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Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 9, 2015

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Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 85 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 11.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Music4.8   above average
Comfortable4.6   average
Quality4.5   above average
Sound4.5   average
Noise4.3   average
Travel4.2   below average
Price4.0   below average
Audio3.8   below average
Battery3.2   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"The audio cables for these headphones are not as durable as they should be, given what I paid."
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"The headphones otherwise seem well designed, and the noise canceling feature seems to work well, but the audio quality was frankly disappointing."
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"Therefore, when you catch it on a doorknob, it will pull free from your headphones instead of damaging them or your portable audio device."
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"Audio is amazing and the noise canceling is a dream! "
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"Everyone knows BOSE has the best sound quality when it comes to audio devices, holds true for these headphones."
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"They are also able to preserve the original audio so you can listen to your favorite songs or movies with clear, crisp audio."
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"The headphones otherwise seem well designed, and the noise canceling feature seems to work well, but the audio quality was frankly disappointing."
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Battery

Battery:
"Almost every time that I go to use them, the battery is dead."
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"Meaning this your headphones are dead if no batteries."
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"Here is my 'real world long term' experience with this item:Within the 'one year warranty', the proprietary battery charger failed and had to be replaced."
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"In any regard, it would be a pain to run out of juice on a plane trip as it may be difficult or impossible to recharge the battery and one would no longer be able to use their headphones."
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"just as well the wall socket charger for the battery is very faulty."
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"I'm still a bummed that there's not a wireless version of the QC3s and that any over the ear design will make wearing glasses comfortably impossible, but considering the QC3 sound quality, battery life, and noise canceling effectiveness, this set seems like the best option available."
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"The rechargeable battery is a plus in my book although some people like being able to replace a battery on a trip vs having to remember to recharge their headphones."
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"Great rich sound - superb comfort - nice small design and very attractive - battery lasts forever...I can go on."
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"The headphones themselves scratch easily, and I've had to superglue the silver metal strip to the battery."
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"Wore for 8 hours straight and battery still going and no discomfort."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Comfort: I've tried many many headphones over the last year, I don't know if I'm big with my head ears but at the end after few minutes at most 1 hour most headphone started to tease me .. too much ear pressure ... too much head pressure, there wasn't a good comfortable headphone that I could wear for over hours."
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"They do cancel low frequency noises effectively and are small and comfortable."
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"They're also incredibly comfortable and I've worn them between 1-2 hours straight without any discomfort."
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"Great rich sound - superb comfort - nice small design and very attractive - battery lasts forever...I can go on."
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"Great sound and very comfortable."
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"They have decent comfort, and nice build quality which you would expect for $350."
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Design

Design:
"I thnik the reason for the drop off in quality is the on ear design which is also makes them a little uncomfortable."
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"Even though I love the Bose headphones and never travel without them, I'm going to write a negative review because of a huge flaw in their design: the case."
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"I typically wear eyeglasses and the around ear headphone design is not comfortable for me with my glasses on for extended periods and I do not get a good acoustic seal with my HD 280s with glasses on (and I do not have bulky frames)."
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"I'm still a bummed that there's not a wireless version of the QC3s and that any over the ear design will make wearing glasses comfortably impossible, but considering the QC3 sound quality, battery life, and noise canceling effectiveness, this set seems like the best option available."
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"The case is nicely designed."
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"Great rich sound - superb comfort - nice small design and very attractive - battery lasts forever...I can go on."
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"* On-ear fit: Earcups rest gently on your ears * Bose noise reduction and quality sound for travel, work and home * Comfortable, lightweight design with an on-ear fit: headphones rest gently on your ears * Rechargeable lithium-ion battery: 25 hours average use per charge * Fold-flat earcups for easy storage in slim carrying caseThe high-performing noise reduction headphones are very convenient for travel, work and home."
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"The headphones otherwise seem well designed, and the noise canceling feature seems to work well, but the audio quality was frankly disappointing."
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Music

Music:
"If you don't love music and never have, buy some and join the rest of us."
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"Sound was great with music"
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"Bose need I say more.. Only disappointment was that I had to order another cord for being able to talk when I am listening to my music."
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"The good news is that music sounds very crisp and is classic Bose quality."
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"Actually I like them because I am able to listen to music even under noisy conditions, what was not possible with my previous headphones."
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"You will hear endless opinion (good and bad) as their are different hear experience but to the facts:Music experience: I love how the music is tuned on these headphones."
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Noise

