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Smart Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

What is the difference between Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 and Bose QuietComfort® 45 headphones?

While both provide world-class noise cancelling, high-quality audio performance and a comfortable fit, there are a few key differences. QuietComfort® 45 headphones have 2 modes of noise cancellation — Quiet Mode and Aware Mode. Bose Headphones 700 offer more customization, with 11 levels of noise cancelling. Bose Headphones 700 also offer the convenience of capacitive touch controls and hands-free access (where available) to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and your phone’s native voice assistant, like Siri. QC45 has buttons on each earcup for controlling calls, music playback, and your noise cancellation setting. For battery life, you’ll enjoy 24 hours with QuietComfort® 45 headphones and up to 20 hours with Bose Headphones 700. Both headphones feature a noise-rejecting microphone system. The 8-mic system of Bose Headphones 700 delivers unrivaled voice pickup for the clearest calls, while the 6-mic system of QC45 headphones offers superb performance that exceeds the competition.

How does the noise cancelling in Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 work?

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 use both active and passive noise reduction technologies. Active noise cancelling relies on a sophisticated proprietary electronics approach using microphones both inside and outside the earcups to monitor the sounds around you and instantly produces an opposite signal to cancel the noise. Meanwhile, passive noise reduction is achieved by the combination of the acoustic structure and the earcup fit. 

What is TriPort acoustic headphone structure?

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 feature our proprietary TriPort acoustic headphone structure, which uses external ports to vent the earcups and maximize the acoustic space inside, so your audio content sounds big and bold. 

How many microphones do the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have?

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 feature a total of eight microphones. Six microphones dramatically cancel noise, so it doesn’t reach your ears. Two of those microphones combine with two others to dramatically improve voice pickup. A beamform-array isolates your speech, suppressing everything else that’s audible. A rejection-array adds a second line of defense, tracking then blocking the most disruptive remaining sound — from a coffee grinder to other dialogue nearby. It all happens in real-time, adapting as you move or your environment changes. It works with any VPA, any phone paired to the 700s, or any phone or phone/headphone combination on the far-end.

Can Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 take calls?

Yes. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have an adaptive microphone system that allows you to use the headphones during calls when connected to any smartphone. In addition to traditional calls, the headphones will work with many apps that use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), such as Skype or FaceTime.

How do I pair Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 with my mobile device?

First, make sure your headphones are turned on with a single press of the upper button on the back of the right earcup. Next, press and hold the power button for 3 seconds to put the headphones into pairing mode. Please note, if this is your first time connecting the headphones, they will automatically turn on right into this pairing mode. Voice prompts will provide you with additional guidance. We recommend you use the Bose Music app to complete the pairing process, however, you can also use the Bluetooth settings on your device.

Can Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 be connected to two mobile devices simultaneously?

Yes. Multi-point technology allows Bose Headphones 700 to maintain a wireless Bluetooth connection to two devices at the same time — for example, an iPad and a smartphone. So while you’re watching video on the connected iPad, the headphones will automatically pause the video to answer a call from the connected smartphone. When the call is finished, the headphones switch back to the video on the iPad.

What is the range of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700?

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 have a range of up to 33 ft (10 meters) from the source device. It is realistic to describe the range as being the room the user is in and the adjacent room. This range may be reduced by physical obstructions, such as walls and doors, or by interference from other electronic devices. Pops or a crackling noise may be heard if there’s interference with the Bluetooth connection. If that happens, move away from wireless routers or microwaves and bring your headphones closer to the Bluetooth device.

How long will the battery stay charged?

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 use a custom-designed lithium-ion rechargeable battery that provides up to 20 hours of full-featured audio playback.

How do I control volume or manage my content with the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700?

The front half of the right earcup houses our touch interface for basic controls. This includes intuitive gestures like slide up and down for volume control and slide forward and back for track forward/back controls. In additional, a double tap will pause or play your content and also answer or hang up a call.

Can I change equalizer settings on my Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700?

