Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 deliver everything you expect — and things you never imagined possible. Think of them as smart headphones that let you keep your head up to the world with easy access to voice assistants. Or confidently take a call with the most powerful microphone system for voice pickup. And then there’s Bose AR*, a first-of-its-kind audio augmented reality platform that makes astonishing new audio experiences possible.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 deliver everything you expect — and things you never imagined possible. Bose has redefined what headphones can do, so you can get the most out of your smartphone while it stays in your pocket. Keep your head up to the world with easy access to voice assistants — perfect for music, navigation, weather, and more. Plus, you can confidently take a call or speak to your voice assistant anywhere. The headphones feature an unrivaled four-microphone system that picks up and isolates your voice while cancelling the noise around you. It adapts to your surroundings so you’ll hear, and be heard better than ever — even in noisy environments. They’re optimized for the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, so you can choose the right service for you. And Bose has even improved on what it’s most known for. Instead of one level of noise cancelling, these have 11 — so you can truly master your environment. As you increase the noise cancellation, you incrementally minimize the distractions you hear in loud places. Or, decrease noise cancelling to the point where you hear the world as if you weren’t wearing headphones at all. And for quick interruptions, use Conversation Mode. That will pause the music and utilize the microphone system to let surrounding noise in with the press of the button — perfect to quickly place a coffee order or speak to a coworker.
And these headphones are enabled with Bose AR. It’s a first-of-its-kind audio augmented reality platform that makes astonishing new audio experiences possible by helping you stay connected to your digital world and stay engaged in the physical world at the same time. Combining the power of wearable audio products, mobile devices, and integrated apps, Bose AR unlocks the potential to experience fundamentally new ways to travel, exercise, learn, play, and more by augmenting your world with content for your ears instead of your eyes. Bose AR features and availability may vary. Bose AR-enabled products have motion sensors embedded inside that can detect your head orientation and body movement while you wear them. Bose AR-enhanced apps can then use this information along with location data from your mobile device to offer you audio content tailored to where you are and what you’re doing.
And your music? Oh yeah, they go that right, too.
Don’t forget about your music. You’ll get an immersive listening experience at any volume with signature active EQ. Whether you’re listening at low volumes or really want to turn it up, your music sounds like it should. It features a sophisticated design with a streamlined stainless-steel headband, and a lightweight, comfortable fit for all-day listening. And the intuitive controls keep everything simple — manage volume, calls, and music just by touching the ear cup. The Bose Music app gives you even more control and ensures your Bose smart products work together for a better listening experience. The headphones feature up to 20 hours of wireless battery life and time-based battery power information.
Easy access to voice control assistants
Unrivaled adaptive 4-microphone system
11 levels of noise cancelling
Bose AR enabled
Active EQ for immersive sound at any volume
The Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in
Innovative, streamlined design
Intuitive controls to keep you connected
Personalize with custom controls
App controls Bose smart speakers and soundbars
Future software updates
Up to 20 hours of battery life
Comfortable for all-day listening
Convenient, protective hard case
Headphones:8" x 6.5" W x 2" D (0.56 lbs)
Carrying case:8.6" x 7" W x 2.4" D (6.25 oz)
Audio cable:42 in
USB cable:20 in
Bluetooth range: Up to 33 ft (10 m)
Battery charging time: Up to 2.5 hours
Quick charge time: 15 min for 3.5 hours
Battery life: Up to 20 hours
What's in the Box
What's in the Box
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
USB charging cable
Quick start guide
Customer Reviews for Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 with Alexa and Google Assistant
I switched from a pair of Beats studios to these and I was super excited to try out my first pair of Bose headphones. When I got them they did not meet my expectations. They do not get close to loud enough, especially for someone who goes to the gym or listens to bangers. The physical buttons are a bit funky to me and the touch pad is so freakin annoying. I can not lay in bed or accidentally touch the sides of my headphones to anything without pausing or skipping forward a song. If I sat still all day I would love the noise quality and cancelation, which is great. For an active 20 year old I would not recommend them unless you have an alternate pair to workout in or take on the move. App is still a little buggy too and I cant wear them while charing. Battery life and dual pairing is great.
I think I've owned just about every model of the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones and use them on all flights and now even at home some. Only thing on the 700 model, I'd like to see a longer battery life.
It’s an awesome headphone just as I expected! I’m very glad I went for it. The noise cancelling is awesome, sound quality is still better than ever. The most interesting part is it’s got a very cool mic system too! The only reason it went down to 4 stars, is that when you are running, or in a bumpy situation like on a car or bus, there’s a really uncomfortable sound comes with the vibration of you or the vehicle. I have no idea how to deal with that situation.
Received yesterday and it took me several attempts to connect onto my IPad Pro 11inch and Iphone7plus. After both devices are connected eventually, I found out that conversation does not work with Spotify and Amazon Prime Video. Every time I press the left button to active conversation mode; all of 3 sec, it goes back to full ANC. Disconnected both devices and done a reset. Same as before, took ages to connect; once it decided to work, the conversation mode was still not working.
As I am sure you know, your App is utterly unable to deliver the features and Brand Values you trumpet on your website. Despite your vaunted app updates, I cannot connect to the App unless connected to wireless, which doesn’t help when travelling. I don’t think you really thought people would want to have to choose which devices they may wish to use daily before leaving g the house. I am sick of rebooting the app, clearing the device list and starting again, all to no avail. Shameful and pitiful.
I absolutely love these Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones. I’ve owned several sets of headphones in the past, but none have came close to the sound quality of these Bose headphones. I also love that it has an app that you can use with them to enhance the performance. The Noise Cancelling options are also remarkable. With this, I can get lost in my music without being disturbed by outside noises. These headphones are also very comfortable to wear. Whether I’m cleaning house, exercising, or just talking on the phone the comfort level is exceptional. I would definitely recommend these headphones to all of my friends and family!
Overall the headphones are like bose intended them to be, futuristic. The touch controls and ambient sound features are the star of the show when it comes to the bose 700 headphones. Sound quality in the mids and highs are improved upon from the qc35's model, but bass still lacks a bit. The only thing i wish was diffrent was the comfort. I feel like they are tighter on my ears, but still feel very comfortable. Overall i highly reccomend picking up a pair of the new 700 headphones.
