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Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • On-ear fit : Ear cups rest gently on your ears
  • Bose noise reduction and quality sound for travel, work and home
  • Comfortable, lightweight design with an on-ear fit : headphones rest gently on your ears
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery : 25 hours average use per charge
  • Fold-flat ear cups for easy storage in slim carrying case
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  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 21.8 x 5.7 cm ; 726 g
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 323014-0010
  • ASIN: B0030XXH1S
  • Date first available at June 2 2010
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,383 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones

Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones
  • High-performing noise reduction headphones for travel, work and home
  • Enjoy your music and movies even more, with clear and lifelike sound
  • Comfortable and lightweight on-ear fit
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger included
  • Ear cups fold flat in slim carrying case for easy storage
Welcome to a quieter world

Compact, on-ear QuietComfort 3 headphones offer a proven combination of Bose® noise reduction, audio performance and comfortable fit. Proprietary Bose technologies deliver quality sound from these award-winning headphones - and make listening a pleasure just about anywhere.

Hear the difference for yourself
advanced noise reduction
Advanced noise reduction and a comfortable fit let you enjoy hours of easy listening.

Wear QC®3 headphones when you fly, and you'll notice a dramatic reduction in engine noise the moment you turn them on. For quality audio, simply plug the cable into your portable player or the in-flight entertainment system.

Use QC3 headphones at home or at work, and distractions fade softly into the background. Of course, no headphones will eliminate all noise. But Bose technologies in QuietComfort 3 headphones work together to make almost any listening experience more rewarding.

Proven performance

QC3 headphones feature Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology that electronically identifies, and then dramatically reduces, the noise around you, while preserving the audio or tranquility you desire. Proprietary signal processing and audio reproduction technology also provide lifelike audio across the full range of sound - including deep low tones - from relatively small and lightweight headphones.

With ambient noise reduced, the high quality sound these headphones provide becomes even more apparent. You may hear nuances in your favorite tracks that you've never noticed before. And the soft-cushioned, easy-on-the-ears fit lets you listen comfortably for hours.

Fine traveling companions

QC3 headphones come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and convenient wall charger. You can expect 25 hours of use from a fully charged battery, with a lifespan of approximately 500 charging cycles. An airline adapter plug and protective carrying case are also included. Earcups fold flat for easy storage in the slim case.

  • Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphone technology, a proprietary Bose innovation, electronically identifies and reduces noise while faithfully preserving the audio or tranquility you desire.
  • Bose QC3 headphones advanced noise reduction
    QC3 headphones make an ideal travel companion, effectively reducing the noise around you to create a more tranquil environment.
  • Compact on-ear design with proprietary soft cushions that establish a critical acoustical seal - helping to further reduce noise while providing a comfortable fit.
  • TriPort® acoustic headphone structure, another Bose exclusive, features tiny vents in the earcups to enable a tonally-balanced audio performance - including reproduction of deep, low notes?from relatively small and lightweight headphones
  • Active equalization electronically tunes the headphones' frequency response, enabling outstanding audio performance.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides an average of 25 hours of reliable use per charge. Small wall-socket charger also included.
  • Single, detachable audio cable offers greater convenience than standard Y-cables.
  • Fold-flat earcups rotate 90 degrees for easy storage and portability in the included case.
  • Slim carrying case helps protect headphones and accessories during travel.
Product Details
Overall headphone dimensions 7.38"H x 5.25"W ( 19 cm x 13.5 cm )
Ear cushion outside dimensions 2.88"H x 2.25"W ( 7.5 cm x 6 cm )
Weight with cable 5.1 oz (145 g)
Battery output power 3.7VDC, 200mAh
Battery life Approximately 25 hours per charge; 500 charging cycles
Bose QC 3 box
What's in the box
  • QuietComfort 3 headphones
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery charger
  • Detachable audio cable
  • Airline adapter
  • Carrying case

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1,664 of 1,678 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars QC-3 vs. QC-2 (side by side comparison) July 12 2006
By G. Davis - Published on
I have used the Bose QuietComfort QC-2 headphones for about a year, and have traveled to Asia over 5 times with them, and domestic travel as well. About 120 hours of air time. Never took them off. Vastly reduces my jetlag. A pleasure to own and use.

