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Bose Announces QuietComfort 2 headphones

Bose Corporation has announced the QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones. We reviewed the first generation QuietComfort headphones last year, and were impressed with its performance. The QuietComfort 2 features include a fold flat design, single earcup audio cable, detachable audio cable with built-in volume control, Active Equalization, low battery life indicator, dual plug adapter,

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I tried these on my recent trip to the US, and I don’t know if the QC2 is as good as theQC1’s.

Sure the new design is far better as they do fold flat and reduce the size of bag you have to tote around, but whether the demo models were low on battery power or not, I just felt the amount of sound the 2’s cut out was less than the old model.

The point for me for getting the Bose would be to cut out high/low noise AND speech - there is nothing worse than sitting on a noisy train or somewhere and you get the loudmouth on his mobile sharing his conversation with 3 other countries!!

But from my tests of the Bose in store the speech can still be heard - annoyingly clearly as well. They would be great for eavesdropping conversations if that is your want. But I think after using them for a short time my Sony EX70’s cut out more noise and speech.

I know I said I’d have them on my shopping list but I think I may strike them off it for now.

Posted by MadPict in Irvine, CA on June 17, 2003 at 3:40 PM (CDT)


With the disclaimer that I don’t use the Bose headphones, I have found that noise cancelling headphones make your neighbors conversation come in clearer than in a noisy environment.  Noise cancelling headphones can lower the volume of constant noise, such as airplane engines or trains clicking down the tracks, but they cannont reduce voices. 

For complete isolation, try some Etymotic earphones.

Posted by Mike in Irvine, CA on June 17, 2003 at 9:11 PM (CDT)


No noise cancelling headphones will eliminate speak.  Not enough consistancy in speach, to “hear” and “cancel”  Babies crying consitantly, that works for some reason.  Sounds, constant and loud.  That works too!

As for the new ones, I don’t think they are better.  LOVE the new design, bought them for my GF, but sound seemed inferior to old ones.

Posted by nicholas in Irvine, CA on June 18, 2003 at 4:18 PM (CDT)


Thanks for adding to my doubt about the effectiveness of the QC2’s. Glad it wasn’t just me :-)

Posted by MadPict in Irvine, CA on June 18, 2003 at 5:11 PM (CDT)

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