The new Bose QuietComfort (QC) Earbuds debut proprietary advancements in hardware and software, achieving what the Framingham, MA company claims to be the most effective noise cancelling earbuds ever - to continue the 20-year legacy of QC headphones. Each bud measures just over an inch long and are extremely lightweight at only 0.3 ounces. Yet, as Bose explains, "they perform like every QuietComfort before them, transforming even the harshest environments into hushed sanctuaries — silencing the blare of trucks, buses, and horns during rush hour, or muting the simple distractions from the next room, next office, or the apartment next door."
Detailing a bit about the innards of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds' proprietary noise cancellation system, the company explains that they start by physically blocking unwanted sounds thanks to new StayHear Max tips, creating a soft-yet-tight seal. That is the passive part. After that, the earbuds use multiple microphones to sense, measure, and send any remaining noise to a proprietary electronic chip loaded with an exclusive new algorithm from Bose. Together with tiny transducers, the system responds with a precise, equal, and opposite signal in less than a fraction of a millisecond. The result, the company describes, "is dramatic and exclusive to Bose. In an instant, the buzz of nearby coffee grinders fade to a whisper, and the roar from engines and construction all but vanish."
But it doesn't stop there, since the proprietary noise cancelling is also adjustable - like "a world-volume button at your fingertips" as the company illustrates. The QC Earbuds come with 11 levels of noise control so the user can choose how much of the world to let in or keep out. We can set preferences and change them anytime — from "transparency" that keeps us aware of our surroundings, to full noise cancellation that lets us tune out completely or hear every detail from our content and conversations.
"We spent a lot of time making sure our new QuietComfort Earbuds were the most effective noise cancelling in-ear headphones ever," says Mehul Trivedi, category director, Bose wearable audio. "But they also sound incredible and are a pleasure to wear and use. That's an unbeatable combination that puts them ahead of the industry and makes them every bit a QuietComfort."
For entertainment, Bose adds, the new QuietComfort Earbuds also shine. For music, Bose avoided manufactured "boosts" in select frequencies, opting for faithful reproduction — as close as possible to the sources. "Unlike conventional earbuds, the bass on your favorite songs won't disappear or distort — instead, it's rich and strong at any volume. For movies, videos, news, and podcasts, there's no electronic "hiss" and speech and dialogue are natural. And for talking on the phone, QC Earbuds separate your voice from those around you and dampen the rush of wind, so what you're saying is more intelligible on the other end," Trivedi adds.
The new QuietComfort Earbuds provide 18 hours of total listening time — 6 hours fully charged and an additional 12 using their USB-C or Qi certified wireless charging case. They come in a matte finish with metallic and gloss accents and are availabe in two colors: Triple Black and Soapstone.
Bose Sport Earbuds
As for the new Bose Sport Earbuds, these were built from the ground up to be the ultimate workout companion. They deliver better audio quality than their predecessor in about half their size. And everything about the new model is optimized for performance — how they feel and fit, how easy they are to control, and how durable and reliable they are, whether for training at home, the gym, or outdoors.
As Bose explains, the Bose Sport Earbuds were engineered from a clean sheet. Each bud houses an entirely new acoustic system using a high-efficiency driver, proprietary port design, and volume-optimized EQ for clear, powerful performance. But that's just the start. Every component is custom-matched to solve the category's most common problems. That means the new Sport Earbuds attach to the new StayHear Max tip — and nothing else. Combined, they "lock" in place for high-impact and low-impact exercise without hurting or budging.
"From HIIT sessions and Peloton's toughest classes to long-distance running and yoga inversions, Bose Sport Earbuds have an almost-magical defiance to shift or fall out. And that's done without the typical trade-offs — like an irritating style pushed deep inside the ears or wrapped tightly around them," the company explains.
The Bose Sport Earbuds deliver up to 5 hours of battery life and come with a USB-C or Qi certified wireless charging case that provides up to 10 hours of additional playback time. They are available in Triple Black, Baltic Blue, and Glacier White.
The new Bose QuietComfort Earbuds and Sport Earbuds are equally compatible with iOS devices, Android devices, and native VPAs. Both designs use Bluetooth 5.1, have precisely placed antennae, and implement a new data transfer method for fewer dropouts. And they're both built to last with an IPX4 rating to resist sweat and water. Each earbud offers simple touch controls for play and pause, answer and end calls, and access to a voice personal assistant. And each come with three sizes of the new soft-silicone StayHear Max tips. For additional functionality and software updates, the Bose QC Earbuds and Sport Earbuds work with the free Bose Music app.
The QuietComfort Earbuds will be sold for $279 and the Sport Earbuds will be sold for $179. Both models are available globally from September 29, 2020.