Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones 700 review

For quite a long time, in the line of wireless noise-canceling headphones from Bose, by and large, nothing significant happened: the well-established QuietComfort C35 model received a second version with support for voice assistants and a noise-canceling level adjustment mode, while the form factor and design language remained unchanged. It was clear that change was coming. The design of the QC35 was and remains quite successful, but the changing market requires something fresh, more modern in terms of exterior and “stuffing”. Yes, and the Micro-USB connector in mid-2019 is already perceived as an unacceptable omission. In the course of thinking about what, in my understanding, a novelty should be, these two points always came to the fore. Looking ahead, I will say that these "Wishlist" were satisfied.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

What I definitely couldn't have foreseen was a new line of headphones. More precisely, not even so, a whole family of devices, it will include not only headphones, but also “smart” speakers, as well as home acoustics. This entire ecosystem will “live” and be managed through a single Bose Music application, to which we will return a little later during the review. So, instead of the QC45 headphones I was expecting, a model with a long and slightly puzzling name Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 was presented, which was fixed in my head as “seven hundredth”. This approach to the choice of name, apparently, should emphasize that we are not facing a continuation of the QuietComfort series, but a new product that stands apart due to its features, which we will get acquainted with in this material.

Appearance

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The changes are immediately noticeable upon opening the box with the headphones: the carrying case has become larger, harder, but lighter. Under the headphones there is a compartment for cables, the closing element of which is held by a magnet, so that the cables will not be lost.

The new headphone model from Bose is made in a minimalist and modern design. The design with movable metal arms looks quite futuristic, especially against the backdrop of the QC35 form factor. In the photo, the arms may not seem very reliable, in practice, after a week of testing, we can say that this impression is erroneous, everything is fine with strength, as well as with assembly, no squeaks were noticed when twisting and adjusting. The earpiece visually and physically divides the earpiece into two parts. The headband is quite thin, at the point of contact with the head there is a soft pad covered with artificial leather. The effect of "memory" in the material is not declared. The plastic of the case with a matte finish collects fingerprints, you can wipe them off with a microfiber cloth, there are no problems with this.

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The minimalism and monochromatic color scheme is slightly diluted with three control buttons (one on the left cup and two on the right), discreet manufacturer's logos on each of the cups, microphone holes, as well as a small white indicator light near the charging connector and blue at the power button, briefly lighting up when the headphones are turned on. The ear pads are made of soft synthetic leather, they are replaceable, you can buy an additional set. For the convenience of storing the "seven hundredth" cups of the ear pads rotate around their axis by 90 degrees.

Ergonomics, control, connection

Despite the seemingly flexible arms and rotating earcups, the headphones do not fold like the previous model did. In this regard, during testing, I did not dare to leave the house without a cover. Yes, you can just put the headphones at the workplace or buy a special holder, but those who are used to putting the same folded QC35 in the pocket of a vest or jacket or just in a backpack will not appreciate it. In the case of the Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700, the case is always with me, which makes me take a backpack with me, often just for headphones. Subjectively, you can find fault with this moment, someone will have to change their habits. There are no complaints about the landing, the pressure on the ears is minimal, the design feature affects. Of course, in the "seven hundredths" you can't shake your head, the headband will move down on your forehead.

Playback and calls are controlled via the touch pad located on the right earcup to the right of the earpiece (when looking at the cup in profile). Depending on the scenario, double-tap on it will allow you to pause the song / continue playing, answer the incoming call or hang up. If you hold your finger on it for 1 second, then the voice prompt will tell you how long the headphones can still work on a single charge, now this indicator is spoken not in percentage, but in hours and minutes. If an incoming call arrives and you are uncomfortable talking, then the same command will reset it. Swipe up or down on the pad is used to control the volume, left or right - to switch songs.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

I have always been quite skeptical about touch controls in headphones, and after testing the novelty from Bose, I remained unconvinced: I consider physical buttons to be a more convenient and versatile way to control calls and music, the touch pad can read accidental touches, and its autonomy influence is not so positive. However, no one cancels the control from the phone, but what can I say, the same Mi Band 4 already “knows how” to switch tracks and control the volume. And let the manufacturer assures that the headphones have been tested in the harsh Boston winter, ours will have something to answer. On the other hand, I didn’t have to wear such headphones outside for more than 40 minutes in winter, so this scenario is probably still far-fetched, even if it takes place.

The control keys are quite simple: the button on the left cup allows you to switch the level of active noise reduction, 11 noise reduction levels are available in the application, three of which can be set as presets. The default settings are maximum noise reduction (10), medium (5) and mode with ANC off. A long press of this button will pause playback and turn off noise canceling so you can answer a question from someone nearby, listen to information about your flight or next stop, or simply take in the surroundings. With a high level of noise pollution around you, you can appreciate how noise clipping turns back on smoothly and gradually, a funny effect when the world around you calms down, leaving only music in your ears.