These headphones blew my mind with how comfortable they are, and the superior noise cancellation to block out even the loudest noises! I even had to do a double take at how loud the sound was from a show my kids were watching, after I removed the headphones for a minute. I even used these headphones to listen to music in style and block out the sound from my mower when I was mowing the lawn. The headphones surround your ear so nicely that after just a bit you can forget you are even wearing them. I have tried a few other high end headphones and never had a comfortable fit on my head and ears without it giving me a headache, until these Bose Headphones. My only downfall I had was not being able to figure out how to power the headphones down without letting them power down due to inactivity. I highly recommend these out of this world headphones to take the noises you don't want to hear out of the equation, and transport you to another world! They are amazing and truly worth the investment!
The Bose Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are a great addition for anyone who loves listening to music, audio books, and/or podcasts. These headphones are lightweight and easy to use. I loved that you can control the play/pause and volume by touch. The noise cancelling feature really is great and allows for clear audio sound. The battery life is so much longer than I expected it to be. The headphones come in a case that is perfect for anyone who travels or is on the go frequently as it has a place for the headphones and the cables. These are the best headphones you can get and I've been telling others about them.
Difficult to figure out operation of features. For example, moving forward or backward in song selection. I would prefer written instructions rather than having to search my phone for them. Very inconvenient.
I bought the 700’s 2 weeks ago and I am in agreement with some of the other reviews to date with regards to the bose music app as I had to delete and restore it to get connectivity after the original instal. Any suggestions as I am tried of not having access to it please? I expect it to be enjoying the whole experience for £350 which I ain’t currently.
Sound quality is very good and the conversation mode is a great feature on it. Travel weekly by air for work and find the NC very good indeed.Use
Great Sound & Noise Cancelling, Attractive design!
Bought this after doing a lot of research and comparison between QC35 and Sony model. Ultimately decided on this due to a very simple yet attractive design, having great noise cancelling ability for conference call, having alexa and google assistance built in. And it's a BOSE. Love it so far.
With that said, here are some short-comings:
Cons: 1) Touch controls are too sensitive for me. If you accidentally touch the right surface area of the touch controls, your setting such as volume or shortcut button gets changed. Also when wearing the headphones on your neck, the touch controls are also accidentally enabled as well due to the headphone touch surface brushing with your shoulder/neck area. Bose need to correct this with a software update. Such as detect when the headphones are worn on a neck with the cup facing outward, then disable the touch controls. 2) Bose Music App connectivity to the NC 700 took a bit of trial an error. For those who are having problems, here's the checklist; Make sure you have Location Services GPS ENABLED, WiFI Enabled and connected, BlueTooth Enabled. If your phone supports NFC, then enabled the wireless radio as noted above and tap your phone with the RIGHT earcup for the NFC connection to work. It would automatically setup your bluetooth pairing and Bose Music App connection. Bose need to fix this on the Bose Music app to provide more detailed or relavent error messages when the NC700 cannot connect to the Apps.
I got these headphones right as they came out, I was excited to get my hands on them after some saving up, as my summer exams are around the corner. I’m a university student so this was quite a steep investment, but hearing about these stopped me from getting QC 35 IIs and I waited.
Overall, they’re very comfortable and help me keep focus. Upgrading from earbuds was a fantastic choice, and they are comfortable even after studying for almost all night. The noise canceling is exceptional and really helps me keep focus in a louder library environment. Their sound quality is solid, not the best in the world but everything that I need from them, as my reasons for purchasing far extend just sound quality.
I bought these for a few reasons: their mobility, as I walk to school, their comfort, as keeping them on for multiple hours at a time is a necessity for me, their noise canceling, as they help me keep focus in why can be a chaotic library environment, and finally their design, which I personally am a huge fan of - though I could see why some people wouldn’t be huge fans of it.
On other pointers, I don’t use voice assistants or calling much, but from my small experiences it is overall great. My friends tell me that I sound much better over calls than my friends who use QC 35 IIs, so that’s another plus.
I am very happy with my purchase, and am glad that I chose these headphones over their competitors.
TLDR: Very comfortable, great noise cancelation, and a steep but (in my opinion) great investment for students.
Better than the QC35 II in every way except for comfort. Could bearly tell the QC35 IIs were on my head but these gave me actual pain. Seems to depend on the person but some people find comfortable others feeling the same thing as me. Which is so frustrating as they are better than the QC35 II in every other way
So when I opened the package I was blown away by the design of the headphones. They are very durable and handle very well in my line of work. I am a construction manager so its great to use these during work and off work at the gym. The sound is true noise cancelling you can't hear anything else other than what your listening to. The best thing about these headphones is they are versitile with all of your devices. Bluetooth works with apple, google, android, and alexa so your good to go. I paired this to my firestick when every one is asleep and I want a movie experience. Its so easy to use and set up. One charge lasts 20 hours which is AMAZING when you go from work to the gym like myself. I love that it comes with its own charger and double ended headphone jack. So far I am hooked on these headphones and theres nothing that will pull me away. I had beats before and these beat those!
INTRO I used the original QC35 for three years, and recently I have been using Bose’s new Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. I’m happy to say that it is another winner and is a noticeable upgrade. “Noise Cancelling Headphones 700” is a long name so I will simply refer to them as the NCH700 from here on.
COMFORT The NCH700 is just as comfortable as the QC35, with the exception that the earcups seem to get a little bit warmer. I have big ears and a big head yet still, it’s easy to wear them indefinitely. Not much else I need to say here.
