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Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones - QC20i

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First In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones From Bose/ TriPort Headphone Technology/ Proprietary StayHear+ Tips/ Inline Microphone And Remote Let You Easily Control Your iPhone, iPad Or iPod/ Aware Mode For Hearing What 's Around You While Enjoying Your Music/ Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery/ Up To 16 Hours Of Use/ Black Finish
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Bose® QuietComfort® 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones, Model QC20i

Experience the exceptional all new Bose® QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones QC20i. The Bose® QuietComfort® are the first in-ear headphones to offer you effective noise cancellation technology. Soft silicone wraps the StayHear+ tips keeping them securely in your ears, while providing ultimate comfort. The Bose® in-ear headphones come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery providing you with a full 16 hours of use. The QC20i's Aware mode lets you turn off the noise cancelling features allowing the sounds around you to be heard. With an inline microphone and remote the Bose® QuietComfort® allows you to control your iPhone, iPod, or iPad easily. The Bose® QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones QC20i will rival any existing noise cancelling headphones available.

Features:

  • In-ear. Noise cancelling. Better sound.
    Consider them your go-to headphones, wherever you go. The first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from Bose give you more control over how you listen than ever before, in all kinds of environments. Block the outside world with full-on noise reduction. Or, choose Aware mode and let some of it in—all while keeping your headphones on and your music alive with lifelike Bose® sound. Wherever your day takes you, QC®20 headphones keep you connected. To the beat of your music, and the pulse of what's around you.
    • Impressive audio performance from exclusive Bose technologies
    • Advanced noise reduction rivaling any full-sized headphone
    • Aware mode for hearing what's around you while enjoying your music
    • Long-lasting comfort plus stability from proprietary StayHear®+ ear tips
  • Lose yourself in your music
    QC20 headphones let you experience music on the go as never before. You'll enjoy lifelike, digital sound quality that stands out from the noise around you—plus the freedom of an in-ear headphone. StayHear+ tips physically block some noise while our Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology electronically reduces most of what's left. It's just you and your music, even in noisy environments.
  • Tune in to your environment
    But there are moments when you may not want to be so cut off from your surroundings. Crossing a city street. Waiting for airline gate announcements. This is where Aware mode comes in. Instead of removing your headphones, just press a button, and you're back in touch with the sounds around you—while your music keeps playing, and you still experience some noise cancellation.
  • Engaging sound
    All this, plus Bose lifelike sound. Sound you wouldn't expect from in-ear headphones. Our TriPort® technology and Active EQ combine to give your music a depth and balance that keep your daily soundtrack fresh and alive. The subtle details shine through, too. So wherever you are, your music's front and center.
  • Advanced ear tip technology
    And your music's even easier to enjoy when you're not fussing with your headphones. Proprietary StayHear+ tips create a soft, secure fit with no need to force them into your ears. The cone shape spreads contact evenly across the ear for maximum comfort, and forms a gentle seal that contributes to the headphones' full-spectrum noise reduction.
  • You're in control
    Controls are all at your fingertips. Use the slider switch on the control module to turn noise cancelling on and off. The inline remote/microphone houses Aware mode and call answer/end buttons. The 2-button remote (QC20 model) is designed for your Android, BlackBerry or Windows phone. The 4-button remote (QC20i model), customized for use with your iPhone or iPod, adds volume, music control and voice commands.
  • Rechargeable battery
    The environmentally friendly built-in lithium-ion battery (located inside the module) charges in just 2 hours with the included USB cable, and delivers up to 16 hours playing time per charge. A battery indicator light displays power status. And, even if the battery dies your music still plays with performance similar to that of our regular in-ear headphones.
    When not in use, simply store your headphones and cables in the included carrying case.

Specifications:

  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging time: 2 hours
  • Battery life: 16 hours per full charge

In the Box:

  • QuietComfort® 20i headphones with 3 pairs of StayHear®+ tips (S, M, L)
  • Clothing clip
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (built-in)
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying case

Approximate Dimensions:

  • QC®20i Headphones (including cable and StayHear®+ tips)
    • Length: 52"
  • StayHear®+ tips
    • Height: 1.25"
    • Width: 1"
    • Depth: 0.5"
  • USB Cable
    • Length: 12"
  • Clothing Clip
    • Height: 1"
    • Width: 0.25"
    • Depth: 0.5"
  • Control Module
    • Height: 3.5"
    • Width: 1.25"
    • Depth: 0.375"
  • Case
    • Height: 0.5"
    • Width: 2.75"
    • Depth: 1.25"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1.55 oz
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
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TypeIn-Ear
Wired Or WirelessWired
Ideal For Sports/WorkoutsNo
iPod ControlsYes
Mobile Phone ControlsYes
Sound IsolatingYes
Noise CancelingYes
MicrophoneYes
Power SwitchYes
Volume ControlYes
  

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Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones
 
4.5

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (18)
  • Compact (15)
  • Great sound (14)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Good bass (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (16)
  • Portable devices (9)
  • Music (6)
  • With my computer (5)
  • Working out (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (13), Audiophile (4), Gear head (4)
    • Primary Use:
    • Travel (13), Listening to ipod (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best noise cancelling headphones available!

