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Bose ® QuietComfort ® 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

by Bose
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Price: £259.95 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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iPhone/iPod
  • Noise cancelling rivals any full-sized headphone
  • Inline mic/remote for iPhone/iPod music and call functions
  • Proprietary StayHear+ tips for soft, secure fit that maximises noise reduction performance
  • “Aware” mode lets you hear what’s around you when listening to music


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Style Name: iPhone/iPod
  • Product Dimensions: 132.1 x 2.5 x 4.4 cm ; 45 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 362544-0010
  • ASIN: B00D429Y12
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Jun 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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Product Description

About Bose

Dedication to research and excellence has been the Bose approach to better sound since Dr Amar G. Bose founded the company in 1964. Ever since, Bose engineers have focused on creating better technology. You'll find that focus exemplified in the Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones.

About The Product

In-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Have more control over how you listen to your music in every environment, with Bose’s in-ear noise-cancelling headphones. Listen to your music with lifelike Bose sound and choose between full-on noise reduction to block out all environmental noise or the Aware Mode, which lets some of the outside world in. The QC20 headphones will keep you connected to the beat of your music and the pulse of what’s around you, no matter where you are.

Get Lost in the Music

Enjoy music on the go with the QC20 headphones. Experience realistic digital sound quality that stands out from the surrounding noise -- all with the freedom that an in-ear headphone offers. Acoustic Noise-Cancelling technology electronically reduces noise, while Bose’s proprietary StayHear+ tips physically block what's left. All that remains is you and your music, even in extremely loud surroundings.

Tune in to the Surroundings

Of course there are times when you may not want to cut yourself off from your environment, such as waiting for airline gate announcements or crossing a busy street. That’s where Bose’s Aware Mode comes in handy. Instead of having to take your headphones off, you can simply press a button and you're back in touch with the world. Meanwhile, your music keeps playing and you still get the benefit of some noise cancellation.

Lifelike Sound

All this, plus the engaging sound you’ve come to expect from Bose. Active EQ and TriPort technologies work together to give your music the balance and depth that keep the soundtrack of your life sparklingly fresh. With subtle details that shine through. No matter where you are, your music will be at the heart of it all.

Innovative Ear Tip Technology

Not having to fuss with your headphones makes it all the easier to enjoy your music. Bose-own StayHear+ tips create a safe and comfortable fit, without having to force them into your ears. For maximum comfort, the mushroom shape distributes pressure evenly across the ear canal, creating a gentle seal that adds to the full-spectrum noise reduction of the headphones.

Control at your Fingertips

Enjoy control at the tips of your fingers. Simply use the slider switch on the control module to activate or deactivate the noise cancelling function. You’ll find the buttons for the Aware Mode, call answer/end and volume on the inline remote/microphone. The dual button remote (QC20 model) is designed for your Windows, BlackBerry or Android phone.

Rechargeable Battery

The built-in lithium-ion battery, which is located inside the module, is rechargeable. It charges in just two hours with the included USB cable, delivering up to 16 hours playing time per charge. The power status is displayed on the battery indicator light. What’s more, your music will continue to play with performance equal to that of our regular in-ear headphones even if the battery dies. Store your headphones and cables in the included carrying case when you’re not using them.

Compatibility

The following Bose headphones and headsets are compatible with the Apple devices listed below: FreeStyle earbuds, Bose MIE2i Mobile headset, QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, Bose SIE2i sport headphones and SoundTrue headphones.

  • iPhone 3GS and newer
  • iPod Touch 2nd Generation and newer
  • iPod classic - 2009 (120GB and 160GB)
  • iPod Nano 4th Generation and newer
  • iPod Shuffle 3rd and 4th Generation
  • iPad (all versions)
  • 2009 models or later of Mac computers

iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod shuffle, iPad, MacBook and MacBook Air are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries.

Note: Full controls may not be available for some Apple products. The remote and mic are supported only by iPod nano (4th generation and later), iPod classic (120GB, 160GB), iPod touch (2nd generation and later), iPhone (3GS and later), iPad (all versions) and 2009 models or later of Mac computers. The remote is supported by iPod shuffle (3rd generation and later). Audio is supported by all iPod models. Requires latest iPod software.

