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  • Pros mentioned:
    Buttons, Features, Listening to music

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My New Favorite Headphones!

    Posted .

    I love a good pair of headphones, so I was super excited to get the Bose QuietComfort 45. My spouse asked me when does a person have enough headphones… I mean, airpods II, Powerbeats pro, Addidas RPT -01, Beats Studio, Rocat gaming headphones ect… my answer… NEVER! They all have their own niche and job in my world and I use them all! But… the Bose 45’s are my new crown jewel!!! Just AMAZING! First off, when I got the box, I thought there might be a mistake in the order. The box seemed too small for a full size flag ship over the ear headphone to fit into such a small box. I opened the box and I saw the super sleek and stylish case. The case is quality all the way around. The case is rectangular which is the perfect shape that fits into a backpack, luggage, travel bag or desk drawer nicely (unlike the egg case of others…I’m looking at you Beats). Functionality is very important to me as the 45’s will be my new go to for work and travel, so it needs to be functional and look sleek and professional and Bose nailed it. I unzipped the case and I actually said, “wow”. I got the black set and they look so sleek and sexy in the case…a perfect fit with an extra foam piece that supports them as they lay inside and keeps them from moving around. The silver “Bose” logo on the cups are classy and understated but there is no mistaking that these are a pair of Bose. I was also impressed with how lightweight they are as I put them on. These are the most comfortable over the ear headphones I have ever worn hands down. They sit securely and snug but don’t feel tight. I really didn’t feel any pressure anywhere but also did not feel like they would fall off. The material on the cups and headband are premium, super soft and very very comfortable. I downloaded the app and began to sync the headphones to my iPhone but the headphones were dead! Not to worry. I googled how long it takes to charge the 45’s and read that a 15 minute charge gives me 3 hours! That’s really an awesome feature. Rapid USB C charging is awesome and I’m glad they went that way with these. After 10 minutes I had plenty of juice to get me going. The headphones synced quickly and I played around with the app. The app is really strait forward and basic…clean. There is no EQ settings which I’m not entirely sure how I fell about that. I have other headphones that allow for that but I never mess with it. When it comes down to it. I reach for the headphones and put them on and go! I’m there for what the head phones bring me…music, podcasts movies. I’m not there to piddle with the headphones internal sound profiles. Anyway, the things the app gives you is some “tips” that tell you about the buttons, it lets you toggle the “aware” mode and noise cancelling ect. All the things you can do with the app you can also do on the headphones them selves without the app. And the more time I spend with these amazing headphones the more I actually like that the functions are onboard with the headphones and not tied to the app only. The buttons are tactile, I can feel when I am on the center button that summons siri and the volume up and down. The buttons are super fast and responsive. I also like that I can pair it to my phone and laptop simultaneously!! Now I picked my first song to listen to… I am embarrassed to say… Taylor Swift – Cardigan (I just discovered this song) I have listened to this on all my headphones and Bose Quietcomfort 45’s blew me away. So balanced with the highs and midtones and the lowes. I heard backing tracks in the song that I didn’t notice before… Then something dawned on me…I am only hearing the music…nothing else ( I am in a busy office environment). It was like being in the studio with Swift. I mean it really was peaceful. Just me and the music and nothing else. I have listened to other noise cancelling (and I am not an audiophile to be sure) but I do know my way around headphones and I know what I was experiencing. Bose really has the noise cancelling locked in and it is world class. I took the phones off and on a few times and was truly amazed how silence descended on me and I was transported to the music. Just Wonderful. I wanted to push the bass a bit and went with Polo G’s Rapstar and Nipsey’s Racks in the Middle and while the mids and highs were phenomenal the bass wasn’t quite where I like it for rap and hip hop. That is personal preference to be sure and the noise canceling outweighs the lighter base in my opinion. After being mesmerized by the noise canceling, I toggled in the “aware” mode and it toggled quickly and effectively between the two modes. The aware mode is really nice because the silence can be disorienting a little in certain contexts like walking near a busy roadway. I want to hear the cars! I wanted to find the noisiest place at work to try the noise canceling limits and we have a full size gym with treadmills, tvs and weights clanking. I went at the most busy time and it sounds like a circus. I got on a treadmill and started walking. It was surreal to hear the noise disappear as I put the headphones on. No tv’s, no treadmill motor… I then listened to the quietest thing I listen to which is a science podcast and it was truly amazing and really enjoyable. I could hear the conversation so warm and clear it really added to the enjoyment tremendously. Podcasts are amazing on here!!! This brings me to a feature that is lacking (and maybe not practical ) but it is not sweat or water/splash proof! I have a pair of high-end headphones that are IPX4 which I will have to continue to use for heavy runs outside or stick with powerbeat pros. But like I said earlier…I have different headphones for different jobs. So that’s ok. I wish these did have some protection for sweat though. But the 45’s are more of a lifestyle type job for me. I plan to use them while I work on multimedia and isolation at work, or when I just want to escape and chill out. I also was very impressed with the phone call capability! You won’t miss a beat when someone calls you! Bravo Bose! I really love the 45’s! You can’t go wrong with these world class headphones! I highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Buttons, Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Microphone

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Maximum Comfort, Ultimate Sound, Top Notch Quality

    Posted .

