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Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
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- Ideal for Android, BlackBerry and Windows phones
- 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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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 ›
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 ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The earphones sound great, but stopped working shortly after 1 year of service. Bose refused to repair or replace them free of cost but offered a replacement pair at a cost of... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by P. Ceplice
I wear these while mowing. The noise cancelling is superb, the mower noise isn't absent but it is reduced to a low drone. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by jeffreyw
i work in a load environment - these block out all background noise, and have excellent sound quality. Solid, clear microphone for calls too!Published 1 day ago by nonickname476
I received these as a gift recently and had them almost two weeks. The only reason for 4 stars is for earbuds they are kind of bulky. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Corey Zamora
I bought these just under two years ago, and my early impressions were great. The noise cancelling feature worked perfectly, they were comfortable, and they were compact enough to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tommy C
I've had two separate sets of Bose headphones so far. These were my last pairs I will ever own since they all seem to break right after the warranty and support simply suggests I... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jimmy Lu
I bought these as a surprise for my wife, who is training for her 1st marathon. Yeah they are expensive, but the sound quality is absolutely amazing. Read morePublished 2 days ago by USC90
After very little use the inline microphone/volume control became unusable, microphone a total fail, and the volume control randomly changes the volume. Read morePublished 2 days ago by James Neihouse