Bose has finally opened the lid on its newest true wireless earbuds, which could rival the AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM3 for “the world’s most effective noise-canceling earbuds”.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds – not the Bose Noise Canceling Earbuds 700 as we called them – are available for pre-order now and cost $ 279.95. While prices are yet to be confirmed around the world, that’s around £ 220 / AU $ 380.
That makes them more expensive than the AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM3 (the latter are our picks for the best true wireless earbuds of 2020). So what specs has Bose included to make these earbuds a viable choice over its less expensive competitors?
Impressive specs … mostly
According to Bose, the new QuietComfort earbuds offer “all of the noise-canceling performance of our best over-ear headphones”
The level of noise suppression is adjustable. Transparency mode allows the sound of your surroundings to pass through the buds – a handy feature when you need to quickly adjust to your surroundings.
Sound quality should also be pretty good if the QuietComfort Earbuds can deliver on Bose’s promise of “consistently balanced sound” even when listening at low volumes.
Bose says, “if you turn down the volume on most headphones, the bass disappears and your music sounds thin and small,” an issue allegedly solved with volume-optimized Active EQ technology that automatically increases the bass and treble, ” when you change the volume.
The new earphones have oval outer housings with the gray Bose logo. With silicone earbuds and small ear fins, the Bose QuietComfort earbuds should provide a strong seal against the ear canal while staying firmly in place so they may be suitable for exercise. An IPX4 waterproof seal should protect them from sweat and rain if you use them for this purpose.
With touch-sensitive cases, you can control your music playback and call up your voice assistant without taking your phone out of your pocket. An automatic pause feature means your music will stop as soon as you remove an earbud.
Connectivity is provided thanks to Bluetooth 5.1, which should provide a strong connection up to 30 feet from your device.
For the price, the battery life is a bit disappointing; You get six hours from the earbuds themselves, and another 12 hours from the wireless charging case. It’s not the worst battery life we’ve seen, but it certainly isn’t the best.
With that in mind, the noise cancellation and audio quality have to be really spectacular for the Bose QuietComfort earbuds to really compete with their competitors – including the rumored AirPods 3 – and we can’t wait to check them out for ourselves.