DESIGN Visually, I like the new design. It looks very modern and sleek, which is great to see from Bose, which has used a very similar headphone design for a long time. But unfortunately the sleek design comes at a cost of convenience. The sliders on the earcups are harder and slower to adjust than the more traditional size adjustment mechanism on the QC35. As stated earlier, I have a big head, so I need to extend the size of the NCH700 every time I use it, and the new mechanism makes it much slower to put them on my head after taking them out of the case, and much slower to shrink them down to return them to the case. The new mechanism also lacks a folding hinge, but this is not much of a concern to me, as the case remains fairly compact and its footprint is only marginally larger than the QC35’s case. The other large design change is the shift from physical buttons to touch controls. I disliked the new system at first but it grew on me. Adjusting volume and skipping through tracks is especially intuitive, although I still find the double-tap to play/pause to be a little awkward. To me it’s not much of a big deal anymore as I’ve gotten used to it. It’s not really a benefit or drawback.
SOUND Upon first listen, the NCH700 sounds nearly identical to the QC35 because their sound signatures are nearly identical. But with further listening, the NCH700 are noticeably better sounding than the QC35 in several areas. Bass is tighter and better controlled, and reaches the deepest sub-bass notes with no problem. Treble is better by a significant margin, with more detail and less “splashiness”. I’m not sure if this is because the NCH700 has a more detailed driver or if it’s because Bluetooth 5.0 streams higher fidelity audio. Without going into too much detail, imaging, soundstage, and dynamic range are also improved, which means the NCH700 sound much more lively. I always found that the QC35 sounds “sleepy” and that is no longer the case with the NCH700. I enjoy music much more on the NCH700.
NOISE CANCELLATION This is the big one. The NCH700 features Bose’s “next generation” noise cancellation, and it is undoubtedly stronger than the QC35. The improvement is most noticeable in higher frequencies, but it is slightly improved across the board. The NCH700 still won’t cancel out speech and other sporadic sounds, but it does do a better job of suppressing them. Then once music is playing, the world is absolutely dead silent (in all but the craziest, noisiest environments when it’s barely possible to notice that the rest of the world still exists). I think even more impressive than the maximum noise cancellation mode is “level 0” of noise cancellation. The NCH700 uses its mics to pump in outside sound so naturally that it’s difficult to tell you’re wearing headphones at all. This makes it great to hold a conversation without needing to take off the headphones.
CONCLUSION I haven’t even mentioned the USB-C charging, two-device pairing, built-in voice assistant, and the many other little things that make the NCH700 so good. The NCH700 is easily one of the new greats in the wireless noise cancelling headphones market.
I have owned many models of the Bose noise canceling and non noise canceling headphones. I currently own the QC 35II noise canceling headphones and I think they are one of the best all around headphones ever created so it only seems fitting to compare the Bose 700’s to those. Are the Bose 700’s an improvement? Or a step back? In my opinion the QC 35’s are the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever worn. I thought the 700’s would be just as, if not more comfortable than the QC35’s but to me they are not. Here is why. The QC 35’s have a wide headband that distributes the weight of the headphone over a wide area. The 700’s have a narrower headband and after a short while I find myself repositioning them because they start to irritate the top of my head. The headband is too narrow in my opinion. Also, the ear cups on the 700’s look like they are the same size as the QC’s but again, after a short time I find myself moving the ear cups because they hurt my ears. I’ve noticed a bump in the ear cup of the 700’s which pushes right against my earlobe. I removed the liner to see what it was and there is a shield of some sort over the speaker with a pronounced ridge on it that sticks up quite a bit and presses against the ear. The 700’s also feel a bit heavier then the last model and you feel it after awhile. The headband also has more spring action than I’m used to and presses the cups to your ears tighter. It’s too much pressure I think. The are a good looking pair of headphones and the touch sensors for volume/pause/next track are really nice. Easy to find and also easy to accidentally bump. The case is a nice case as always and should provide adequate protection when put in a suitcase or backpack. What about the sound! Well, they do sound a bit better than the QC35II. There is more bass and it’s a nice punchy rich bass. Not an overpowering bass and it seems to be just the right amount. The highs and mids sound great and overall the headphones will get much louder than the QC versions. I’ve noticed at higher volumes the sound starts to mush a little and just seems, loud, and loses some of the clarity and seems to sound a little like a small radio turned all the way up. But, they are louder. Much louder. Should you upgrade to the 700’s?? In my opinion no. It’s really really hard to beat the QC 35’s and while the 700’s have some nice features I don’t think they are better than the QC35’s. You might feel different though. I think the 700’s are actually a step down and I would not upgrade knowing what I do now about them.
I’m very disturbed by the extensive and frequent problems with my expensive Bose 700 headphones. If I would have know they’d be so problematic and so time consuming to attempt to get them to work, I would have never purchased them. They have consistently been losing connection to my devices and the app has made me re-login at least 20 times and still doesn't stay connected to the app and now won’t reconnect. I’ve tried their troubleshooting steps and it still doesn’t work correctly. I don’t understand why Bose can’t get this right or the fact that they rolled the product out with so many problems. I want to speak with someone at Bose about returning these or resolving resolving their ongoing problems.
I’ve been using these headphones for about two weeks now and I’ve got to say they are pretty great, with a few little quirks that I’ll gladly live with.
A few things I like: DESIGN—it’s a subjective thing, but to my eye these are great looking headphones. I’m not completely used to wearing over-the-ear headphones yet but they look fine on me. The case works great—I love the simplicity and effectiveness of the design. COMFORT—These are my first pair of over-the-ear headphones and I was expecting more discomfort, but these are great. I wear them for hours on end with no discomfort. SOUND QUALITY—to my ear, it is amazing. Some reviewers don’t much care for the flat sound, so if you’re looking for an exaggerated bass these may not be what you should choose. NOISE CANCELING—I’m a freelance designer who works in a co-working space that can often get pretty noisy. These headphones have been a God-send in helping my concentration at work. I just put on some quiet, meditative music (or even just ambient nature sounds) and all the commotion around me is gone. I love it. CALL QUALITY—as a freelancer I’m frequently on the phone on conference calls. Since my co-working office is often noisy, I’d been the culprit when the others are complaining about someone having too much background noise. These have done great in canceling out the background so the other side can hear me clearly and not have to constantly mute my mic. I’ve gotten comments that the sound is a little muffled, but not bad and no ambient noise at all.
