In these times of confinement and telecommuting, you might be thinking about getting a quality noise canceling headset. This is what this successor of the QC 35 offers. After two months of use, I give you my opinion on this product in this test of the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700.
Introducing the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
Unboxing the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700, shown here in its silver color, you will find a USB-C cable, a (large) carrying case, an audio cable and a getting started guide.
|Dimension||20.3cm (H) x 16.5cm (W) x 5.1cm (D)|
|Materials||Pole: Stainless steel available in 3 premium finishes
Headband pad: Ultra-soft gel-like foam covered with color-matched silicone
Pads: Soft foam covered with synthetic leather
Headphone Covers: Finished with a non-stick coating suitable for touch controls
|Autonomy||Until 8 p.m.
Charging time: Up to 2.5h
Fast charge: up to 3.5h of listening in 15min
Charging via USB-C
|Microphones||8 microphones in total
6 microphones for active noise reduction (ANC)
4 microphones for voice capture (2 are also used for ANC)
|Bluetooth||Range up to 10m
SBC and AAC codec
|Connectivity||USB for charging
3.5mm audio jack
|Orders||Touch: Volume, change song, phone calls, customizable shortcuts
Keys: Virtual personal assistant (Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa), Bluetooth, Controllable noise reduction
Voice Activated Virtual Personal Assistant: Amazon Alexa
Bose Music app
Unlike its predecessor, the Bose QC 35 II, this headset incorporates noise reduction adjustable on 10 levels instead of 3. In addition, it is equipped with 5 multi-point Bluetooth connectivity. Relatively handy for pairing multiple devices and automatically switching between your cell phone and computer, for example. It remains compatible with Alexa and Google Home assistants. *
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The Bose Headphones 700 noise canceling headphones immediately impress with their appearance and the quality of the materials used. The hoop is made of stainless steel and covered with a silicone pad. In addition to being pleasant to wear, the latter provides good support for the helmet on the top of the head.
To sum up, the Bose Headphones 700 unequivocally provides an elegant design, good quality materials and optimum comfort. Once in place on your ears, it holds up very well and does not move.
After several months of testing, I must say that the sound quality of the Bose 700 is bluffing. The sound reproduction is balanced and extremely well detailed, in any case enough to hear all the instrument sounds in great detail. You can also easily immerse yourself in a movie, the bass provides good vibrations. Plus, if you crank up the volume all the way and your ears hold up, you won’t notice any saturation.
I have often used it for my audio conferences and phone calls. The microphone does the job perfectly. Noise reduction will activate to reduce noise around you during a conversation. The other party can hear you better in a noisy environment. I have been pointed out a few times that I cannot be heard very well, but I have not been able to identify if the problem is with the headphones or the internet connection. Note that a USB dongle exists to improve compatibility with Teams, the Bose USB Link Bluetooth®.
The active noise reduction of the Bose Headphones 700
As far as I’m concerned, I bought the Bose 700 during a promotional offer to allow me to isolate myself from the noise during my days at home when needed.
On this criterion, I am satisfied with my purchase although I would have expected a little more, especially concerning the voices. However, my various tests on the Bose 700 are conclusive. No noise of breath to be deplored even with the maximum level. While not all noise is eliminated, most will be significantly reduced. Which will give you real relief to concentrate or isolate yourself more. Associated with instrumental music for concentration, it works wonders.
I noticed that it is very effective especially with deaf noises, such as an air conditioning, a fridge, a fan, the neighbor who passes the mower. I haven’t tested it on a plane yet, but I think it must be very effective. Human voices are strongly attenuated. Coupled with listening to music, the reduction is only improved and allows you to isolate quite remarkably from the cries of children or discussions of your colleagues. Having said that, if someone is talking very loudly next to you in Openspace, you will still hear them, but less.
I can’t give you a comparison with the Sony WH-1000XM4 because I couldn’t test it long enough. That said, the Bose Headphones 700 does the job largely and well.
Touch controls and functions
The helmet has three adjustment buttons. The first, located on the left ear cup, adjusts the noise reduction level. A long press on it will pause your listening as well as the noise reduction to allow you to talk to someone for example. The button is not very well located and we tend to lift the earpiece rather than using it.
On the right earpiece, a button allows you to activate Bluetooth on the device and the second to activate the voice assistant Alexa or Google Home.
The Bose Headphones 700 also has touch controls to adjust your playback volume, change music on your playlist, and pause. You can also pick up or hang up a call by touch. The touch functions respond well and provide real added value. You just have to get used to it.
A tactile way to pause sound and noise reduction, like on the Sony WH-1000XM4, would have been welcome. For example, it would have been necessary to be able to customize the long press on the right earphone of the Bose for this purpose which only serves to know the state of the battery and which in my opinion is of little interest.
Another flaw is that you can never quite know when it is off or on. You must then play with the on / off button. One trick is to visualize the small indicator near the USB-C port.
Bose Music app
The application to manage the Bose Headphones 700 is called Bose Music. On the Bose QC 35, it was Bose Connect. Unlike Bose Connect, you will need to create an account to use it. Nothing really embarrassing either unless you are very careful about aspects related to personal data.
Bose Music offers the essentials and even a little too much. Audiophiles, for example, will ask for more equalizer settings. Too bad it is not also possible to customize the touch functions, in particular, as mentioned above, to reproduce a pause touch function similar to the Sony WH-1000XM4.
The application has the merit of being very educational to use your headset at startup and tutorials are there to remind you how to use the touch functions.
I noticed a few random bugs while testing to detect the Bose Headphone 700 with the app. Sometimes you have to turn the headphones back on or re-pair them, without much explanation. In short, an application that is too simple for my taste and not sufficiently responsive to detect the Bluetooth headset.
The autonomy of the Bose 700 is excellent. You will easily last a day’s work. One you need a few hours, additional, it will be enough to connect it to the load is in a quarter of an hour you have several hours of listening. If necessary, an audio cable is there to help you out and free you from Bluetooth.
The price of the Bose Headphones 700 is quite expensive, but is in the middle of premium products of this type. You can find it below 300 € during promotions.
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 – Headphones …
Noise reduction headphones Bose Headphones 700 – Bluetooth – Modular noise reduction – Touch controls – Bose AR compatibility – Up to 20 hours of battery life
These prices were updated on 04/27/2021 by All4affiliates. They are listed in ascending order and excluding delivery costs. Only the prices displayed at the merchants are valid.
Conclusion of the Bose 700 test: a premium headset worthy of the name
The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 deserve their place on the podium of high-end reduction headphones. It offers excellent sound quality, very good noise reduction, great comfort and premium design. I regret some random bluetooth difficulties and disconnections with the app. Let’s wait for the next one, even better noise reduction and a simple function to pause the headphones.