    Most of my reviews tend to be long and wordy with background about why I got them and how they fit into my lifestyle. Not going to beat around the bush this time or dress this review up: the Bose QuietComfort 45 Noise Cancelling headphones are amazing! That’s the bottom line, I love the style, I love the package, and I love the way they perform! Ok, square one is the package which is really classy yet minimalist two piece black cardboard surrounded by the thin cardboard with the picture, name, and info on it. Remove the thin cardboard, lift the top off the black box, and you find a pleather zip-around carry case. Inside the headphones are folded and rotated (the ear cups turn 90 degrees one way and a tiny bit the other to allow for wearing and for fitting into the case). With the headphones you get a USB-C charging cable and an auxiliary cable for wired use with non bluetooth devices and there is a pocket inside the carry case to store both. The insert referred me to download the Bose app which walked me through registering and setting them up. It was fast and easy and while the controls aren’t intuitive out of the box (especially when trying to remember playback vs. phone use which overlap the same buttons at different times) the app walks you through the button use during setup and can be referenced back to at any time via the Tips button. As for the headphones themselves they are soft, squishy, comfortable and have a sound cancellation button on the left and the bluetooth, volume up and down, and a function button on the right with microphones on both. These are called the QuietComfort headphones for good reason: the sound cancellation mode makes everything around you vanish! If you don’t have any audio playing it's almost like a sound deprivation chamber (slightly hyperbolic but not by much, they’re REALLY quiet!) and once your audio is playing its crisp, clear, and as perfect as anything I’ve listened to. The Comfort part of the name comes from the way the headphones hug your head and surround your ears both blocking the sounds from outside without ever pressing on you uncomfortably. Everything I use is bluetooth these days so I can’t speak to if anything changes when going old school aux cable but I can’t imagine it would change the sound quality much if at all. I mentioned the function of these taking some getting used to and honestly I haven’t had as long as I’d like to get super comfortable but I’m getting used to them. With music you can up/down volume with the top and bottom buttons (duh, standard don’t fix what ain’t broke design logic) and the function button in between allows you to skip forward, backward, pause/play depending on how many times you press it. It works once you remember which is two taps and which is three. The left headphone has the noise cancellation button which is cool as it allows you to go from noise cancelling to active mode where you can hear what’s going on around you a little more using the microphones to pipe in some of your surroundings noise without being overwhelming or distracting. I live with kids so both modes are essential depending on what time of day it was and who was home, as I said they block all sound out when activated which is great for watching a movie during the day while my wife is around but could be turned off for naptime or nighttime use when my house is actually quiet for a change. Battery charging is listed as being 2.5 hours in the instructions, I didn’t time it but instead charged them overnight the first night and used them for a few hours over the next couple days without running out of battery but charged them back up again to avoid running out. They’ll be plenty long enough for a commute to school or work and back without any trouble. As an example today I took them from 100% to 90% with only about 75min of use. So the bottom line is these are some really premium headphones that will give excellent audio quality, block out the noise on the bus or let you be aware of your surroundings at the push of a button, last all day, and remain super comfy like a marshmallow around your ears while doing all that! Highly recommended, these are FANTASTIC!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Ease of Use
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    In the moment

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    The last headphones I purchased from Bose was the Soundlink (1st Gen) On Ear wireless. I caught wind of these QC 45’s via email from Best Buy. Sound signature is what comes to mind when I consider looking at Brands take on the audio game. Not an audiophile but a average user who love music to pass through the day. The ANC is incredible on these. Sound is very balanced & rich regardless of volume. These sit on my top tier list next to the Sony XM4’s. Worth the purchase.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Noise cancellation, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Bass

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing comfort and battery life

    Posted .

    I have several over the ear headphones. Many have great audio, but the comfort is where they tend to fall short. With the Bose QuietComfort 45 you will get AMAZING comfort with great audio as well! I have been using these for work and wearing them around 8 hours a day. I have the triple black version. You will see the box for these headphones and wonder if they are really in there. The box is so small! In the box you find the small rectangular case. This will easily fit into a briefcase, backpack, or luggage. In the case you find the headphones, aux cable and USB C charging cable. Mine was 70% charged when I opened the package. You download the Bose app to complete the set up. It was super easy to set up and connect to my Lenovo laptop and Pixel 4a 5G phone. The app is underwhelming. You can control your source connections; Noise cancelling mode (Aware is default) and volume. There is also a Tips option. There is no EQ setting which is a little disappointing. Many like to customize the sound using the EQ. The sound is great regardless of source. I have tried many sources and the sound is very balanced. Not too tinny and not too much bass. The bass is crisp and defined. But honestly, I have many headphones that sound great. The comfort is where there is no equal. My other over the ear headphone can be used for about 4 hours before they start being uncomfortable. I wanted a wireless headset for work connected to my laptop using Bluetooth. I have used these for at least 8 hours a day. 8 hours uses about 30 percent of the battery. I cannot believe how comfortable they are. I think this is because your ear tends to fit inside of the ear cups instead of the ear cups sitting on your ear. WELL DONE BOSE! The microphone works well for Teams calls or cellphone calls. I have had rare situations where people cannot hear me. I am still trying to determine the reason for this. But it is perfect 99% of the time. I disconnect and connect the headphones and this resolved the issue quickly. The controls are straight forward. The power on/off is on the outside of the right headphone (large R and L on the inside of the ear cup BTW). These actions are well described in the TIPS section of the Bose Music app. The left ear has the Action button. The right ear has the volume buttons and control button. In summary, I recommend these Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones. They deserve a 5 out of 5 rating. Everything is exactly as you would want with a minor exception of no EQ. If you like listening for long periods of time; or, using them for your work calls, I am not aware of a more functional and comfortable option. Also, a whole day of use only used about 30 percent to the battery. They are my new number 1 headphones. Nice job Bose!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality and Comfort is Key for the QC45

    Posted .

