Even the people who gave this pair 5 stars admitted the sound quality is not exactly up to audiophile standards, especially for the steep price tag. The sound isolation is pretty good, but not phenomenal. There are still things that it won’t completely block out, but for plane rides this is a very good set. The build also could be a bit better. They feel a little flimsier than they should. The fact that they run on AAA batteries is also quite unfortunate.
Phenomenal noise cancelling.
Nice carrying case.
Provide a clean, neutral sound over the frequency spectrum.
Not good for tracking drums, as the sound will cut out after each snare hit.
Build quality suspect/a bit flimsy.
Requires battery power even if you don’t want noise cancellation.
Covering of ear pads disintegrate over time (2-3 years).
Hot and may make your ears burn.
Bass is exaggerated and treble is muted. The mid-range also does not provide as much clarity as expected.
Smells like chemicals/cigarette smoke.
Comes with a mic/volume control cable, but it only works on Apple devices.
Good noise cancelling overall, but some people had complaints. For instance it will not drown out the sound of a jet engine or screaming baby. Lol.
The sound quality is not as good as it should be for a headphone in this price range.
The bass is a bit of a mixed bag. Some say there wasn’t enough, some said it was too muddy, while others said there was too much.
The headphone is such that the noise cancelling has to be completely on or off. You cannot listen to the headphones without the NC feature.
So once the battery runs out, you’re up the creek without a paddle. These will not work without fresh batteries. Caveman status if you ask me 😛
They do not handle ambient noise well; stuff like keystrokes, clanging of dishes, doors shutting, etc. Just keep in mind that they aren’t going to amaze you in regards to their noise cancelling properties, but also won’t disgust you either.
Chord could be sturdier.
Good for plane rides. Pretty good noise isolation. Very comfortable. Build quality suspect. The fact that they require batteries to operate at all isn’t convenient. Sound quality isn’t up to audiophile standards.
Material & Comfort. The P7’s are made of Aluminum, leather and stainless steel, while the QC15’s are plastic and p leather (fake leather). The P7’s are also said to be a bit uncomfortable at times. You may be frequently adjusting and readjusting them. The QC15’s are extremely comfortable by contrast.
Build quality. The build of the P7’s is pretty remarkable. The material is why. The QC15’s have gotten quite a few complaints of being light and somewhat flimsy.
Weight. The QC15’s are 140g compared to the 290g of the P7.
If I had to choose between the QC15’s or P7’s, I would go with the P7’s although I think the price tag on them is a bit steep. The QC15’s are decent for plane rides, but I’m not digging the whole AAA battery thing.
Instead I’m going to recommend an old favorite that I believe fits the bill for this situation. The Audio Technica ATH M50x. You get a fun sound, a crisp and tight bass response, good comfort, phenomenal build, great sound isolation, and pretty good portability. They fold up quite nicely in my pouch and can be carried different places with relative ease. They are also nearly indestructible. I’ve had mine since Jan. 2013 and they’re still going strong. Interested in learning more?
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