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- Breakthrough technology lets you control your own level of noise cancellation throughout your day
- Bluetooth and NFC pairing so you can connect to your devices wirelessly
- Calls come in clearer, even in windy or noisy environments, with noise-rejecting dual-microphone system
- Lightweight neckband design conforms to your body for all-day comfort and wear ability
- Lithium-ion battery lets you enjoy up to 10 hours of wireless listening per charge
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QUIETCONTROL 30 WIRELESS HEADPHONES
DON’T JUST CANCEL NOISE. CONTROL IT.
Bose put years of research into these wireless headphones to let you listen like never before. Breakthrough technology allows you to control how much of the world you want to let in. Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume. And a lightweight neckband design provides all-day wearabililty.
Comfortable enough for all-day use, from the train to the office and back home again.
CONTROLLABLE NOISE CANCELLATION
Breakthrough technology lets you control your own level of noise cancellation for calls and music.
NOISE-REJECTING DUAL-MICROPHONE SYSTEM
Provides clear calls, even in windy or noisy environments.
STAYHEAR+ QC TIPS
Provide a secure, stable fit so you can focus on listening in comfort, not adjusting your earbuds.
Take control with the Bose Connect app.
Your days are busy enough—you don’t want to waste any time figuring out how to reach your music. So we designed our free app to make it easier than ever to connect and switch between devices. An intuitive interface and product tips let you personalize your settings, so you can power your workday, quickly and easily.
Workdays never sounded so good.
IN THE BOX
Bose QuietControl 30 wireless headphones are meant for daily city use. Controllable noise cancelling allows the user to fine-tune the amount of their surroundings they want to hear. Bluetooth means less hassle and the neckband design provides all-day wearability.
- Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 8.9 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.69 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0785JLR18
- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 31, 2017
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Package: The Bose QC30 comes in a very nice premium package. I don't normally care about such things but I am sure there will be several unboxing videos you can watch on YouTube shortly. The package contains the headphones, a case, two extra sets of earbud covers (large and small, medium comes already installed) a short micro USB cable, and the instruction manual. The case is quite nice and has a stretchy fabric interior pocket similar to the QC35.
Comfort: These are quite simply the most comfortable in ear buds I have ever tried with the possible exception of the original Bose IE. These are much more comfortable than the Bose SOundsport Wireless or the Bose QC20. I am satisfied with the fit of the medium tips and I haven't felt the need to try the others yet. The tips are smaller and the bulkiness of the prior modes I just mentioned is gone - probably due to the neckband. The neckband adds almost no weight.
Update:The BT is awesome. I set my iPhone 6 Plus on my desk and then walked to the end of my office building hallway - about 60 feet. I only had one wall in between but I never lost signal. When I turned the corner of the hallway adding two more walls, i began to get BT loss and breakup.
Controls: The standard on/off/pairing button found on most Bluetooth headphones is located on the inside of the band. On the right cable, there is a small control module that contains the standard 3 button configuration that handles volume up and down, play/pause, next/previous track and fast forward/rewind. These controls work the same as almost all Bluetooth earphones so you should have no trouble learning the system. This set has a very unique feature and a real departure from prior NC headphones. There is an additional set of up/down controls on the right earbud cable that allows the ability to vary the degree of noise cancellation -the iPhone app has a much better method. You can go from no cancellation to full NC using either method. I was in a crowded restaurant using this feature. I played around with this feature and determined that there is a big "jump" in NC at a little more than the halfway mark. Which brings us to:
Noise Cancellation: Again, this is a very unique system that Bose has employed. Because of the variable control of the NC and the smaller buds, the NC doesn't cancel noise in the same way the QC35 or even the QC20 do. Both of those rely on a degree of blockage of sound coming in and the QC30 does not. It relies completely on the electronics to provide NC. Although I find this method way more comfortable than the QC20, I don't think it provides as much noise cancellation. The lower registers are still cancelled quite well but the mid to higher registers (talking, clicking, etc.) are not cancelled as well. With music playing, this isn't really an issue but if you plan to use these without music or for audiobooks or podcasts, you might not achieve the same level of NC that the prior mentioned Bose NC headphones achieve. Feel free to ask me more questions about this. Also, I have a flight coming up soon so I plan on covering this more in a future part of the review.