    The Bose QuietComfort 45 is set of wireless bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones is amazing addition to the audio enjoyment/work combination space of headphones. The first thing that you will notice while looking at the box is the color of the headphones. The black is classic color and has a nice matte finish that is quietly stated, but not too loud or reflective. Upon opening the box, you find the included case. The case is protective, yet it is not bulky. After opening the case, you find the QC45 headphones folded up nicely in the case, a 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable which enable you to listen in wired mode while the QC45 are powered on or off, and the USB-C charge cable. It is great that case and audio cable accessories come with headset, so you do not need to get additional items to ensure your headphones are ready for travel and most listening situations. After pulling the QC45 headphones out of the case, you notice how light they are and that they fold up and take up very little space. When you are starting the setup per the Quick Start guide, you will be directed to download the Bose Music app to pair to the QC45 to your bluetooth device. This was very quick and easy to do. 15 seconds or less and you will be up and running. The added benefit of the Bose Music app is that you can pair more bluetooth devices via the app by pressing Add New under Sources. Under the Sources area, you will see the list of bluetooth devices paired. The staple Multipoint feature allow for simple switching between the audio of two pair devices. It is works extremely well and is one of the best implementations of the feature. The addition of the Bluetooth 5.0 to QC line of headphones is a welcome inclusion which results in fast, stable connections that allow a great distance of walking away from bluetooth device while still maintain clear audio from the audio sources. Changing floors or go throughout your home and still listening while not taking your audio source with you is still an option. The audio is a high point of the QC45 headphones. It is a progression for the headphones line. The QC45 has an increased bass response while still maintaining highs and mids. Classical, pop, jazz, rock and just a few of music genres that sparkle with QC45. Audiobooks, podcasts, movies, and Youtube videos sound great also. To control this sound, you have all physical buttons for volume up/down, play/pause/skip/rewind/voice assistant/answer calls/end calls, and the Action button for Quiet Mode/Aware Mode. Audio sounds great while in Quiet Mode or Aware Mode as well and does not have a drop off in Aware Mode. Lastly, the audio captured by the mic is clear and will be well received those listening to you talking. The QC45 increases the clarity of calls with additional mics while minimizing outside noise while you are talking. The noise cancellation features can be controlled via the Action button or the Bose Music app. You can toggle between Quiet Mode (which is one level) or Aware Mode which sounds natural and feeds in outside audio well while diminishing the audio from your connected source. Lastly, the battery for the QC45 has a 24 hour capacity. Listening sessions/use and reaching for a plug as no longer a concern. When I do need a quick charge, the transition to USB-C makes getting back to listening in 15 mins a breeze (3 hrs of play time). The QC45 is a powerhouse pair of headphones that sounds great, allows you to sound great with its plethora of mics, keeps out the sound unless you allow it in, literally lasts all-day, and is light and compact. This is one of the best and most versatile noise-cancelling headphones available.

    Features

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Buttons, Features, Noise cancellation

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable, with exceptional noise cancellation

    Posted .

    Verdict: Overall, the Bose QC 45 is solid pair of noise-cancelling headphones that will make most buyers very happy for years. It does ANC supremely well, but I think it falls short in other categories compared to similarly priced headphones. Initial impression. Wow the case is small. I am pretty impressed that Bose managed to fit full size Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) headphones in such a small case, enabled by nicely designed folding hinges. The headphones feel very comfortable. I definitely notice that they look smaller on my head then other high end headphones. Features. The ANC is certainly the best feature of these headphones. There is also an app that works well to establish and manage connections, but it really doesn’t do much more. The headphone has a dedicated button to activate the “aware” feature so that you can hear your surroundings. You can also connect to two devices simultaneously, and choose which one to listen to. These headphones manage all your Bluetooth devices nicely, with the slide button able to cycle through your Bluetooth devices until you hear the correct one. The guide provides a good explanation on how this feature works. Unfortunately, I have to say that I was very disappointed about the lack of features. I expected to find an equalizer in the app, but there was none. These headphones do not pause music automatically when you remove them. It seems like this has become a standard feature on listening devices. There is no option for automatically activating awareness when speaking, or to program behavior for sound and awareness based on location. I think that headphones at this price point should leverage technology to improve use experience. Don’t get me wrong, these headphones are fantastic, but they will not be my “go-to” headphones because I have been spoiled by the features from another brand of headphones. Buttons. The prominent button on the right side turns the headphones on and off. I like this button. It’s simple and unambiguous. There are three more buttons on the right side, which control volume, play/stop, and skip. They also answer calls and activate the voice assistant. I dislike these buttons very much. It takes me a second to find them, and then I need to feel for which one I want to press, and then I am still trying to figure out if I actually pressed it because there is almost no tactile feedback. Muscle memory and leading with the thumb to find the buttons will make reaching for the buttons easier over time, but the buttons should really be better differentiated to quickly feel which one to use. The left side of the headphones has one button that activates the awareness feature so that you can hear your surroundings. I have the same comment on this button; not so easy to find, and not enough tactile feedback. Once you press it, the aware feature does come on really fast and works well. Comfort. I wore these for a good 12 hours in one day while on a long business trip. They are by far the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn. I even slept with them on the plane for several hours. The pressure on the ears is adequate to maximize noise isolation, while still providing optimal comfort. Sound. These headphones provide crisp and clear sounds, with exceptional highs and mids. However, I felt that the lows were lacking. I listened to several music genres with both the Bose headphones and with my other headphones in the same price range, and I easily noticed the difference in the bass, and I preferred the music from the other headphones because of the better lows. To compensate for the lack of lows, I now change the iPhone equalizer to “bass booster” when using the Bose headphones. While the noise cancellation feature on these is outstanding, I think the ANC performance is comparable to my other headphones, with the other pair performing better in some cases, perhaps because they fit tighter on my ears. Battery life. These headphones advertise 24 hours of continuous play. I haven’t tested that, but I can say that I used them for 12 nearly-consecutive hours and battery life didn’t cross below 50%. I am really impressed with how long these headphones can go. Things I like: - Noise cancellation is outstanding - These are the most comfortable headphones I own - Battery life is exceptional - The awareness feature activates very quickly when the button is pushed - Easy to use with streamlined buttons and operation, no extra features to complicate usage - They fold into the smallest storage case I have seen for full-size ANC headphones - Easy to toggle between Bluetooth devices - Easy activation of voice assistants (like Siri) Things I don’t like: - When folded, some plastic parts of the headphones touch other plastic parts. Overtime, this will cause scratching. The headphones came with some padding to separate the plastic parts. Am I supposed to keep using this loose padding? Why not integrate the padding in the case like a mold? - Besides the “on” button, the buttons are not great for me… they are hard to find, they are hard to differentiate quickly, and they provide no tactile feedback so I don’t know if am pressing them or not - I think the sound of these headphones lack lows - The lack of technology features was very disappointing for me because it’s a missed opportunity to leverage available technology to improve the user experience, maximize convenience, and turn a headset into a smart accessory. Maybe the beauty of these headphones is their simplicity, and shedding all the fluff… This will no-doubt be ideal for some, but for me, a pair of headphones isn’t just a pair of headphones anymore; it’s a smart interface for the world around us. - I am not impressed with the voice chosen for prompts (turning on/off, and aware/ANC). It sounds like a robot, not at all natural, and of low-quality audio. Although, I did notice that it is able to read fairly accurately, i.e. my name and Bluetooth devices. Overall, this is a solid pair of ANC headphones. I think they make for ideal travel headphones because they fold into a small case, they are light, battery life is exceptional, ANC performs very well to drown out travel noise, and they are comfortable enough to wear continuously for 12+ hours. Nevertheless, these lack some things that are important to me, so my go-to pair of headphones for 90% of my usage will remain another pair. I would give these 4.25 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Bose
      Posted .

