Earbuds – Bose QuietComfort Earbuds or Apple Airpods?

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Image

One of the most recent earbuds made by Bose is the QuietComfort Earbuds. We all know that there are a lot of different kinds of earbuds available. What makes the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds stand out? Is it worth putting one on over the Airpods Pro? Let’s learn more it in the review that follows.

It is well known in the audio industry that Bose makes one of the best earbuds that block out noise. They are also the pioneer of noise-cancellation earphone and headphone. In that direction, Bose is also one of the market leader for these type of audio devices. Even though Bose has always been the best in its field, the RM1099 Apple AirPods Pro are a new challenge for the QuietComfort Earbuds. That aside, lets take a look at how the latest Bose QuietComfort Earbuds stack up.

Features and Color Range of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds come in Beige, Black, Soapstone, Stone Blue, and Sandstone, and their earpieces are big but not heavy. Compared to the AirPods Pro, the earpieces take up a lot of space in your ear, but the fit is otherwise great & comfortable – just like what its name suggest. Before the noise cancellation come into play, a good seal takes care of a lot of the background noise passively. So all of this work goes into making a secure, strong in-canal seal, which is the secret to good in-ear ANC. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds come with three different sets of eartips and earfins that work together to make a custom fit and seal for your ears.

Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds image from Bose Malaysia premium resellers, Ifuture.com.my

From what we can see on the Bose website, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are described as earbuds that reduce background noise first and foremost. Because of this, Bose made the QuietComfort Earbuds with advanced technologies to block out background noise and improve sound quality, as well as StayHear® Max tips to make them as comfortable as possible to wear. If you get rid of all the noise, you’ll only hear the music, and your love for it will be clear. Skateboarding, painting graffiti, making things out of wood, and anything else that makes you stand out. You can’t find any other wireless earbuds that are as convenient or as good as these.

Quiet Mode and Aware Mode

There are also a “Quiet Mode” and a “Aware Mode” on the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. In Quiet Mode, the Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology blocks out background noise, so you can focus on the music and hear every nuance. There are times, though, when it’s important to be able to hear what’s going on nearby. That is when the Aware Mode come into play.

To turn on Aware Mode, just double-tap the left earbud. Thanks to the Aware Mode and ActiveSenseTM technology built into the new Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, you can now listen to music and still be aware of your surroundings. And if the noise around you gets too loud, ActiveSenseTM will adjust the level of noise cancellation to bring the decibel level down to something you can handle. So, you can hear everything clearly and be comforted that you will not be blasted with noise pollution.

Sound signature

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds offer crystal-clear sound at any volume thanks to their innovative technologies and unique acoustic architecture. It’s important to remember that this isn’t just a small thing. Most earbuds lose the bass when the volume is turned down, which makes the music sound thin and muffled. Bose solved this problem by making a volume-optimized Active EQ, which boosts highs and lows to keep the balance of frequencies the same no matter how loud the music is.

Touch Control on QuietComfort Earbuds

The simple touch control comes next. The earbuds can be controlled with simple capacitive gestures. This makes it easy to change the volume, switch between noise cancelling and Aware Mode, and take and make calls. It’s simple, just swipe and tap. When you’re done with the earbuds, just pop them out. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds will pause your music when they sense that you are moving.

You can also make calls that are more clear. It has two mics that are hidden in the right earbud. These mics work together to cancel out background noise and make your calls sound clear even if you are in a noisy place. The mics will pick up your voice and cut out the wind and other noises in the room.

IPX4 Rated

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds were made so that you can move around with them everywhere you go. Having acoustic mesh in the ports made them IPX4 rated, which means they can stand up to dust and water. It doesn’t matter if you’re sweating or if it’s lightly raining. But the charging case isn’t waterproof, so make sure to keep it away from water.

Bose Music App and battery life

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds can play music for up to six hours after a single charge. Then, when you’re done, put the batteries back in the case for two more full charges. You can also charge the case with the USB-C cable that comes with it or any wireless charging mat that is Qi-certified (not included).

The QuietComfort Earbuds comes with the Bose Music App. The Bose Music app makes it easier to control the earbuds and switch between several Bluetooth® devices by giving you a graphical user interface. It also lets you get software updates and new features in the future, so you can make your QuietComfort® Earbuds just the way you like them.

The Bose Music app is rich in feature that user like. You can change how much noise cancellation there is, keep track of how much power you use, change your VPA settings, and set up your own Shortcut. Through the app, you can change simple settings like the volume of your own voice during phone calls and whether or not the noise cancellation (ANC) feature is turned on. If you choose this option, music won’t start playing automatically when you put on the headphones. The app is important and well-made, but compared to other true wireless apps, it doesn’t have a way to change the EQ. But to be fair, this feature isn’t on even the AirPods Pro.

Please note that QuietComfort® Earbuds are not compatible with Bose Connect, Bose Hear, and Bose SoundTouch.

Airpods Pro vs QuietComfort Earbuds

The ANC is one thing that makes them different from the AirPods Pro. The QuietComfort Earbuds are great because they actively block out noise. Their adjustable ANC is the first thing you’ll notice, since the AirPods Pro don’t have it. On a scale from 0 to 10, it’s easy to choose full ANC (10) or full transparency (0), or any setting in between.

Compared to the AirPods Pro, the QuietComfort Earbuds are better at deep bass and low-mid frequencies. The QuietComfort Earbuds cut out more bass frequencies when playing music with a lot of bass or listening to intense low-frequency rumble. Just like the rumble you always hear on an airplane. Even though the AirPods Pro are also good at reducing bass, this is where the two models really differ. The QuietComfort Earbuds are better at blocking out outside noise, likely because they fit deeper in the ear canal. Both the AirPods Pros and the QuietComfort Earbuds are better at blocking out background noises like low-frequency rumble, loud music, and a noisy restaurant crowd. No hissing sound on both earbuds.

Sound Quality

When it comes to sound quality, the QuietComfort Earbuds deliver the kind of bass-heavy, sculpted sound that people have come to expect from Bose products. Audio Purist might have their own preference. But most people will probably find the bass response full and rich and the highs clear and crisp.

The in-built mic performance up to expectation. Even with the usual Bluetooth noise that leak out. We recorded audio on voice memo and played it back. The playedback audio sound crisp. Callers should be able to understand you fine.


The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are the best true wireless headphones we had used so far. Partly, thanks to their excellent sound quality and cutting-edge active noise cancellation technology. But if you like the sleek design and is in Apple’s ecosystem the AirPods Pro might just tilt the balance.


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