Here’s what I don’t like: BLUETOOTH QUIRKS—I’ve had the headphones paired with my phone and my macBook. It’s happened multiple times where the headphones are caught in a loop trying to connect to my macBook, that is sitting asleep in my laptop bad, and fails to connect to the phone. And since it wouldn’t connect to the phone, I couldn’t go into the app and disable the connection to the macBook. Turning them off and back on again didn’t fix the problem, so I ended up re-pairing them with my phone. THE BOSE MUSIC APP—Having to log into a Bose account to use the app to control your headphone setup can be a pain. In the two weeks I’ve had these headphones, three times I’ve been logged out of the app and had to log in just to switch off the connection to my macbook (which means going to 1password and copying my password into the field). THE BOSE MUSIC APP (again)—For some reason, the app has a hard time “connecting” to the headphones, even if the headphones are already connected with the phone. Not sure what’s happening here, but it’s not great. THE TOUGH CONTROLS—they work just ok. They’re not great, but not terrible either. A couple times I’ve had to swipe down multiple times to find whatever is the sweet spot to get it to register what I’m trying to do. The biggest problem is skipping to the next track accidentally when I’m just adjusting the fit of the headphones.
So, I’ve had these headphones on loan for a few weeks, and I’ve got to decide if I’m going to buy them outright. $400 is a lot of money for me, but for work I don’t really know how I could live without them. The call quality alone makes them worth the price difference over other noise canceling headphones. In spite of the quirks and occasional problem, I’m very pleased with their performance.
I got this a week back and while features are overall on the positive side, the Bose music app is really bad OR needs desperate fixes. It does not allow me to register my Bose 700 NC and hence I cannot use the app to access various functionalities. I should not have to go to community pages to find fixes for these things, nor do I want to do quick fixes as are being suggested - but none of them have worked for me. So now, I am waiting for Bose to make fixes to their Bose Music app, and hopefully when they do, I can access the app and its functionalities for my Bose NC 700. Until then I am a very unhappy customer given my appreciation for Bose Standards and Benchmarks it sets. Please Please fix your music app urgently Bose. Thanks!
I've been using these headphones for over 2 weeks now.
The sound, as expected from Bose, is very good! The headphones are incredibly comfortable (I often forget I've still got them on!) and they look much more stylish and up to date than the QC35s.
But...there are issues:
1) The app gives me a headache because it is such a pain to use and often fails to connect to the headphones. There was an update to the app a week or so ago which I discovered on the Bose forums to help solve some of these issues but personally it didn't help.
2)The headphones keep on disconnecting and automatically reconnecting to my iPhone.
3)The touch buttons aren't as responsive as I was expecting; if I don't touch the touch buttons for a while they appear to go to sleep and require a slightly heftier nudge.
In summary, for £350 it feels like an unfinished product, particularly on the software side. Maybe worth waiting a while till they improve things...
These earphones are really great. From the sleek black on black design to the sound it gives off. They are very comfortable to my ears and my head which I really love. It’s as if your in the studio with the celebrities recording songs. When it comes down to noise cancellations, these do a perfect job at all. I honestly feel as if I’m in my own chamber; my own world. I wore these to the gym and loved how when I ran these didn’t budge on my head nor did they change the sound at all. From experience with other headphones I had to constantly adjust the headphones when I ran. I like that I can use Alexa, google assistant or Siri with my headphones. That alone makes these amazing. With a press of a button or just by saying “hey Alexa, google, or Siri”. These Bose earphones do come with their own music app and a 20 hour battery life. So you can listen to music all day long if you wanted to.
When it comes to bass, I’d say this doesn’t give off that loud bass that some probably are looking for. The bass that these do offer are perfect for the ones that like bass but also loves to enjoy the hearing the music as well. Depending on the song the bass changes! From experience, bass that’s too loud makes the music quality sound horrible.
Let’s talk specs! These ear phone come with an aux cord and a usb cord. It does not come with a charging block. I thought the volume up up and down spec was awesome. So what you do is swipe up and down on the right head phone and to change sounds you swipe forwarded go to next song or backwards to previous song! How amazing is that. You don’t even have to touch your phone to change songs or volume! These headphones can fit anyone’s head. These earphones do have an “L” & “R” written inside each ear slot that way you will know which is what! My ears fit perfectly inside the ears slots which is very comfortable for me and really helps with the noise cancellation.
Overall I really love these headphones! They are really great and love the case they come in to insure they are secure at all times! If you don’t have these, I’d say they are worth it!
I already own a pair of the Bose QC35 over the ear headphones and was looking forward to using and reviewing the Bose 700s, and so will be comparing them to what I am used to using.
The 700s are a great evolution over the QC35s and whilst they are an amazing set of headphones, they are not without their issues.
Firstly, compared to the QC35s, they do not fold up as compact. On the QC35, the ear cups not only swivel to face out when you are wearing them around your neck, but they are also hinged, so that the fold up origami like into the sturdy zippered carrying case. Unfortunately the 700s only have the swivelling ear cups, meaning that the physical size of the carrying case is larger and doesn’t fit as neatly in my laptop bag as the QC35s do. Another feature that was missing was the airline twin plug adapter (although I know most airlines have moved over to the singular jack anyway). The case however has a nice touch inside with a hidden flap that holds the USB C cable and the 3.5mm cable.
Aside from the inability to fold these up, I really like the look of these headphones. The material quality is more premium than that of the QC35. The cups themselves look smaller and sleeker, however physically they are about the same size. They only have 3 physical buttons on them, the power/Bluetooth button, a noise cancellation button and a digital assistant button.
Initially I found the combination power button a bit finicky, not knowing whether a long press would turn them on and off, but quickly got used to the short on/off press for power and then holding to put into Bluetooth pairing mode. The digital assistant button invokes whichever assistant you have set up in the companion Bose app (more on the app later), for which I opted to use Siri. The noise cancellation button lets you cycle through 3 noise cancellation settings: off, 50% (or level 5) or 100%. Holding down this button turns off the noise cancellation feature so you can hear If someone is having a conversation with you and you can quickly turn it back to the set level (again set in the app) by holding the button down again.
