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Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

I've been looking at over-ear wireless earphones as a little Xmas gift for myself, anyone have any recommendations? I really don't know where to start. I don't want to break the bank, so 100.- to 150.- is my price range and I'm not an audiophile as such, so perfect sound quality is not a must, but a nice bit of bass boost wouldn't go unappreciated. I don't know if my music tastes would matter, but I listen to mostly classic punk, new wave, indy, folk-rock etc, as well a bit of electronic thrown in now and again.
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

Nothing better than Bose, PaddyG! Here's a great wired pair .

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Nothing better than Bose, PaddyG! Here's a great wired pair .
Thanks, but I'm really looking for wireless.
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

the new bose wireless ones are pretty good. much better than the older ones. i got a pair recently and was pleasantly surprised. i was more interested in the noise cancellation than the audio but its nice to have reasonable quality audio sometimes too. an unexpected surprise was that they make phone conversations really much clearer and do a good job of blocking background noise for the other party too.
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Old 19.12.2017, 17:49
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

From what I gather, the new BOSE QC 35 (II) wireless are identical to the old ones BOSE 35, but have included voice command digital assistant.
You can still get the older BOSE QC 35 for 299.- at digitec, with the 35 (II) significantly more.
My dad just picked up the 35, and absolutely loves them! Watches (listens to?)TV around the house.
I've had the BOSE QC 15 for about 3 and a half years. With about 700 hours of inflight use---they're not in great shape anymore :P
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

I joined the herd and got a pair of Bose QC35 a year ago, but a strong contender at the time were the Sony MDR-1000X, which were almost the same price.
They have since come down from around CHF 350 to CHF 225 which now makes them a no brainer purchase. If you can stretch an extra CHF 75 you definitely won't be disappointed.
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

Hey Paddy, Another vote for the Bose QC 35s, Jake & I both got a pair about 6 weeks ago and we're both really happy with them mate. Easy to use, comfortable, fit over ears well, good battery life, great sound quality and the noise cancellation is spot on.
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Old 21.12.2017, 09:49
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

Seems Bose and Sony are nip and tuck on review sites, but the Sonys have it on price. I'll wait for the January sales to see if any decent offers spring up.
Managed to test a Bose QC35 II in FNAC yesterday, the noise reduction was quite astounding.
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

Bose's QC35 lead the competition when it comes to noise cancelling. Sound quality is pretty acceptable too, but not the best.

A high fidelity sennheiser would be my pick, but in your price range I'm not sure they do a wireless one.
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..Managed to test a Bose QC35 II in FNAC yesterday, the noise reduction was quite astounding.
The battery life is pretty decent too. Easily lasts me 10 hour flights to US. I keep them on even without the music just for the peace and quiet. I even sleep better on the flight with them on.

BTW i bought mine at 50Frs less for a month old, hardly used, at anibis. In case you can stretch your budget a bit...
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

If you fly a lot, get the Bose for its superior noise cancellation.


If you like high quality audio, get the Sennheiser momentum 2. Still good for commuting, but I prefer the Bose on the plane.


The Sony 1000x is somewhere in between, so is excellent value at around Fr.225 these days.


If you can stretch your budget further, look for the QC35 which is on sale from time to time - I assume stores are trying to restock with version II. I manged to get the QC35 II for less than Fr.300 from Microspot on Blackfriday.


If you don't want to spend more than Fr.200, then maybe a slightly lower model of Sony might do the trick. The 950 model also has a bass boost that OP is looking for.


But the reality is that at around Fr.150, I would forget about noise cancellation and focus on sound quality and noise isolation instead...

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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

I finally went ahead and picked up the Sony MDR-XB950B1 model as suggested by axman. 200 chuffs in Mediamarkt. Not noise reduction, but certainly don't hear much from outside. Nice bit of bass boost too.
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

For those who are on the look out, my vote would be for the new Sony WH-1000XM2. Tested them in the stores, was very, very impressed. I didnt like the Bose QC35 II due to the feeling of air compression on the ears by the way the active noise cancelling works. The Sony felt superior on testing for both noise cancelling as well as sound quality.

Waiting for a good deal in January. I would recommend monitoring on the Toppreise website. Price dipped to 279 CHF during the November black Friday period, hoping this happens again some time soon...
http://www.toppreise.ch/chart_504395.html
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

Too late for PaddyG, but I was in the same boat i.e. not an audiophile but recently wanted some decent over-ear noise-cancelling headphones. I was prepared to spend up to 150 CHFs but after trying out a few pairs was delighted with my Sony MDR-ZX770BN headphones which cost just 88 CHFs at Fust. They seem incredibly good for the price so can only try to imagine what you get for 200 or 300.
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Re: Recommendations for wireless, noise-reduction earphones

My co-worker has the 1st gen QC35.

Apparently, they worked well until some firmware-update fsck'ed them up a bit.

I didn't do much research into because I have the wired QC25.
Maybe a later firmware-update fixed it.
But, at the time, my co-worker said the forums were full of reports.

(ah, here it is: http://majorhifi.com/bose-quietcomfo...irmware-issue/)

There must be a reason why they brought out the 2nd gen QC35 rather quickly.

In any case, I'd either go for the 2nd gen or buy something else (Sennheiser).

Or think again about wireless and go for the QC25, which can be had for a lot less money:
https://www.toppreise.ch/prod_362598.html

That way, you don't need to worry about a firmware-update bricking it...
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