Bose® - QuietControl™ 30 wireless headphones - Black
- Model: QUIETCONTROL WIRELESS HDPH BLA
- SKU: 5457002
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- Bose® - QuietControl™ 30 wireless headphones - Black
- Bose® QuietControl™ 30 wireless headphones
- Small and Large Tips
- Zippered carry case
- USB cable
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Breakthrough technology lets you control your own level of noise cancellation throughout your day.
Bluetooth® and NFC pairing so you can connect to your devices wirelessly.
Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume.
Lightweight neckband design conforms to your body for all-day comfort and wearability.
Lithium-ion battery lets you enjoy up to 10 hours of wireless listening per charge.
Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system provides clear calls, even in windy or noisy environments.
The Bose® Connect app helps you manage your paired devices and gives you enhanced control.
Available in Black.
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Nice Performance, But Awkward to UseOctober 5, 2016
As a frequent traveler, I've been longing for a pair of wireless headphones that are compact, lightweight, and have noise-cancelling abilities. I love my Bose QC35 over-the-ear headphones, but they are sometimes a bit bulky to throw into a carry-on bag. I had high expectations for Bose's latest entry into its noise-cancelling lineup: these QuietControl 30 (QC30) wireless headphones, which, as far as I know, are the first in-ear headphones with both Bluetooth and adjustable noise-cancellation. After a week of traveling with and using the QC30s, I find myself torn between these and my trusty QC35s. Here are my impressions: OVERVIEW: - Setup is incredibly simple, especially if you download the Bose Connect app to your smartphone. Simply turn on the headphones, enable Bluetooth on your device, and complete the pairing process. You will hear a voice from the headphones confirm that pairing was successful. - In-line volume, function, and noise-cancellation controls are included on the right cord. You can easily move between songs, pause playback, or even enable Siri with the function button. You can also control all of this through the Bose Connect app. - The QC30s have a horseshoe-shaped plastic band that sits on your neck while in use. My thoughts on this below. PROS: - Nice battery life. Bose claims that a single charge will power the headphones for 10 hours, and that seems accurate to me. However, larger headphones (particularly the QC35s) deliver twice the battery life, so 10 hours seems modest at best. - Nice wireless range. I don't lose connection to my iPhone until I'm almost 40 feet from it. Range should be more than adequate for anyone. - Effective control of noise-cancellation. There are about 12 levels of noise-cancellation to choose from. With it set to the highest level, voices in a coffee shop or other busy areas are essentially indistinguishable. - Great sound performance. Not as good as the over-the-ear QC35s, but there is a good amount of bass and plenty of separation between highs and lows. CONS: - The headphones are lightweight, but I find the neck band very awkward and cumbersome. You might not notice it at first, but after a few hours of use and moving your neck, you'll know it's there. It's not that it's heavy -- it's that it rubs against your skin very easily (unless you're wearing a collared shirt). Furthermore, the cords frequently rub against my cheek when I turn my head. The ear buds simply dangle down your chest when not in your ears. - Because these are in-ear headphones, the noise cancellation doesn't seem nearly as effective as the QC35s. Because of this open design, ambient sound seems to leak into your ears rather easily. On an airplane, even with the the noise cancellation turned all the way up, I could hear much more engine noise compared to the QC35s. These are still 100 times better on an airplane than standard headphones, just not as good as over-the-ear noise cancelling designs. - Using the in-line remote with the headphones in your ears is awkward. The noise cancellation adjustment buttons are so small that I have to work my thumb around for several seconds before I'm sure I'm pressing the right button. OVERALL: I had a hard time trying to determine the intended demographic for these headphones. The QuietControl 30 headphones feature effective noise cancellation and a lightweight design, but I personally can't use them for more than a couple of hours at a time before the neck band and dangling cords start to annoy me. The noise cancellation works well to reduce crowd noise and soft ambient sounds, but it's not nearly as effective as the QC35s. On the other hand, these might be non-issues for other people. The neck band will fit everyone differently, and the noise cancellation should be adequate for many people. That being said, I would recommend trying these on at a store before committing to a purchase. For me, the better noise cancellation, battery life, and overall performance of the QC35s will continue to make those my go-to headphones for traveling. The QC30s will be great for desk work, coffee shops, and office settings.
