Philips Fidelico NC1 vs. Bose QuietComfort 25 | Noise Canceling Headphones

Fidelico NC1 & QuietComfort 25

Noise canceling headphones can greatly improve our listening experience. We take a look at two wired ANCV headphones from two top-of-the-line brands: Philips and Bose.

ANC headphones are not made the same as most will come with common issues such as distortions when the noise-canceling feature is turned on.

If there is a manufacturer that can fix this problem it will be these two. Which one delivers the best performance? Read on below to find out all the reasons why we picked the the QuietComfort 25 as the clear winner in this head to head bout.

Active Noise Canceling Headphones Compared: Philips Fidelico NC1 vs. Bose QuietComfort 25


Philips Fidelico NC1 Noise Canceling Headphone Review

Philips NC1 Noise Cancelling Headphones 40-mm drivers losed-back Philips’ Fidelico series is one of the more well-designed headphones in the market. The on-ear design enhances the comfort and the combination of plastic and metallic components adds to both the style and durability of the headphone. I should note that the rather thin frame of the headphones might make the foldable joints less durable over time.

In terms of design, I thoroughly enjoyed the feel of the Fidelico NC1. The glossy gray finish gives it a high-end flair which is quite appealing to the eyes. The sleek construction truly gives the Fidelico that modern feel which not only makes it a good headphone but also a noteworthy fashion accessory as well.

While the stylish design can be attributed as one of its strong points, they might have overlooked some key elements when it comes to providing comfort to the wearer. The headband is not too tight which is nice but the headband itself does not come with any padding. This is a strange choice seeing as it is now the norm to include some form of padding on every part of the headband nowadays.

Philips NC1 Noise Cancelling Headphones 40-mm drivers losed-back When it comes to sound quality, the Fidelico delivers solid performance. The bass is well-balanced and does not bleed in even when the volume is turned up. The mid-range frequency is pretty on point as well.

Bass lovers might find the lack of ‘punch’ to be disappointing though. I also found the treble to sound slightly off at times. As this is a closed-back headphone, don’t expect the soundstage to be its strong point.

Philips NC1 Noise Cancelling Headphones 40-mm drivers losed-backThe noise isolation capability of the Fidelico is actually pleasantly surprising. I did not expect it to be as good in noise isolation seeing as it is an on-ear headphone, which is normally not great in noise isolation. The active noise cancellation actually does a pretty good job of blocking ambient noise and the soft earcup paddings provide a good seal around the ears.

The Fidelico NC1 features ANC as an active feature. As this headphone is wired and does not feature app compatibility it is also less versatile than some of its wireless counterparts in the market. Battery life though can clock in at around 23 hours making it a good travel companion.

Key Features:

  • 40mm dynamic drivers.
  • Collapsible design.
  • Memory foam cushion earpads.
  • Active noise cancellation technology.
  • Acoustic chamber.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 8.5/10
  • Bass: 8.5/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 8.5/10
  • Battery Life: 9.5/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): N/A

Who would this be good for?

This headphone is a great choice for people who go on a daily commute due to its impressive noise canceling capability. The sound quality is pretty decent and the design makes it a compact and lightweight headphone. The on-ear design is not for everyone though as some feel uncomfortable wearing this type of headphone.


Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphone Review

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple devices - Black (wired, 3.5mm) The Bose QuietComfort 25 was released during Bose’s 50th anniversary and carries with a dramatic stylistic change. It now sports a sleeker and more modern look which is designed to for the next generation of users.

It is also more accessible than the previous model making it a great introduction to new customers. Overall, it does have a lot of similarities to the QuietComfort 15 but made some nice tweaks that put it above its predecessor.

If you are familiar with the QuietComfort 15 headphone then you know it is all about this professional executive look.

The QuietComfort 25, on the other hand, takes a step away from that style and focuses on a sportier look with its cotton and felt material combination. It even has a color customization option but will knock you back $100.

The earcups also get an upgrade from the previous iteration. It uses an over-the-ear design which provides exceptional comfort. It delivers a good seal around the ears that act as passive noise isolation. A little nice inclusion here, which I personally found helpful, is the large “L” and R” symbols on each earpiece. This is a big help that prevents you from switching the earpiece once you figure out you have it on the reverse.

The QuietComfort 25 also allows users to use it with the ANC feature on or off. An option that was unavailable with the QuietComfort 15. The noise-cancellation feature utilizes separate AAA battery which is great as it eliminates the risk of distortion the headphones. The ANC feature clocks in at 35 hours of continuous playback but it can easily surpass that duration.

Sound-wise, the QuietComfort 25 is an impressive beast. The low to high-end frequency range is extremely clear and does not bleed into each other. Even with the ANC turned on the sound quality was top-notch. This is definitely one of the most immersive headphones I have ever used and I imagine it to be a great accessory for gaming, specifically VR gaming.

Key Features:

  • Amazing noise cancellation capability.
  • Color customization option.
  • Designed for Apple devices.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 10/10
  • Bass: 9/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9.5/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: 9.5/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): N/A

Who would this be good for?

If you want a headphone that delivers the best enjoyment with your media entertainment then the Bose QuietComfort 25 is the headphone for you. It also offers a nice color customization option for those who want to personalize their experience.

Pros:

  • Well-balanced sound quality.
  • Immersive experience. A great choice for watching movies and playing games.
  • ANC feature uses a separate power supply to eliminate distortion issues.

Cons:

  • The optional color customization feature is quite expensive.

Final Verdict

Without a doubt, the Bose QuietComfort 25 is the best option, especially for Apple device users. Its impressive sound quality blows the Fidelico out of the water. Using the QuietComfort 25 during gaming greatly enhanced my experience which is something only a few headphones can claim to deliver.

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