Known for it’s exhilarating range of audio and sound products, Bose Corporation has never disappointed it’s customer base. There was a time when Bose was the leading brand when it came to headphones with Active noise cancellation but since Bose’s last few products, the popularity went steeply down when it’s new range of products including the wireless Bose SoundSport Free couldn’t deliver up to the mark experience thanks to it’s laggy and out of sync audio output and not so stable design which made the earbuds keep falling out of the ears of the user. These were some issues that the company never fixed . hey also lacked active noise cancellation, which is the feature that Bose built its entire brand around. This allowed Apple, Sony, and others to seize the market with products like the AirPods Pro and WF-1000XM3 earbuds but with the launch of the new Bose Quietcomfort earbuds, we can expect some improvement and maybe the Bose’s supremacy could be returned.Let’s take a deeper dive into the various features of the Bose Quietcomfort earbuds.
One a surprising note, Bose products were famous to have a high price tag,but the Bose Quietccomfort earbuds on the other hand have a lower price tag compared to other products like the Sennheiser ‘s Momentum True Wireless earphones 2 which are priced at 300USD. Meanwhile, the Bose Quietcomfort earbuds are priced at 279USD, still a 30 USD increase from the Apple Airpods Pro. And while Bose has avoided any inherent flaws with the earbuds themselves, there are still minor annoyances like an awkwardly large carrying case and limited onboard controls that lack much customization.
Talking about the desogn and shape, the Bose Quietcomfort earbuds weigh 8.5 grams each, they still are fairly large as compared to other products of the same functionality, the QuietComfort Earbuds weigh about the same as Sony’s 1000XM3 buds in the ear, but the AirPods Pro (0.19 ounces, 5.4 grams) are way too light and have beat the Bose Quietcomfort earbuds in terms of all day long functionality.Although with some minor changes like proper angles tips, these don’t hang out of the ear as much as the previous Bose SoundSport free did for which some points have to given to Bose for sure.
The main attraction of Bose’s earphones be it wired or wireless is the presence of trademarked Stay Hear Tips, which are very soft and cushiony when placed inside the ear.This time, Bose has taken this to a next level by introducing the StayHear Max eartips. But even if they’re not the most discreet or svelte, the QuietComfort Earbuds still feel very good in the ears, thanks to Bose’s StayHear Max ear tips, which have an integrated, flexible silicone wing that tucks into the ridge of the ear for added stability. The weight is decently balanced so they don’t feel like they’re going to fall out.
Once they’re in place, the QuietComfort Earbuds aren’t going anywhere, and I’d be confident taking them for a run or through an intense gym routine. They’re rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance, so sweat and the occasional splash of water should be fine, but avoid rainstorms. One thing worth mentioning is the occlusion effect; since Bose didn’t go for a vented design like the AirPods Pro or Pixel Buds with natural airflow, if you have a very tight seal with the QuietComfort Earbuds in, your inside voice might sound louder than normal, and in silent environments, you can hear yourself breathing.
The only problem these earbuds have lies in it’s case, the Bose Quietcomfort comes with a really really big case which might be accredited to the large size of the buds but many people won’t find it comfortable to carry the case in their pockets, for scale, assume that the case is twice the size as that of the Apple Airpods Pro, which is seriously an issue regarding it’s ‘portability’.The case has a latch button mechanism so you have to press a button to open the case so there’s no chance of earbuds falling off unknowingly which is a plus point. The front of the case has five LEDs to indicate battery charge level; Bose estimates up to six hours of continuous listening time for the earbuds themselves, plus two additional charges from the case. Those numbers are all very par for the course. The case supports wireless charging and has a USB-C port if you prefer to plug in for faster top-offs.
Now talking about Noise cancellation, the Bose Quietcomfort earbuds have truly taken the throne of noise cancellation with it’s top notch active noise cancellation features, the active noise cancellation has blown away all the leading wireless earphones including Apple Airpods Pro, Sony and Sennheiser. Bose offers 10 levels of Noise cancellation which you can toggle using the Bose App depending upon which environment you are sitting in. You can even use the QuietComfort Earbuds in noise-canceling mode even when there’s no audio playing if you’re just looking for some peace and quiet. The QuietComfort Earbuds have internal and external microphones (one of each per bud) to monitor ambient noise.Combined with Bose’s ANC, these block out the world when toggled to maximum level of Noise Cancellation.
Bose has come a long way since the SoundSport Free. The company had years to perfect its next set of true wireless earbuds, and it’s created a tempting package. The QuietComfort Earbuds have powerful ANC and great overall sound quality, plus premium features like wireless charging. The limited customization and touch controls could be a headache for some, and the large-sized buds create a look some may not want. And when you factor in price, Sony’s WF-1000XM3 is an attractive alternative despite its age. Bose and Sony have done battle over noise-cancelling headphones during the last few years, now they’re doing the same for true wireless earbuds. And Bose finally has a product that can give Sony a run for its money.