I would recommend this to a friend
Instant Bose Favorite!October 11, 2016
I purchased this product for use in an often noisy and distracting office environment. So far I have been very impressed with the audio output quality! Somewhat reserved - yet clear highs, detailed mids, and perfect lows with nice sub bass. I like the comfort of the Bose StayHear ear tips, although they are a little bit difficult to take in and out if you need to frequently; they also attract lots of particulate such as dust, lint, and even dry skin from your ears..... The noise canceling on these is nothing short of impressive, the effectiveness rivals that of my pair of QC35's and even my A20 Aviation Headset! I wish that the Bose Connect App had more features for EQ tuning and presets, I also wish that this QC30 headset would not default to noise cancelling ON. I'd prefer the headset to retain memory for my previous set noise cancelling level. An example of how this can be annoying is if you aren't being spoken to frequently with the headset on and have noise canceling off, and you power the headset off then back on, noise canceling will be at 100% again..... please consider this in a future firmware update Bose!
I would recommend this to a friend
To be able mute world is Great!October 11, 2016
I had to give these 5 stars but I really think they are in the 4.5 to 4.8 range. I have owned various versions of the LG Tone Headphones since 2012. 730 (2 pair) (800's died last week due to sweat getting into the power switch) and I love the neckband type headsets due to the longer battery life inherent to the design. I picked up these headphones over the weekend and I couldn't be happier. The construction of the neckband is soild. Not Having to listen to mindless office chatter is pure bliss. I had tried the over the ear QC 20's in the past but they were just too big for my taste and since I wear glasses, The cans don't always make a good seal around my ears and it is very awkward to listen to just one ear. Of all the wireless headset options, battery life of earbuds is just not there yet in most cases. 4-6 hours is what I was able to find that are not the neckband style. The QuietControl 30 last all day. I wore them from 7am to 6pm and the battery was at 50%. The noise canceling is top notch. The LG Tone and most other ANC headphones spit out a hiss when the noise canceling is on and the Bose are just silent, nothing, just music. One has to try them to experience how good these earbuds really are at muting the world and I would encourage one to do so due to the price of these headphones. I am not just spouting my consumer justification either. I truly love what Bose has put together in these headphones. Yes, they are not cheap but how can one put a price of being able to hear ones music undiluted with the outside world and office chatter AND still sound really good AND have a great battery life? I have not had any connection issues yet but it would depend on how congested the 2.4 band is. Things I Love: 1. variable noise canceling is spectacular! 2. They sound really good. 3. Battery life. 4. Very comfortable earbuds that stay put. 5. Companion app makes managing multiple devices simple. (Wish there was a Apple Watch companion app to adjust the noise canceling) 6. No bulky dongle plugged into the phone. 7. No Wires Things that bug me 1. Walking outside even with the noise canceling on, wind noise was more pronounced than I expected. 2. Price 3. Bluetooth signal could be stronger.
I would recommend this to a friend
I don't like it... I LOVE ITOctober 14, 2016
I purchased the Bose soundsport couple weeks ago. It was an awesome headset. No complaints. Than I notice this was just released. I have been looking for an in ear noise canceling headphones for a while now and this seemed like a perfect match. Only thing I didn't like about it was the what goes around your neck, but I decided to give it a try anyways. Bestbuy exchanged the soundsport for these without a question (because they are awesome) Took it out of the package, put it on, paired it to both of my phones (had 70% battery) and didn't take it off for 6-7 hours later. Extreamly comfertable, you forget you have anything around your neck (and I do have a pretty thick neck) sound quality is amazing, call quality is amazing, people could hear me fine even if I had the window down in my car while driving And did I mentioned the noise canceling feature works like a charm? $300 + $50 warranty might sound like a lot but I have tried several different in ear headphones and none are any where near as good. Well worth the money.
