The new QuietComfort 45 Bose headphones promise to restore noise

The low-cost upgrade to the popular headphones is $330, and they ship on September 23rd.

The new headphones are priced at $330 and are available for pre-order today, starting September 23.

Familiar design

The QuietComfort font has become very popular with Bose over the years, so it may come as no surprise that the previous generation QuietComfort 45 is no different than the QuietComfort 35 II itself, which was launched almost four years ago.

Their design follows in the footsteps of this old pair, with subtle changes that make the ear tips and cushions look similar, but overall look the same. There are still physical controls for adjusting volume, controlling playback, noise canceling, and making calls, but thankfully the old microUSB port has been replaced by USB-C. Bose still uses a 2.5mm connector instead of a 3.5mm jack for more wired listening, although it does use a 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable in the box if needed. The headphones are used in two colors, black or white. Overall, the QuietComfort 35 II's plastic housing is the best packaging in the world, especially for headphones that sell for $300 in the North. The headphones were very comfortable, but had a lightweight design that wasn't too narrow and collapsed for easy storage and style. We haven't gotten to the QuietComfort 45 yet, but in appearance, the fit will be similar.

Bose has not announced any significant changes to audio quality. For reference, the QuietComfort 35 II's sound was relatively balanced with a slight increase in bass. Like most premium wireless headphones, they were far from the clearest or most accurate headphones you could get with that money, but to most listeners who wouldn't listen, these sounded soft and pretty insulting. Once again, we have to test the new pair to see if there is any change.

Noise, battery life and bluetooth removal

The main reason to buy QuietComforts - apart from good marketing - Active noise removal technology is Bose (ANC), which is consistently ranked among the most effective on the market. Here, Bose says, he's using his "new electronic beam" to help the QuietComfort 45 better understand and eliminate mid-range frequencies than before.

Read more There are currently two different 'modes' for noise cancellation: the 'silent' mode for traditional active noise cancellation and the 'conscious' mode that looks similar to the 'ambient sound' modes from competing headphones. This last mode lets you hear noises from the outside world right next to everything you're playing. You can switch between these modes via a button on the left earring. (This button also allows you to mute the microphone during a phone call.) However, there is no way to adjust the noise canceling effect after this setting. Another example of Bose's silent headphones, the Noise Canceling Headphones 700, allows you to raise or lower the ANC by 10 degrees. Bose is also talking about improving call quality, in part by adding another microphone to the headphones' beamforming microphone array. The QuietComfort 35 IIs aren't bad in that respect, but it was an area where the 700 noise-canceling headphones made improvements, so any upgrades are welcome, especially as more people take their work calls at home.

The company claims that the QuietComfort 45s last up to 24 hours on a single charge. That's a step above the QuietComfort 35 II's 20-hour battery life, although it still lags behind competitors like Sony's WH-1000XM4, which can last more than 30 hours. Bose says you can play for three hours on a 15-minute charge.

Read more Apple's new AirPad Max headphones, $549. The headphones connect via Bluetooth 5.1 and have a Bluetooth range of up to 30 feet. Wireless connectivity issues aren't significant, though it's worth noting that competitors like Apple's AirPods Max use Class 1 Bluetooth radio, which helps them keep the signal at a wider range. Like its predecessors, the QuietComfort 45s can be connected to two devices at the same time, so you can listen to music on your PC, but quickly switch to your phone without having to use your usual Bluetooth pairing devices. Connect to your phone.

Enter a crowded market

Bose launched QuietComfort 35, discontinued QuietComfort 35 II, but continued to sell headphones. Two years ago, it still cost $50 and cost $379. Compared to the QuietComfort 35 II, the 700s feature a superior metallic design, more precise ANC control and superior call quality, and lower bass characteristics. At most, the ANC 700s are generally just as powerful, although we should see if QuietComfort 45s can beat the old pair.


The noise-canceling headphones don't hit the 700, however, they are a bit heavier (at least for me), their battery life is still 20 hours per charge, and for access to many more features, even if you need to, It is based on the Bose music app. To create a Bose account to use the app in the first place. It also relies on touch controls to control volume and playback. The controls generally work well, but some may prefer the physical buttons.

READ MORE The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide from Ars Technica 2020 The most recommended option on the market, and my personal favorite after testing several sets last year, is the Sony WH-1000XM4 Likewise it has excellent ANC, Good design, Longer battery life, Audio specs that are more basic but customizable to your preference (noise canceling 700 headphones also have a dedicated EQ), Connectivity Handy multi-point and handy features like Chat feature that can automatically pause your music when you're talking to someone what. But they also use touch controls, and the QuietComfort 45 retails for about $20 less than Sony's MSRP of $349 — although XM4s have consistently sold less in recent months. Meanwhile, Apple's AirPad Max has higher noise cancellation, sharper sound, and more clarity than other wireless headphones we've tested so far. You can also ask Apple for a front-line device battery replacement for $79. With these features, the headphones don't fold, you can't listen through the cable and you don't have an on/off button, instead relying on a proprietary, largely protective case to enter low power mode. They also have a $549 MSRP, which is still tough for non-Apple sellers when Sony and Bose offer very close performance at a much lower price.

The QuietComfort 45 isn't shocking, it's tough, but skipping the microUSB port is a good start, and if Bose claims it improves noise and call quality, the new pair might be perfect for those looking for a pair of headphones, wires that aim To remove the noise interested, be useful. We will try to bring a pair for review and reassure you in the coming weeks.

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