The sounds of summer are sorted with Bose’s QuietComfort earbuds pumping out amazing audio that belies their diminutive build, as well as delivering noise-cancelling that’s second to none.
Bose is a name synonymous with premium audio tech and have truly delivered on their claim that these earbuds boast world class noise cancelling. In fact, they are amongst the best noise cancelling earbuds we’ve tested, utilising the tech usually found in high-end headphones.
So, what makes them stand out in the crowded NC marketplace? It’s a combination of advanced ear tips and Acoustic Noise Cancelling tech. The soft silicone ear tips slide in easily for a snug comfortable fit, creating a seal that blocks out external noise, while powerful and intuitive hidden microphones assess your surroundings and its ambient noise and create an opposing signal that mutes unwanted sounds. That’s noise cancelling, and there are ten levels and two modes to select depending on the amount you require to be cancelled.
Quiet Mode will mute the outside world for those moments when you need a cone of silence to descend, like when you’re working from home and need to stay focused, or want to block out any annoying distractions during an online conference. Moreover, if you’re cycling in a strong wind, you’ll have a smooth ride with full spatial awareness.
And noise cancelling is an absolute must when embarking on a long haul flight – the standard by which good NC earbuds can be measured. Many promise to mute cabin and engine noise, but chances are you’ll still be able to detect that omnipresent background hum. The Bose QuietComforts actually deliver on that promise – if you’re flying over the holidays, don’t take off without them!
Then there is Aware Mode, which lets the outside world in at a level where you can simultaneously enjoy music or podcasts and still keep aural tabs on your surroundings at a balanced volume. All it takes is a simple double tap on the left earbud to engage this function when you need it.
The earbuds’ intuitive touch interface is very responsive – simply slide a fingertip up or down the right bud to control volume, or double tap to take a call. If you need to pause, simply remove one of the buds; playback resumes when it’s reinserted. The internal mic is sensitive and eliminates external noise – you can sound like you’re indoors when you’re actually out and about on a noisy street.
When you want to rock out to a music playlist, Bose’s volume-optimised Active EQ technology comes into play. It’s another aspect we love about these earbuds – the highs and lows get an auto boost and the deep bass is sustained for balanced audio that stays top notch, even when riding the volume level. You’re guaranteed to marvel at the BIG sound these tiny, 8.5g devices can pump out! And they handle the spoken word exceptionally well, investing podcasts and audiobooks with an impressive clarity and nuance.
Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity lets you easily pair the buds with your chosen device, and if accessing multiple sources, they will store the last seven devices paired and allow you to swap and select without the need for reconnecting – simply scroll using the Bluetooth button and select the one you want. Alternatively, you can connect directly from the Bluetooth menu on your device from up to 30 feet away. And set up is a cinch with the Bose Music app, which lets you control noise cancelling levels. EQ, shortcuts and more.
You’ll get six hours of battery life on a single charge, and two full charges (a total of 18 hours) when the buds are stored in the wireless, pocket-sized charging case. A quick power-up takes about 15 minutes and is good for two hours of use. Moreover, simply lifting the lid of the case will quickly and conveniently pair the buds with a selected device.
Ideal for work and play – and built for the gym, too, with an IPX4 rating for moisture protection – the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are a compact audio powerhouse with flawless noise cancelling and a wide soundstage that deserve our highest recommendation.