beats by dr dre pro headphones Bose Qc15 Headphones vs Beats
Which noise cancelling headphones are best? Beats By Dre Headphones Or Bose QC15 headphones? The two main camps are divided between the Bose Quiet 15 headphones (QC15) and Beats Studio by Dr. Dre. Both have the same retail price ($299.99), and each have their own pros and cons. Both of these headphones compete very well against one another, and each has their own features that may or may not be a deal breaker for you. As far as sound goes, both are pretty much on par with each other and will give you an excellent auditory experience. You will be able to pick out sounds and nuances of your music that you have not heard before. Many people have said that the Beats has a slight edge on bass, which may be true but for me it wasn a night and day difference. This short (virtual) overview provides a snapshot of our conclusive findings from a comprehensive, professional head to head headphones review. We pitted both leading models up against one another to give you the pros and cons of each pair of noise cancelling headphones.
Build Quality and Cables
The Beats by Dre does have metal hinges and folds up, and the earcups of the Bose fold down to lay flat on a desk. Some people think they are very sleek, but that shiny texture picks up fingerprints. You just touch the headset to take them off, and you have smudges. Both also require batteries: the Beats requires two AA batteries while the Bose only requires one. Both headsets will only operate with noise cancellation on, and when the batteries run out, so does the music. This is really par for the course in a noise cancelling set, and it shouldn be a major factor in your decision.
The Beats Studio are a very nice set of cans, and has a few features that the QC15 does not. For one, it comes with Monster cables that are much beefier than the ones provided by Bose. The Beats also has a “mute” button on the right ear cup that you can press so that you can hear what going on outside your personal music world.
The Bose audio cables are thinner and are technically proprietary. The end of each cable terminates with a little “cartridge” that fits snugly into the left can, and when installed looks completely integrated, as if the cable were permanently attached. This cap feels cheap like it will fall off, and is a little loose when clipped on.
Bose battery implementation has a more clever design. You just pop open a hinge to reveal the battery compartment, which is discretely tucked away once installed.
The Beats requires two AA batteries because in addition to its noise cancelling technology, they are also amplified. The two headphones both do an effective job of removing noise beyond the speakers, though the QC15s from Bose provide a measure of sound dampening that is simply unmatched by Monster Beats By Dre Studio. The Beats By Dre headphones cancel out the bulk of the ambient noise,
and carries high sound sensitivity (lots of amplification) to offsets most noise; however, Bose has long been synonymous with noise canceling technology and it proves true here. Priced at around $300, the sound quality of these headphones is a prime draw to both pairs, and both equally live up to their billing.
There is no clear advantage in sound quality between these two pairs of headphones, though there are some distinctions. The Beats By Dre has a fuller, low end sound with burly bass and a highly amplified sound. The Bose QC15s produce a smooth, rich sound with less low end emphasis and a more consistent overall signal. There will always be a bit of sound leakage, especially when compared with ear buds.
One of the major factors that influenced my decision was the ambient sound that the headphones generate. Everyone in my general vicinity could hear exactly what I was listening to, so my experience was far from private. For me, this is a major flaw because one of the major points of having headphones is for privacy.
The Bose QC15 has a much lighter grip and is the most comfortable pair of headphones I ever tried. Since the pressure is less, they may slip off while exercising, but most people interested in these are commuting or sitting at a desk.
Another thing that may be a factor for you is the carrying case. The Bose QC15s fold flat, and the case is far slimmer (so it can slip into a laptop bag) and has room for all the cables and even a pocket for your iPod. If you in an environment with other people (open office, bus or airplane), then everyone will be able to hear what you are listening to. The Beats do produce very good sound, but what the point if it not private? You might as well have a ghetto blaster on your shoulder.
The major factors for me are the noise cancellation, comfort, and sound leakage; all without sacrificing quality audio. If one of your primary criteria is noise cancellation,
then you have to choose the Bose QC15: there just is no substitute.