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Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones - QC20i

Abt Model: QC20i | UPC Code: 017817607223
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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
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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
 
4.4

(based on 198 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (132)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

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

 

Great sound and fit. Poor quality build

On the average, it needs replacement every few months, I am on 4th replacement, and now the Aware Button just broke again, this time in the span of just about 2 months....Read complete review

On the average, it needs replacement every few months, I am on 4th replacement, and now the Aware Button just broke again, this time in the span of just about 2 months. Playing around with the cable position has shown that it's likely due to bad cable join within the battery/control compartment. Bose warranty is amazing, but the inconvenience of making a trip to have it replaced, and knowing that your 300USD only last as long as a year(Warranty coverage), it's rather an expensive investment for what it is. High-pitch sound likely due to sweat/moisture build up, once dried should be fine, which indicates that this headset is not build for high humidity area like tropical Asia(where I am at) or summer time. Having a good customer support and warranty replacement is amazing, but having the product replaced/exchange every few month only show poor quality build. This product has the best sound in its class, now that Bose released version 2 of this product, I am not sure will it improve(Aware Button) but I will only hope they replace my current faulty Aware Button(again and again) with version 2.

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(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

High quality noise canceling ear buds/microphone

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Comments about Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones:

Cost equates to quality in this case. The ear buds are extremely comfortable and the sound quality is second to none. I travel a lot for work and am constantly on the phone. I have the ear buds in close to 9hrs a day 5 to 6 days a week. The noise canceling feature is great in flight or when background noise may interfere with a conversation. After 55+ days of co continuous use over the course of a year the ear buds are still performing like they're brand new.

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceeded my expectations

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Purchased the Acoustic Noise Cancelling earbuds about 5 months ago and have used them on two international trips. Obviously, they are not cheap. But, I wanted a good quality earbud with the noise cancelling feature. I'm not a techie, so on my first trip I didn't realize that I had not used the noise cancelling feature. After that trip I wondered if I had made the wrong decision since I didn't notice much difference between these earbuds and the others I own. On my next trip, the experience was totally different. I already liked the overall quality of the buds, but once I turned on the noise cancellation feature it really made a huge difference. I was very impressed with the buds and very happy that I had purchased them. They are portable (easily carried in a shirt pocket), provide excellent sound, and the noise cancellation feature is also excellent. Just read the instructions before using them.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it. Did everything I expected

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Bought a pair of refurbished CQ20i buds from the Bose factory store. The folks working there are great and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Bought them for a trip to Paris. Wore them the whole time over and back and they never got uncomfortable. All the airplane noise and the crying baby two aisles away just went away when I flipped on the noise canceling feature.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The most amazing headphones i have ever used

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Comments about Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones:

So the most liked negative review complained about the price. Look, I have other bose, and beats headphones, and these by far are my favorite, and yes they are expensive, but the moment you put these in your ears you will realize exactly why. I can not imagine the engineering that took place to make these things because the noise cancelling is almost unbelievable. If you can not justify spending that much on head phones look for factory refurbished pair at a bose outlet store. that's what i did and they were super helpful and very cool.

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1.0

Humming noise

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Comments about Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones:

After a few months a humming noise appears in earpiece... disappointing.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best headphones ever!

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I bought this about a couple weeks ago and this is a great product. I use it to cut the lawn and I cannot get a enough of the fact that you can barley hear the mower, I hope to buy more of your products. THANKYOU!

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3.0

Not good for NASCAR racing

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Great sound but the noise cancelling does not block out the noise of the race cars. The over the ear headset might work better.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible

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I've had these for a year and can't live without them. When I get on a flight or a train in Europe etc. I immediately turn them on and turn on some music. You literally hear nothing around you. The flight attendants typically get impatient Because they have to wave in front of me. I thoroughly enjoy it because I am in my own world. I've told many friends and everyone thanks me later. Can't recommend them enough and no I don't work for them.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Through 1969 To Present

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This is my second time doing a review for Bose. 20i headphones are great, especially the way they sound. For a lot of people, they want more BASS for the taste of their music that they listen to. I like more of the MIDRANGE sound and use no enhancement for the sound so I can hear what the artist have in mind of music when they put down the tracks and put it all together before it comes out to the market. For the headphones, a few years earlier, I tried the over the ear Bluetooth type of headphones and I could not use them when I'm outside in warm to hot temperatures. When I was looking for headphones, I saw these and tried them out and was more satisfied and I don't have to worry about the difference in temperature through out the time I have them on. I recently had to order the StayHear+ tips because I use the headphones more often then I use the Sound Link Bluetooth system which is also great. You kids and young adults won't be disappointed with either system this company offers.

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3.0

Excellent but not on a train or bus

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On an airplane, the noise cancelling is second to none. I had them in my ears for 17 hours and hardly felt discomfort. But beware: if you are buying these for a bus or train, there is a known issue where air pressure changes cause the noise cancelling module to squeak and click loudly. On the Coach Trip to Heathrow this was happening every few seconds so I had to turn noise cancelling off. So, if you're buying for an office or an airplane, it's 5 stars. If you're buying for train or bus, it's 1 star. Enjoy!

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