Bose QuietComfort 20i Noise Cancelling Headphones

Bose’s QuietComfort series of ear paraphernalia is probably the world’s leading technology candidates especially to their main asset, which is noise cancellation. We’ve come across a lot of its products long before, and mostly; the noise cancellation feature depends on the mechanisms behind each ear cup. On the other hand, for in-ear earphones, there’s but no other option that to make all these parts separate from the buds, so another compartment where the battery is also located is needed. Today, I am proud to present to you the newest and probably the best QuietComfort model ever made to meet all these adequacies: the QC20.

The QC20 of Bose actually comes in two versions: the 20, which is specifically designed for basic playback devices and smartphones like Android and BlackBerry, and the 20i which is for Apple devices like iPhones and iPods. The difference between two models aside from functionality also resides in the inline remote control on the included cable wherein the number of buttons vary (extra buttons for the 20i for voice command support, for example). Both versions share the same price of $299, same packaging, and same features, so far.

On the looks and the build quality, the Bose QuietComfort 20i shares the same black-and-silver theme to sustain the brand identity of the QC series, and comes with a rather unusual look especially on the buds. Each bud comes with a silicone tip that is fashioned conically for extra passive noise cancellation and extra grip. Along with the rubber tip comes a ‘fin’ also for extra stability without the strain or discomfort. Gladly, for this premium package, we have extra fins for ears of different sizes, a clothing clip, a charging cable, a carrying case, but not extra cables or adapters.

The inline remote control has nothing really to talk about, but it has an added feature called ‘Aware mode’ wherein users can tap into for temporary listening to ambient noise using the built-in microphone while the active noise cancellation is active. Then there’s the battery compartment that measures 3.5×1.25×0.375 inches. This is significantly smaller and slimmer for better portability convenience, rather than really bringing a matchbox just for the active noise cancellation feature. The battery is said to be good for up to 16 hours of active noise cancellation, and charges up for just about two hours using the USB cable.

The good thing about Bose QuietComfort 20i is that, you don’t necessarily have to run on batteries or have your NC turned on to hear your music; you can play music here even when the battery is soaked up already. The NC feature in this model is exceptional but can be too much also in your case. We always expect the NCs in earphones to be managing ambient noise only, but not overly muting human voices and vehicle honks. The QC20 does a real good job in muting almost everything that you can hear from your environment, but thankfully there’s the “Aware” mode to make you aware if someone’s talking to you from about five feet far. Otherwise, the NC here is really capable with virtually no electronic hiss to affect the audio quality.

Thankfully also, both active and passive modes in this noise cancellation do no “real” effect in the audio quality. The lows and the treble are exceptional and fleshy enough but without overcrowding the rest of the frequencies. The QC20 also has better emphasis on the vocals, with a little vamp also to the high-mids as well. Playing the ‘Silent Shout’ delivered almost natural instrument playback, but not that much lows to really accommodate the extreme low frequencies. Instruments are crisp and clear, but not really that perfectly natural in effect.

The Bose QuietComfort 20i can be real good for audiophiles and purists, but preferably better for the former. With an extreme-performing active noise cancellation feature and a better battery case, the premium price, I think, gets everything to make itself worth selling. There are other cheaper varieties out there so far, but if you really wanted to mute every sound that could come your way, this is the best chance to grab an earpiece with solid audio quality as well.

Bose QuietComfort 20i Noise Cancelling Headphones Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 13,500.00

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