No, that's not a typo: this is the Bose QuietComfort 25 not the 35. But don't be put off because this is definitely the best Bose deal of the year in terms of price cut and quality.
Being cutting-edge, next-gen kind of people, T3 tends to concentrate quite heavily on covering wireless, Bluetooth headphones. Particularly in the noise-cancelling headphone arena, where the Bose QC35, Sony WH-1000X and Beats Studio 3 rule with an iron fist and a plastic earcup, you could easily get the impression that nobody wants wired-by-default cans (although you can use a wired connection with many of the Bluetooth ones).
Well judging by Black Friday/Cyber Week sales you would be wrong, wrong, wrongity wrong. Then Bose QC25 noise cancelling, wired headphones were the biggest audio sellers at Amazon and elsewhere. They were flying off the shelves.
If you missed out like we did, fret not, because the Bose QC25 deal is now back on, and it is by some margin the best Bose deal of the year, although who knows what might be on offer, come the Boxing Day sales…
Bose QuietComfort QC25 for iOS | £129.94 | Was £289.95 | Save £160.01 (55%)
These share the businesslike look, highly comfortable feel and advanced noise cancelling of Bose's QC35. However, unlike those market-defining cans the QC25 is not wireless. But then on the other hand, it's also now £150 cheaper. Under £125 seems a very reasonable price to pay for such a great pair of headphones.
Even without the advanced processing of the QC35, Bose's noise-cancelling is still able to turn down the volume of planes and public transport, and does a decent job of reducing more testing, office- and street-type noise. Audio quality and comfort are excellent, and a single AAA battery (one is included) will last up to 35 hours. Unlike its Bluetooth brethren, you can then continue to listen to music on the QC25, although you'll lose the noise cancelling.
A carry case is also included, and the QC25 folds up to a pleasingly compact size.
Fairly unusually, Amazon/Bose is even offering the option of paying in 5 monthly instalments of £25.99 – in fact presumably that's how they arrived at the discounted price of £129.94. This comes up as an option on the Bose QC25 page on mobile, but on certain desktop browsers you have to opt for it at checkout.
There's only one slight catch and it's that you need the inline remote to be specifically tailored for either iOS or Android devices, in order to work. And for whatever reason, only the iOS one has had this price cut. If you are an Android owner and only want to use the QC25 for music and not to make and receive calls, you may be able to live with this. What's that? You can't? You will have to pay a somewhat less appealing £239, then.View Deal