Pros: - Terrific noise cancellation. I also own Beats as well as the over-the-ear Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, and these do a noticeably better job blocking out noise. - Enhanced sound quality....Read complete review

Pros: - Terrific noise cancellation. I also own Beats as well as the over-the-ear Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, and these do a noticeably better job blocking out noise. - Enhanced sound quality. I have owned the Bose over-the-ear model for many years, and nothing I've tired matches the deep base and crystal clear mids thru highs on those headphones. These are the first headphones I've used that offer that same high level of sound performance. My $400 pair of Beats headphones don't come even close to these. - The cable stays untangled. Somehow the cable stays untangled and straight when I pull them out to use, which I love. The cable is made out of a very nice rubberized material, and they are slightly thicker than normal, which must help them stay untangled somehow. - Built-in, rechargeable, long lasting battery. I've owned these headphones for a week and I've not charged them once so far. They also recharge via a standard USB cable, which is great. - Amazingly comfortable. These headphones are vastly more comfortable than any other noise cancelling headphones that I've tried. The only headphone that meet this level of comfort are the regular, non-cancelling, Bose earbuds. Bose clearly has perfected in ear comfort over the years and they simply brought that design over to these. - They still work when the battery is exhausted. When the battery is turned off, they still work like regular Bose headphones. This is really great if you happen to run out of battery power half way through your fight, which has happened to me in the past. With other models of noise cancelling headphones I've tried, once your battery runs out, they are totally useless. Cons: - The built-in battery adds a little bulk compared to regular earbuds. Apparently it's not technically possible to have noise cancelling headphones without a supplemental power source, so I don't think this is avoidable. The added bulk, which is roughly the size of a lighter, has not been a problem at all for me. But it certainly would be amazing if they could be fully powered by my iPhone or laptop. Summary: - The QuietComfort 20 noise cancelling headphones are the best noise cancelling headphones I've ever owned. In particular, I wasn't expecting the noise cancelling performance to be better than my Bose over-the-ear headphones, but they are in fact noticeably better when I compare them side to side. The sound quality is also top notch, as you would expect from Bose. When you add in the amazing comfort they offer, this is a no brainer purchase if you are considering a noise cancelling headphone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Short Lived (17 Months) and Pricey

I've owned my Bose QC earphones since May 2014. Before I bought them I shopped around and felt I'd rather spend the extra money to insure the best possible experience. I know something about...Read complete review

I've owned my Bose QC earphones since May 2014. Before I bought them I shopped around and felt I'd rather spend the extra money to insure the best possible experience. I know something about sound because I'm a mild audiophile and I've done talk radio magazines and news. Although I've felt like I had to take special care of my QC earbuds because they're small and I'm big (I didn't see them as having a robust build) I'd been very happy with them. It's because they're small that they were especially portable, and fit safely in my laptop case or shirt pocket. So they aren't a bulky storage fit like full-sized studio headphones. An unanticipated plus was that they turned out to be helpful and excellent on business calls on my iPhone, because the sound quality of the calls was more intelligible and more pleasant. I originally bought them to preserve my sanity against the noise of commercial airline flights. They were surprisingly helpful for that and I was glad I got them. Despite the background noise, I could listen to movies at a reasonable sound level on my iPad or PC laptop. That increased my happiness and made me a calmer traveler :-) One Spring Chicago night I even strolled around the downtown loop area; had I not had them the environmental sound levels would have been very upsetting. I thank Bose for these things. I had come to depend upon these earbuds. Just like my ancient Bose Wave Radio/CD player that serves its beautiful sound as my PC's speakers, day-in, day-out, for many years. I listen to audiobooks and guided meditations. I have taken good care of my earbuds. I'm not a skateboarding thrasher ;-) But, last night when I queued up a meditation for private listening, the right earbud was inexplicably silent. Zero sound. There's no damage either earbud, and not even a frayed, twisted, or detached cord. Each and every time I wasn't using them, these were tucked carefully and safely into their case. The earbuds and cords look good enough that they might even pass for new. And if I'd done something unexpected to the sound controller, from long experience with electronics, I'd surmise both earbuds would have broken. But the left one works. So, now that I've come to depend on a product like these, I'm not inclined to dive right back into another pair. So I must shop around again. Sigh.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE Best Noise Cancelling that money can buy!

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I've owned the QC15s, QC25s and now the QC20s for Apple devices. Let me first start off by stating that the fit was flawless, for earbuds, and the design ensures they don't fall out of the ear. I loved my QC25s, but after hearing the difference in noise cancellation, I don't even use the QC25's anymore. With the QC20s, I'm able to drown out all of the backdrop noise at work (i.e., 15 - 20% more than QC25s, to me) and the television from family members when I'm at home. It's eery how well the noise cancelling works. I'm not an audiophile, but these are the best headphones I've ever owned and I thought I'd never be able to say that about a pair of earbuds. The only minor gripe I have is that the case seems a bit small, which forces you to bend the cables near the noise cancellation component. I just worry about the effects over time, but I guess it's ok, as I haven't read any reviews regarding defective or broken wiring as a result. Anyways, 5 stars!!!