The button on the right cup next to the barely noticeable Bluetooth icon is responsible for turning the headphones on and off, which is now voiced by a string chord, and when pressed for a long time, it puts the headphones into pairing mode, you can connect to two devices at the same time, which is quite convenient. For example, I often sit at a PC, work on texts or translations, and it’s not always possible to be distracted by an incoming call, and even more so by looking for a phone, and then headphones come into play, and such a scenario helps a lot. Finally, the button on the bottom of the charging connector is responsible for calling the voice assistant and turning off the microphone during a conversation in case you need to quickly exchange a few words with someone and not offend the interlocutor on the line. The control concept is simple, but the buttons themselves will take a little getting used to, they protrude quite a bit from the case, and you can accidentally press one or another key just by adjusting the headphones on your head.

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Let's go back to the Bose Music app. Frankly, I read several foreign reviews and one of ours, domestic, and everywhere I met negative reviews regarding this application. I mentally prepared for “tambourines” and futile attempts to connect, but either the developers have already managed to fix the bugs, or I was lucky, but there was not a single problem with it. Connected, installed the update, adjusted the levels of noise reduction - you can listen. But the headphones cannot yet be synchronized with the Bose Speaker 500 column, this feature has not been added at the software level, it can be expected in the future, as well as some other interesting features, such as a sound masking mode similar to that in Bose Sleepbuds, as well as customizable by preset equalizer, an unprecedented step for Bose.

Sound, noise reduction

I'm sure that many people managed to grunt under their breath in displeasure, not finding support for aptX, aptX HD or LDAC in the technical specifications. In this regard, Bose is still bending its line, but, on the other hand, there is no such support in the same Powerbeats Pro either, and the sound is quite sane, except for a slight drawdown in the middle frequencies and the fact that the sound “leaks” outward. Supported codecs in the headphones are "stretched" to the maximum. The Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 sound great: a three-dimensional scene, excellent detail even with active noise reduction, a flat frequency range, not without its own equalization. The bass is deep and soft, the highs do not go into sibilants and “sand”, although in some compositions there is a feeling that this is about to happen. If we compare the sound with the same QuietComfort 35, then we can note a slightly better volume of sound, apparently due to deeper cups, otherwise - subjective parity.

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On the other hand, noise reduction has improved significantly. In the novelty, six microphones out of eight available are responsible for it, while in the QC35 there are only two such microphones. I won’t say that “now the noise is cut off by 100%”, this is not so, individual sounds remain, but when compared head-on, the “seven hundredths” are clearly ahead, which makes them a good candidate to replace the already existing “noise cancelers” for those who often flies or travels by train. It is worth noting that ANC can cause discomfort in some people, it can make them feel dizzy for a short time, so I recommend testing such a model in advance if possible and check if the body will react badly to this technology.

According to the manufacturer, a lot of work has been done on speech processing for voice calls. Does it feel? More likely yes than no: the interlocutors hear well, and if in the case of the QC35 and especially with the OnePlus Bullets, the person on the other end often asks: “Are you talking through headphones?”, This was not observed with the hero of the review. Apparently, the microphones allocated for speech work on conscience. I also noted for myself that during a conversation you can speak in a normal voice, and not try to raise your voice so that the interlocutor hears. Background noises when talking around are cut by 90 percent by headphones, separate echoes are heard, they do not interfere with the dialogue.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

In dry Ultra Max Roll on : everything is at a very good level, but I did not notice any tangible differences from the QC35. Pleased with significantly improved noise reduction with adjustable levels. The talk mode (temporarily turning off ANC and music) is more perceived as a nod to solutions from other manufacturers, but this option will definitely come in handy for those who travel often.

Autonomy

On a single battery charge, the model will work up to twenty hours. Not to say that this indicator is disappointing, but in the context of the long-awaited transition to Type-C, I would like to see an improvement in this regard. But now there is support for fast charging: in 15 minutes you can charge the headphones for 3.5 hours of work. A full charge from zero to one hundred percent will take two and a half hours. Interestingly, in wired mode with noise reduction, the headphones will work for 40 hours, after which they will continue to work in passive mode, without ANC.

Summary

The Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 are a welcome step forward for the company's wireless noise canceling line. The modern tech design is backed up by signature sound and improved background noise rejection thanks to the increased microphone count. The model marked the beginning of the company's movement towards its own ecosystem of devices, controlled through a single Bose Music application. The latter, however, is still far from perfect, there may be problems with reconnection, I recommend immediately updating the headphone software and the application itself the first time pairing. In my case, no problems arose, but the possibility of such incomprehensible behavior remains. The developers are aware of the problem, it is quite possible that the bugs have already been fixed.

If we talk about the minuses, then we can note the lack of the ability to fold the headphones, the remaining battery life from a single charge, and touch controls that are not suitable for every user. Yes, I find fault, but subjectively there is something to strive for. Is it possible to turn a blind eye to these shortcomings? Undoubtedly, in terms of sound quality and especially active noise reduction, the new product will easily rise to the same level with other similar flagship solutions, or even a step higher. The potential update with new "chips" looks curious, because it is on this model that new functionality will be tested.

The cost of the "700ths" is at the level of competitors' models (29,990 rubles) and, coupled with the functionality of the novelty, makes it a potential hit for those who have already used the company's headphones and are familiar with the branded sound, as well as those who liked their design. For those who are not yet ready to make a choice, I advise you to follow the updates on the site, a comparison with other popular wireless "noise cancelers" will soon appear.

Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones 700 review

For quite a long time, in the line of wireless noise-canceling headphones from Bose, by and large, nothing significant happened: the well-established QuietComfort C35 model received a second version with support for voice assistants and a noise-canceling level adjustment mode, while the form factor and design language remained unchanged. It was clear that change was coming. The design of the QC35 was and remains quite successful, but the changing market requires something fresh, more modern in terms of exterior and “stuffing”. Yes, and the Micro-USB connector in mid-2019 is already perceived as an unacceptable omission. In the course of thinking about what, in my understanding, a novelty should be, these two points always came to the fore. Looking ahead, I will say that these "Wishlist" were satisfied.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

What I definitely couldn't have foreseen was a new line of headphones. More precisely, not even so, a whole family of devices, it will include not only headphones, but also “smart” speakers, as well as home acoustics. This entire ecosystem will “live” and be managed through a single Bose Music application, to which we will return a little later during the review. So, instead of the QC45 headphones I was expecting, a model with a long and slightly puzzling name Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 was presented, which was fixed in my head as “seven hundredth”. This approach to the choice of name, apparently, should emphasize that we are not facing a continuation of the QuietComfort series, but a new product that stands apart due to its features, which we will get acquainted with in this material.

Appearance

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The changes are immediately noticeable upon opening the box with headphones: the carrying case has become larger, harder, but at the same time lighter. Under the headphones there is a compartment for cables, the closing element of which is held by a magnet, so that the cables will not be lost.

The new headphone model from Bose is made in a minimalistic and modern design. The design with movable metal arms looks quite futuristic, especially against the backdrop of the QC35 form factor. In the photo, the arms may not seem very reliable, in practice, after a week of testing, we can say that this impression is erroneous, everything is fine with strength, as well as with assembly, no squeaks were noticed when twisting and adjusting. The headband visually and physically divides the earpiece into two parts. The headband is quite thin, in the place of contact with the head there is a soft pad covered with artificial leather. The effect of "memory" in the material is not declared. The plastic of the case with a matte finish collects fingerprints, you can wipe them off with a microfiber cloth, there are no problems with this.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

The minimalism and monochromatic color scheme is slightly diluted with three control buttons (one on the left cup and two on the right), discreet manufacturer's logos on each of the cups, microphone holes, as well as a small white indicator light near the charging connector and blue at the power button, briefly lighting up when the headphones are turned on. The ear pads are made of soft synthetic leather, they are replaceable, you can buy an additional set. For the convenience of storing the "seven hundredth" cups of the ear pads rotate around their axis by 90 degrees.

Ergonomics, control, connection

Despite the seemingly flexible arms and rotating earcups, the headphones do not fold like the previous model did. In this regard, during testing, I did not dare to leave the house without a cover. Yes, you can just put the headphones at the workplace or buy a special holder, but those who are used to putting the same folded QC35 in the pocket of a vest or jacket or just in a backpack will not appreciate it. In the case of the Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700, the case is always with me, which makes me take a backpack with me, often just for headphones. Subjectively, you can find fault with this moment, someone will have to change their habits. There are no complaints about the landing, the pressure on the ears is minimal, the design feature affects. Of course, in the "seven hundredths" you can't shake your head, the headband will move down on your forehead.

Playback and calls are controlled via the touch pad located on the right earcup to the right of the earpiece (when looking at the cup in profile). Depending on the scenario, double-tap on it will allow you to pause the song / continue playing, answer the incoming call or hang up. If you hold your finger on it for 1 second, then the voice prompt will tell you how long the headphones can still work on a single charge, now this indicator is spoken not in percentage, but in hours and minutes. If an incoming call arrives and you are uncomfortable talking, then the same command will reset it. Swipe up or down on the pad is used to control the volume, left or right - to switch songs.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

I have always been quite skeptical about touch controls in headphones, and after testing the novelty from Bose, I remained unconvinced: I consider physical buttons to be a more convenient and versatile way to control calls and music, the touch pad can read accidental touches, and its autonomy influence is not so positive. However, no one cancels the control from the phone, but what can I say, the same Mi Band 4 already “knows how” to switch tracks and control the volume. And let the manufacturer assures that the headphones have been tested in the harsh Boston winter, ours will have something to answer. On the other hand, I didn’t have to wear such headphones outside for more than 40 minutes in winter, so this scenario is probably still far-fetched, even if it takes place.

The control keys are quite simple: the button on the left cup allows you to switch the level of active noise reduction, 11 noise reduction levels are available in the application, three of which can be set as presets. The default settings are maximum noise reduction (10), medium (5) and mode with ANC off. A long press of this button will pause playback and turn off noise canceling so you can answer a question from someone nearby, listen to information about your flight or next stop, or simply take in the surroundings. With a high level of noise pollution around you, you can appreciate how noise clipping turns back on smoothly and gradually, a funny effect when the world around you calms down, leaving only music in your ears.

