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Audio-Technica - ATH-WS990BTBK Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Black
Description

The ATH-WS990BT wireless over-ear headphones combine exclusive 53 mm Deep Motion Drivers with large, high-flux magnetic circuitry and Bluetooth technology to deliver vibrant full-range wireless audio with invigorating bass. The powerful magnetic force of the circuitry results in dynamic, well-tailored diaphragm response to reproduce deep, clear low frequencies and detailed mid-to-high frequencies. The sound is further enhanced by the exclusive dual-layer, memory-foam earpads, comprised of a firm internal layer and a soft outer layer, that provide excellent sound isolation and comfort. The headphones can even reproduce Hi-Res Audio when used with the included 1.2 m (3. 9') audio cable.

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  • Review by MerryChristmas, 10 out of 10
    Christmas gift

    A gift for my grandson. He was so excited and happy to have received these.

    Dec 27, 2020 11:29
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    Bose - QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones - Silver
    Description

    Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are over-ear headphones from Bose featuring world-class noise cancelling technology, and now they're optimized with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. Enjoy balanced audio performance at any volume with volume-optimized EQ. And you can make or receive clear phone calls, even in loud environments with the noise reduction dual-microphone system in these Bluetooth headphones. Connect to your devices wirelessly with Bluetooth and NFC pairing, with voice prompts for easy Bluetooth pairing. Thanks to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant you can keep in touch, get answers and manage your day using just your voice with one-button access to the voice assistant of your choice. You can also access your phone's default virtual assistant, like Siri through your headphones. Together, they can create astonishing real-world experiences and fundamentally new ways to work, travel, exercise, learn, play, and more. Wear these comfortable headphones all day because they're built with premium materials. Listen to your wireless headphones for up to 20 hours of long battery life from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Keep listening without battery power by connecting the included audio cable. Unlock more features and access future updates through the Bose Connect app.

    9 Features
  • When your home becomes your office: Turn any space into an instant office — or simply a place to unwind, listen to music, or make phone calls on these Bluetooth headphones.
  • High-capacity battery: Listen to your wireless headphones with up to 20 hours of battery life from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
  • Bose Connect app: Helps you set your preferred level of noise cancellation, unlock more features, and access future updates.
  • Active noise cancellation: Eliminate noisy distractions and focus on what matters most with renowned noise cancellation. Set your preferred level of noise cancellation, unlock more features, and access future updates through the Bose Connect app.
  • Perfect call and voice quality: Get clear phone calls even in noisy environments with the noise-rejecting dual-microphone system.
  • Built-in voice assistant: Bring Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant with you wherever you go. Enjoy entertainment, get information, and manage your day - all with your voice.
  • Wireless connectivity: Connect to your devices wirelessly to your headphones using Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC pairing with voice prompts for hassle-free pairing.
  • Listen longer: Keep listening to your music without battery power by connecting the included audio cable.
  • High-quality materials: You can wear these wireless headphones comfortably all day because they're built with premium materials.
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  • Review by TechnicallyWell, 10 out of 10
    Great way to drown out the outside world

    DESIGN:

    Bose has maintained a very similar design to the 1st generation of the QuietComfort 35. The headband portion has a soft underside that feels very comfortable resting on the top of my head. The band is also foldable which makes the QuietComfort 35 II easy to transport, although the included case is somewhat larger than many of the other over-the-ear headphones I’ve tested.

    The earcups are also very soft and comfortable around your ear, which is very important as you’ll likely be wearing these for long periods on an airplane or train. I still sometimes get the “ear sweats” and need to take a break from the headphones after wearing them for an hour or so to give my ears a chance to breath, but this is normal for me with any pair of headphones.

    The headphones are large and seem a bit bulky, but the sound quality makes up for it.

    SOUND QUALITY:

    With “Bose” on the label, you can safely assume sound quality is stellar. And it is with the Quiet Comfort 35 IIs. Bass has plenty of punch and the mids and highs are crips and clear.

    When the noise cancellation is active, you will hear a gentle white noise “hum” in the background as the unit counteracts the outside noises. It’s not very noticeable while listening to music, but you can tell it is there when listening to a podcast or talk show.

    NOISE CANCELLING

    One of the main reasons to pick up these Bose headphones is for their noise cancellation technology. Once you activate the noise cancellation feature, the sounds around you seem to disappear. And I’m not just talking about that fact that these cover your ears. Bose’s noise cancellation technology actively sends opposing sound to counteract the noise around you. Why’s this important? You can set the QC 35 IIs to a lower volume and still hear your music just fine, even in noisy environments. Normally, you would need to crank up the music to drown out your surroundings. So you can spare your ear drums and relax even if there’s a crying baby next to you. Now, if someone’s running a jackhammer next to you, it won’t completely eliminate the sound. But it does a great job of getting rid of the loud hum of an airplane or the clickity-clack of a train.

    There are two levels of noise cancellation: high and low. The feature can also be turned off completely. The “low” setting comes in handy when you still need to hear something going on outside, such as an airport announcement. Although, if it’s something important, you’ll probably want to turn off the noise cancelling feature completely. The noise cancellation feature can be controlled via Bose’s Connect app or you can assign the function to the “Action” button.

    FEATURES:

    Bose touts that the Bose QuietComfort 35s have Google Assistant built-in and can be accessed by pressing a new “Action” button on the left earcup. I assumed the headphones would just kind of “tether” my phone’s internet connection when using Google Assistant. However, the app for these headphones prompted me to install the full Google Assistant app on my iPhone in order to use the feature. I wouldn’t say that Google Assistant is “built-in” if the headphones are depending on my phone to actually run the Google Assistant feature.

    Which prompts another question: don’t most headphones already allow you to call up the voice assistant, be it Siri or Google Assistant? Indeed, you can hold the multifunction (middle) button on the QC 35s for one second and Siri will activate on your iPhone (or Google Assistant for Android). So what’s unique about Bose’s “Google Assistant built-in” offering? On Android, the voice interface is a little more verbose and will tell you who the text message is from instead of just playing the normal “ding” notification. For me, I reassigned the “Action” button to control the noise-cancellation feature instead, but heavy users of Google services may find the Google Assistant feature to be worthwhile.

    Aside from the Google Assistant feature, the Bose Connect app is very handy and walks you through the setup process and gives you a quick overview on using the QuietComfort 35 IIs. The app can also assist you in connecting additional Bluetooth devices, configuring the Action button, setting the noise cancellation and upgrade the firmware, which I needed to do upon receiving the headphones.

    The three buttons on the right ear cup allow you to control your music without getting out your phone. The middle button will play and pause your music (or answer an incoming phone call). Double-tapping the middle button skips forward to the next track while triple-tapping the middle button rewinds. Pressing the + and – buttons will increase and decrease the volume respectively.

    BATTERY LIFE

    Battery life is impressive and can last up to 20 hours in wireless Bluetooth mode or 40 hours when using the included audio cable. Charging the unit only takes two hours and can be recharged with a standard Micro USB cable.

    Upon powering on the QC 35 IIs, an automated voice will announce the current charge level. If the battery needs recharged while in use, you’ll hear, “Battery low, please charge now.” There is also a battery LED indicator on the right ear cup. Green indicates a medium to full charge, while a solid amber LED indicates that the charge is getting low. When it blinks red, it’s time to charge. If you’re using an iPhone, the battery level will also show on the status bar of your phone.

    OVERALL

    You can't beat the sound quality of Bose. The addition of Google Assistant seems gimmicky, but you can still summon Siri with these headphones, The noise cancellation feature is superb and makes these great for long plane or train rides.

    Sep 24, 2017 18:31
  • Review by hairdude, 10 out of 10
    They are wonderful

    I already had a pair of these excellent noise canceling headphones. I got my husband a pair for his birthday. Now we can completely ignore each other! It's great!

    Mar 28, 2021 12:04
  • Review by optimummind, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic headphones~!

    = Summary =

    The Bose QC35 Series II headphones are fantastic~!! It definitely lives up to all the hype & rave reviews and delivers great sound, dynamic range, awesome bass, and truly astounding active noise cancellation. In addition, it looks cool and is very comfortable to wear.

    = Design & Comfort =

    I have the black QC35 Series II and it looks sleek and sexy. Since it's black, it will blend in nicely with whatever clothing you wear and it won't stand out too much.

    To my delight, it was much lighter than it looked and is very comfortable to wear over the head for extended periods of time.

    The ear padding is very soft, well-padded, and doesn't cause any long-term fatigue or discomfort. I even wore it to bed and it was very comfortable (as long as you don't mind not being able to turn your head sideways).

    = Controls =

    The layout of the buttons are well-placed, easy to find, and intuitive to use. On your left earmuff, you have the Google Assistant button. On the right earmuff, you have the Power/Bluetooth pairing button as well as additional buttons for Volume Control and Playback Control. As expected, all the controls work very well and with no issues.

    = Google Assistant Button =

    The highlight of this new Bose QC35 Series II headphones is the presence of a dedicated button for Google Assistant (GA). I paired the QC35 to my Galaxy S8+ and found it to be pretty useful. A single-press of the GA button will tell you the time of the day and also notify you about any Notifications you have received. If you have Notifications, the headphones will read them aloud to you.

    You can also press-and-hold the GA button, speak a command to GA, and get responses delivered directly to your ears. I used the GA button often to check the weather, make calls to people, and send messages.

    I didn't have much success, though, when trying to send text messages to people via the GA button. The QC35 would correctly understand my command, confirm and read back my message to my recipient, but sometimes the delivery would fail in the end. If I use Google Assistant directly from my Galaxy S8+, everything works the first time. I'm hoping future app and firmware updates will improve the GA experience.

    With that said, having the GA button is very useful and helpful and I'm sure it'll only get better and faster.

    = Audio Quality & Noise Cancellation =

    When it comes to listening to audio, the Bose QC35 Series II is impeccable. It played back all the different kinds of music (rock, hip-hop, pop, rap) fabulously and flawlessly. From bass-heavy songs such as 50 Cent's Just a Lil Bit and In Da Club to full-range songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, the QC35 is a champ. Absolutely no complaints here.

    Making all this audio quality possible is the BRILLIANT active noise cancellation. All background distractions simply disappear and don't bother you from enjoying your music. I was sitting on my front porch listening to music because there is much noise here - gardeners working, delivery trucks driving by, birds chirping, dogs barking, etc. And I couldn't hear them at all~!! Especially impressive was when I missed hearing a medium-sized U-Haul truck driving into my street close to my driveway. Those kinds of trucks are usually very loud and clanky but the QC35 filtered it out wonderfully.

    Making all of this even more impressive is the fact that the volume on the QC35 was only set to ~60% loudness. One no longer has to crank up the volume at the expense of potentially damaging your hearing to filter out background noise & distractions. Brilliant.

    I also used the QC35 Series II to make and answer several calls and everybody said my voice came through loud and clear and good. I was told by one person that it sounded just as good as my Plantronics M180 bluetooth headset.

    = Conclusion =

    The Bose QC35 Series II is an absolute buy~! Great design and quality, great controls & comfort, SUPERB audio quality augmented by brilliant active noise cancelling, and topped off by the innovative and useful Google Assistant functionality baked in.

    I highly recommend it to all music lovers.

    Sep 23, 2017 17:49
  • Review by nickcal, 10 out of 10
    Straight up my new favorite headphones

    I’ve long been a fan of noise cancelling headphones, but it wasn’t until this past year that I really started appreciating the scope of their use. I traveled across the country on a crowded airplane. While thousands of people do this everyday, I can’t say that I was totally prepared for it the first time around. All the ambient noises really took their toll on me and one year later, when I flew for a second time, I had an excellent pair of noise cancelling headphones in-hand to make the flight bearable. At that time, I was rocking the Sony 1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling headphones and I never thought I would find a better, more comfortable pair of headphones. This past week, I was introduced to the QuietComfort 35 II headphones by Bose. I’ve been a fan of Bose products for many years because they have a reputation for designing great, high-end audio gear. I’m happy to say that the QuietComfort 35 II’s don’t disappoint and they really live up to the Bose quality name.

    UNBOXING

    The headphones arrived in a standard Bose branded box. The outside covering of the box included some basic details of the product in multiple languages. You will also notice the MFi icon along with the Android logo and the Google Assistant built-in graphic. The QuietComfort 35 II are the first Bose headphones to come with built-in Google Assistant support. That is in fact the biggest difference between the QuietComfort 35 II and the original version of the headphones according to Bose’s website. When you look at the specs of the two headphone models, you will see that they are nearly identical except for the weight (version II is 2.6 ounces heavier) and the fact that the original QuietComfort headphones come packaged with an airline adapter.

    The QuietComfort 35 II’s package includes a carrying case, charging cable, and audio cable. When you first open the box, you will see the carrying case. All the other pieces are tucked away inside. The case is built very well. There is an exterior mesh pocket that could be used for extra cables or even your smartphone. When you open the case, you will find another interior mesh pocket and the mail compartment where the headphones lay. They actually fold up in a very specific way, but Bose was kind enough to include a small illustration that shows you how to place them in the case.

    BUILD QUALITY

    The headphones are lightweight and flexible. I really like that the earpieces aren’t static and can swivel around a bit. It makes it easier to wear in my opinion. The headband extends easily and the materials used to build it feels very solid. The padding on the headband is probably the only thing I would change. It’s soft and comfortable to wear, but it’s covered in some sort of suede fabric, which leads me to think that over time, it will soak up sweat and other oils and wear down. I would have preferred to see this padding covered in leather instead.

    The inside of the ear pieces are marked with a “L” and “R” to show you which way to wear the headphones. One thing I noticed was that the actual speaker on the inside of the ear cup seems to be angled toward your ear. Many of my other headphones just have a flat speaker. I haven’t been able to find out this sort of orientation would affect sound quality or volume, but I am sure the design was done with purpose. The padding on the ear cups is very nice and seems to wear well. I did notice that the foam segments don’t pull off of the cups as magnets, but it does appear that they might snap off the ear cups. Not wanting to damage the foam, I didn’t try to pry them off.

    These headphones have physical switches on them which is a bit of an oddity these days. Most of the headphones I’ve been around lately seem to utilize touch controls (the Sony headphones only have touch controls). So, the tactile nature of the buttons and switches on the Bose headphones was a nice departure from what I was used to. I’m sometimes not a fan of physical switches because they will get caught on things like hoodies, but the on/off switch on the right ear cup was designed in such a way that it avoided that usual problem. In addition to the on/off switch, you will also find the volume up/down buttons, and the play/pause button on the right ear cup. On the left ear piece, you will find the Google Assistant/ANR settings button.

    On the bottom of the two earpieces, there is also a port for plugging in the Micro USB charging cable and the audio cable for a wired connection. Even though Micro USB has been a standard for quite some time for charging devices of this nature, I feel with a brand new product like this, Bose should have taken the opportunity to switch over to USB-C for charging.

    USER EXPERIENCE

    As soon as the headphones arrived, I paired them to my phone. They had 70% battery life out of the box, which made me happy that I could go ahead and start using them. I put the headphones on my head and found very quickly that they were more comfortable than my Sony headphones and they caused less strain on my head, too. I’ve used the headphones for a couple of days off and on and not had any issue with the battery life.

    The buttons and functions I were very easy to pick up on without reading the manual but for more in depth features, you will need to read the manual because they are not as intuitive as the ones listed above. For example you have no dedicated button for changing songs. For us iPhone users we can easily remedy this by simply pressing in and holding the play/pause button to activate Siri and asking her to switch to the next track or calling up a totally different album. All the Siri commands that work on your iPhone work via this button so no worries here.

    Even though I’ve only had these remarkable headphones for a few days, I’ve been incredibly impressed with them. The comfortable design and sound quality both live up to the Bose name. I’ve worn them for several hours and don’t perceive any earaches or headaches from wearing them too long.

    Making and receiving calls is pretty simple. making calls again takes the use of Siri. I found this to be super simple and had no issues with Siri hearing or understanding what I asked of her to do. I don’t currently have Google Assistant installed so the dedicated Google button was used for the ANR settings instead. The sound quality is amazing. I am hard of hearing and I didn’t have any issues with hearing music or spoken words. Music and sounds were crisp and dynamic.

    As noice cancelling headphones go, I really like how the Bose headphones block out ambient noise with little effort. I love that the noise canceling is activated by flipping a switch. I've not had the chance to use these on a plane yet like I did with the Sony's but with noise canceling turned up to high I can almost not hear anything else around me so I'm assuming they will work just as well if not better for travel.

    CONCLUSIONS

    I think the Bose QuietComfort 35 II are the best wireless headphones on the market right now. I’ve officially made the switch over to them as my primary listening companions. If you had the QuietComfort 35 that were released last year, I don’t know that the Google Assistant feature is enough to upgrade, but if you are using a different style or brand of headphone, I think you will be happy with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II.

    Sep 24, 2017 21:51
  • Review by flatcatrecords, 10 out of 10
    More Accurate Sound Reproduction

    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones are by far the best sounding headphones I have ever owned. The wide frequency range produces crisp, clear highs and deep bass. The noise canceling feature successfully masks any sound from outside sources. Compared with other headphones, earbuds or speaker systems, the Bose headphones more accurately reproduce the sounds I am listening to. I would recommend these headphones to anyone!

    Dec 16, 2020 17:55
  • Review by Fordman9870, 10 out of 10
    Sound so good you'll think your at a concert!

    The Bose headphones are made to last. Quality components and construction.

