Bose 700s Review

by Emma Baker, Senior Editor | Published February 15th, 2024 | Reviewed by Ted Wilson, Systems Engineer

The Bose 700 Headphones stand out from other noise-canceling headphones. The 700’s ability to finely control noise cancellation on a scale from 0 to 10 allows for a tailored listening experience, making it a top choice for both music enthusiasts and professionals.

In this review, we’ll delve into the nuances of the Bose 700’s features, including its unparalleled noise cancellation, sound quality, and user experience. You’ll learn why these headphones might be the perfect fit for your needs.

Bose 700 Infographic

Design and Comfort of the 700s

The design of the Bose 700 is both stylish and comfortable, suitable for long periods of use without causing discomfort.

The Bose 700 headphones bring a fresh design to the table, ditching the classic look for something more modern and stylish. They have a sleek stainless steel headband that visibly looks much nicer than the plastic options on other headphones.

The inside of the headband is padded with soft material and is designed to spread the weight around your head so well that you barely notice you’re wearing them. While this isn’t completely true, the headphones do sit lightly, and I was able to wear them for hours without discomfort.

Using these headphones feels smooth and effortless. Adjusting the fit is just a matter of sliding the ear cups up or down the headband.

And when it comes to controlling your music, you won’t need to touch your phone. There’s a touch panel on the right ear cup for playing, pausing, and adjusting the volume with just a tap or swipe.

However, not all the design changes have been hits with users. The headphones don’t fold up, which can be annoying if you’re trying to save space, and the way they hang around your neck when not in use is a bit awkward.

Some folks have also said that the headphones feel less premium compared to others in the same price range, like the Jabra Elite series which has a fancier finish. 

Controls and Features of the Bose 700s

On the right earcup of my Bose 700s, there’s a touch-sensitive gesture pad that feels intuitive and futuristic. Adjusting the volume is as easy as swiping up or down, and skipping tracks requires just a forward or backward swipe. 

Their double tap feature has been a hit with me – accidentally pausing my music with my AirPod Max headset tends to wear me down, especially during workouts. Having to stop my run to fiddle with my Spotify app is exactly what I am looking to avoid – and the Bose 700 headphones allow me to push my body (and not my patience) to the max. 

But it’s not all swipes and taps. Bose smartly retained some manual buttons for essential functions. On my right earcup, the Bose 700 headphones’ on-off switch is subtly marked with a Bluetooth icon—simple and effective for powering up or pairing.

The left earcup features a button that lets me cycle through my noise-cancellation presets. This is a game-changer for me, especially when I want to quickly drop down from full noise cancellation to slyly overhear a conversation without missing a beat.

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Sound Quality

Feature/Headphone Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Sony WH-1000XM5 Apple AirPods Max
Bass Profile Moderately enhanced bass, additional resonance Emphasized bass with significant depth and resonance Mildly warm bass, adapts to fit and seal
Suitability for Genres Ideal for rhythm-driven music like hip-hop, EDM Optimal for bass-forward genres such as EDM, hip-hop Adaptable across various genres, notably EDM and hip-hop
Mid-Range Even and clear, suitable for vocal-focused content Enhanced clarity in vocals and lead instruments Warm mid-range, potential veiling in lower treble
Customization App-based graphic equalizer for sound tailoring App provides equalizer and presets for sound modification EQ adjustments via iOS/iPadOS accessibility (no native EQ presets)

The Bose 700’s adjustable noise cancellation is one of the best features I have seen in a while. It provides flexibility in how much external sound is blocked, catering to different environments and preferences.

Bose has elevated the traditional all-or-nothing approach to noise cancellation by introducing the ability to finely control noise canceling on a scale from 0 to 10. This feature allows me to tailor my listening experience to my environment, whether I’m seeking total silence while working or want to keep a little bit of ambient sound passthrough while walking on the street. When I choose to block out everything, I’m not disappointed—the Bose 700 headphones’ noise cancellation is genuinely best in class.

What’s remarkable is how the 700s maintain the quality of my music. Unlike previous models where active noise cancellation (ANC) could sometimes introduce a sense of separation between me and the music, with the 700s, the music feels close and personal. And for times like taking calls, I’m grateful for the option to reduce the ANC—(I personally thing talking with full noise cancellation can feel odd).

Bose claims the noise cancellation on level 10 with the 700s is slightly better than their previous generation, and while I can’t personally tell the difference, the older models were already top-tier. They were great at nulling steady low-frequency rumbles like those of a car engine, which I hear frequently due to living in the city. But even during rush hour, the NCH 700s block out even the worst of engine revs. 

In comparison to competitors like the Sony WH-1000XM3, the Bose 700 headphones may exhibit only subtle differences, but they edge out as the front-runners for noise cancellation. The feeling of activating the ANC on the Bose 700s and having the outside world fade to a whisper is nothing short of magnificent. If ignoring the hustle and bustle of the world around you is the goal, the Bose 700 headphones should be your go-to.

The Bose 700s Battery Life

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a decent battery life, with up to 20 hours with ANC on and wireless mode. They also have a quick charge feature that gives you two hours of playback with 15 minutes of charging. 

The battery life is not as long as some competitors, like Sony’s WH-1000XM4 (30 hours), but it is enough for most daily use cases.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 vs. Competitors

Feature Bose 700 Sony WH-1000XM4
Battery Life Up to 20 hours Roughly 30 hours (22 hours with ANC on in cabled mode)
Sound Performance More neutral, less bass-heavy default sound profile. Brighter and more exaggerated in the lows. Better noise isolation performance. Bass-forward sound signature with plenty of sculpting in the highs and high-mids.
Active Noise Cancelling Capabilities Excellent for noisy environments, produces little or no hiss. Slightly more effective against loud low-frequency rumble but produces a bit of audible hiss.
Comfort Both models are noted for their comfortable fit.
Responsive Controls Offers adjustable noise cancellation and ambient listening modes. Offers more talk-through controls and customizable EQ.

Other Alternatives

  1. Sony WH-1000XM3: Offers similar noise cancellation with a slightly different sound profile.
  2. Sennheiser Momentum 3: Known for its superior sound quality, a great alternative for audiophiles.
  3. Jabra Elite 85h: A budget-friendly option with impressive features.

In summary, the Bose 700 headphones are a top-tier choice for those seeking quality noise cancellation without compromising on sound. Their adjustable features and comfortable design make them a versatile and worthwhile investment.


How to Pair Bose Headphones

To pair Bose Headphones to your phone, follow these steps:

  1. Open to Bose Music App.
  2. Press and hold the Bluetooth button until you see a blue flashing light.
  3. Once you hear the words “ready to connect”, go to the “My Bose” section on the app, and click the “+” button.

Does the Bose 700 have Wireless Charging?

Yes, Bose offers multiple ways to charge their headphones, including wireless chargers. 

How to Turn off Bose 700 Headphones

To turn off the Bose 700s, go to the right earcup, and press the On/Off button.