These Bose® QuietComfort® 20 headphones feature Acoustic Noise Cancelling® and an in-line microphone and remote for taking phone calls. Listen to surrounding sounds with Aware mode or lose yourself in the music.
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The best I've used
Posted by: Rider from: Wisconsin on
I've gone through a number of headphones over the years and these are without question the best. They replace the Bose Quiet Comfort 2. Those worked fine, however, I just did not find them comfortable for more than an hour. And of course you deal with the bulk issue that may or may not be a consideration for some.
The QC 20's are very comfortable for extended periods. And they don't fall out of my ears, a problem I've had with other "in the ear models".
I find the sound quality to be excellent. I'm not an audiophile. I'm looking for good clear sound and these deliver that.
As a frequent flyer, noise cancellation is an important issue. Probably the main reason these got my attention in the first place. On that score I'm very pleased. With the noise canceling on, most outside noise is gone. The Aware feature is very useful also.
I'm getting a full days use with noise canceling on. Of course, having to recharge may be a negative for some. They do recharge in about 2 hours. My old QC2's used a replaceable AAA battery. The upside is that they still deliver acceptable sound when the noise canceling battery has been depleted.
Now the price. Not cheap. Some might argue not worth it. I disagree. The old adage, you get what you pay for, might apply here. I believe it does. The price hit happens just once. The hours of comfort, sound and noise canceling, in my opinion have made this a purchase I don't regret.
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Awesome Noise Cancelation Headphones
Posted by: SkiandSkate from: Baltimore on
Great Noise Cancelation headset. I have the QC 15's and bought these for trips where I don't have the space to carry my full size headset. I purchased the QC 20i thinking I would return them if they didn't work as advertised. Just as stated by Bose, they cancel the noise as well as my QC15's. Used them on a flight, hydrofoil and in loud rooms - all the background noise is gone - just perfect sound!!! Worth the money! Great size and Excellent sound. Works perfectly with iPhone and iPad.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
best in-ear headphones ever
Posted by: elctrotech from: paramus, new jersey on
These headphones are absolutely amazing. As soon as they came out i traded in my beats for these. These are the definition of loose your self in your music. They are really comfortable and light. Great for travel and every day use. I own 5 pair of headphones and these are my go to headphones
12 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: MadCoderJJ from: Douglassville, PA on
I purchased this item hoping that I would be able to listen to music while mowing the lawn without blowing my ear-drums out. This product works awesome! The lawn mower sounds like a sowing machine and doesn't even over power a soft song. In the past using in-ear headphones I had to crank the volume in order to hear over the mower; which almost melted my ear-dums. If you are looking for a Great set of earbuds that you could wear forever, this it the product for you! I can't stress enough just how much I enjoy using these earbuds.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
The Best for the Experienced.
Posted by: klineaj from: Wilkes-Barre, PA on
The Q20s are the supreme of all ear buds. Not only is the sound quality superior to anything else on the market but the noise cancelling wows with similar quality to the QC15s. If you are looking for ear buds that give the best sounds as well as being a great companion for travel, the QC20s are the best.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Best in Class Earbud Headphones
Posted by: Tdawgdell from: on
I owned three Bose headphones when I stumbled across these. While I loved the sound and canceling technology of my QC-15s and the lightweight feel of the great sounding MIE2, the thought of combining the two was intriguing. Both of those headphones are now on EBay. If you want one pair of headphones that are lightweight, have great sounding audio quality AND provide great active noise cancellation, these headphones are best in class. The only drawback is the power/cancellation unit size. It measures about 3"x.5"x.1" in size and hangs about 2" from the device. It's obviously required to manage the noise cancellation and I'm happy to tuck it away in exchange for the amazing comfort, size and sound quality of the headphones.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great Sound. Excellant Noise canceling
Posted by: Dtltd from: Mooresville on
Great product. Sound is excellent. Use on plane and cancels all the noise. Fits great in ears.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Awesome ear buds
Posted by: Frets from: on
One of the best purchases I've made in a long time. Fits ear just right, great sound right out of the box. Will make another purchase for my daughter.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
$300.00 For earbuds?
Posted by: Davinger from: Cocoa Beach, Fl on
It took me some time to gather the courage to get the $130.00 for the standard Bose headset. I discovered that they weren't machine washable. So I went back to the $12.00 sets but that was like getting out of a brand new Mercedes sports car and going to a suncompact witout AC.
When I was in Scotland last time I found I had a few hundred £ left in my wallet and didn't really want to take the beating in currency exchange so in the airport duty free I went on a shopping trip. I bought an Around Ear set of Bose noise canceling headphones and was amazed that the jet engine sounds went completely away. Since then I've owned 3 other pairs of noise canceling earbuds and they can't compare with the around ear. They're fine for a central air conditioner but not much more.
The QC20 (SMSG) is in a completely diffrent world. Unlike the standard Bose earbuds that end in a tube the QC20 have a small comfortable stopper at the base. This modification makes the noise canceling spectacular, even better than many other around ear sets. This feature alone makes it worth the price. The microphone quality is very good when inside I haven't tried it in the car with the top down yet but my car is equipped with Bluetooth.
These earbuds will cancel road noise inside your car and it tends to dull down my wife's voice and I have to take one ear out to hear her. I would suggest that Bose move the noise control sensor a bit further up the cord as it's only 2 inches from the jack and makes it cumbersome. When in a quiet room with them on it does produce some low level static. I don't know if this is a defect or just normal operatiion.
The battery has a very Ling life and came out of the box with a full charge. I slept with them playing music for 3 nights before I woke up and noticed that I could hear other noises. It took about 45 minutes to recharge them completely. I had the music on relatively low and they were comfortable. The first night the left ear came out twice. They lay flat so they don't poke into my ear. The sound quality is poor with noise canceling turned off.
Bose has outdone themselves and I hope to see the price drop. While they're good for the executive they're well out of the price range of most people. This is an awesome gift for the traveler! They fit in your pocket and since nearly all airlines have switched to the standard jack they work just fine.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Amazing Sound Cancelation
Posted by: Cooper25 from: Phoenix, AZ on
I purchased these about a month ago and have used them about 25 times. I don't know if I can ever go back to other in-ear headphones again now.
The sound quality is great, but the best feature in the noise canceling. It seems as if everything around you just disappears when you turn it on. I also use my cell phone at work a lot so having a microphone attached to the cord is a big plus for me.
One complaint that I have is that the power source on the cord for the noise canceling is in an awkward place and can get in the way. Other than that, the product is great.