    The Box includes a Carry bag, Aux cable and a charging cable. The headphones came charged (almost full)

    I downloaded the Bose app and connected to my phones. It was then I was notified of a firmware upgrade was needed. This took over 30 minutes. I would have hoped it was quicker as I was anxious to started using them. After they were updated I opened the app and was informed by the app that it can’t access my music to play my songs on my phone but I could come back to the Bose app after I started playing my music. I would hope that this would change with further updates to the Bose app.

    The app however will let you, Manage connections, Update, Share music with a friend who has another set of Bose headphone and can listen to their playlist,

    On to the fit: Fit was perfect for all of my family members from an 8 year old to a teen, then wife and my fat head.

    Sound: WOW, I have 3 sets of expensive headphones and the Bose headphones beat them hands down!! I now know I should have purchased these first and not wasted time and money with the others. I love these phones. The quality of sound makes you think you are at a concert.

    The low/mid and high tones hit perfect. I could even hear notes and sounds on some of my favorite music I hadn’t heard before.

    Bass?? Best Bass in the business when it hits you can feel it. I listened to my music for at least 4 hours while working and there was no ear fatigue at all (even though these are over the ear) some other brands after being used for longer periods do make the ear region uncomfortable, not these.

    The only issue I had was some sweating due to the leather on the ear pieces after using them for 4 hours non stop. A microfiber mesh added to the ear piece may cure this. But I am sure this would hurt the noise cancellation.

    The noise cancellation is pretty good. When playing music most all exterior sound is blocked. These are great for the office too if you want to block out any noisy coworkers.

    The on board buttons include, Volume up, down and pause, an assistant button when connected to your phone (Siri, Google) plus you can answer/hang up your phone. The headphones have a dual built in microphone.

    The battery life is about 20 hrs. The devices you can connect to via Bluetooth and NFC making getting started a snap. Range is about 30 feet for paired devices.

    SO I find these headphone very nice, comfortable and knock out sound. They are worth e very penny!!

    I would definitely recommend the Bose head phones to my family and friends.

    Sep 25, 2017 12:24
  • Review by Ghost, 10 out of 10
    Nice

    Great product stuff at Best Buy really nice people

    Mar 26, 2021 15:42
  • Review by Luadrian, 10 out of 10
    The best

    Niceeeeeee .. fond of Bose products. Owned several speaker systems and QC 3!!

    Feb 14, 2020 16:22
  • 9.6score
    3
    Sony
    Sony - WH-XB910N Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-The-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    Get even closer to your favorite music with the exceptional bass performance and noise cancellation of the WH-XB910N wireless headphones with EXTRA BASS™ and Dual Noise Canceling technologies.

    18 Features
  • Dual Noise Cancelling for intense music: With feedforward and feedback mics on each side, WH-XB910N takes digital noise cancelling to the next level. Now you can truly shut out the world around you and enjoy your own party for one with just your music for company.
  • EXTRA BASS for impressively deep, punchy sound: These noise cancelling headphones enhance all your low-end frequencies for exceptional bass.
  • Give your favorite music a boost: When an original music source is compressed, it loses the high-frequency elements that add detail and richness to a track. Our Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) faithfully restores these to produce high-quality sound that’s closer to the original recording
  • Listen all day, charge in minutes: With up to 30 hours of battery life, you’ll have enough power for multi-day road trips and long festival weekends. And if you need to top up in a hurry, a 10-minute quick charge gives you up to 4.5 hours of extra play time with the optional AC adapter.
  • Easier, clearer hands-free calling: Conversation flows freely with easy hands-free calling, now clearer than ever with a high-quality built-in microphone. You won’t even have to take your phone out of your pocket
  • Switch effortlessly between devices: For total convenience, WH-XB910N headphones can be paired with two Bluetooth devices at the same time. So when a call comes in, your headphones know which device is ringing and connect to the right one automatically.
  • Control at your fingertips: Change track, adjust volume and take or make calls by tapping the touch panel on the side of your headphones. Need to quickly hear voices or sounds around you? Just place your hand over the housing to instantly turn your music volume down and let ambient sound in.
  • Quick Attention Mode: These Sony headphones allow you to communicate without taking your headphones off. Place your hand over the right ear cup to turn the volume down and deactivate noise canceling for instant conversation.
  • Your sound, just how you like it: Tailor sound to your personal preference. Choose from a variety of presets to match sound quality with the genre of music you're listening to. Or create and save your own presets using the EQ Custom feature on the Sony │ Headphones Connect app.
  • Carry case for easy traveling: The supplied carry case is durable and includes a cable for wired listening.
  • Foldable design for everyday convenience: The ear cups swivel inwards so they pack up neatly in their compact case
  • All-day music, all-day comfort: These headphones feature soft, oval-shaped earpads so you’ll never need to take a break from your favorite music, movies or shows. Comfortable synthetic leather and urethane materials combine with optimum ear pad structure and dimensions for exceptional wearability.
  • A perfect fit keeps your music in: Adjust the slider to find your ideal fit and enjoy hours of comfortable listening. Music stays in and noise stays out for a great acoustic experience.
  • More natural ambient sound: With two feedforward and feedback mics, WH-XB910N captures more of the ambient sound around you. You’ll enjoy a natural listening experience while staying connected to your environment.
  • Controls ambient sound: The WH-XB910N’s microphones can also work to control ambient sound. Adjust the amount of ambient sound you hear with the Sony | Headphones Connect app to cancel noise while still hearing essential sounds.
  • Adjusts sound to whatever you do: Adaptive Sound Control is a smart function that senses where you are and what you’re doing, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal listening experience.
  • Learns your favorite locations: Over time, Adaptive Sound Control recognizes locations that you frequently visit - such as your office, gym or favorite café - and tailors sound to suit the environment.
  • Google Assistant and Alexa compatible: You can choose to activate either the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa with a simple touch. To use Amazon Alexa, simply download the Sony | Headphones Connect app and the Alexa app on your smartphone’s application marketplace
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  • Review by Jaydozrock, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic Headphones

    The Sony WH-XB910N’s (910N’s from now on) are my fourth pair of Sony headphones with my previous, the XB900N being the direct predecessor to the 910N. I have enjoyed the XB900N for quite some time and it is a very good headphone so therefore I wondered how Sony could have improved these headphones and improved they have. Inside the box, we have a lightweight hard carrying case, the headphones, a USB type C cable, a 3.5mm cable along with the usual paperwork.

    These headphones are designed just like any other Sony headphone and pretty much looks the exact same. Comparing them to the previous iteration though, they are noticeably lighter and feel much more comfortable while wearing. Specifically, both the headband and the earcup cushions are much more comfortable, allowing for many hours of wear with no discomfort. This is coming from someone with a big head, so this is very significant as I am sure my head stretches the headband further than the typical person.

    The left headphone has the on/off button, the Noise cancelling/ Ambient noise button the USB charging port and the headphone jack. On the other hand, the right headphone is touch-capacitive. I must point out that the touch controls are much more responsive and seemed improved from the previous generation. Swipe up/down to increase/decrease volume, swipe forward/backwards to skip to the next track and previous track respectively etc. I almost must mention that you can quickly enter ambient noise mode by placing your hand over the right earcup, removing your hand instantly returns you to noise-cancelling mode. The speed at which this is achieved has been greatly improved and I don’t notice a significant delay when switching modes this way.

    When it comes to sound, Sony has never failed me, and with the 910Ns this is another great addition to the lineup of great-sounding Sony headphones. By default with no changes to the settings, these sound fantastic right out of the box but with the Headphone app, you can customize your sound through the equalizer. Music comes through loud and clear and the bass on these are great you can feel every thumb and punch through the headphones and if you need more of a kick you can crank it up through the app. Noise-cancelling works great, I tested this while walking around in a busy and noisy setting (city streets, trains) and it is here the effect was most impressive. It suppresses so much outside noise it is always a shock when I take off the headphone and realise how loud everything around me was and I greatly appreciate this feature.

    What else is there to say? These headphones are fantastic. There is multi-point pairing that allows you to connect to two devices simultaneously, phone calls sound great from both my perspective and that of the person I am talking to and battery life is great with Sony stating that it lasts 30 hours with Noise-cancelling on and 50 hours with Noise-cancelling off.

    The XB910N are a great addition to the Sony lineup and I am very impressed with all the improvements that have been made. I’ll definitely suggest these headphones to friends and family as I do to you now.

    Oct 03, 2021 10:29
  • Review by Naztynestor, 10 out of 10
    top notch

    Pro

    - wow Sonys XB910N so far an amazing headphone, sony is very consistent with their headphone design, and this are the same the design from their previous version release product, the all black matted look is perfect, it’s clean, the whole design seems it’s well thought out.

    - the ability to fold each earpiece for better storing compatibility is always a nice thing to have

    - from inside the box you do receive a case for the headphone with Aux cord for USBC for charging.

    - so far I have zero issue with comfort when wearing this wireless

    - I love all the quality of foam from the top of your head through the main headphone as well

    - on the main headphone speakers there ain’t much button to deal with, you have the power button that also the pairing button for bluetooth. NC/AMB button is the button for your ambient sound control. you be able to switch up to 2 setting by pressing the button

    - would highly recommend downloading the Sony headphone app after opening this product, so far my impression of the app is great this is where you will need to update to the latest version.

    - this app is very robust, it’s obvious Sony understand and know what their doing for what customers might need.

    - I have tried some over price headphone before and the app is bare bones. doesn’t come close to what sony offer in the app itself.

    - the app have options for multiple things first is the ambient control that you can turn off to save more battery life, but again this wireless headphone could go up to 30 hrs so turning off this setting could reach up all the to the max battery life, either way you should have any issue with battery life coming from this headphone

    - ambient setting have multiple section to choose from depending on your activity, from staying at home, walking, running or traveling each have their own space to adjust your preferred setting to maximize your listening quality

    - another feature that cannot be missed is the 360 reality audio setting inside the app, this will give you that 3D audio effect that you might be interested, another great feature to have but more about this later

    - Xb910N also have the ability to be connected to 2 devices if you have it connected to laptop you can also connect this to your phone so you will never miss any calls.

    - it support voice assistance features like Amazon, google and you can also use Siri

    - about the audio quality of Xb910n, again you shouldn’t worry much because it sounded amazing without me adjust my own audio setting, bass, tremble sounded top perfect for me, does sound overpowering. having noise canceling also help alot for audio immersion

    - this headphones with apple music spatial audio/atmos is pure enjoyment, audio quality makes me just want to relax and take it all in, hearing tiny bit of effects simply gives me the enjoyment I need

    - headphone control is touch sensitive you’ll have the ability to swipe up and down for volume and left and right for previous/ next music, double tap to pause and play music, and you also can use this feature to pic up phone calls

    Cons

    - headphone update took atleast 30 min, i’ve never had a headphone that took that long, it’s a surprise to me since i’m

    - used to seeing update takes less than 1 min.

    - 360 audio does support some apps including Tidal, but it doesn’t support major music applications people that are used to, I have apple music and spotify sadly I can’t use it on these applications but i’m doesn’t bother me much since both have amazing audio and apple music latest spatial audio update, with this headphone it sounds amazing

    - I do wish ring tones goes straight to the headphone, testing calls did not do that, was ringing on my main phone but the tone wasn’t transferring on the headphone itself, also adjust the volume on call cause me to hang up without meaning to do so, there’s definitely a learning curve using this to make sure you are not hanging up each calls

    Oct 03, 2021 10:01
  • Review by zero325, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Everyday Headphones

    I’ve owned several pair of similar over ear wireless headphones over the years. Most of them fall into one of 2 categories – features forward or quality forward. The Sony WH-XB910N falls into the latter. Sound quality is fantastic for the price point – rich bass, sold mids and clear highs.

    Some notable features include: great noise canceling in the price range (but with only on or off - no variable levels), 2 devices simultaneously connection (very useful), an accompanying mobile app that allows for solid equalizer controller, but the auto switching noise canceling is annoying- something most people are going to want to disable after being interrupted by the little chime every time you go from moving to stationary. Battery quality is good – Sony claims 30 hours with noise canceling on!

    Headphones are partially collapsible and fit nicely in the included hard case. The build quality is nice but lack a premium feel that other similar units seem to have. In general, though, I like how light and comfortable they are. Excellent for long wear.

    Great mid-range over ear headphones. Top notch sound and solid build quality – comfortable and solid noise canceling. Excellent buy!

    Oct 09, 2021 01:13
  • Review by BiggE, 10 out of 10
    Extra Bass is RIGHT

    I have now 3 sets of Sony Headphones these and the XB950N1 and WH-100XM4. With each pair they get better and better the sound is just awesome and the BASS is loud. These will get you going i own 4 other brands and keep going back to the Sony. They keep coming up with a better pair each time. These are light weight, thinner and just a little more comfortable around the head and ears. I didn't find my ears getting to hot like with other headphones. The noise canceling on these work great you cant hear. I do some detailing on the side and i have to say it nice to hear the music over my polisher. The touching of the right ear side is great to volume up and down, To skip or pause and play. Just to answer a phone call. I know that other headphones over the ear and earbuds have this it nice Sony has it to. I like the clean look of these and not a lot of buttons to mess with i do find myself always taking my other off to make sure i hit the correct button.

    Style NICE

    Sound AWESOME

    Battery Life 30hrs "WOW"

    Comfort GREAT

    Bass LOUD and GREAT

    Noise Cancelling COULD'T GET ANY BETTER

    After all that i have to say a very great product at a great price. You will enjoy them.

    GREAT JOB SONY

    Oct 03, 2021 01:51
  • Review by rjv86, 8 out of 10
    Excellent headphones full of features

    These headphones have a great fit over the ear and make a nice seal. They aren't overly bulky or heavy and are pretty comfortable for extended periods.

    They fold very nicely into it's case. It would be nice if the case had some kind of loop or strap so it can be clipped to a bag or something for travel.

    Noise cancelling is excellent, and you can easily toggle to ambience if you want to start talking to people. Audio sounds great through it as well. On top of using it for music, it is excellent on phone calls. I've had multiple callers verify clear call audio quality.

    While the touch controls/gestures are need, i'd personally prefer physical buttons, regardless how dated they'd look. When trying to adjust them, take them off/on, its very easy to start changing volume/seeking/pause/etc. Perhaps if it involved multiple taps or taps and slides to prevent accidental gestures that would be better

    The app is easy to set up and use and has a lot of customization to be had.

    Oct 11, 2021 22:21
  • Review by Randy, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Over-ear headphones

    I have Sony's previous version of these headphones (WH-1000XM3) which I have loved from day one, so I'm kinda comparing these new headphones to those. Overall construction is very similar to the previous version although the new headphones seem a tab bit heavier and more solid. Connection to the Sony app is instantaneous which offers many options for customizing the sound to your preferences.

    Of course the main point of headphones is the sound and while the previous version's sound is fantastic these are even better delivering a richer, more robust sound with substantially more bass. Noise-cancelling is again excellent similar to the previous version. Sony has made a great product even better with the WH-XB910N headphones. Highly recommended!

    Oct 01, 2021 10:08
  • Review by enem156, 10 out of 10
    Very comfortable and sound really good!

    I have many pair of wireless headphones, probably about three that are made by Sony. A few years ago I was far from impressed with their headphones and earbuds, and they have definitely had some misses along the way, but all that has been changing for the better over the past several years.

    These are so far, my favorites not only among the Sony brand but of pretty much all the ones I currently have. What makes this pair different? It comes down to two things for me. The sound and the comfort. Nobody is going to wear headphones for very long if they're uncomfortable or if they just don't sound good to them. Let's face it, headphones, speakers and earbuds are very subjective. They will sound and feel different to every person who listens to them. My personal experience with these has been very positive.

    They come in a nice zippered hard case with the Sony logo on it. The headphones themselves are black and have a nice modern look to them. They're quite lightweight and they sit very comfortably on my ears. These are noise canceling, so they go completely over each ear. If you're going to buy comfortable headphones, this is a must. I don't care what some people say, the ones that are smaller and sit on top of your ears (you know the ones) will just not sound good in all situations, nor will those types stay in place for very long. These are very comfortable, and I have no problem wearing them for more than an hour at a time. The ear cup pads are soft and pliable, and have a good amount of padding, which also help to make them pretty sound proof. The top band wasn't forgotten when they were handing out the padding either. This has the same soft pliable material on it which complements the fit very well. I've had other brands that skimp on the top padding and they would always give me a headache after a short while. These just feel good.

    I always listen to music several different ways when checking out headphones. Both methods use my phone, but the first way just plays MP3 files from my Android phones' storage. The second way allows me to stream my .flac music files from my network hard drive. It's always good to try out several different players, and this allows me to do that. No matter what type of music I played, these phones sounded great. The bass sounded deep and full with really good sound pressure levels that make your ears “feel” the music (as they should). The midrange was clear and present without getting lost in the bass. Highs are audible and cut through nicely without being shrill or annoying. I listen to a wide variety of music but I enjoy it all... well, loud. Depending on the app you use to listen to music, your results in volume will vary (mine did anyway). I found that I would have liked just a little more volume at the top. This depends on the recording and the player you're using a great deal, and it's really not too bad, just something I noticed. Playing at full volume does allow the bass end to get a little muddied, but not to any great degree and it can be compensated for by using the app EQ.

    As far as the noise canceling is concerned I don't for the most part, like to use this type of feature. I don't have much of a need for it. You have your choice of Ambient sound and Noise Canceling. I was able to confirm the Noise Canceling setting does work adequately and I'm happy to say there was really no audible change in the sound of the music you hear, just how much external sound comes through.

