Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Review
Bose is also involved in the field of true wireless headphones. Find out in the test how well the ANC headphones Bose QuietComfort Earbuds do in comparison!
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are very high-quality true wireless headphones. They offer high-quality sound, a firm fit in the ear, and convenient operation on the device. The noise-canceling of the headphones, which are mid-priced, is also convincing across the board.
- Best-in-class noise cancellation
- Rich, crisp, balanced audio
- Comfortable despite the size
- Wireless charging
- Sound signature isn’t for purists
- Awkward look due to size
- Limited touch controls and customization
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are one of the most popular true wireless headphones on the market. We took a close look at the headphones. We wanted to find out for you in the test whether the completely wireless ANC model lives up to the good reputation of the almost legendary Bose QuietComfort 35 II.
The Bose headphones offer a very voluminous and full sound. However, details are not lost in any way. With Hurt by Johnny Cash, both guitars are very comfortable and can be heard separately. Details are not swallowed up even when the dominant piano kicks in.
The second test song is Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen, and here too, the headphones are convincing across the board. Again, the stage of the instruments is shown very broadly. The bass in Pray For Me by The Weekend and Kendrick Lamar is subtle and fits nicely into the overall picture. However, fans of a dominant bass are better off with models like the Sony WH-1000XM3.
Overall, the music performance can be seen in direct comparison with other premium TW models and can keep up with competitors such as the Apple AirPods Pro and the LG Tone Free FN 7. In addition, spoken content such as audiobooks and podcasts sound consistently good, even at high volume.
– How well do the headphones perform in everyday life?
Like all True Wireless models, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, like Bluetooth headphones, have an integrated rechargeable battery. The listener can be proud of the battery life of up to six hours. In the charging case, the headphones can be fully charged two more times so that the Bose headphones can be used on the move for a total of around 18 hours. A quick charge function enables the model to be used for two hours after only 15 minutes of charging.
Headphones used for so long in one go should, of course, also be comfortable to wear. The Bose QuietComfort earbuds do a good job here. The in-ears are supported by an ear hook, which is clamped into the auricle. This means that the headphones hold very well, but they are not as inconspicuous as the AirPods Pro in the ear. The scope of delivery includes three earpieces in different sizes.
Bose relies on the current Bluetooth 5.1 standard for headphones. The connection with the device works flawlessly, especially via the associated app, and the test did not detect any malfunctions during use. The Bose is therefore very suitable for use with Android and Apple models. The headphones are protected against splash water such as rain or sweat by the IPX4 standard. But they are not completely waterproof.
Like most True Wireless models, Bose uses touch fields for operation on the device. However, these are particularly pronounced with the QuietComfort. Because songs can not only be started, stopped, and skipped by touch, the earbuds can also be given commands by swiping. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are among the few true wireless headphones that can also change the playback volume directly on the headphones. This is very convenient in everyday life. If the function is not available on the model, an update should be searched for. The function was upgraded in this way.
The key assignment can be customized using the associated app. The strength of the active noise suppression can also be controlled via it. Unfortunately, the sound cannot be adjusted. However, the app is very clearly structured for both Apple and Android devices and makes a consistently high-quality impression.
Of course, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds do not quite achieve the level of a large over-ear model in terms of noise suppression. In the in-ear segment, however, the headphones offer one of the best ANC performances ever. In particular, continuous noises such as street noise are suppressed to a great extent.
But even irregular tones are better shielded at the maximum level than with most other true wireless headphones with ANC. In addition to noise suppression, the Bose also offers a transparency mode where you can hear a lot of the outside world. So you can stay alert in traffic if you wish. You can easily switch between the two modes using the slider in the app.
When you take the headphones out of the box, the high-quality charging case immediately catches the eye. This is very classy and beautifully designed. However, it is also kept quite large, so that it is not so well suited for a tight trouser pocket. On the other hand, the earphones can be easily inserted into the case. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are also very attractive headphones that are not as bulky as some competitors. Overall, Bose attaches great importance to the high-quality material and attractive design. The headphones are currently available in white and black.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are first-class headphones. The sound is very detailed and clear, the operation is very comfortable, and the active noise suppression is one of the best on the market. The app is also nicely structured but, unfortunately, does not customize the sound. The model works very well with both iOS and Android. So if you are looking for high-quality premium headphones with TW technology and ANC, the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds are very well advised. At around mid price, the model also belongs to the premium segment in terms of price.
If you don’t like the earpiece structure with the ear hook, you should take a closer look at the Apple AirPods Pro. Android users who like the AirPods design more should take a look at the LG Tone Free FN7. The headphones sound in the same league as Bose but have individual advantages and disadvantages in the other areas.