Bose has announced not one, but two new earbuds in the Sports Earbuds and QuietComfort Earbuds . Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Bose wireless earbuds.
Previously known as the Earbuds 500 and Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700, Bose calls the QuietComfort Earbuds “the most effective noise cancelling earbuds ever”.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Sports Earbuds, and QuietComfort Earbuds.
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How much do the Bose Sports Earbuds, QC Earbuds cost?
We were pretty much spot on with guesses for both earbuds. The Sports Earbuds cost £180, and the QuietComfort Earbuds cost £250.
That is rather expensive, but not unexpected. The QC Earbuds in the same range as the AirPods Pro, Sennheiser Momentum TW2 and the Shure AONIC 215. The price of the Sports Earbuds is in a similar range to the Jabra Elite Active 75T, though £180 can be considered as a rather premium priced effort.
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When are the Sports Earbuds, QuietComfort Earbuds released?
After listing both earbuds as launching “later in 2020”, Bose has confirmed that the headphones will be available October 5th, with pre-orders opened for both.
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What do the Sports Earbuds, QC Earbuds look like?
Both wireless earbuds look, well, like earbuds. We already got a look at the QuietComfort earbuds earlier in the year via an unboxing video that – suspiciously – was not been taken down. The QuietComfort Earbuds come in a big, glossy charging case with LED battery indicators on the front: a Bluetooth pairing button and another on the front that we’re still unsure of.
The QC Earbuds sport a bulbous look that’s atypical of true wireless designs, feature the StayHear Max tips for a tight seal. Each bud measures at over 2cm long, and according to Bose weigh 13g combined. They’re covered in a matter finish with gloss accents and are available in two colours: black and soapstone.
The Sports Earbuds are half the size of the SoundSport Free, and feature touch controls and silicone ear-tips – also referred to as StayHear Max tip – with a choice of different sizes. Bose claims the earbuds stay rooted in the ear, staying in whether it’s a light or hard-going workout.
There are little LED lights to indicate when they’re connected, being charged etc. The case for the earbuds supports Qi-charging, but for those without a compatible mat, there’s a USB-C cable for connection to a power source. The Sports Earbuds come in three colours: black, Baltic blue and Glacier White.
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What features do the Sports Earbuds, QuietComfort Earbuds have?
Bose say that with the QC Earbuds you can expect the same kind of QuietComfort noise-cancelling performance as its full-sized over-ears. Combined with the StayHear Max tips, the earbuds use multiple microphones to measure external noise and zap them with a proprietary electronic chip loaded with a new algorithm. The NC response to external sounds can be generated within a fraction of a millisecond, and like the NC 700 Headphones they have 11 levels of adaptable noise cancellation.
Both headphones have Bluetooth 5.1, as well as a precisely placed antennae and new data transfer to incur fewer dropouts.
With IPX4, they’re resistant to splashes of water. Battery life for the QC Earbuds 6 hours from a single charge and 18 hours in total, which is less than what’s become the industry standard. The case is Qi-certified for wireless charging.
The Sports Earbuds have 5 hours of battery life, with an additional 10 hours from the charging case. Again, that’s not as much its rivals, especially with the Jabra Elite 75T offering 28 hours in total.
Interest in these earbuds is high, and we won’t have to wait long to see how good they are.