I would recommend this to a friend
Bose is great, not a fan of this styleOctober 1, 2016
First, these headphones are made by Bose, so obviously the quality is there. The sound and features on these headphones are fantastic. The only downside for me is I've found I'm just not a huge fan of the neckband headphones. I don't like having to wear something around my neck. Just a personal preference, but that's why I gave these four stars. But the features and sound really are great. Bear in mind, sound quality won't be totally on par with Bose's over ear headphones, that's just not possible. However, the sound quality is the richest I've heard in open ear headphones. On top of that, these are noise cancelling, and the noise cancelling feature is adjustable to suit the user. Bottom line, if you like the neckband style headphones, these are wireless, they're noise cancelling, and they're Bose. You won't find better in this style.
I would recommend this to a friend
A solid pair of headphones!December 19, 2016
1. Sound Quality As with all audio products, the sound quality is very important and often the deciding factor if one has two options to choose from. The sound quality is of decent (if not great) quality. The bass was spot on, the mids were decent however, I felt that the highs were a little lacking. They weren’t as clear as I would have liked them to be but they were acceptable. While I was testing them, I found that the highs were overpowered by the bass at some times, so if you like to listen to music genres with lots of highs, I would not get my hopes too high up. Overall, the headphones do well in creating an environment for the ears where it feels like you are listening to a surround sound system. Considering that the price (at the time of this writing) is around $300, I feel that Bose could bring up the sound quality a little more. 2. Design The QC 30’s are wireless, in-ear headphones with an attached neckband. I found that the neckband is a little bit like a love/hate affair depending on who you asked. The neckband is pretty light and you can barely notice it at all. Personally, I found that that neckband was unobtrusive and was fine with it. However, a few of my colleagues said that they would not use headphones with a neckband. That choice is ultimately up to you of course. No matter what your opinion is on the neckband, there is no doubt that the battery life greatly benefits from the presence of it. On their website, Bose claims 10 hours of battery life on a full charge. I found that my headphones were able to play 9-12 hours. The earbuds are Bose’s StayHear+ Tips and three sizes are included (small, medium, and large). The earbuds are very comfortable and fit nicely in the ear. On the right wire, there is an in-line remote. In my opinion, this in-line is one of the QC 30’s big plus. It has the usual volume up, volume down, play/pause/skip/answer call buttons. However, on the side, there are two different buttons and those control the level of noise cancellation. The buttons have a distinct shape/texture so that allows you to just press the desired button instead of trying to look down to see which one you are pressing. Overall, I really like the design of the headphones. It has great battery life, the earbuds are comfortable, there are large, tactile buttons, and the neckband (personally) is so light, you won’t notice it is there. 3. Noise Cancellation The noise cancellation on these headphones are stunning. One you put these on, the whole world is shut out. A lot of the exterior noise is reduced so that one can barely hear them. (For anyone that has owned the QC 25’s), the noise cancellation of the QC 30’s are almost on-par with the QC 25’s. There is also the added bonus of being able to adjust the level of noise cancellation, which is very useful when you want to quickly talk with someone for a moment. 4. Bluetooth Performance When connected to my phone, I can be one side of the house while my phone is on the other. There is no jagged “stuttering” when I am moving. The same can be said when paired only to my laptop. The problems start when they are connected to both. Bose’s app allows you to connect to two devices at the same time so that you can smoothly transition between them. However, when connected to both my laptop and my phone, the Bluetooth does not function properly. The sound disconnects and the connects back again every single second, which is very annoying. So, if I was listening to a song, I would hear one second, miss the next second, etc. This problem is intensified when you start to move. The sound is on and off so many times at such a high frequency that the headphones are practically almost useless. If you are eyeing these headphones for their “dual-device” functionality, I would suggest to look elsewhere. This problem may be because of my devices but I highly doubt it since I tried it on my family’s and colleagues’ devices. The same situation occurred. Overall, “single device” use is near flawless while the “dual-device” mode needs a lot of improvement. 5. The App (iOS version used for review) Bose offers a free app that goes along with the headphones. The app lets you change the level of noise cancellation, volume, see the battery life, use an auto-off timer, and have a “dual-device” connectivity feature (which I mentioned in the previous section). The app basically functions as an “overview” with a couple of extra features. It’s a nice bonus but not a complete necessity. 6. Small Other Miscellaneous Topics The QC 30’s come with a protective travel case. The case itself is circular and black with the Bose logo in the center. Inside, you can put your headphones and there is a little pocket to carry things around such as the charger. One thing that I missed that was on the QC 25’s and not on the QC 30’s is the power indicator. On the QC 25’s, you could easily tell if the headphones were turned on or not by an indicator light. On the QC 30’s, the power indicator light turns off until you interact with the power button, which was a minor annoyance. The $300 price tag is a little too much I believe. The sound is not quite as good and the Bluetooth performance is not always perfect, which leaves me wanting an (approximate) $250 price tag instead. Sound quality is one of the most important aspects of headphones so falling short in that category is not acceptable. Bluetooth connectivity is obviously also a very important aspect when considering wireless headphones. In my opinion, improving the sound quality as well as drastically improving the Bluetooth connectivity would justify its price. 7. Final Verdict In the end, the QC 30’s are a solid pair of wireless headphones that have a good sound quality as well as decent Bluetooth connectivity. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is look for a new pair of headphones are to anyone who is looking to transition to wireless headphones. Bose provides a solid and satisfying experience that is sure to make anyone happy!
