Why I Chose Bose QC15 Over Beats Studio Headphones

QC15 vs Beats Studio poster

Build Quality and Cables

The Monster Beats does have metal hinges and folds up, and the earcups of the Bose fold down to lay flat on a desk.  We don’t think either would stand up to be accidentally stepped on, however.

One thing to note about the Beats is their shiny look.  Some people think they are very sleek, but that shiny texture picks up fingerprints.  You just touch the headset to take them off, and you have smudges.  The kit does come with a microfiber cleaning cloth, but to keep these at their best you’d be polishing them all day.

Both come with two sets of detachable audio cables (one with an in-line remote and microphone for Apple iPods and iPhones, and one for normal devices).  Both also require batteries: the Beats requires two AA batteries while the Bose only requires one.  Both headsets will only operate with noise cancellation on, and when the batteries run out, so does the music.  This is really par for the course in a noise-cancelling set, and it shouldn’t be a major factor in your decision.

Audio cables

The Monster Beats Studio are a very nice set of cans, and has a few features that the QC15 does not.  For one, it comes with Monster cables that are much beefier than the ones provided by Bose.  The Beats also has a “mute” button on the right ear-cup that you can press so that you can hear what’s going on outside your personal music world.


The Bose audio cables are thinner and are technically proprietary.  The end of each cable terminates with a little “cartridge” that fits snugly into the left can, and when installed looks completely integrated, as if the cable were permanently attached.  The cable also has a “high/low” gain switch so you can adjust the volume on high-gain devices.


  1. richard

    April 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I own the bose qc15 because i was after a updated version
    of the bose qc2. the bose qc15 are way awesome
    the reason i like them is they fit perfectly on my small head
    my dad hd650 do feel much bigger on my head even though
    there a little wider and longer than the bose qc15 but not by much
    also i updated my ear pads with a set of beyerdynamic velor ear pads
    and they are much more comfy than the normal leather ear pads
    also my bose qc15 are hooked to the fiio e17 and e12 amp combo
    the e17 is used for when on the labtop
    the e17 and e12 are both used when useing a portable cd player
    yes i still listen to cds.
    also you can fine tune the treble and bass boost
    on both amps. wich is way cool if you want to turn down the treble
    or increase the bass as you see fit.

    also i used my dad hd650 here is comparison to them.
    the hd650 are bigger in size
    they have a open echoy deep dark fuller sound to them
    but they are louder over all.
    i had to turn down the amp volume.
    from the settings i have for the bose qc15
    the qc15 sound warmer and brighter
    and also have crisp detailed clear sound to them
    but you can listen to them on a low volume
    and still get great sound out of them.
    even though the hd650 is an open back audiophile headphone
    i still prefer the warm bright of the qc15
    also its sound great with all the music i listen
    no hip hop rap or rnb or heavy metal
    or moden radio music.
    i perfer old pop and rock tunes
    and the bose qc15 sounds awesome
    for a non aduiophile the bose qc15 are great
    also they have noice cancelling with high end headphones
    just don.t have and also the bose qc15 is great for portable devices
    over all. high end headphones are tricky to work with
    because some are better than others and they all sound diffrent
    with diffrent genres of music.

    and i prefer an ovel ear cup over a full circle ear cup
    so something like the beyerdynamic t1.s might sound total awesome
    but not with all music and the size of the ear cup might feel huge on me i can tell you the t1s are 10cm ear cup all round
    but qc15 is 10cm long and 8cm wide so these suite me more
    also with high end headphones you might need a high end amp
    the fii0 e17 might not cut it with a 600 ohm headphone
    you can get high end low impedence headphones
    but they are big and bulky and no noise cancelling feature either
    i know the bose qc25 has the ablity to listen to music without a battery but it won.t sound as good as it does when the noice cancelling is on.

    also every headphone is diffrent and every person is diffrent
    so what might suite me might not suite someone else here is a example
    you might find someone who loves the beyerdynamic dt880s
    and someone might love the hd650s they both sound very diffrent
    and suite diffrent music genres
    but someone who has listen to both the hd650 and dt880s
    might like the lesser sounding qc15 because they act like a closed back warm bright sounding of the hd650 well thats what i found

    i will never give up my bose qc15 unless it breaks due to old age
    but other than i think they beat high end headphones
    for diffrent reasons other than not sounding a good a high end headphone. but everyone ears and hearing is diffrent

  2. stan

    December 12, 2014 at 2:07 am

    This article is just what I was waiting for. I needed a real comparison between Bose and Beats and it appears that all the points you have enumerated are just what I was expecting in headphones that cost that much. I love music and privacy, lightness and comfort and Bose definitely “beats” Beats.

