Bose 700 – high-quality headphones with active noise reduction, elegant design, and unique features. Bose has rethought its "noise canceling" range of headphones and has persistently competed in the leadership race in this field.
The architecture of the Bose 700 Noise Canceling headphones is excellent. Especially compared to the QuietComfort35s, which started to look obsolete. The new model appears innovative, but also, as many would suggest, modern.
The simple yet sleek, minimalistic look of Bose 700 sets them apart from their competition, with quality materials and impressive assembly that challenges that of Bowers & Wilkins PX7.
Bose NC Headphones 700 Review
Type: Closed-back Over-ear Noise Canceling Headphones | Bluetooth: 5.0 | Latency: 180 ms (average) |Battery: 20 Hours | Charging Time: 2.5 Hours | Quick-Charge: 3.5 Hours in 15 mins | Drivers: Dynamic | Weight: 254g | Microphones: 6 NC + 4 Voice Capture (2 are shared)
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 is a masterpiece noise-canceling headphone introduced in the USA and Europe in July 2019. It is clear from the first measures that the $399 product is a premium noise canceling headphone. Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 package excites: the headphones, a premium travel bag, USB charging cable, wired audio cable as well as the user guide are included inside.
Bose 700 – high-quality headphones with active noise reduction, elegant design, and unique features. Bose has rethought its “noise canceling” range of headphones and has persistently competed in the leadership race in this field.
The Bose Noise Cancelling 700 headphones come well packaged: the headphones themselves
- A sturdy carrying case
- USB Type-A to USB Type-C charging cable for charging
- An audio cable for wired connection
- And documentation.
Indeed, Bose 700 NC headphones come with a sturdy carrying case that holds the headphones and two cables. The whole thing fits easily into a standard backpack.
The design of the Bose NC 700 speaker is beautiful. It looks old-fashioned, especially when compared to its predecessor, the QC 35 II. The new model is interesting and can be described as totally innovative. It doesn’t fold, which is inconvenient if you’re traveling by plane and want to carry it in your backpack, but overall it’s a very interesting design.
Although Bose 700 has a light constitution, its architecture prevents folding. The cups can swivel 90 degrees, but that’s all about it. The headphones can still be carried around using the carrying case provided; however, it takes a lot more space than necessary.
A steel headband with gentle cushions connects both earcups without any additional components. The Bose Noise Cancelling 700 earcups are made of high-quality plastic, without metal inserts like the QC 35 II. The leather earpads are soft enough. Overall, I found the design to be slim, compact, and discreet. I was pleased with the smooth lines and high-quality materials.
Adjusting the size is done by sliding the cups along the cylindrical sides of the headband. The cable is of high quality, including 3.5 mm and 2.5 mm jack at each end. Indeed, not the most common format. Due to very thoughtful ergonomics, Bose 700 headphones not only look great, but they also impress its user with top-tier comfort that makes listening to music for hours without a break, a piece of cake.
One of the drawbacks of the QC 35 is the call quality, with poor voice separation. The good news is that the 700 headset is much better, and the sound is clearer. Also, don’t forget to set “clear sound” to “high” in the settings. Your sentences may sound a bit sibilant, but the person you’re talking to will be less affected by background noise.
Connecting the headphones to a source can be done in wireless and using a wired cable. The microphone records and captures sound immaculately, highly reliable, with crystal clear voice even in noisy environments.
The two control keys located on the right earcup are responsible for the activation/deactivation of Bluetooth, and to disconnect the headphones from your mobile phone with a long press.
At the forefront of the right earcup is a smart touchpad that lets you: Switch tracks by swiping forward/back; Up and down: to adjust the volume; Double-tap: start/stop, answer phone calls; Long press: decline phone calls. Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 support 5.0 Bluetooth connectivity, including SBC and AAC codecs.
Simultaneous communication with numerous sources is possible. Bose 700 is capable of tracking up to 8 unique connections made with a variety of devices: computers, laptops, smartphones, etc.
Other reviews of the Bose NC 700 mention that it doesn’t have a feature, like the Sony, that mutes the sound when you put your hand on a cup. That’s not true; this headset has a dedicated talk mode. Simply press and hold the button on the left earpiece to hear what’s going on around you without having to remove the headset from your head.
