Bose is now taking pre-orders for its new QuietComfort earbuds, which rival Apple’s AirPods Pro in the premium market for true ANC wireless earbuds.
As the brand name QuietComfort suggests, the latest Bose earbuds combine active noise cancellation with passive isolation, offering “all of the noise-canceling performance of our best over-ear headphones – from one compact, truly wireless earbud”.
According to Bose, the new StayHear Max silicone tips are designed to fully conform to the contours of the ear for a gentle seal. A number of internal and external microphones detect ambient noise and generate an opposing signal to offset them in a fraction of a millisecond.
Another thing that Bose’s earphones have in common with “AirPods Pro” is a transparency function that allows the user to listen to music and hear the surroundings at the same time – whether to hear the traffic during a run or an important train announcement during the morning commute.
Bose QuietComfort earbuds offer 11 levels of transparency that users can use to toggle noise cancellation down based on the situation. This is in contrast to the AirPods Pro’s transparency mode, which is a binary on / off feature that cannot be adjusted.
Bose’s earbuds respond to touch-based gestures to control content, while a microphone in the right earbud picks up the sound of the user’s voice and rejects other noises during a call or when using a virtual assistant. Thanks to the integration of the “innovative” audio equalizer technology, Bose also promises a first-class listening experience:
The acoustic package in these earbuds can create deep, deep tones and an exciting, lifelike sound no matter how loud (or quiet) you like to listen.
And that’s no small thing. Because when you turn down the volume on most headphones, the bass disappears and your music sounds thin and small. We solved the problem with our volume-optimized Active EQ technology. This innovation automatically increases the bass and treble so that the music, videos, and voices you hear are consistently balanced – even when you change the volume.
The QC earphones are IPX4 certified, which makes them sweat, rain and weather resistant. With a single charge, they offer a battery life of up to six hours. The wireless charging case offers two additional full charges. There’s also a quick charge mode that gives two hours of listening time on a 15-minute charge.
Bose’s QuietComfort earbuds are priced at $ 279.99 and come in triple black and soapstone (black and white) colors. Pre-orders are accepted on the Bose website. Shipping is expected to begin on September 29th.