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Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
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- 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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Style: with microphone for iPhone and iPod | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
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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.Read more ›
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Here is why I like these so much, especially for air travel:
- Noise filtering is remarkably good. I flip the switch and engine noise disappears. Loud and annoying conversations from nearby passengers fade into whispers. (Same goes for any conversations that aren't annoying.)
- They are extremely comfortable - My ears don't take well to ear buds and these are the best fitting headsets I've used. That includes several expensive custom fitted pairs. I can wear these for hours without knowing they are even there. They even stay securely in my ears when I'm moving around and not just sitting in an airline seat.
- They don't take up a lot of room - When not in use the headphones winds into a small bundle that fits into my pocket. The cable is durable and tangle free so unwinding is a snap. This is great if you like to travel light.
- The battery lasts close to forever. For me that always seems much longer than the 16 hours advertised by Bose. Perhaps more important than long battery life is a warning well in advance of the thing going empty. You get a three hour notice, by way of a flashing light, before the battery runs out. (Don't you hate those headsets that give you a battery low indication and then shutdown a couple minutes later?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had these for about a year now. How use them when I mow the lawn, ride by bike so I don't have to hear the wind as I listen to my music and when I just want to drowned out any... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Mark K.
No doubt QC's noise cancellation performance and comfort level are unparalleled.It's protable, so I can use them when I am wearing balaclava or snow cap. Read more
Performance wise, this is perfect! My only complaint is the placement of the battery/processor. It is cumbersome next to the phone. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christopher J. Grossmeier
They are very good in blocking off the "engine noise" (not as good in blocking people chattering and snoring) on the plane. Read morePublished 2 days ago by muffinshadow
I was skeptical, but now fully convinced and amazed. I have had a set of AudioTechnica ATH-ANC-7 headphones for about 8 years and they were great on many flights. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Larry
Once I started traveling a lot on planes and trains, I got these to enjoy my music and movies a little bit more. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Victor A
The earbuds work great! I work in a large room full of developers -- approximately 100 or so - and it can get pretty loud until I turn on the noise canceling feature. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Brad Wang
Amazing. I can't say for sure that they reduced my jet-lag from a 14 hour flight, but they really helped me concentrate when I was awake and really helped me sleep when I got... Read morePublished 4 days ago by John Tutton