The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are by far superior to the earlier SoundSport Free.
Which was Bose’s first effort at a pair of truly wireless headphones.
The design is much better, and the noise cancellation is excellent.
Although a little is less bassy than Sony, the sound quality is also extremely outstanding, with excellent clarity.
Despite their heavy appearance, they are also wonderfully cosy and well-balanced.
The QuietComfort Earbuds are just the second model that the major audio company has released.
And it isn’t recognised for its genuine wireless earphones.
Apple and Sony surpassed Bose in the three years between the Bose SoundSport Free.
And the QC ‘Buds, delivering the AirPods Pro and WF-1000XM3.
Which soon rose to the top of the list of truly wireless headphones with active noise cancellation.
Pricing And Accessibility
The new QuietComfort Earbuds from Bose were introduced in September of this year.
And they went on sale in early October.
They initially priced a fairly hefty $279, £249, or $399, which is comparable to the Sony WF-1000XM3’s original pricing.
The Bose alternative, however, is currently much more expensive because the cost of the latter has since decreased.
However, there’s a strong possibility you may find a set for less if you wait for a significant discount.
Design Of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
The Bose QC ‘Buds have a much more streamlined appearance than the SoundSport Free, which has a relatively bulky construction.
Although the in-ear headphones aren’t what we’d term tiny, they have a comparable look to the Bose 700 over-ears.
Apiece ‘Bud weighs 8.9g and measures 3.9 x 2.6 x 2.7 cm, making them almost as clumsy.
And protruding from the ear as the Sony WF-1000XM3 (which weighs 8.5g each).
The QC ‘Buds are incredibly pleasant to wear for hours on end despite their bulk, however, we don’t suggest it.
They come with three different ear tip sets, each of which has fins for a more comfortable fit.
The ear tips and fins should have been sold separately so that listeners could select the sizes that best fit their ear canals and facial features.
The extremely supple and bendable silicone makes it simple enough to select the ideal fit among the options without experiencing any discomfort.
Each ear tip has a conical shape with an outward flare, demonstrating how carefully thought out the entire design is.
As opposed to some other true wireless earphones, you won’t need to cram these buds into your ear to have a nice fit and passive noise reduction.
Features Of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
We had high hopes for the QC Buds because Bose is renowned for its noise-cancelling technology.
What we didn’t anticipate was how amazing the ANC on these tiny earphones would be.
According to us, the noise cancellation is the finest in its class.
With the Sony WF-1000XM3 coming in a very close second.
Passive noise cancellation is greatly enhanced by simply inserting the QC ‘Buds;
However, when the level is increased to 10, all sounds save high-frequency ones are virtually eliminated.
When ANC was set to the maximum during our testing, the buzz of a ferry engine, revving motorcycle motors.
And crying children were all muffled.
You will find it difficult to hear much of what is going on around you, even halfway through at level 5.
Level Zero, the transparency/ambient setting on the QC ‘Buds, must be used if you need to hear what is going on around you.
When ANC is turned off, it mimics the AirPods Pro by making ambient sound appear almost natural.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Audio Performance?
You can genuinely enjoy your favourite music without being distracted by anything.
Else thanks to the amazing noise suppression on these ‘Buds.
The ‘Buds have a great soundstage, just like the other QC-branded headphones.
Every layer of a track is audible even at very loud volumes; vocals are distinct, and each instrument is given pride of place.
For instance, while listening to Mumford & Sons’ Delta.
We could not only hear the child’s voice in the background in a way that made them appear uncannily present.
But the instruments were also expertly mixed with the vocals.
If you prefer jazz or blues, you’ll be able to appreciate every instrument without the horn section obliterating the guitar’s melodies.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Battery
The Bose QC ‘Buds provide up to six hours of listening time.
Just like the Sony WF-1000XM3.
It should be noted that genuine wireless headphones with greater features do not include ANC.
With ANC set to maximum, we were able to use the Bose for roughly 5 hours and 45 minutes throughout our testing.
This included making a few calls and using the voice assistant a few times, all using touch controls.
If we had ANC set at, say, 5, we might be able to squeeze out over six hours.
The case, however, falls short, offering only an additional 12 hours of battery life.
While having a quick charge option that allows you to acquire two hours of listening time with only 15 minutes spent on the cradles.
That is less than what the Sony rivals provide, which is up to 90 minutes of playback following a short 10-minute charge.