On an impulse buy, I bought the QC-3's after a demo at the local Bose store. 30-day return policy. Compared them side-by-side... both on the airplane, home, with and without sound.

My impressions (your mileage may vary :-)

Noise Cancellation:

The QC-3 has impressive noise cancellation, I think it's incrementally better than the QC-2. Perhaps it's a little too 'aggressive'. Let me explain. I feel a little uncomfortable from a (perceived) pressure on my ear. Note: this is not physical pressure from the ear-pieces, nor is it air-pressure, but rather a physco-acoustic result of noise cancellation. I felt this only slightly with the QC-2's. Bose did an amazing job of noise cancellation given the challenges of an "on-the-ear" design which offers less physical noise isolation due to lack of cups. Everyone has a different tolerance to this pressure, the only way to tell is to try them out. Vote: QC-3 for noise cancellation, QC-2 for comfort (again, will vary from person to person).

Audio Quality:

Using MP3's encoded at 192 kbps, and CD audio, the difference in the two headphones is clear (excuse the pun). The QC-2's are brighter sounding with adequate bass. The QC-3's are a little heavy on the low-end, to the point of sounding muddy. Vote: QC-2.


Some have complained about the QC-2's breaking at the stem that attaches each earpiece. I never had this problem, but I am also very careful, especially given their cost. I did notice a person break a QC-2 on the plane trying to turn the earpieces to hard. The build quality of the QC-3 is about the same, the stem may be somewhat narrower, so they could be more prone to breaking, however I do not think it's an issue if you treat them with respect. Vote: equal.


The QC-3's are lighter, but I still prefer the "over-the-ear" type of headphone. They feel like they stay in place better. I would be upset if the QC-3's fell off my head while loading luggage in the overhead bin, only to have someone step on them. I never felt that could happen with the QC-2's. I also would rather have a little physical pressure around my ear, instead of on my ear. Vote: QC-2.


The QC-3 has a less complicated jack that attaches to the headphone (it's detachable, just like the QC-2's). The QC-2 has a hi/low volume control on the jack stem, while the QC-3 has no adjustment and is adjusted somewhere in between (which is why they are not quite as loud as the QC-2's, given the same volume setting from your MP3, DVD, computer, or stereo). The airplance adapter does serve to attenuate the audio further, if needed. The QC-3 carrying case is a little smaller than the QC-2, but not a significant difference. The covering on the QC-3 case is smooth, which I prefer over the QC-2 case. I do not like the way the QC-3's fit in the case, the ear-pieces do not sit firmly where they are supposed to go. With the QC-2, you know exactly how they fit in the case, it just seems like a better fit. Vote: averages to equal.

I hope this quick review is helpful. I elected to stay with the QC-2. Rgds,
683 of 693 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars QC2 is Same Quality with Less Ear Pain Aug. 1 2006
By Lisa Shea - Published on
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I was preparing for a long trip to Ukraine. This involved both a very long initial flight, then a flight from Kiev to Lviv, plus many 3+ hr long van rides to various destinations and an overnight train trip between the main cities. I knew I would really need a noise cancelling headphone. With the Bose QuietComfort 3 just coming on the market, I was willing to pay the top dollar in order to maintain my sanity.

When I first received my headphone set - only days after it was released - I was thrilled. It was small, easy to carry in its slim case, and it had a rechargeable battery. This seemed like the perfect headphone for travel. I already had my 60 gig iPod ready with "sleep music". Now all I had to do was plug it in, and encounter pure bliss.

The headphones were really comfortable to "put on" - they fit on top of the ears rather than "around the ears" like the previous model. They were very light and non-intrusive. Lying sideways on a pillow didn't pose much of a problem. I waited the proper time to charge up the battery, and then I put them on and turned them on.

WHOMP. It wasn't a *physical* sensation. It's not that the foamy earcups pressed against my ears strongly. It was an INTERNAL sensation - the pressure of the waves of the speaker against my eardrums. It actually hurt. I turned it off. The sensation went away. I turned them on again and WHOMP, there was that pressure again.

This intrigued me so much that I did research and made a specific playlist of songs on my iPod that involved left-right sounds, i.e. songs like We Love You, Lightning Crashes etc. where songs only play out of one speaker or the other (left or right). The pain would definitely come more strongly out of the speaker that was not playing music. Whenever there was "silence" or soft levels of sound, the pressure of the "anti noise generators" would hurt my ears.

