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Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

by Bose
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with microphone for iPhone and iPad
  • Ideal for iPhone, iPod and iPad
  • Advanced noise reduction rivaling any full-sized headphone
  • Aware mode for hearing what's around you while enjoying your music
  • Notable audio performance from exclusive Bose technologies
  • Long-lasting comfort plus stability from proprietary Stay Hear+ tips
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Technical Details

Style: with microphone for iPhone and iPad
  • microphone-feature
  • noise-cancellation

Product Details

Style: with microphone for iPhone and iPad
  • Product Dimensions: 52 x 1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00D429Y12
  • Item model number: 362544-0010
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (819 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 5, 2013

Product Description

Style: with microphone for iPhone and iPad

From the Manufacturer

Bose® QuietComfort® 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones

Bose QuietComfort 20i Noise Cancelling headphones
  • Optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod models
  • Advanced noise reduction rivaling any full-sized headphone
  • Aware mode for hearing what's around you while enjoying your music
  • Impressive audio performance from exclusive Bose technologies
  • Long-lasting comfort plus stability from proprietary StayHear®+ tips

In-ear. Noise Cancelling. Better sound.

Consider them your go-to headphones, wherever you go. The first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from Bose give you more control over how you listen than ever before, in all kinds of environments. Block the outside world with full-on noise reduction. Or, choose Aware mode and let some of it in—all while keeping your headphones on and your music alive with Bose sound. Wherever your day takes you, QC®20i headphones keep you connected. To the beat of your music, and the pulse of what's around you.

Bose QC20i with mobile devices
QC20i headphones: your ideal tablet companion.

Lose yourself in your music. Or not so much.

With QC20i headphones, you can enjoy music on the go as never before, with an unprecedented combination of superb sound, advanced noise reduction and in-ear convenience. StayHear+ tips physically block some noise while our Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology electronically reduces most of what's left. It's just you and your music, even in noisy environments.

But there are moments when you may not want to be so cut off from your surroundings. Crossing a city street. Waiting for airline gate announcements. This is where Aware mode comes in. Instead of removing your headphones, just press a button, and you're back in touch with the sounds around you—while your music keeps playing and you still experience some noise reduction.

Engaging sound

All this, plus Bose lifelike sound. Sound you wouldn't expect from in-ear headphones. Our TriPort technology and Active EQ combine to give your music a depth and balance that keep your daily soundtrack fresh and alive. The subtle details shine through, too. So wherever you are, your music's front and center.

Bose QC20i with Aware mode
Aware mode lets you hear sounds around you while keeping your headphones on.

Comfort plus

And your music's even easier to enjoy when you're not fussing with your headphones. Proprietary StayHear+ tips create a soft, secure fit with no need to force them into your ears. The mushroom shape spreads contact evenly across the ear for maximum comfort, and forms a gentle seal that contributes to the headphones' full-spectrum noise reduction.

You're in control

Controls are all at your fingertips. Use the slider switch on the control module to turn noise cancelling on and off. The 4-button inline remote, customized for iPhone, iPad and iPod models, houses Aware mode and volume buttons. In addition, the call answer/end button also enables music/video functions and voice commands.

Rechargeable battery

The built-in lithium-ion battery (located inside the module) charges in just 2 hours with the included USB cable, and delivers up to 16 hours playing time per charge. A battery indicator light displays power status. And, even if the battery dies your music still plays with performance equal to that of our regular in-ear headphones.

Bose QC20i - Your Go-To Headphones
Your go-to headphones, wherever you go.

The headphones and cables fit nicely into the carrying case when not in use.



What's in the box
Bose QC20i In the Box
  • QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones
  • 3 pairs StayHear+ tips (S, M, L)
  • Clothing clip
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery and USB charging cable
  • Carrying case





Product Description

Shut out the world and lose yourself in your music - or let the world in. It's your choice with the first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from Bose. The Quiet Comfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are engineered to let you enjoy better sound every day, everywhere you go. Turn on noise cancelling to reduce surrounding distractions and focus on your music. Or choose Aware mode to continue enjoying your music while also hearing what's going on around you. Inside these advanced headphones, exclusive Tri Port technology brings your music to life. Additional exclusive technologies provide dramatic noise cancellation rivaling any full-sized headphone on the market today. The proprietary Stay Hear+ tips create a soft, secure fit - with no need to force them into your ears. The inline mic/remote lets you easily control your iPhone, iPod or iPad. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 16 hours of use, and a USB charging cable is included. And even when the power is off or the battery runs out, you can still use these headphones to enjoy Bose quality sound. What's in the Box: Quiet Comfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, 3 pairs Stay Hear+ tips (S, M, L), Clothing clip, Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, USB charging cable and Carrying case.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

They are very comfortable and the sound is great.
C. Hernandez
Comfort: Like any over-the-ear headphone, there will be time where you will sweat after wearing it long periods of time.
Mathlete
I can listen to music at the LOWEST volume setting now and still hear it... These are amazing.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,060 of 1,106 people found the following review helpful By Charles Nordlander TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2013
Style Name: with microphone for iPhone and iPad
NOTE: See the second post in the comments section for my updates to this review.

