- Pros: The Bose QuietComfort 20 and 20i earphones are compact in-ear headphones with high-quality sound, combined with good comfort, offering phenomenal noise canceling. The noise canceling is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery and can be used for 16 hours.
- Cons: Some products in the same price range may offer better sound quality. It should also be noted that the battery is not replaceable.
- In short: Despite some weaknesses and especially their price, the Bose QuietConfort20 headphones are probably the best noise canceling in the headphones market and will make you happy if you are often forced to use them in noisy areas such as public transport.
Bose QuietComfort 20 Review
Since the introduction of QuietComfort technology at Bose in the early 2000s, the brand’s headphones are known for providing the all-around noise canceling. Bose is already available on several headphones from the manufacturer, such as the QC15s or QC3s, and is now addressing the in-ear market with QC20 and QC20i (specific to Apple products).
Why spend so much money for a pair of headphones? Well, there are many good reasons for this that we will list below, before also returning to some slightly less glorious points for these audio earphones.
Benefits of Bose QC20
To begin with, the QC20 fit perfectly and firmly into the shape of your ears and are particularly comfortable to wear. They weigh only 44 g and come with a handy zippered pocket to carry headphones when you travel.
In terms of design, we are relatively close to what we had been able to discover with the Bose MIE2i headphones, which simply slip into your ears while leaving a little game to improve comfort. By themselves, the headphones incorporate the manufacturer’s TriPort design, with the benefit of having been improved to maximize the audio properties of the headphones and the addition of 2 microphones to control the surrounding noise. Indeed, thanks to Bose’s technologies, all external sounds are countered and allow you to fully listen to your music without being disturbed by the noise of cars or trains.
The QuietComfort 20 comes with 3 sizes of “StayHear +”, small tips to properly place the earphones in your ears and optimize the noise reduction.
Regarding this reduction, the lithium battery is integrated into the remote control connected to the earphone cord. It can be recharged directly using a standard micro-USB port and offers a lifetime of 16 hours. One advantage compared to the QC15s headset is that it is still possible to listen to music when this battery is empty, without reducing the noise of course.
A second remote control is present at the junction of the two cables of the headphones and allows to control the volume of sound or to make phone calls. Finally, a button allows you to turn off the noise reduction so you can hear what’s going on around you without removing your headphones. A very practical function!
Regarding the sound itself, the quality is always with Bose. But this one is not perfect, and this one is regulated rather prudently in order to be able to accept at best all the types of sounds of your favorite mp3 player. But let’s stay clear, the quality is there. It is important to note, however, that once a noise reduction module is present, with all the digital modifications involved, there is a tendency to lose a little audio quality. In other words, if for you the quality of the sound is the priority number 1 in your choice of headphones, you should, as a rule, avoid the earphones with noise reduction. But you really have to be picky about the subject.
So even though today I have other headphones offering a sound that is sometimes better than the QC20, their comfort and the reduction of external noise often make them my favorite allies when traveling outside. I also had the opportunity to test the Bose headphones in a plane, and I was delighted. More practical than a headphone to sleep, the Bose intra correctly filled their job and I was in my bubble.
Very good headphones, but not yet perfect!
One of the bad points of the QC20 is probably the placement of the battery, which may have a tendency to wander around the end of the cord. So this one is not replaceable, and it is very likely that it will make the soul one fine day. The manufacturer suggests that it can receive 500 full loads before starting to be a little less effective.
It can also be noted that the earphones do not offer to automatically disable the noise canceling and that it is not uncommon to forget it and get up in the morning with a flat battery.
Despite these two small negatives, the pair of earphone Bose QC20 is really a success. Even though audio quality may not be the most advanced in today’s market, its comfort and optimum noise reduction make it an ideal device for most of us. The price could put off more than one, but the quality is at the rendezvous and they should follow you a long time. It is recommended to all people looking for comfortable earphones and wanting to be completely cut off from the outside sound. Click the image below to see the complete profile for iPhones, and on this page for Android / Windows / BlackBerry devices.