Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins
Bose’s forefather, Dr. Amar G. Bose, incessantly created pathways that led to the emergence of progressive audio trends and shaped the fabric of sound indefinitely. Rightfully so, the tech company’s researchers are right on par with their founder’s passionate vision and continue to advance the unassailable sonic quality of Bose products. And next in line is right on time for the holidays! The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are an ideal solution for fitness buffs, audiophiles, and book lovers who enjoy escaping into the world of words with meditative music in the background.
I’ve steadily witnessed the evolution of Bose in-ear headphones (earbuds) dating back to the original corded SoundSports. They were the best counterpart for workouts on the market with brilliant colors, robust sound, and innovative tips that conformed to the outer ear for a snug fit. From there, the Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones hit the scene for individuals in need of authentic sound during conference calls or for an immersive audio experience without having to haul the over-ear headphones around. Then came the SoundSport wireless in-ear Bluetooth earphones with a cord connecting both buds. I still own this model years after launch because they are — up to this point — my favorite Bose headphones for running and biking. I actually have a few sets in various colors allocated in multiple locations.
However, a fresh wave of wireless in-ear headphones began hitting the scene, such as Apple AirPods and others from Jabra, Samsung, Beats, etc. Yet, I never made a permanent move because neither was accommodating to my needs. Notwithstanding my Apple ecosystem fandom, the AirPods are too slippery and infamous for going missing; and the Powerbeats Pros had no power and originate from less than stellar materials for the price. Lastly, the Jabras, although they command the best-looking design and exterior fit, kept irritating my ear with their pointy tips. Bose also put their name in the hat with the SoundSport Free. But after their first attempt at a cordless Bluetooth set, I decided to hold tight because they were just too bulky and made me look like Herman Munster. So, I decided to wait it out and stuck with the SoundSports because I knew their product planners would get it together and come back full force.
I am glad my patience took precedence because the newly introduced QuietComfort Earbuds are scholastically distinguished and acutely talented. The acoustic solution brings Noise-Canceling in a formidable fashion with the proprietary StayHear Max tips that create a soft and secure mount. The cones come in three sizes for an excellent custom fitment, while the gel material expands within the ear to help isolate outside noise and interference. I’ve tried every scenario to purposely force the QCs to fall out, from jumping to head swiveling to boxing to running football pass routes. Yet, the only way the earbuds are coming out is if you take them out.
“We spent a lot of time making sure our new QuietComfort Earbuds were the most effective noise cancelling in-ear headphones ever,” said Mehul Trivedi, category director, Bose wearable audio. “But they also sound incredible and are a pleasure to wear and use. That’s an unbeatable combination that puts them ahead of the industry and makes them every bit a QuietComfort.”
This is proper Noise-Cancelling, folks. When flying, they were as quiet as water-submerged sound. They even tuned out the ambient noise of my gas-powered leaf blower during fall cleanup. I tried using them while driving but immediately had to quit since I felt like I was riding on air without the road noise. Plus, I needed to be attentive to horns that you definitely won’t hear when the QC Earbud’s are set to Noise Cancelation level 11, which can be adjusted through the Bose Music App. The app also features other controls such as checking the left and right charge levels, adjusting the volume, or scrolling through tracks. Any array of microphones are placed inside each .03 ounce bud to detect, compute, and transfer any remaining noise leftover from the “suction cup-like” tips to a new algorithm-installed electronic chip. The system then counters with an equally-opposite signal, and magically you have Noise Cancelation.
The pair comes in a palm-sized case that is charged through USB-c. Offered in Triple Black and Soapstone, the QC Earbud’s are just over an inch in length, smooth, sweat and weather-resistant, and buttonless. They automatically turn on once put in the ear and recharge when you place them back in storage. I’ve been using the QCs for a few weeks now and still have not had to charge the case yet. If not using the app, owners can pause a track by lightly double-tapping the right bud or taking either out of your ear. Total listening time is 18 hours (6 without the case). The only inconvenience is making sure you don’t misplace the case.
Now available, Bose retails the remarkable QC Earbuds for $279 through www.Bose.com. The Holidays are here, so why not bless someone special with this magical gift. I might have to follow my own advice since my wife is eying my pair.