The most evil noise canceling in the most requested format!
Honestly, I never had a relationship with AirPods Pro, the shape of the case is too complex – I gladly wear them for an hour, but then the torture begins. You manage to sit out on the plane, correct it a little, move it a little – and everything seems to be ok, but it’s like with shoes that are not quite suitable for you: you cannot stretch them in length, do not carry them around, and you just need to calm down and choose something else.
At the same time, I am a fan of basic AirPods and I never leave the house without them.
And now, for a couple of years now, I’ve been waiting for Bose to make their version of TWS noise canceling headphones. Alas, Sony couldn’t please me, the WF-1000XM3 is good, but it’s not mine either. Recently I bought Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, set it up right away, put it in my ears and went for a walk. Headphones – shine! Let’s talk about everything in order.
The case is huge (VERY HUGE), with a release button, USB Type-C and a chain of indicator lights. I’m ready to forgive all this for a comfortable battery life – the headphones work for six hours, the case gives two more full charges.
Very, very good for a portable model. But it is uncomfortable to wear a case in jeans, it sticks out. Feels similar to the Beats Powerbeats Pro case.
Headphones of calm design, resemble beans. They are not striking, they sit comfortably – I think fans of the brand will remember the StayHear nozzles, they appeared a hundred years ago and, although they are not suitable for everyone, but for me it is better than the shape of the AirPods Pro.
The silicone is very soft, and when worn it feels like there is nothing in the ears. There are several attachments in the kit, you will need to choose the size you want. Be sure to learn how to insert them into your ear – you need to insert and tighten the cup. However, detailed instructions are in the Bose Music app.
There are sensors on the cups, on the left you can assign an action in the program, on the right everything is already set – pause or play, answer a call. Noise cancellation is only adjustable in the Bose app, just like some other features: headphone rename, noise cancellation favorite, software update, voice guidance on or off, language selection. By the way, I really liked the effects when the headphones were turned on and off; when a call comes in, they say the number or name, if the subscriber is written in Latin.
It is clear that the image effect of AirPods Pro is much stronger – white headphones are visible from afar, it is immediately clear what kind of thing (and what brand) is used. Bose’s design language is understandable for those who have been using the brand’s products for a long time, but young people are unlikely to be attracted by such a calm design. However, this also applies to product videos and the design of the official page.
The product is outstanding, but outwardly the headphones lack some zest. You could write BOSE for the whole cup – modern style, everything is ok, do not hesitate. Could give these headphones to some rapper. One could immediately imagine several amazing colors, say, suitable for the iPhone 12. Bose did nothing of this – it is hardly worth expecting that your product will somehow sell itself in our time. Even Apple has had to use a titanic effort from the best minds to advertise the entire line, from computers to headphones – when smaller companies neglect modern marketing methods, it doesn’t end well.
It’s very nice to talk! The interlocutor’s voice is a little deaf, but in the application you can choose the volume of your own voice – the function can be turned off and set to maximum. That is, when you speak with headphones, it helps not to raise your voice. You can hear me perfectly, even on the street. The transparency mode is strange here, it is proposed to pull out one earpiece and it becomes quieter in the second one. But you can hear well without one earphone, isn’t it? Of course, everything can be forgiven for excellent noise cancellation, but somehow this is strange in 2020.
Top-end. Everything I love about the Bose NCH 700 is here too. You seem to be covered with soft pillows from all sides, the voices of colleagues fade out, the noise of the keyboard recedes and SILENCE ensues. If the effect is so noticeable in the office, then it will be possible to sleep on the plane and not suffer. I am very pleased – well done at Bose, it was better to delay the product, but do it as expected.
Of course, you ask me: where is the noise canceling better, in AirPods Pro or in Bose QuietComfort Earbuds? I think that things have parity, but personally I like the Bose product more due to the comfortable fit.
And finally, I compared the noise reduction of the Bose NCH 700 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. Alas, TWS-headphones are helpless in the fight against a full-size brother, the “seven hundredth” is in any case more convenient, quieter, more comfortable. Keep this in mind when choosing ANC headphones!
I am always a little enraged to read or hear something like “Apple’s signature design” or “Marantz’s signature sound” – it’s too general, a decryption is needed, and after all, not everyone understands such nuances. Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds, meanwhile, are Bose’s signature sound, a vibrant, energetic setting suitable for any music, with a subtle bass twist but no kink. Brightness is, in my opinion, the most accurate definition. Another question is how much you like it. I use headphones paired with an iPhone 12 Pro Max, listen to music on all services from Apple Music to IDAGIO, and am very pleased with the sound. By tradition, I will offer you three albums to test headphones if you are going to buy.
- Number one: Mathimidori – Akebono. Very nice electronic music, bass, various effects, vocals are woven into all this. The perfect headphone album for me.
- Number two: Faithless – All Blessed, the recent album of the good old Englishmen, just as old and kind, the headphones are sent straight to the disco, as the authors of the master intended for Apple Music.
- Number three: Init – Wildcard. The album was very suitable for these headphones, excellent sound.
I also gave Bose QuietComfort Earbuds a try to Anna, my colleague, who is also a Bose fan. Anna did not like the size of the case, but opinions on the sound coincided, top.
Let me remind you that there are two main competitors, these are AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM3. I am sure very, very, very, very many will not even look towards Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. You can not take me into account, I just mine / buy all new headphones on the market, since this is my job. But asking the average person to choose Bose over Apple is also not very good: for most AirPods Pros are perfect, they are cheaper, work better with iOS and the Apple ecosystem, they have a smaller case, and so on.
On the Bose side, a comfortable fit – but not for everyone, needs to be tried on. Long battery life, great sound quality, excellent noise cancellation. There are questions about the size of the case, management. For the case, I think, very many will scold the headphones – I’m not talking about the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2, where they added noise reduction, and the case did not become huge. Also, by the way, a competitor. And the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds have a very simple design for our time. This is, if you will, the Audi of our day.
What about me? And I gladly walk around with Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, sit in them at work and get great pleasure. Honestly, I did not plan to write a review of the headphones now, because I was completely loaded with new iPhones, the Xbox One X arrived, but I could not help but share my joy. Perfect fit, sound and noise reduction. If you love Bose products, be sure to listen.
P.S. Here’s another thing I noticed – if you walk down the street, the wind whistles around the headphones and all these special effects are a little tense, just like in a horror movie. And, of course, the lack of a full-fledged transparency mode enrages a little – you come in for coffee, you need to pull out one earpiece and only then you can talk calmly.