The noise cancellation features of this set of headphones is out of this world, and being able to step through the 10 levels of cancellation allows you to tune it to your preference. Level 10 literally puts you in your own bubble, and on this set there’s no sickening sensation that I’ve experienced with other headsets
A really nice feature is the touch sensitive right ear cup where you can swipe up/down for volume control, back/forward to skip and rewind the song and also double tap the cup to pause/play. It works extremely well and never missed a beat with the gestures. As a pair of headphones, these are fantastic, and as mentioned before are a worth upgrade to the QC35.
The major issue that I have with Bose connected devices is the sheer number of apps that you have to use depending on the devices you have. I already have a Bose app (Bose Connect) for the QC35s, Bose Soundtouch for the Soundtouch speaker I own, Bose Sleep for the Sleep EarPods and now the Bose Music app for pairing these headphones. Surely they can amalgamate the features into one app for the entire Bose device line.
Initially I had no issues with the app. It’s preferred to set up the headphones within the app, rather than the phones native Bluetooth settings, and as soon as the headphones were powered on and put into pairing mode, the app saw the headphones, connected to them and then steps you through the setup procedure. You are able to setup things like your preferred noise cancellation level, which digital assistant you want to use (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri), shortcut activation, and other cool features. I noticed that whilst setting up, the app had found an updated firmware from the Bose servers and was downloading it automatically, and this is where things started to go wrong. Once the update had downloaded, the app started to update my headphones, and after about 10 mins, I had an error message. I closed the app, restarted it and was unable to connect via the app to the headphones. I restarted the headphones, restarted the app and no matter what I tired the app wouldn’t recognise the headphones, however my phone would automatically connect to them and I could continue use the basic functionality of Bluetooth headphones, but had no control over noise cancellation, firmware update etc. I unpaired them and reset the headphones, and again, the app detected them straight away and we went through the setup procedure again. I tried applying the update again, and it seemed that if I let the phone sleep, even though the headphones were connected via Bluetooth, the app wouldn’t see them again when the phone was woken up. I went through about 2 hours of this cycle, until I made sure I applied the update by stopping my phone from sleeping by keeping the screen on by tapping it occasionally.
Once the update had applied itself to the headphones, a new feature appeared (Bose AR, which is a great use of spatial AR) and the headphones now intermittently disconnects from the app, but remains connected to the phone. I find that I have to kill the app 2 or 3 times out of 10 for a stable app connection.
The app experience truly killed some of the usability, especially as this is where you fine tune the noise cancellation and other features, however the quality of sound and features of the headphones more than made up for this, especially as once you’ve set the headphones up, you don’t really need to go into the app too much.
Overall, a fantastic set of headphones which are a worthy successor to my QC35s in every way, that are only let down by the flakey app connection.
This Bose Noise Cancelling 700 headphones are amazing. They have a padded head band that is very soft on your head. Feels like memory foam! The ear pads are the same, super soft and conforming to your ear. This headphone is very smart. You touch the right ear pad on the outer shell to control the sound, change the songs, and to tell you how much battery life is remaining. You can even take calls from these! As far as noise canceling these have been the best I’ve used. The outside noise is minimal and the clarify of music and musics is phenomenal. The nice thing is, if the battery dies it has an auxiliary cable you can directly connect and listen to music or movies. These hook up via Bluetooth which is easy to use. They have a nice hard case to store them as well. Another great feature is that the headphones are fully adjustable for smaller or larger heads. These are really nice headphones and i would recommend them!
These headphones are amazing. They really are noise cancelling! I used these walking my dog to lifting weights and i felt i was in a different world because all outside noises were cancelled. The padding on the headphones are soft, padded, and universal to ears. Couldn't find a better product if I tried.
Ownership experience: QC35 II’s, Bowers and Wilkins, Master and dynamics M60 and M65’s, Sennheiser 550’s and M2’s, Sony x3’s.
Styles of music: Sia, Future, Alexis Ffrench, Boris Brejcha, Dave Matthew band, and Metallica.
Thoughts: The Bose NC700’s are the very best complete package for all styles of music. The soundstage on these are so clear and easily separated that the sound during some music can actually mimic Atmos surround direction, normally only found in movies. The amount of different instrument separation present is mind blowing. I also love the fact that it connects to multiple devices with just a simple pause of the current device. Then when you add on the touch controls, which is the very best that I have had because it doesn’t pause my music every time I touch the surface one time and the true honest battery of 20+ hours unlike some other headphones that claim 30 hours but actually fails to match the true playing time of these, what you have is something truly worthy of praise. Everyday I spend with these headphones on my head is a bonus gift that reminds me of what life should be when I get a chance to block out all the noise and chaos. Thank you Bose. Your low reviews on these headphone are a joke, there is no way on earth these shouldn’t be ranked at the very least a 4.5.
No surprise here: These headphones easily maintain the Bose reputation. They might be arguably the best, but they are inarguably extraordinary. These say they have active EQ, and I suspect that is true. Fidelity is maintained at low and high volumes, and the balance seems to change as volume increases and decreases. Bass is always present without drowning the higher notes. There was no audio lag or sync issues when watching video. Noise cancellation is very good. Even at the highest setting, you'll still hear non-droning, non-repetitive sounds but barely. I actually prefer that. No excuse is acceptable when you ignore your significant other! A button on the headphones can toggle through your three favorite settings. By default, these are 10, 5, and 0, but you can set your own in the smartphone app.
THE BOSE MUSIC APP AND BLUETOOTH PAIRING
The Bose Music app offers settings for the headphones along with a simple music player. There are no fine tone or equalizer controls in there, but you can manage Bluetooth sources and access all ten levels of noise cancellation. Initial setup went smoothly, and my iPhone and MacBook Pro easily made connections with little or no effort. However, the app has some problems in this area. On my phone, I can regularly open the app and have it clearly indicate that the headphones are not available. However, while I'm looking at this screen, music is playing from that iPhone through those headphones. Oops. The app makes me needlessly pair again to access the settings. Thankfully, the Bose Music app is hardly ever needed, so this will rarely present a problem when enjoying these headphones and your tunes.