  3. Adrian

    October 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Bose have always been preferred over beats. The noise cancelation on the Beats suck and Bose is the absolute winner in comfort. In terms of bass, when something is too bass heavy, then all other sounds are drowned out. BOSE OVER BEATS. Not even a competition there.

  4. Bill Wells

    October 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I’ve listened to probably hundreds of audio systems, speakers, headphones over decades. I just recently decided on Bose QC25 headphones after listening to many others. They are just unreal in every facet, great sound and noise cancelling. Worth every penny to me. Bose is Bose, enough said.

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  6. Trung

    February 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Very good review. Thanks

  7. Olie

    February 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I bought the Bose QC15 Custom Color headphones and love them. They are a million times for comfy than the beats. The beats have better bass, IMO, but the qc15s rock it too. Sound is amazing.

  8. Angel

    December 24, 2013 at 8:02 am

    I did the TEST at the mall on Dec 23 with loud people, christmas Music, loud Tv's on sale etc.
    Beats might get a tiny better bass sound BUT BOSE was quite in off , your senses are switch to to rest mode it was so owesome just to hear my mind. I spend $275.00 x 2 One for me at home one for my wife at work. Thanks BOSE for give me peace.

  9. ...........

    December 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    hey guys i really cant decide between the new beats studios (2013 version) or the qc15…..

  10. Vinod

    December 10, 2013 at 5:40 am


    • Jake Haskell

      March 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      They're really not… They just look better

  11. @JustinAYoung

    August 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    You *HEARD* 10Hz with the Bose headphones? Umm…no.

  12. 40kal

    February 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I just picked up the Bose QC15's over the Studio's and so far I'm pretty stoked breaking them in now. I use them in a factory and they pretty much block out 85% of the sound. Turn up the volume all the way you aren't hearing nothing!

  13. Kingsley

    January 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Nice article. I am gonna buy bose qc15.

  14. Roderick Marshall

    January 10, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Well I have been buying bose for over 10 years and what I can tell you is this, bose stands bye it’s products. I broke my first pair of bose QC15 headphones at the gym and returned them. I told the lady it was my fault, she replaced them “NO QUESTIONS ASKED” now lets see beats audio stand by their product like bose . Fat chance of that! Go bose you can’t go wrong!

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  16. Don Haynes

    May 1, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I actually don't think you're allowed to say "Blackeyed Peas" and "good music" in the same sentence. It has been known to cause spontaneous combustion from all the methane found in bullsh*t. On the subject of the article, I love Bose. Spendy stuff, but the audio is superb. I have a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and I wouldn't dream of getting on a plane without them.

  17. BeatMe By Dre

    April 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I can't believe what I'm reading. Dr Dre knows audio, and the Beats are way better than any Bose or even that European Seinheisser crap. Beats have the most bass and the best sound. Who cares if the lady on the bus can hear my Blackeyed Peas?… at least she gets exposed to good music.

    • Jake Haskell

      March 6, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      That's why beats have very poor miss and highs, the bass is muddy and overpowering, and if you are comparing beats to sennheiser and say beats are better… You sir are phycho… Bose and beats are nowhere near comparison. First, the QC-15 noise cancelling is phenomenal. The studio sucks. It only cancels 30% at the most. All of the frequencies are even, when beats are all centered around bass. Sure, maybe dr. Dre knows audio, but monster and dre do not know how to make a pair of good headphones that are worth $300

    • JOBA

      June 30, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Pfft! Bose has been around a whole lot longer than Beats, preferred sound system by NASA, built in sound system in many luxury cars, awesome surround sound system in home theaters, and the list goes on. Beats has nothing on Bose. Bose is like the pioneer on audio. "Dr. Dre knows audio" is just a funny way to advertise Beats so it can sell.

  18. Alex Fillippenko

    April 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I need to think a lot at my job, and the large telescopes are really loud. I use Bose headphones all the time just to make everything silent.

  19. Jerry

    April 28, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Great article. Cheers. Will being going Bose!

  20. Alex Demskie

    April 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    In my opinion noise cancelling doesn't work that well, adds lots of static and has too many compromises. Get a good pair of isolating in-ears. It's going to sound better AND block out much more background noise.

    • ocmodshop

      April 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

      There isn't any static with the Bose QC15… that's the beauty of it. I use them at work even without any music playing just so I can think… you'd be surprised how much distracting noise is around you.

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