Whether its a baby crying or the engine noise of a plane, noise cancelling headphones have become almost indispensable for audiophiles or someone who is just looking for some peace and quiet.
If that describes you, then will definitely appreciate the Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones as much as I do.
Bose QuietComfort 20i Review
Design and Features
At first glance, you’ll easily notice that the Bose QuietComfort 20i doesn’t look like your typical in-ear headphones. The dark and light gray headphones have silicone ear tips with an extra fin that creates stability so it stays securely in your ear.
The headphones also have an inline remote control and a microphone on its cord. Also along the cord are the noise cancellation control box and the battery compartment. The battery compartment is slimmer and narrower than most noise cancellation headphones and can be kept in a pocket.
Features of the headphones include the following:
- Ideal for iPhone, iPod and iPad
- 16 hours of battery life with rechargeable Lithium ion battery
- Noise reduction rivals any full-sized headphone
- Airline Adapter
- Carrying Case
- Long-lasting comfort and stability from proprietary StayHear®+ tips
Bose claims that the battery life of the Bose QuietComfort 20i can last up to 16 hours and takes only two hours to fully charge.What differentiates the Bose QuietComfort 20i from most noise cancellation in-ear headphones is that the ear tips aren’t responsible from drowning out outside acoustics, though it does a pretty good job in preventing a noticeable amount of noise from entering the ear. The engineering of the headphones and how it is wired accounts for almost all of the noise cancellation.
The Bose QuietComfort 20i comes with three modes: passive, noise cancellation and Aware Mode. When Aware Mode is turned on, the music’s volume is lowered and the noise cancellation microphone is activated so that you can hear what’s happening in your environment.
This mode can be used for when you’re waiting for flight announcements in an airport, for example.
You can expect to have a clear phone conversation under normal circumstances in a busy street. Unless you’re at a rock concert or an airport runway, the Bose QuietComfort 20i microphone is reliable and consistent.
The comfort offered by the ear tips only complements the superior sound quality that the Bose QuietComfort 20i is capable of. The noise cancellation is also one of the best ones in the market today – perfect for the daily commute. It is capable of muting out engine noise, train clacking and to a significant degree, voices of strangers talking next to you.
Other noise cancellation headphones are typically only capable of drowning out common hums and drones but the Bose QuietComfort 20i does much more than that. It can cancel sounds of multiple frequencies like barking dogs, babies crying and even a car alarm.
As far as audio quality is concerned, Bose has dramatically improved the quality of balance and bass response with the QuietComfort 20i as compared to earlier models. The real gem in this headphone however is its noise cancellation and not so much its audio quality.
Are They Worth it?
The Bose QuietComfort 20i earbuds are priced at over $200 which can be quite steep for the average commuter, but if you’re someone who listens to a lot of music, is frequently on the phone and always on the go, these headphones are a worthwhile investment.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for the best in-ear noise cancellation plus superior audio quality, then the Bose 20i’s are for you.