    The controls are surprisingly easy and I loved the way the right ear cup is used as a touchpad. Swipe up or down to raise and lower the volume, swipe forward or back to go to the next or last song, and double tap the center to pause/play or answer the phone. Simple, and intuitive. There's only two buttons total. A round one for power and Bluetooth connection, and an elongated one for noise canceling and ambient. There's also a USB-C port for charging, and 1/8” jack for a stereo cable. Both of these cables are included by the way, just in case you don't have them. They even have a place to store them in the case.

    There is a free app included for either Android or Apple. It gives you the ability to update the firmware (which my headphones were able to do right after opening the app). It shows the battery percentage of the headphones and offers some transport controls and gives you the ability to change the adaptive sound settings. It also gives you links to the manual, tutorials, an equilizer and the ability to connect to two devices at once. I'm generally not a huge fan of stand alone apps like this because it's just another thing to have to open and use. But for the most part, you don't need it unless you want to update the firmware, so it's not completely ancillary.

    WHAT I LIKED:

    - The sound was well balanced and had good clean low end.

    - The fit and comfort were excellent.

    - The touchpad controls were easy and very intuitive.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:

    - Bass was a little muddied at high volume, but I would guess most people won't really mind because it's not extreme (snd most people probably don't play at full volume).

    Very well thought out design overall. Nice job Sony.

    Oct 03, 2021 08:53
  • Review by aarondr, 10 out of 10
    Solid bass heavy headphones with great features

    Sony’s WH-XB910N’s are a mid-range noise cancelling headphones which are feature packed and locked and loaded for bass. Priced in direct competition with many other mid-high end noise cancelling sets, Sony brings some unique features, and nice extras to a competitive market. That said, do they stand on their own?

    The first thing that you will notice opening the box is that the headphones are securely packed in a nice zippered hardshell carrying case. Inside the case, the XB910n’s lay flat and densely packed thanks to their double hinged design. Between some of the spaces are both a 3.5mm headphone jack cable and a curiously short USB-C to A charging cable.

    Removing the headphones reveals a solid, but plastic design. These are Circum Aural, meaning that they are over the ear headphones (henceforth referred to as ‘cans’). Everything feels quite solid, and nothing is creaky or too bendy. Double hinged headphones always give me worries due to seeing quite a few in this price range crack and break. Time will tell how it fairs but Sony build quality is pretty high and the plastics feel like the right materials. The headband is padded and covered in a soft touch leatherette material. The plastics are matte, which is a welcome texture for headphones which some manufacturers try to go glossy with. The left ear cup has a dedicated noise cancelling button, power button, 3.5mm input, and USB-C charging port. The right ear cup looks blank, but hides a touch sensitive surface on the outside, allowing music to be easily paused, volume adjusted, voice assistants launched and more. Most touch systems I’m not a fan, and this one took a bit to get used to, but the generous size makes working with it quite easy. Simply gesture up or down for volume adjustments, left or right for previous/next track, or simply tap, double tap, or tap and hold for various functions. Audible feedback allows you to know that your gesture was recognized, and this works relatively smoothly.

    Sony includes quite a bit of features and software support. Some of this works better than others, but it’s laudable. You are prompted during initial setup to download the Sony Headphone app. Pair through this app I found slightly annoying. I think I would have prefered to use the normal bluetooth pairing method, as it took a couple of attempts for the app and my iPhone to get along. Regardless, once paired the app is very necessary - not least of which is equalizer. The default setting uses a clearbass setting that is anything but. In fact, I’d recommend “Bright” (which is clearbass -1) or “Excited” modified from clearbass +8 to 0. It's funny how bass heavy the tuner makes these already naturally tuned for bass headphones. I’m all for bass and powerful equalizer sound, but my preference is to neutrally tune the headphones, and let your EQ accentuate what it needs to. These headphones can get pretty muddy on the bass side if you push them with clearbass. In fact, I enjoyed my bass heavy songs more with the “Excited” curve and clearbass off. The nice thing here is that this is all configurable, so it’s probably fine. The drivers themselves are more than capable of hitting bass clearly all the way down to audible frequencies. Highs are clear when they are allowed to be. Overall the sound signature is bass heavy, but tunable. Most people will be happy, but audiophiles please look elsewhere.

    While Sony would say they are designed for comfort, I found the earpads letherette to not breathe very well. They are comfortable enough, but I did fine my ears getting warm. They encircle your ears well and provide a good sound seal without even having noise cancelling on. With noise cancelling on, there is a very good isolation from many annoying background noises. There is a smart mode, called Adaptive Sound Control, that will adjust noise cancelling based on the ambient surround, which I found annoying when running my dishwasher as it would constantly turn noise cancelling on and off as I walked around. That said, it probably functions in other environments quite well to optimize the battery. One really cool feature is putting your hand over the full touch sensor on the right ear cup will mute music and pipe in outside sound (for instance if you are on a subway and you want to hear what stop is being announced). I actually really appreciate this feature. There is another audio feature called DSEE, and I have to admit, it definitely cleared up high frequency compression artifacts on most of my streaming music.

    There are a plethora of other features, like multi-device pairing, Fast Pair support on android, Swift Pair on Windows 10, and Google Assistant/Alex assistant integration. I have enough Alexa devices around my household, so I rely mostly on the native Siri setup on the iPhone, for which the Sony works well. The noise cancelling dual microphone setup seems to do a good job for basic phone calls, and no one has complained about my audio.

    Battery life and charging are both big points for Sony - with 30 hours of runtime being boasted for the headset. That of course isn’t with noise cancelling engaged. Sony also says 10 minutes of charging will give 4.5 hours of runtime. While a full charge takes a lot longer than 10 minutes, the headphones do seem to charge relatively quickly.

    Overall, with excellent sound quality, a plethora of features, and excellent software support, the XB910N’s are a good update to the outgoing XB900N’s. While the sound signature is bass heavy, that might be your thing. I love the audio control from the app, and I appreciate the DSEE tuning. There are a lot of options at this price range, but Sony brings a competent heavy hitter with excellent build quality to the table. This should be on your short list of ANC headphones.

    Oct 08, 2021 21:31
  • 9.6score
    Bose - QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones - Silver
    Description

    Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are over-ear headphones from Bose featuring world-class noise cancelling technology, and now they're optimized with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. Enjoy balanced audio performance at any volume with volume-optimized EQ. And you can make or receive clear phone calls, even in loud environments with the noise reduction dual-microphone system in these Bluetooth headphones. Connect to your devices wirelessly with Bluetooth and NFC pairing, with voice prompts for easy Bluetooth pairing. Thanks to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant you can keep in touch, get answers and manage your day using just your voice with one-button access to the voice assistant of your choice. You can also access your phone's default virtual assistant, like Siri through your headphones. Together, they can create astonishing real-world experiences and fundamentally new ways to work, travel, exercise, learn, play, and more. Wear these comfortable headphones all day because they're built with premium materials. Listen to your wireless headphones for up to 20 hours of long battery life from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Keep listening without battery power by connecting the included audio cable. Unlock more features and access future updates through the Bose Connect app.

    9 Features
  • When your home becomes your office: Turn any space into an instant office — or simply a place to unwind, listen to music, or make phone calls on these Bluetooth headphones.
  • High-capacity battery: Listen to your wireless headphones with up to 20 hours of battery life from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
  • Bose Connect app: Helps you set your preferred level of noise cancellation, unlock more features, and access future updates.
  • Active noise cancellation: Eliminate noisy distractions and focus on what matters most with renowned noise cancellation. Set your preferred level of noise cancellation, unlock more features, and access future updates through the Bose Connect app.
  • Perfect call and voice quality: Get clear phone calls even in noisy environments with the noise-rejecting dual-microphone system.
  • Built-in voice assistant: Bring Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant with you wherever you go. Enjoy entertainment, get information, and manage your day - all with your voice.
  • Wireless connectivity: Connect to your devices wirelessly to your headphones using Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC pairing with voice prompts for hassle-free pairing.
  • Listen longer: Keep listening to your music without battery power by connecting the included audio cable.
  • High-quality materials: You can wear these wireless headphones comfortably all day because they're built with premium materials.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TechnicallyWell, 10 out of 10
    Great way to drown out the outside world

    DESIGN:

    Bose has maintained a very similar design to the 1st generation of the QuietComfort 35. The headband portion has a soft underside that feels very comfortable resting on the top of my head. The band is also foldable which makes the QuietComfort 35 II easy to transport, although the included case is somewhat larger than many of the other over-the-ear headphones I’ve tested.

    The earcups are also very soft and comfortable around your ear, which is very important as you’ll likely be wearing these for long periods on an airplane or train. I still sometimes get the “ear sweats” and need to take a break from the headphones after wearing them for an hour or so to give my ears a chance to breath, but this is normal for me with any pair of headphones.

    The headphones are large and seem a bit bulky, but the sound quality makes up for it.

    SOUND QUALITY:

    With “Bose” on the label, you can safely assume sound quality is stellar. And it is with the Quiet Comfort 35 IIs. Bass has plenty of punch and the mids and highs are crips and clear.

    When the noise cancellation is active, you will hear a gentle white noise “hum” in the background as the unit counteracts the outside noises. It’s not very noticeable while listening to music, but you can tell it is there when listening to a podcast or talk show.

    NOISE CANCELLING

    One of the main reasons to pick up these Bose headphones is for their noise cancellation technology. Once you activate the noise cancellation feature, the sounds around you seem to disappear. And I’m not just talking about that fact that these cover your ears. Bose’s noise cancellation technology actively sends opposing sound to counteract the noise around you. Why’s this important? You can set the QC 35 IIs to a lower volume and still hear your music just fine, even in noisy environments. Normally, you would need to crank up the music to drown out your surroundings. So you can spare your ear drums and relax even if there’s a crying baby next to you. Now, if someone’s running a jackhammer next to you, it won’t completely eliminate the sound. But it does a great job of getting rid of the loud hum of an airplane or the clickity-clack of a train.

    There are two levels of noise cancellation: high and low. The feature can also be turned off completely. The “low” setting comes in handy when you still need to hear something going on outside, such as an airport announcement. Although, if it’s something important, you’ll probably want to turn off the noise cancelling feature completely. The noise cancellation feature can be controlled via Bose’s Connect app or you can assign the function to the “Action” button.

    FEATURES:

    Bose touts that the Bose QuietComfort 35s have Google Assistant built-in and can be accessed by pressing a new “Action” button on the left earcup. I assumed the headphones would just kind of “tether” my phone’s internet connection when using Google Assistant. However, the app for these headphones prompted me to install the full Google Assistant app on my iPhone in order to use the feature. I wouldn’t say that Google Assistant is “built-in” if the headphones are depending on my phone to actually run the Google Assistant feature.

    Which prompts another question: don’t most headphones already allow you to call up the voice assistant, be it Siri or Google Assistant? Indeed, you can hold the multifunction (middle) button on the QC 35s for one second and Siri will activate on your iPhone (or Google Assistant for Android). So what’s unique about Bose’s “Google Assistant built-in” offering? On Android, the voice interface is a little more verbose and will tell you who the text message is from instead of just playing the normal “ding” notification. For me, I reassigned the “Action” button to control the noise-cancellation feature instead, but heavy users of Google services may find the Google Assistant feature to be worthwhile.

    Aside from the Google Assistant feature, the Bose Connect app is very handy and walks you through the setup process and gives you a quick overview on using the QuietComfort 35 IIs. The app can also assist you in connecting additional Bluetooth devices, configuring the Action button, setting the noise cancellation and upgrade the firmware, which I needed to do upon receiving the headphones.

    The three buttons on the right ear cup allow you to control your music without getting out your phone. The middle button will play and pause your music (or answer an incoming phone call). Double-tapping the middle button skips forward to the next track while triple-tapping the middle button rewinds. Pressing the + and – buttons will increase and decrease the volume respectively.

    BATTERY LIFE

    Battery life is impressive and can last up to 20 hours in wireless Bluetooth mode or 40 hours when using the included audio cable. Charging the unit only takes two hours and can be recharged with a standard Micro USB cable.

    Upon powering on the QC 35 IIs, an automated voice will announce the current charge level. If the battery needs recharged while in use, you’ll hear, “Battery low, please charge now.” There is also a battery LED indicator on the right ear cup. Green indicates a medium to full charge, while a solid amber LED indicates that the charge is getting low. When it blinks red, it’s time to charge. If you’re using an iPhone, the battery level will also show on the status bar of your phone.

    OVERALL

    You can't beat the sound quality of Bose. The addition of Google Assistant seems gimmicky, but you can still summon Siri with these headphones, The noise cancellation feature is superb and makes these great for long plane or train rides.

    Sep 24, 2017 18:31
  • Review by hairdude, 10 out of 10
    They are wonderful

    I already had a pair of these excellent noise canceling headphones. I got my husband a pair for his birthday. Now we can completely ignore each other! It's great!

    Mar 28, 2021 12:04
  • Review by optimummind, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic headphones~!

    = Summary =

    The Bose QC35 Series II headphones are fantastic~!! It definitely lives up to all the hype & rave reviews and delivers great sound, dynamic range, awesome bass, and truly astounding active noise cancellation. In addition, it looks cool and is very comfortable to wear.

    = Design & Comfort =

    I have the black QC35 Series II and it looks sleek and sexy. Since it's black, it will blend in nicely with whatever clothing you wear and it won't stand out too much.

    To my delight, it was much lighter than it looked and is very comfortable to wear over the head for extended periods of time.

    The ear padding is very soft, well-padded, and doesn't cause any long-term fatigue or discomfort. I even wore it to bed and it was very comfortable (as long as you don't mind not being able to turn your head sideways).

    = Controls =

    The layout of the buttons are well-placed, easy to find, and intuitive to use. On your left earmuff, you have the Google Assistant button. On the right earmuff, you have the Power/Bluetooth pairing button as well as additional buttons for Volume Control and Playback Control. As expected, all the controls work very well and with no issues.

    = Google Assistant Button =

    The highlight of this new Bose QC35 Series II headphones is the presence of a dedicated button for Google Assistant (GA). I paired the QC35 to my Galaxy S8+ and found it to be pretty useful. A single-press of the GA button will tell you the time of the day and also notify you about any Notifications you have received. If you have Notifications, the headphones will read them aloud to you.

    You can also press-and-hold the GA button, speak a command to GA, and get responses delivered directly to your ears. I used the GA button often to check the weather, make calls to people, and send messages.

    I didn't have much success, though, when trying to send text messages to people via the GA button. The QC35 would correctly understand my command, confirm and read back my message to my recipient, but sometimes the delivery would fail in the end. If I use Google Assistant directly from my Galaxy S8+, everything works the first time. I'm hoping future app and firmware updates will improve the GA experience.

    With that said, having the GA button is very useful and helpful and I'm sure it'll only get better and faster.

    = Audio Quality & Noise Cancellation =

    When it comes to listening to audio, the Bose QC35 Series II is impeccable. It played back all the different kinds of music (rock, hip-hop, pop, rap) fabulously and flawlessly. From bass-heavy songs such as 50 Cent's Just a Lil Bit and In Da Club to full-range songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, the QC35 is a champ. Absolutely no complaints here.

    Making all this audio quality possible is the BRILLIANT active noise cancellation. All background distractions simply disappear and don't bother you from enjoying your music. I was sitting on my front porch listening to music because there is much noise here - gardeners working, delivery trucks driving by, birds chirping, dogs barking, etc. And I couldn't hear them at all~!! Especially impressive was when I missed hearing a medium-sized U-Haul truck driving into my street close to my driveway. Those kinds of trucks are usually very loud and clanky but the QC35 filtered it out wonderfully.

    Making all of this even more impressive is the fact that the volume on the QC35 was only set to ~60% loudness. One no longer has to crank up the volume at the expense of potentially damaging your hearing to filter out background noise & distractions. Brilliant.

    I also used the QC35 Series II to make and answer several calls and everybody said my voice came through loud and clear and good. I was told by one person that it sounded just as good as my Plantronics M180 bluetooth headset.

    = Conclusion =

    The Bose QC35 Series II is an absolute buy~! Great design and quality, great controls & comfort, SUPERB audio quality augmented by brilliant active noise cancelling, and topped off by the innovative and useful Google Assistant functionality baked in.

    I highly recommend it to all music lovers.

    Sep 23, 2017 17:49
  • Review by nickcal, 10 out of 10
    Straight up my new favorite headphones

    I’ve long been a fan of noise cancelling headphones, but it wasn’t until this past year that I really started appreciating the scope of their use. I traveled across the country on a crowded airplane. While thousands of people do this everyday, I can’t say that I was totally prepared for it the first time around. All the ambient noises really took their toll on me and one year later, when I flew for a second time, I had an excellent pair of noise cancelling headphones in-hand to make the flight bearable. At that time, I was rocking the Sony 1000X Wireless Noise Cancelling headphones and I never thought I would find a better, more comfortable pair of headphones. This past week, I was introduced to the QuietComfort 35 II headphones by Bose. I’ve been a fan of Bose products for many years because they have a reputation for designing great, high-end audio gear. I’m happy to say that the QuietComfort 35 II’s don’t disappoint and they really live up to the Bose quality name.

    UNBOXING

    The headphones arrived in a standard Bose branded box. The outside covering of the box included some basic details of the product in multiple languages. You will also notice the MFi icon along with the Android logo and the Google Assistant built-in graphic. The QuietComfort 35 II are the first Bose headphones to come with built-in Google Assistant support. That is in fact the biggest difference between the QuietComfort 35 II and the original version of the headphones according to Bose’s website. When you look at the specs of the two headphone models, you will see that they are nearly identical except for the weight (version II is 2.6 ounces heavier) and the fact that the original QuietComfort headphones come packaged with an airline adapter.

