Quiet shoes to fill: Bose’s QC25 ANC headphones will replace the ‘legendary’ QC15

While the world turned its eyes towards IFA in Berlin this week to view the explosion of new electronics debuted at the show, Bose made an appropriately quiet introduction for one of its own new models: the Bose QuietComfort 25 ANC (Active Noise Canceling) headphones. Promising improved noise-canceling performance in a sleek new design, the QC25 is poised to follow users out of the airport and into their everyday routine.

Related: Phiaton Chord MS 530 ANC headphones review

Bose is pretty proud of its new creation, which will relieve the indomitable QC15 of its command. “We weren’t going to replace the QC15 headphones unless we had something that was better and different,” said VP of Bose’s Noise Reduction Technology group. “The QC25 is both.”

To replace an icon of the genre, Bose has employed its 30 or so odd years of leading the noise-canceling industry. The company claims the new QC25 cancels noise better than any of its predecessors, with a special emphasis on low frequencies.

Active Noise Canceling works by measuring sounds outside the earphones, analysing the noise, and then matching the sound with a polar opposite signal, which physically cancels out the sound waves.

To improve on the previous design, the new QuietComfort are fitted with sets of microphones both inside and outside the earcup, as well as a new chip that is claimed to be more accurate and faster at canceling the noise, to within “a fraction of a millisecond,” to bring calm and quiet in “the most demanding environments.”

And Bose wasn’t done there. While the company’s sound performance has always been relegated to the category of good-not-great (to our ears anyway), the company also claims the new headphones are equipped with a revamped equalization system designed to offer richer bass and a more natural sound, as well as offering a lower noise floor to reduce the white noise “hiss” that is common in ANC headphones.

And, of course, there’s the new exterior design. While the QC25 certainly draw from their predecessor, the features are smoothed over into a simplified neo-classic look. The design has also been re-engineered to offer a closer fit. The pads are cloaked in protein leather, and offer a “soft touch TPE bumper” to sit more comfortably, and the headphones also fold down smaller than the QC15 for better portability.

One issue we still take with the QC25 is the lack of a rechargeable battery, something we definitely expect at their $300 price point. However, the company does claim the headphones will last for 35 hours on a single AAA battery, and will still play once the battery dies, though without noise-cancelation, of course.

We’ll have to try the QC25 for ourselves to know if the new breed can outperform the stalwart QC15 on all levels as promised, and we’ll have a full review coming soon. But if you’re already a fan of the QuietComfort design, and ready for an upgrade, the new QC25 are available now.

Music

Darius Rucker would rather rock live than count pennies from Spotify plays

Call ‘If I Told You’ country if you must, but Darius Rucker isn’t big on labels. The former Hootie & The Blowfish frontman talks about his new album, his love for vinyl, and the sad reality of Spotify.
Home Theater

The awesome Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin wireless speaker now comes in white

The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin was one of the most impressive wireless speakers we saw last year, and now it will be available in white to complement the original black color scheme.
Music

With SongSync, Noted lets you share tunes with Spotify, Apple Music, and more

Noted, a music-discovery service and social network that debuted in March, has now added a feature called SongSync, allowing users to share songs and playlists between Spotify, Apple Music, and more.
Music

Jay Z releases powerful protest song Spiritual in honor of recent violence

Jay-Z has released a new single called Spiritual in honor of the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, a track which was recorded a year ago that the rapper never released.
Music

5 songs you need to stream this week: Kendrick Lamar, Sampha, and more

Not sure what new music to listen to? We'll let you know what new tracks and albums dropping this week are worthy of your attention. Up this week: Kendrick Lamar, Sampha, and more.
Music

Put the pedal to the metal with this fantastic road trip playlist

Sit down, strap in, and start your engine: We've assembled the perfect road trip playlist for your summer adventures, aiming to bring some new and exciting music to your ears as you explore.
Home Theater

Astell & Kern's AK70 is a $600 chunk of hi-fi bliss that finally fits in a pocket

Astell&Kern are best known for their chunky, funky, and wonderful sounding hi-res music players. The company's latest model, the AK70, loses none of the design cool, but comes in a new pocket-friendly size. We check it out.
Home Theater

Tidal is poised to go beyond music and now lets you send video and audio to Chromecast directly

Tidal may be known for the star-studded artist coalition that owns the service, but the streamer is looking to expand beyond music. Moving forward, Tidal is looking to stream movies as well, including original content.
Mobile

Weekly Rewind: ‘Inception’ is real, new iPhone 7 rumors, and life beyond Earth

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech…
Features

Watch electronica vet Mark Pritchard whip up iPad beats, show off his new album

As part of our Tech Hop video series, electronica producer Mark Pritchard tells Digital Trends about his ambitious new album and art installation 'Under The Sun,' then makes a few beats using only an iPad.
Buying Guides

Some of the best Prime Day deals aren’t from Amazon

If Amazon's Prime Day deals have left you cold, then perhaps you'll find a worthwhile bargain shopping with alternative retailers. Here's our pick of the tech deals from Walmart, Newegg, and others.
Music

The Replacements’ newest album is a blast from the past

'For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986' captures an iconic performance from The Replacements.
Music

The Flaming Lips and Dogfish Head team up for fruity new beer

The Flaming Lips and Dogfish Head present Dragons & YumYums, a bitter ale that is as yummy as it sounds.