The button on the right cup next to the barely noticeable Bluetooth icon is responsible for turning the headphones on and off, which is now voiced by a string chord, and when pressed for a long time, it puts the headphones into pairing mode, you can connect to two devices at the same time, which is quite convenient. For example, I often sit at a PC, work on texts or translations, and it’s not always possible to be distracted by an incoming call, and even more so by looking for a phone, and then headphones come into play, and such a scenario helps a lot. Finally, the button on the bottom of the charging connector is responsible for calling the voice assistant and turning off the microphone during a conversation in case you need to quickly exchange a few words with someone and not offend the interlocutor on the line. The control concept is simple, but the buttons themselves will take a little getting used to, they protrude quite a bit from the case, and you can accidentally press one or another key just by adjusting the headphones on your head.

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Let's go back to the Bose Music app. Frankly, I read several foreign reviews and one of ours, domestic, and everywhere I met negative reviews regarding this application. I mentally prepared for “tambourines” and futile attempts to connect, but either the developers have already managed to fix the bugs, or I was lucky, but there was not a single problem with it. Connected, installed the update, adjusted the levels of noise reduction - you can listen. But the headphones cannot yet be synchronized with the Bose Speaker 500 column, this feature has not been added at the software level, it can be expected in the future, as well as some other interesting features, such as a sound masking mode similar to that in Bose Sleepbuds, as well as customizable by preset equalizer, an unprecedented step for Bose.

Sound, noise reduction

I'm sure that many people managed to grunt under their breath in displeasure, not finding support for aptX, aptX HD or LDAC in the technical specifications. In this regard, Bose is still bending its line, but, on the other hand, there is no such support in the same Powerbeats Pro either, and the sound is quite sane, except for a slight drawdown in the middle frequencies and the fact that the sound “leaks” outward. Supported codecs in the headphones are "stretched" to the maximum. The Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 sound great: a three-dimensional scene, excellent detail even with active noise reduction, a flat frequency range, not without its own equalization. The bass is deep and soft, the highs do not go into sibilants and “sand”, although in some compositions there is a feeling that this is about to happen. If we compare the sound with the same QuietComfort 35, then we can note a slightly better volume of sound, apparently due to deeper cups, otherwise - subjective parity.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

On the other hand, noise reduction has improved significantly. In the novelty, six microphones out of eight available are responsible for it, while in the QC35 there are only two such microphones. I won’t say that “now the noise is cut off by 100%”, this is not so, individual sounds remain, but when compared head-on, the “seven hundredths” are clearly ahead, which makes them a good candidate to replace the already existing “noise cancelers” for those who often flies or travels by train. It is worth noting that ANC can cause discomfort in some people, it can make them feel dizzy for a short time, so I recommend testing such a model in advance if possible and check if the body will react badly to this technology.

According to the manufacturer, a lot of work has been done on speech processing for voice calls. Does it feel? More likely yes than no: the interlocutors hear well, and if in the case of the QC35 and especially with the OnePlus Bullets, the person on the other end often asks: “Are you talking through headphones?”, This was not observed with the hero of the review. Apparently, the microphones allocated for speech work on conscience. I also noted for myself that during a conversation you can speak in a normal voice, and not try to raise your voice so that the interlocutor hears. Background noises when talking around are cut by 90 percent by headphones, separate echoes are heard, they do not interfere with the dialogue.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

In dry Ultra Max Roll on : everything is at a very good level, but I did not notice any tangible differences from the QC35. Pleased with significantly improved noise reduction with adjustable levels. The talk mode (temporarily turning off ANC and music) is more perceived as a nod to solutions from other manufacturers, but this option will definitely come in handy for those who travel often.

Autonomy

On a single battery charge, the model will work up to twenty hours. Not to say that this indicator is disappointing, but in the context of the long-awaited transition to Type-C, I would like to see an improvement in this regard. But now there is support for fast charging: in 15 minutes you can charge the headphones for 3.5 hours of work. A full charge from zero to one hundred percent will take two and a half hours. Interestingly, in wired mode with noise reduction, the headphones will work for 40 hours, after which they will continue to work in passive mode, without ANC.

Summary

The Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 are a welcome step forward for the company's wireless noise canceling line. The modern tech design is backed up by signature sound and improved background noise rejection thanks to the increased microphone count. The model marked the beginning of the company's movement towards its own ecosystem of devices, controlled through a single Bose Music application. The latter, however, is still far from perfect, there may be problems with reconnection, I recommend immediately updating the headphone software and the application itself the first time pairing. In my case, no problems arose, but the possibility of such incomprehensible behavior remains. The developers are aware of the problem, it is quite possible that the bugs have already been fixed.

If we talk about the minuses, then we can note the lack of the ability to fold the headphones, the remaining battery life from a single charge, and touch controls that are not suitable for every user. Yes, I find fault, but subjectively there is something to strive for. Is it possible to turn a blind eye to these shortcomings? Undoubtedly, in terms of sound quality and especially active noise reduction, the new product will easily rise to the same level with other similar flagship solutions, or even a step higher. The potential update with new "chips" looks curious, because it is on this model that new functionality will be tested.

