The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II re-established Bose as the master of noise canceling technology, challenging Sony.
Bose has not only successfully implemented its redesign, but also enhanced the noise cancellation of its flagship buds while also making them better than before.
Battery life and call quality aren’t very impressive, but they’re the best true wireless noise-cancelling earbuds out there if you can afford them.
Design of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are the company’s latest truly wireless product, replacing the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds in its range. In addition, Bose provides three different sizes of wraparound fins rather than built-in concha fins. In addition, the buds aren’t any longer an enormous mass of plastic.
The casing of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is no longer a slick brick-shaped object. Instead, a single pairing/multifunction button is on the back, just above the bottom-mounted USB-C port. Opening the case after connecting it to a device will start the connection procedure.
This design is a big bonus as it helps to keep your fitness constant. Additional ear tip sizes are supplied if the nozzle fits deep enough into the ear to make an ideal seal.
Price and Availability
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 are the company’s flagship wireless earbuds and priced accordingly. They cost $299 when released in September 2022, compared to $280 for the original.
A fast sweep tone is heard every time the earbuds are removed from their case and inserted into the ears. This isn’t just a confirmation that they’re on; it’s also a test sound for Bose’s CustomTune sound calibration technology.
When the sound is created, a mic in each earbud detects the acoustic response of your ear canal. Audio and ANC performance are then adjusted to match and continually tuned in the background as the headphones monitor what’s happening around you.
On the other hand, the Bose Music app is worth installing to take a guided tour of all the features of the QC Earbuds II. You can even customise the touch controls and add any noise canceling settings you want to use on the fly by going here.
The ‘Aware’ listening mode of the Bose is also quite impressive. It’s one of your shortcuts, which you can access by pressing and holding one of the stems. The option lets you hear your music and your environment concurrently, similar to the transparency mode seen in other noise-canceling headphones.
Like the previous generation, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have excellent ANC performance—amongst the best available. Of course, this depends a lot on the fit, and the better it’s, the less noise will reach your ears. In terms of noise cancellation, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are matched only by their predecessors.
According to Bose, the QCE 2 provides up to six hours of battery life on buds alone, with three extra top-ups just in case. If the buds are entirely exhausted, Bose claims that the charging case will recharge them in an hour, while a brief 20-minute charge will offer you about two hours of play if you are impatient.
The flagship wireless earbuds from Bose were never going to be cheap, but the question was whether or not they were competitive in a market where competitors have never been more expert.
The indisputable fact that the firm has successfully implemented a makeover and at the same time pushed the boundaries for noise cancellation and sound quality is highly impressive. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are a must listen if budgets allow.