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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I don't typically write reviews for products but these QC20i earbuds have literally changed my daily commute to/from work on Chicago's CTA Commuter Train system. The noise cancelling is astonishing given the amount of ambient noise, all the while while maintaining the clarity of the audio that would normally be drowned completely out. The only suggestion I would make is to find a method to attach the noise cancelling module to the player (in my case, an iPod touch) I tried to use velcro but it wouldn't stick to the material of the module so instead, I secure it to the back of my iPod with a simple rubber band...

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Like to show it off.

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I brought this a week ago and its by far better than any beats i had. As a 17 year old in New York City constantly taking the train and hearing noises, these headphones cancel out everything. They work wonders, however i do want to try the Q25s to compare them. The only annoying thing is having the battery adapter at the bottom. It ruins the speed of putting your phone away and its a hassle. Which makes me want to try the Q25. They should make a all black pair.

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5.0

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I've been using (the older model) QC 20 for two plus years now and still there is nothing available in the market close to this and hence I'm planning to buy another. The comfort especially on the long 12+ hrs flights is exceptional. Also for the long teleconferences there is nothing more comfortable. The ear piece is exceptional and very durable. I wished the battery pack (brown plastic casing) was more durable especially in warmer weather. But still no loss or degradation of its full functionality.

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely Perfect

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I bought it since October and I am using it almost 5 days a week on an average of 3-4 hours. It completely isolates you from your surroundings, no matter the traffic and noise surrounding you. Battery Life is also perfect, I guess i have recharged it maximum

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Way above expectation

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I bought a pair of these for a trans-atlantic flight. Having never owned a 'decent' pair of noise cancelling headphones, I figured I would go with Bose due to reputation more than anything. The instant silence when turning them on at an airport was the first sign that I'd made a good choice! I was sitting on a plane for 10 hours, in a window seat that looked out to the engine, and had a screaming 4-5 month old kid behind me... and just didn't care! Noise cancelling is incredible, sound quality is fantastic at any volume, and the 'Aware' mode is extrememly useful for quick moments when you need to jump back in to the outside world. My girlfriend got a pair of the QC25 over-the-ear headphones, and her opinion was equally as high on those. I would say that the choice comes down to personal preference on in-ear vs over-ear. But I will add that the 'Aware' function is not there on the QC25.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome!

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Bought it a week ago and the noise cancellation is so cool

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quality Product

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Awesome quality...the noise cancelling works extremely well!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome product!!!!

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Comments about Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones:

The Bose Quiet Comfort 20 ear phones are unbelievable! I'm still trying to figure out how Bose was able to come up with this great technology. At one press of a button all outside sound is cancelled out, there is very minimal outside sound at all. I thought that by wearing them around for a few days I would get used to the effect, but every time I go from noise cancellation mode to regular mode it really surprises me! I also tried these recently during travel by plane and noise was cancelled out and I was able to enjoy my music with relaxation and sleep with no interruptions, which is what I need as I am a frequent traveler. Bose you have done it again with your great products and I recommend these to anyone! Thank you!

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Short Lived (17 Months) and Pricey

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I've owned my Bose QC earphones since May 2014. Before I bought them I shopped around and felt I'd rather spend the extra money to insure the best possible experience. I know something about sound because I'm a mild audiophile and I've done talk radio magazines and news. Although I've felt like I had to take special care of my QC earbuds because they're small and I'm big (I didn't see them as having a robust build) I'd been very happy with them. It's because they're small that they were especially portable, and fit safely in my laptop case or shirt pocket. So they aren't a bulky storage fit like full-sized studio headphones. An unanticipated plus was that they turned out to be helpful and excellent on business calls on my iPhone, because the sound quality of the calls was more intelligible and more pleasant. I originally bought them to preserve my sanity against the noise of commercial airline flights. They were surprisingly helpful for that and I was glad I got them. Despite the background noise, I could listen to movies at a reasonable sound level on my iPad or PC laptop. That increased my happiness and made me a calmer traveler :-) One Spring Chicago night I even strolled around the downtown loop area; had I not had them the environmental sound levels would have been very upsetting. I thank Bose for these things. I had come to depend upon these earbuds. Just like my ancient Bose Wave Radio/CD player that serves its beautiful sound as my PC's speakers, day-in, day-out, for many years. I listen to audiobooks and guided meditations. I have taken good care of my earbuds. I'm not a skateboarding thrasher ;-) But, last night when I queued up a meditation for private listening, the right earbud was inexplicably silent. Zero sound. There's no damage either earbud, and not even a frayed, twisted, or detached cord. Each and every time I wasn't using them, these were tucked carefully and safely into their case. The earbuds and cords look good enough that they might even pass for new. And if I'd done something unexpected to the sound controller, from long experience with electronics, I'd surmise both earbuds would have broken. But the left one works. So, now that I've come to depend on a product like these, I'm not inclined to dive right back into another pair. So I must shop around again. Sigh.

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