Earlier today, Bose announced its new QuietComfort earphones, available for $ 279, as well as the new Sports earphones, which cost $ 179. Both have a real wireless form factor and offer exciting features that can compete with earphones from Sony and Apple. The headphones will be available on September 29, but you can pre-order either today.
Bose says the QuietComfort earphones can deliver “all” silent “Bose noise-canceling headphones in a wonderful in-ear design.” The flagship knobs have 11 levels of noise reduction to choose from, which work in conjunction with Bose’s new exclusive algorithm to create an “exact, equal and opposite signal in less than a fraction of a millisecond.” The new StayHear Max tips provide a better fit and seal for perfect sound insulation.
Each QuietComfort knob measures just over an inch long and weighs 0.3 ounces. Expected battery life is up to six hours for continuous listening, and they can get an additional 12 from the carrying case, which can be charged wirelessly. Bose wants the headphones to provide a listening experience that is “as close to the recording” as possible, so it has not raised any frequencies and you do not hear distorted bass or electronic hiss. The headphones can also mute wind and background noise when you call with them, so your voice stands out and sounds clear.
The sports earbuds unfortunately have no noise reduction, but they focus on providing a comfortable and secure fit. Bose also stated that these earbuds “were built from the ground up to be the ultimate training partner”, which means that more research went into reshaping the earbuds to stay in place during high-intensity workouts.
As with QuietComforts, the Sport earbuds also have the StayHear Max tip, which locks in place comfortably without wrapping around the ear or having a deep fit. The battery for these comes in just five hours, with a charge from the case that adds 10 more.
Both pairs have Bluetooth 5.1 for a more reliable connection and a “new data transfer method” that would result in fewer outages. They both have an IPX4 rating for water (or sweat), as well as on-bid touch controls for standard functions, such as taking calls or pausing a song. Both pairs also have some color options to choose from.