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Bose Quiet Comfort 15 OR Dr. Dre Monster Beats

by gbarnow-23124217473043279957990143568890 / September 21, 2009 6:54 AM PDT

I've been looking to purchase a new pair of headphones and have basically narrowed it down to these two products. I was wondering if anyone has used both of them and could provide any insight as to which one they preferred.

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Noise canceling...
by make_or_break / September 25, 2009 1:16 AM PDT

Suggest you go over to Amazon and research the products there. Bound to be some user reviews...maybe even one or two from people who actually know what they're ranting about.

That said, these two sets of cans are somewhat designed for differing missions in their lives. Once prime goal is noise-reduction, the other, while TRYING to convince people that it's a noise-canceling demon, is (to my ears) just a Type-A excuse for being bass-heavy thumper.

Since I haven't tried the QC15 yet I can't pass judgment on that design. Supposedly its SQ is significantly improved over earlier Bose N/C headset efforts (I think I read that/watched video here CNET to that effect), so maybe there's a bit of hope for Bose yet. For myself, I like my Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 N/C headset; it's over $100 less (online) than the Bose, and for a closed-back design it sounds pretty good and does N/C fairly well. Sometimes the Apple Store B&Ms carry the A-T, so you might be able to test a floor demonstrator before whipping out the charge card if you have an Apple Store handy.

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No doubt, Bose...
by cteddybear / September 27, 2009 11:51 AM PDT

Bose has come along way since the inception of their first Quiet Comfort headsets. They are very comfortable (more comfortable than the Dr. Dre's.) and really do cut out a LOT of ambient sound, and the sound quality is incredible! They really hit the highs and the lows and everything in between. The Dr. Dre M Bs just tend to wow you with a lot of Bass, but don't do well with the higher Trebles or the higher pitched sounds.
I've heard them both and I'll take (and have) the Bose!

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Beats vs QC15's
by cnetreviewer09 / September 17, 2010 1:45 PM PDT
In reply to: No doubt, Bose...

The Beats sound VERY good on almost all sound stages, people that are complaining about not having highs need to hook them up to some better quality equipment/music formats. I am NOT saying that they are necessarily better or worse but until I hear the Bose on my Apple lossless music I have to say that I am very impressed with the Beats. I have to say that the "noise canceling" is ok, it's not great by any means. I would have to say from the demos that I have heard the QC15 IS better by far with noise canceling. Just my two cents.

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Bose Q-15 vs. Dr. Dre Monster Beats
by Kingsberry1 / February 19, 2012 11:35 PM PST
In reply to: No doubt, Bose...

I had the opportunity to check both out. In my comparison I found that Monster Beats had more of a punch (louder)however, there was background noise (hissing). When I switched to the Q-15, although they wasn't as loud, the sound was pure, no background noise at all! So, I gave up a a couple of clicks on the volume for clarity and comfort. The Q was lighter in weight and a very comfortable fit compared to the heavier Monster.

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bose all life long!
by daveberla / December 9, 2013 12:35 AM PST
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