HARDWARE AND ACCESSORIES
Build quality is excellent. Uncommonly lightweight but confidently sturdy. These to not collapse for travel, and the carry case is a little on the large size, and just heavy enough to notice when you add it to your travel pack. The case has a small compartment for your audio and charging cables. It's not large enough for a charger which is not included with these headphones. The USB-C charging cable is terrific. No more challenges with charging port orientation using a magnifying glass. Line it up, plug it in. Done! Every cable should be this cable. I also used a quality third-party USB-C cable, and it worked like a charm. There's also a 3.5mm cable for when you need a wired connection to a device. One last very minor feature. Inside the ear cups are a large L and R. It's a little thing, but it makes orienting the headphones brain-dead simple.
Here's where the headphones shine. They offer music controls with finger swipes on the right side cup. Swipe up and down for volume. Double tap to pause, and again to resume. Swipe back to restart the song, do I twice to go to previous tune. Swipe forward to get to the next tune. Tap and hold to get the battery level announcement. The convenience of this feature cannot be overstated. It's thoughtful and adds to the joy of these headphones.
PHONE CALL PERFORMANCE
Conducting a phone call with these headphone offer a good experience. In a quiet setting, the experience was fine. Clear on both ends. In a crowded talk-filled room, the experience was tolerable. Background sounds competed for the headphone wearer's voice, but not any worse than if the headphones were not used. It's acceptable, which is better than most I have used.
Comfort remains excellent when wearing for extended periods. I wore these for over two hours without a single adjustment. I have always experienced the pressure on the crown of my head after about an hour with other good headphones (15 minutes with average ones). These headphones provide truly incredible comfort.
It's easy to recommend the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. The sound and quality are top-notch and worth the investment.
First off, I absolutely love Bose products. I have purchase the QC 15s (x2), QC 35s (x2), Bose Soundbar 500, multiple Bose Speakers, Bose Wireless Headphones, and probably more products over the last few years. The headphones got me through 2 deployments and I would not buy another brand.
That being said...I would not recommend their new flagship product, the 700s. First off, you must have an app to even use the product. This app requires you to allow for your location data to be used at all times. Second, you must have an internet connection to even connect to the headphones. So much for using the headphones on airplane flights or if your in a "blind spot". Lastly, you cant even turn the headphones off. There is an "automatic feature" that is supposed to turn the headphones off but rarely does and leads to waking up with a dead battery.
So, all in all, these headphones are amazing (you wont find better quality anywhere else) if you are only using them at home or at the gym and the stars have aligned. If I could I would exchange them for a pair of brand new QC-35s in an instant and eat the price difference. Bose tried hard to create a "smart" product but failed horribly on the flexibility of the product.
Would not recommend
Buy the QC 35s and save on data, battery, and ability to travel.
Just completed my first international trip with the 700’s. I am a life long Bose user and upgraded from Q35’s (which my daughters are fighting over) love the interface with touch controls and the redesign is beautiful. The ability to talk to someone on the plane with reduced noise cancellation and to not have to take the hard phones off is very nice!
I've owned many different headphones, but the Bose 700 headphones are unlike any others I've ever used. The noise cancelling feature is one of my favorite things about these headphones. I work in a noisy environment and when I put the noise cancelling feature to 10 I can hardly hear anything but my thoughts. The sound is very crisp & clear. You can adjust the noise cancelling feature which is awesome. These headphones are very comfortable & come in a very nice protective case. Overall, I would recommend these headphones to anyone.
Comfortable, quality product and great technology!
I've had the headphones for two weeks now and have been able to test them on several flights as well as in normal use cases.
My first test for them was the London Underground, and I have to say they did not disappoint. Usually the tube is extremely loud and normal earbuds don't block much out, drowning out the music or film content. The wonderful part of using the noise cancelling 700's is being able to have your music or film at a comfortable volume. The noise cancellation is impressive, while it doesn't block out everything it really does bring down your background noises. Noises like planes, road noise, construction work near your house, it really cancels that kind of sound.
However noises that are sudden are more difficult, while it does make them quieter you can tell they are there. For example, at an airport you can still thell the announcments are happening. And with the ability to turn down the noise cancellation in one gesture you can quickly listen to the announcment. I don't know if Bose uses the microphones to ampilfy sound when you turn noise cancellation off but you can keep the headphones on and hear everything around you really well.
I'd definitely reccomend these to anyone wanting NC headphones, I personally find them more comfortably than the QC 35 II as well. The cans are comfortable and don't make me sweat as much as the 35's did.
I definitely think you could find headphones with more fidelity and punch than these, but that's not what they are about. The 700's are a classy set of headphones with great noise cancellation.
Connecting to my phone was easy, connecting to a computer not so much.
For years now I have been dependent on noice canceling headphones. I use them for hours every single day to block out the world and to remain concentrated on and connected to my digital life. I am happy to report that the new Bose Noise Canceling 700 Headphones allow me to do this better than ever before! They may not be for everyone though. Here is both the good and the bad of my experience with the headphones so far.
The sound on the Bose NC 700 is absolutely fantastic. Music is rich, deep and very detailed. The lows are punchy and tight. The highs sing with a very nice openness and never sound harsh. The mids, such as vocals, are very present and never sound too tiny. Neither are the mids overdone to sound muddy or overly rich. The headphones have a nice spacious soundstage with great imaging. Every instrument is heard in their proper place on a virtual stage in the soundscape. In my opinion, they sound slightly more transparent and dynamic than my previous generations of Bose QC headphones, and they are definitely more accurate sounding than other brands I have tried. If there is a downside to the sound, it is that the bass volume does not increase with the rest of the frequency ranges, when you get to those ungodly high volumes. Though for me this is not a problem since my normal listening volume is comfortably moderate and never greater than 80%.
The headphones are super comfortable. I have no annoying pressure point from the headband on the top of my head. The memory foam ear pads feel very soft with ample room inside the ear cups. In fact, my largish ears do not touch any part of the headphone which is absolutely great. My first impression was that the clamping force was slightly greater than my older Bose and that they were slightly more warm to wear. This may be true, but I never noticed it again after the first couple days of use. I still can wear the 700 all day and every day with very little discomfort.
