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[September 03, 2014]

Bose Introduces QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--

Today, Bose introduces the QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones, the next generation of its category-defining QuietComfort headphones. The new QuietComfort 25 headphones feature an entirely new design, combining better noise reduction and audio performance with a stunning new look and greater portability. They replace the legendary QC®15 headphones and will be available beginning September 3, 2014.

New Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Photo: Business Wire)

New Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Photo: Business Wire)

"The QuietComfort 25 headphones set a new standard for performance," said Sean Garrett, vice president of the Bose Noise Reduction Technology Group. "We improved nearly every dimension -- greater noise reduction, lifelike audio, a striking new profile and styles, and a new earcup pivot to fold up smaller than ever. We weren't going to replace the QC15 headphones unless we had something that was better and different -- and the QC®25 is both."

The QuietComfort 25 headphones benefit from over 30 years of ongoing research, cancelling more noise than any other Bose consumer headphone in history -- especially at low frequencies. Bose engineers placed microphones both inside and outside the earcup to better sense and measure unwanted sounds. The measurements are then sent to a digital electronic chip, exclusive to Bose, that calculates a more precise equal and opposite noise cancellation signal -- within a fraction of a millisecond. So powerful, the Bose chip reduces the footprint of the headphone's electronics, while delivering a new level of quiet for around-ear headphones. Distractions instantly fade away, even in the most demanding environments.

The QuietComfort® 25 headphones feature audio advancements to reproduce music with improved clarity and accuracy. A more finely tuned Active EQ delivers a demonstrably smoother frequency response across the full spectrum of sound, regardless of listening level. TriPort® technology delivers deep, detailed low notes, while a lower noise floor reduces the common "hiss" associated with conventional active noise cancelling headphones. The improvements can be heard and felt: every recording is reproduced more naturally, regardless of genre. There is no distortion or exaggeration of instruments or vocals. Instead, the QC®25 headphones stay true to Bose's 50-year pursuit of recreating -- raher than reinventing -- a live performance.


The QuietComfort 25 headphones come with a single AAA battery for up to 35 hours of use. And if the battery dies, the music plays on. An inline remote and mic make it easy to take calls with select iPod, iPhone (News - Alert) and iPad models, and select smartphones.

The QuietComfort 25 headphones have a new look and profile, steeped in the Bose® brand -- authentic, modern, and minimal. Its mechanical design, including materials, angles, arc lengths and headband radii, was re-engineered to sit closer to the head. The headband design is proprietary, and its pad uses an engineered fabric found in high-end automotive applications. The ear cushions are made of protein leather, and the earcups feature a soft-touch TPE bumper and cast zinc pivot. Comfortable and light-yet secure, the QC25 headphones are built to last, and fold and fit in a carrying case that's smaller than any in the industry.

"There's no substitute for long-term research," said Garrett. "For over three decades, our engineers have woken up every day trying to make a better headphone. The QC25 headphones are a great example of that commitment."

The QuietComfort® Story

In 2000, 22 years after Dr. Amar Bose's original noise cancellation research, Bose introduced the original QuietComfort noise cancelling headphones, forever changing the consumer headphone category. In 2003, with advancements in noise reduction, audio quality and electronics, Bose unveiled the QuietComfort® 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones, setting another standard for performance in an around-ear design. Three years later, Bose introduced its first on-ear noise cancelling headphones, the QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones, offering the line's renowned performance in a smaller design.

The pursuit for a better headphone continued, and in 2009, Bose debuted the QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones, which soon became -- and remained -- the industry standard for performance and quality. In 2013, Bose announced the QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones, featuring more U.S. patents than any Bose headphones ever made, and a level of noise reduction previously unattainable in an in-ear design. Today, with the benefit of over three decades of ongoing research, the company proudly introduces the QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones, representing another chapter in the iconic product line's history.

Pricing and Availability

The Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones come in two variants: Black or White, each with blue accents. They're available for $299.95 beginning September 3, 2014, and will be sold at Bose retail stores, Bose.com, authorized Bose dealers and toll free at 1-800-444-BOSE (2673). The QC®25 headphones can also be customized with a nearly limitless combination of colors for $399.95. Customers can design, share and save their styles on Bose.com beginning today, and orders will be taken in November 2014.

About Bose Corporation (News - Alert)

Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2014, Bose celebrates its 50th anniversary as the most respected name in sound. The company remains driven by its founding principles, investing in long-term research with one fundamental goal: to develop new technologies with real customer benefits. Bose® innovations have spanned decades and industries, creating and transforming categories in audio and beyond. Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic. From the company's home entertainment systems and Wave® music systems, to high-quality audio and noise cancelling headphones, digital music systems, Bluetooth® speakers and professional solutions, Bose has changed the way people listen to music.

Bose Corporation is privately held. The company's spirit of invention, passion for excellence, and commitment to extraordinary customer experiences can be found around the world -- everywhere Bose does business.

iPad, iPhone, iPod are trademarks of Apple (News - Alert) Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The Bluetooth® word mark is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such mark by Bose Corporation is under license.


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