There is a lot of debate about which is the best set of consumer noise-cancelling headphones. The two main camps are divided between the Bose QuietComfort 15 (QC15) and Monster Beats Studio by Dr. Dre. Both have the same retail price ($299.99), and each have their own pros and cons.
Doing research on each of these headphones will reveal a lot of information, some of which are informed, but most of which are bandwagoned opinions I have tested both of these headphones, and I finally chose the Bose QC15.
Both of these headphones compete very well against one another, and each has their own features that may or may not be a deal-breaker for you. As far as sound goes, both are pretty much on par with each other and will give you an excellent auditory experience. You will be able to pick out sounds and nuances of your music that you have not heard before. Many people have said that the Beats has a slight edge on bass, which may be true but for me it wasn’t a night-and-day difference.