    The QuietComfort 35 II’s package includes a carrying case, charging cable, and audio cable. When you first open the box, you will see the carrying case. All the other pieces are tucked away inside. The case is built very well. There is an exterior mesh pocket that could be used for extra cables or even your smartphone. When you open the case, you will find another interior mesh pocket and the mail compartment where the headphones lay. They actually fold up in a very specific way, but Bose was kind enough to include a small illustration that shows you how to place them in the case.

    BUILD QUALITY

    The headphones are lightweight and flexible. I really like that the earpieces aren’t static and can swivel around a bit. It makes it easier to wear in my opinion. The headband extends easily and the materials used to build it feels very solid. The padding on the headband is probably the only thing I would change. It’s soft and comfortable to wear, but it’s covered in some sort of suede fabric, which leads me to think that over time, it will soak up sweat and other oils and wear down. I would have preferred to see this padding covered in leather instead.

    The inside of the ear pieces are marked with a “L” and “R” to show you which way to wear the headphones. One thing I noticed was that the actual speaker on the inside of the ear cup seems to be angled toward your ear. Many of my other headphones just have a flat speaker. I haven’t been able to find out this sort of orientation would affect sound quality or volume, but I am sure the design was done with purpose. The padding on the ear cups is very nice and seems to wear well. I did notice that the foam segments don’t pull off of the cups as magnets, but it does appear that they might snap off the ear cups. Not wanting to damage the foam, I didn’t try to pry them off.

    These headphones have physical switches on them which is a bit of an oddity these days. Most of the headphones I’ve been around lately seem to utilize touch controls (the Sony headphones only have touch controls). So, the tactile nature of the buttons and switches on the Bose headphones was a nice departure from what I was used to. I’m sometimes not a fan of physical switches because they will get caught on things like hoodies, but the on/off switch on the right ear cup was designed in such a way that it avoided that usual problem. In addition to the on/off switch, you will also find the volume up/down buttons, and the play/pause button on the right ear cup. On the left ear piece, you will find the Google Assistant/ANR settings button.

    On the bottom of the two earpieces, there is also a port for plugging in the Micro USB charging cable and the audio cable for a wired connection. Even though Micro USB has been a standard for quite some time for charging devices of this nature, I feel with a brand new product like this, Bose should have taken the opportunity to switch over to USB-C for charging.

    USER EXPERIENCE

    As soon as the headphones arrived, I paired them to my phone. They had 70% battery life out of the box, which made me happy that I could go ahead and start using them. I put the headphones on my head and found very quickly that they were more comfortable than my Sony headphones and they caused less strain on my head, too. I’ve used the headphones for a couple of days off and on and not had any issue with the battery life.

    The buttons and functions I were very easy to pick up on without reading the manual but for more in depth features, you will need to read the manual because they are not as intuitive as the ones listed above. For example you have no dedicated button for changing songs. For us iPhone users we can easily remedy this by simply pressing in and holding the play/pause button to activate Siri and asking her to switch to the next track or calling up a totally different album. All the Siri commands that work on your iPhone work via this button so no worries here.

    Even though I’ve only had these remarkable headphones for a few days, I’ve been incredibly impressed with them. The comfortable design and sound quality both live up to the Bose name. I’ve worn them for several hours and don’t perceive any earaches or headaches from wearing them too long.

    Making and receiving calls is pretty simple. making calls again takes the use of Siri. I found this to be super simple and had no issues with Siri hearing or understanding what I asked of her to do. I don’t currently have Google Assistant installed so the dedicated Google button was used for the ANR settings instead. The sound quality is amazing. I am hard of hearing and I didn’t have any issues with hearing music or spoken words. Music and sounds were crisp and dynamic.

    As noice cancelling headphones go, I really like how the Bose headphones block out ambient noise with little effort. I love that the noise canceling is activated by flipping a switch. I've not had the chance to use these on a plane yet like I did with the Sony's but with noise canceling turned up to high I can almost not hear anything else around me so I'm assuming they will work just as well if not better for travel.

    CONCLUSIONS

    I think the Bose QuietComfort 35 II are the best wireless headphones on the market right now. I’ve officially made the switch over to them as my primary listening companions. If you had the QuietComfort 35 that were released last year, I don’t know that the Google Assistant feature is enough to upgrade, but if you are using a different style or brand of headphone, I think you will be happy with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II.

    Sep 24, 2017 21:51
  • Review by flatcatrecords, 10 out of 10
    More Accurate Sound Reproduction

    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones are by far the best sounding headphones I have ever owned. The wide frequency range produces crisp, clear highs and deep bass. The noise canceling feature successfully masks any sound from outside sources. Compared with other headphones, earbuds or speaker systems, the Bose headphones more accurately reproduce the sounds I am listening to. I would recommend these headphones to anyone!

    Dec 16, 2020 17:55
  • Review by Fordman9870, 10 out of 10
    Sound so good you'll think your at a concert!

    The Bose headphones are made to last. Quality components and construction.

    The Box includes a Carry bag, Aux cable and a charging cable. The headphones came charged (almost full)

    I downloaded the Bose app and connected to my phones. It was then I was notified of a firmware upgrade was needed. This took over 30 minutes. I would have hoped it was quicker as I was anxious to started using them. After they were updated I opened the app and was informed by the app that it can’t access my music to play my songs on my phone but I could come back to the Bose app after I started playing my music. I would hope that this would change with further updates to the Bose app.

    The app however will let you, Manage connections, Update, Share music with a friend who has another set of Bose headphone and can listen to their playlist,

    On to the fit: Fit was perfect for all of my family members from an 8 year old to a teen, then wife and my fat head.

    Sound: WOW, I have 3 sets of expensive headphones and the Bose headphones beat them hands down!! I now know I should have purchased these first and not wasted time and money with the others. I love these phones. The quality of sound makes you think you are at a concert.

    The low/mid and high tones hit perfect. I could even hear notes and sounds on some of my favorite music I hadn’t heard before.

    Bass?? Best Bass in the business when it hits you can feel it. I listened to my music for at least 4 hours while working and there was no ear fatigue at all (even though these are over the ear) some other brands after being used for longer periods do make the ear region uncomfortable, not these.

    The only issue I had was some sweating due to the leather on the ear pieces after using them for 4 hours non stop. A microfiber mesh added to the ear piece may cure this. But I am sure this would hurt the noise cancellation.

    The noise cancellation is pretty good. When playing music most all exterior sound is blocked. These are great for the office too if you want to block out any noisy coworkers.

    The on board buttons include, Volume up, down and pause, an assistant button when connected to your phone (Siri, Google) plus you can answer/hang up your phone. The headphones have a dual built in microphone.

    The battery life is about 20 hrs. The devices you can connect to via Bluetooth and NFC making getting started a snap. Range is about 30 feet for paired devices.

    SO I find these headphone very nice, comfortable and knock out sound. They are worth e very penny!!

    I would definitely recommend the Bose head phones to my family and friends.

    Sep 25, 2017 12:24
  • Review by Ghost, 10 out of 10
    Nice

    Great product stuff at Best Buy really nice people

    Mar 26, 2021 15:42
  • Review by Luadrian, 10 out of 10
    The best

    Niceeeeeee .. fond of Bose products. Owned several speaker systems and QC 3!!

    Feb 14, 2020 16:22
  • 9.6score
    Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Studio³ Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones - Matte Black
    Description

    Beats Studio³ Wireless headphones deliver a premium listening experience with Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC) to actively block external noise, and real-time audio calibration to preserve clarity, range, and emotion. It continuously pinpoints sounds to block while automatically responding to individual fit and music playback. The efficiency of the Apple W1 chip supports up to 22 hours of battery life with Pure ANC on, and Pure ANC off for low-power mode provides up to 40 hours of playback.

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  • Review by Thcamerangles, 10 out of 10
    Mind blown

    Great sound ! Great quality ! I love the noise canceling feature it’s amazing how far technology has came to be. Bass on this is great and vocals are crispy! Definitely recommend specially if you want to enjoy music as you cook or go for a walk. Been having mines for a while now since 7/2020 and barely replaced the ear pads as I accidentally tore one very easy to replace tho! Charge fast and last a long time on a single charge ! Travel case is very helpful too I absolutely love my headphones ! I was a bit bummed out when I found out the price dropped a couple weeks after I got mines … I paid $360 and later I saw them for $200 something would’ve been nice to get the refund for the difference but great headphones and definitely worth it if you want to have great bass and great quality

    Oct 16, 2021 02:05
  • Review by Tireshopgirl, 10 out of 10
    Love them. Sometimes I don't even turn them on.

    Love them! First and foremost I'm an Android phone user, and I have zero problems connecting them to my phone. Piece of cake one button beep beep beep connected. Love that.

    Second I'm not a disc jockey, a professional musician, I don't work in a sound lab, or a studio. I wear these when I play poker. And I'm not a professional card player. I just dislike sitting at tables with annoying people... That's why I love them I got them in Red, so when I put them on there totally obvious that's why I don't even have to try them on sometimes I can just put them on my head people see that I'm wearing them and they leave me alone while I can hear everything going on at the table nobody talks to me because they think I can't hear them. When I am wearing and then the sound is phenomenal and nobody can hear what I'm listening to... So well I can hear faintly what they're saying they have no idea if I'm listening to Classic Rock hardcore 90s cuss word least rap or Britney Spears pop rock from the 2000s... I love my Beats I watch them like a hawk and I would recommend them with five stars to anybody who is interested thank you dr. Dre

    Jan 07, 2019 05:49
  • Review by Fitmuva37, 10 out of 10
    Better than on-the-ear beats

    I've had this for only a few days but I love them. I had the on the ear headphones and they weren't a great. They hurt my ears when I first purchased them and I couldn't workout put in then without having to adjust them constantly. These headphones don't budge while working out. They don't hurt my ears. The noise cancellation is ok but I can deal.

    Oct 27, 2021 16:16
  • Review by RodN, 8 out of 10
    4th set, but worth it!

    Can’t be beat for great acoustic sound and noise reduction. My son is autistic and can’t be without them. They provide optimal reduction in sensory stimulation.

    One issue, they usually break in the same place (hinging joints) in around 6 - 9 months... strongly recommend extended warranty! Even with this defect, unable to find a better product.

    Feb 15, 2020 19:51
  • Review by Taptime, 10 out of 10
    The only thing I rock

    As a radio host I will not work with out them. Don’t care about wireless although that’s great I need the cord to plug into the studio system...And the sound of my voice in my headphones gives me a more accurate feel for what they hear in my voice...trust me it’s different

    May 15, 2020 23:13
  • Review by Star1073, 10 out of 10
    Good purchase

    Thdy are amazing but when i try and talk on my livestream chats the microphone quality sucks. But they are far better than the ones that are on the ear, as they dont make my ears soar after im wearing them for hours for my classwork

    Sep 25, 2021 13:10
  • Review by BrandonC, 10 out of 10
    I love these headphones, but...

    I bought these as part of an open box purchase online without even looking at them. I do love the product they're great pair of headphones. They came with all the extras that they're supposed to.

    The only issues I had one there little tight on the head become uncomfortable after a while. The other I drive a Jeep so my ride is kind of bumpy sometimes not that I'm driving listening to headphones as a passenger. But whenever you hit bumps and you have the device doing its proper job you do get some good pumps from the base.

    Have an Android instead of an iPhone so there were some issues in the initial setup and pairing of the device but after awhile it all worked out and works on multiple devices now.

    Jan 17, 2018 17:58
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    5 star!!

    Everything's brand new! My first time to have a beats headphones. One of the best! I can now alternate between my beats studios and beats studio buds! I also bought applecare for 2 years! I hope this will last.

    Sep 11, 2021 00:19
  • 9.4score
    Bose - QuietComfort 20 Noise Cancelling Earbuds (iOS) - Black
    Description

    Shut out the world and lose yourself in your music or let the world in. It's your choice with the first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from Bose. The QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earbuds let you enjoy better sound every day, everywhere you go. Turn on noise cancelling to reduce surrounding distractions and focus on your music. Or, at the touch of a button, activate Aware mode to hear what's happening around you. StayHear®+ tips provide a soft, secure fit. The inline microphone and remote let you switch easily to calls on your Apple iPhone.

    5 Features
  • Bose - QuietComfort 20 Noise Cancelling Earbuds: Minimizes external sounds for clear, uninterrupted audio. Aware mode lets you remain conscious of your surroundings without removing the headphones.
  • Earbud design: The first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from Bose delivers rich, powerful sound.
  • StayHear® + ear tips: Fit securely in your ears for comfort during extended listening sessions.
  • In-line microphone and remote: For easy switching between calls and music with select iPhone models.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery: Provides reliable operation on a full charge. You can still enjoy music with Bose quality sound when the power is off or the battery runs out.
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  • Review by Taikun649, 10 out of 10
    +Bass +Noise Cancellation +Soundsport compatible

    Compared to my 3 year old wired soundsport with one ear working (which still sounds pretty good imo) the bass on the QC20s is much higher. There’s not too much sound leakage so I can listen louder without worrying about people hearing my earbuds leak. The noise cancellation is great even when I’m using my old soundsport wingtips (which are compatible with these) that don’t directly clog up your ear canal like everything else. It’s definitely an upgrade or my old ones just deteriorated, because on the QC20s I can hear parts of the music that I can’t hear on my soundsports. The cord on the QC20 is a bit thicker than the Soundsports except for the small cord that connects the power source to the aux. That part kinda scares me so I’ll treat it with care. Probably not my preference to have the little brick thing lugging around but it’s what makes these earbuds sound like headphones. You can opt to use the earbuds with the brick thing turned off but it’ll just sound like cheap earbuds. Overall though, great upgrade and probably the best currently made wired earbuds for me, especially since I can use my old wingtips on them.

    Oct 19, 2021 23:47
  • Review by sunshine, 10 out of 10
    Excellent product.

    Excellent product. I've tried many others but to no avail. Bose product is what I expected, and more.

    Jan 29, 2016 18:18
  • Review by FRIEDRICH, 2 out of 10
    DEFECTIVE ITEM & HIGH PRICE

    I bought these on January 9, 2018. Extremely careful use. Last month the plastic cover start to come off as you can see in the pictures. I can't believe this from Böse. I'll try to return them as a defective item.

    Feb 10, 2019 17:20
  • Review by 2LiLDuffs, 10 out of 10
    Another Win for Bose

    Great sound and without external noise, you can hear music in its entirety.

    Oct 23, 2015 17:42
  • Review by Mag1works, 8 out of 10
    Good sound

    This head phones have a good sound quality, but it is much better at noise cancelling

    Although I would make some changes and make it more rugged and the connections at the components somehow stronger because they are the weak points to this headphones.

    And they create sound failures and breakage and ripping points.

    Nov 24, 2015 04:03
  • Review by ScottG, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    These things are amazing. Expensive. But amazing. So far, I've used them on two long haul overseas flights and a handful of commuter train rides. It's really almost spooky when you put them in and then flip on the switch. When I first did this I kept flipping the power on and off to just be blown away by the difference.

    As advertised, they don't cut out everything from the outside. There are some frequencies - I suppose - that just don't get wholly blocked. Still, this is one of those things I wished I'd just bitten the bullet and gotten long ago. I like the corded option for this as opposed to the wireless for no other reason then you need the plug for use on airlines. If it was just being used on my various iStuff, I'd probably have opted for the wireless.

    My only concerns about this thing are as follows:

    * I'd seen reviews - which I can understand - that are concerned about longevity of the cord connection. There's no real way I can judge this yet, but it does seem a bit odd how close the battery/control portion is to the plug. When it's plugged into a device, it potentially hangs in a way that causes pressure to the plug and I can see where over time, this could cause wear or a cord break. Similarly, when plugged in to an airliner headset jack, it hangs down a bit. There may have been little other choice as if it was higher up it would maybe pull on the ear pieces, but it's something to take care with. Still, I'm giving 5 stars because those are just concerns to treat this thing with a little bit of care, but it totally gets the job done.

    * The earbuds do take getting used to. Due to the design - which does work very well for keeping them in - you do have to get used to which way to put them in. (As opposed to simple round ear buds.) But I'm getting used to that and in the end, they're better in that they stay put better than others. It's just something to get used to is all.

    Jan 17, 2020 20:31
  • Review by SuzukiRider, 10 out of 10
    Motorcycle wind noise, what motorcycle wind noise?

    I bought these primarily to use on a motorcycle to help reduce wind noise. I just finished my first test ride (about 10 minutes at 70 mph). Bottom line: these work scary good. I was stunned. Told my wife they turned my Suzuki into a Lexus. I started out with them on playing music at a high but comfortable volume. After a mile or so at speed I paused the music and the quiet was almost eerie. Then I. turned the power switch off to eliminate active noise cancelling and was assaulted by wind noise. I didn't appreciate how well they had been working. Switched noise cancelling back on and everything went quiet again.

    Cons for motorcyclists: It is tricky getting a helmet on over them. For me it took some practice until I finally found a way to use my index fingers to hold them in place while sliding my helmet on. Once I had my helmet on they stayed in place without a problem. I wear a fairly tight full-face helmet. There was some random popping (reminded me of my ears popping on an airplane) which was mentioned in some of the reviews I read. In my opinion, small price to pay for the noise reduction offered and understandable given the conditions. Finally, cord management might or might not be an issue. I was used to bluetooth headphones and I use my phone for navigation so I'll have to find an unobtrusive way to keep cords out of the way. No biggie though.

