Bose, the company that started the noise-cancelling headphones craze, is launching genuine wireless QuietComfort Earbuds II.
Pre-orders for the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II begin September 8. $299/£279/AU$449 They’ll be available in ‘triple black’ and’soapstone’
Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds II include a revolutionary technology that calibrates sound and noise-cancelation to each ear’s shape.
When the QuietComfort Earbuds II are removed from their charging case and placed in the wearer’s ears, ‘CustomTune’ sound calibration is enabled. A patented tone plays, and a mic in the earbud measures acoustic reaction. The data customises audio and noise-cancelation in under a second.
CustomTune optimises audio performance according to the unique qualities of each ear, so if the shape of your ears changes the sound, the earbuds will compensate.
CustomTune targets the frequencies most resistant to noise-canceling algorithms and adapts to the wearer’s environment to ensure optimal performance.
Bose’s ANC technology counters extraneous sounds in a millisecond using one internal and three external microphones per earphone. Bose’s method is proprietary.
‘CutomTune’ intelligently customises the Quietcomfort Earbuds II’s transparency mode. It’s now named ‘Aware Mode with ActiveSense’ – a transparency mode that responds instantly to loud and/or unexpected external sounds by turning on noise-cancelation. It helps you hear better and protects your hearing.
Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds II are a third smaller and 6g lighter than their predecessor. A pair of 9.3mm drivers are responsible for the audio output.
The Bose ‘FitKit’ includes three sizes of eartips and stability bands for added comfort. This means there are a total of nine fitting possibilities for each earbud, which should be enough.
The QuietComfort Earbuds II use Bluetooth 5.3 and are compatible with SBC and AAC. No lossless audio support (aptX).
They share the Beats Fit Pro’s sweatproof design thanks to an IPX4 rating for water resistance. The earbuds’ charging case holds three full charges. 20 minutes plugged into USB-C adds hours of playback.
Bose earbuds have capacitive touch-controls and are voice assistant compatible. They work with the company’s Music control software, allowing EQ adjustments, noise-cancellation modes, and other customizations.
With AirPods Pro 2 debuting at the same moment, we’re in for a noise-canceling earbuds titans clash.