Bose Headphones 700 also give you two options when it comes to audio EQ. Do nothing and the bass, midrange, and treble of whatever you’re listening to will be adjusted automatically to make it sound great. Or choose Equalizer in the settings of the Bose Music app to change the audio levels yourself to however you like them best. Either way, you’ll enjoy immersive sound at any volume.

Will there be software updates for my Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700?

Bose Headphones 700 are carefully engineered to be compatible with future innovations. Through a series of software updates, Bose plans to add new features and even more impressive sound management features over time. Simply register your new headphones on the Bose Music app and Bose will alert you as each new feature becomes available.

How do I fold the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 for storage?

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 utilize a hidden pivot design to quickly fold flat with one twist of the earcups, and store neatly in a thin, tapered hard case. Inside the case, there is a dedicated cable management compartment with a magnetic cover. This design improves ease of use and utility, while the thin wedge shape also facilitates storage in tight locations, including seat pockets, backpacks, and bags.

What’s Spotify Tap?

Spotify Tap is a special feature that lets you instantly listen to your last Spotify session by tapping and holding the right earcup on the Bose Headphones 700. You can keep repeating this step to get brand new playlists based off of Spotify’s algorithm and your listening history. An active Spotify account is needed to use this feature.

How do I enable Spotify Tap?

To start using this feature, you’ll need to download the latest version of the Bose Music app and update your Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Then enable Spotify under Shortcuts in the Bose Music app. You will also need an active Spotify account.

How do I use my phone’s default virtual assistant?

Using the lower button on the back of the right earcup, Bose Headphones 700 give you access to your phone’s default virtual assistant, like Siri.

How do I set up Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa as my preferred voice assistant*?

Use the Bose Music app to set up one of our voice assistant partners. It will guide you through the setup process, allowing you to set up an integrated button access feature that will automatically connect to your voice assistant app.

What happens if I’m in a country where Google Assistant or Alexa are not yet supported*?

The Bose Music app will guide you to select from a given region’s available features. For regions where only one is available, the app will automatically display the one you can select. In regions where neither is available, the voice assistant button will default to the native voice assistant available on your mobile device.

What kinds of things can I ask Alexa to do?

Once you’ve set it up, just press and release the voice assistant button and start talking. Alexa can help you manage your music and get things done — like start a playlist, play a favorite song, order products from Amazon, and control Alexa-enabled devices in your home. It can help you get notifications from Alexa about when your Amazon order has shipped. You can ask things like:

“Alexa, play ’90s pop.”
“Alexa, read a book from Audible.”
“Alexa, add milk to my shopping list.”

What kinds of things can I ask Google Assistant to do*?

Once you’ve set it up, to access Google Assistant, simply press and hold the voice assistant button to talk, and release it when you’re done. Google Assistant will read you your notifications, like an audio lock screen. Google Assistant also provides you with proactive notifications, such as an incoming text message, a meeting reminder, and many others. You can have Google Assistant expand on these notifications with a single press or reject them with a double press. You can ask for things like:

“Tell me the latest news.”
“Call Thomas.”
“Set a timer for 35 minutes.”
“Add olive oil to my shopping list.”

Bose QuietComfort 45 review: Great ANC, odd sound

When most people think of active noise canceling (ANC) headphones, they think of some iteration of Bose’s cans. For a long time, its offerings were among the most popular on the market, famed for their effectiveness and relative ease of use. It’s been two years since the release of the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700, and five since the original QuietComfort 35 hit the shelves. Do we need a new headset with the Bose QuietComfort 45? We spent a week with the Bose QC 45 to learn everything you need to know before buying.

Editor’s note: this Bose QuietComfort 45 review was updated on May 4, 2023 in order to address new additions to the market, and ensure timeliness of information within the article.

About this Bose QuietComfort 45 review: We tested the Bose QuietComfort 45 for one week with firmware version 1.0.3. SoundGuys purchased the unit for this review.

What is the Bose QuietComfort 45 like to use?

