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Bose is now taking pre-orders for its new QuietComfort Earbuds, which are set to rival Apple's AirPods Pro in the premium true wireless ANC earphones market.

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As the QuietComfort brand name suggests, Bose's latest earbuds feature active noise canceling combined with passive isolation, offering "all the noise cancelling performance of our best over-ear headphones — from a compact, truly wireless earbud."

Bose says its new StayHear Max silicone tips are designed to conform completely to the contours of the ear to create a gentle seal, while an array of internal and external microphones detect ambient noise and produce an opposite signal to cancel it out in a fraction of a millisecond.

Another thing Bose's earbuds have in common with AirPods Pro is a transparency feature, which allows the user to simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around them – whether that's to hear traffic during a run or an important train announcement during the morning commute.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds offer 11 levels of transparency, allowing users to dial down the noise canceling to suit the situation. That contrasts with AirPods Pro's transparency mode, which is a binary on/off feature that can't be customized.

Bose's Earbuds respond to touch-based gestures to control content, while a microphone in the right earbud picks up the sound of the user's voice and rejects other noise during calls or when using a virtual assistant. Bose also promises a premium listening experience, thanks to the inclusion of "innovative" audio equalization technology:
The acoustic package inside these earbuds is capable of producing deep low notes and exciting, lifelike sound no matter how loud (or soft) you like to listen.

And that's no small feat. Because as you lower the volume on most earphones, the bass tends to disappear, leaving your music sounding tinny and small. We solved the problem with our Volume-optimized Active EQ technology. This innovation automatically boosts the lows and highs so the music, videos, and voices you're listening to remain consistently balanced — even as you change the volume.
The QC earbuds are IPX4-rated, making them sweat, rain and weather resistant, and offer up to six hours of battery life on a single charge, while two additional full charges are provided by the wireless charging case. There's also a quick charge mode that can provide two hours of listening time on a 15-minute charge.

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Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds cost $279.99 and are available in Triple Black and Soapstone (black and white). Pre-orders are being taken on the Bose website with shipping scheduled to begin on September 29.

Article Link: Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Arrive to Rival AirPods Pro
 
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shadowmatt

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Both myself and family members have owned Bose products in the past.

I strongly suggest you avoid them, overpriced and with terrible build quality. For instance I owned some Bose QuiteComfort wired headphones that stopped working after a few months of just using them at my desk with no mistreatment. They failed and were replaced by Bose, and a few months later failed again and were replaced.

The final time they failed I didn't bother returning them and instead opened them up to look at the build quality. Most headphone manufacturers use decently thick cabled and inside the headset wrap the cable around a bit of plastic to it cannot be pulled away from solder connections. An idea decades old.

But not in the Bose headphones, just a direct connection from the cable to speaker with nothing inbetween to even try to stop them from pulling apart, with a very small wire and solder connection supposed to take the weight of prolonged use.

I have seen headphones for 1/10 of the price with better build quality.
 
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I wonder if these come with Bose spyware pre-installed or if Bose learned a lesson from the lawsuit over their Quiet Comfort headphones.
 
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My original AirPod battery just died need new headphones. Waiting to see Apples new pro studio headphones before I buy.
 
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Moderators: The title of the story needs to be fixed. Bose doesn’t make AirPods Pro :oops: or maybe I’m just reading the title wrong.... I see what the title is trying to convey, but it’s convoluted. Some additional punctuation would help. A couple of dashes maybe... Ah. Just rewrite it lol
 
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For instance I owned some Bose QuiteComfort wired headphones that stopped working after a few months of just using them at my desk with no mistreatment. They failed and were replaced by Bose, and a few months later failed again and were replaced.

You got a few months out of Bose headphones? You should make a video on that, many people would like to know how you did that. I myself am somewhat of an expert too, I survive my wired Bose sports headphones typically over 6 months or more (seated indoor use mostly, home office, Starbucks and such, no sports) before they fail and I need to buy new ones. I like the sound profile. A shame Bose pulled them from stores everywhere to push their wireless headphones.
 
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Moderators: The title of the story needs to be fixed. Bose doesn’t make AirPods Pro :oops: or maybe I’m just reading the title wrong.... I see what the title is trying to convey, but it’s convoluted. Some additional punctuation would help. A couple of dashes maybe... Ah. Just rewrite it lol
Bose's Airpods Pro - Rivalling...
 
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Wow, these things look massive, like customer support call center massive.

I think AirPods Pro are still the way to go. And if you care about sound quality without sacrificing a svelte design, I totally recommend the Sennheiser Momentum TW 2.
 
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@arn @maflynn

Moderators: The title of the story needs to be fixed. Bose doesn’t make AirPods Pro :oops: or maybe I’m just reading the title wrong.... I see what the title is trying to convey, but it’s convoluted. Some additional punctuation would help. A couple of dashes maybe... Ah. Just rewrite it lol
I did a double take on the wording too.
 
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Moderators: The title of the story needs to be fixed. Bose doesn’t make AirPods Pro :oops: or maybe I’m just reading the title wrong.... I see what the title is trying to convey, but it’s convoluted. Some additional punctuation would help. A couple of dashes maybe... Ah. Just rewrite it lol

Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds Rivaling AirPods Pro Now Available to Preorder

Bose's AirPods Pro-Rivaling QuietComfort Earbuds Now Available to Preorder


Copy and paste one Mods.
 
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imnotthewalrus

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Wow, these things look massive, like customer support call center massive.

I think AirPods Pro are still the way to go. And if you care about sound quality without sacrificing a svelte design, I totally recommend the Sennheiser Momentum TW 2.
How Bose has held on to an "audiophile" status after all these years is beyond me...and don't get me started on Beats. No offense to fans; if you like them - fine. To each his/her own, but try some comparisons and consider other brands before jumping on the bandwagon if you haven't used Bose before.
 
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CarpalMac

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Both myself and family members have owned Bose products in the past.

I strongly suggest you avoid them, overpriced and with terrible build quality. For instance I owned some Bose QuiteComfort wired headphones that stopped working after a few months of just using them at my desk with no mistreatment. They failed and were replaced by Bose, and a few months later failed again and were replaced.

The final time they failed I didn't bother returning them and instead opened them up to look at the build quality. Most headphone manufacturers use decently thick cabled and inside the headset wrap the cable around a bit of plastic to it cannot be pulled away from solder connections. An idea decades old.

But not in the Bose headphones, just a direct connection from the cable to speaker with nothing inbetween to even try to stop them from pulling apart, with a very small wire and solder connection supported to take the weight of prolonged use.

I have seen headphones for 1/10 of the price with better build quality.

Based on that anecdotal logic, Airpod Pros are to be avoided and are overpriced with terrible build quality too. I am on my third Airpod Pro and know many others (including on here) who have had issues with theirs.
 
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