Bose QC Earbuds II review, please shut up

The new Bose QC Earbuds II were announced alongside the new iPhones, and they offer simply the best noise cancellation. Judgment and testing.

Un peu à la manière du marché des smartphones, le marché des écouteurs sans-fil est plus que saturé, toutes les marques spécialisées, d’électronique ou de téléphonie sont présentes sur le le marché avec une all marche de plré com high-end. We can say that excellence is not easy. Now, some have a reputation that can make a difference. It is for boss Which, fortunately, isn’t new to the world of wireless headphones either.

Confident in his qualities and appreciated by the public, boss She even allowed herself to keep her new ad QC II Earphones On the same day Apple announced the iPhone 14, that is, the level of confidence of the American manufacturer. Next, we’re still talking about Bose, the inventor of active noise cancellation. Moreover, to launch its new headphones, Bose didn’t go there with the back of the spoon, as according to the manufacturer, the QC Earbuds II simply offer the best active noise cancellation of all categories. We spent the last 10 days with him, here’s our test for Bose QC II Earphones.

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Overview and Features of Bose QC Earbuds II

We remember the first QC earphones, released in 2020. If they were really great in terms of sound quality and active noise cancellation, today we can say that in terms of design, it was not. It was large, although it fit the ear perfectly. Plus, we ended up with a box of the most luxurious things. As a result, the Bose QC earbuds were more portable than the portable wireless headphones.

With the Bose QC Earbuds II we thus discover smaller and more discreet earbuds (1/3 in size compared to their predecessors), just compare them with their predecessors and you will immediately notice the difference. As is the case with the fund, which has nothing to do with its predecessor. It’s not the smallest bag on the market, but now you can slip it into your jeans pocket without worrying about your pocket. In addition to protecting the headphones, the case allows you to recharge the QC Earbuds II up to three times. Moreover, it is fully recharged within 1 hour and we remind you that with 20 minutes of charging, QC Earbuds II provide up to 2 hours of autonomy.

In Bose, when we talk about autonomy, it is necessarily with active noise cancellation or transparency mode. Also, according to the American manufacturer, the Bose QC Earbuds II earphones provide up to 6 hours of battery life. In our tests during a long day of walking, this is roughly what we measured and we’re sure we had more autonomy in fact. During our tests, we were in New York and kept it on all day without going through the charging box. Of course, the music was not continuous for 6 hours but it does give you an idea of ​​the endurance of the QC Earbuds II.

And that brings us to the convenience of the headphones themselves. We’ll keep it simple, with a small fin and tip, and all available in three sizes, the Bose QC Earbuds II are simply the most comfortable headphones we’ve tested to date. We remind you that we tested it while on a daily walk and it never gets weighed in the ear canal. Moreover, it is not quite in the ear like the others, it rests at the entrance to the auditory canal and with a small fin around each earpiece, the latter will nudge into the ear. Practice.

Bose QC II Earphones

Currently only available in black, white will arrive next month. The finish is of course plastic but of good quality. We wanted a touch control surface with a matte finish, not a glossy surface. All of a sudden, we’re a bit afraid that they’re aging badly but only time will tell. In any case, the touch controls are quite classic and above all, they work well, whether to pick up/hold the call, control the tracks or manage the volume. On top of that, we very much appreciate our ability to control the volume, which is not always the case.

Bose Music, Custom Tune, ActiveSense

Available on iOS and Android, and through this app you can access all parameters about Bose QC Earbuds II. If Bose still does not really communicate about the purely technical characteristics of the headphones, we are glad to find equalizers. On the other hand, while we’re getting to the same multi-point display as the Bose QC45 for example, the QC Earbuds II aren’t multi-point at the moment. Unfortunately. Perhaps they will be in a future firmware update but in the meantime, that is not the case and above all, Bose has not told us anything about the possible access of this functionality.

Next to it, there is also the customization of controls and more specifically a long press which allows you to switch between active noise cancellation and transparency mode. Note that the application allows you to create several profiles and thus choose the level of transparency and / or active noise cancellation. Practice based on the scenarios.

The Bose QC Earbuds II are able to customize sound and noise-cancelling performance to the shape of each ear, which Bose says results in a unique listening experience for each user and effective noise cancellation. Bose CustomTune technology provides automatic customization every time the headphones are removed from their case and placed in users’ ears. Thanks to the in-ear microphone, the said technology is able to measure the acoustic response of the user’s ear canal and thus precisely adapt the audio performance and noise reduction. In fact, the Bose QC Earbuds II are able to better block out media, where sounds are often found, for example.

Bose QC II Earphones

For transparency mode (Aware at Bose), the manufacturer offers ActiveSense technology. According to Bose, this mode provides more transparency for the sound as natural and realistic as possible. Again, in fact, if Bose doesn’t do better than Apple, the American manufacturer does just fine. It really does look natural even though it still looks like you’re using headphones. Other than that, Active Sense technology is also able to apply the correct noise reduction, depending on each user. This is possible thanks to the four microphones on each headset (one on the inside and three on the outside).

Noise and sound reduction

Bose is known for the sound quality of its products and we’ll be brief, the Bose QC Earbuds II are no exception to the rule. We’ve tried their predecessors again in the meantime and on these QC Earbuds II we’ll notice a real step forward with a much more open and happier sound. The sound is dynamic and warm and we no longer have that somewhat muffled side of its predecessors. The sound quality of the headphones is also impressive. The bass is very present with this airy and dynamic side. As usual, we resumed our auditions on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s compositions or Rich Bryan’s RAP without forgetting current pop classics including new albums by Drake and especially Beyoncé. The instrumentation is accurate and the sounds are clearly distinguishable.

Bose QC II Earphones

And for active noise cancellation, we’ll be short, too. It’s a great. On the streets of New York or in a crowded cafe on Fifth Avenue, we stayed in our bubble the whole time. The reduction is so that we can afford only 50% volume. At the same time, we had the Google Pixel Buds Pro, which we actually found to be very good and there, it was a step above, in terms of comfort and noise cancellation. embarrassed. Obviously, QC Earbuds II do not completely cut out the sound of third parties but they reduce it so much that we no longer pay attention to it, which is not the case with many competitors. Finally, on the flight deck, we hardly noticed a difference with the QC 45 headphone in terms of noise cancellation. We are waiting to test the second generation AirPods Pro but so far, the QC Earbuds II are the best.

On the other hand, unfortunately no surprise for calls. We wish we could provide a clear voice to our reporters and find ourselves at best as if we were on speakerphone and some told they had the impression that we were ‘far away’ from the smartphone.

Where do you buy it?

The new BOSE QC Earbuds II headphones are available at the official price of 299 euros.

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