2006: Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones
It's hard to remember that active noise-cancellation, now a relatively common feature on pricier headphones, nearly bankrupted its first and biggest champion. Bose spent billions developing the technology, a decades-long process that started with aviation products, and finally broke into the mainstream with the QuietComfort line. The QuietComfort 3 were a category-defining hit, offering active cancellation in a compact, on-ear configuration that made them the gold standard for frequent fliers hoping to tune out the roar of jet engines.
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