Bose had long been the king of the noise-cancelling headphone market. That is until they stopped innovating and just kept adding Roman numerals to their products. I have owned and tried the Bose QuietComfort 25 as well as the current, top-tier model of the Bose QC 35 II. While nice, I really prefer my current gems – the Sony WH-1000MX3. I will have a comparison review soon but the Sony really beat the Bose in several ways.
The New Bose Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones
Right away, Bose is going to try sticking to the retail price of sub-$400 – by just a nickel. The cost is $399.95 and the preorders are live now with delivery at the end of June.
Bose has changed some of the design of these new headphones that will streamline the headset part a bit but the weight will pretty much stay the same as the QC 35 II. I personally like the new look of the Bose Noise Cancelling 700 as it cuts down on some of the wearable bulk which will be nice when wearing them around the neck.
Bose is adding some new features as well like customizable noise cancellation. There are 11 levels in total for cancellation that gives you control over how much noise you want to let in. This is a welcome feature addition for sure.
On the power front, the Bose Noise Cancelling 700 will have quick charging that will let you get 3.5 hours of battery life from just 15 minutes of charging. A full battery will give you 20 hours of use – much more than the current Bose QC 35 II.
Bose is also adding additional microphones to help pick up audio for your phone calls as well as helping you when you use digital assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.
Also, Bose is promising some kind of audio augmented reality feature. I’m not quite sure how this will all work in certain areas but interesting nonetheless.
Finally, this may not sound like much but Bose is finally implementing a USB-C port into the headphones for charging. This is one of the reasons I enjoy the Sony ones more. Most of my portable electronics use USB-C so, as a traveler, having fewer cables is highly preferred!