Many reviewers I’ve read praise the call quality of the Bose NC 700 headphones. Unfortunately, I have not been on the receiving end of a call to actually hear what the audio quality sounds like. All I can tell you is that I have really enjoyed using the headphones as the caller. They just work and they work great. Over time I have noticed some fantastic nuances.
First, I can hear my own voice! The Bose pump in the sound of my own voice so that I can hear it naturally. This is so helpful in that it keeps me from thinking I need to yell while wearing headphones.
Not only can I hear my own voice, but my voice is isolated from other noises. There is some sort of magic going on where Bose knows how to keep my voice crystal clear while blocking out the ambient noises for both me and the person on the other end of the line.
Finally, the headphones switch seamlessly between devices. For example, they automatically switch between my phone and computer as needed. I can be listening to music on my computer when a call comes in on my phone. The headphones recognize the call and automatically switch to it when I answer. As soon as I hang up the phone, the headphones switch back to my computer and automatically begin playing music again. Very great!
There is so much more to say about the Bose NC 700 Headphones. I have really enjoyed the ambiance mode that allows me to temporarily decrease the noice canceling to hear the outside world. Speaking of noice canceling, they do a fantastic job. I agree with other reviewers who say that the noice canceling is slightly better than previous generations. Siri works well for me through the headphones with very little lag time. The buttons (both physical and touch) are there when I need them and seem to disappear into the design when I do not. I did suffer from accidental presses during the first couple of days of use but have not had that problem in the weeks following. Also, the accompanying Bose Music app has worked flawlessly for me. It allowed me to tweak the settings that I wanted to and I have not needed to use it since. It is great to know that the app is there to notify and instal new firmware updates when they become available.
The Bose Noise Canceling 700 Headphones are everything I hoped they would be and more. The more that I use them, the more I appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into the design and features. Many have declared these new Bose as the best noice canceling headphone on the market. Yet, for my needs, they are more than that. They are simply the best headphones I could ever want. Thank you Bose!
The Bose QC35's used to be the best noise cancelling headphones you could buy - that is until Sony released their 1000XM3 series. It beat out the Bose in nearly every category except comfort. Bose's answer to that was to release the Bose NC 700. I own a pair of QC35's as well and wished I could have what the Sony's had, but with Bose's comfort.
The Bose 700s look beautiful in my opinion. A sleek, minimal, and easy to clean exterior paired with a sliding adjuster for headband size. The touch buttons have worked well for me so far, as well as the physical buttons. I'm glad to say that Bose has kept the same comfort that you get from the QC series in this new pair of headphones as well. This is one of the best selling points for those that travel a lot or plan to wear their headphones for an extended period of time. It is much more comfortable to wear than the Sony's are.
The Bose 700s also have a new ambient noise feature which allow you to adjust your ANC to a minimum and pass through outside noise so you can be more aware of your surroundings. It works great, but it doesn't block out sudden loud noises like the Sony's do. However, it makes up for this with the superior microphone quality. I walk to work on a busy street full of large trash trucks and I can talk on the phone with no background noise complaints. People have noticed that I sound much clearer.
I work in the aerospace industry, so I am constantly around 400Hz power. This means there is a constant humming sound in the lab which can drive you crazy. I put these on and even when I don't turn it to the highest level of ANC 10, it blocks out the noise completely. Also, Bose uses a new app called 'Bose Music'. You'll have to use this newly designed app to control the headphone settings - the old one for the QC series won't work. I didn't mind having a separate app for this since this app connected much easier than the old one, and it's user interface was much cleaner.
Overall, the weakest point for this headphone was the sound quality. It is still someone empty and lacking compared to the Sony's. Don't get me wrong, they still sound amazing, but the lack of EQ in the Bose app means you also can't do anything about it. If Bose can release a software update in the future that allows for EQ control or the ability to block loud sudden noises in ambient mode, this would be a perfect 5!
Note: These no longer come with airplane adapters.
I like it overall.. Am I feel comfortable to pay additional premium for not so much increased sound quality, not so much increased noise cancelling and not so much increased battery life as comparing with my QC35? No. Kind disappointment
While I did not think it was possible for Bose to improve on the design and features of the Quiet Comfort family, they managed to make significant advances. The minimalist design is both pleasing and well thought out, giving the headphones a high end feel and very comfortable to wear with controls that are easy to use; the one knock would be the power off function (more on that later). The right side has all of the touch controls integrated, honestly it did take a little fiddling around to get the exact placement down for each control but once you do it a few times the layout makes perfect sense and is easy to use and master.
The overall sound is very immersive, crystal clear and true to the tracks. The noise cancellation is superb as expected; the app does give you the ability to tweak certain things to your personal preference which is nice because we all know one size doesn’t fit all. There is something I have always liked with Bose in particular is the implementation of Bluetooth, they have always and continue to exceed in this, the headphones are very easy to pair and have the ability to pair with multiple devices simultaneously; not many others that can do this and maintain a consistent connection without experiencing the annoying drops and reconnect. The reason I mention this is because I have tried several other big name competing headphones/earphones over the years and they always seem to have something quirky now and then with Bluetooth but I have never had a single issue with any Bose products, hats off to them for that because in my mind that sets them far apart in the market.
The inclusion of Alexa, Siri & Google Assistant functions are nice to have and work very well. I was actually able to try all of them and did not encounter any issues with it pausing music and understanding the command request, never had to repeat the command and it executed flawlessly.
Okay, now onto the only thing I am not crazy about but certainly not a deal killer; just something I need to use a few times to get the hang of. The headphones, from what I can tell, do not have a power off button per se’; there is a procedure you follow instead. I have researched online and from what I can tell, you press the “Bluetooth” button to turn them on and the same to turn off; however be careful. If you press and hold the button, as you would do with other headphones, you will actually erase the Bluetooth connections and have to re-pair them again (will take some getting used to as habit is to press and hold for power off). I have used the method above and it seems to work okay, just remember not to hold the button too long; there is also a “Auto Off” setting in the app but haven’t really used that as of yet.
