Bose QC20 Noise Cancelling Headphones are Worth a Buy

October 9, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

How many of you are fans of Bose’s noise cancelling headphones? Without a doubt, we can say that Bose’s around-ear noise cancelling headphones are a favorite among many audiophiles and the best choice of many music lovers, who frequently travel in planes and trains.

Noise cancelling headphones are limited in the headphone world, and they require extra power and are bulkier to use.

But this is going to change. With increasing use of earbuds/earphones/in-ear headphones, someone has to take the challenge of making noise cancelling in-ear headphones. And none other than Bose, the industry leader, has finally introduced such a pair of noise cancelling in-ear headphones, dubbed QC20.

Bose QC20

Officially known as the QuietComfort 20 in-ear headphones, these gadgets resemble Bose’s popular QuietComfort 3 headphones. May be some of you are familiar with these popular silver headphones that are slim as well as light weight. Above all, the earcups in the QuietComfort 3 heaphones can turn 90 degree, which makes them easy to pack.

And now, here comes their little brother Qc20, which is smaller yet carries excellent noise cancellation features offered by Bose.

The new in-ear headphones weigh 1.5 ounce and come with earbuds that are much bigger than the usual pair. But, they perfectly fit in to the ear. Winged attachment on the headphones helps anchoring them in the inner lobe of the ear.

The QC20 comes with an attached rectangular box that packs the battery and carries all the control keys. At first look, this 2-inch long battery pack seems awkward, as our typical earphones lack such an addition.

Bose QC20 1

This rectangular box holds the exterior noise sensor and delivers noise free voice, therefore you can’t avoid them. Still, this battery pack could be annoying, if you like to take your headphones to the gym.

Undoubtedly, the sound quality of the QC20 is very good, and will make you happy with the low and mid-tones.

The QC20 comes with a rechargeable battery, so that you don’t need extra AAAs. Meanwhile this in-ear headphone can even play music when the battery runs out, but this time, the noise-canceling won’t work. Bose has also added an additional “Aware” mode, which allows ambient sound to enter in to your ears, so that you won’t be hit by a vehicle while walking through traffic.

Priced at almost $300, the QC20 in-ear headphones seem to be overpriced, but here you need to remember that the manufacturer hasn’t compromised on sound, and also added an a convenient Aware mode for your safety.

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