Bose QuietComfort 3

In today’s test report we take a closer look at another product in the QuietComfort range from Bose. After we already tested the Bose QuietComfort 20 and Bose QuietComfort 15 here, the Bose QuietComfort 3 follows. With a recommended retail price of 349.95 euros, these headphones are by far not a bargain. On the other hand, according to the manufacturer, it offers powerful noise reduction, detailed sound and a comfortable on-ear design. Our test report shows whether the investment is worthwhile.

Introduction: Wired headphones with battery

Wired headphones with battery

Wait, what does a wired headset need a battery for, many people will ask themselves. It’s not a typo, the Bose QuietComfort 3 actually has a battery that powers the noise canceller. Of course, this also means that the function will not work if the battery is empty. The battery itself is located on the right auricle, where it is attached, and is not noticeable in any negative way, either visually or by its weight.

Let’s now get to the noise suppression, the main feature of these headphones. Those who use public transport every day know the problem: you’re exhausted from working for several hours and want to listen to music for a few minutes until you have to get off. However, the musical experience is clouded by the numerous fellow human beings who are talking loudly and cheerfully. Those who turn up the volume out of anger risk damaging their hearing. This is exactly what noise cancelling headphones are for: This model from Bose uses microphones to register all ambient noise. The signals are then processed by a processor. The headphones automatically produce an “antinoise” signal to neutralise the outside noise. The beauty of this system is that it only filters out unwanted noise, while voices still reach the listener, allowing you to talk without taking off the headphones. Evaluation: Headphones and their technology in practice

Headphones and its technology

Bose did not skimp on the scope of delivery: the manufacturer thought along with this product and packed two batteries. So you always have a spare battery and can replace the first one when it’s empty. Also interesting is the charger, which offers the possibility to change the plug. So the headphones can be charged in practically any country in the world. The high-quality storage case is also praiseworthy: in addition to the Bose QuietComfort 3 headphones, the charger, audio cable and the second battery can be stored here. Sound

Let’s now move on to acoustics, in order to clarify the question of whether the investment is ultimately worthwhile. At this point we would like to point out that sound is always subjective and is perceived differently by each person. With regard to music, we have tested the following categories:


These three musical styles have different emphases and can take a headphone to the limit.

In the field of rock and metal, the Bose QuietComfort 3, entitled “Peckinpah”, was fed by the new album “House Of Gold & Bones Part 2” by Stone Sour. This title has nice background sounds and backing vocals, which can only be enjoyed with good headphones. The Bose QuietComfort 3 shows its strength with this song: The drums are strong but not too dominant, the same goes for the guitars.

For the classical category we decided to go for a heavy piece by Vivaldi: Allegro. Cheap headphones have to struggle with the fast violins of this piece. But the Bose QuietComfort 3 masters this title brilliantly: The sound reaches our ears perfectly without sounding spongy.

As a jazz title we decided to use the Sinatra cover of the title “Fly Me to the Moon” by Halie Loren. In contrast to the original, the double bass, piano and electric guitar dominate this piece. With Bose headphones, this song sounds like Halie Loren singing right in front of you. Piano, double bass and guitar sound harmoniously in the background, while the singer’s voice comes across crystal clear. Noise-canceling

To test the noise suppression, we had to leave our familiar surroundings. We tested the Bose QuietComfort 3 in several situations and areas:

Department store

In some situations, the city centre can provide a very loud background noise. With the Bose QuietComfort 3 on our ears, this noise immediately disappears. Whether it’s construction work on a construction site, screaming children or noisy cars, the Bose QuietComfort 3 filters those sounds perfectly. It looked similar in the other scenes: There’s not complete silence, but the outside sounds are so well eliminated that you can hear unwanted noise.

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