      Hello! Thanks for leaving your thoughts on the new QC45 headphones. I am so glad that you like so many aspects of the new design, such as the lightweight feel and the easy activation of the voice assistants. Did you know that in the design, glass-filled nylon reinforces the headband to protect against falls and maintain its shape and the custom cast metal in each pivot point is built with a cast-metal hinge, so they’ll stay strong and durable?

      At Bose, we love to hear our customers feedback, so we can look to improve our products in the future. Thank you for giving such detailed feedback. I will be sure to pass it onto the development team. In the meantime, we have some great steps here https://bose.life/2ZIF35l to increase the bass on the headphones.

      Do reach out to us if you would like to discuss anything further, we would love to hear from you.

      Kind Regards,
      Tori Mae - Bose Customer Support bose

  • Pros mentioned:
    Buttons, Features, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Wiring

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The name says it all

    Posted .

    Quiet Comfort is an accurate name. The first thing I want to focus on is the noise cancelling is the best I’ve used for giving a really quiet environment. I can hear normal voices through it but really it is more designed to cut out everything. The biggest thing is that I don’t feel that vibration through my head like I do with other headsets that have such great noise attenuation characteristics. The button to turn off noise cancellation is on the left side and is a single larger button. There are two modes, quiet and aware. I’m used to an off one and I was a little worried about being forced to aware… until I used it and my youngest hurt himself while I was using them in aware and I realized it was cutting down his screaming instead of just amplifying everything like I’m used to aware being on headphones. I think comfort should be addressed next and these excel here too. I am absolutely impressed how comfortably the sit on my head. The ear cushions are soft but don’t just collapse, they don’t clamp on my head too tight but also are tight enough that I’m not worried about them falling off. Part of the comfort is the build quality. I must say it just feels solid and well built. They aren’t the lightest, but they are far from heavy, and I feel like it is a good balance between the two. There are a few features I really like about the build that are more about usability than comfort. The on button is on the side and is a slide on and off button. Both these design choices should be lauded in my opinion. I am always hitting the power button instead of the play pause. With just three buttons on the side, it is extremely easy to figure out which one is the play/pause or volume buttons. Then the slide feature makes it extremely easy to know if they are on or off and to instantly. Sound quality is always extremely important in headphones, and they sound great better than most even using Bluetooth with a maximum of standard definition music with that type of connection. Though you can’t really take advantage of how great they sound without using the Aux cord and having a quality DAC. This is where there were some disadvantages. The USB C is for charging only so no using that port for music. The Aux output is 2.5mm instead of the standard 3.5mm so my Aux to USB C cord wasn’t going to work. I pulled out my old LG that has a build in quad DAC and listened to some Ultra HD songs and they sound absolutely amazing. Now if you are into just getting blasted by base these might not be your favorite headsets. However, the clarity across ranges is just hard to beat. For me, I absolutely love sitting down and listening to some TSO with these on, I feel like I am there and can pick out the individual instruments. I wish they would have included a 2.5mm Aux to USB C as well as a 2.5mm Aux to 3.5mm Aux cable as 2.5mm isn’t a common size too much anymore. Though to be fair I will probably only use the aux cable on these in situations where the battery is dead (yes, this guy works when the switch is off and you’re using it with the aux cable. There is a Bose app that lets you control the headset with a little finer detail as well as add multiple devices (at least 3) and jump between them when you want too. Other than that, it will allow you to change mode, volume, and give you tips. Lastly, I want to just say I love the carrying case. It is high quality; it has a pouch for the cords. Overall, I feel like these are the perfect on headphones to tune out the world, but also if you want to let it in these will still alleviate the harsh sounds by only letting some of the noise in… like people talking.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Listening to music, Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    QC45 checks ALL the Boxes (*with 1 Caveat*)

    Posted .