    Like I said, this was only a short, first ride. I'm looking forward to testing them on a longer trip.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:44
  • Review by PeterH, 8 out of 10
    High quality earbuds with a high price

    Excellent quality but comes at a steep price. Handy carrying case and different sized ear buds for a perfect fit. Noise Cancelling works excellent and is not uncomfortable after prolonged use.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:07
  • 9.4score
    Sony - WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    Sony's intelligent noise-cancelling headphones with premium sound elevate your listening experience with the ability to personalize and control everything you hear. Get up to 30 hours of battery life with quick charging capabilities, enjoy an enhanced Smart Listening feature set, and carry conversations hands-free with speak-to-chat.

    11 Features
  • Active Noise Cancelation: Industry-leading noise-canceling with Dual Noise Sensor technology
  • Battery Life: Up to 30-hour battery life with quick charging (10-minute charge for 5 hours of playback)
  • Premium Sound: Premium sound quality by DSEE Extreme technology
  • Touch Controls: Touch sensor controls to pause, play, skip tracks, control volume, activate your voice assistant, and answer phone calls
  • Speak-To-Chat: As soon as you speak to someone, Speak-to-Chat automatically stops the music and lets in ambient sound so you can conduct a conversation.
  • Multipoint Bluetooth connection: For total convenience, the WH-1000XM4 headphones can be paired with two Bluetooth devices at the same time.
  • Adaptive Sound Control: Smart function that automatically detects what you’re up to – for example, walking, waiting, or traveling – then adjusts ambient sound settings to best suit the situation.
  • Clear hands-free calling: Superior call quality with precise voice pick up combines five built-in microphones with advanced audio signal for clear calls
  • Wearing Detection: A proximity sensor in the earcups can detect whether or not you’re wearing your headphones, pausing your content when you remove your headphones from your head and resuming playback when you put them back on.
  • Comfort: Updated design relieves pressure for long-lasting comfort
  • Edge-AI: Co-developed with Sony Music Studios Tokyo, DSEE Extreme™ (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscales compressed digital music files in real time.
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  • Review by JimC, 10 out of 10
    Superb Sound/Ultra Noise-Canceling/Premium Quality

    The new Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones are a clear improvement over Sony’s already excellent line of Bluetooth headphones. They are very comfortable and provide superb listening experience at home, traveling or in a noisy office. They incorporate extremely effective noise suppression, have easy-to-operate controls and a very long battery life. Their unmatched quality is evident in every feature.

    Sony is one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world. It began in 1946 as an electronics shop but soon began producing its own products, starting with tape recorders and transistor radios in the mid-1950s. Sony built a reputation for quality and introduced many innovations in portable audio, including the Walkman in 1979, the CD disc in 1983, flash memory for audio and video in 1998 and the Blu-ray HD disc in 2000. Its consumer audio products including stereo component systems, speakers and headphones are very well-regarded for quality and features.

    Here are the key features:

    • Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones

    • Ergonomic, fully adjustable over-ear, closed dynamic headphone

    • 40 mm dome driver for maximum bass and very accurate wide frequency response

    • Advanced noise-canceling/suppression technology uses two microphones on each earphone to analyze and block external noises, may be switched on or off and may be optimized for wearing conditions and atmospheric pressure

    • Artificial Intelligence and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine technology to accurately upscale compressed music, especially high-pitched sounds normally lost

    • Monitor function allows ambient sound to be easily heard while wearing headphones, may be switched on or off; Speak-to-Chat provides automatic pause and resume without removing earphone

    • Voice Assist function compatible with Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant

    • Bluetooth 5.0, reception range up to 30 feet, NFC pairing connection option, supports SBC, AAC and LDAC codecs; simultaneous connection to two devices

    • Sony Headphones Connect app provides extensive sound customization and 3D Reality Audio

    • HD Voice and built-in microphone for making and receiving phone calls with high quality sound

    • Touch control on side of right earphone to raise/lower volume, next/previous track selection

    • Power, Bluetooth pairing, Monitor and Noise Cancel buttons on left earphone

    • Rechargeable 3.7v internal lithium ion power source: 10 minute quick charge gives 5 hours of play time, 3 hours to fully charge with included 8” USB-C connection cable (recharge at 5.0v)

    • Headphones will operate 30+ hours (38+ hours with noise reduction off) continuously from a full charge, 9 day standby time, customizable auto-off timer

    • Can also operate without using any power by connecting an included 4.1 foot 3.5 mm stereo cable to left earphone

    • 3.5 mm (headphone) male-to-male 50” connection cable included

    • Airplane in-flight audio connector included

    • 4 – 40,000 Hz audio frequency range, less than 1% THD distortion

    • Sony Headphone Connect app provides graphic equalizer and presets

    • Easy to follow illustrated quick set-up guide

    • Foldable design for compact storage

    • Size: 5.5 inches by 6.6 inches by 3.5 inches

    • Weight: 9 ounces

    • Hard case with outside and inside pockets for accessories included

    • One year warranty on parts and labor

    Included in the slip-cover box are full instructions/set-up guide and a very nice, compact hard case which contains the headphones, a short USB-C charging cable, a 50 inch long 3.5 mm direct-connect wire cable and airplane audio adapter. The quick set-up guide is comprehensive with step-by-step instructions for using the headphones, a trouble-shooting checklist, technical specifications and detailed explanations for using each feature.

    The headphones have a non-reflective black finish and very attractive copper-colored lettering and highlights, substantial bass-producing drivers and super-soft memory-foam cushions on each headphone for superb comfort and noise isolation. They fold flat to enable compact storage and to easily fit into a purse, drawers, etc. The Sony WH-1000XM4 has a look of quiet quality and business elegance without flashy excess.

    The headphones use USB-C technology and are quick-charging. In just 10 minutes you have 5 hours of play time. Full charge is accomplished in three hours. The stated music playing time of thirty hours seems conservative since I found the headphones would operate for nearly forty-five hours before fading out. The customizable auto-off feature aids this very long battery life.

    An audio prompt indicates when the power is on or off and a second press of the power button gives a voice guidance of the remaining power level. Pair the earphones with your phone or other source via Bluetooth or NFC. The connection remained very solid throughout my home, up to nearly 50 feet.

    The headphones are fully adjustable and the very soft pads completely and comfortably enclose even the largest ears. The Sony WH-1000XM4 are perhaps the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn. They are light (9 ounces) and have plenty of adjustment range to enable a perfect fit. You can wear them for many hours in perfect comfort and your ears will never complain.

    Even without the noise-canceling function most external sounds are blocked. Pressing the Custom (automatic noise canceling) button turns on that feature and sets the level of noise reduction and there is an audio announcement that it is active (or that it has been turned off.) The ANC technology is very sophisticated, utilizing two microphones on each earphone to analyze external sounds and cancel it. You can even customize the noise cancellation for wearing conditions and atmospheric pressure. My favorite test is to turn on both my shower and bathroom sink faucet and the noise (which would normally be very loud) was just a faint hiss which I could easily ignore while listening to the music. Even without music playing the noise canceling feature was extremely effective. You can also adjust the degree of noise cancellation using the Headphone Connect app. A perfect companion for isolating you with just your music in public transit and airplanes!

    But you buy headphones primarily to provide sound, not to eliminate it. Here you will find your investment well-rewarded! The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones utilize Sony’s DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) and Artificial Intelligence technology to accurately expand digital music, especially higher-frequencies which are often chopped out in the compression process. Bass and mid-range sounds are very well reproduced. You can modify the sound contour/response by utilizing the Sony Headphones Connect app which features a full equalizer, a number of surround sound presets and sound positioning controls. For those who like heavy bass these are an ideal choice. If you want to cut back the bass the equalizer on the app will do that very effectively. I played every range of music, from classical, blues, hard rock, jazz and a full range of vocals (opera through folk ballads) and these fine headphones never disappointed me. The sound quality is just beautiful.

    I compared the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones to another set from Sony which are priced about 25% lower and a super-premium set from another audio supplier priced about 25% higher. Compared to the lower-priced Sony headphones the WH-1000XM4 provided more features and better sound which more than justified the price differential. Compared to the higher-priced set I found that the Sony WH-1000XM4 provided noticeably better noise reduction and equal music reproduction. I think that to find a significantly better set of headphones you would have to spend at least 50% more, and even then most users would not really appreciate any difference in sound or features.

    Like all good earphones these will respond to various voice commands, allow you to interact with Siri, take calls, etc. Each earphone has some controls. The right side has a nice touch pad which will raise/lower volume, skip tracks (forward and backward), pause and repeat tracks and has a microphone for use during calls. The left side turns the earphones on/off, handles Bluetooth pairing, activates the noise cancelation feature and also takes calls. One nice feature is Quick Attention which shuts off noise cancellation and lowers music volume when you touch the right headphone, enabling you to easily hear outside sounds (such as transit announcements), and then resumes noise cancellation and music volume when you remove your hand. But an even more clever feature is Speak-to-Chat which shuts off noise reduction and music when you speak, then resumes music and noise reduction when you stop speaking. Don’t worry if you like to sing along to your music – you can disable this feature! Finally, if you rely on Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant you will appreciate the easy integration with those services provided by these headphones.

    In summary, the Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones are an excellent value and packed with premium features for discerning music fans who demand superb noise isolation, a very comfortable headset and above-all, beautiful and accurate sound reproduction. They are an ideal choice for traveling and would pass boring hours in airports and on planes with gold stars for quality, sound level and range. I am happy to award Sony’s new WH-1000XM4 a full five stars and a hearty, unqualified endorsement. Invest in these and you will receive the twin dividends of heavenly music and unmatched isolation from all of the unwanted, annoying noises assaulting you every day!

    Aug 28, 2020 01:29
  • Review by Jaydozrock, 10 out of 10
    Outstanding Audio and Noise Cancelling

    The Sony WH-1000XM4’s (XM4’s from now on) are a pair of much awaited and longed for headphones and I am here to report that Sony has impressed me yet again. Let’s start with inside the box where we have a hard carrying case, the headphones, a usb type C cable, an airplane adapter, a 3.5mm cable along with the usual paperwork.

    The Headphone is designed like any other typical headphone but I must point out that both the earcup cushions and the headband cushion are extremely comfortable and this lead to me being able to use the XM4’s for hours without much complaint. The clamping pressure from the headphone is virtually unnoticeable and this is significant because I have a big head so the headphone probably stretches more for me than it does for the average person. The right headphone has the touch capacitive controls as well as the usb charging port and the NFC mechanism for pairing, while the left headphone has the power button and the custom button (which you are allowed to change to trigger voice assistant or toggle ambient control the audio-jack port. Also a first for me on a headphone, Sony has followed their true wireless earphones and placed a proximity sensor in the left earcup that senses when yo-u have the headphone on and pauses/resumes your media based on removing or putting the headphones on. I must also point out that the hardcase is well designed with a net storage on the outside of the case. Also inside the case all the cables have a suitable storage spot and there are paper cut outs that instruct you how to carefully position the headphones to be placed in the case.

    So, how do they sound?? Fantastic! All music comes through sounding great without even having to change and tweak the equalizer settings through the Headphone app. The music comes through full and clear and for those concerned about bass, you have comfortable thumps and punches that are not overwhelming and can be modified in the app. The same goes for Noise cancelling level which can also be controlled through the app. The XM4’s Sony created has the best noise cancelling headphone I have ever used. At full strength it is able to suppress so much background noise it can actually surprise you. If people are in a room with you and having a conversation( not too far from you), you won’t be able to hear anything they are saying even with the music off. The effect is most obvious in noisy areas like a street or around heavy machinery where the feature shines.

    What else do I like? Sony has finally created a XM headphone that has multipoint pairing. This means that XM4’s can simultaneously pair to two bluetooth devices. The way I utilize this is to pair the XM4’s to both my laptop and my cellphone so that if I am listening to audio on my laptop and a call comes in, the headphone switches the audio automatically to my cell phone and allows me to answer the call. What’s also amazing is that once the call ends it automatically switches back to my laptop audio.

    On the topic of a phone call, I can say that phone conversations I’ve had went very well. The persons on the other end of the line could hear me clearly and loudly while we conversed, even when I was in a noisy background. It seems the combination of the five mics as well as Sony’s software works superbly well to suppress background noise while highlighting my voice. Another stand out feature I absolutely appreciate is Speak to Chat feature. Basically what this does is that while you have the headphones all, if you would like to speak to someone , you can just speak and the headphones pick up that you are talking, lowers your volume and allows the ambient noise to flood the headphones. This is great if you don't want to keep taking off and putting on your headphones every time to talk to someone. Note that this feature can be turned on and off in the app and you can also change the length of the timeout with the smallest being 15 seconds.

    Finally, battery life. Sony reports 30 hours of use with noise cancelling on so I guess you can squeeze a few more hours out of it with noise cancelling off. I’ve been using it continuously between my laptop and phone for the last few days and I have yet to charge it. From the app the battery level says 40% remaining and I can attest to using it for about 15 to 20 hours so I have no doubt about Sony’s claim.

    The XM4’s are a definite two thumbs up for me. Superior sound and noise cancelling, feature rich app and more than a literal day of battery and multi-device pairing, it doesn’t get much better than this.

    Aug 16, 2020 13:49
  • Review by TechnicallyWell, 10 out of 10
    Awesome sound and noise cancellation

    ## Design

    The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are somewhat large, but the ear-cups are well padded and are very comfortable to wear for hours on end. The headband portion also has plenty of padding so that the headphones rest comfortably on the top of your head.

    The ear-cups do a good job of creating a loose seal around your ears, so much so that I definitely get the "ear sweats" which is common with many over-the-ear headphones.

    The headphones come a hard travel case with a soft fabric exterior. Storing the headphones requires completely retracting the headband (I would prefer if you could leave it at the size that fits my head). A helpful diagram is included inside the case that shows you how to fold the headphones so they fit properly.

    ## Performance

    The sound quality on the Sony WH-1000XM4 is incredible and is definitely up there with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones. Highs and mids come through crystal clear and the bass is plentiful. The Sony WH-1000XM4 also has something called "Edge-AI" where it tries to enhance compressed music (such as a low quality Pandora stream). It's hard to gauge it's effectiveness as I couldn't find a way to turn the feature on and off, but it is likely another contributing factor to the awesome sound quality.

    Call quality also appears to work very well on the WH-1000XM4. The microphones seem to pick up my voice well while filtering out some of the background sounds around me (but it still picks up some things like typing on a keyboard).

    The noise cancellation feature is also top-notch. It not only filters out general "hums" such as an air conditioner running, but it also does a good job of filtering out people talking and even other music sources near you. It does have it limits: it won't completely filter out a blaring stereo next to you or completely eliminate the sound of your riding mower. However, it does a good enough job that you can listen to your music or podcast at a comfortable listening level without needing to crank up the volume to overcome the outside world.

    The level of noise cancellation can also be adjust in the Sony Headphones app and there are a lot of cool features associated with it that I'll detail in the next section.

    ## Features

    - Speak-to-Chat: This is probably my favorite feature of these headphones. It seems like whenever I'm at work, I no sooner put on my headphones than someone walks up with a question. With the WH-1000XM4, as soon as I start talking, the headphones react, turning off the noise cancellation feature, lowering the volume of my music, and relaying the voice of the person talking to me. After 30 seconds (this is adjustable in the app) when I finished speaking, the noise cancellation turns backs on and the volume of music is brought back up. You can also double-tap the right ear-cup when you're finished speaking to resume your music.

    - Quick listen: If you need to catch an announcement, for example, you can cup your hand over the right ear-cup's touch sensor to turn off the noise cancellation feature temporarily.

    - Adaptive Sound Control: Another cool feature that lowers the Active Noise Cancellation feature whenever the headphones detect that you've started walking. This lets in some of the outside sounds by lowering the level of noise cancellation so you're more aware of what is happening around you. If you frequently move, it can get a bit annoying as the headphones will play a short tone whenever the mode changes.

    - Touch controls: The touch controls on the right ear-cup are intuitive: swiping your finger up and down on the ear-cup adjusts the volume and swiping left and right changes the track. Double-tapping the center pauses and plays your music.

    - Wearing detection: A sensor in the left ear-cup can detect when you remove the headphones, automatically pausing your music. Music resumes when you put the headphones back on.

    - Dual pairing: With many of us working from home, this feature is great as it allows you to pair the headphones with your phone and your computer at the same time. Therefore, I can listen to music from my phone, but automatically switch over to my computer to listen to a webinar. It looks like there are a few kinks to work out with this feature as I found that it did not always switch automatically, or would sometimes take awhile to change from one source to the next.

    - Background firmware updates: I had a pair of truly wireless Sony headphones that required me to babysit them for a good 30-40 minutes while the firmware update file transferred and then installed, however they were unusable while that happened. A launch-day firmware update was available for the WH-1000XM4 and it seemed to transfer from my phone to the headphones in the background while I was listening to music. I received a notification when it was ready to install, and after a quick reboot, the headphones were updated. This was a much better experience!

    ## Battery Life

    The Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones can last up to 30 hours when using Bluetooth with the noise cancellation feature enabled. The headphones are recharged with a USB-C cable (yay, no Micro USB!) and if you're in a hurry, a 10 minute charge can net you up to 5 hours of listening time.

    ## Summary

    Overall, the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones are a solid alternative to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones and offer some some great features (such as speak-to-chat) not found on the QuietComfort headphones. Long battery life, wearing detection and dual Bluetooth connections round out an impressive feature set on a pair of headphones with awesome noise cancellation and sound quality.

