Full-size headphones for Macs and iOS devices
Posted 15 January 2012 - 01:04 PM
Agree - my Bose headphones are top notch. For Wireless, I have a set of Rocket Boost headphones with decent dynamic range, so that I don't have to plug in my Bose headphones as often. Rocket Boost has the added advantage that it can transmit on several different frequencies so that you can use multiple sets of headphones (or other wireless receivers) with the same transmitter. Be warned, though, that they come with cheap-sh*t batteries so you will need to buy a more reliable pair of rechargeables.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 03:24 PM
We didn't realize Bose recently updated the QC15 to include an Apple-compatible inline remote/microphone module. Our mistake.
That said, having tested the QC15, I will say that while they are among the better noise-cancelation headphones on the market, they certainly don't best all the models here when it comes to audio quality.
We regularly get questions about which Apple-compatible (inline remote/mic) full-size headphones are available; this was primarily a roundup of what's out there. We'll be reviewing some of these models separately.
This isn't necessarily accurate. A set of quality in-ear headphones that fits well will provide a considerable degree of noise isolation, allowing you to listen at lower volume levels that you would otherwise. That said, in-ear headphones that isolate well likely won't be great for exercise because of cable microphonics. (You can get more info from our in-ear-canal headphones primer.)
As noted in the intro, these headphones all include a cable, as they offer an inline remote/microphone module.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 03:30 PM
They're useful as a roundup of what's available and for getting a quick summary of what's unique about each product. But, yes, they aren't an evaluative buying guide.
For what it's worth, I've tested all the products listed except for the Stir It Up, Major FX, Reference One, and Mode M40. Of the ones I've tested (including the QC15—see previous comments), my favorites in terms of sound quality are probably the P5, Sonic, and M-80, with the Aviator a step below but still a fun listen.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 07:06 PM
I used my Bose QC 15s when I want quiet. The sound is excellent for almost any kind of music and very comfortable. While I prefer the Sennheisers for classical, I only use them when the ambient noise is low due to the open design.
I use the Aviators when I'm wanting more low end like for rock, pop or some jazz. The have a nice round low end without being overbearing.
I use the 50/50s when I'm driving or doing something outside.
If I could only have one pair, it would be the Bose followed by the 50/50s due to the ability to use them anywhere anytime.