    I listen to a wide variety of music, and gleefully enjoyed everything from albums to singles, from Classic Rock - Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Boston, Journey, Santana (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”), Jeff Beck (“Cause We Ended as Lovers”), Larry Mitchell (“Unforgotten”), Traffic (“Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys”), Sting (“Fragile, Fields of Gold”) etc to Blues and Jazz - Coletrane, Miles Davis (1959 Kind of Blue in Dolby Atmos* is a fantastical experience, …like pressure washing, it’s hard to stop ;-), Dave Brubeck (“Take Five”), Jazz at the Pawnshop, including Pop Ellie Goulding (“Lights”), plus many others including favorite Amber Rubarth (“Strive (Binaural))”. Full playlist available upon request. Some of the most fun I’ve had listening in a while though I must admit is Apple Music’s Spacial Audio playlist (even without dynamic head tracking AirPod Pro earbuds offer) as well as Dolby Atmos tracks. Whilst reviewing my Listening notes certain adjectives seem to reoccur, *Punchy, *dynamic, *whisper quiet, *lively, *engaging, did I say quiet, *textured, *layered, *balanced, etc. This is undoubtedly the absolute BEST audio noise reduction I’ve experienced. Almost uncomfortably quiet, you can hear yourself think. Working outdoors with a belt sander I had to be careful without the vibration of the device I’d surely have injured myself ;-) I could however hear the impact driver and nail gun, though quite muted. Pressing the only left button switches to Aware mode letting you hear the external environment more safely. The Bose QC in Quiet mode silences external noise and seemed to allow me to better focus more intently on certain instruments placements, with far better separation that I remember from previous Bose products. Color me impressed. Pros +USB-C +Durability +Balanced +Battery Life +Lightweight +Comfortable +Ease-of-use +Sound Quality +Bose Music iOS App +Binary On/Off Switch +Noise rejecting mic for calls +Whisper quiet noise reduction Cons -does not support dynamic head tracking (Apple problem) -mids could be a slight tad bit more forward and pronounced -not as “rich” or “spacial” as reference Shure Aonic A50 cans Conclusion If you seek the absolute best noise cancellation, ease-of-use, long battery life, and exhibit brand loyalty you can’t go wrong. These new QC45 hit the magic formula : fit, sound quality, comfort, noise cancelling. They check all the boxes and you won’t be disappointed. However with respect to my valued readers, I’d be remiss if I failed to caveat listeners who prioritize sound quality. In good conscious I must admit that when comparing to my reference Shure Aonic 50 headphones, the Shure A50 exhibit more detailed midrange with sound quality that brought both me (and my wife for another set of ears) a deeper emotional connection and more fulfilling engagement with the music, though a tad heavier, and lacking Bose’s world class noise cancellation. Recommended Conditional Buy

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Buttons, Sound quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Price

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice, but expensive for the sound quality

    Posted .

    Make no mistake, Bose produces products of the highest quality and represent some of the best audio products on the market. And yes, these are are well built and are about as sturdy as you can get for a set of headphones. The ear cups are very comfortable, and your ears don't get as hot as they do with others of the same style. Plus they are labelled with R and L so you can easily see what ears they are for. There is an on/off switch that is so easy to turn on and off, a very welcome engineering change from the norm. The buttons are laid out well, and easy to figure out after a couple of times using them. Battery life is excellent. Connection and the app are easy to connect and always connect. No failures on connection. Of course it comes in Bose premier packaging and with a very nice case to keep them in. They are very well protected in the case. They fold easily and fit right in. The only thing I'll say though, is that while these are top shelf headphones, that will probably last a lifetime, they are a bit pricey for the sound quality. I don't know if I'm 100% sold on the sound quality of these headphones. They are nice, no doubt, and feel great to use, feel like they are made very well, and command a Bose presence. But in some ways I'm thinking the sound quality of these is not what I expected from Bose. Maybe it is because bluetooth is limited on what it can push out? I tried everything I could to get them to sound like the price point they are at, but I was torn; is the sound really better than other headphones? They are great, yes. But are they worth the large price increase over something else? That will be for you to decide. But do understand they are a nice set of headphones, and they are quality made. Better than anything else I've tried. Just not sure the sound quality is at the level I've come to expect from Bose products. Maybe as I use them longer, and they "break in" , which I've heard does really happen, they'll come to produce the sound I'm used to from Bose.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply put? The best there is.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I recently tested several pair of ANC Headphones. The Sony WH-1000XM4s and the Sennheiser Momentum 3s and PXC 550iis, I was thoroughly disappointed in all three of those models. They all displayed broken connectivity via BlooToof 5, continually dropping the signal entirely or stuttering connectivity that made it sound like it was 1955. Their noise cancelling was nothing to write home about and I was none too happy with that (or the poor connectivity for that matter!). Additionally, the touch controls of these headphones are nothing but fluff and nonsense. In the real world tactile buttons are much better. Familiarity does not breed contempt, it ensures COMFORT. There is SPACE aplenty on each of these 'phones to have had real buttons that you can use but apparently these manufacturers wanted to be "cutting edge". No thanks. I have a pair of Sony XB950N1 that are vastly superior in connectivity and noise cancelling to all three of the models I just mentioned. They have easy to locate and use buttons too. And yes, I did any firmware updates that each 'phone recommended. The Sony WH-1000XM4 update was useless. And then... ...I bought the Bose QC45s. They work. They work as advertised. No problems before or after firmware updates. Their app works just fine too and works with my Bose Soundware Companions and my Bose Tempo Frames too! The QC45s have the best ANC available bar none. They have zero BlooToof connectivity issues (YES!) and they have real buttons! I have seen reviews where the person claims that the WM4s will block out a lawnmower. Pfffffft! That is a canard if ever there were one. None of these headphones will do that. I tested them with our Dyson V7 Animal vacuum and the remove the sound of the power head quite well but the motor itself can still be heard. The QC45 is better but you can still hear the vacuum motor. I can still easily hear my music when vacuuming but am more than aware a vacuum is running. LOL! Not a big deal and if it is to you, then you don't want headphones you want stickem-in-your-ear-plugs, LOL! Listen to music when you are done vacuuming. The QC45 is excellent when compared to anything else currently on the market. They have real buttons (easy to find and use!), are beautiful to look at, feel and look like what they are, i.e., a QUALITY product made to last and reproduce music superbly with or without the ANC on. I do NOT require 57 levels of noise reduction. On or offf is just fine. The aware mode on the QC45s does just that. It allows you to be more aware of what is going on around you. I did not use the voice assistant as I can touch the screen on my cell phone, DAP (Digital Audio Player) or Grace Digital Link (the finest internet "streamer" available and the most affordable too!) to make my selection(s). I cannot think of a viable or reasonable reason any sane (read: NOT a frAudiophile or audiofool, LOL!) would not think (as opposed to "feeeeeel") the Bose QC45s are not an excellent, quality product worthy of one's own hard earned money. Highly recommended? You betcha! Trust me. I know what I'm doin' when I'm reviewin'!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Noise cancellation, Sound quality

