It’s Bose’s second attempt at a set of true wireless headphones, and the QuietComfort Earbuds are leaps and bounds better than the older SoundSport Free. Not only is the design a lot better, but the noise cancellation is also exemplary. Sound quality is also really very good – albeit a touch less bassy as compared to Sony – with superb clarity. They’re incredibly comfortable and well-balanced too, despite their bulky form factor. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds deliver an energetic, balanced sound and brilliant noise-canceling. A serious candidate for best-in-class. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review below we would show you more information.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review
Unlike the SoundSport Free, which has a very chunky design, the Bose QC ‘Buds look a lot sleeker. It’s a similar aesthetic to the Bose 700 over-ears, but the in-ear headphones aren’t what we’d call small. Each ‘Bud measures 3.9cm x 2.6cm x 2.7cm and weighs 8.9g – that’s almost as bulky as the Sony WF-1000XM3 (which tips the scales at 8.5g each) and sticks out of the ear just as much. The QC ‘Buds are extremely comfortable to wear for hours on end (although we wouldn’t recommend you do so). They ship with three different sets of ear tips, which also feature fins for a more secure fit. The very soft and squishy silicone makes it easy enough to find the right fit with the choices available without any discomfort whatsoever.
That excellent noise-canceling also allows the Bose’s superb sound quality to shine through unmolested. We kick things off with a spot of uplifting drum and bass in Delta Heavy’s White Flag VIP and from the very first beat, we are captivated.
The sense of enthusiasm and excitement conveyed by the Bose buds is highly infectious. There are power, poise, and a fantastic sense of dynamism. Bass notes sound full-bodied, go deep and the QuietComfort Earbuds squeeze out lots of detail.
The quiet background allows the vocal to stand proud before the chorus launches this track into the stratosphere. The deep, throbbing bassline oozes texture. We’d describe the Bose sound as one full of natural warmth and richness, but the music never sounds smothered – even with the noise-canceling in its highest setting. The QuietComfort Earbuds aren’t just a one-trick pony either. Yes, they can be the life of the party when the track warrants it, but they’re also versatile enough to allow the emotion and more subtle elements of a track to leave their mark.
Thanks to the excellent noise cancellation on these ‘Buds, you can truly enjoy your favorite tunes without being disturbed by anything else around you. Like the other QC-branded headphones, the ‘Buds also offer an excellent soundstage.
Even at very high volume, every single layer within a track is clear – vocals are crisp and every instrument is given pride of place. For example, while listening to Mumford & Sons’ Delta, not only were the instruments layered wonderfully with the vocals, we could even hear the child’s voice in the background in a way that made them seem eerily present. If you’re a jazz or blues fan, then you’ll be able to enjoy every instrument without the horn section drowning out the melodies of the guitar. Admittedly, Bose’s audio is not quite as bass-heavy as Sony, but there is a great balance of frequencies here. Bose’s Active EQ tech boosts bass or treble automatically depending on volume levels, so music feels quite dynamic at any volume, with highs never sounding sharp or shrill and lows thrumming pleasantly. The sound is always well-balanced and enjoyable.
Battery life is a claimed six hours from a single charge, with the charging case supplying an extra two charges, making 18 hours in total. That’s a decent reserve but by no means class-leading. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2s, by contrast, boasts seven hours per charge plus 21 extra hours from their case.
A 15-minute quick-charge should give you a couple of hours if you’re caught short, and there’s the option of using the supplied USB-C cable or any Qi-certified wireless charging mat to get the job done.
The charging case is a chunky affair too, but at least it feels solid and built to last. You need to press a button on the front to gain entry, which is unusual for a pair of wireless earbuds, as most just tend to settle for a magnetic lid. A row of LEDs on the front of the case shows you how much battery life is left inside.