The cost of the "700ths" is at the level of competitors' models (29,990 rubles) and, coupled with the functionality of the novelty, makes it a potential hit for those who have already used the company's headphones and are familiar with the branded sound, as well as those who liked their design. For those who are not yet ready to make a choice, I advise you to follow the updates on the site, a comparison with other popular wireless "noise cancelers" will soon appear.

Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones 700 review

For quite a long time, in the line of wireless noise-canceling headphones from Bose, by and large, nothing significant happened: the well-established QuietComfort C35 model received a second version with support for voice assistants and a noise-canceling level adjustment mode, while the form factor and design language remained unchanged. It was clear that change was coming. The design of the QC35 was and remains quite successful, but the changing market requires something fresh, more modern in terms of exterior and “stuffing”. Yes, and the Micro-USB connector in mid-2019 is already perceived as an unacceptable omission. In the course of thinking about what, in my understanding, a novelty should be, these two points always came to the fore. Looking ahead, I will say that these "Wishlist" were satisfied.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

What I definitely couldn't have foreseen was a new line of headphones. More precisely, not even so, a whole family of devices, it will include not only headphones, but also “smart” speakers, as well as home acoustics. This entire ecosystem will “live” and be managed through a single Bose Music application, to which we will return a little later during the review. So, instead of the QC45 headphones I was expecting, a model with a long and slightly puzzling name Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 was presented, which was fixed in my head as “seven hundredth”. This approach to the choice of name, apparently, should emphasize that we are not facing a continuation of the QuietComfort series, but a new product that stands apart due to its features, which we will get acquainted with in this material.

Appearance

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The changes are immediately noticeable upon opening the box with the headphones: the carrying case has become larger, harder, but lighter. Under the headphones there is a compartment for cables, the closing element of which is held by a magnet, so that the cables will not be lost.

The new headphone model from Bose is made in a minimalist and modern design. The design with movable metal arms looks quite futuristic, especially against the backdrop of the QC35 form factor. In the photo, the arms may not seem very reliable, in practice, after a week of testing, we can say that this impression is erroneous, everything is fine with strength, as well as with assembly, no squeaks were noticed when twisting and adjusting. The earpiece visually and physically divides the earpiece into two parts. The headband is quite thin, at the point of contact with the head there is a soft pad covered with artificial leather. The effect of "memory" in the material is not declared. The plastic of the case with a matte finish collects fingerprints, you can wipe them off with a microfiber cloth, there are no problems with this.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

The minimalism and monochromatic color scheme is slightly diluted with three control buttons (one on the left cup and two on the right), discreet manufacturer's logos on each of the cups, microphone holes, as well as a small white indicator light near the charging connector and blue at the power button, briefly lighting up when the headphones are turned on. The ear pads are made of soft synthetic leather, they are replaceable, you can buy an additional set. For the convenience of storing the "seven hundredth" cups of the ear pads rotate around their axis by 90 degrees.

Ergonomics, control, connection

Despite the seemingly flexible arms and rotating earcups, the headphones do not fold like the previous model did. In this regard, during testing, I did not dare to leave the house without a cover. Yes, you can just put the headphones at the workplace or buy a special holder, but those who are used to putting the same folded QC35 in the pocket of a vest or jacket or just in a backpack will not appreciate it. In the case of the Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700, the case is always with me, which makes me take a backpack with me, often just for headphones. Subjectively, you can find fault with this moment, someone will have to change their habits. There are no complaints about the landing, the pressure on the ears is minimal, the design feature affects. Of course, in the "seven hundredths" you can't shake your head, the headband will move down on your forehead.

Playback and calls are controlled via the touch pad located on the right earcup to the right of the earpiece (when looking at the cup in profile). Depending on the scenario, double-tap on it will allow you to pause the song / continue playing, answer the incoming call or hang up. If you hold your finger on it for 1 second, then the voice prompt will tell you how long the headphones can still work on a single charge, now this indicator is spoken not in percentage, but in hours and minutes. If an incoming call arrives and you are uncomfortable talking, then the same command will reset it. Swipe up or down on the pad is used to control the volume, left or right - to switch songs.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

I have always been quite skeptical about touch controls in headphones, and after testing the novelty from Bose, I remained unconvinced: I consider physical buttons to be a more convenient and versatile way to control calls and music, the touch pad can read accidental touches, and its autonomy influence is not so positive. However, no one cancels the control from the phone, but what can I say, the same Mi Band 4 already “knows how” to switch tracks and control the volume. And let the manufacturer assures that the headphones have been tested in the harsh Boston winter, ours will have something to answer. On the other hand, I didn’t have to wear such headphones outside for more than 40 minutes in winter, so this scenario is probably still far-fetched, even if it takes place.

The control keys are quite simple: the button on the left cup allows you to switch the level of active noise reduction, 11 noise reduction levels are available in the application, three of which can be set as presets. The default settings are maximum noise reduction (10), medium (5) and mode with ANC off. A long press of this button will pause playback and turn off noise canceling so you can answer a question from someone nearby, listen to information about your flight or next stop, or simply take in the surroundings. With a high level of noise pollution around you, you can appreciate how noise clipping turns back on smoothly and gradually, a funny effect when the world around you calms down, leaving only music in your ears.

