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Bose QuietComfort In-Ear True Wireless Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation (2020)

MSRP 280 USDNEX score 82%

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Product Overview

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds deliver technologies and experiences of the company's over-ear noise cancelling headphones to an in-ear design. They come with 11 levels of noise control so you can choose how much of the world you let in or keep out.
The new StayHear Max tips create a soft-yet-tight seal. The earbuds use use multiple microphones to sense, measure, and send any remaining noise to a proprietary electronic chip loaded with an exclusive new algorithm. Together with tiny transducers, the system responds with a precise, equal, and opposite signal in less than a fraction of a millisecond.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent noise-canceling
  • Excellent call quality
  • Excellent active noise canceling
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Excellent call quality
  • Impressive clarity and detail
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Bulky design
  • No multipoint
  • No multi-device pairing
  • No EQ
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Charging case

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Cable
30 cm
Colors
Triple Black, Soapstone
Microphone
4 total microphones

Dimensions

Size | Depth
1.06 inch
Size | Height
1.54 inch
Size | Width
1.02 inch
Weight
8.6 g

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC, AAC
Fast Charging
15 minutes for 2 h
Weather Resistance
IPX4
Wireless Charging
Qi certified wireless charging pad

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 6 h + 2 charges = 18 h
Charging Time
2 h
Charging caseCharging Time
3 h

Production

Debut
2020-09-10

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 91%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Bose QC Earbuds block far more high-frequency noise, meaning street sounds like cars passing by on pavement, the hum of an air conditioner, and, yes, even screeching children, are more effectively blocked out. With music playing, you hear nothing but the music. With such stellar sound quality, does call quality matter that much? These days, I would argue yes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent noise-canceling
  • Excellent call quality
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Bulky design
  • Noise canceling is useless

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The QuietComfort Earbuds use Bose's proprietary drivers and the company's Active EQ. The result is warm, relatively balanced audio with rich bass and a generous soundscape. While the AirPods Pro came close to matching their rivals, some of those finer details I heard on the Bose were lacking.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Excellent noise cancelling
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Noise cancelling is a little fiddly

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds deliver a predictably bass-rich, sculpted sound signature. At top volumes, there's no distortion, and at lower, more moderate volumes, the bass still sounds full. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, the headphones deliver powerful low-frequency response.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sculpted, sculpted sound signature
  • Strong active noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging

rtings[4]

Sentiment Score 42%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are good for neutral sound. They have a well-balanced and neutral sound profile with a touch of extra bass. However, a slight overemphasis in the treble range can make vocals and lead instruments sound a little harsh. The integrated mic's recording quality results in your voice sounding thin and a bit distorted.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-balanced and neutral sound profile
  • Comfortable, breathable, and stable fit
  • Great ANC feature
Cons
  • Bulky design
  • No EQ

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Bose QC ‘Buds offer up to six hours of listening time. They offer arguably the best call quality of the true wireless headphones we've tested. Even at very high volume, every single layer within a track is clear. Bose's Active EQ tech boosts bass or treble automatically depending on volume levels.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent call quality
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No EQ
  • No equalizer

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
Bose has successfully tackled the main flaws of its original true wireless earbuds. The QuietComfort Earbuds are very bass-forward and pack a wallop for hip-hop and EDM tracks. They have a wider, richer soundstage than the competition (perhaps with the exception of Sennheiser)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful, bass-forward sound
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No multipoint
  • No multi-device pairing

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The QuietComfort Earbuds are the top wireless earbuds for phone call and video chats. Bose set its sights on creating the best noise-cancelling experience in the true wireless space. They are one of the few models with Bluetooth 5.1, and it shows. The charging case holds up to 18 hours fully charged.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful noise cancellation
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Short charging case
  • No active noise cancellation

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score 91%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The QuietComfort Earbuds are phenomenally effective at suppressing sounds, and do so without colouring the music performance. They sound fantastic, summoning plenty of power and energy, but can also be subtle, going for a neutral, clean and detailed approach. Treble notes have a sparkle, clarity and sharpness to their presentation, at times, it's almost piercing in its quality.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb noise-cancelling
  • Impressive clarity and detail
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • App loses connection as soon as you’re connected

whathifi[9]

Sentiment Score 90%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are great all-rounders. They're more than a match for any rival at this level. Excellent noise-cancelling also allows the Bose's superb sound quality to shine through unmolested. Beats, Sennheiser and Sony already offering premium wireless earbuds.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent noise-cancelling
  • Impressive battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Noise cancellation could be better

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review: Best ANC Buds. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds-review/. 2020-11-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds. 2020-10-03. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds. 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/bose/quietcomfort-earbuds-truly-wireless. 2021-09-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds. 2020-12-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review: noise-canceling champion. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/21507552/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds-review-best-noise-cancellation. 2020-12-07. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds. 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds. 2020-12-11. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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