Product Review: Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
The Verdict: 5 out of 5 Stars
The answer — even several years after they first came out — is the Bose QuietComfort 20.
Obviously, Bose is the best in the business when it comes to audio equipment, and the QuietComfort 20 is no exception. Bose isn’t kidding around when it says these headphones are “noise cancelling.” The noise cancelling technology here works perfectly, which is actually quite impressive given that these are loose-fitting in-ear headphones.
Perhaps the coolest feature about the QuietComfort 20 is the “aware mode.” While the earbuds usually prevent the penetration of any and all noise, you can choose “aware mode” to let in a little bit of your surroundings while still enjoying your music. This can be controlled via the cord’s 4-button remote, which can also change the volume or connect to your voice recognition app.
The design of the earbuds themselves are Bose’s patented “StayHear” which somehow keeps the buds in without jamming them in your ear.
On the whole, these headphones work to a tee. The 16-hour lifespan of the noise cancellation technology is pretty good, as long as you remember to turn it off when you aren’t using it.
As is typical of really good headphones, you have to make sure that you get the right pair for your phone — Apple or Android, that is. But they cost the same so there is no difference there.
Any complaints to be had with the QuietComfort 20 seem to come from people who did not take good care of their set. After paying this price for a pair of headphones, we’d hope you would not keep them lying around for the dog or a kid to get into.
The only real problem with the QuietComfort 20 would have to be the price. Without a doubt, $300 is a lot to pay for headphones. That said, there’s no doubt the QuietComfort 20 is worth it. You’ll get lost in your own head, and you won’t have to worry about deteriorating sound quality ever again.
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