QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones

QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones
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Separate the noise from the music.

Leave the noise behind, and get the most from your music. QuietComfort® 3 headphones offer a proven combination of Bose® noise reduction and audio performance with a comfortable on-ear fit. These award-winning headphones deliver clear, lifelike sound, making listening a pleasure just about anywhere.

  • High-performing noise reduction for home, work or travel
  • Rich, detailed audio highlights musical nuances
  • Comfortable, on-ear fit for hours of easy listening
  • Includes two audio cables, one with mic/remote for iPhone/iPod control and hands-free iPhone calling
  • 25 hours of use on average from rechargeable Li-ion battery; includes charger

Proven performance

QuietComfort® 3 headphones feature Bose® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® technology to electronically identify, then dramatically reduce, the noise around you. You're left with the music you love—or the simple serenity you desire. Proprietary signal processing and audio reproduction technology also provide lifelike performance across the full range of sound—including deep low tones—from small and lightweight on-ear headphones.

Bose® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® technology »

Create a comfortable escape

Think of your noisy office, or the bustling activity in train stations and other public places. At the flip of a switch, that background noise is reduced to a whisper. That’s when the high quality sound these headphones provide becomes even more apparent. You’ll hear more of your music—without having to turn up your music. And the soft-cushioned, easy-on-the-ears fit lets you listen comfortably for hours.

Hear the difference for yourself

Wear QuietComfort® 3 headphones when you fly, and you'll notice a dramatic reduction in engine noise the moment you turn them on. And when it's time for some music, simply plug the cable into your portable player, tablet or the inflight entertainment system. The cable fits directly into most portable devices.

Take calls. Take control.

QuietComfort® 3 headphones come with an additional cable customised for selected Apple devices. A three-button remote and inline microphone let you take calls on your iPhone and manage music on other Apple devices. You can control volume, track selection and voice applications, plus easily switch between calls and music.

Compatible Apple devices »

Additional features

A rechargeable lithium-ion battery and convenient wall charger are included with your headphones. You can expect 25 hours of use from a fully charged battery.


Fold-flat ear cups rotate 90 degrees for easy storage and portability in the included case.


Interchangeable, detachable audio cables offer greater convenience and less tangling than standard, permanently connected Y-cables. One cable is specifically designed for your Apple devices.


An airline adapter plug lets you connect to in-flight entertainment systems equipped with dual output connectors.



Overall headphone dimensions

  • Height: 19 cm
  • Width: 13.5 cm

Ear cushion outside dimensions

  • Height: 7.5 cm
  • Width: 6 cm

Weight with cables

  • Weight: 136.1 g

Battery output power 3.7VDC, 200mAh

Battery life Approximately 25 hours per charge; 500 charging cycles

In the box

Kit contents

  • QuietComfort® 3 headphones
  • 168 cm QC®3 inline remote and microphone cable
  • 168 cm detachable audio cable
  • Airline adapter
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Battery charger
  • Carrying case


Do QuietComfort® 3 headphones use batteries?

Yes. QuietComfort® 3 headphones come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and charger. You can expect an average of 25 hours of use per charge.

Why are there two cables included with QuietComfort® 3 headphones?

These interchangeable cables enhance the versatility of QuietComfort® 3 headphones. The cable with inline microphone and remote enables calling and audio control with selected Apple devices. The standard cable is for listening only and works with iPhone and most other mobile phones, in-flight entertainment systems, MP3 and CD players—any device with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

What does the inline remote control do?

The inline remote controls audio and calling functions on selected Apple devices. You can adjust volume, play/pause, skip forward/back, fast forward/rewind and change playlists. You can also answer/end phone calls and switch between calls on your iPhone. The microphone provides hands-free conversation and accesses certain voice applications, such as VoiceOver or Voice Control, where available.

Are these headphones wireless?

Not in the conventional sense. The included cable must be used to hear audio from portable media players, home stereos, laptops and the like. If you simply want to use the headphones to reduce background noise, however, no audio cable is needed.

Do the headphones need to be turned on to listen to an audio source?

Yes. Turning on the power switch lets you hear your audio source and enjoy the added benefits of reduced background noise.