September and October are huge technology reveal months and this year has not disappointed so far! Of course, we have already seen the action camera space get lit up, Apple dropped their new phones with things like satellite connectivity and a brand new watch to go after Garmin. Google released their newest earbuds and Apple released their new AirPods Pro as well. So, what are these new earbuds?
The New Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II – The Best of the Bunch?
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The Earbud Competition
If the earbud and headphone space was a battle for the best naming system between Bose and Sony, Bose would win every time! These new earbuds are meant to go up against the Sony WF-1000XM4 (whaaat?!) and having a name like Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II tells you way more than the Sony naming system does!
But, it isn’t about names (though that should definitely be a point in Bose’s favor) and it really isn’t Sony that Bose was going after. It was the entire noise canceling earbud market which has gotten huge! And, according to the early reviews, Bose did it – very well.
Bose has a big history of noise canceling excellence with their traveler favorite QC series of headphones, they have been doing noise cancellation and doing it well for a while. Yes, Sony has made great strides and even Apple has become very popular but I still think Bose is the one to go to.
In fact, I had sold my Apple AirPods Pro last year and ended up getting the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds because I felt they beat out Apple in comfort, noise cancellation, customization, and fit. The only negative? The case was a bit on the hefty side and the earbuds had a bit of their Sport Earbuds feel and look to them.
The New Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
With the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, that size is totally slimmed down, both in the case and the earbuds. And, they have have tuned up the noise cancellation to make it better than ever. I honestly cannot wait to give them a try since I have gone wholly Bose in my noise cancellation drawer with the previous generation earbuds for short flights and other times and the awesome Bose 700 headphones for video editing and longer flights.
So, what got better so that Bose felt comfortable asking $299, or $50 more than the Apple AirPods Pro 2022 edition? First, you still get the adjustable EQ, something Apple never really got into with their headphones. You also get a CustomTune technology that uses a special system to tune the earbuds to your ear canal for the best noise cancellation and sound performance. Pretty cool and something that should definitely help the earbuds. The biggest negative against earbuds over headphones is that you are losing out on the over the ear isolation that headphones provide which adds a passive noise cancellation as well. But, with this new tuning system, this could help the earbuds perform better than any other earbuds.
Speaking of negatives, battery life is always an issue with earbuds and you would think that since Bose shrunk these that the battery life took a hit. Nope, it is at the 6 hour mark for just the earbuds and the case charges them up 3 more times for a total of 24 hours of time away from the wall plug.
Plus, you get up to 2 hours of listening with just a 20 minute charge. So, if you use these on a long-haul flight, this could be a great way to get the whole flight with them, by charging them while eating or maybe napping. Speaking of napping, the smaller size should help you to be able to wear the while sleeping as well. I currently wear the original earbuds when sleeping (something I cannot do with headphones) so these should definitely be workable that way.
But, again, $299? Now you are in the headphone price space. But, earbuds are more than just for travel. You can use them in your day to day lifestyle as well plus Bose revamped the microphones to make them easier to use for phone calls. So, these could be great for the office, the commute, walking about town – all things that are likely better with earbuds than headphones.
I know I will likely get them to review but I believe I will stick with my original earbuds. The size isn’t horrible when traveling and I currently use the Beats Fit Pro for my daily drivers, thanks to their ability to be used for fitness (and, by the way, they are also noise cancelling!).
But, if you are looking for a pair, based on past editions of both, I would recommend these over the Apple AirPods Pro. Sure, you don’t get the magic sauce of Apple connectivity but I think Bose has packed enough in here to make them a better fit for most.