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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Bose 700 are versatile noise-cancelling headphones suitable for various environments, including air travel, thanks to their excellent noise isolation and comfort. They are wireless with a good battery life, come with a built-in microphone for calls and meetings, and feature app support for customization. However, for pure music enjoyment, the HifiMan Sundara offer a superior sound quality with an expansive soundstage due to their open-back design, though they lack the noise isolation and portability features of the Bose 700. The Sundaras are not wireless and don't have a microphone, which might limit their use during activities like exercise or travel. Choose the Bose 700 for a well-rounded experience with active noise cancelling and convenience, or the Sundara for a focus on high-fidelity music listening in quiet environments. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bose 700
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Best in class for air travel
Advantages of the HifiMan Sundara
  • Excellent for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Very good for TV and video

Key differences

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Music

7.5
700
Sundara
9.3
The HifiMan Sundara is excellent for music, while the Bose 700 is good.

Gaming

5.3
700
Sundara
7.2
The HifiMan Sundara is good for gaming, while the Bose 700 is poor.

Phone Calls

8.3
700
Sundara
4.9
The Bose 700 is very good for phone calls, while the HifiMan Sundara is poor.

TV and Video

5.6
700
Sundara
8.8
The HifiMan Sundara is very good for TV and video, while the Bose 700 is poor.

Noise Reduction

9.1
700
Sundara
2.5
The Bose 700 is excellent for noise reduction, while the HifiMan Sundara is poor.

Battery

20.0 Hours
700
Sundara
N/A
The Bose 700 has 20 hours of battery life. The HifiMan Sundara does not have a battery.

Build Quality

9.0
700
Sundara
8.2
The Bose 700 has excellent build quality, while the HifiMan Sundara has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
700
Sundara
7.8
The HifiMan Sundara and Bose 700 are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

Cost

$299
700
Sundara
$299
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The Bose 700 has a price of $299 and the HifiMan Sundara costs $299.

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How the Bose 700 and the HifiMan Sundara compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bose 700HifiMan Sundara
Bose 700HifiMan Sundara

GENERAL

Price
$299
$299
Brand
BoseHifiMan
Release Date
June 1, 2019May 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
7.5/109.3/10
Phone Calls Score
8.3/105/10
Gaming Score
5.4/107.2/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/108.8/10
Exercise Score
5.5/104.5/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
20 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
NoN/A
Charging time
2.5 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesNo
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/102.5/10
Android App
YesN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
8/10N/A

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.2/10
Comfort score
8.4/108.4/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
263 Grams394.6 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedN/A
Waterproof Rating
00

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Sound Guys

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."

HifiMan Sundara

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Christian Thomas | July 2023
"The HiFiMan Sundara is the set of headphones to get if you want high-end audio, but don't want to shell out a king's ransom for it. These planar magnetic headphones are comfortable, straightforward, and excellent performers."

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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.

About HifiMan

HiFiMAN is a Chinese, high-end, audio product manufacturer, with 20 years of experience, that specializes in amplifiers, digital audio players and planar magnetic headphones, some of which have become a staple in the audiophile community such as the entry-level Sundara, the midrange Edition X, and the very well-regarded, high-end, Arya.

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