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME noise cancelling! Great sound too!

    Posted .

    These are really nice premium over the ear headphones. Very easy to setup with my iPhone and Mac as well. Noise cancelling is excellent (can't wait to try them on an airplane). Very comfortable on my head and ears, even after over and hour straight. Battery life is excellent too. Only went down 30% after about 5+ hours total use (maybe my volume wasn't super high). Sound quality is very good. Wish it had a little more bass, but very very good. And they fold nicely in relatively compact case. These will definitely be my go-to headphones for listening in the house and travel!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Unhappy

    Posted .

    Bad purchases and very uncomfortable has a lot of pressure and hurts your ears

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The pioneers of ANC headphones are at it again.

    Posted .

    Face it, you're likely reading this review knowing you're probably going to hear some great praise about this Bose product simply because... it's Bose, it's noise cancelling headphones, and when you do the math... they go hand in hand! The Bose QuietComfort series is one of the most popular and best-selling line of consumer headphones on the market today, and with increasing competition from the likes of Sony and Apple, it only makes sense for Bose to continue improving their flagship ANC headphones lineup and sticking to and trusting their own DNA to deliver an exceptional product you'll be enjoying for years. I mean... it only took them 5 years to get to this point. The QC45 improves on sound quality (of course), battery life (of course...) and comfort (need I say it again?). These are the three main pillars virtually most of you scrolling through these reviews are wanting answers to, and I'll keep it short and simple. 1. The sound quality is definitely there and definitely Bose when it comes to delivering even tonality. Of course, if you're looking for strong bass cues from these, you're going to want to aim for the Sony XM4's instead. 2. The battery life is improved from the QC35 and while Bose promises 24 hours of continuous play, you're realistically going to experience about half that if you're using ANC. 3. They are definitely more comfortable than the QC35's but in my opinion Sony's WH-1000XM4's are still just a tad bit gentler on the ears and can wear them longer without feeling much discomfort. Not too bad though and definitely an improvement from the QC35 given that the ear cups aren't pleated like before. 4. Okay and I'll throw price in here as well, because the QC45's are actually *less* expensive this time around at $330 compared to $400 for the QC35's at time of launch and $350 for the Sony XM4's. I also like the case design and it being more compact than other ANC headphone cases. As with all new Bose audio hardware releases from the last couple of years, you will set up your QC45's using the Bose Music app and get all of the software functionality configured and enabled to your liking. I recommend the Bose QC45's to existing Bose QC fans that want something new and their existing headphones are starting to show signs of age/wear and tear or are ready to be handed down to a close friend or family member. Those of you not familiar with Bose's family of consumer audio products should definitely give these a try, but do keep in mind that Bose tends to have a certain "palette" of sound not everyone will find pleasing, especially those wanting to find a bass-heavy kind of headphone. For you I'd recommend the other products mentioned in this review, I don't want to keep mentioning them and steal Bose's thunder because overall, the QC45's are a solid choice if you decide to make these your next pair of daily or travel headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Buttons, Listening to music, Noise cancellation
    Cons mentioned:
    Wiring

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great ANC, very good music.

    Posted .

    These are very good for the purpose they are made for. I can listen to my music or audiobooks quietly at night even though a cyclone fan running nearby. The music also sounds good for most of the tracks in general. ANC: For calls, I tested them with the HVAC unit running and I could not hear the sound of the AC unit. While walking my dog on a windy day, there was some minor noise that could not be filtered but most of the wind noise was filtered. While playing music on some toys, I called my wife and asked if she can hear the music, and she said she did not hear a difference in "aware" and "quiet" mode. For me, the sound was dampened a lot though not eliminated. Call quality: I have made a few calls since I get these and no one had complained about my voice so guess it all is good here. Fit and Ease of Use: They fit nicely and are much lighter than the typical headphones I use. (X2HR, K550, HE4XX), this and no wires make them more likely to be used while not sitting. The on/off/pair button is very good and easy to use, I could do it without taking them off my head. The other cup has media/call control buttons, and they take some getting used to but I liked that they are actual physical buttons instead of touch control. Setup was a breeze and it connected to multiple of my devices (Phone, Tablet, TV) without fail, every single time. Battery life: I did not get the 24 hrs battery life as quoted, which makes sense as it depends on what sound level and ANC you are running them but I did get around 15-16 hrs. Music Quality: These have the Bose signature sound which they are known for, emphasis on bass, and slightly increased highs(treble). The V-shaped sound these can produce is fun to listen to and that is how I typically listen to. The only small gripe I have is that the V-shape does not sound well in some songs and there isn't an equalizer. As there isn't an equalizer in the app so if you need it, you are limited to what the app offers. It will be a great addition to the app if they bring it in the future to allow for some customization to sound signature irrespective of the app I am going to use.  Music Comparison: In gaming, X2HR sounds much airy as it is an open-back can, X2HR does sound shrilly in certain cases though which these don't. In close cans comparison, I liked K550's sound better than these but only slightly. I say these are 4.5 if K550s are 4.7. Summary: I think they rock for what they are, great noise-canceling headphones, great ease of use, and very good sounding headphones which you can just grab and go and start listening to instantly. Yes, there are headphones out there that can sound better(sound is subjective anyway) but this is a great package and I recommend it. P.S.: My wife's job requires her to talk to a lot of people, mine is a quiet thinking type. Typically you can hear her across the floor. When I put these on and I was around 15 feet away, I thought I am hearing someone on the speaker at the other end of her call. I say that is a massive improvement.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Buttons, Features, Listening to music
    Cons mentioned:
    Volume