Bose’s ANC headphones are a bit of an archetype, and that’s for good reason: they’re very good at providing comfort and ease of use to most people. The Bose QuietComfort 45 is no different. If there’s one major positive about the QC 45 looking almost identical to its predecessors, it’s that you’re not in for any major surprises.

Using physical buttons means pressing into the earcup and potentially dislodging it.

The ear cups are decently large, and the headset weighs in a a reasonable 240 grams, and distributes its weight well enough to not cause much fatigue over long periods of time. The synthetic leather ear pads are dense enough to offer decent isolation, and the band also provides a bit of padding on the top.

Inside the packaging of the Bose QuietComfort 45 is a travel case, 3.5mm-2.5mm TRS cable, a USB type A to C cable, and assorted documentation. There aren’t airplane adapters of any kind, which is either a funny nod to the state of the world, or another reminder that I’m old and should probably stop expecting these things.

Meet the new QuietComfort 45, a very similar model to the QuietComfort 35 II.

One of the biggest updates to the new design of the Bose QuietComfort 45 is the jump from the outdated microUSB port to USB-C. Of course, this is mainly for charging your headphones, so it’s nice to not have to futz with microUSB anymore. It always feels like I’m trying to mash the wrong sides of LEGO together when I plug in a microUSB cable in the dark, so I appreciate the update.

Speaking of updates, the Bose QuietComfort 45 looks slightly different than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II it replaces. Gone are all the little holes in the back of the ear cups, and instead the outer plastic is smooth. While there are still a number of microphones used for active noise canceling, they’re definitely not as noticeable as before.

What are the controls of the Bose QuietComfort 45 like?

Controlling headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 45 is pretty straightforward once you get used to it, but there are a few foibles to go over.

Playback controls can be found on the back of the headphones.

The buttons on the back of each earcup are fairly intuitive, but can be a bit odd to get used to in a world of touch controls. However, for those who don’t like trusting controls susceptible to failure in colder climes, buttons are reliable at least.

Playback controls live on the right side of the headphones, and voice assistant and ANC toggle lives on the left. Unfortunately, you can’t turn off the ANC if the headphones are switched on; you can only toggle a mode called “aware” that allows some passthrough of your surroundings using the external mics of the Bose QuietComfort 45—an unfortunate feature we’ve seen with the Microsoft Surface Headphones 2.

Below is a complete rundown of the default Bose QC 45 controls:

ACTION TOP BUTTON (right) MIDDLE BUTTON (right) BOTTOM BUTTON (right) ACTION BUTTON (left)
ACTION

One press

TOP BUTTON (right)

Volume up

MIDDLE BUTTON (right)

Play/pause, answer/end call

BOTTOM BUTTON (right)

Volume down

ACTION BUTTON (left)

Toggle ANC mode

ACTION

Two presses

TOP BUTTON (right) MIDDLE BUTTON (right)

Next track

BOTTOM BUTTON (right) ACTION BUTTON (left)

Mute call

ACTION

Three presses

TOP BUTTON (right) MIDDLE BUTTON (right)

Previous track

BOTTOM BUTTON (right) ACTION BUTTON (left)

N/A

ACTION

Press and hold

TOP BUTTON (right) MIDDLE BUTTON (right)

Decline call

BOTTOM BUTTON (right) ACTION BUTTON (left)

Voice assistant

How does the Bose QuietComfort 45 connect to your device?

If you prefer wired listening, you can make use of the included cable.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 connects to your smartphone or source via the Bluetooth 5.1 hardware nestled inside the ear cups, or you can hardwire it via the 2.5-to-3.5mm TRS cable included in the packaging. When you go wireless, you can move up to nine meters away from your source device before connection hiccups occur.

If you were hoping for a higher-end Bluetooth codec on Bose’s latest, you’ll be disappointed: the QC 45 doesn’t support aptX or high-bitrate Bluetooth codecs. While this may be disappointing to some, the implementations of SBC and AAC have improved over the years, and aren’t necessarily something to be denigrated.

