The Bose QuietComfort 25 are above-average headphones with excellent noise cancelling. They are lightweight, comfortable and offer a decent audio reproduction. Unfortunately, they're a little leaky and are audible to the people around you, even at moderate volumes.
- Comfortable design.
- Above-average audio reproduction.
- Amazing noise isolation.
- Average build quality.
- Moderate sound leakage.
The QuietComfort 25 are stylish and very comfortable headphones. The light, softly, padded ear cups and the flexible headband provide a good seal that does not feel too tight on the head. They have an efficient control scheme and a sturdy case. However, they have a mostly plastic build, that doesn't feel as durable as some other over-ear models and they're not stable enough to be used at the gym.
Sleek, simple design makes the Bose QuietComfort 25 look modern. The thin, padded headband is covered in fabric that matches the overall color scheme of black, dark grey and blue accents. The ear cups are large, well-padded and have the silver Bose Logo branded on both sides. A nice esthetic, and not overstated.
These headphones are very lightweight and comfortable. However, when noise-cancelling is activated, you may feel an uncomfortable pressure in your ears. The effect is less noticeable when music is playing through the headphones (as opposed to silence).
The Bose QuietComfort 25 are decently stable headphones. They stay in place during casual listening sessions and have a detachable audio cable that won't pull the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something. However, these headphones do not apply enough pressure around the ears and will slip off while running or doing high-intensity physical exercises. Shaking your head from side to side will make the ear cups sway because of the lack of tension, which is slightly disappointing.
The QC 25 are mid-sized Over-ear headphones. They're are decently portable and fold up into a more compact format to take less space in a bag. Sadly they will still be too big to carry around on your person and will not comfortably fit into any pockets.
The Bose QuietComfort 25 are a pleasure to listen to. They provide an above-average audio reproduction with low harmonic distortion. They're slightly hyped at the low end but offer a good representation of instruments and vocals. This makes them well-suited for most genres of music. Unfortunately like the QuietComfort 35, their closed-back design limits the openness of their soundstage and slightly decreases their sound quality.
Excellent Bass Range performance. The low-end cutoff is at an excellent 10Hz, and the rest of the response is virtually flat. However, the entire Bass Range is overemphasized by about 2dB, which makes these headphones ever-so-slightly bass heavy.
Excellent Mid Range performance. The response is virtually flat and unremarkable.
Decent but fairly inconsistent performance. The dip around 5KHz negatively affects the presence and clarity of most instruments, especially vocals.
Poor soundstage. Although the drivers of these headphones seem to be angled, they don't activate the resonances of the outer ear the way speakers do. Therefore, the soundstage may be perceived to be located inside the head, as opposed to in front. Also, due to the excellent active-noise cancelling of these headphones, the Openness score is quite low, as these headphones sound very closed and don't interact with their environment acoustically.
Very good imaging. The phase response is very good and quite flat, which results in accurate and transparent imaging. Additionally, the drivers of our test unit were relatively well-matched, the most noticeable mismatch being 1.4dB in amplitude.
Very good distortion restuls. At 90dB SPL these headphones perform well throughout the spectrum, although the amount of harmonic distortion in the Treble Range is slightly elevated. At 100dB SPL, the profile of the harmonic distortion doesn't change, and although there is a general rise in the overall amount, it remains within good values.
The QuietComfort 25 do not disappoint when it comes to noise isolation. When you turn on the ANC, you can feel the pressure change in the ear cups, which is a true testament to how efficient the noise cancelation in these headphones is. The same can not be said for sound leakage. Unfortunately, some of your music will escape at high volumes which may not be suitable for office use.
One of our best-performing Over-Ear headphones. With ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) set to On, these headphones provide even isolation, from -20dB at 100Hz down to -30dB at 2.5KHz. With ANC Off, the low-end isolation goes away for the most part, but the performance from 3KHz and up will remain virtually the same.
These headphones leak sound a lot which makes them less than ideal for office use. The leakage on the headphones becomes significant starting at around 400Hz and will continue up to 4KHz. The overall level of the leakage is also relatively loud.
The QC25 only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for other use cases except as noise canceling headphones, as they lack both wireless or an app, to enhance and customize their sound. On the upside, the AAA cell delivers a good battery life that lasts up to 32 hours of continuous playback, which should easily cover a weekend's worth of use without needing to change batteries.
The QC25 use two AAA batteries to deliver 32.8 hours of continuous play time. This makes them good headphones to use on long flights or road trips as you won't need to change the batteries as throughout the day. Luckily, they can be used without the battery, but lose a bit of audio quality when the battery is dead. They also don't have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones
- Audio cable
- Airline adapter
- Carrying case
- AAA batteries