Bose is set to remodel the competitive true wireless earbuds market with two new products. Today, the company is announcing both noise-canceling QuietComfort Earbuds, priced at $ 279 and $ 179 Sports Earbuds. (They were previously known as noise-canceling headphones 700 and 500 respectively.) With the flagship QuietComfort Earbuds, the Bose are actually promising to give wireless headphones the “cool” all of the factor “Bose Around-Headphones”. For sports earbuds, essentially the successor to the 2017 SoundSport Free, Bose says they are designed for comfort and stability through the most vigorous, intense workouts. Both will be available on September 29, starting today With a proposal.
So in a jolt Bose is trying to get the AirPods Pro and Sony’s 1000XM3 earbuds with QuietComfort Earbuds, and sports earbuds will compete with low-cost options like the Jabra Elite 75T and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. (There is no noise cancellation in sports earbuds.)
But QuietComfort Earbuds do. According to Bose, you can choose between 11 levels of sound cancellation. Grain levels are not uncommon to see in noise-canceling Headphones, But it is a bit rare to find in earbuds. According to Bose each earbud weighs a little over an inch and weighs 0.3 ounces – “equivalent to a quarter”. The ear tips have been redesigned with more of an oval shape, which clearly makes for a better seal. That improved noise isolation is combined with “a special new algorithm” that produces a contrast signal for external noise in under a millisecond.
result? “The echo of nearby coffee fades the whispers, and the engine and construction roar but all but disappear.” Again, these are big claims when you remember that we are talking about earbuds. But Bose has decades of experience in this field and a long, long list of patents around noise-canceling technology. I am excited to see if the experience matches the marketing lyrics. The 11 levels of noise cancellation drive the gamut to completely mute the world around you with complete transparency. In my tests so far, no company has managed to defeat the AirPods Pro’s natural-sound-less transparency mode.
As for the sound quality, Bose says, the Quietfort earbuds avoid raising any particular frequencies and go for “faithful reproduction” of your music, although the company says the bass is “rich in any volume and is strong.” Bose says that there is no “electronic hiss” when watching videos or listening to podcasts; Some true wireless earbuds can produce audible, even annoying levels of white noise, but this is not a problem for Bose’s primary competitors.
Battery life is decent. QuietComfort Earbuds can hit up to six hours of continuous listening and receive another 12 from its carrying case, which supports wireless charging. Six hours equals AirPods Pro and Sony’s 1000XM3 buds, although the latter two have more juice in their cases. QuietComfort Earbuds will be available in black or “soapstone”, which is basically an off-white / silver color.
Sports earbuds were “engineered from a clean sheet” according to Bose – sounding great in previous SoundSport friezes, but had some connectivity and audio sync issues – and “an entirely new acoustic system.” The company says that you can expect powerful, inspiring audio for your workout playlists, but sports earbuds are more about fit and comfort. They have an “almost magical magical shift or falling out”, which is the most exquisite, only Bose-to-Can-Something-Something-Things-I’ve ever heard. Sports earbuds come in black, white (with green accents), and blue.
Their continuous battery life is slightly less than five hours. 10 more have been added to the case and wireless charging is lacking. Both sports earbuds and QuietComfort earbuds are IPX4 rated for resistance to water and sweat, so fitness gear buds are of no use there; Again, it seems more about fit and a design that won’t cause any discomfort in the long run.
Bose adds that both pairs of new earbuds have Bluetooth 5.1 “and a new data transfer method for reduced dropouts.” And they’ve got “on-the-bud touch controls for the most common commands like play and pause, answer and end calls, and access to your assistant assistant.” I am not thrilled that this volume is unmodified there, but hopefully it is an option. Both sets of buds also have auto-poses. With QuietComfort Earbuds, you can either take off the earbuds and your music will stop until you put it back. With sports earbuds, only the right earbuds have this auto-pose detection. A disappointment? Neither pair – even the $ 279 QuietComfort Earbuds – offers multipoint, meaning that you can’t connect two devices at once. This is an advantage Jabra has to hang over his rivals. The Bose is great on the Bosoint with headphones, so I want it to be the same with earbuds.
Nevertheless, after a very long delay, Bose is back with a focused strategy. If the company can outperform Apple and Sony on knowledge cancellation, it would know that it would be enough to sell quite a few QuietComfort Earbuds on its own – even though most of us are not yet on board many flights. For sports earbuds, they also come down to how much Bose can live up to his promises. This company knows how to make comfortable earbuds; There are still people out there who remember the closed sleep buds. But this is the price level of $ 179, where I think Bose would have a hard time distinguishing himself. Stay tuned for my reviews of each in the coming weeks.