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Review: Bose QC15 and AE2i headphones

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When it comes to quality audio there aren’t too many companies that can do it better than Bose.

The sound quality of its famous Quiet Comfort noise cancelling and regular audio headphones provide a feast for the ears.

But the best just got better – Bose has now have added an inline remote and microphone to control your music with the iPhone, iPad, iPod and the MacBook Pro.  

The headphones themselves – the Quiet Comfort 15 noise cancelling headphones and the AE2i – feature the same high quality construction, ergonomic design and acoustic design as the previous models.

But now, with the addition of the inline remote control and microphone, it is even easier to navigate your music and even answer phone calls without taking off the headphones.

The three-button remote allows users to pause and move forward and back through their music and adjust the volume.

The excellent Bose QC15 noise cancelling headphone now have an inline remote and microphone

And the remote is also handy for making and receiving calls on an iPhone.

The Bose headphones can also be used with a MacBook Pro to listen to and navigate your music and is also handy for FaceTime and Skype calls.

For those of you who have already invested in either or both of these headphones, the good news is you can buy the remote and microphone accessory separately for $49.95 (AE2) and $64.95 (QC15).

The Bose Quiet Comfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones and three-button inline remote/microphone

Bose Quiet Comfort 15

It was quite an achievement for the QC15 to outperform the previous excellent Quiet Comfort 3 to become Bose’s quietest headphones ever.

The QC15 uses microphones inside and outside the cushioned ear cups to sense and eliminate outside noise so all you hear is the music or the movie.

This a must-have product for frequent travellers whether your mode of transport is a bus, train or an aircraft.

Now with the inline remote and microphone, the QC15 is even more useful especially since our mobile devices have also became our mobile music and video players.

One thing we had to get used to was having the inline remote and microphone on the left hand cord. All of the other inline remotes we’ve used, including the one on Apple’s own earphone mic, are on the right.

But that was a very small price to pay to have outstanding audio quality and control over your device and calls.

The Bose AE2i can provide excellent audio and control over your music and phone calls

Bose AE2i

The go-anywhere AE2 headphones are back – better than ever with the addition of the three-button inline remote and microphone.

The AE2i features improved ear cushions and an adjustable headband to ensure hours of comfortable listening.

On the audio front the on-board acoustic equalisation delivers excellent audio and when you’re done the headphones fold flat and fit into the supplied drawstring bag.

The QC15 Acoustic Noise Cancellation headphones with inline remote work even better now with iPad, iPod and iPhone


Bose has made their already impressive headphones even better.

The Bose Quiet Comfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones should be the first thing frequent travellers pack in their carry-on bag while the AE2i can immerse you in your music anywhere.

And both can also offer even more convenience and control with the addition of the three-button inline remote and microphone.

Now there’s no excuse for anyone who’s after excellent audio, high quality and a remarkable and reliable travel companion.

Bose QC15 and AE2i

Price: $499 (QC15) and $249 (AE2i)

Five stars (out of five) – QC15

Four and half stars (out of five) – AE2i