Compare Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

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QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones Bose IE2 headphones Bose MIE2 Mobile headset Bose MIE2i Mobile headset Bose FreeStyle earbuds Bose SIE2 sport headphones Bose SIE2i sport headphones
Application
Best For Noise cancelling, music and calls Noise cancelling, music and calls Music Music and calls Music and calls Music and calls Music Music and calls
Design
Inline remote with volume, answer/end functions plus music control for select iPod, iPad and iPhone models SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10
Inline remote with volume, answer/end functions SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10
Ear tips StayHear+ StayHear+ StayHear StayHear StayHear StayHear StayHear StayHear
Audio
Noise cancelling technology SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10
TriPort Acoustic Technology SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10
Aware mode SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10
Plays music even when battery is depleted SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10
Communication
Omnidirectional inline microphone SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10
Compatibility Most Android, Windows and BlackBerry phones iPhone and select iPod and iPad models Most Android, Windows and BlackBerry phones iPhone and select iPod and iPad models iPhone and select iPod and iPad models iPhone and select iPod and iPad models
Storage/travel
Case/bag Soft Case Soft Case Soft Case Soft Case Soft Case Soft Case Armband Armband
Power
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (charger included) SHB 4000/10 SHB 4000/10

Product Description

About The Product In-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones Have more control over how you listen to your music in every environment, with Bose's in-ear noise-cancelling headphones. Listen to your music with lifelike Bose sound and choose between full-on noise reduction to block out all environmental noise or the Aware Mode, which lets some of the outside world in. The QC20 headphones will keep you connected to the beat of your music and the pulse of what's around you, no matter where you are. Lifelike Sound All this, plus the engaging sound you've come to expect from Bose. Active EQ and TriPort technologies work together to give your music the balance and depth that keep the soundtrack of your life sparklingly fresh. With subtle details that shine through. No matter where you are, your music will be at the heart of it all. Innovative Ear Tip Technology Not having to fuss with your headphones makes it all the easier to enjoy your music. Bose-own StayHear+ tips create a safe and comfortable fit, without having to force them into your ears. For maximum comfort, the mushroom shape distributes pressure evenly across the ear canal, creating a gentle seal that adds to the full-spectrum noise reduction of the headphones. Control at your Fingertips Enjoy control at the tips of your fingers. Simply use the slider switch on the control module to activate or deactivate the noise cancelling function. You'll find the buttons for the Aware Mode, call answer/end and volume on the inline remote/microphone. The dual button remote (QC20 model) is designed for your Windows, BlackBerry or Android phone. Product Description Explanation of goods The noise-cancelling headphone first in year type in Bose which can enjoy a formal sound in all scenes. A telephone call and control of Apple products, such as iPhone and iPad, are possible at the remote control equipment with a microphone. The model corresponding to Apple products, such as iPhone and iPad.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By GlueStick on 1 Jan 2014
Style Name: iPhone/iPod
After having owned a pair of Bose IE2s for over 3 years (and having been heavily impressed by them), I decided it was time to perhaps try the new in-ear Bose Quiet Comfort 20 for Android and Windows. This review will be interesting since I will be comparing the QC20s with the IE2s (which I have also reviewed recently)!

Noise cancelling:
First things first, the USP of this product is the in-ear noise cancelling. The real question which many of you will ask is, do they work and how effective are they? I am writing this review on an airplane with my QC20s on and I can safely say that 85% of the background noise has been cancelled (yes that includes the aircraft's engines) - pretty good if you ask me. These QC20s excel and are the first true in-ear noise cancelling earphones in my opinion. When compared to other supposed noise cancelling in-ear earphones which currently exist, Bose have quite frankly thrown them out of the park! I have tried both the IE2s and the QC20s on the flight and it's very clear that the QC20 is clearer to hear at a low volume... rather obviously, thanks to the noise cancelling.

