newest QuietComfort headphones feature new noise cancellation technology, more comfortable earpads and an option cell phone connectivity kit. The $349 QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are scheduled to go on sale starting in mid-June.
The headphones are the latest generation of the QuietComfort series, which employs active noise cancelling circuitry, instead of just blocking extraneous noise from the ear canal, as many less expensive in-ear earphones do. The electronics provided increased active attenuation compared to their predecessors, according to Bose, which means that users will experience even less unwanted noise from the outside world.
The earphones are wrapped in over-the-ear cushions that use a proprietary memory foam cell structure and air-restrictive outer covering that better conforms to the shape of your ears and seals your ears without applying too much pressure, according to the company. What’s more, the headphones use the “TriPort” acoustic headphone structure originally found in Bose’s headphones for airplane pilots. What results is an improved ability to reproduce low frequencies, such as bass notes.
Bose also uses smaller electronics that draw less power than the QuietComfort 2 headphones, which it plans to keep selling for $299. QuietComfort 3 headphones use rechargeable lithium ion batteries which last for about 20 hours at a continuous stretch.
The single audio cable is removable, so you can get noise reduction without having to remain tethered to anything. And for an additional $39.98, you can get the QC3 Cell Connect accessory kit, which lets you use the headphones and an in-line microphone with your cell phone.
The headphones come in a silver finish and include a dual-plug adapter, 1/4-inch home stereo adapter, five-foot cord, carrying case, rechargeable battery and charger.
Bose’s Web site had not been updated with information about the new QC3’s as
posted this article.