The Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are a fantastic option for anyone seeking top-notch in-ear noise-cancelling headphones. As someone who travels often, I understand the importance of having high-quality headphones that can reduce unwanted background noise. I bought the QuietComfort 20 headphones from Bose at a time when all phones had a headphone jack, mainly because of the reputation of Bose as a well-known manufacturer of audio equipment.
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Wired vs Wireless Headphones
Bose no longer advertises these headphones on their website, but the Bose QuietComfort 20 Headphones are still available from my Amazon store. Wired headphones have fallen out of grace as phone, tablet and electronics manufacturers have moved towards wireless earbuds. However, there is still a place for wired headphones for the frequent traveller, and that’s why my Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones come everywhere with me. You need wired headsets for in-flight entertainment units on most aircraft. Further, in comparison with wireless earbuds specifically, wired headphones are simply better at noise cancelling.
Noise Cancellation: The highlight feature of the Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones
One of the most significant selling points of the QuietComfort 20 headphones is their noise cancelling technology, which I have found to be very effective at blocking out background noise and the ‘white noise’ effects on airplanes, trains, or walking around a city. These have been fantastic for long flights. With these headphones, I can enjoy my music or podcasts without any distractions.
In-Ear Design: Comfortable and secure fit for extended use
Another great feature of the QuietComfort 20 headphones is their in-ear design. They fit securely and comfortably in your ears, and come with different sizes of StayHear+ ear tips to ensure a perfect fit for all ear sizes. I managed to lose my ear tips in the seat back of an Aer Lingus Business Class flight from Dublin to Los Angeles and hadn’t realised that you can replace them either from Bose or on Amazon from my store. The ear tips are made of soft silicone, making them comfortable for extended periods of use. The replacements cost around $9 a pair.
Awareness Mode: Unique feature for staying aware of surroundings
One unique feature of these headphones is the awareness mode, which lets you hear your surroundings without having to remove the earbuds entirely. This feature is great for when you need to stay aware of what’s going on but still want to enjoy your music. The built-in microphones capture external sound and play it through the headphones, giving you both music and the ability to tune into your surroundings.
Remote and Microphone: Convenient control and hands-free
The headphones also come with an inline remote that lets you control your music, adjust volume, and take phone calls. The remote has a built-in microphone for hands-free calling, which is perfect for those of us who are always chatting on the phone.
Battery Life: Long-lasting and rechargeable
The Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones have a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 16 hours of use when fully charged. In real life, I’ve managed to get a consistent 10-11 hours of use per charge. As an older product in the Bose range, the charging cable is micro-USB, not the most convenient anymore.
Overall Impression: Final thoughts on the Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones
Overall, the Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones are a solid choice for travellers who want to enjoy their music without distraction. I have found them best when travelling by plane or train. As someone who values quality and comfort, these headphones met my expectations and their long-life attests to their durability.