Bose Corporation produces headphones for the general public, aviation and the military. The model range includes in-ear headphones, mobile headphones, over-the-ear headphones, circumaural headphones and military / aviation headsets. The company was the first to release active noise canceling headphones as a consumer product.
Bose’s range of noise-canceling headphones is called “QuietComfort”. For industrial noise suppression applications, Bose produces the A20 aviation helmet, space shuttle helmet and combat vehicle crew helmet.
According to Bose, the company began making noise cancellation after Dr. Amar Bose flew to Europe in 1978 and “tried new headphones provided by the airlines and discovered that he could not really enjoy sound with the roar of engines in the background “. In 1986, Bose used its noise canceling technology to develop earphones to protect the hearing of pilots participating in the first flight around the world non-refueling Rutan Voyager. A source notes that “almost simultaneously, the American company Bose and Sennheiser in Germany have introduced active helmets for aircraft pilots” citing a 1986 article from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, about the Bose product and a Funkschau from 1988 (see: Funkschau) on the Sennheiser.
Bose released the QuietComfort 3 (“QC3”) noise reduction headphones on June 15, 2006, the company’s first pair of in-ear headphones. Bose says that, while ear-wrap headphones offer greater passive noise isolation, QC3s have the same amount of total noise reduction as QC2 due to improved active noise cancellation. Memory foam is used to improve passive sound insulation. The QC3 EarCups are powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery; Bose claims a 25-hour battery life. The headphones were rated favorably in Sound & Vision and were the first listeners to receive the magazine’s Editor’s Choice award in 2006. That year, the QC3 also received the Potentials Magazine Bronze Gold Award for Premium Incentives. In 2007, they received a Red Dot Award for product design. Bose QC3 helmets are provided by American Airlines for use by premium class passengers on certain long-haul flights.
The QuietComfort 15 was released on August 20, 2009. A template to replace Revision 2, both the and the same cosmetic design; However, the microphone uses inside and outside each EarCup. The QuietComfort 15 features padding and redesigned EarCup materials to provide additional passive noise reduction. Both are powered by a single AAA size battery and have a “High / Lo” switch to adjust sources with high and low output levels. American Airlines provides QuietComfort 15 headphones to first-class and business-class passengers on select long-haul flights. Bose made American Airlines several special edition versions of QuietComforts, starting with the original QC1 that had blue earbuds and an American Airlines logo on them. American Airlines has become the first airline to offer the QuietComforts. On July 1, 2006, JAL began offering QuietComfort 2 headphones to first class customers on select flights. Air India also offers QuietComfort 3 headphones to its Premium Class customers on some long-haul flights. Cathay Pacific provides its First and Business Class passengers with a pair of custom Quiet Comfort earphones. Bose QuietComfort 15 won the album What Hi-Fi? Annual Sound and Vision Award for “Best Noise Cancellation Helmets” in 2010.
Bose also offers QC15 in custom color through the third-party ColorWare vendor who specializes in customizing the look for consumer electronics. It costs $ 100 more than the standard QC15, customers can customize almost every part of the helmet through a web-based design tool. The 30-day return policy on a personalized helmet results in a 25% restocking fee.