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Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earphones Review

When it comes to noise-cancellation, most people automatically look towards Bose as the brand of choice. This tendency has merit, as the Bose Brand has helped pioneer the standard for what noise-cancellation technology truly means. The Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones¬†actually made SoundSystemReview’s Top 5 Headphones of 2017 List, and I’ll admit Bose does hold a special place in our hearts.

But how do the Bose QuietComfort 20 hold up to the Bose noise-cancellation standard? Are Bose Earphones at the same premium level of the Bose brand, or do they fall a little short? Let’s take a look.

Sound Quality:

I’ll admit I’m not always the biggest earphone fan. After so many years of enjoying premium headphone models, earphones sometimes struggle to keep up in audio quality. However, headphones aren’t always practical, nor are they universally preferable. Besides, sometimes it’s nice to keep things simple. In terms of audio quality, the Bose QuietComfort 20 pack a surprising punch. The QuietComfort 20 are built with TriPort technology and have active EQ management that provides a balanced tone for a wide range of frequencies. Audio is clear, and the bass isn’t muddy and is vibrant enough to suffice for all genres of music. Granted, if you absolutely love bass heavy tunes headphones like the Sennheiser HD 8 DJ may be more for you. Overall, the QuietComfort 20 have a crisp and clear sound that won’t disappoint.

Now, let’s talk noise-cancellation. The Bose QuietComfort 20 have StayHear + tips that fit extremely well inside the ear and provide stability while engaging in day-to-day activities. They’re constructed of silicone (they’re washable) and come in a variety of sizes to better fit you. The StayHear + tips truly make a difference in ambient noise reduction/cancellation. By reducing environmental distractions, you can fully enjoy your audio in peace. If you’re on the go during travel or in a loud setting, the QueitComfort 20 can serve as a saving grace.

Comfort & Durability:

Speaking of the StayHear + tips, I should also mention their comfort! A poorly fitted earbud can be the downfall of an otherwise great pair of earphones, yet the Bose QuietComfort 20 are very solid in design. The StayHear + tips are made of gentle silicone and fit snuggly in your ear, and you won’t have to constantly readjust your earphones to prevent them from falling out. Like most earphones, the QuietComfort 20 are lightweight and easy to take on the go, and there really isn’t any uncomfortable component. The wire is also a decent thickness, and even after 1+ years of use I’ve never had them fray or begin to break. Overall, you can expect a high degree of durability from the QueitComfort 20 so long as you properly wrap the wires when travelling instead of just stuffing them in your pocket (which I am still usually guilty of, I’ll admit).

Features & Use:

For a pair of earphones, the Bose QueitComfort 20 actually have some surprisingly handy features that are worth mentioning. Firstly, the earphones work equally well with Apple, Android, or Samsung devices, and I’ve never had any connectivity issues. You can also managed your calls extremely easily with the QuietComfort 20, as an inline microphone allows for simple touch answering/ending of calls and quickly switches between music and calling. However, the most handy feature of the QuietComfort 20 is Aware Mode. With the touch of a button, Aware Mode allows the inline microphone to pick up surrounding audio and relays them in the user’s ear. Essentially, the noise reduction aspect of the QuietComfort 20 can be toned down, allowing you to still enjoy your music while remaining fully aware of your surroundings. Pretty neat.


If you’re looking for a premium model of noise-cancelling headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 20 is one of the best models out there. The price tag can seem a bit high for some people, but my philosophy with most things is that it is better to pay for quality than simply buying garbage that will consistently break or need replacing. If you are looking to upgrade to a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that will excel at ambient noise reduction and audio quality, these headphones are a great buy.

Why You Should Buy The Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earphones:

  • StayHear+ tips provide incredible noise-cancellation ability.

  • Audio quality is crisp and balanced, and the bass remains noticeable.

  • The silicone tips are very comfortable and very well fitted.

  • Aware Mode and easy call management make for enjoyable side features of the QuietComfort 20.

Why The QuietComfort 20 Might Not Be For You:

  • If you need massive amounts of bass, shop elsewhere.

  • If the flexibility and lightweight nature of earphones isn’t important to you, perhaps consider buying some headphones.

Overall Impression:

Finding a pair of noise-cancelling earphones or headphones is often a challenge, and you never want to sacrifice audio quality for noise reduction. However, the Bose QuietComfort 20 are a complete package, and offer crystal clear audio and block out a majority of ambient noise. Comfortable and effective, users shopping for long lasting noise-cancelling earphones should certainly consider the Bose QuietComfort 20.





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