The Bose 700 headphones have the strongest noise

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There are plenty of appropriate places to test a flagship pair of wireless headphones such as the new $400 Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700. An open office, for example, is a great spot to try the upgraded noise-cancelling mode that has 10 selectable levels of intensity. A crowded train full of tipsy, shouting baseball fans is another great opportunity to evaluate the long-term comfort of the soft, synthetic leather ear cups.

But, perhaps the marquee feature in the new Bose 700 noise-cancelling headphones comes in the form of its calling abilities. The headset now uses four of the six built-in mics to hone in on your voice during a call or web conference and an algorithm helps drown out the rest of the noise around you. To test this, I wore them directly in front of the stage while Chicago hardcore band, Harms Way, ripped through a set at a small independent music venue in upstate, New York.

“Can you hear me?” I asked, fully expecting it to fail. Why would it work in a situation like that? Sure, the headphones are great in the coffee shop for blocking out the scream of a milk steamer or the small child who ran into my chair dozens of times while I tried to write this post. But, a heavy metal concert?

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