BOSE QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

BOSE QuietComfort 20i

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BOSE QuietComfort 20i
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DESIGN

8/10

    COMFORT

    10/10

      NOISE CANCELLING

      10/10

        SOUND

        9/10

          PRICE

          6/10

            Pros

            • terrific Noise Cancelling
            • good sound
            • comfortable fit
            • replaceable spare parts
            • compact and lightweight

            Cons

            • expensive
            • available in only one colour (good for iPhone 5 space gray)
            • rechargeable battery isn’t replaceable

             

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            Can an earphone be comfortable, lightweight, with good sound quality and great Noise Cancelling? If you have the BOSE QuietComfort 20i the answer is YES! BOSE QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling HeadphonesThe new BOSE QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are a balanced mix of all the best feature you are looking for when talking about earphones.

            Sound, portability, comfort and of course Noise Cancelling are all at their highest level in the QC20i.

            The model in this review is the BOSE QuietComfort 20i (QC20i). The “i” in the name mean that the earphones are made specifically for iOS devices. However the model for all the other devices is available and is named BOSE QuietComfort 20 (QC20) without the “i”. The feature are the same, but if you own an Apple device you want to buy the dedicated model.

            The Shape


            The QC20i are pretty advanced earbuds! Yes, they are not totally in-ear headphones but also not totally earbuds. The tips benefits of the new BOSE StayHear+ that keeps the earphone tight to your ear. Besides the silicone tips don’t isolate completely your ears from the environment, as many of the in-ear headphones do. This allow you to listen to the sound around you without taking out the earphone.

            Having said that, the earbuds are not too big, and in my humble opinion, when worn, looks better than the SONY MDR NC13.BOSE QuietComfort 20i Battery

            I was unsure when I first saw the battery pack, it looks bulky and heavy. But conversely it is slim and light, and fits perfectly at the back of your phone when in the pocket. The battery is a rechargeable battery that last for 16 hours (via a micro USB cable that is included in the package).

            Along the cable there is the microphone/remote control. It is bigger than the one on the Apple earbuds, however it is still thin and lightweight.

            The Noise Cancelling


            Here we are… Some weeks ago I reviewed the BOSE QC15, with a great Noise Cancelling properties.

            In this case I need to raise the bar, the Noise Cancelling of the QC20i is TERRIFIC! They really improve something that was already excellent. The NC is controlled by a button on the power box, and when on it will block the outside world.BOSE QuietComfort 20i All

            Furthermore with this model BOSE introduced a new function, called “Aware Mode”. This helps you to hear some important things that the Noise Cancelling may wipe out. This is especially useful, when you are walking outside or driving. Or when you are in an airport waiting for the airline gate announcements. Instead of removing the earbuds, switch the “Aware Mode” on simply by clicking a button on the remote control and you’re back in touch with the surroundings, while your music is still playing with less Noise Cancelling.

            The Sound


            Tiny earbuds but so powerful sound. I was amazed when I first tried the QC20i. Connected to my iPhone5 (I know, I need to upgrade soon at the 6th 😉 ), the sound is powerful and full. The basses are rich, the mid and high are clear and vivid.BOSE QuietComfort 20i Mic

            Unfortunately this happens only when the NC is on. When you are out of battery, you still can listen to the music, but the sound is poor and overshadowed. Mind you, in general the sound is still good, just better with the Noise Cancelling on.

            The Extras


            BOSE QuietComfort 20i ExtrasAs usual, BOSE gives you some quality extras. In the packaging you will find the usual three different size of earbuds (small, medium and large), a clothing clip, micro USB cable and a nice storage case. The good thing to buy BOSE is that all the spare parts are available to purchase apart.

            Pros & Cons


            BOSE QuietComfort 20i iPhonePros

            • terrific Noise Cancelling
            • good sound
            • comfortable fit
            • replaceable spare parts
            • compact and lightweight
            • dedicated model for iOS devices

            Cons

            • expensive
            • available in only one colour (good for iPhone 5 space gray)
            • rechargeable battery isn’t replaceable

            Conclusion


            The BOSE QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones have everything you need! Great sound, terrific Noise Cancelling, small and portable. 

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            2 thoughts on “BOSE QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

            1. PY

              I love running and Im looking for something lightweight and compatible with my iphone5. I use a lil pouch when I run so i need something portable. Do you recommend this model? Oh btw are the gummy in the earphones sweat proof? Thanks! great site btw!

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              1. Alessio Post author

                Hi PY!
                If you think you’ll use the earphones mostly while running, I’ll suggest you to look somewhere else. While running is important to hear the sounds around you plus with the NC controller and the battery this are not as lightweight as other specific earphones. If I can suggest something, I’ll look for something bluetooth and rugged.

                My first choice would be the JayBird Bluebuds X. Small, easy, lifetime warranty for sweat. Under $130.

                If you prefer listen to the music with the cable go for the Monster iSport Victory. Is washable and iOs friendly. Under $120.

                If you are a Bose fan, go for the Bose SoundSport. Bose quality, same StayHear+ system as the QC20i and dedicated iOS model.

                I hope this will help!
                Wish you the best!
                ~ Alessio

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