My boyfriend thought I was insane :) He did sense it when I played the left-right song set. We went into a local outlet where they had the demos set up of the QuietComfort 3 and the QuietComfort 2 (the older over-ear model). Both are rather good at blocking sound, to pretty much an equivalent degree. However even with their store models I could feel that same pain when the QuietComfort 3 headphone was turned in without a strong sound signal coming through. Of course their sample sounds are all loud, throbbing music, perhaps for this very reason. It's easier to mask an "airplane engine simulation" if you're listening to Santana blasting away on Smooth. I mentioned my ear pressure issue to the clerk, and he said he found the exact same thing.

Finally after about 30 days of testing, I called up Bose and asked to exchange this in for the QuietComfort 2. I would much rather have the around-ear headphone (which really, the case is about exactly the same size and the headphone itself is just as comfortable for me) and have far less pain. My thought is that with the around-ear shape they didn't need to blast directly towards your ear as much with the noise cancelling waves in order to counterbalance the ambient noise.

If you're looking at these, I would really compare the two side by side in a store. I tried my very, very best to stick with the QuietComfort 3 since I already had them in my house and they were smaller. I just couldn't do it - they bothered me too much to imagine using them for 2 weeks straight.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product Dec 3 2010
By S. Susanka - Published on
I have been using these headphones for a couple of years now, every time I fly, which I do at least a couple times a month. I love them, and find they improve the flying experience tremendously. I don't hear the screaming baby two rows back, or the conversation going on across the aisle beside me, and can focus on the book I'm reading or the work I'm doing without interruption.

One feature that is particularly valuable with this model of headphones is the battery and charger system which are carried compactly as a part of the carry case, making it easy to charge while on the road. The battery stays charged for longer than I would have anticipated as well. I usually recharge it every third trip and have never yet run out of juice. In short, I would highly recommend this product for any frequent flyer. They're terrific.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually more then I expected Sept. 17 2009
By Isaac M. Forbes - Published on
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I Travel to Thailand 4 times per year from Honolulu Hi. The first leg of the flight is 11 hours. One of the amenities on such a long flight is each seat even in Coach Class is an inter-active Video Screen with current Movies so new that they still aren't out on D.V.D. Anyway the headphones supplied leave allot to be desired. Because the noise generated from the engines and turbulence actually affect the sound on the movie. One trip recently I looked around and noticed a few people using a unique and smart looking set of headphones that covered the entire ear. On closer inspection I noticed a brand name "Bose" so upon arrival back home, I start a search to find out more about this product. The cost as it turns out was about half the price of my coach ticket. Prompting me search for an alternative. AMAZON ! A thirty minute electronic foray on the inter-net and I came up with exactly what I was looking for and at half the price. After one email and one week I had my headphones. I have just returned from Bangkok and that 11 hour leg.I can report the noise was non existant the sound quality from the headphones was times ten and mine were used. I know it is hard to rate sound quality for every individual, so whatever that's worth. A suggestion to an enterprising individual is offer up-graded headphones at $10 flight with an option to buy. Just a thought. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. A good movie can knock hours off a long flight. Thanks for listening.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality & comfort - no compromise from Bose July 24 2008
By Kanishk Rastogi - Published on
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I have been using these headphones for over an year now and have done lot of air-travel, both domestic & international. Bose sound quality is the best, without any second thoughts. I own Bose PC speakers and couldn't settle on anything else when it came to headphones.

The high-price was surely a concern, even for a few months after I got these ($375 for headphone..why ..???), but with the quality of sound and the comfort in use during air-travel made it worth. However, I feel that these are not good for everyday use like in gym etc, but are superb for those who travel a lot, either airplane, trains or buses.

Battery life is amazing and it just goes on and on. I have taken direct 15 hr flights and it never ran out of charge. Note that, I did not used it for 15 hrs continuously, but did for more than 6-7 hrs. Headphones come in a nice case with an extension cable and connectors for multiple headphone jacks.

So, if you have decided to buy these but are holding because of price, I'd recommend to go ahead and order them. Save somewhere else as these headphones will prove their worth.

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