Bose' QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones hit the streets today, with the new QC25 cans replacing the popular QC15 headphones – but thankfully at the same $399 price point.
As tipped in press photos leaked last month, the QC25s sport a new-look design with an oversized and perhaps Beats-influenced design.
They're also available in a more fashionable white (with caramel padding) as well as conventional black, each with blue accents.
The white model gets an audio cable in bright look-at-me blue.
Thankfully the black versions keep the more discrete black cable.
And if the AAA battery in your QuietComfort 25 headphones runs dry after hitting the claimed '35 hours of use' you'll still be able to use the cans, of course without the benefits of their noise smack-down circuitry.
The QC25s also include an inline remote and microphone so you can use them with your smartphone.
“The QuietComfort 25 headphones set a new standard for performance,” boasts Bose veep Sean Garrett.
“We improved nearly every dimension – greater noise reduction, lifelike audio, a striking new profile and styles, and a new earcup pivot to fold up smaller than ever."
Bose says the QC25's entire mechanical design – "including materials, angles, arc lengths and headband radii" – was revamped to sit closer to the head, with pads using "an engineered fabric found in high-end automotive applications" and ear cushions "made of protein leather."
The QC25s also fold down into a more compact footprint which in turn makes for a smaller case to slip into your carry-on bag.
On the tech side, Bose is claiming a more finely-tuned Active EQ for smoother frequency response across the full spectrum of sound, and a lower noise floor to reduce the common 'hiss' associated with active noise-cancelling headphones.
For more on the new Bose QuietComfort 25's, click through to Bose.com.au.
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