All in all, I would say the 700’s are an excellent buy and worth the upgrade from previous generations. I certainly have no real regrets as they are all around better sounding and the aesthetics are appealing, they are very sleek and streamlined and weigh nearly nothing; you can actually forget you are wearing them because they are very comfortable and fit great with butter soft ear cushions.
The ability to use for calls in crowded/noisy places is excellent! This is the only headset I've been able to use while walking through an airport and not have others complain about call quality. There are frustrating limitations and inconsistencies when connecting to a laptop to try and use as a hands free device with Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.
I have had these for approx. 1 month, and I have used them almost every single day.
I have used them for the following: - Watching Netflix/movies/YouTube both at home, and on a plane. - Listening to music at home, on a plane and at work. - Listening to music whilst gardening and for light exercise.
In all the above cases, the headphones have been perfect. All of the features have worked exceptionally well. The noise cancelling is the best I have tried. I was on a plane, sat next to the engine and 2 screaming children (one of which was my own) and I couldn't hear a thing! My wife was not overly impressed initially so I had to stop using them for a while, but once my boy had calmed down I was able to settle in and enjoy some films.
The most lengthy spell was approx. 3 hours and they maintained the incredible comfort they had when I first put them on.
Once I had got myself up to speed with the touch controls, I have had no issues what so ever with controlling the headphones volume, skip, siri etc.
These are comfortably the best looking headphones on the market, the materials used and stylish design make these the best in their field in both looks and feel.
In my opinion, they are worth the price tag if you are lucky enough to afford them. If you want excellent sound quality for all music styles and film styles, features that don't disappoint, unbelievable battery life and a stylish look, then you should definitely purchase these headphones.
I have been using these daily for around 2 weeks now at work and at home and I have enjoyed my experience with them so far. I mainly wanted them for work as I am around a noisy office and like to shut out the noise and get on with the work that I have to do. And these help achieve exactly that.
However, they did not quite meet my expectations. I was hoping for a bigger improvement over other noise canceling headphones from BOSE but they’re just a minor upgrade. The noise cancelling it a little bit better than before, and so is the sound quality. However, the call quality is fantastic I have been using them as a replacement for my work headset for Skype calls.
The headphones have a really sleek and comfortable design. The physical buttons are too sensitive. I have found myself pressing them accidentally when picking them up. And I’m in two minds about the touch interface. It’s nice and easy for trying to play, pause, skip your songs but again it there are problems when trying to pick them up, I’ve sometimes accidently turned something up and end up hurting my ears.
I would recommend these to anyone as long as they don’t have the previous generation as there is not enough improvement between them.
I bought these headphones around the time it came out, so far everything seems fine. However there was a time during the beginning that whenever I touched the sensors nearby on the left earcup, a high pitch whistle noise would play at top volume into my right ear. I looked around and didn’t find anything about it. Otherwise I decided to see if I could wait it out and for some reason it worked? I have currently two pairs but they are both doing great. The controls take a bit of time to get used to but you overcome the complexity of them quickly.
I have a set of the QC35ii headphones and the difference in sound quality and noise cancelling between the two is absolutely astounding.
I use the NC700 for work and travel, and the ability to simply make the background noise of the office 'disappear' makes for an amazing work day! I mostly listen to music while working, but even just having the headphones on with the noise cancelling enabled with no sound is incredibly helpful.
The touch controls are nice and intuitive.. you can double-tap to answer, double-tap to hang up, slide up/down to adjust the volume and slide front/back to move between tracks.
I played a little bit with the Bose AR feature and that is a lot of fun. One of the apps I installed lets you listen to a fire on the beach and depending on where you turn your head or walk to, you can get closer to or farther away from the sound source. I can see a lot of potential and entertainment value with that.
I also use these headphones for phone calls.. the call quality, or more importantly the voice recognition is much better. My previous headphones would pick up a lot of ambient noise around me and in some cases, that noise was amplified to the point where i would have to mute my side of the call until I needed to speak. These new headphones have eliminated a lot of that issue.
as far as fit and form, they fit much better than the QC35ii headphones, they feel like they seal around my ears much better. They are much more comfortable as well.
Sound quality with music is what you expect from Bose, deep bass, crisp highs, nothing seems muddy, at least not based on my musical tastes.
I guess the only downside I have run into is the fact that my QC35ii headphones use the Bose Connect app and the NC700 headphones use the Bose Music app. I was hoping I could use the NC700 headphones with the music sharing feature of the Bose Connect app, but that is not happening at this time.
I bought two sets of these last month, one for myself and one for my wife. The setup process was rough on an iPhone 7 but smooth on my iPhone X. The iPhone 7 had to be redone several time before the configuration completed.
We’ve now used them wireless and wired on several long trips. The 20 hours battery life is the real deal, we loved it. In our first round of traveling we both encountered a bug that required some fiddling with the app (it would pair, lose connection, repair, lose connection, and keep going).
I’m sure these bugs will be fixed in time.
The sound is rich. The noise cancellation is outstanding and can be adjusted 0 to 10. It works well with a lawn mower, air planes, noise in the computer room, etc.
It works well with phone calls and the swiping on the head phone to change tracks and volume works surprisingly well. It’s only had a couple issues when I’ve mowed the lawn in the heat, sort of weird.
The Alexa connection is nice when I use it, which is pretty rare.
They are very comfortable though I noticed they fit pretty tightly and it’s nice to take them off after several hours. They look great and are surprisingly easy to adjust.
Overall these are a solid upgrade from my previous Bose and my wife’s Beats. I would highly recommend them and I suspect a couple of firmware updates and app updates will stabilize the lingering issues we’ve seen.
After trying several pairs of headphones, these are the best so far. The build quality is super solid (no worry about crushing them in your bag when travelling) and the sound is incredible. One of my main concerns is having clear audio when on my commute (especially when listening to podcasts), but these headphones have been unbeatable so far. The audio is crisp and clear, even when in noisy environments due to the noise cancelling functions. Highly recommend purchasing a pair!
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