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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize comfort and noise cancellation for air travel and frequent movement, the Bose 700 is a better option as it's lighter, has a higher air travel score, and superior noise isolation. However, if you're more interested in sound quality for music and gaming, consider the Audeze Maxwell with higher scores in overall sound quality, gaming, and music, paired with planar drivers known for detailed sound reproduction. The Maxwell also offers excellent built-in controls and a significantly longer battery life than the Bose 700, which could be crucial for extended use without frequent recharging. Keep in mind that the Maxwell is heavier, which might be a consideration if wearing them for long periods. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Audeze Maxwell
  • Very good for music
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Bose 700
  • Best in class for air travel

Key differences

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Music

8.4
Maxwell
700
7.5
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for music, while the Bose 700 is good.

Gaming

9.0
Maxwell
700
5.3
The Audeze Maxwell is excellent for gaming, while the Bose 700 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

9.4
Maxwell
700
7.8
The Audeze Maxwell is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Bose 700 is good.

TV and Video

8.9
Maxwell
700
5.6
The Audeze Maxwell is very good for TV and video, while the Bose 700 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.0
Maxwell
700
9.1
The Bose 700 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Audeze Maxwell is only fair.

Battery

78.0 Hours
Maxwell
700
20.0 Hours
The Audeze Maxwell has 78 hours of battery life. The Bose 700 has 20 hours of battery life.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

8.7
Maxwell
700
8.3
The Audeze Maxwell and Bose 700 are both very good for phone calls.

Cost

$299
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$299
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The Audeze Maxwell has a price of $299 and the Bose 700 costs $299.

Build Quality

9.0
Maxwell
700
9.0
The Audeze Maxwell and Bose 700 both have excellent build quality.

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How the Audeze Maxwell and the Bose 700 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Audeze MaxwellBose 700
Audeze MaxwellBose 700

GENERAL

Price
$299
$299
Brand
AudezeBose
Release Date
January 1, 2023June 1, 2019
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
8.4/107.5/10
Phone Calls Score
8.7/108.3/10
Gaming Score
9.1/105.4/10
TV and Video Score
8.9/105.6/10
Exercise Score
6.3/105.5/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
78 Hours20 Hours
Wireless charging
NoNo
Charging time
2 Hours2.5 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
6/109.1/10
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
8/108/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109/10
Comfort score
8/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
498.9 Grams263 Grams
Microphone style
BoomIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

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Audeze Maxwell

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | August 2023
"Despite a few caveats, the Audeze Maxwell is one of the best-performing gaming headsets on the market and should top the ranks for a few buyers — provided the budget (and neck strength) is there. Gaming headsets have their work cut out for them, and their audience is historically unkind to performance flaws. If you’re an older gamer with some cash to blow, you should be pleased with the Audeze Maxwell."

Bose 700

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Adam Molina | June 2023
"Bose took active noise canceling and made it mainstream but eventually, the market caught up. Well, it seems like Bose was listening, because the Noise Canceling Headphones 700 is a complete redesign of its iconic product. The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a new design, improved sound quality, a touch-sensitive gesture pad for playback controls, and even USB-C charging."

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About Audeze

Audeze is an, award-winning, American premium headphone manufacturer based in California. Founded in 2008, their products are developed around aerospace materials technology first used by NASA and are widely used by enthusiasts and professionals alike, not only in the fields of music and sound engineering but also in e-sports and the health industry.

About Bose

Bose is an American audio equipment manufacturer based out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1964 by Amar Bose with the goal of creating a speaker system that could accurately recreate the sound of a concert hall, Bose has become one of the most prominent players in the modern consumer audio market due to the premium feel of their products and their wide brand recognition.

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