Why I Chose Bose QC15 Over Beats Studio Headphones

Why I Chose Bose QC15 Over Beats Studio Headphones
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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.

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  1. Alex Demskie says:

    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 says:

      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.

  2. Jerry says:

    Great article. Cheers. Will being going Bose!

  3. Alex Fillippenko says:

    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.

  4. BeatMe By Dre says:

    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 says:

      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

  5. Don Haynes says:

    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.

  6. Roderick Marshall says:

    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!

  7. Kingsley says:

    Nice article. I am gonna buy bose qc15.

  8. 40kal says:

    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!

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

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  11. ........... says:

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

  12. Angel says:

    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.

  13. Olie says:

    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.

  14. Trung says:

    Very good review. Thanks

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