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Over the past year and a half, I've really learned how important a good pair of headphones can be. During the work-from-home era, I struggled with loud construction in neighbouring condo units, headphones that cut out or crackled during back-to-back work calls and cheap earbuds that refused to connect to Bluetooth.
So when it came to finally biting the bullet on a new pair of headphones — I had high expectations. I was looking for a pair of comfortable, functional over-the-ear headphones with superior audio quality — and I finally found a pair that fit the bill.
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $380 (originally $450)
What are they?
The Bose QuietComfort 45 Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones are a sleek pair of noise-cancelling headphones from one of the leading audio brands. They also have a 4.5-star rating from more than 120 customer reviews on the Best Buy site.
Initial thoughts and setup
Setup was simple. I am by no means technologically savvy — and it only took me about five minutes, which is a testament to its ease. First, you have to download the Bose Music app, which allows you to set up, add and monitor your audio devices including headphones, speakers and soundbars. I was easily able to set up the Bose QuietComfort 45 Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones to pair with both my computer as well as my phone.
One of the biggest features of these headphones is that they are noise-cancelling — featuring Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology with tiny microphones hidden in the earcups for a more immersive sound experience — and they do not disappoint. They are fantastic noise-cancelling earphones — I can't wait to try them out the next time I'm on a plane. Another great feature Aware Mode, which lets you hear your surroundings and your music at the same time. Volume-optimized Active EQ boosts lows and highs so your music sounds balanced at every level.
Design and fit-wise, these over-the-ear headphones are sleek and extremely comfortable — I've worn them for several hours at a time with no discomfort, which I used to have frequently with other over-the-ear headphones. They feature smooth and cushioned earcups made from synthetic leather, impact-resilient glass-filled nylon, and cast-metal hinges — which makes them extremely comfortable and durable. They also come with a compact carrying case for travel or storage in general.
They Bose QuietComfort 45 Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones boast a 23-hour listening time on one charge, and also pair with the Bose Music app, which provides guidance on how to adjust noise-cancellation or Bluetooth settings for a customized experience.
As mentioned, the battery life is one of the core features of the Bose QuietComfort 45 Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones, and it doesn't fail to impress. They boast a 23-hour listening time on one charge, which for me translated to more than a week of meetings and listening to music. The included USB-C cable can charge the headphones completely in 2.5 hours or less, and a 15-minute charge gives you 2.5 hours of play time.
These headphones retail for $450, but are currently marked down to $380. Previous headphones I've purchased are in the $100-$200 range so this was quite a jump for me price-wise — but I found that for me, someone who spends several hours on work calls a day, the upgrade was worth it.
If these headphones are a little out of your budget, you can also check out other headphones on sale as part of Best Buy's Black Friday sale here — at up to 43 per cent off!
While these headphones don't come cheap, their noise-cancelling features, crystal-clear audio, long-lasting battery and sleek, comfortable design make them well worth their price.
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