The button on the right cup next to the barely noticeable Bluetooth icon is responsible for turning the headphones on and off, which is now voiced by a string chord, and when pressed for a long time, it puts the headphones into pairing mode, you can connect to two devices at the same time, which is quite convenient. For example, I often sit at a PC, work on texts or translations, and it’s not always possible to be distracted by an incoming call, and even more so by looking for a phone, and then headphones come into play, and such a scenario helps a lot. Finally, the button on the bottom of the charging connector is responsible for calling the voice assistant and turning off the microphone during a conversation in case you need to quickly exchange a few words with someone and not offend the interlocutor on the line. The control concept is simple, but the buttons themselves will take a little getting used to, they protrude quite a bit from the case, and you can accidentally press one or another key just by adjusting the headphones on your head.

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Let's go back to the Bose Music app. Frankly, I read several foreign reviews and one of ours, domestic, and everywhere I met negative reviews regarding this application. I mentally prepared for “tambourines” and futile attempts to connect, but either the developers have already managed to fix the bugs, or I was lucky, but there was not a single problem with it. Connected, installed the update, adjusted the levels of noise reduction - you can listen. But the headphones cannot yet be synchronized with the Bose Speaker 500 column, this feature has not been added at the software level, it can be expected in the future, as well as some other interesting features, such as a sound masking mode similar to that in Bose Sleepbuds, as well as customizable by preset equalizer, an unprecedented step for Bose.

Sound, noise reduction

I'm sure that many people managed to grunt under their breath in displeasure, not finding support for aptX, aptX HD or LDAC in the technical specifications. In this regard, Bose is still bending its line, but, on the other hand, there is no such support in the same Powerbeats Pro either, and the sound is quite sane, except for a slight drawdown in the middle frequencies and the fact that the sound “leaks” outward. Supported codecs in the headphones are "stretched" to the maximum. The Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 sound great: a three-dimensional scene, excellent detail even with active noise reduction, a flat frequency range, not without its own equalization. The bass is deep and soft, the highs do not go into sibilants and “sand”, although in some compositions there is a feeling that this is about to happen. If we compare the sound with the same QuietComfort 35, then we can note a slightly better volume of sound, apparently due to deeper cups, otherwise - subjective parity.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

On the other hand, noise reduction has improved significantly. In the novelty, six microphones out of eight available are responsible for it, while in the QC35 there are only two such microphones. I won’t say that “now the noise is cut off by 100%”, this is not so, individual sounds remain, but when compared head-on, the “seven hundredths” are clearly ahead, which makes them a good candidate to replace the already existing “noise cancelers” for those who often flies or travels by train. It is worth noting that ANC can cause discomfort in some people, it can make them feel dizzy for a short time, so I recommend testing such a model in advance if possible and check if the body will react badly to this technology.

According to the manufacturer, a lot of work has been done on speech processing for voice calls. Does it feel? More likely yes than no: the interlocutors hear well, and if in the case of the QC35 and especially with the OnePlus Bullets, the person on the other end often asks: “Are you talking through headphones?”, This was not observed with the hero of the review. Apparently, the microphones allocated for speech work on conscience. I also noted for myself that during a conversation you can speak in a normal voice, and not try to raise your voice so that the interlocutor hears. Background noises when talking around are cut by 90 percent by headphones, separate echoes are heard, they do not interfere with the dialogue.

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

In dry Ultra Max Roll on : everything is at a very good level, but I did not notice any tangible differences from the QC35. Pleased with significantly improved noise reduction with adjustable levels. The talk mode (temporarily turning off ANC and music) is more perceived as a nod to solutions from other manufacturers, but this option will definitely come in handy for those who travel often.

Autonomy

On a single battery charge, the model will work up to twenty hours. Not to say that this indicator is disappointing, but in the context of the long-awaited transition to Type-C, I would like to see an improvement in this regard. But now there is support for fast charging: in 15 minutes you can charge the headphones for 3.5 hours of work. A full charge from zero to one hundred percent will take two and a half hours. Interestingly, in wired mode with noise reduction, the headphones will work for 40 hours, after which they will continue to work in passive mode, without ANC.

Summary

The Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 are a welcome step forward for the company's wireless noise canceling line. The modern tech design is backed up by signature sound and improved background noise rejection thanks to the increased microphone count. The model marked the beginning of the company's movement towards its own ecosystem of devices, controlled through a single Bose Music application. The latter, however, is still far from perfect, there may be problems with reconnection, I recommend immediately updating the headphone software and the application itself the first time pairing. In my case, no problems arose, but the possibility of such incomprehensible behavior remains. The developers are aware of the problem, it is quite possible that the bugs have already been fixed.

If we talk about the minuses, then we can note the lack of the ability to fold the headphones, the remaining battery life from a single charge, and touch controls that are not suitable for every user. Yes, I find fault, but subjectively there is something to strive for. Is it possible to turn a blind eye to these shortcomings? Undoubtedly, in terms of sound quality and especially active noise reduction, the new product will easily rise to the same level with other similar flagship solutions, or even a step higher. The potential update with new "chips" looks curious, because it is on this model that new functionality will be tested.

