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Beats by Dre Studio vs. Bose Quiet Comfort 15Brian Tong breaks down what makes both of these flagship $300 headphones different from each other.
-All right. It's time to check in with my man, Brian Tong, CNET senior editor. And he is going to test your knowledge in check your tech. -Thanks, Kevin. So, we talked about how poly switched over from the Bose QuietComfort 15's over to the Beats By Dre Studio headphones. They're both $300, and they're really great for different reasons. So, what we wanted to do right now is really break down the differences between the two to find out which headset is the right one for you. Now, design-wise the Beats Studios really bring a unique and flashy styling with multiple color options-- and I just love how they look. Compare that to the Bose, which really brings a more understated and classier look with silver and black as the color combinations. When it comes to comfort, the Beats are really stiffer and heavier on your head, so they don't feel that good, whereas the Bose QC 15's, they're lighter in weight, and their ear pads feel like soft, baby pillows. Durability-wise, the Beats really have the solid, chunky construction that you know can take a few hits, and its headphone cable is thick and sturdy as well. Now, the Bose headset, those guys are a little different. They feel more plasticky, the swell of joints have cracked on me, and its cable is this thin, flimsy little wire. But headphones always come down to sound quality, and it's gonna be different for each person, depending on the genre of music they like. So, we start off with Bose. They really have the best noise-cancelling that you can find, but lacks a bass with an umph. You have some great mids and highs that give you a really clear-sounding tone. So, think about more like coldplay and classical music for this headset. The Beats Studio brings a richer and fuller sound with some serious bass that you can feel, and that's why everyone loves these. Now, you're not gonna get the cleanest-sounding music, but really for genres like hiphop and electronic, this is what you wanna have. So guys, really, what's the verdict here? We've got the Bose QC 15's, we've got the Beats Studio headphones. They both sound great depending on what your ears like, but if you had to ask someone like me, I think I'm gonna go with the noise-cancelling of the Bose headset. Oh. They feel nice and soft. And the style of the Studio Beats. Yeah. This is-- this is cool. This sounds really good.