Follow these directions to connect the Bose QuietComfort 45 via the Bluetooth menu of your phone:

  1. Slide the power/Bluetooth switch to the right. Hold it in that position for three seconds.
  2. The headset will relay, “Ready to connect,” and the status light near the volume controls will blink blue.
  3. Open your device’s Bluetooth menu; SettingsBluetooth.
  4. Enable Bluetooth on your device.
  5. Select “QuietComfort 45” from the list of available devices.

You can also use the Bose Music app (iOS and Android) to pair your QC 45 to your phone or tablet. The app will prompt you with specific pairing instructions.

Should you download the Bose Music app?

You will need to download the Bose Music app (iOS/Android) to get the most out of your headphones; otherwise, you won’t be able to get the voice assistant or other features working.

When you open the Bose Music app, you’ll be prompted to share way too much information like location, call and message history, but it’s the price of entry for this kind of feature nowadays. Once you accept, the app will set up your profile and locate your headphones (presumably, in your hands or on your head). After this process completes you’ll be able to rename your Bose QuietComfort 45, mess with the options a bit, and that’s really about it.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 added an in-app EQ in February 2022 to the Bose Music app via a firmware update, which is quite handy to have.

In February 2022, Bose added an equalizer to the Bose Music app for the QuietComfort 45 via a firmware update (Version 2.0.4). That means you can fine-tune these headphones to your liking and deal with the wonky default sound profile (more on that below). You’ll need the latest version of the Bose Music app to see this feature

If you need to update the headphones over USB, that’s easily accomplished using the Bose Updater tool over the included USB-C cable. Bose headphones have had a habit of botched updates over Bluetooth, so if that happens with these cans: just follow these instructions to fix it and you should be fine.

How good is the battery life of the Bose QuietComfort 45?

With noise canceling on, the Bose QuietComfort 45 lasts 24 hours, 49 minutes, surpassing Bose’s official 24-hour battery life for the headset. Our battery tests are performed by subjecting a headset to a constant output of music peaking 75dB(SPL) until the batteries deplete, so if you listen at lower volumes, you’ll may well surpass the 25-hour-mark.

You can use the USB-C cable to fast charge the QC 45. A quick 15-minute charge yields 180 minutes of playtime.

How well does the Bose QuietComfort 45 cancel noise?

A worthy upgrade to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, the Bose QuietComfort 45 has an outstanding ANC system.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 does an excellent job at canceling outside noise with its updated ANC system. Specifically, it does a surprisingly good job at dulling noises in the mids and highs that most headsets don’t attenuate terribly well.

That sounds amazing, but in practice, it means that airplane engine hum will sound one-eighth as loud. Not Earth-shattering, but a very noticeable improvement nonetheless. The redesign of these headphones also improved the isolation somewhat, and that pays dividends in the form of increased high-frequency attenuation.

Though we hesitate to crown the Bose QuietComfort 45 the king of ANC, Bose is definitely keeping pace with Sony and Apple after getting leapfrogged for a few years there. Bear in mind that there’s no way to disable the active noise canceling without enabling Aware mode on the QC 45. At least with the Bose QC 35 II, which lacks an Aware mode, you can turn off ANC and enjoy music.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II were also impressive noise cancelers.

If you owned the Bose QuietComfort 35 or Bose QuietComfort 35 II, you won’t notice a massive upgrade here. But because the newer Bose QuietComfort 45 provides better passive isolation, overall performance is measurably improved, even though the Bose QuietComfort 35 II was already pretty great.

How good does the Bose QuietComfort 45 sound?

The Bose QuietComfort 45 sticks to our target really well until 2kHz; then it adds about 5dB of extra energy in the highs.

As much as I’d love to tell you that the Bose QuietComfort 45 offers some sort of improvement over its predecessors, I can’t. It’s fine, decent even—just not great. A lot of our gripes with the headset have to do with an overemphasized high-end relative to our preference curve in its out of the box tuning. This does a good job making speech intelligible; however, it makes busy tracks with a lot of high frequency content like punk, and some 90s-2000s pop tracks sound pretty terrible. Of course, there’s plenty of blame that falls on the producers of these tracks—but at the time, they were mixing for the “bass boost” crowd. It’s not Bose’s fault that these tracks weren’t well-mixed, but it’s much more grating with a sound like that of the QuietComfort 45.

