Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Alexa Bluetooth Headphones

Last updated date: April 4, 2020

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9.2


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Overall Take

With the Bose Noise Cancelling Alexa Bluetooth Headphones, you get high-quality sound and top-of-the-line noise cancellation. The headphones are lightweight, which makes it easy to wear them for hours without fatigue. It also comes with USB-C charging capabilities and great-sounding calling capabilities. In our analysis of 73 expert reviews, the Bose Bose Noise Cancelling Alexa Bluetooth Headphones placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 2, 2020:
Checkout The Best Wireless Headphones for a detailed review of all the top wireless headphones.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
4,813 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The best pair of headphones that Bose has ever released. They offer the superior noise cancellation that Bose is known for, plus more adjustability than on any noise-cancelling headphones we’ve tested. You can adjust the active noise cancellation (ANC) level on a scale from 0 to 10. These headphones also have a lightweight design that is comfortable to wear for hours, and they feature an easy-to-use combination of touch controls and physical buttons that you can access without looking.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Are very comfortable, have excellent noise canceling and work really well as a headset for making calls. They sound better than the Quiet Comfort 35 II, are loaded with features, including the option for hands-free Alexa and Bose AR. Noise-canceling levels are adjustable, they work without power.
- CNET
The headband is designed to evenly distribute weight, which makes for a more comfortable fit. I've worn the 700s for a week now, and I have found them to be immensely comfortable. Bose didn't load the 700 up with a ton of buttons, which I appreciate. The buttons that are present are slim, slightly raised and positioned along the back of the ear cups. Bose headphones have always delivered some of the best call quality available on a pair of headphones. With the 700s, the company's taking it up a notch. Hidden within the headphones' rather svelte frame are eight individual microphones. Six of those block incoming noise.
- Tom's Guide
The new Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 is a complete redesign of their iconic product. The Bose 700 have a new design, improved sound quality, a touch-sensitive gesture pad for playback controls, and even USB-C charging. In short: these headphones are a delight to use. They’re lightweight, easy to use, well-built, and I’d say are objectively gorgeous.
- Soundguys
Premium build, even more effective (and adjustable) noise cancellation, far better voice call quality, and yes, a long-awaited move to USB-C charging. Bose says it has improved both noise cancellation and overall sound quality with the NCH 700s, and that checks out with my experience using them so far. When the adjustable noise cancellation turned up to 10 — this can be done by tapping the NC button or through the Bose Music — the isolation is more powerful than the QC35 IIs and neck and neck with Sony.
- The Verge
Bose has taken a completely different design approach with these wireless headphones, and overall, the one-piece aesthetic looks very sleek indeed. Bose has really outdone itself with the Headphones 700 – and a big part of these cans’ appeal, is the sophistication of the noise cancellation they offer.
- Tech Radar
Bose is boss when it comes to noise-cancelling headphones and the 700 is proof of that. With a much higher degree of build quality, comfort and ANC adjustment compared to the QC35 II model, along with impressive sound and battery life, we struggle to think of a better pair of ANC over-ears.
- Pocket-lint
The work hasn’t just gone into ensuring your music listening is noise-free, but also into guaranteeing your voice and video calls are as intelligible as possible. The 700s use a ‘beamform-array’ of mics that work to isolate speech and suppress everything else, while a ‘rejection-array’ acts as a second line of defence for tracking and blocking any remaining sound. The microphone design is adaptive, so it automatically adjusts to your changing environment.
- What HiFi
Out goes the segmented headband and folding arms, and in comes a slimmer, seamless metal band terminating in two arms that slide smoothly through the outside of the ear cups for height adjustment. It’s a sleeker design that removes harsh lines, junctions and breaks. Even the bunching of the ear pads has been smoothed out.
- The Guardian
Most significantly, the 700 jump out of the crowd with two-way noise cancellation—signal processing that clamps down sonic distractions on both the listening and the speaking sides. Most significantly, the 700 jump out of the crowd with two-way noise cancellation—signal processing that clamps down sonic distractions on both the listening and the speaking sides.
- TechHive
Bose's new headphones stand out with a sleek redesign, a slew of useful features and improvements to noise cancellation (for calls and music) and audio quality.
- Laptop Magazine
What experts didn't like
Expensive. The sound quality is good but not as crisp as on the best over-ear headphones we’ve tested, and the app can be vexing. The battery life isn’t industry-leading, but at 20 hours it’s more than sufficient.
- New York Times Wirecutter
$50 to $100 more than their closest competitors; QuietComfort 35 II is slightly more comfortable; battery life isn't as good as the of some competitors; the accompanying mobile app isn't fully baked.
- CNET
Expensive.
- Tom's Guide
No folding hinges. Expensive. Microphone cuts off lower notes so people with deep voices won't come across as loud.
- Soundguys
At $400, they don’t come cheap. Not quite as feathery light and comfortable as QC35 IIs. Bose Music app in dire need of fixes. Accidental button presses are common. Tradeoff to this sleeker style from Bose is that these headphones can’t fold away for compact storage.
- The Verge
Battery life could be better. More expensive than the Sony WH-1000XM3s.
- Tech Radar
Non-folding design may put some off. No equaliser (EQ) within the app. The name is a bit excessive.
- Pocket-lint
Rivals have better battery. Expensive. At this price, the sound quality also needs to be more or less peerless, and Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700s just fall short.
- What HiFi
Expensive, no aptX etc, bugs with PC connectivity, don’t fold.
- The Guardian
I’ve also discovered an issue with the shortcut tap feature, which is useful for either activating and deactivating the wake word or for informing how much battery charge time remains. I’ve repeatedly programmed it for battery tracking, but the single-tap trigger keeps reverting to wake-word duty.
- TechHive
Pricey. I'm also mystified as to why the 700s' ear cups rotate outward. Yes, it helps them fit in the case, but when you're wearing the headphones around your neck, you want the flat, soft earpads to press against your collarbone, not the headphones' hard plastic exterior. To make matters worse, I accidentally pressed the touch controls and turned on my audio every time I wore the headphones with the ear cups facing outward.
- Laptop Magazine

From The Manufacturer

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 deliver everything you expect — and things you never imagined possible. Think of them as smart headphones that let you keep your head up to the world with easy access to voice assistants. Or confidently take a call with the most powerful microphone system for voice pickup. And then there’s Bose AR*, a first-of-its-kind audio augmented reality platform that makes astonishing new audio experiences possible.

