Bose today announced its new QuietComfort earbuds, which retail for $ 279, as well as the new sports earbuds, which cost $ 1
According to Bose, the QuietComfort earbuds “can deliver the” quiet “of Bose noise-canceling headphones in a beautiful in-ear design.” The flagship buds have 11 levels of noise reduction to choose from, which together with Bose’s new exclusive algorithm produce a “precise, equal and opposite signal in less than a fraction of a millisecond”. The new StayHear Max tips offer an improved fit and seal for ideal noise isolation.
Each QuietComfort bud is just over an inch long and weighs 0.3 ounces. Expected battery life is up to six hours for continuous listening, and you can gain an additional 12 hours from the carrying case, which can be wirelessly charged. Bose wants the headphones to provide a listening experience that is “as close as possible to the recording” so that no frequencies are raised and you don’t hear distorted bass or electronic noise. The earbuds can also muffle wind and background noise when you answer a call with them so your voice stands out and sounds clear.
The sports earbuds unfortunately don’t have noise cancellation, but they focus on a comfortable and secure fit. Bose also stated that these earbuds were “built from the ground up to be the ultimate exercise companion,” meaning more research has gone into redesigning the earbuds to stay in place during high-intensity workouts.
As with the QuietComforts, the Sport earbuds also feature the StayHear Max tip, which conveniently clicks into place without wrapping around your ear or a low-slung design. The battery for this comes in just five hours, with one charge from the case, 10 more can be added.
Both pairs have Bluetooth 5.1 for a more reliable connection and a “new data transfer method” that should lead to fewer dropouts. Both have an IPX4 rating for water (or sweat) as well as touch controls on the bud for standard functions like answering a call or pausing a song. Each pair has a few color options to choose from.