Noise:
"I do not have a large array of headphones at home to compare, but it called my attention how well it reacts to DOLBY noise reductionThe true drawback for me is that it cannot operate without the noise suppression active, something I find a stupid decision from the designers."
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"After a few more flights I realized I missed that noise canceling feature so I decided to stop into a Bose shop and try the QC-3's on."
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"Although there're still something I'm not completely satisfied, for instance, you have to turn on the power otherwise you cannot use it to listen to musc, and it seems not very effecient to filter train's noise which is a bit weird."
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"The problem with the Sennheisers was the bulky noise canceling unit."
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"For mp3 itunes sourced music, I compared the QC3 to the E2C and the Bose get the nod especially with bass response (which is hard to get for in ears without a perfect seal).Noise Cancellation:-These were outstanding for noise cancellation."
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"Brilliant noise reduction."
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"The noise canceling feature also works well."
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"I do not have a large array of headphones at home to compare, but it called my attention how well it reacts to DOLBY noise reductionThe true drawback for me is that it cannot operate without the noise suppression active, something I find a stupid decision from the designers."
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"Noise reduction is excellent."
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"I was always fascinated to buy bose headphones.. what ever the reasons where.. the elegance, the quality of sound, the noise cancellation efficiency."
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Price

Price:
"I use for work and travel and feel likenow that they have my money I am just an irritating inconvenience if I would like their product to actually work."
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"Overall I'm satisfied with these, but would be a little upset if I paid full price."
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"These are good headphones, but not a good value for the money."
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"I think the price is too high for that level of durability, so I'm replacing them with another brand."
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"Build Quality: They seems a bit cheap quality(plastic) but WELL made."
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"Great head phones, they really are worth their money."
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"The resistance to honoring their warranty that I have encountered is extraordinary considering the $350+ price tagand the shoddy life span."
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"As other reviewers have noted, the sound is fantastic (if you like the Bose style, and I do), noise cancellation is the best, and the build is astonishingly cheap for a product that's this expensive."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality is good, not excellent."
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"The headphones otherwise seem well designed, and the noise canceling feature seems to work well, but the audio quality was frankly disappointing."
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"The sound quality is very good but not $350 level of good."
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"I'm still a bummed that there's not a wireless version of the QC3s and that any over the ear design will make wearing glasses comfortably impossible, but considering the QC3 sound quality, battery life, and noise canceling effectiveness, this set seems like the best option available."
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"The sound quality is great and I can wear them with my glasses all day."
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"I was always fascinated to buy bose headphones.. what ever the reasons where.. the elegance, the quality of sound, the noise cancellation efficiency."
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"He has a great appreciation for quality, and was very impressed with this model"
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"This has not compromised the quality of the sound but definitely compromised the quality of the product so I shaved off one star."
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Sound

Sound:
"I Love the sound but doesn't fit as good as I would like .It may be my head shape."
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"The sound quality is good, not excellent."
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"There is very little sound reduction difference between off and on, which leads to my next complaint."
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"The QC 15 is not exactly the best sounding headphones out there, but they provide noticeably better audio quality compared to the QC 3."
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"The bass is weak, the sound in general is flat and feels distant."
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"The sound quality is very good but not $350 level of good."
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"Sounds HiFi is excellent especially in comparison with headphones generally."
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"Sound is good and good bass."
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"The earphone works and as always, Bose delivers great sound."
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"I'm still a bummed that there's not a wireless version of the QC3s and that any over the ear design will make wearing glasses comfortably impossible, but considering the QC3 sound quality, battery life, and noise canceling effectiveness, this set seems like the best option available."
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"The sound quality is great and I can wear them with my glasses all day."
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Travel

Travel:
"I use for work and travel and feel likenow that they have my money I am just an irritating inconvenience if I would like their product to actually work."
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"Even though I love the Bose headphones and never travel without them, I'm going to write a negative review because of a huge flaw in their design: the case."
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"Major Issue - the ON OFF tends to turn itself on while in your bag so remove battery when traveling or put back into the included travel case which is quite nice."
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"They made air travel so much more pleasant."
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"Overall these are amazing for travel and even home use."
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"* On-ear fit: Earcups rest gently on your ears * Bose noise reduction and quality sound for travel, work and home * Comfortable, lightweight design with an on-ear fit: headphones rest gently on your ears * Rechargeable lithium-ion battery: 25 hours average use per charge * Fold-flat earcups for easy storage in slim carrying caseThe high-performing noise reduction headphones are very convenient for travel, work and home."
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"I purchased these as a gift for my husband's birthday as he travels for work and thought these would be nice to use to watch videos and listen to music while in flight."
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