    Aug 15, 2020 09:40
  • Review by TheGhostRyder, 10 out of 10
    I love them

    I absolutely LOVE these. Ive owned the for 5 months now. The noise cancelling is about a 4.5 out of 5. If you have music or something playing that 4.5 is taken to a 5 cause you can't hear anything outside then unless you switch it to ambiet noise. If you have noisy roommates, etc., you will love these. Sound quality is around a 4.7 for me. Best headphones ive ever owned. You have to download a free app for your phone to use them. There, you can change the tone of the sound in several different ways. These are the best. If your looking for peace around you, pick them up. They charge quickly. Padding is A+++ and extremely comfortable to wear for hours. Be patient if your having issues setting them up. Included is a charging cable and very nice hardshell carrying case.

    Mar 20, 2021 22:57
  • Review by Reese, 10 out of 10
    10/10 Would Recommend

    [I want to preface this by saying I'm not a Sony "fan" I'm not giving a good review because of the brand, this is my genuine opinion] Been using em for a couple months now and the build quality is great, very sturdy, and the audio is high quality. If you love bass, you're all good with these headphones, if the default sound is not to your liking, you can easily change it with the Sony app. the only thing I will say is, these headphones pick up fingerprints kinda easily, so if you're nitpick about that maybe consider getting a lighter color.

    Oct 09, 2021 23:26
  • Review by NomuskNoFuss, 10 out of 10
    Content never sound so sweet

    I have been salivating at a chance to purchase these headphones, since the reviews on YouTube by MKBHD. Folks I can tell you, it is a phenomenal piece of technology for it being a headphone. The crew at Sony that engineered this baby made it so intuitive. The audio through the headphones to telecom the battery levels once you tap the power. Cables you don have use headphones issued on the plane. I am extremely happy with my purchase. Usually, I’d wait a year after manufacture warranty to expire to get a thorough understanding of the product, but I couldn’t contend myself. Parents are really going to appreciate the noises canceling feature but plea use it responsibly. LOL!

    Oct 29, 2021 17:11
  • Review by Kevin, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Sound & Features

    I ordered these on a pre-black friday sale weeks before the main sales were announced on best buy. I had extensively researched the headphones (and previous generation XM3) for about 10 months prior to pulling the trigger, comparing them to literally everything else in its tranche and also more expensive models. This included audio-technica, bose, sennheiser, bowers & wilson, and bang & olufsen to name a few. I recommend these headphones over the others for several reasons:

    1. Sound quality. The sound out of the box was not to my liking, but the beauty of the Sony app is that you can craft the EQ how you want. I was able to find a custom setting that enhances nearly all of the music I listen to. I'm very happy with the high quality sound across the board. Do not buy a NC headphone without the ability to tweak the EQ. Sound quality is a relative matter and you may be unhappy with the out-of-the-box sound if you opt for a cheaper model.

    2. Noise canceling. Top-notch with a ton of features allowing for levels of ambient sound to your liking. Adaptive sound control is a huge plus

    3. Functionality. Ability to connect to 2 devices simultaneously. Of course more would be great but at least 2 is crucial (which is why I would buy XM4 over XM3). I usually connect to my ipad and iphone and can seamlessly move between both.

    4. Comfort. I previously owned a pair of Sennheisers which were very uncomfortable. I would give these XM4's 9/10 in terms of comfort. I will admit that it took me a few weeks to get used to the pressure but in finding the sweet spot (about 5 clicks up on the head band) I am now able to wear them for hours without needing to take them off.

    5. Call quality. I've tested these with multiple family members and friends. They have all given these at least 9/10 in terms of call quality in moderate background sound environments. Will the call quality be the best on the market? Probably not, but personally I didn't buy these for calls. Rest assured, you'll be fine.

    6. Style. I like the minimal design. They are matte black with a sleek non-offensive look which I actually like more than the Bose. I would say opt for the black over silver (almost a pewter grey) because over time they will show scratches and smudges less.

    Conclusion. If you're on the fence, take a look a the many reviews on youtube especially the ones comparing models. I highly recommend you buy these over the probably cheaper XM3's (depending on when you view this). The added features are worth spending more, but good news is that these seem to routinely go on sale. Worth every penny for WFH, music lovers, and even calls. Enjoy :)

    Dec 02, 2020 17:38
  • Review by Roni, 10 out of 10
    No Regrets!!! Excellent!!!

    At first I'm so hesitant to buy this headphone for about 2 weeks choosing between a headphone and airpods. I've been wearing airpods since its first launch having the 1st gen and 2nd gen so moving to a headphone is a tough decision. Putting it on my cart then removing it, then back again. I have seen multiple reviews on both the pros and cons before convincing myself to finally buy it. I'm so happy with my new headphone and the color that matches my iphone 12 pro max and specially having it connected to two (2) devices at the same time!!! My Iphone and Macbook is connected at the same time! This is Awesome!!! I will definitely recommend to a friend!

    Jan 22, 2021 18:52
  • 9.4score
    Apple - AirPods Pro (with Magsafe Charging Case) - White
    Description

    AirPods Pro feature Active Noise Cancellation for immersive sound. Transparency mode for hearing the world around you. They’re sweat and water resistant1 and have a customizable fit for all-day comfort.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by HulkMann18, 10 out of 10
    Excellent!

    I already had the original AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging - but after watching Apple's latest event and how the AirPods 3 had MagSafe... I went online and saw that Apple had updated the case on the AirPods Pro to include MagSafe charging! Well sold my old pair and picked these up lol. We all know how they sound, and what they're capable of - so in all... Yes they are worth it, and yes the MagSafe charging capability is useful

    Oct 27, 2021 20:45
  • Review by Giovanni, 10 out of 10
    Worth it

    Better to get this model for the small magsafe upgrade. Overrall amazing noise Cancellation, transparency and crisp sound

    Nov 07, 2021 21:09
  • Review by Thebestappleiphone, 10 out of 10
    Amazing new AirPods Pro

    It's wonderful to compare this to the previous one. I mean, this new one is better than the previous one because it clings to the charger. I'm impressed, and the sound is also better. This is a significant advance for what Apple has done this year, and I love it. I'd give it five stars.

    Nov 01, 2021 10:26
  • Review by Kega, 10 out of 10
    The Best.

    These pros are awesome! I recently switched to iPhone from Samsung. I’ve had every galaxy phone since the S3 back in 2012 and I’ve always been pro Samsung. I had all the galaxy buds and watches and decided to purchase the AirPods 3rd gen and I wasn’t impressed. These pros went on sale for just 10$ more with the new magsafe feature and I can honestly say they are the best earbuds I’ve ever owned. The fitment in my ears along with the ANC is incredible. I can have my car on with the a.c on max and not hear a thing. (Don’t use ANC while driving). Spend the extra bucks and get the pros. I also like that they read exactly what someone texted me and let’s me reply without even touching my phone.

    Nov 04, 2021 21:49
  • Review by slashman, 10 out of 10
    Great sounds, great fit, after new tips

    I recently upgraded my airpods v2 to the pro's. I absolutely love these. The sound quality and noise cancelling is great and they fit surprisingly well. I was worried that they weren't going to fit as well as the originals. The only thing I had to do was order memory foam tips - the silicone ones that come with it sip out of your ears when you sweat too easily!

    Nov 02, 2021 09:24
  • Review by ERock, 10 out of 10
    Much Better Than AirPods 3's

    I purchased the AirPods 3rd generation after running my gen 1 into the ground. I quickly realized that the new design of the 3's were not a good fit for my ears (I have smaller ears), so I promptly returned them. I was going to then try gen 2, but figured I should try the Pro's while they were on sale. Best decision I could have made! The silicone tips provide a much more comfortable and secure fit, and come with the added bonuses of ANC, transparency mode, and spatial audio. After extensive listening with these Pro's, they are still super comfortable, and simply sound stellar. More bass than gen 1, and the sound is very crisp overall. Couldn't be happier with these!

    Nov 05, 2021 12:37
  • Review by AscensionMax, 10 out of 10
    Spend the money they’re worth it!

    The quick answer- Spend the money they’re worth it!

    The longer version-

    I have resisted paying this much for earbuds a long time, I never liked the old style because they would just fall out of my ear.

    The EarPod Pro however, caught my attention.

    With all the meetings and hands free driving I do for work, I wanted something that would cancel out noise for me but also for anyone who hears my audio.

    I was not sure these would work in a noisy environment but they work quite well.

    Other Bluetooth earbuds either don’t pick up my voice or have lag and made conversation terribly annoying.

    Here’s some things that I use them for and they work perfectly:

    (keep in mind they’re connected to an iphone)

    • Zoom meetings in loud Starbucks (listening and speaking)

    • Phone calls from a noisy delivery truck

    • Gaming on phone (surprisingly, no lag whatsoever)

    I’m short, it’s worth the price because they actually do what’s needed.

    Nov 05, 2021 12:57
  • Review by Brad, 10 out of 10
    AirPod Pro

    Purchased yesterday and have already used for multiple hours. Easy to use and happy with my purchase.

    Oct 26, 2021 05:47
  • 9.4score
    Soundcore - by Anker Life Tune XR Wireless Active Noise-Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    Soundcore Life Tune XR are active noise cancelling headphones with Hi-Res Certified sound. The Multi-Mode noise cancellation technology detects and cancels out exterior noise. Use for calls with the dual microphones and have long, 60 hour listening sessions due to the long battery life and comfortable earcups.

    5 Features
  • Hi-Res Certified Sound: Life Tune active noise cancelling headphones have 40mm drivers with highly-flexible silk diaphragms that reproduce deep, resonant bass and crisp treble up to 40kHz—ensuring music has enhanced clarity and precise details
  • Multi-Mode Noise Cancelling: Life Tune’s hybrid active noise cancellation uses external and internal microphones to detect and cancel out up to 95% of engine noise. Transport, Indoor, and Outdoor modes tailor noise cancellation to block specific noises more effectively
  • Voice Enhancement For Calls: By pairing 2 microphones with a noise reduction algorithm, Life Tune active noise cancelling headphones eliminate distracting ambient noises so you sound crystal-clear when making calls.
  • 60-Hour Playtime: Listen for up to 60 hours on a single charge in standard mode and 40 hours in in noise cancelling mode. For a boost of power, charge for 5 minutes and get 4 hours of playtime
  • Long-Lasting Comfort: Weighing 9oz (260g), Life Tune is 10% lighter than standard active noise cancelling headphones. The earcups and headband feature memory-foam padding covered in soft protein leather to provide all-day comfort for your ears and head
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by insomniak1, 10 out of 10
    The Full Package at a fantastic price.

    Right out of the box, I was immediately impressed with the Life Tune XR headset. They come neatly packed inside a high-quality hard storage case. Also included were a USB-C cable, a 3.5mm cable, and a silk pouch to put the cords in. The headphones are made of matte black plastic that feels premium and does not attract fingerprints. There’s a silver logo on every cup and a subtle “ANC” writing on the sides which does not stand out. The headband is made of a brushed black aluminum alloy that is quite flexible. I find the design playful, yet professional enough for business conferencing.

    Now, there are exceptionally comfortable. The earpads are made of this faux leather that is incredibly soft and the headband provides enough padding, which allows extended use. The earcups have good swivel and the clamping force is enough to keep them in place. They were great while walking but I would not use them for running or more vigorous exercise. Also, as with any leatherette headset, they are prone to get sweaty, which is something to keep in mind. Although they are not the lightest, I did not experience fatigue at all -even after 4 hours straight.

    The XRs feature a combination of buttons and touch controls. On the left side, you have play/pause, volume, and the 3.5mm jack. On the right side, you have the power, ANC, and USB-C input. Also, on the left side, there is a touch feature that activates ambient noise, which is very handy when you need to quickly see what’s going on around you. You can tell Soundcore put a lot of thought into this design.

    Since these are Bluetooth 5.0, pairing is easy. In fact, they are NFC compatible and paired easily with my phone. I maintained a good connection at a decent distance and noticed little lag when playing video games and none during video playback. It is also worth mentioning that these can be paired to 2 devices at the same time. I easily switched between my laptop and my phone, which is nice.

    The call quality was better than expected. Although people still recognized that it was on BT, I came in clear, even in loud environments. However, I will say that they did pick up a bit of wind noise.

    Battery life is impressive. After using them for 3 days, I still had 50% left. Soundcore claims a total of 60 hours or 40 hours with ANC, and I am inclined to believe that. They have a quick charge feature, which means 5 minutes of charging adds 4 hours of playtime. And just in case you run out of battery for some reason, you can always switch to 3.5mm aux audio.

    While not the best I’ve ever experienced, noise-canceling is effective overall. You can still hear some rumbling and traffic, and of course high-pitched sounds. Having said this, these are not to be compared to ANC headphones that are 4 times more expensive. The ANC simply allows for experiencing more fully whatever you may be listening to.

    Speaking of sound, the Life Tune XRs are Hi-Res Audio certified, which means that they cover up to 40hz. Most headphones, especially ANC that are more expensive, do not even come close. Since I listen to lossless music most of the time, this was a welcomed feature. Strangely, I could not confirm if these were aptX-HD, AAC, or LDAC. Nevertheless, I found the sound signature out of the box quite enjoyable. The sound is obviously on the warm side. The bass is strong and punchy, and has sub-bass that lingers, without spilling all over. The midrange is not as recessed and is quite present -not muddy at all, making vocals and rhythm instruments come forward a bit. The treble is extended without causing sibilance or fatigue. Because of the frequency range these have, I thought the clarity and details to be above average for a headphone at this price range. Channel separation is distinctive, and the soundstage is reasonable, adding to the overall experience.

    Just in case the sound is not up to your standard, you can always download the handy Soundcore App, which I strongly recommend you do. There, you can pick from a large selection of EQ settings as well as getting firmware updates and other features.

    As you can tell, I am overly impressed by the Life Tune XRs. The design, build quality, functionality, abundant features, which are mostly reserved for “premium” headphones (and some don’t even have) -all at an incredible value, make these cans a difficult deal to pass. Definitely recommended.

    Apr 07, 2021 12:07
  • Review by DaveW, 10 out of 10
    Great NC Headphones

    The Anker Soundcore Life Tune XR are Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones made for the office or on the go listening. These headphones are not rated for any moisture so using them for the gym should probably be avoided. The XR’s have a huge battery life of 60 hrs (40 hrs with noise cancelling on) and come with a pretty nice round carrying case. The XR’s can be connected via Bluetooth (v5.0) or through a standard 3.5mm connection with the included auxiliary cord. Charging for the headset is done through its USB-C port – a cable is included but you have to supply the charger brick. Last thing included is the quick user guide which is useful in getting familiar with the functions. There is a companion app which lets you fine tune the equalizer as well as setup the type of noise cancelling you need.

    For my uses I spent my time wearing the XR’s while working, cleaning the house, walking my dog, and making calls. Throughout my uses I toggled between the different noise cancelling modes of which there are 3. You have noise cancelling, transparent, and normal. Normal doesn’t apply any cancelling or boosting of outside noise. Transparent uses the microphones to listen to your surroundings and then act as a passthrough to boost the surrounding sounds and play them over the headset speakers. Noise cancelling does just that – it cancels or deadens surrounding sounds. If you download the Soundcore app you can toggle the sound cancelling between transport, indoor, and outdoor. These act like equalizers for the noise environment you might be in. Transport targets low end noises like engine/road noise. Indoor targets the mid-range that normal encompasses conversations and other indoor distractions. Outdoor is for all around that aims to suppress a broad range of ambient noise. In practice there is a noticeable change when toggling between the three. Just sitting here at my desk it affects the sound coming from my computer fans and my TV – indoor blocks the most of this sound, while outdoor seems to let in the most.

    As far as using the various modes it all depended on what I was doing. If I was on a call or actively listening to music then I would put on noise cancelling. I felt this improved the call quality and the clarity, as well as making my music sound fuller. If I am just sitting here at my desk I like to have a little noise come through so I toggle it to Normal. I have tinnitus in one ear so I need some white noise to help drown out the ringing so I can focus. With noise cancelling and nothing actively playing on the headphones the ringing is not drowned out – which just means that the noise cancelling is working well. When I take my dog for a walk I put it in transparent so I can hear any cars and be aware of my surroundings. I also use this setting if I am doing housework, so I can still hear my kids when they need something. The only thing to look out for when using transparent is loud noises that are close by or especially sharp. For example, I shut my microwave door like I always do and the piped in ‘bang’ of the door closing was pretty excessive to the point that it startled me. I started closing the microwave door softer when I had the headphones in that mode.

    Sound quality was pretty good out of the headphones. If you get the app you can adjust the equalizer via 22 different presets or make your own custom EQ curve. I started with the bass boost mode and then adjusted some of the ranges to make my own custom EQ. With the sound on and in NC mode the music really sounds great. Better than most headphones when it comes to clarity. I wish the bass was a little more punchy, but overall the sound is clean and powerful enough. Things muddy a bit when you switch to normal mode, and even more so when you go to transparent. The NC really does wonders for making the music sound better – background noise really has an impact on the way I perceive the music I guess.

    Using the headphones to make calls is pretty easy as well. The play/pause button lets you accept the call without pulling out your phone. The onboard mics work well – no complaints from the people I would talk to. The only thing that can get you is if you are on NC. There is no mic feedback/sidetone/mic monitoring (whatever you want to call it) when you have NC on. So you can find yourself talking a bit too loud if you aren’t used to wearing headphones that seal out the world.

