Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Review

With Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, you get premium wireless headphones with noise cancellation. A lot of advanced features are built into these headphones, including noise cancellation and voice control.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offer high-quality audio and advanced features and a long battery life of 20 hours. They can be charged with a USB-C cable.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Specs

Here are some of the key specifications for the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700:

  • Weight: 0.64 lbs (289 g)
  • Dimensions: 8″ H x 6.5″ W x 2″ D (20.3 cm x 16.5 cm x 5.1 cm)
  • Drivers: 40mm
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: N/A
  • Sensitivity: N/A
  • Battery life: Up to 20 hours
  • Charging time: 2.5 hours
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Bluetooth range: Up to 33 feet (10 meters)
  • Supported Bluetooth profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Headset Profile (HSP)
  • Noise cancellation: 11 levels of active noise cancellation
  • Voice assistant: Built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, Siri-compatible
  • Microphones: 8 microphones (4 beamforming, 4 omnidirectional) for noise cancellation and voice pickup
  • Controls: Touch controls for volume, music, calls, and voice assistant; physical button for power and Bluetooth pairing
  • Other features: Bose Music app for customization and updates, Bose AR (augmented reality) enabled
  • Accessories: Carrying case, USB-C cable, audio cable

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Design

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are a pleasure to use. They’re light, easy to use, well-built, and beautiful. There are a few issues, but overall the NCH 700 is a great headset. The Bose QC 45 and Sony WH-1000XM5 are newer and outperform the NCH 700 in various ways, but if you want a gorgeous package with great sound and ANC, this is the one for you.

Bose swapped out the notched adjustment mechanism (still found on the QC 45) for one that lets you slide the headphones into place instead of rotating the ear cups a full 90 degrees to rest the headphones around your neck. It doesn’t fold, so you should keep the hardshell case around. Unlike previous Bose headsets, the NCH 700 isn’t just plastic. It’s made of metal, so you won’t break it accidentally. Bose 700 headphones aren’t as comfortable as the older QC 35 II, so the praise for the redesign ends here.

The ear pads are still comfy, but they’re stiffer than the QC35 II. While it’s great at isolating outside noise, the NCH 700 got pretty hot after a few hours in my local cafe. I sweat a lot when I take them off. Also, they updated the padding on the top of the headband.

There’s a soft rubberized plastic on the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 like there’s on the Beats Studio3 headphones now. The padding here’s way more comfortable than Beats’, but I do get my hair pulled sometimes by the plastic. Even though it’s still comfortable, it doesn’t have the same level of comfort as the Bose QC35 II or the QC25 before it.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Sound Quality

We can talk about sound quality now because even though the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 don’t have aptX, it still sounds great. The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 sounds a little better than the Bose QC 35 II before it. This is because the NCH 700’s treble response more closely follows our ideal house curve. With Bose Music, you can change the frequency emphasis with a basic equalizer. It’s too simple for some people, so you might want a third-party EQ app instead.

This is evident in the bassline throughout Sedona by Houndmouth, which rumbles softly behind the vocals instead of overpowering them. Due to this, mid-range vocals sound great and don’t get swamped out by low-end music. There are a lot of good vocals on Midnight Blues by UMI, and the highs are also handled well. The bells in the background don’t sound harsh either.

Conversely, the Bose QuietComfort 45 has a high-end overemphasis. Therefore, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 will sound better in almost all situations since it won’t bother you or hurt your ears with cymbals and other sibilant sounds. If you’re still trying to compare these headphones, watch for an update down the road.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Connectivity

With Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, as well as support for aptX and AAC codecs, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offers high-quality audio streaming.

Bose Music is a companion app that includes more features and customization options for headphones.

Noise cancellation can be adjusted, voice assistants can be set up, Bluetooth connections can be managed, and firmware can be updated with the app.

Besides support for voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, there’s also a dedicated button on the headphones that lets you access them. Overall, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offer a seamless and versatile connectivity experience.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Mic Quality

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Controls

There are three buttons on the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, and two don’t have any icons or labels, which I don’t mind because you can’t see labels when you’re wearing them anyway.

When you turn them on, only the power/Bluetooth pairing button on the right ear cup has a small Bluetooth logo, so you can tell it’s different. Playback buttons have been replaced with a touch-sensitive gesture pad on the right ear cup like the Sony WH-1000XM4.

A big annoyance for me with touchpads is when the headphones accidentally register a touch and pause the music when you don’t want them to. Bose also made it so that pausing the music takes two taps on the touchpad. The music won’t pause unless you double-tap, so it makes the pause/play function a double-tap.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Battery life

A single charge gives the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 20 hours of wireless use. You can charge them with the included USB-C cable and adapter. The headphones also have a quick charge feature, so you can use them for 3.5 hours after 15 minutes of charging.

In the app, you can also set a timer to have the headphones automatically turn off after a pre-designated amount of time. So if you take advantage of that too, you should be able to go a long time before you need to throw this back on the USB-C charging cable.

Accessories & Packaging

You’ll get a carrying case, a charging cable, an audio cable, and an instruction manual with the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Additional accessories, like replacement ear cushions and charging cases, can be bought separately. The packaging usually includes headphones and a carrying case, but it may vary by retailer.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Pros and Cons


  • Great noise-cancelling
  • Comfortable and stylish
  • Easy-to-use touch controls
  • The sound quality is great
  • Voice assistant compatibility and easy setup


  • Comparatively expensive
  • Battery life is limited
  • Overuse may cause discomfort
  • Bulky to carry
  • Some users reported connectivity issues


I think the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are great for those looking for excellent noise-cancelling and sound performance with a stylish design.

Compared to other noise-cancelling headphones, they are expensive and may not be the best choice for those who want to maximize battery life or portability.

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