Bose QuietComfort 20: Introduction:
For years now, Bose has been building a reputation that rivals even Monster products. It’s just a matter of tastes, some people like Pepsi while others like Coke. But there are things that cannot be denied and one of them is Bose’s better passive noise isolation and sound cancelling tech in Bose QuietComfort 20. In fact, this brand was the first to offer noise cancelling headphones to the public. We’ve been hearing about noise and echo cancelling microphones, but what about earbuds? There have been quite a few attempts, many failed, at producing true and honest sound cancelling earbuds. Now Bose has presented the Bose QuietComfort 20, 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award winners, which as you must have noticed, have been a very successful pair of ANC headphones.
Bose QC 20 Noise cancellation:
The best feature of Bose QC 20 and what got them the Travelers’ Choice Award 2015 is their noise cancelling technology. They don’t completely cancel out all the noise but that’s a possible point in favor of being completely isolated can be very dangerous. With these headphones, you’ll be able to forget about the noisy plane engines and the street traffic while still being able to hear high pitched sounds. Additionally, they have a feature called Aware mode that lowers the level of noise cancelling for situations in which you need to have, well, awareness.
These headphones are the best for frequent travelers. They have noise cancellation technology that actually works, and isn’t just supposed to be there. Most headphones don’t go through with their promises of being ANC, and those that do are a rare breed. The drawback is that users have reported that the sound quality plunges when the noise cancellation is off. And when it’s on, it produces a soft but still hearable hiss. Bose QuietComfort 20 Also ranks 4th in our list of Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds
Bose QuietComfort 20 Features:
No ear hooks with these headphones, instead you get the copyrighted Stay Hear+ tips that use small silicone flanges that don’t go completely into your ear canal but help to keep the noise out, and ear wings to stabilize the fit. The cables have a rubber cover and don’t seem weak. There doesn’t seem to be any major weak points with the design. The battery that powers the noise cancellation feature isn’t replaceable. The battery life is about 16 hours, and after 500 full charges, it will start to diminish, at which point you might have to consider getting a new pair. As for accessories and features, they have some nice ones. You also get three sizes of ear tips, a USB charging cable, a shirt clip, and a zippered case.
The Stay Hear+ ear tips have the added benefit of being extremely comfy. You don’t have to worry about the earbuds abusing and irritating your ear canal. Maybe not the most comfortable earbuds out there, but pretty close. The build is also very light, which helps matters along. You can wear these for hours, no problem.
They are made of Bose’s signature quality material, long lasting and quite impressive in their design and material. If you take good care of these earbuds, they may last for longer period of time.
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They’re not Bluetooth enabled earbuds but they do have in-line controls to play/pause, change the volume and songs, turn the ANC on or off, and the button for the Aware mode. For the controls to work well you’ll need to get a model specifically for the type of device you have, iOS or Android.
Bose QuietComfort 20: Sound:
The sound signature is very similar to the typical Bose sound, with a strong bass and treble overshadowing the mids a little. However, this model seems to be a little more balanced. The mid-ranges are more present and are better than the other noise cancelling Bose earbuds. There isn’t much soundstage, but this is normal with earbuds. The sound quality is pretty good for ANC headphones, but they still can’t compare to the normal audiophile headphones.
As with everything, the fact that they’re perfect for those that find themselves in airplanes quite often. In general, if you value noise isolation over sound quality these are definitely a good choice, and you get the added benefits of durability and comfort.