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Bose Headphones 700: Ups the Ante in Noise Cancellation (Tech Review)

Those looking for a pair of new ANC headphones should spend money on this complete package

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Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones. (Representational image). Pixabay


Bose was once the undisputed king of active noise cancellation (ANC) headphones and its famed ‘QuietComfort’ series was known to be the best for muffling airplane engine noise.

Now, it is attempting to up the ante with its new Headphones 700 as competition from Sony’s 1000X series has toughened.

The company’s ‘QuietComfort35 II’ headphones had set quite a high benchmark for ANC lovers. The Bose Headphones 700, however, isn’t a successor to the QC35 II.

The new model, launched for Rs 34,500 in India, is a blend of a chic looking headphones with a modern design, better noise cancellation and easier touch controls.We used the headphones for few days and let us see if it is worth your buck.

Take a look at the Headphones 700 and you’ll know it is radically different from QuietComfort’s design language. This one sports a slimmed down headband made out of stainless steel with almost no visible screws, seams and joints.

The headband meets the cans on the outside to snugly adjust the fit.

However, the folding hinge is absent this time which can be uncomfortable for long-haul travel.This pair looked and felt more durable than the QC35 II. Given the metal headband, the device is slightly heavier than QC35 II.There’s an option to rotate the cans flat for easy storage.

Bose provides a sturdy carry case with a leather finish along with the headphones that make sure the headphones, when packed, remain handy and sleek.

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US-based audio equipment maker Bose launched Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 that deliver up to 20 hours of music, for Rs 34,500. Pixabay

Talking about comfort, there’s foam cushioning between your head and the headband. This element makes sure that the headphones are comfortable to wear even for long metro commutes or airplane travel.

The earcups are also padded and are comfortable for prolonged use. The cans can be slightly swivelled for a better fit and this pair should fit both large and small heads equally well.

The cans are made out of plastic which can be a bummer for some.Bose has done away with physical buttons for music control. Instead, the front half of the right earcup has a touchpad and has the capacity to detect your index finger’s taps for better control that gets easier with time. Thankfully, there’s a Type-C port to charge the headphones.

The headphones has the power/Bluetooth keys that work as intended. There’s a dedicated voice assistant button that activates Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri as well.

When it comes to sound quality, the Bose Headphones 700 is impressive. What this pair offers is among the best active noise cancellation headphones. Both instruments and vocals sounded excellent.

However, the quality may not be enough for serious audiophiles.The device sounds significantly better than the Bose QC 35 II, thanks to new drivers.The headphones’ noise cancellation also has a nifty addition that lets you manually adjust the level of cancellation from zero to 1.

This comes in handy for those who despise absolute noise cancellation and this addition gives control.The device supports up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge which is fairly good considering the sound quality.Then there’s the Bose mobile app where you can fiddle through the settings while managing the device.

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One of the high points of the device is making voice calls. The snug fitting and more number of microphones let the 700 work better at isolating voice from background noise while making calls.

Conclusion: The Bose Headphones 700 is a gem when it comes to active noise cancellation. The ability to pair the headphones with two devices at a time is what we appreciate it for.

Those looking for a pair of new ANC headphones should spend money on this complete package. (IANS)

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HONOR Unveils MagicWatch 2, will hit Indian Market in December: Report

The latest HONOR smartwatch also provides 4GB internal storage of which 2GB can be used for music storage, allowing up to 500 songs

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The HONOR MagicWatch 2 comes in two sizes, 46mm and 42mm, which will start from 1,099 Yuan and 1,199 Yuan respectively. (Representational image). Wikimedia Commons


The HONOR MagicWatch 2 introduced here on Tuesday will be available in India starting December 12, the company said.

The device has up to 14 days battery life enabled by the Kirin A1 chipset, according to HONOR.

“HONOR MagicWatch 2 marks HONOR’s another big step in the brand’s own ecosystem integration of connected smart products as well as the global wearable market,” George Zhao, President of HONOR, told reporters.

“The HONOR MagicWatch 2 cements our forward-thinking in smartwatch design and development of wearable products. Whether you are out for fitness training or work, HONOR MagicWatch 2 will keep you at your optimal performance inside and out,” he said.

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 comes in two sizes, 46mm and 42mm, which will start from 1,099 Yuan and 1,199 Yuan respectively.

In terms of specifications, HONOR MagicWatch 2 features a 1.39-inch full-colour AMOLED touch screen.

The smartwatch supports 15 goal-based fitness modes including eight outdoor and seven indoor sports, from outdoor modes like running, hiking, cycling and triathlons to indoor pool swimming, free training and rowing machine, etc.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer HONOR also unveiled the HONOR View 30 series, the first dual-mode 5G smartphone lineup from the company. Wikimedia Commons

On top of 15 fitness modes, the latest device is also supported by 13 professional indoor and
outdoor running courses from beginner to advanced levels.

Additionally, it also comes packed with a virtual pace-setter with real-time actionable advice to help enhance workout efforts at one’s own pace.

The HONOR MagicWatch 2 allows users to make or receive Bluetooth calls on the go either through headphones or with the built-in speaker and mic.

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It also supports notifications push from SMS messages, emails, calendar and all contents will be displayed on the screen when the smartwatch is connected to the phone.

Built-in apps including Weather, Alarm, Timer, Find My Phone and more are also available for easy access.

The latest HONOR smartwatch also provides 4GB internal storage of which 2GB can be used for music storage, allowing up to 500 songs. (IANS)