The cost of the "700ths" is at the level of competitors' models (29,990 rubles) and, coupled with the functionality of the novelty, makes it a potential hit for those who have already used the company's headphones and are familiar with the branded sound, as well as those who liked their design. For those who are not yet ready to make a choice, I advise you to follow the updates on the site, a comparison with other popular wireless "noise cancelers" will soon appear.

Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones 700 review

For quite a long time, in the line of wireless noise-canceling headphones from Bose, by and large, nothing significant happened: the well-established QuietComfort C35 model received a second version with support for voice assistants and a noise-canceling level adjustment mode, while the form factor and design language remained unchanged. It was clear that change was coming. The design of the QC35 was and remains quite successful, but the changing market requires something fresh, more modern in terms of exterior and “stuffing”. Yes, and the Micro-USB connector in mid-2019 is already perceived as an unacceptable omission. In the course of thinking about what, in my understanding, a novelty should be, these two points always came to the fore. Looking ahead, I’ll say that these “wishlists” were satisfied.

What I definitely couldn't have foreseen was a new line of headphones. More precisely, not even so, a whole family of devices, it will include not only headphones, but also “smart” speakers, as well as home acoustics. This entire ecosystem will “live” and be managed through a single Bose Music application, to which we will return a little later during the review. So, instead of the QC45 headphones I was expecting, a model with a long and slightly puzzling name Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 was presented, which was fixed in my head as “seven hundredth”. This approach to the choice of name, apparently, should emphasize that we are not facing a continuation of the QuietComfort series, but a new product that stands apart due to its features, which we will get acquainted with in this material.

Appearance

The changes are immediately noticeable upon opening the box with the headphones: the carrying case has become larger, harder, but lighter. Under the headphones there is a compartment for cables, the closing element of which is held by a magnet, so that the cables will not be lost.

The new headphone model from Bose is made in a minimalist and modern design. The design with movable metal arms looks quite futuristic, especially against the backdrop of the QC35 form factor. In the photo, the arms may not seem very reliable, in practice, after a week of testing, we can say that this impression is erroneous, everything is fine with strength, as well as with assembly, no squeaks were noticed when twisting and adjusting. The earpiece visually and physically divides the earpiece into two parts. The headband is quite thin, at the point of contact with the head there is a soft pad covered with artificial leather. The effect of "memory" in the material is not declared. The plastic of the case with a matte finish collects fingerprints, you can wipe them off with a microfiber cloth, there are no problems with this.

The minimalism and monochromatic color scheme is slightly diluted with three control buttons (one on the left cup and two on the right), discreet manufacturer's logos on each of the cups, microphone holes, as well as a small white indicator light near the charging connector and blue at the power button, briefly lighting up when the headphones are turned on. The ear pads are made of soft synthetic leather, they are replaceable, you can buy an additional set. For the convenience of storing the "seven hundredth" cups of the ear pads rotate around their axis by 90 degrees.

Ergonomics, control, connection

Despite the seemingly flexible arms and rotating earcups, the headphones do not fold like the previous model did. In this regard, during testing, I did not dare to leave the house without a cover. Yes, you can just put the headphones at the workplace or buy a special holder, but those who are used to putting the same folded QC35 in the pocket of a vest or jacket or just in a backpack will not appreciate it. In the case of the Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700, the case is always with me, which makes me take a backpack with me, often just for headphones. Subjectively, you can find fault with this moment, someone will have to change their habits. There are no complaints about the landing, the pressure on the ears is minimal, the design feature affects. Of course, in the "seven hundredths" you can't shake your head, the headband will move down on your forehead.

Playback and calls are controlled via the touch pad located on the right earcup to the right of the earpiece (when looking at the cup in profile). Depending on the scenario, double-tap on it will allow you to pause the song / continue playing, answer the incoming call or hang up. If you hold your finger on it for 1 second, then the voice prompt will tell you how long the headphones can still work on a single charge, now this indicator is spoken not in percentage, but in hours and minutes. If an incoming call arrives and you are uncomfortable talking, then the same command will reset it. Swipe up or down on the pad is used to control the volume, left or right - to switch songs.

I have always been quite skeptical about touch controls in headphones, and after testing the novelty from Bose, I remained unconvinced: I consider physical buttons to be a more convenient and versatile way to control calls and music, the touch pad can read accidental touches, and its autonomy influence is not so positive. However, no one cancels the control from the phone, but what can I say, the same Mi Band 4 already “knows how” to switch tracks and control the volume. And let the manufacturer assures that the headphones have been tested in the harsh Boston winter, ours will have something to answer. On the other hand, I didn’t have to wear such headphones outside for more than 40 minutes in winter, so this scenario is probably still far-fetched, even if it takes place.

The control keys are quite simple: the button on the left cup allows you to switch the level of active noise reduction, 11 noise reduction levels are available in the application, three of which can be set as presets. The default settings are maximum noise reduction (10), medium (5) and mode with ANC off. A long press of this button will pause playback and turn off noise canceling so you can answer a question from someone nearby, listen to information about your flight or next stop, or simply take in the surroundings. With a high level of noise pollution around you, you can appreciate how noise clipping turns back on smoothly and gradually, a funny effect when the world around you calms down, leaving only music in your ears.

