Bose QuietComfort 20

The Good The Bose QuietComfort 20 and 20i are compact in-ear headphones that sound good, are very comfortable to wear, and offer surprisingly impressive noise cancellation. The noise cancellation is powered by an integrated rechargeable lithium battery that delivers up to 16 hours of battery life.

The Bad Expensive; they don't sound as good as many competing in-ear headphones in this price range; rechargeable battery isn't replaceable.

The Bottom Line Despite some downsides, including a high price, the Bose QuietComfort 20 offers the best noise-canceling in an in-ear headphone and should tempt frequent travelers looking for a more compact alternative to a full-size NC headphone, such as the Bose QuietComfort 15.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Sound 8.0
  • Value 7.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Expensive, best noise-canceling in-ear headphone

Bose has been a go-to choice for noise-canceling headphones since the company's original QuietComfort headphones debuted in 2000. The line has been updated over the years with an on-ear model (the QC15s) and new over-the-ear models (the QC3s), but the QuietComfort 20 you see here is the company's first in-ear headphone with active noise cancellation. It actually comes in two versions -- the standard QC20 is for non-Apple products, and the QC20i is designed for use with Apple products. Both cost a lofty $299.95.

Why would you want to spend that kind of dough on a headphone like this? Well, there are some good reasons, which I'll run through first. Then I'll point out a few downsides to the product, which may or may not be deal breakers for you.

The pros
For starters, the QC20s fit securely in your ears and are very comfortable to wear. They weigh a mere 1.5 ounces and come with a zippered cloth carrying case that's a fraction of the size of the case that comes with the over-the-ear QC 15s. That makes them very travel-friendly.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Bose Corp.
  • Colour warm gray
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type In-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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