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Noise Cancelling Headphones!

    Posted .

    The Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones are a great set of headphones! I am a previous owner of the Bose QuietComfort 15 Wired headphones. I have enjoyed the 15's for many years and they still work great, but I am really excited to have the new 45's for the wireless feature and all the improvements made over the years. Following are the pros and cons I found in testing out these headphones. Pros: - I have to start with the sound quality. I have tested these headphones out with a variety of genres and types of music - loud and soft, female and male singers, acoustic, instrumental, and hard rock. Everything I played sounds incredible. I am very pleased with the sound quality. The bass response is great and they are very nicely balanced. Some noise cancelling headphones don't sound as good with active noise cancelling turned on, but I couldn't tell the difference in the sound whether the noise cancelling feature was turned on or not. They just sound great all around. - The next most important feature is the noise cancelling technology. This is another area where Bose really shines. The noise cancellation is incredible, as I expected it would be. Even better than my old QC15's. It is simple to use, as there is one button on the ear cup to switch between Quiet or Aware mode. I haven't flown since getting these, but I am confident they will block out all the unwanted airplane noise. I have tested them standing next to a loud furnace and a TV and people talking. With Quiet on, I couldn't hear any of it. You just hear the music. I also like the Aware feature. When in Aware mode, they are still very quiet and block out most noise, but you can at least hear if something is going on around you. If someone was talking to you or there are announcements on a plane, for example, you can hear enough to know you need to pause the music and listen. While I will mostly listen in Quiet mode, I can see where Aware will come in handy. - These headphones are also very comfortable. First, I don't know how they manage to make such a quality set of headphones so light. I've tried a lot of headphones, and the Bose QuietComfort 45's are the lightest I've ever tried. Plus they a have well-cushioned set of ear cups and headband. I have worn these headphones all day long for work, switching between video meetings and music and they remained comfortable all day long. While they are extremely light for over-the-ear headphones, they still appear and feel very well-made and durable. The design and the way they fold is fantastic. - They ae extremely easy and intuitive to use. You just download the Bose Music App and easily connect to Bluetooth, or you can connect directly to your phone with the simple push of a pairing button. There are 4 other buttons on the earcups. On one side you have a multifunction button that allows you to play/pause music or calls, skip forward or backwards tracks, raise and lower volumes, and access your device's voice assistant. The other earcup has a button used to switch between noise cancellation and aware mode, or mute calls. The location and feel of the buttons make them very easy to use. - Phone calls also sound great with these headphones. I have used them on several WebEx and Zoom meetings and the sound is very clear and the other participants can hear me clearly also. Again, the on-earcup buttons make it easy to answer, hang up, mute, change volume, answer a second call, combine calls, etc. - The Bose Music App is also a nice feature to use with these headphones. Besides providing an easy way to pair via Bluetooth, it provides useful product tips for all features of the headphones, allows you to use the app to switch between devices (sources), access many of the features that can also be done via the earcup buttons, shows the battery percentage, provides access to a number of settings and the ability to set some preferences, provides answers to common questions, and allows you to name the headphones. Overall it is a useful app. - Another great feature of these headphones is how compact the carrying case is that they fold into. I loved this feature on my older Bose headphones, but they have managed to make the case even more compact. The design of how the headphones fold up allow them to fold into a nice leather case that is only 8.25" x 5.5" x 2.25" in size. The case protects them well and has a pocket for cords too. The compact size makes them great for packing in carry-on luggage, carrying with you to work, sticking in a briefcase, etc. - The battery life on these headphones is stated to be 24 hours, which is incredible. I have not used them for that long at one time, but I have used them for two full work days before recharging and they still had over 30% battery life left. - Comes with a USB-C cord for charging and another nice feature is that they come with a 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable to plug it into audio devices. It is nice they include this cable as it allows you to plug it into an airplane system or any other device. If you do happen to run out of battery, then you can still use them when plugged in with this cord. Cons: There is really not much I can come up with here, except I wish the 12" USB-C charging cable was a little longer. It is plenty long if you plug into your computer, but if you plug it into a charging block and then into a wall outlet, you have to put something under it as it is not long enough to reach the floor. Overall I am very excited about these headphones! They are going to serve me well for many years to come! I would definitely recommend them.

    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Bose
      Posted .

      Hello Bergm, thanks so much for leaving your thoughts on the new QC45 headphones. I am so glad to hear how much you love them and all of the features they have to offer such as world-class audio and noise cancelation. I will be sure to pass your feedback regarding the length of the charging cable to the development team.

      Tori Mae - Bose Customer Support bose

  • Pros mentioned:
    Buttons, Features, Listening to music

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Another home run by Bose!

    Posted .