The button on the right cup next to the barely noticeable Bluetooth icon is responsible for turning the headphones on and off, which is now voiced by a string chord, and when pressed for a long time, it puts the headphones into pairing mode, you can connect to two devices at the same time, which is quite convenient. For example, I often sit at a PC, work on texts or translations, and it’s not always possible to be distracted by an incoming call, and even more so by looking for a phone, and then headphones come into play, and such a scenario helps a lot. Finally, the button on the bottom of the charging connector is responsible for calling the voice assistant and turning off the microphone during a conversation in case you need to quickly exchange a few words with someone and not offend the interlocutor on the line. The control concept is simple, but the buttons themselves will take a little getting used to, they protrude quite a bit from the case, and you can accidentally press one or another key just by adjusting the headphones on your head.

Let's go back to the Bose Music app. Frankly, I read several foreign reviews and one of ours, domestic, and everywhere I met negative reviews regarding this application. I mentally prepared for “tambourines” and futile attempts to connect, but either the developers have already managed to fix the bugs, or I was lucky, but there was not a single problem with it. Connected, installed the update, adjusted the levels of noise reduction - you can listen. But the headphones cannot yet be synchronized with the Bose Speaker 500 column, this feature has not been added at the software level, it can be expected in the future, as well as some other interesting features, such as a sound masking mode similar to that in Bose Sleepbuds, as well as customizable by preset equalizer, an unprecedented step for Bose.

Sound, noise reduction

I'm sure that many people managed to grunt under their breath in displeasure, not finding support for aptX, aptX HD or LDAC in the technical specifications. In this regard, Bose is still bending its line, but, on the other hand, there is no such support in the same Powerbeats Pro either, and the sound is quite sane, except for a slight drawdown in the middle frequencies and the fact that the sound “leaks” outward. Supported codecs in the headphones are "stretched" to the maximum. The Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones 700 sound great: a three-dimensional scene, excellent detail even with active noise reduction, a flat frequency range, not without its own equalization. The bass is deep and soft, the highs do not go into sibilants and "sand", although in some compositions there is a feeling that this is about to happen. If we compare the sound with the same QuietComfort 35, then we can note a slightly better volume of sound, apparently due to deeper cups, otherwise - subjective parity.

On the other hand, noise reduction has improved significantly. In the novelty, six microphones out of eight available are responsible for it, while in the QC35 there are only two such microphones. I won’t say that “now the noise is cut off by 100%”, this is not so, individual sounds remain, but when compared head-on, the “seven hundredths” are clearly ahead, which makes them a good candidate to replace the already existing “noise cancelers” for those who often flies or travels by train. It is worth noting that ANC can cause discomfort in some people, it can make them feel dizzy for a short time, so I recommend testing such a model in advance if possible and check if the body will react badly to this technology.

According to the manufacturer, a lot of work has been done on speech processing for voice calls. Does it feel? More likely yes than no: the interlocutors hear well, and if in the case of the QC35 and especially with the OnePlus Bullets, the person on the other end often asks: “Are you talking through headphones?”, This was not observed with the hero of the review. Apparently, the microphones allocated for speech work on conscience. I also noted for myself that during a conversation you can speak in a normal voice, and not try to raise your voice so that the interlocutor hears. Background noises when talking around are cut by 90 percent by headphones, separate echoes are heard, they do not interfere with the dialogue.

In the dry Ultra Max Roll on, the result is sound: everything is at a very good level, but I did not notice any noticeable differences from the QC35. Pleased with significantly improved noise reduction with adjustable levels. The talk mode (temporarily turning off ANC and music) is more perceived as a nod to solutions from other manufacturers, but this option will definitely come in handy for those who travel often.

In dry Ultra Max Roll on Ultra Max Roll on As a result, in terms of sound: everything is at a very good level, but I did not notice any tangible differences from the QC35. Pleased with significantly improved noise reduction with adjustable levels. The talk mode (temporarily turning off ANC and music) is more perceived as a nod to solutions from other manufacturers, but this option will definitely come in handy for those who travel often.

Autonomy

On a single battery charge, the model will work up to twenty hours. Not to say that this indicator is disappointing, but in the context of the long-awaited transition to Type-C, I would like to see an improvement in this regard. But now there is support for fast charging: in 15 minutes you can charge the headphones for 3.5 hours of work. A full charge from zero to one hundred percent will take two and a half hours. Interestingly, in wired mode with noise reduction, the headphones will work for 40 hours, after which they will continue to work in passive mode, without ANC.

The cost of the "700ths" is at the level of competitors' models (29,990 rubles) and, coupled with the functionality of the novelty, makes it a potential hit for those who have already used the company's headphones and are familiar with the branded sound, as well as those who liked their design. For those who are not yet ready to make a choice, I advise you to follow the updates on the site, a comparison with other popular wireless "noise cancelers" will soon appear.