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 it in a fraction of a millisecond.
Another thing that Bose’s earbuds have in common with “AirPods Pro” is a transparency feature that allows the user to listen to music at the same time while listening to the environment around them – be it the traffic during a run or an important train announcement heard 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. Bose also promises a first-class listening experience thanks to the “innovative” audio equalizer technology:
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 the music, videos, and voices you hear stay in constant balance – even if you change the volume.
The QC earbuds are IPX4 certified, making them sweat, rain and weather resistant and offering a battery life of up to six hours on a single charge. The wireless charging case offers two additional full charging processes. 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.