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An Overview On Wireless Headphones

There are times in life where a great pair of headphones can make everything a little easier. Whether it’s your morning commute, your daily walk, managing spreadsheets for your job or doing laundry and dishes, headphones can keep you entertained.

When shopping for a great pair of headphones, it can be easy to prioritize sound quality. But your first consideration should be how you’ll be wearing them. This starts with the degree to which you’ll need to filter outside noise. If you plan to use your headphones to listen to audiobooks during a loud train commute, for instance, noise cancellation will be an important feature. If you’re just wearing them around the house, this won’t be as important.

Some people wear headphones for working out and running. This type of activity requires a pair of headphones designed to stay in place while you’re wearing them. Ideally, you’ll have an adjustable headband that snaps into place and stays there. Also, consider how bulky you’ll want them to be if you’re lifting weights or going for a run.

Comfort is an important factor with headphones. The earcups are the most essential part of this since they’ll fit over your ears. If you’ll be wearing your headphones for multiple consecutive hours, consider how they’ll feel over time. Lightweight headphones can be less taxing, although you may not find the sound is as impressive. It can help to have earcups that include padding, covered in material designed to protect your skin rather than irritate it.

For wireless headphones, specifically, battery life is essential. Chances are you’re buying them so you aren’t tethered to a device, so you’re relying on a battery that will get you through many hours of listening. However, many wireless headphones also come with a 3.5 mm audio cable that can serve as a backup if you run out of juice before you’re ready.

Since you’ll be wearing your headphones in public, chances are you’ll find their appearance important. Some headphones come in a variety of color options to let you pick the one that works best for you. You’ll also find some are more basic in design, while others have a glossy finish or blend multiple colors for extra appeal.

Of course, there’s no getting around the importance of high-quality audio. If you’re primarily listening to podcasts or audiobooks, this might not be as big a deal. However, for those who listen to music, engage in gaming or watch TV shows or movies through headphones, audio quality will be an important factor.

DWYM Fun Fact

Headphones had an interesting start. In the 1880s, telephone operators were early adopters of the technology, using a version that fit over only one ear. It connected to a device that had a mouthpiece so the operators could communicate with the person at the other end. The entire unit weighed between 6 and 11 pounds and the operator was required to balance it on her shoulder throughout the workday. By 1895, consumers were using headphones that closely resembled a stethoscope in order to listen to music. But more modern headphones came along in 1910, when Nathaniel Baldwin invented a pair in his kitchen designed to be used by the military.

The Wireless Headphone Buying Guide

  • Noise cancellation goes beyond earcups that seal around your ears to keep noise out. You get built-in microphones that detect outside and emit noise that neutralizes it. This does help drain your battery faster, so keep that in mind.
  • Often while wearing wireless headphones, you’ll need to adjust what you’re hearing. Make sure these controls will be easy to access on your headphones. They should be positioned in an easy-to-access area, and the buttons themselves aren’t so small that you won’t be able to easily punch them. This is especially true for those wearing headphones while you’re running.
  • Durability can be a problem with headphones. Check out the build of the headband itself, since that is often where breaks happen.
  • Over-ear headphones can be quite bulky. If you plan to take them with you to work or the gym, look for a pair that folds up to slide into your bag. Some even come with a storage pouch to help keep your headphones safe while you travel.
  • You’ll see plenty of headphones that promote 30 or 40 hours of battery life. Keep in mind that this isn’t true for every type of activity. If you talk on the phone or have noise cancellation running, you might see a much shorter lifespan.
  • Some headphones come with an audio cable that you can use for continued listening if your batteries do die.
  • You’ll have to regularly charge your batteries. Pay attention to the cable provided, as well as how you’ll need to charge your headphones.
  • If you’ll be using your headphones in a relatively quiet area, such as an office or library, sound leakage is a concern. Even well-padded earcups can be prone to leaks. Look for one that will contain your audio.
  • Many wireless headphones also allow you to accept and make phone calls. Since you’ll need your voice to communicate loud and clear, look for one with a noise-canceling microphone.
  • Some headphones seem comfortable and well built until you wear them for a while and find you’re dealing with sweat buildup. Lightweight headphones are better at preventing this.
  • As you’re researching various models, consider how they’ll need to be charged. Make sure they come with the cables necessary for charging, as well.
  • Wireless headphones connect to your devices via Bluetooth. That means you’ll need to make sure you buy a pair that will work with the devices you’ll be using. Often this is a smartphone. In most cases, you shouldn’t have issues. But it’s also important to note that Bluetooth connectivity can be tricky with some headphones, while others connect seamlessly.
  • The quality of the Bluetooth technology built into your headphones also determines how smooth your listening experience will be. Bluetooth 5.0 is the preferred standard.
  • The build of the earcups is only part of what contributes to making your headphones comfortable. Some are angled for a better fit. The adjustability of the headband also plays a direct role in whether or not you can customize the fit for your own head size.