Comfort:
As I had written in my IE2 review, Bose have retained the crown when it comes to comfort. The QC20 is just as, if not more comfortable than the IE2s. The StayHear®+ tips are an upgrade from the original StayHear® tips as seen on the IE2, and these new ones are still a joy once in your ear and stop the earphones from falling out, all whilst giving you the best sound possible (but please ensure you choose the correct tip for your ear size to optimise sound quality).

Sound quality:
Wow, simply brilliant! Now I was amazed by the quality of the sound with the in-ear IE2s and the QC20 has rather unbelievably upped its game.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By cdpinker on 9 Sep 2013
Style Name: iPhone/iPod
The bottom line is that these are fantastic at noise cancelling but may not be incredible sound quality, but are still worth the money if noise-cancelling is that important to you. In other words, you should only buy these headphones if noise-cancelling is your absolute priority over everything else.

Here are my observations that may be of interest:

* The in-line microphone resides at the "Y" split in the cable, i.e. lower than the Apple headphones microphone which is in-line half way up the right-hand earbud cable. I used to run the headphone cable inside my shirt so it popped out at the neck so it was more subtle (and would still have access to the in-line remote/mic), but doing it this way now means the microphone/remote is under my shirt, no good for calls, changing volume etc without fishing it out from underneath. Might mean I have to keep the headphone cable outside of my clothing dangling. Not ideal, but I will experiment to find what works best.
* Cable is a rather weird black/grey twisting design, and is noticeably thicker than normal headphone cables.
* There is an audible electronic hiss when noise cancelling is enabled. It is quite quiet so is completely unnoticeable when you are out and about listening to music, but in a quiet room it is noticeable. Don't buy these headphones to sit at home on the sofa all day - these are designed for noise-cancelling and that is the scenario in which they excel.
* Audio quality is average when noise-cancelling is not switched on. Should be treated as a backup rather than a normal way of using them.
* They are really comfy! I really like the rubber extensions that fit within your ear; comfy and also secure, even if you yank on them.
* Noise-cancelling is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve F on 1 July 2014
Style Name: Android, Blackberry and Windows Verified Purchase
This is one of those things where assessing value is hard!

The noise cancelling is brilliant for low frequencies, this means road noise, trains, planes etc. It will not completely eliminate speech so don't expect it to, although the noise isolating aspects (ie the snug fit in the ear canal) do really reduce those anyway. I have stood at a train station watching the train come in to the station with virtually no audible noise - its spooky.

They are also comfortable to wear for long periods.

The design with the big battery pack is annoying, but the technology has to go somewhere! The wires are also bulkier and more obtrusive that standard headphones. Neither of these things bother me although I suspect it would be more annoying for gym work or exercise for example. For travel no issues so far.

All in all you pay for quality, whether it is good value is hard to answer. These genuinely enable you to be immersed in a film, TV show or music while travelling without cranking the volume up to 11 and trying to ignore your surroundings. For me its worth it and I would expect to get years of use. If I don't get years of use then I can sell them on eBay for £180 (go have a look!) so no great loss!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Hamer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sep 2014
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Bose has created some of the best noise cancelling headphones over the years but these trump them all.

I have always marvelled at Bose's QuietComfort headphones. I've always wanted some too, but let's be honest they are prohibitively expensive. £250 for a set of headphones is a lot - especially if you aren't going to get the best sound quality.

"What" I hear you cry. Yep, these aren't the best sounding headphones I've ever owned. The Shure SE-420s beat them easily. So why is this a 5 star product?

Because the Bose QC20i's do exactly what they are supposed to do, perfectly.

You see the Quiet Comfort range is built to block out background noise better than any other headphone out there, and they achieve this perfectly.

Ok, they actually sound pretty damn good too! But I was stunned out how much background noise they filter out - way better than I expected. With music at moderate volumes I can't hear the tube or train at all.

In a car I couldn't hear much noise at all - even at 120MPH on the german Autobahn.

To be honest the battery part isn't even very cumbersome - it sits nicely behind my iphone and doesn't actually make the phone too much bigger.

The earbuds are incredibly comfortable. I have had no issues wearing them for 5 hours plus.

I'm just really impressed at what Bose has done. They weigh very little, and work so well it's stunning. It was a lot of money to spend in one hit,. but I am in no doubt that it was worth it now.
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