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Bose Headphones 700 review: A new era of noise cancellation

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Quick Verdict: Offering total control of your surround sound and unbeatable voice isolation capabilities, the Bose 700 Headphones are also extremely lightweight and comfortable and offer new touch functions that add an ease of use we haven't seen from the brand before.

  • Sleek new design
  • Adjustable levels of noise cancellation
  • Better sound than the QC35 II
  • Great battery life
  • Expensive
  • No charger in box

Updated: Bose has rolled out an update that deals with the app issues we experienced during our initial product testing period, so we have updated our review to reflect the improvements.

As the company that first took noise cancellation technology mainstream, Bose has long been touted as one of the best headphone brands on the market. With the past couple of years giving rise to major competitors such as Sony's WH-1000XM3s though, the brand has now upped its game to claim back its number one spot.

Based off the cult-favourite Bose QuietComfort 35 II, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 revisit noise cancellation in ways that we haven't previously seen. However, while they are definitely Bose's best yet, they haven't been without their teething issues.


Design

  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable, lightweight
  • Unique adjustment inside the earcup
  • Slim travel case
  • Not able to be folded
Bose 700 headphones

Performance

  • 11 levels of noise cancellation
  • Works with your choice of VPA
  • Voice isolation for clearer calls
  • App connectivity issues
Bose 700 headphones

Battery

  • 20 hours of battery life
  • Easy USB-C connection (cable included)
  • No charger included
  • Time remaining told in hours and minutes
Bose 700 headphones

Verdict

  • Unbeatable noise cancellation
  • Truly superb voice isolation
  • Extremely comfortable
Bose QC35 and Bose 700 headphones

(Left: Bose QC35 II headphones Right: Bose 700 headphones)

    Undoubtedly, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are the best model Bose has released yet. The new noise cancellation technology paired with truly impressive voice isolation capabilities make them a cut above other models currently on the market, as well as an easy recommendation if you have the cash to spare.


    Pricing and availability

    Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 retail for $599.95 on the Bose online store and at usual Bose retailers like David Jones and Myer.


    Specifications

    Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

    Build

    Category
    Over-ear Headphones
    Colours
    Black, Silver, Soapstone

    Connectivity

    Wired/Wireless
    Wireless
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Bluetooth Version
    Bluetooth 5.0

    Features

    Noise Cancelling
    Yes, with 11 levels of noise cancellation
    Detachable Cable
    Yes
    Rechargeable Battery
    Yes
    Foldable
    Yes
    Battery Life
    Up to 20 hours
    Battery Charging Time
    2.5 hours

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