Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones : Your mileage may vary

I have been saving up over past couple of years to get my hands on the bose qc20. I was impressed by the noise cancellation when i tried it once at office when a colleague brought it in. Over past so many years, i have listened to sennheisers and a-jays mainly. I am surprised how well they sound even after years of use. Finally when i saw the qc20 prices dropping down to 149 mark over during black friday deals, i knew it was the time. Got my hands on the earphones the next day. Let it go through the usual audio burn-in period (a bit old fashioned in my ways sometimes). Ear tipsmy biggest worry was the eartips before making the purchase. I have always been a fan of the in-ear ear buds and was worried whether the qc20 would stay in. It feels slightly off place if you are like me, used to the deep in-ear ear buds. But the qc20 eartips stays on like in magic. Just find your knack at plugging those in, which you will find in a few days time naturaly. Noise cancellation & audio qualitya lot goes to personal preferences here. But coming in from decent pairs of sennheisers and a-jays, the qc20 failed to impress me to be honest.

I love these had them for 6 months and no regrets. London underground usage works well even in the noisy waterloo line. Pops now and then but that i can handle. When mild wind is around you hear that outside but i expected it. I bought a blutooth receiver so i don’t have to plug it in.

I spend a lot of time travelling for work, and a colleague recommended these. One of the best purchases i have ever made and makes travelling so much nicer. They not only drown out the noise of fellow passengers (including screaming children on planes), but they also eliminate the background “hum” of the engine you get on both trains and planes, making it easier to relax. Will often just use these on their own with no music as an comparable substitute for ear-plugs. Some have commented negatively about wear and tear on the cable, but i’ve had these for a year and still good as new (and they come with a decent carry case).

After trying quiet a few in ear headphones for my daily commute on the train, which either where super uncomfortable, or simply not good enough to let me listen to netflix while the trains rattle along, i decided that it was time to get a decent set and went for the bose quietcomfort 20. I had them for a week now, and i have to say, that these headphones are by far the most comfortable ones to wear that i ever owned. You can barely feel them once they are fitted and i can see why some reviewers say that they can wear them all day long. When it comes to sound quality, i am surely not an expert, but to my untrained ear they sound excellent. The active sound cancellation is also working very well, nearly all of the rolling and wind noises of the train are removed, also i can still hear my fellow passengers to a small extend. The only issue with the noise cancellation that i have experienced so far is that whenever a train passes my train at high speed, the control algorithm overcompensates, which leads to some rather unconformable popping in the ears (hence the 4 stars for sound). With regards to battery life i have not really pushed them to their limits, but there was no issue with them lasting all week long for my commute (about 5h in total). The bose quietcomfort 20 are great, and i can finally enjoy music and movies without having to push the sound level from my phone to the maximum, so i can highly recommend them to everyone that is willing to invest in a good set of in-ear headphones.

I admitt, i have a thing for bose. Speaker-whise, i find them top quality – good range, with adequate bass for their size. Operating the device is straight-forward, the instruction manual explains it well enough. The only reason these headphones do not get 5 stars, is their design regarding the little box which holds the battery and noise cancelling software, i assume. This box is at the end of the headphone wires, very close to any device you want to attach it to. This i find very poor in practicability, since i find it to be very tedious to store this ‘setup’ in my clothes. The box should have been installed closer to the headphones, where the 2 wires merge, so the box would hang on your chest, or in any other place, which is not the current one. I will see, how durable this device is and report back in a year or so.

Bought the bose as a replacement for an old pair of shures (noise isolation earbuds) and sorry to say that so far the bose feels unremarkable. There is only one positive that i can find with these earbuds, which is that the noise cancellation function works well on a train (the effect is noticeable). On the other hand, i am not particularly impressed by the material and the build of the earbuds (the wires in particular feel flimsy), nor the sound quality (overly bass-y for my taste). Audio quality is marginal compared with my old pair of shures, particularly when listening to podcasts (noise cancellation accentuates vocals and becomes extremely distracting when background voices are audible); overall the bose sounds muted to my ears. On top of that, i do feel a bit nauseous after wearing these earbuds with the noise cancellation on (after searching online a bit, it would seem that this is a common symptom for some users). Overall, i find myself to prefer noise isolation earbuds over noise cancellation earbuds, but that’s no fault of the bose and if noise cancellation is a key feature for you, then these bose earbuds do work quite well.

There are a few key biylts if technology i’d never be without now, and if they were to break, i’d buy a new one straight away without need for thought. These earphones are now part of that pantheon. The noise cancelling is world class, the sound is good (audiophiles don’t seem to rate it but i have no complaints), the battery life is excellent and they’re comfortable. I always used to feel sort of out of it on planes, like i was in a dream or something. Since i started using these, it’s a whole new experience. I feel much fresher, and more aware. When you flip that button, even of you’re not playing music, all that noise of the engines just fades into the distance. It doesn’t completely disappear (although if you’re listening to music it effectively will), but instead seems much further away and a lot quieter. Turn it off again and all of a sudden you get bombarded with sound and that’s when you realise how amazing this technology is. The best yardstick to judge this product by is the answer to this question: would i buy these again now i’ve used them a lot in all sorts of environments?.

When you spend so much money on something it can be quite difficult to be objective with a review, unless the product is not up standard and you want to deter others from wasting your money. For that reason, you’re likely to only see good reviews for these headphones. I’ll attempt to be a little more balanced. For me – the big selling point of these headphones is the great in-ear fit and comfort for long durations of listening and being able to sleep on a plane with them in. If this is what you’re after – steer clear of the over or on ear options. Competitors at the in-ear market are sadly scarce. As far as the noise cancellation – these headphones do an excellent job. It’s actually quite surreal at first. They do pop as you enter a tunnel or pass another train – this is an issue with all anc headphones i’ve tried so you’ll have to learn to tolerate it. You’ll still hear voices with these – perhaps clearer than you otherwise would now that the noise has been eliminated.

  • Your mileage may vary
  • Finally some comfortable in-ear headphones
  • Best bose i have had.

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones for Samsung and Android Devices – Black

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Firstly i’m in my 40s with a light desk job and am very careful with things i own so my headphones have not had a hard life. This is the second pair of quietcomfort nc for iphone headphones i have purchased. Either i am unlucky or the quality is not what it should be. The first pair stopped working on the controller and started to fall to bits shortly after the warrenty ran out. I guessed that i had just been unlucky so foolishly bought a second pair. Now after 11 months i need to look to see if i can get my second pair fixed as the controller no longer works. This is a real shame as the sound quality is excellent. I now have two pairs of headphones that don’t function. So i can only say – buyer beware, great sound but, i’m my experience (which is only 2 pairs) poor build quality. Edit: phoned bose support and they have replaced the faulty headphones with warranty for free and the older pair at a cost that was lower than retail.

  • Your mileage may vary
  • Finally some comfortable in-ear headphones
  • Best bose i have had.

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones for Samsung and Android Devices – Black

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