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The Bose 700 with noise cancellation is perfect for calls
Awesome audio clarity on calls Works well with voice assistants Comfortable and stylish 20 hours of battery power
No support for aptX or aptX HD
Phone calls and interactions with voice assistants can be a confusing disaster if the person (real or virtual) has to listen to you while you are in a noisy coffee shop or on the street. The new Bose NCH 700 noise canceling headphones solve this problem. With their eight microphones, they are ideal for people who speak a lot on the phone.
HOW THEY WORK
We see noise-canceling hearing aids as tools to eliminate ambient sounds and to relax or concentrate, but Bose goes one step further by using his sound reduction technology to help your caller during two-way communication even when you speak with Voice assistants like Siri, the Google Assistant or Alexa.
The NCH 700 have eight microphones; Six of them to deal with noise. The other two use beam technology to capture any sound that comes out of your mouth. Two of the six that cancel the noise also function as noise defense systems, looking for loud sounds around you and suppressing them.
The result is impressive for the person you are calling or for voice assistants who try to understand what you say, who can hear you clearly.
We witnessed this in action when a Bose employee went to a Starbucks with the QC35 II and the connected NCH 700 going Bluetooth and a partner called him. Listening on a speaker from an iPhone, the QC35 II captured all the ambient sounds of coffee; Listening to the person was complicated. Then I switched to the NCH 700 and the difference was like day and night. At first it seemed that the call had been cut, because it was not heard more than an absolute silence but then spoke. You can still hear some environmental sounds and people when he spoke, but very muffled, and his voice was much clearer and easier to understand.
Siri's ability to understand someone using the QC35 II against the NCH 700 was also tested, with many ambient sounds in the background. The latter obtained 100 percent accuracy to understand voice commands, while the QC35 II only registered one or two commands (they also captured various close conversations). The impressive word falls short.
TRANSPARENCY AND NOISE CANCELLATION
The noise cancellation of the Bose NCH 700 ranges from 10 to zero, with 10 being the highest setting to block the outside world. Bose calls the zero level Transparency, which uses the microphones to bring ambient sounds to your ears. That is ideal when you want to be attentive to your surroundings, such as when using public transportation or at the airport.
Sounds incredibly natural.
There are several headphones that include some way of listening to the outside world, but they may sound digitized, almost as if you were listening to an internet radio station that transmits the real world. The transparency of the NCH 700 is not so. Sounds incredibly natural. And at level 10 it is practically impossible to hear anything.
DESIGN, COMFORT AND CONTROLS
Like most noise canceling headphones, the NCH 700 have a minimalist and clean look. The headband is a piece of stainless steel and the adjustment mechanism works flawlessly. They are light, but they don't feel cheap. Ear pads and headband are very soft.
As far as controls are concerned, there are three buttons: one controls Bluetooth and allows you to connect the NCH 700 to up to two devices. It also works as a power button. The headphones can also be turned off automatically if you do not use them for a set period of time (customizable with the application that accompanies them). The second button, on the right side, is for speaking with voice assistants. If you are connected to an iPhone you can talk to Siri. On an Android phone, be the Google Assistant. If you have the Alexa application installed, you can opt for the Amazon assistant.
The third button is on the left side and is used to control the level of noise cancellation. You can tap it three times to toggle between High, Medium or Low cancellation, and you can customize those levels with the application. A double tap is used to turn on the Talk Mode, which stops the music and activates the transparency mode.
And how is music reproduction controlled? Half of the right earphone is a capacitive sensor. Swipe forward and back to change songs; swipe up or down to control the volume; double tap to play or stop the music or accept a call; Press and hold to reject a call. You can also double-tap the voice assistant button during a call to mute your microphone, useful when you're on a conference call.
AUDIO QUALITY AND LIFE OF THE BATTERY
But how do they sound? We couldn't test the audio quality for a long time, but the few songs we heard sounded well balanced, with loud loud sounds. The basses didn't sound as strong as we expected, but the quality was high. This may surprise you, as the NCH 700 does not have support for higher quality aptX and aptX HD cdecs.
The basses didn't sound as strong as we expected, but the quality was high.
As for the battery, Bose says they last up to 20 hours with noise cancellation and a continuous music flow, about ten hours less than competitors such as the Sony WH-1000x M3, and 16 hours less than the Jabra Elite Active 85H. You can recharge them through its USB-C port.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
You can book your Bose NCH 700 noise canceling headphones now; The sale officially begins on June 30. Its cost of $ 399 dollars is high, so if you are only looking for a higher noise cancellation to listen to music, opt for the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, which are cheaper.
Despite its price, if you are a person who receives calls frequently in noisy places, it is very possible that you love the NCH 700 and your interlocutor too.