Bose Quiet Comfort 2 Headphones

I would have to say that the past few days have been quite a bit different than the past. They have been filled with music that is unlike any other. When I bought my car this past May, the only upgraded that I decided to get for it was the Bose Sound Package (FYI, I drive a 2004 Nissan Maxima SE). I typically go out to my car and attach my iPod or take a CD burnt from iTunes and will listen to it with the keys in the ignition, my eyes closed, just hanging out and relaxing. Now don’t get me wrong, I love taking my iPod with me to work and using the headphones that come with the iPod, but there’s just something different now using the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones. I’ve tried Sony’s MDR-NC5 Noise Canceling headphones in the past (these are actually the ones that I take to the gym with me) and I’ve tried Apple’s In Ear buds, but the Bose earphones blow them out of the water.
I received them this past Wednesday evening when I returned home from a long day in the lab where there is a constant whir of noise from fans keeping servers and routers cool. I opened the package to find a decent carrying case the shape of a small set of binoculars inside the box. Inside I removed headphones, plugged the cord in (yes, you can use them as just something to tune noise out if you don’t want to listen to music and have a cord dangling) and popped the battery in. I was pretty enamored by the quality and feel of the headphones from the beginning.
I pulled out my iPod and queued up one of my favorite playlists and set things in motion, experiencing music as I had never experienced it before. Actually, experiencing it like I was in my car, only more personally. I could hear everything, I could feel the bass, I almost started crying. I’ve been using them quite a bit since then, four days later and they have yet to make me think that the $300 investment was not worthy. In the lab, it’s actually quite eerie, there’s usually a loud rumble and high pitched whir. The dampening that the headphones create is phenominal and it becomes a very quite whir that is a lot easier to deal with, and when you’re playing music I rarely hear it since the music rides over it.
Speaking of purchasing a pair, I would suggest going with Crutchfield. My first intention was to use the discount that I get over at the Apple store and since there’s one in Tyson’s Corner I thought I would just go pick up a pair, however they don’t give the discount on Bose products (apparently very few places do). So after doing a little bit of research I found that Crutchfield had the best intentions of the customer in mind. Not only is their shipping free for these because of their cost, but they also provide free return shipping if you’re not satisfied with the product. In addition, they have a 30 day satisfaction guarantee for returns — Apple on the other hand has a 14 day return period which they exercise. So you make the call, same price, same product, but free return shipping, free shipping and a longer period to truly test them out, something tells me that in this situation Crutchfield wins (sorry Apple store, I still love you). If you are interested getting a pair, might I ask that you use my referral code? If you do you’ll get a slight discount on the item (click here for details). Nevertheless, my referral code is pe42r-hf14u-9gb6p… use it wisely.

[Listening to: Learning to Breathe-Switchfoot – Various Artists – A Walk To Remember Soundtrack (4:36)]
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