UPDATE: The app has an animation illustrating the degree of NC. It is represented by larger sine waves going into the QC20 and smaller smoothed out sine waves coming out. The animation varies in line with the degree of NC you are using. Very cool. I am posting another pic so you can see it.
Sound: The sound is quite good for the size of the bud and for not requiring deep in-ear insertion. However, because of those things, you will not get the lowest register of bass with the same authority as the QC35. The bass does not break up and hits clean, but is not quite as good as the QC35. I used a test track - Hooverphonic - Inhaler. It is very deep bass and the QC30 reproduced it well without driver rattle or break up. That is pretty impressive for a bud this small.
I then listed to the entire Zero 7 - Simple Things album. It was smooth and detailed sound at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the NC turned all the way up and didn't need a lot of volume for the music to be very engaging. I'll have more impressions on sound later.
That is it for the first part of the review. I know these are new and will generate interest so I hope this helps for now. If so, click the yes button below.
More to come.......
I have tried the QC30 again based on a pair my co-worker purchased. The NC was much improved and I did a little research to see why this might have had happened. This is what I found from the Bose website about their new firmware update at the beginning of October:
"With firmware version 1.3.6 comes a change in the Noise Cancelling performance of QC30. The Noise Cancellation has been improved in the lower frequencies to make it more consistent with QC20’s performance."
Based on this and my experience with my co-worker's set I purchased again and have taken them on several flights. They do now perform similar to the QC20i.
If this were my first time buying the QC30s I'd give it 4 or 5 stars. Since I feel they released the product prematurely and also didn't prepare their support staff for the release, I'm only going to raise my score to 3 stars.
I have owned the QC25, 2 sets of the QC20i (I lost one set) and now the QC35. All have great noise cancellation and sound. I love the wireless convenience of the QC35. I was looking forward to the QC30 as a replacement for the QC20i. I found out from Bose support it’s not intended to be a replacement.
I fly between 60 to 90 times per year and rely on the noise cancellation. With all previous models, announcements, conversations around me and screaming babies weren’t a problem. That’s not the case with the QC30. On my 4 hour flight this week I could hear everything. The only way to drown out the kid 3 rows behind me was to turn the music up to full. I typically don’t play music but only leave NC on and work or read. That’s not possible with the QC30. I switched between the QC35 and QC30 and there is absolutely no comparison in NC. Switching between the QC20i and QC35 shows little or no difference in NC.
I called Bose support and they told me the QC30 was never intended to be a replacement for the QC20. They said the NC wouldn’t be as strong and wasn’t intended to be. That is why one is designated QuietControl and not QuietComfort. Which I thought was a totally bogus answer. That the QC30 was intended for people with the need for variable noise cancellation levels. I said I didn’t believe their marketing was clear on this.
I couldn’t be more disappointed. If you are expecting the NC level of the QC20i or QC25 or QC35, don’t expect it from the QC30.
There are real problems, as other reviews here and on Reddit have mentioned, with the microphone. I've tested it on both the receiving and calling end, and it is bad enough to warrant taking off a star from the review. The battery life also causes a bit of an inconvenience as it's not possible to use them while charging, but it's not a deal breaker.
The controllable noise cancellation is, simply put, amazing. The headphones not only reduce the noise cancellation at lower settings (levels 1-4), but also amplify external sound. This is one of the greatest perks of these headphones - I can, for the first time, listen to music and still carry on clear conversations with people around me or enjoy ambient noise of the nature. This is the key feature that sets the QC30 apart from the QC35 and QC20, both of which I own, as in both of them when you turn off the noise cancellation feature, the structure of the earpieces still keep most sound from being heard. Controllable noise cancellation is definitely the technology of the future.
I found the effectiveness of noise cancellation at the higher settings (levels 10 - 11) to be comparable to the 20 and even 35. If you're having second thoughts about buying these due to fears about ineffective noise cancellation - like I did - I can assure you that those fears are unwarranted.