    Comfort of the headset is better than I expected. I thought the headband was a little too thin, and that it would create a pressure band a little too quickly. Fortunately, the band is padded enough, and the headphones are light enough that its not an issue I actually came across. The ear cups are circumaural and made of a leatherette material. This combination often leads to ears feeling hot/sweaty unless the earcups are open backed. I can certainly feel my ears get a little warmer with these on, but not as bad as my HyperX Alpha’s. Overall, it’s pretty easy to wear these for extended periods of time without feeling headphone fatigue, and the need to give your ears a break.

    There’s one novel feature on the headset that I thought was kind of cool. If you tap the outside of the right earcup you can toggle the sound mode to transparent. Would be great in an office environment when on NC. A quick tap sends you to transparent, and then another tap brings it back to NC. This is faster than cycling through the modes with the regular button.

    Another feature that I really like and use constantly is the dual device pairing. I love it. I have these connected to my PC and phone at the same time. I can be listening to music through my phone and then have a call come through my Teams client. Without that dual pairing I wouldn’t hear it which is an issue with my setup – notifications pop up on a monitor I don’t regularly have to look at. I have a wired Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 headset that lets me do this as well, and I have been using it for work for almost 2 years. I don’t think I can go back to not having a dual connection after using it for so long. The Soundcore’s give me the flexibility to be fully wireless and connect to 2 devices, which is a leg up over the TB’s.

    Overall, the Soundcore Life Tune XR’s are a nicely made pair of wireless noise cancelling headphones. They come with a nice hardshell carry case that protects them in transport. The companion app gives you greater control over the functionality of the headphones, and it works quite well. The different modes work as described, and do a nice job providing a solid listening experience. The headphones come with a decent range of features – Bluetooth or 3.5mm connection (cable included), dual device connectivity, fold up design, 60 hr battery, USB C charging (cable included). I am very pleased with the quality and performance of these headphones.

    Apr 24, 2021 23:24
  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Music to my ears!!!!

    Life Tune XR Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are amazing headphone made for everyday and all-day use. These headphones are actually very comfortable to wear, fit great and most importantly sound amazing with their Hi-Res audio, noise cancellation and transparency mode. These headphones have proven themselves in variety of uses such gaming, taking phone calls with the dual built in microphones, listening to some music, and even helping in falling asleep faster. So, lets go over some of the features of the Soundcore Life Tune XR Headphones by Anker.

    Features:

    -First and foremost, these headphones feature a fast pairing process using NFC feature on your phone and the headphones to connect. I personally did not notice much of a difference in connecting the headphones using the traditional Bluetooth method. Nice feature to have but Bluetooth works just fine.

    -Secondly, I highly recommend that you download the Soundcore app if you want to fully utilize the features available on these headphones. The app allows you to adjust the equalizer on the headphones. The equalizer has multiple presets setting already set for your convenience, such as bass booster, bass reducer, dance, flat, deep, podcast, and many more. The app also allows you to access the sleep mode or as I like to call it “Relax Mode”. The sleep mode also has multiple ambient sounds built in such as fan noise, camp fire, or the ticking of a clock and many more. The app also allows you to adjust the noise cancellation levels based on where you are, if you are indoor, outdoors, or in a transport. So, the soundcore app is truly a must for you to unlock the full protentional of the amazing headphones.

    -So, the box states that with 5-minutes of charging you can get 4 hours of playtime. I tested this feature out, left the headphones to charge for 5 minutes and I think with the ANC mode on I was able to get about almost 3 hours of playtime, which considering is still not bad at all. These headphones provide up to 60 hours of playtime on the normal mode and 40 hours with the ANC mode on.

    -Active Noise Cancelling – Indoor, Outdoor, Transport

    -Transparency Mode

    -Button controls for volume and Noise Cancellation, and touch control for transparency mode

    -Comfortable and Light Weight, these headphones are super comfortable. The earcups are memory foam and provide all day comfort. I was able to wear these while working, roughly about 8 hours, and I had no issue except for my ears started to get hot and sweaty, other than that they were amazing.

    -One of my favorite feature of this headphone was the fact that even though these are advertised as wireless headphones, you have the option to also use them as wired with the provided 3.5mm audio jack cable. Even though many manufactures are moving away from the audio jack, I am glad soundcore at least gave us the option.

    Overall, I honestly could not find anything that I was not happy with, these are comfortable, sound amazing and solid built headphones. I would highly recommend these headphones.

    Apr 06, 2021 23:56
  • Review by teasten, 10 out of 10
    Incredible sound quality and value. Buy them!

    TLDR. Buy them. Amazing quality and value. I promise you won't be disappointed. I would not buy any other Noise Canceling headphones. The quality, noise-canceling, even the app are incredible.

    Long Version

    To help give perspective for this review. I own Bose QCs, Apple AirPod Pros, and Sennheiser ANCs. I also own a budget Insignia ANC headset for late-night TV not to disturb my partner. So I have a lot of experience with active noise canceling headsets.

    The Soundcore Life Tune XR by Anker, to be honest, I had low expectations. Yet everything about them has impressed me and I cannot imagine buying any other noise-canceling headset.

    Opening the box I was wowed because these come with a hard carry case. I own music studio headphones that are 8x the price that doesn't even come with a case. The case is super quality.

    In the case. I was wowed again. There's a little bag for the audio and USB C charger. Nice. USB C charging too! Brilliant!

    Taking the Soundcare XRs headphones out, they look and feel premium. They have a nice weight. The metal finish and satisfying click as you unfold the headphones into position don't make them feel cheap.

    Comfort. Again. Wow. The noise isolation alone is well done. There's a little tone as they power on and pairing on my iPhone was fast - like AirPod Pro pairing fast.

    Audio Quality. OMG. I can't get over good it is. Turn on noise-canceling and I was blown away. Seriously have not been this impressed with a headset in a long time. With ANC on I couldn't even hear the alarm going on my other phone that was right next to me. Listening to Spotify, there were songs I felt like I was hearing them for the first time all over again.

    Soundcore also makes a free Soundcore app so you can tune the equalizer but also tune the noise-canceling the for the environment as well as firmware updates. The app is elegant, simple, no signup or registration required and makes apps from other headphone makers look bad. Soundcore have really knocked it out of the park with the quality of the app. Soundcore doesn't even aggressively push the app at you, unlike some other manufacturers where as soon as you pair it try to force the app on you.

    The Soundcore XRs have a built-in microphone. When I tested it for calls, there were no complaints from the other side. The XRs can also pair to two devices, so I have them paired to my PC (Windows) and iPhone. The call quality on both was great.

    It's easy to switch between ANC and transparency. Just place a finger on the outer right headphone cup and you are in transparency mode. Worth noting you can be in noise-canceling without audio playing, so you can use them at home or in an office for peace and quiet while you work.

    Battery Life - in the few days of testing I haven't yet run them down during the day (charged overnight) with moderate to heavy use. Soundcore claims 60 hours of playtime, 40 with ANC on. They also claim 4 hours of playtime on a 5-minute charge - which makes them perfect for travel when you get on a plane and realize your headphones are almost flat.

    If I was looking for negatives. And if Anker Soundcore read this. I love the case but would prefer if on the opening side there was a little pouch for the USB C and audio cable. Just so it's more secure. I would also prefer the buttons to be a little wider. But that's a personal preference.

    Seriously. BUY THEM. You will not be disappointed. You may want to parade around in more expensive headphones but price, quality, performance, sound quality, value, etc. you cannot do better than this and you can look smugly at everyone else knowing you got a better deal.

    Apr 08, 2021 07:24
  • Review by elzeus, 10 out of 10
    Trading blows with the big brands!

    Anker's Soundcore Life Tune XR headphones are a joy to listen to. The packaging includes a carrying case which other brands at this price point and above it seem to not include any more so it's a welcome addition. These headphones paired up just fine with my 2 devices (phone & tablet) and using the mobile app I was able to pick the sound preset of my choice. Overall I felt that the sound was a bit base heavy for my liking so I toned it down with the piano preset and it sounded great to me. The included noise canceling is great and easily gets rid of most distracting sounds and you can listen through the microphone to the sounds around you conveniently by just holding the right ear cup for a second or switching it on with a widget or phone app. The ear cups are comfortable faux leather and the top band is not tight at all on the top of my head. I have a wide head and didn't feel uncomfortable at all after several hours of use. The battery life is phenomenal and the included USB-C charging cable as well as the 3.5mm cord makes things very simple. I'm really floored by all of the features and quality for the price and have no qualms about recommending these headphones.

    Apr 07, 2021 18:11
  • Review by dstracker, 10 out of 10
    Finally, Headphones for MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC!

    The SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones, by Anker, are perfect for listening to podcasts, music, etc. The sound quality is excellent, clear, no dropouts or static interference. My music is sharp and pleasurable.

    What’s in the box – The SoundCore Headphones come with a hard travel case (the headphones can be “folded” to fit in the case perfectly), USB-C cable for charging, 3.5mm AUX cable, drawstring pouch for cables and a user manual/Quick Start Guide.

    FEATURES:

    - High resolution “Life Tune” sound-no dropouts or static

    - Multi-mode noise cancelling that can cancel approximately 95% of engine noise.

    o 3 modes – Transport, Indoor and Outdoor for specific nose cancellation.

    - Light weight – The SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones only weigh about 9 ounces, making it amazingly comfortable for long stretches.

    - Long Life battery – According to the manufacturer, the battery stays charged for about 60 hours between charges. I had mine for over a week between charges. I only used it for about 4-5 hours a day. It stays nice and clear even when the battery is low.

    - Connectable streaming services-Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube and more. I have mine connected to Amazon Prime Music and Pandora as well.

    - The SoundCore XR Headphones can connect either by Bluetooth or the 3.5mm AUX cable. I have mine paired with Laptops, Smartphone, Tablets and Stereo. All using Bluetooth. I can even pair it to my car’s Infotainment System through the Bluetooth if I so desire.

    - Left Earpiece contains – the charge port, Battery indicator (LED) and NC (Noise Cancelling) button. The NC button allows you to change modes from Active Noise Cancelling, Normal and Transparency (allows background noise to be heard).

    - Right Earpiece contains – AUX jack (3.5mm) Volume Control Buttons and Music Control Button (selections).

    - The SoundCore XR Headphone earpieces have a soft molded cushion which makes them extremely comfortable even while wearing glasses.

    - Pairing was quick and easy. I was able to pair each of my Bluetooth devices quickly and without any problems.

    - Pairing with a Smartphone can be as easy as using the NFC (Near Field Communication) panel on the Right Earpiece. The NFC, unfortunately, can’t be use with iOS devices. The NFC panel can also be used to answer calls on your Smartphone without taking off the headphones by just pressing the NFC panel. This puts them in Transparency mode.

    - The QUICK START GUIDE is easy to follow with excellent diagrams on how to set up each function.

    SOUNDCORE APP:

    - To operate the SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones to their full potential, it is recommended that you download the SoundCore App. This can be found in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    - The SoundCore App, unfortunately, is only for Mobile devices and is not available for PC at this time.

    APP FEATURES:

    - HOMEPAGE: Has a picture of the Headphones with battery charge indicator, Noise Cancellation selection button, Equalizer and Sleep mode selections. As soon as you turn on the Headphones, they are automatically paired with the app.

    - Clicking on the Ambient Sound-Noise Cancellation button you can choose between Active Noise Cancelling, Normal and Transparency. Use this button in conjunction with the modes:

    o Transport – Low-end frequencies like engine and road noise quieter commutes

    o Indoor – Eliminates voices and mid-frequency noise from inside spaces.

    o Outdoor – Reduces outside (ambient) sound for quieter city spaces.

    - SLEEP MODE – This mode offers you a choice of sounds to help you sleep as in White Noise. These are Soft Rain, Birds, Wind, Wind Chimes, Camping (crackling fire), Waves on a Beach, Dripping Water, Train running on tracks, Ticking Clock, Farm animals (ducks, chickens, roosters, pigs, etc.) or Blade type fan (IE: floor fan). Each sleep mode has its own individual volume control.

    - EQUALIZER –

    o Default – SoundCore Signature. Other choices are Acoustic, Bass Booster, Base Reducer, Classical, Podcast, Dance and Deep. The default SoundCore Signature is recommended but not required.

    o CUSTOM – This allows you to create your own Equalizer (in dB and kHz). Using a graph that contains dB (+6 to -6) for the vertical and Hz (100 – 12.8kHz) for the horizontal. Then by selecting the “settings” option, you can give your equalizer a specific name to save it.

    - AMBIENT SOUND SCREEN: Click on the “i” next to Ambient Sound and you can create a widget on your phone’s home screen. The widget allows you to access the Ambient Sound settings directly without having to open the App.

    CONS: -

    - The Headband, though comfortable, could be a little shorter for smaller heads. It is adjustable. But only to make it larger.

    - There is no MicroSD card slot if you want to listen to your own recorded music, books, etc. You have to connect it to a device in order to listen to anything.

    - There is no Shortcut to connecting an iOS mobile phone. It only can use the Shortcut panel with a smartphone’s NFC connection.

    Even with the few “cons” the SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones give other “High End” headphones a real run for the money. If you want high end, excellent sound without paying a high-end price, then the SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones are for you. I highly recommend them for your listening pleasure.

    Apr 22, 2021 15:46
  • Review by ferrari, 10 out of 10
    Audiophile Quality at a Bargain Price

    I can't say how pleased I am with these headphones. Especially since my expectations were minimal given you're talking about the sub $100 price range.

    The experience was pleasant right out of the box. Nice storage case, drawstring purse for storing the charging & auxiliary input cords, and easy on the brain instructions to get you up & going. Prior to receiving these, I had researched the Soundcore app, and downloaded it, recognizing the additional enhancements it adds to operation.

    There were no issues at all connecting to my phone (Samsung S20), TV (Samsung series 8), or to a bluetooth transmitter attached to my high end audio system (pictured below.)

    The Soundcore app works very well to fine tune your music preferences. The noise cancellation has multiple settings. There is a transparency mode that allows you to "stay aware of your surroundings by allowing ambient sounds in", i.e. human speech, or full cancellation which has 3 submodes - transport - for engine & road noise, indoor - for spaces such as a coffee shop, or outdoor which reduces ambient city type sounds.

    There are also customizable equalizer settings, or 8 different presets such as bass booster, reducer, podcast, etc. I personally found the acoustic setting to be the best compromise for most types of music.

    There is also "Superior Sleep" function which you can mix a variety of white noise sounds, or combine them. I had birds chirping during a rainstorm with a freight train going by! Nice added feature.

    As far as the sound quality, I included a photo of my vinyl system just to show I'm serious about my music. I have a set of bluetooth headphones that cost 5X the price of these. And yes, maybe it's real instead of faux leather, and the use of high quality metal is a little more liberal, but truth be told, I'd be very hard pressed to tell which set I was listening to. The bonus is I can take these anywhere without the worry that I'd be losing half a weeks salary if I misplaced them.

    I've had very good experiences with this company. I first bought an Anker charging stand for my phone at less than half the price of an OEM unit. They also have a corporate offshoot, Eufy, that deals in surveillance cams and other devices, I have these on my home's exterior, and like these headphones, they outperform competitors far above their price range.

    If you're in the market for a set of bluetooth headphones, these are hard to pass by.

    Apr 09, 2021 19:23
  • Review by hitsuyoo, 10 out of 10
    Soundcore Brought The Noise

    Okay, first things first. Download the Soundcore app on your app store of choice. Then open the box, power on(probably already at medium) and shut the world out and jam out. Wait, wait, wait. I got ahead of myself. Inside the box, you'll get the Life XR headphones inside a nice , non-descriptive case( Not a bag). The bag inside of the case, holds a type-c charging cable and 3.5 mm aux cable. I love that. I may use that when watching a movie from my projector later, in life. This is an upgrade from the standard Life model. The touch to pass-through feature is still aces. And the battery life is still off the charts with 40 hrs ANC and up to 60 hrs without it. No one really needs that much life, but I'll take it. The simple and sleek black on well made plastic, give them a premium look and feel. The controls are very easy to get to and use. Again, I'm going to highlight the app. This thing give pretty much all of your Anker/Soundcore speaker a major boost. It adds an EQ for the headphones , that will stay at your chosen setting, even if you switch and use another device to listen from. I recommend charging before use( scratch what I said earlier. That was just an option.) just to get the full use out of your headphones. Anker rarely disappoints when it comes to making speakers & headphones and they didn't disappoint here either. I just wish they where water resistant. But that is really asking the rain to purify itself. I love the sound and the comfort and being from Anker, I expect to have these for quite some time. These easily rival much more expensive headphones on the market. One final thing: If you didn't know, Soundcore does over the air updates,so your gear will spay as up to date as possible, with app. If you haven't guesed, yes. I recommend these headphones.

    Apr 07, 2021 19:34
  • 9.4score
    Bose - QuietComfort 20 Noise Cancelling Earbuds (iOS) - Black
    Description

    Shut out the world and lose yourself in your music or let the world in. It's your choice with the first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from Bose. The QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earbuds let you enjoy better sound every day, everywhere you go. Turn on noise cancelling to reduce surrounding distractions and focus on your music. Or, at the touch of a button, activate Aware mode to hear what's happening around you. StayHear®+ tips provide a soft, secure fit. The inline microphone and remote let you switch easily to calls on your Apple iPhone.