Nowhere is this unwelcome high end emphasis more apparent than on Green Day’s Insomniac—oh, does it sound positively awful on the Bose QuietComfort 45. Not only do the vocals and drums take a backseat to the cymbals and room sounds, but turning the volume up to compensate drives these grating sounds to even more annoying levels.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 makes podcasts and spoken-word content sound okay.

You can try your hand at checking out songs that you like, but if there’s any Rob Cavallo in your library, that house sound has the same issue with any headphones that overemphasize high-frequency sound to this degree. Protip: do not play any punk with these headphones without equalizing them first.

Where the Bose QuietComfort 45 does well is in newer mixes that are much more vocal-heavy (or the much-maligned Clear Channel “stomp-clap-‘HEY’ “ genre that includes Mumford and Sons, etc). So for example, Logic’s 2020 album No Pressure and Lil Nas X’s MONTERO will sound far, far better than the aforementioned older songs. Additionally, you may find that podcasts in particular sound better than they typically do on bassier headphones, because the relative emphasis on second and higher-formant speech sounds does wonders for intelligibility. Like I said: not bad, just strange.

Using the EQ in the Bose Music app, in your music player app like Amazon Music HD, or one on the system level, drop 3-20kHz by about 5dB; your hearing will thank you. That’s not to say that these are bad headphones, it’s just that sometimes you’ll be assaulted by a song mixed for another time that doesn’t hold up. Anything with lots of cymbal shimmer will be a bit grating, and speech intelligibility suffers a bit in mixes with a lot of high-end sounds because of this emphasis.

By using our settings, you can get pretty close to our consumer target.

To get the most out of the Bose QuietComfort 45, you’re going to want to apply these changes to the EQ section of your app (measured results in the thumbnail):

Band Adjustment

Bass

-5

Mid

0

Treble

-10

How good does the Bose QuietComfort 45 microphone sound?

The microphone sounds okay enough. Bose knows its stuff, but you’re going to be able to squeeze blood from a stone. Small embedded mics do okay, but they will not replace a dedicated boom mic anytime soon. Still, take a listen and tell us what you think!

Bose QuietComfort 45 microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

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Should you buy the Bose QuietComfort 45?

If you buy the Bose QuietComfort 45, you get a competent set of noise cancellers. Adding an EQ to the Bose Music app is also good news.

Pictured: the main reason to get the Bose QuietComfort 45 over its predecessor.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 at its original price is not worth the money when you can get the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 for $379 at Amazon, or the Bose QuietComfort 35 II for $329.64 at Amazon. However, you can easily find the QC 45 for $279 USD, which makes it an easier buy. Still, the biggest downside to grabbing the older headset is the microUSB port. Consequently, if you can’t find a good deal on the QC 45, I recommend you find the Bose QuietComfort 35 II on sale somewhere to save you some money over the new one.

When you consider that the Bose QuietComfort 45’s problems really are something that could be coded away or developed for, I’m not comfortable telling you that this isn’t a good headset, or that you should avoid it altogether. Bose is pretty good about updating their products when it needs to, and in that light this headset could fit your needs better as time goes on. Still, it’s in a crowded segment, and with credible competitors from Sony and Sennheiser: you should definitely shop around.

Bose QuietComfort 45

Bose QuietComfort 45

Excellent ANC • EQ adjustable • Comfortable ear pads

An ANC headset that provides comfort and ease of use.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 does an excellent job cancelling outside noise, and it sounds great for podcast listening. It has a decent battery life, and the fast-charging USB-C adds another 180 minutes with only a 15-minute charge.

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How does the Bose QuietComfort 45 compare to the Sony WH-1000XM5?

Embedded microphones have limitations compared to gaming headsets, but these two are pretty good.