I don't use the word "revolutionary" casually. Truth is, a product rarely qualifies for that accolade. But knowing as much as I do about noise-cancelling technology, I would not have believed that what Bose has accomplished with the QC20 series was even possible. In fact, I'd say they've created the best all-around earphone or headphone on the market today for everyday use with portable music players. Note that I said "best all-around" which is not to say it's "best" in every category. If audiophile sound quality is your top priority, then look elsewhere, as both my Etymotic 4PT and Shure 530 series earphones sound better than the QC20s. However, those better-sounding 'phones have other drawbacks in actual use (more on that later), and they now sit in a drawer while the QC20s go with me everywhere. Bottom line: if you're looking for the best noise-cancelling on the market today, bar none, combined with very good sound, the ultimate in comfort and convenience, all in a very small, lightweight package, the QC20 is for you. This review will focus on a comparison of the QC20 with the QC15, as well as with the Etymotic 4PT and the Shure ES530, all of which I currently own and have used for some time. And please be sure to check out the "Design Flaw" section at the end of this review before deciding if the QC20 is for you.

Noise-cancelling: The QC20 is signifcantly better than my QC15. Look, I've used Bose QC headphones for years, but the QC20 actually made me gasp the first time I turned on its noise-cancelling circuit.
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396 of 440 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Moriarty on August 1, 2013
Style Name: with microphone for iPhone and iPad
These headphones are pricey, so you expect them to be amazing. And they are. The effect of cancelling out the drone of an airplane engine or central air unit is, to me, well worth the price.

As for sound quality, there are two caveats. I'm not an audiophile in the strict sense, but the reproduction of the highs and lows is superb while the mids may be just the tiniest bit overshadowed. I love the sound... when they noise cancellation is ON, or when it is in AWARE mode (more on that later). However, when the noise cancellation is OFF, or the unit is unpowered, the lows tend to be muddy and exaggerated. Quality definitely suffers when they noise cancellation is turned off. They're still fairly good, just not the crisp sound you get when they're on.

The other caveat is that, when noise cancellation is on, there is an audible hiss. That's the white noise that blocks out the ambient sound of the world. You'll love going from a noisy plane or train to just this quiet hiss, but sometimes the hiss the actually louder than my environment. In that case, I'd choose to turn noise cancellation off but that leaves the muddy, overpowered lows. So that's the dilemma: when it's quiet you have to choose between a white hiss and muddy lows. When it's loud, these are amazing headphones. When it's quiet... they're just really good.

As for "Aware" mode, it's kind of odd. I found that the full noise cancellation was actually more capable at drowning out voices than I was expecting (namely my two-year-old daughter whose voice is fairly sing-song and high-pitched). Aware mode allowed me to hear her, but her voice was mechanical and artificial sounding.
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436 of 488 people found the following review helpful By iReview on August 6, 2013
Style Name: with microphone for iPhone and iPad
Taking the Bose MIE2i, the most comfortable and best sounding earbuds for extended use (8+ hours daily in my experience), and adapting noise cancellation to them has left me so impressed with the QC20i earbuds that the high price tag actually seems pretty fair IF having noise cancellation built into an earbud is an absolute necessity for you. However, there are some drawbacks to the QC20i earbuds, which, after several months of ownership, have left me reaching for my MIE2i earbuds more often than the QC20i set, with the rare exception being when the environment absolutely REQUIRES noise cancellation (skip to the end and read my 09/06/2013 edit for a summary of the QC20i vs MIE2i earbuds, or skip ahead to paragraph 7 for details regarding sound isolation and comfort of the newly redesigned tips on the QC20 earbuds).

I do have some insight in regard to the characteristics of the QC20i earbuds that hasn't been mentioned in other reviews yet, but first I'll touch on what everybody keeps bringing up. When comparing the sound output with the battery (i.e., noise cancelling) on and off, there is initially a difference in the color/tone that your ears will pick up. In short, these QC20i earbuds sound brighter (more high-end frequencies) with noise cancelling enabled and perhaps less bright, or for lack of a better term, "muddier" (more low/mid frequencies) with noise cancelling completely disabled (not talking about AWARE mode here at all). HOWEVER, it should be noted that your ears adapt extraordinarily fast to noise cancelling being enabled/disabled, and the intricate nuances of any genre of music are highlighted by the outstanding technology built into these Bose earbuds.
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