When it comes to noise cancelling headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II are about as good as they get, and they’re a popular accessory for frequent business travelers in search of peace and quiet. In fact, the only complaint that people have about them is that they’re not “stylish” enough, compared to some of the trendier headphones out there.
Apparently the folks at Bose were listening, as they just introduced an all-new flagship model called the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, which looks far slicker and more modern than that of the QC 35s, features some new, pioneering technologies, all while retaining the amazing noise-cancellation features that they’ve long been known for.
One of the new features on the 700s that Bose is touting is their adaptive voice system, which is designed block out noise from your surroundings when making a call (or when using Google Assistant, Alexa, or Siri). With this, you can carry on conversations in noisy environments like a busy coffee shop or train station, and all the person on the other end will hear is you.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have been engineered from the ground up as an integrated system, with a new acoustic and electronics package, new digital signal processing, and a new eight microphone system for the most complete, effortless headphone experience ever. Six microphones dramatically cancel noise, so it doesn’t reach your ears. Two of those microphones combine with two others to dramatically improve voice pickup. A beamform-array isolates your speech, suppressing everything else that’s audible. A rejection-array adds a second line of defense, tracking then blocking the most disruptive remaining sound — from a coffee grinder to other dialogue nearby. It all happens in real-time — adapting as you move, turn your head, and your environment changes. It works with any VPA, any phone paired to the 700s, or any phone or phone/headphone combination on the far-end. And it works from anywhere, whether you’re talking to people or machines. On audio and video calls, they’ll hear what you’re saying — not the TV behind you, or the person next to you. For voicemails, your voice is recorded, not theirs. And whether you’re asking for directions or a playlist, dictating a text or email, or need your home alarm turned on or your heat turned off, Siri, the Google Assistant, and Alexa will help you — because now, they can hear you.
In addition, the Bose 700s use the next-generation Bose noise cancellation for improved noise reduction, and sophisticated electronic circuitry that eliminates the “hiss” regularly heard in other headphones. Combined, they enable the 700’s new adjustable noise cancellation feature, including a full-transparency experience that gives the term “off” an entirely new meaning.
While the highest setting delivers the most powerful silence, the lowest lets your surroundings pass-through the earcups fully — so with the flick of a switch, you hear yourself, others, and everything else like you aren’t wearing a headset at all. In addition, Conversation Mode lets you gain the same awareness while enjoying content, so you can pause entertainment and noise cancellation simultaneously, chat face-to-face or listen for announcements, and pick up where you left off when you’re done.
For music, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 sound amazing for the first song, and hours later. Engineered with proprietary active equalization, they avoid boosted bass, vocals, and treble that create listener fatigue over time, opting instead for faithful reproduction: clear, natural, and balanced.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 feature stainless-steel, premium components, it distributes weight across the headband for all-day comfort, and is said to have up to 20 hours of battery-life for all-day use. For streamlined control, capacitive touch works for common commands, like answering and ending calls, muting audio, changing volume, pausing your music, or skipping tracks. There are also three buttons — one for powering on and off, one to access noise cancellation levels, and one for your chosen VPA.
All in all, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 sound pretty great, and we can’t wait to try them out for ourselves. Bose will begin shipping their Noise Cancelling Headphones 700s on June 30th for $399, and pre-orders are available now.
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