As with Sony’s line of noise-canceling headphones, we expected Bose to finally implement codecs that allow for wireless high-resolution audio transmission. To our surprise, the Bose 700 only supports the standard Bluetooth codecs: SBC and AAC.
If you have an iPhone 7 or newer, you need a Lightning to mini-jack 3.5mm adapter. Bose engineers have traditionally used a 2.5mm jack, but it seems that this standard is no longer used. It’s not very practical to carry a cable with two different plugs in addition to the adapter. However, you have to live with it because the Bluetooth connection is not always available.
Another issue we found in Bose 700 is that when you want to wear the headphones around your neck, the earpiece is pointing towards the 700 (why is it pointing away?). Why offer a USB-A to USB-C cable when the market is moving towards USB-C? Because if your computer, even a MacBook, doesn’t have a USB-A port, you’ll have to connect it with an adapter.
The manufacturer recommends installing Bose Music software. This gives you more flexibility to control the best part of these headphones – noise cancellation, which can be set to 11 modes in the Bose Music software and three modes via the external buttons on the ear cups.
To connect the Headphones 700 to your smartphone or tablet (up to five devices), you have to go through the Bose Music app. The connection will take a few minutes, but you can use the headphones comfortably once it’s established.
Note that several configuration options include noise cancellation intensity (0-10, with three customizable shortcuts). On the other hand, unlike Sony’s offerings, the Bose headphones don’t come with an equalizer to adjust the sound.
Similar to Bose QC 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM3, the subject of which noise-canceling headphones are more powerful in terms of “sound attenuation,” remains controversial and debatable. Everyone believes that Sony is much stronger, while some feel that the NC 700 is the more competent one. However, the critical point is that both devices are of the same tier, the best in the sector.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700’s performance output is not adversely compromised by noise cancellation. They sound markedly better using the cable, though — better sound restitution, with a more organic sound.
The ability to diminish external noises is powerful. Its power is not spectacular in the sense that it does not exceed Sony WH-1000XM3 or Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but fine-tuning the level of noise reduction and other exciting features make the headphones more attractive. The Bose AR is also a fascinating addition that may appeal to many, but we did not have the opportunity to test it.
The Bose 700 features a customizable active noise reduction system that offers multiple levels of noise reduction. Adjusting the raw power of your 700 noise cancelling headphones to suit a noisy conversation, office or airplane offers a lot of flexibility. On the other hand, we don’t understand why Bose offers so many levels of noise reduction: the difference isn’t noticeable when you switch from one to the other.
Even when the noise reduction is at max level, there’s always some noise escaping the ANC (when you type hard on the keyboard, for example), but those who want to maintain silence will be satisfied.
For their part, the Bose noise cancelling headphones 700 sound pretty great. The sound is nice and smooth and the high frequencies are perfect. All instruments were clearly audible. The midrange and bass are also well represented. Now yes, you may feel that the sound is a bit distant, but overall it is very beautifully integrated.
The sub-bass gets noticed excellently. And, in the contemporary era, there are still many artistic songs that use those frequencies. Yet the focus on bass, for instance, on symphonic compositions, has always seemed superfluous. Despite the softer low frequencies, these headphones are still more relevant to dance music, house music, EDM and mainstream music.
Audio playback lacks that individual character that makes us appreciate the headphones over other brands. Still, the 700 is a fine choice for tracks with bass (like hip-hop), but while it’s more refined than the Bose QC 35 II, it still has some issues where the active noise cancellation slightly affects the audio experience.
In the end, the Bose NC 700 closed-design provides its listeners with a broad, open, soundstage. The placement of perceived instruments and vocals is extraordinary. And taking into account that these headphones are Bluetooth, the outcome is compelling even without engaging the high-resolution audio codecs.
It should be noted that you cannot play music and charge the headphones at the same time with the cable attached.
If you’ve ever used a Bose device, you’ll love this new flagship: the Bose 700 headphones offer better sound quality and many new features than the previous QC series. The headphones have a trendy and stylish appearance and have one of the most powerful noise cancellation systems on the market. Sure, it isn’t cheap, but the features, build quality, and sound makes it worth it.