereo jack, and is approximately 14" in length. Our only other complaint with the system has to do with the signal wires and controller. Both the input and output (to headphones) wires are on the same side of the controller, rather than being in-line with one another. This is a minor annoyance, but it effectively shortens the wire length, and the controller hangs awkwardly from the headphones, suspended between the headphones and the source device at an odd angle.

The entire system is fairly lightweight - it weighs approximately 8 ounces, and battery life is outstanding. We're still on the same set of AAA batteries that came with the unit (in May of 2002). Bose claims the battery life is approximately 80 hours, and we have no reason to doubt that figure.

How do the Bose Quiet Comfort Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones work? In a word, marvelously. On our first flight from Dallas to San Francisco, the headphones effectively silenced nearly all of the outside noise. We tried the headphones in several different configurations just to see how well they worked under varying circumstances. They are a definite life-saver on those long flights. We've taken over 20 flights in the past year (all over two hours in length), and the Bose Quiet Comfort headphones have yet to disappoint us.

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