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Noise-canceling headphones aren’t what they used to be. The first pair from Bose, the legend goes, was conceived by founder Amar Bose in 1978 while attempting to listen to music over the incessant hum of a plane engine and first took form as a niche headset for pilots in 1989. A decade later in 2000, the now-iconic QuietComfort line arrived as the first active noise-canceling headphones for everyday buyers.
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