Bose QC-15 Headphones, Set Up for BlueTooth

pustelniakr

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Bose gets allot of bashing for whatever reason, however, I have always been surprised by the sound their products put forth. Anyway, my lab suffered the loss of power for a couple of weeks a few years ago. I had to move my activities out to a desk in the common engineering bullpen. There was so much jibber jabber and such, I could not think straight to do my software work. So, I bought a set of Bose QC-15, noise cancelling headphones, to kill the jibber jabber. I am internally wired strangely, and can't have words coming in when I am generating words to come out. I did not use these to listen to music, just to give me quiet, and they did that in a spectacular manner.

Anyway, when the power was restored to my lab, the QC-15s basically went into their case and into a drawer, as I did not do headphones very much. Also, they are wired, so that makes things even more inconvenient, even though these were really pretty expensive, and produce great sound, at least for me.

A couple of years ago, my life and the life of my bride went out of sync, where she slept, while I was awake. I could not crank my significant main rig as I pleased, so I reached for the QC-15s, to get some use for my monetary investment. But, again, they are wired, so are a bit of a pain, even thought they really sound super good.

The audio cable to the phones is removable. A bit a research turned up an after-market supplier of a BlueTooth adapter for these, that basically plugs right into where the wire plugs in, and wraps so as to look like it belongs there. This makes the QC-15s into BlueTooth headphones. The adapter is made made by AirMod, which may have been sold to another company by now.



Now, I needed a BlueTooth transimitter, to get the tunes to my headphones.so I went with an Avantree Oasis BTTC-500 transmitter.



So...for about $110 US, I was able to turn my wired Bose QC-15 noise cancelling headphones into BlueTooth headphones, that sound superb. This is preferable to their newer noise cancelling headphones, which are BlueTooth from the factory, but have non-replaceable batteries. When the batteries crap out, the headphones are useless, expensive paper-weights. The older QC-15 headphones run on a single AAA alkaline cell, and the BlueTooth adapter runs on it's own internal lithium cell, which charges from a USB port. If the adapter battery craps out, I don't have to chuck the headphones, just get a new adapter, which is much cheaper than a brand new set of Bose headphones. They do sound great, I must repeat, as I am enjoying them while I type this...

If you have a set of QC-15s sitting in a drawer somewhere, breath some new life into them, with a setup like mine.

Enjoy,
Rich P
 
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pustelniakr

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What I was originally looking for was a BlueTooth transmitter and receiver combo, so I would not have to run the headphone cord from my main rig across the floor to my listening chair. I was willing to have a cord to the end table by my chair. I sort of stumbled on this adapter for the QC-15s. Sometimes stumbling is a good thing.

Rich P
 
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