    I use a set of QuietComfort 35 headphones most of the time, but am wearing out my second set of earcups. The first thing I noticed when I put these on was how much more comfortable they are than the 35s! On my laptop, the setup was the same as any other Bluetooth device - quick and easy. Within seconds, I was up and running and the sound was just as good as the old ones. On my phone, the Bose Music App took a little longer to get going. I had to reboot my Moto G Stylus after installing the app since it kept dropping right after it connected. Once I restarted, it was nearly trouble-free the rest of the evening. I had a bit of stutter once in a while and am trying to narrow down whether it is the app or something else on my phone causing the interruptions. The laptop had none of that, so I will have to test it on a few other devices to see what is up. It isn't frequent enough to figure out, so it may take a bit of sitting back and listening to tinker with it! I was immediately impressed when I hit the "Action" button and could hear what was going on in the room around me. I LOVE the noise cancelling features of these and the 35s, but there are times when I had to move them off my ears so I could monitor what was going on around me. The sound is very good, with deep lows and clear highs from the ripped-from-cd music I have. I was very happy with the quality as it is such a contrast to some of my older headphones and headsets. I used my old QC 35s for Zoom meetings and am really enjoying using these 45s for that as the ability to switch between noise-cancelling and open sound is really helpful at times. That just adds a big, useful feature for me. I tend to use these in a lot of situations rather than just listening to music and find them very capable in many different settings. I am very happy that Bose decided to come out with another version in the QuietComfort line. I have recommended them for several friends and relatives and everyone has been happy with them. It is sometimes hard to talk people into spending this much when there are so many cheaper options out there, but once you try them on and listen for a few seconds, the price seems much more reasonable! I am looking forward to wearing out the cups on these over the next few years! Thank you Bose for another great product!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Features, Listening to music, Noise cancellation
    Cons mentioned:
    Bass

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Similar style, Great Audio but a couple of flaws

    Posted .

    So straight away i wanted to say that these are so similar in style to the previous version the QC 35II that its tough to distinguish the physical difference. Two ways you can are the USB C port and the stamped bose logo, everything else is much the same. So first let's talk comfort. the QC range has always been really comfortable and these are no different. They are for me the most comfortable headphones I have worn. From the clamping pressure to the feel on-ear, Bose knows how to make comfortable cans. Noise cancelling is a step up this year and it rivals the competitors. joint class-leading in my opinion and blocks out all the right noise. Transparency mode also lets in enough audio without destroying your experince. Battery life is also improved enabling me to squeak a couple of extra hours out of them. When it comes to the listening experience im finding them to sound a lot like the QC 35ii so dont go expecting some major upgrade in audio tuning in these. The bass is subdued so if your looking for a full bass forward experience then these may not be for you. These do however shine in music with string instruments and clear vocals. everythig is pretty detailed like they were previously. No AptX or LDAC which is the same as previous version and thats a shame. I was hopijng for one or both to be inluded. Some of the flaws are that you can't listen while charging, why? i have no idea. Also, you have to have either ANC enabled or Transparency, you cantr turn them both off completely which is an annoyance. You cant listen to these as wired over USB C neither which baffles me. Overall much the same with some added features and better battery. If you are looking for some new improved audio then you wont find it here but these are now up to date with features and still stand tall with comfort

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Cadillac of Noise Cancelling Headphones

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    Posted .
    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    I upgraded my already insanely good Bose QC35 headphones for the newest one. Great Bose sound as you would expect. It has a mode that lets you be "aware" of your surroundings and another where you are immersed in that quality sound. Both modes are superb. Headphones are comfortable and do not squeeze my eyeglasses as some do. Battery life is exceptional. This is the Cadillac of noise cancelling headphones.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy them!

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    Posted .

    These are better than I ever expected. My son owns the 35 version and he "loves them". I decided to spend a few extra bucks to get the latest version. I use them primarily for watching TV, especially movies - I like the volume on LOUD but sound travels everywhere in my "open concept" house; gotta keep the wife from going insane. I expected clean highs and mids from Bose but was also surprised at how good the bass is on these - they really rumble. They are also fairly light and fit well. I am completely happy with my purchase. Also, I got them a week earlier than Amazon was promising, which shocked me. Glad I checked with Best Buy. Buy them, I'm sure you'll love them.

    Features

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pros mentioned:
    Buttons, Listening to music, Noise cancellation

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable, Easy to Use and Sound Great

    Posted .

    The Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones are my second set of Bose headphones, and I chose them because of my previous great experience. They're extremely comfortable. I always worry about over the ear headphones being too small and pressing on my ears in certain spots, but these have plenty of space and my entire ear fits inside (and my ears are not small). Comfort and sounds go hand in hand for me. Bad sound while comfortable is useless. Great sound that you don't want to use because they're uncomfortable is just as useless. But the sound is great. There aren't any options to change the sound like some headphones, but I don't find myself missing them. The voices are clear and bass distinct. I really enjoy listening to music with these. There aren't very many options and buttons, but that's a good thing. They're easy to use. One button on left that turns Noise Cancelling on and off, 3 buttons on the right for play/pause/skip and volume up, volume down. The power button is also on the right. Speaking of the Noise Cancelling, it works exactly as it should. Push the button and nearly all noise is removed. Barely the faintest sound of the TV was there as my kids watched, but I had to listen for it as opposed to it popping through over my music. Some of the best noise cancelling I've ever used. Battery life has been great so far. I'm not a heavy user, but I have been sharing them with my daughter, and a few hours of use per night might take 15-20% of the battery. Very efficient, so far. These Bose QuietComfort 45 are a great upgrade from my previous Bose headphones. The old ones still sound great after 4 years and are still comfortable, but not nearly as comfortable as these and don't sound as good. You' should expect a better product after that much time and I got it. I would recommend these to anyone, especially if you want simple to use, comfortable, great sounding headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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