I would recommend this to a friend
Bluetooth cuts out constantlyOctober 10, 2016
I've been waiting for these earbuds for a long time, and I have to say I'm somewhat disappointed so far. The sound quality is good, and the noise cancellation is excellent (although not as good as the QC 20s or QC 35s, surprisingly). And they are much more comfortable than they look--you might think that the neck band would be problematic, but it's so light that you forget it's even there, even after hours of usage. So there's a lot of good here. And just one drawback, but it's a doozy: Bluetooth connectivity. I experienced it first when walking from room to room when the QC 30s were paired to my iPhone. I thought maybe the Bluetooth range wasn't great--not ideal for a $300 pair of earbuds, but not a deal breaker. But this morning I paired the QC 30s with my brand new Apple Watch, and the same exact thing happened. I experienced the dreaded sound of drops, skips, and re-starts while going for a jog--it was if I'd been morphed back into the early 90s and was trying to jog while balancing a portable disc player on one elbow. To me, lousy Bluetooth connectivity IS a deal breaker. I can live with less noise cancellation effectiveness and a weak Bluetooth signal range, but it absolutely HAS to work with the Apple Watch (or any smart watch that is right there on your person). Unless this is a known issue that Bose plans a firmware upgrade for, I will probably end up exchanging these to see if I needed up with a defective unit. If the same problem continues, then I guess I'll be returning these altogether and waiting for the QC 40s debut. Disappointed but still optimistic that maybe I just got a bad pair--will update this review accordingly.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
- Brand ResponseOctober 11, 2016
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review of the QuietComfort 30. It is always great to hear what our customers have to say and we appreciate the feedback. In addition to the excellent sound quality and noise-cancellation, the headphones are designed to connect quickly and securely. We agree that a poor Bluetooth connection is a deal breaker, and we want you to be happy with your purchase.
From your description, it sounds like there may be something going on with the headphones themselves and we would definitely like to help. We stand behind our products with our warranty and our world class customer support. Please call our technical support group at 800-380-4831. We are here to help Monday through Friday 9am to 9pm EST. We look forward to hearing from you so that we can help you enjoy your music the way you should.
Much more awesome than expectedOctober 2, 2016
I've never really been a big fan of the LG-birthed design for wireless headphones that included the horse collar apparatus. That being said, these headphones are yet another homerun from Bose - joining the wired, over-the-ear ones I currently use. First off, the collar was less obtrusive than I had initially suspected it would be. The ear buds include a small, medium and large size to ensure the best fit. I was a little dismayed at having to put yet another app on my phone, but I'm so glad I did. As you can see from my pictures, this thing does a phenomenal job at eliminating noise - and you can adjust it based on your needs. One of my biggest pet peeves with wired ear bud sets is that I end up popping one of them out as I turn my head - not so with this one! Pros: ------- • Lightweight and comfortable • Awesome noise reduction • Sound output rivals wired headsets in quality • Great for long conference calls when my 6 year old is playing "police siren" in the house Haven't really found any cons yet - I will update my review if I find any. For now, do yourself a favor and pick up these guys! The price isn't any worse than you'd pay for a pair of Beats and, quite frankly, Bose knows audio better.
I would recommend this to a friend
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