The Sony WH-1000XM5 reigns as the best pair of Sony headphones you can buy, and it outperforms the Bose QC 45. Even with this win for Sony, there are some reasons to buy the QC 45 like price, default sound, and portability. Let’s start with price: the XM5 retails for less than $400 USD, while you can find the Bose QC 45 for less than $279 USD throughout the year. Even at its original price, the QC 45 is $60 USD cheaper than Sony’s headphones.

Both headsets will do well to block out background noise, but only Sony let’s you disable ANC and use the XM5 as a standard set of Bluetooth headphones.

That said, you can fully disable ANC on the WH-1000XM5 without the need to enable transparency mode. In other words, you can use Sony’s headset like a pair of standard, non-ANC headphones which can’t be said of the QC 45. When you do enable noise canceling you’ll notice that it’s pretty tight between the two headsets but Sony more consistently blocks out frequencies higher than 1kHz.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 has less bass emphasis, but a lack of higher-quality codecs may frustrate you.

Neither headset is perfect for the default frequency responses, but you get a bit more granularity from the Sony Headphones Connect app EQ module than the one in the Bose Music app.

What are some alternatives to the Bose QuietComfort 45?

If you don’t want to spend the hefty sum of $329 USD, you may want to look into a few other models of headphones to ensure you’re not overspending. For example, the Sennheiser PXC 550-II and the Sony WH-1000XM4 both offer quite a bit more bang for the buck, and include creature comforts like in-app EQ and more audio quality-focused Bluetooth codecs like aptX and LDAC, respectively.

If you can find them on sale, the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 might be a better fit.

If you’re still considering the Bose QuietComfort 45, definitely take a good, hard look at its predecessor, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. While it doesn’t have a USB-C port, it costs $80 USD less, and it performs about on par with the newer headset—minus the strange high-end emphasis.

While that may sound harsh, let’s look at some comparisons here. The high-end emphasis is very apparent when you compare the QuietComfort 45 with the other headsets in Bose’s stable. Both the Noise Canceling Headphones 700 and the QuietComfort 35 II align with our targets better than the newer headphones. You can get a full comparison of the NCH 700 and QC 45 here.

Of course, when you get down to cost, some may find the Sony WH-1000XM4 to be much more their speed—the sticker price is $299 at Amazon, and the Sony cans offer more features and flexibility. If you have no set budget, both the AirPods Max and the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 will provide a measurable step up both in performance and features. The AirPods Max is about as pricey as it gets at $479.99 at Amazon.

If the treble-heavy sound of Bose isn’t for you, it’s wise to check out the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4 Wireless instead. This headset will run you  $279.85 at Amazon and offers better sound quality than both Bose headphones without blasting the bass all that much. While it’s not quite as good at ANC as either the Bose headphones or Sony competitors, it’s good enough to quiet the worst sounds you encounter on a commute. It also offers almost double the battery life, at over 50 hours of runtime per charge.

Should you get earbuds instead of the Bose QuietComfort 45?

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The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds (left) is bulkier than the Bose Sport Earbuds (right).

If you want a more portable alternative to the Bose QuietComfort 45, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is probably the first product that comes to mind. This is about as expensive as wireless earbuds get ($279 at Amazon), and frankly, it’s not as good of an all around package as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. Yes, the QC Earbuds II is more compact than the Bose QC Earbuds, but the older model has ear wings to keep the buds in place. You also get wireless charging in the older, albeit bulkier, case. Unlike the first-gen Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, you can’t disable ANC on the newer Bose QC Earbuds II. Instead, you run into the same issue as the QC 45: the only way to “disable” ANC is to enable transparency mode. If you’re between the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II and the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), it becomes more about which OS your phone runs.

We can’t talk about the Bose QC Earbuds without discussing the Sony WF-1000XM4, sibling to the famed Sony WH-1000XM4. Sony’s flagship true wireless earbuds have an IPX4 rating and slightly better ANC than the QC Earbuds. The default sound quality is a bit wonky but, like the QC Earbuds in its mobile app, you can EQ the sound in the Sony Headphones Connect app. Learn more about the earbuds in our WF-1000XM4 video review.

