If you are a frequent flyer like me than chances are you already own a pair of these beautiful babies, or something similar.
The truth is, I own two pairs of noise cancelling headphones, the above mentioned and the earlier model QuietComfort 15 model.
I am not going to bore you with a run down of the specifications of each, and let’s face it – I am in no position to talk to these on a technical level, I simply appreciate function and form over technical specifications. What I can do is talk about the practicalities of each set and from my personal experience share with your whether they are a valuable addition to your travel carry-on bag.
The fact I own two pairs should tell you that it’s worth owning these. Having said that, I flew over 60 times last year and without these headphones each flight would have been noisy, boring and painful.
For me the question became one of real estate availability in my carry-on. When you are packing a laptop, iPad, work note books, documents and chargers – space becomes a premium and your bag gets heavy! As such, I moved to the new model inner ear 20i model – it’s about the size of an iPhone, once it’s packed up in its case. You need to remember to charge the built in battery, but most airlines have in seat USB charges in a pinch.
Is the quality as good as the 15 model you ask? It depends – I think that overall the older 15 model is more comfortable and has slightly better sound quality, but I’m splitting hairs in respect of the difference. The simple point is, the quality is still vastly superior to any airline headphone set and only marginally lesser than the older 15 model.
Price wise, you are looking around the same ball park figure of $399AUD. If you are like me and travel to the U.S. every now and then you will pick them up a little cheaper – perhaps saving about $50 after USD conversion.
Check the BOSE website for the full technical jargon.