Thoughts on these?
I need them mainly because I live in a kinda noisy place and have to study, but I'm also interested in the sound quality.
Bose is ridiculed as the "no highs, no lows" company, which is pretty easily noticeable to anyone who experiences even entry level quality equipment from a reputable company, but conversely they seem to have the noise cancelling thing down. Whether they're worth the $300 depends on your situation; I know frequent travelers who swear by the things, but there's also a multitude of earbuds and plugs options out there.
If isolation is your priority, apparently their earphones are even more effective:
The only Bose product that ever sounded good, and I mean truly produced fantastic sound from source material, was the original AM-5 AcoustiMass system which was really the first proper 2.1 system ever made. They introduced those back around 1984-1985 and they were just fucking awesome.
Everything before that and everything since has never sounded like much, typically way too much bass and midrange due to shoddy design (they had the right idea, they just never seemed to truly perfect it) with their acoustic baffles/tubes, and generally they are the Apple of speaker hardware:
Shit, without great actual output, and overpriced in extreme ways for no really good reason.
They do know something about noise cancellation, I'll give them that much, because they've been producing headsets for the aircraft industry for decades but when it comes to actual good sounding audio, forget it.
Their consumer hardware is shit, and again it's overpriced in the fucking extremes.
You should move on from them to something else, what that might be will require research on your part.
just get ear dildos, you'll get both the best sound and isolation
I don't know how the ear dildos that get recommended are but the shure se215s have amazing isolation and build quality. I'd use them when I had to sleep and there were parties happening in my room and I couldn't hear a single thing it was great.