The very strong case magnet hampers single-handed operation, but this also means the MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 case stays closed in your bag.

We also like the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 for its sleek design, IPX4 rating, excellent ANC, and optional wing tips. Alternatively, the CX Plus True Wireless is a great value-packed pair of ANC earbuds with a solid mobile app. The blocky shape may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the aptX, AAC, and SBC support surely make up for it.

Frequently asked questions about the Bose QuietComfort 45?

Yes, the QC 45 supports both wireless and wired playback. You can use the provided cable that can be plugged into the left ear cup of the Bose QuietComfort 45. While smartphones with headphone jacks are becoming an endangered species, this headset will allow you to listen with wired equipment.

Yes. In fact the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 got better ANC through a firmware update. Just because their headphones have some sort of shortcoming right now doesn’t mean it won’t get fixed in the future.

Yes, in February 2022, Bose added an EQ to the Bose Music app via a firmware update. Make sure you’ve got the latest firmware installed, and you should find the EQ there in the app.

At this point, if the connector is an issue for you, you may want to get the newer headphones. That isn’t something that can be easily fixed.

Sometimes! In fact the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 got better ANC through a firmware update. Just because their headphones have some sort of shortcoming right now doesn’t mean it won’t get fixed in the future.

Yes, the Bose QC 45 supports multipoint connectivity, so you can connect it to two source devices at simultaneously.

No, the QC 45 does not have a proximity sensor for auto play/pause like the Sony WH-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM5. The Bose NCH 700 lacks a proximity sensor too.

Define “best.” The Focal Bathys are the best-sounding ANC headphones we’ve tested, though some might argue that honor belongs to the Marc Levinson No. 5909. The best ANC is offered by the Sony WH-1000XM5, though the gap between it and the Bose headphones is not very much.

Headphones Bose QuietComfort 45 Black

Bose QuietComfort 45 Black Headphones.

Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Headphones with Active Noise Canceling and Ambient Sound – immerse yourself in the world of music and return to reality at the touch of a button.

Features:

  • Impact-resistant, fiberglass-filled headband for drop protection and shape retention;
  • custom cast metal;
  • strong and durable metal swivel joint;
  • soft faux leather on the ear pads and headband top for all-day comfort
  • SimpleSync technology allows you to connect to Bose speakers and soundbars;
  • wireless connection via Bluetooth 5. 1;
  • multipoint technology for simultaneous connection to two signal sources;

Silence, comfort and sound

Feel the silence when you put on your headphones. The soft ear cushions provide a secure fit and block out external noise for comfort even during long listening sessions. The proven Active Noise Cancellation system has received improvements and a new alert mode. The Bose QuietComfort 45 is made from breathtakingly lightweight materials for premium comfort. Proprietary tuning produces deep, detailed and clear sound. The Bose QuietComfort 45 are wireless headphones with the perfect balance of silence, comfort and sound.

Acoustic Noise Cancelling

Acoustic noise reduction technology is the result of over 50 years of research. The Bose QuietComfort 45 features tiny microphones hidden within the earbuds that continuously pick up and respond to external noise. Real silence is always with you. Use the button on the left earcup to select full noise canceling mode or transparent mode to hear what’s going on around you.

Transparency mode

In transparency mode, everything that happens around you is recognized by the microphones and reproduced naturally through the headphones. Your music and your surroundings are in your ears at the same time. This helps you forget you’re wearing headphones at all and enjoy your music in comfort. Thanks to the transparency mode, being outdoors with headphones becomes safer.

High fidelity

Music, podcasts, videos. This is the content you love. The Bose QuietComfort 45 features exclusive technologies such as TriPort and loudness-optimized active EQ to reproduce sound with maximum fidelity.

