Bose® QuietComfort® Noise Cancelling® QC3II Acoustic On-Ear Headphones, Silver

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For those who prefer a compact on-ear design and a rechargeable battery, QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones offer a proven combination of Bose® noise reduction®, audio performance and comfortable fit. So why not leave the noise behind and get the most from your music?

No headphones will eliminate all noise, but the Bose technologies in QuietComfort® 3 headphones work together to make almost any listening experience more rewarding. An optional communications kit lets you use QuietComfort® 3 headphones with many popular mobile phones, too.

With ambient noise reduced, the high quality sound these headphones provide becomes even more apparent. You may hear nuances in your favourite tracks that you've never noticed before. And the soft-cushioned, on-ear fit lets you listen comfortably for hours.

QuietComfort® 3 headphones come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and convenient wall charger (an international charger kit is also included). You can expect 25 hours of use from a fully charged battery, with a lifespan of approximately 500 charging cycles. An airline adapter plug and protective carrying case are also included. Ear cups fold flat for easy storage in the slim carrying case.

Cable length
3.5 mm stereo jack
Eligible for International Delivery
Folding Information These headphones are perfect for music lovers who spend a lot of time travelling around. When not in use, these models can be folded up and stored safely, ideal for packing away.
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Power Supply
Built-in rechargeable Li-on battery
Sound Isolation Information Either flexible rubber sphere-like tips which slot nicely into your ear canal providing a seal, or cupped designs which surround and seal your ear from the outside world, they effectively eliminating ambient sounds, and trap your music in your ear
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


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Bose® QuietComfort® Noise Cancelling® QC3II Acoustic On-Ear Headphones, Silver 4.4 5 7 7
Wife Loves Them Purchased for my wife and she hasn't stopped using them. Had slight problem with first pair and rechargeable battery holding charge but John Lewis service as usual first class and exchanged immediately. 07 August 2014
Bose Noise Cancelling QC311 on-ear head phones Does what it says on the tin. Very effective, very comfortable, great sound quality. I just wish I could get them off my daughter who is revising for exams & uses them to blot out the family noise! 27 May 2014
Stylish and comfortable but dull sound The good - stylish, lightweight and comfortable. Easy to wear for hours. The noise cancelling is very good and only bettered by 'over the ear' type headphones. The bad - the sound is like listening to music through a cloth; it's dull. The bass thuds like a stereo with a poor quality bass boost and although the treble and vocals are clear they lack life. The whole sound is lifeless or, as a friend kindly described it, mellow. Also, the headphones 'leak' sound so others around you are going to hear your music if you play it at a reasonable volume. Overall - I don't think they are worth the money and after trialling them for a couple of days I sent them back. I've given them 2 stars - one for style, one for the noise cancelling and zero for the sound. 21 November 2013
Superb sound These were a purchase for my husband who has been holding on to his very old headphones which were falling apart because they still sounded good. Suffice to say these sound much better, they are lightweight which means they are great for travel and come in their own travel bag. Perfect. 01 January 2013
Comfortable and excellent sound. These headphones are great for travel. The active noise cancellation is very effective but creates a slight sensation of pressure in the ear drum, this can feel odd at first but your ears get used to it quickly. The headphones come in a great travel case into while the headphones fold flat. The noise cancellation uses a built in battery which runs for ages (I've charged twice in one month and I use them for two hours most days) and it charges up in only 30 mins. World adapters are included as standard. Low battery is indicated with a blinking light you would see on the side when putting on or taking off. The headphones will work at all if powered off. On the downside the cable could be better quality, but as its replaceable if it does wear out it will be available as spares from manufacturer. My personal taste would like brighter highs/treble from these earphones, they are however very powerful and detailed and sometimes the heavy bass can be a bit surprising! 26 December 2012
Great Headphones - don't be influenced by the GQ review.... I purchased these for long haul flights and use with an ipad for audiobooks, films and music as well Yes GQ are correct, what does "quiet comfort" say about you when you could be wearing a pair endorsed by a rap star; however, they miss the point. These are so comfortable to wear you can easily fall asleep with them on and the sound quality is superb - bass, treble and voice. I can't see how you could be dissapointed if you buy these - unless you value image over function. 17 September 2012
Great design! The Bose on ear headphones are a great design and fairly lightweight! They come with a small carry case making them easy to transport and are ideal for long haul flights. I would highly recomend them for comfort! 19 July 2012
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