Pros:Great noise cancelling employed, nice case and adapters
Cons:Battery is proprietary, run out of juice and you're out of luck.
The Bottom Line: Amazing performing headphones
When I first heard about the Bose noise cancelling headphones, I was quite skeptical. I thought the noise cancelling technology was a gimmick that pushed for additional revenue for electronics companies. However, after a trial of a pair at a Bose store, I was stunned. The level of quiet was incredible and clearly took me by surprise. Not only did I find a whole new world of comfort in hearing less, I really could listen.
Recommend this product?
My first few real trying experiences with the headphones was on a flight to San Francisco from New York. The flight was going to be around 6 hours long and with plenty of entertainment onboard, I was willing to put it to the test. I brought a pair of ipod earphones in case the noise cancelling ones failed. How could I be so doubtful. The second the onflight entertainment was on, I started the experience. Putting them on in the airplane was a true test of the ability to cancel noise. Instantly, the droll of the engines and the constant white noise of the air and of people chatting quiety disappeared. I can't say they completely disappear, but they disappear enough to a point where you wouldn't need to care. I would give it 80% of the noise. When my wife spoke to me, I could hear her relatively easily whenever she reminded me of the drink cart or an announcement on the intercom. Nevertheless, it was true freedom from noise and I could easily enjoy a movie or music without disturbance.A few issues I noticed right away were more fit than noise. The Q3 doesn't cover the ear completely and my ears found it a little tiring after 2-3 hours of wearing at one time. Secondly, I found that without the proprietary battery charged, the headphones are useless. There's no such mode of "non-noise cancelling". So if you happen to not charge your battery and run out, you're out of luck.However, the technology used works great. If you're looking for a bit of respite on a flight, it will definitely make your flight very enjoyable.