The signature TriPort ear cup design provides ventilation to add depth and fullness to the sound. So you get better sound from headphones that are smaller, lighter and more comfortable. In addition, the loudness-optimized active equalizer boosts lows and highs to maintain high fidelity, no matter how loud or quiet you listen to music. The bass stays the same when you turn the volume down and the music stays crisp when you turn it up.Premium Content

Long listening times require an appropriate level of comfort. The QuietComfort 45 headphones have received improvements in this regard: the company has paid special attention to detail. Smooth ear cushions, luxurious faux leather and minimal clamping force. You’ll almost forget you’re wearing them, even after hours of listening.

Four microphones improve speech intelligibility during conversations

With the help of four external microphones, the susceptibility and intelligibility of external sounds becomes better. The earbuds focus on your voice while the noise cancellation algorithm filters out environmental sounds for clearer conversations. It all happens in real time, so rest assured your voice sounds clear even in windy, noisy environments. Up to 25 hours of battery life

The QuietComfort 45 headphones can play music for up to 25 hours on a single charge. Enough to maintain peace and quiet throughout even the longest flight. Bose QuietComfort 45 charges via USB-C in just 2.5 hours. A quick 15-minute charge gives you up to 2.5 hours of listening time. The included audio cable allows you to connect headphones in classic wired mode.

Contents:

  • headphones;
  • USB-C charging cable;
  • audio cable 3.5 mm;
  • storage bag;
  • documentation.

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Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Headphones with Active Noise Canceling and Ambient Sound – immerse yourself in the world of music and return to reality at the touch of a button.

Features:

  • Impact-resistant, fiberglass-filled headband for drop protection and shape retention;
  • custom cast metal;
  • strong and durable metal swivel joint;
  • soft faux leather on the ear pads and headband top for all-day comfort
  • SimpleSync technology allows you to connect to Bose speakers and soundbars;
  • wireless connection via Bluetooth 5. 1;
  • multipoint technology for simultaneous connection to two signal sources;

Silence, comfort and sound

Feel the silence when you put on your headphones. The soft ear cushions provide a secure fit and block out external noise for comfort even during long listening sessions. The proven Active Noise Cancellation system has received improvements and a new alert mode. The Bose QuietComfort 45 is made from breathtakingly lightweight materials for premium comfort. Proprietary tuning produces deep, detailed and clear sound. The Bose QuietComfort 45 are wireless headphones with the perfect balance of silence, comfort and sound.

Acoustic Noise Cancelling

Acoustic noise reduction technology is the result of over 50 years of research. The Bose QuietComfort 45 features tiny microphones hidden within the earbuds that continuously pick up and respond to external noise. Real silence is always with you. Use the button on the left earcup to select full noise canceling mode or transparent mode to hear what’s going on around you.

Transparency mode

In transparency mode, everything that happens around you is recognized by the microphones and reproduced naturally through the headphones. Your music and your surroundings are in your ears at the same time. This helps you forget you’re wearing headphones at all and enjoy your music in comfort. Thanks to the transparency mode, being outdoors with headphones becomes safer.

High fidelity

Music, podcasts, videos. This is the content you love. The Bose QuietComfort 45 features exclusive technologies such as TriPort and loudness-optimized active EQ to reproduce sound with maximum fidelity.

The signature TriPort ear cup design provides ventilation to add depth and fullness to the sound. So you get better sound from headphones that are smaller, lighter and more comfortable. In addition, the loudness-optimized active equalizer boosts lows and highs to maintain high fidelity, no matter how loud or quiet you listen to music. The bass stays the same when you turn the volume down and the music stays crisp when you turn it up.Premium Content

Long listening times require an appropriate level of comfort. The QuietComfort 45 headphones have received improvements in this regard: the company has paid special attention to detail. Smooth ear cushions, luxurious faux leather and minimal clamping force. You’ll almost forget you’re wearing them, even after hours of listening.

Four microphones improve speech intelligibility during conversations

With the help of four external microphones, the susceptibility and intelligibility of external sounds becomes better. The earbuds focus on your voice while the noise cancellation algorithm filters out environmental sounds for clearer conversations. It all happens in real time, so rest assured your voice sounds clear even in windy, noisy environments. Up to 25 hours of battery life

The QuietComfort 45 headphones can play music for up to 25 hours on a single charge.