    5 Features
  • Bose - QuietComfort 20 Noise Cancelling Earbuds: Minimizes external sounds for clear, uninterrupted audio. Aware mode lets you remain conscious of your surroundings without removing the headphones.
  • Earbud design: The first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from Bose delivers rich, powerful sound.
  • StayHear® + ear tips: Fit securely in your ears for comfort during extended listening sessions.
  • In-line microphone and remote: For easy switching between calls and music with select iPhone models.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery: Provides reliable operation on a full charge. You can still enjoy music with Bose quality sound when the power is off or the battery runs out.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Taikun649, 10 out of 10
    +Bass +Noise Cancellation +Soundsport compatible

    Compared to my 3 year old wired soundsport with one ear working (which still sounds pretty good imo) the bass on the QC20s is much higher. There’s not too much sound leakage so I can listen louder without worrying about people hearing my earbuds leak. The noise cancellation is great even when I’m using my old soundsport wingtips (which are compatible with these) that don’t directly clog up your ear canal like everything else. It’s definitely an upgrade or my old ones just deteriorated, because on the QC20s I can hear parts of the music that I can’t hear on my soundsports. The cord on the QC20 is a bit thicker than the Soundsports except for the small cord that connects the power source to the aux. That part kinda scares me so I’ll treat it with care. Probably not my preference to have the little brick thing lugging around but it’s what makes these earbuds sound like headphones. You can opt to use the earbuds with the brick thing turned off but it’ll just sound like cheap earbuds. Overall though, great upgrade and probably the best currently made wired earbuds for me, especially since I can use my old wingtips on them.

    Oct 19, 2021 23:47
  • Review by sunshine, 10 out of 10
    Excellent product.

    Excellent product. I've tried many others but to no avail. Bose product is what I expected, and more.

    Jan 29, 2016 18:18
  • Review by FRIEDRICH, 2 out of 10
    DEFECTIVE ITEM & HIGH PRICE

    I bought these on January 9, 2018. Extremely careful use. Last month the plastic cover start to come off as you can see in the pictures. I can't believe this from Böse. I'll try to return them as a defective item.

    Feb 10, 2019 17:20
  • Review by 2LiLDuffs, 10 out of 10
    Another Win for Bose

    Great sound and without external noise, you can hear music in its entirety.

    Oct 23, 2015 17:42
  • Review by Mag1works, 8 out of 10
    Good sound

    This head phones have a good sound quality, but it is much better at noise cancelling

    Although I would make some changes and make it more rugged and the connections at the components somehow stronger because they are the weak points to this headphones.

    And they create sound failures and breakage and ripping points.

    Nov 24, 2015 04:03
  • Review by ScottG, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    These things are amazing. Expensive. But amazing. So far, I've used them on two long haul overseas flights and a handful of commuter train rides. It's really almost spooky when you put them in and then flip on the switch. When I first did this I kept flipping the power on and off to just be blown away by the difference.

    As advertised, they don't cut out everything from the outside. There are some frequencies - I suppose - that just don't get wholly blocked. Still, this is one of those things I wished I'd just bitten the bullet and gotten long ago. I like the corded option for this as opposed to the wireless for no other reason then you need the plug for use on airlines. If it was just being used on my various iStuff, I'd probably have opted for the wireless.

    My only concerns about this thing are as follows:

    * I'd seen reviews - which I can understand - that are concerned about longevity of the cord connection. There's no real way I can judge this yet, but it does seem a bit odd how close the battery/control portion is to the plug. When it's plugged into a device, it potentially hangs in a way that causes pressure to the plug and I can see where over time, this could cause wear or a cord break. Similarly, when plugged in to an airliner headset jack, it hangs down a bit. There may have been little other choice as if it was higher up it would maybe pull on the ear pieces, but it's something to take care with. Still, I'm giving 5 stars because those are just concerns to treat this thing with a little bit of care, but it totally gets the job done.

    * The earbuds do take getting used to. Due to the design - which does work very well for keeping them in - you do have to get used to which way to put them in. (As opposed to simple round ear buds.) But I'm getting used to that and in the end, they're better in that they stay put better than others. It's just something to get used to is all.

    Jan 17, 2020 20:31
  • Review by SuzukiRider, 10 out of 10
    Motorcycle wind noise, what motorcycle wind noise?

    I bought these primarily to use on a motorcycle to help reduce wind noise. I just finished my first test ride (about 10 minutes at 70 mph). Bottom line: these work scary good. I was stunned. Told my wife they turned my Suzuki into a Lexus. I started out with them on playing music at a high but comfortable volume. After a mile or so at speed I paused the music and the quiet was almost eerie. Then I. turned the power switch off to eliminate active noise cancelling and was assaulted by wind noise. I didn't appreciate how well they had been working. Switched noise cancelling back on and everything went quiet again.

    Cons for motorcyclists: It is tricky getting a helmet on over them. For me it took some practice until I finally found a way to use my index fingers to hold them in place while sliding my helmet on. Once I had my helmet on they stayed in place without a problem. I wear a fairly tight full-face helmet. There was some random popping (reminded me of my ears popping on an airplane) which was mentioned in some of the reviews I read. In my opinion, small price to pay for the noise reduction offered and understandable given the conditions. Finally, cord management might or might not be an issue. I was used to bluetooth headphones and I use my phone for navigation so I'll have to find an unobtrusive way to keep cords out of the way. No biggie though.

    Like I said, this was only a short, first ride. I'm looking forward to testing them on a longer trip.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:44
  • Review by PeterH, 8 out of 10
    High quality earbuds with a high price

    Excellent quality but comes at a steep price. Handy carrying case and different sized ear buds for a perfect fit. Noise Cancelling works excellent and is not uncomfortable after prolonged use.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:07
  • 9.4score
    Bose - QuietComfort 20 Headphones (Android) - Black
    Description

    These Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones feature Acoustic Noise Cancelling and an in-line microphone and remote for taking phone calls. Listen to surrounding sounds with Aware mode or lose yourself in the music.

    6 Features
  • Earbud design: Small and large StayHear+ tips provide a soft, secure fit with no need to force them into your ears.
  • Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology: Turn on noise cancelling to reduce surrounding distractions and focus on your music, or choose Aware mode to hear what's around you.
  • TriPort technology: Gives your music depth and balance to bring soundtracks to life.
  • In-line microphone and remote: Work with select Samsung Galaxy mobile phones, allowing you to enjoy simple hands-free communication.
  • Carrying case: Helps keep the headphones safe during transport.
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery: Provides up to 16 hours of operation on a full charge.
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  • Review by Winston, 10 out of 10
    unbelievable

    Ear buds don't get any better. I have tried all types, Bose, as with everything they build, hit a home run with these.

    Apr 03, 2015 16:50
  • Review by TPHughes, 8 out of 10
    Great Technology, wish they were more durable

    I bought these head phones in 2016 and used them on and off over the years. The noise cancelling was phenomenal for first 3 years and so was the fit and form. Last year the cover to the noise cancelling control lost adhesion, then the insulation as the cord coming out of the plug failed and just now the adhesive holding the ear bud together just gave up. I loves the head phones and when I bought them in 2016 I paid 300dollars. For that much money i wish the adhesives would have held up. Still a good purchase and I will miss them!

    May 26, 2020 15:16
  • Review by MrsTriedeverything, 10 out of 10
    Awesome, Just Awesome!

    I am a very picky person, especially when it comes to great quality sound. I usually go with Beats, I had to recently replace my UR Beats because they were no longer working. I tried the Powerbeats2 wireless and I was not happy with them at all. After talking to a Best Buy employee she recommended the Bose. I decided to give them a try and WOW these are definitely keepers. The sound is AMAZING and they are sooooooo comfortable. I mainly use them at the GYM and they block out all the noise. I get lost in my music and loose track of time while working out! Buy them you wont regret it and buy the 2year protection plan too! Anything happens to them Best Buy has the best warranties out there, they give you a new pair, no questions asked!

    Jan 17, 2015 10:34
  • Review by frequentflyer, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic noise canceling ear buds

    I have a pair of Klipsch Noise canceling headphones (over the ear). The sound is great, but i found them uncomfortable to wear for the 12 - 14 hour flights to Asia, which is the main reason I have them in the first place. The bulky size of a full over the ear noise canceling headphone is a disadvantage when trying to travel light. I was looking for a more comfortable noise canceling headphone - primarily to use for lengthy flights. Upon doing some research, I saw several comments that the Bose noise canceling ear buds were exceptional with noise canceling and extremely comfortable. I bought the Bose - QuietComfort 20i just prior to a trip to Japan. I was completely satisfied with the excellent noise canceling performance and comfort of these ear buds. I find I am actually using them on a daily basis which I was not planning on. The small size (compared to a full size over the ear noise canceling headphone) makes it easy for me to have them stashed in my computer bag and have with me at all times. In a studio environment with no ambient noise, I am sure there are several products available with exceptional sound quality at a lower price point. In the real world, the noise canceling feature of this product allows one to discern details in music at a much lower volume level than with traditional ear buds. I key benefit in my book. Not an inexpensive product, but worth the price if you a looking for excellent noise canceling in a compact comfortable package.

    Apr 20, 2014 20:46
  • Review by MadCoderJJ, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Product!!

    I purchased this item hoping that I would be able to listen to music while mowing the lawn without blowing my ear-drums out. This product works awesome! The lawn mower sounds like a sowing machine and doesn't even over power a soft song. In the past using in-ear headphones I had to crank the volume in order to hear over the mower; which almost melted my ear-dums. If you are looking for a Great set of earbuds that you could wear forever, this it the product for you! I can't stress enough just how much I enjoy using these earbuds.

    Sep 21, 2013 19:55
  • Review by veenDoot, 10 out of 10
    Most comfortable, great NC, pricey

    I can wear these all day long, no irritation. The tips sit at the ear canal and don't "invade" it, yet the soft flexible silicon skirt closes the canal off for great comfort and noise isolation. Then there's the world-class noise cancellation. As I write this, I'm sitting literally 5 ft from the basement oil burner (noisy enough to have to raise you voice to be heard conversationally) and hear only a slight very low-level background hiss. As near silence as you can get. Plus, if I switch off the NC I still get quality audio like my other ear buds, only far more comfortable. The only downside is that NC does cost.

    Sep 07, 2019 16:45
  • Review by roger, 10 out of 10
    my second pair...and that says something

    OK, confession time. I have another pair of these...somewhere. But I needed something with noise cancelling for this year's Indy 500 and just bit the bullet and bought another pair. If I find my other pair, that's fine. They're great little headphones and I'll dedicate the second pair to my travel kit.

    Jun 11, 2021 16:02
  • Review by lusa, 10 out of 10
    bose

    this is a very nice gaming accesory, gets lots of use.

    Oct 12, 2021 21:16
  • 9.4score
    12
    JBL
    JBL - Under Armour Project Rock Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    UA Project Rock Over-Ear Training Headphones are tested and approved by Dwayne Johnson himself, built to help you grind harder—with adaptive noise cancelling for ultimate focus, and a durable sweatproof construction. Washable Supervent ear cushions stay dry, and UA Storm Super Grip provides maximum stability. JBL charged sound is tuned to maximize motivation, and Bionic Hearing features TalkThru technology for talking to training partners, and Ambient Aware technology to hear surroundings. Give voice assistants quick commands and customize your sound with the JBL app. With up to 45-hours of playtime and a hardshell case there's nothing that will hold you back.

    11 Features
  • Adaptive noise cancelling: Eliminate distractions for ultimate focus.
  • Rugged durability: Rubber and metal finishes create a rugged design with an IPX4 rating built to withstand sweat and the toughest workout.
  • Rock-tuned JBL charged sound: Bold sound tuned for sport with rich bass built for the grind. Customize your sound EQ settings with the all new JBL app.
  • UA fabric technology: Featuring two of Under Armour’s unique fabric technologies, UA Storm Super Grip maximizes stability, and SuperVent delivers breathability in a durable, fast-drying cushions that are easily removable and hand washable.
  • Bionic Hearing: Just a touch allows you to hear your surroundings with two sound technologies. With TalkThru Technology, music is lowered and speech is amplified for conversations between sets. Ambient Aware delivers a more immersive music experience with increased ambient sound for safety outdoors.
  • Bluetooth wireless: Easy-to-connect Bluetooth® technology delivers cable-free, zero-distraction performance.
  • Hands-free voice commands: Never miss a rep with hands-free voice control. Play your favorite workout playlist or text your training partner, activate adaptive noise cancelling, check the battery life, or power off your headphones simply with your voice with Hey Google or Amazon Alexa.
  • Up to 45-hour speed charge battery: Wireless sound that lasts long and recharges quickly. Speed charge gets you 2 hours of workout time on just 5 minutes of charging, and Type-C charging gets you fully charged headphones in just 2 hours.
  • Fast pair: Hassle-free pairing with your device (Android 6.0 or above supported devices)
  • UA MapMyFitness: 12-Month premium membership included*
  • Auto Play and Pause: Your music automatically goes on hold when you remove your headphones and starts playing again when you put them back on.
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  • Review by CubanRouge, 10 out of 10
    JBL/ROCK Over ear headphones Released 8-26-2021

    Wow!! These are the best headphones I have ever had in my 44 years! I got them days before the official release. The Bass is amazing, the active sound cancelation works great. I love the style, the color, the look, the feel, the buttons. I have been looking for the right over ear headphones to replace a set used for over 10 years! I looked at equivalent options from, Sony, Bose, Beats, Skull Candy, and Apple. Those are all really great companies with excellent products, and quality. None were just right for me, and my intended uses. When I came across a social media post from DJ letting everyone know these were about to be released. I was very excited! Apparently DJ and I have a similar hairstyle. Lol. I couod tell just from his picture of him wearing them, that they would fit me perfectly too! I somehow found a way to get them early! This set from JBL has blown my mind! It's hard to explain how they fit so perfectly. Like a good pair of sneakers or like some perfect fitting lifting gloves, but for your head. Trying to run or workout with over ear type headphones has always sucked. They always shift, or move, or bounce, get too sweaty, or some other irritating downsides. I can tell just by putting them on, that they won't do any of that. They are super snug, but they don't hurt like others at all. They even have a 3.5 headphone jack for those who prefer to also have the direct plug in option. Somehow JBL and The Rock have found the perfectly balanced fit!

    The sound is beyond words for me. Absolutely incredible!

    I'm sending a HUGE thank you to JBL, and DJ for putting in the WORK, and making this an Absolute home run of a Product!

    I almost forgot to mention. They even come with a nice case, with triangular carabiner! The headphones fold to fit inside.

    My advice to anyone looking at these. I didn't even try them before buying them. Buy them. You will be very happy like me.

    Aug 26, 2021 19:52
  • Review by Bobitos, 10 out of 10
    Finally!!

    I've tried just about every mainstream headphones out there sold by bestbuy and the like. These are hands down the best and even beats some if the more expensive brands.

    The volume is pretty decently loud with some seriously good bass compared to others in its class.

    The fit and feel is super comfortable and I can workout in them running/weight lifting and they stay fit secured.

    Battery life is true. The JBL app definitely helps get the sou d we all beg for. The Rock EQ is a nice touch too, def makes a big diff in the sound.

    The case is nice and hard shelled seems very durable. Love the buttons and functionality of the headphones themselves. The right ear bull logo doubles as a functioning button as well for ANC, ambient noise, and talk thru.

    Plain and simple, best headphones period.

    Oct 05, 2021 02:19
  • Review by Ammo, 10 out of 10
    Great over the ear headphones for everyday usage

    Ok so right off the bat let me just say that before buying these headphones. I started off using over the ear noise canceling headphones with the Bose QC II then jumped years after to the SONY WH-1000XM3 and later upgraded to the WH-1000XM4 which are the kings of noise canceling and quality, but my biggest issue was that I could never use them to go to the gym or for my home workout or at least if so I'd have to buy extra covers from ebay to do so. After buying the project rock wireless over the ear headphones I can definitely say these are headphones that I'm in love with everything from durability to features to having physical buttons again, and of course the option that I can use these to do as many workouts and just wash the cushion which is detachable. Also my biggest issue with Sony's headphones were that the touch controls weren't exactly as responsive as I'd wish, with these new under armour rock headphones you have all the physical buttons oh and also almost 5-10 more of battery time which in my book is huge. The less time I have to spend charging devices the better. Also the noise canceling on these headphones yes are weaker then Sony's headphones but I actually appreciate it more due that I can actually take these with more when running or walking and can still be aware in the most minimum when cars are passing by. Apart from that all the major features are still there, pairing these to my laptop, phone etc was super easy, I can connect to two devices at once is awesome. Also they look amazing with the brama bull all over the place. I can't say enough amazing things of these headphones. They truly are amazing.

    Oct 19, 2021 08:25
  • Review by Alex, 10 out of 10
    Great Workout Headphones

    These are my first pair of over-the-ear headphones and so far I have not been disappointed. I have the off white version and love how the brahma bull stands out in gold (we'll see how clean they stay over time). The cushions are soft and very comfortable. The headphones are light enough for me to run and secure enough that they don't fall off. Sound has been great however I do not consider myself as an audiophile. Connecting the headphones with my Galaxy Note 20 was easy once I downloaded the app. The app itself has not been all that great and not too user friendly. Overall the headphones do help me stay focus because they drown out a lot of background noise.

    Nov 06, 2021 01:03
  • Review by Hunterdog, 10 out of 10
    Blown Away

    I am not easily astonished, and yet here I am, absolutely astonished at the quality of the sound cancelling ability of these headphones. On top of that, they pair effortlessly with my iPhone, and deliver incredible clarity of sound. Good layout of controls and the construction seems to be robust. Great fit and finish.

    Expensive? Yes.........but it appears to be well worth the expenditure. Absolutely love these headphones.

    Nov 04, 2021 07:23
  • Review by Gymjunkie, 10 out of 10
    Rock your workout

    What to say I switched from skullcandy crusher ANC to these and thought id miss the extreme bass rumble. I was wrong the sound profile is top notch and with the rock eq setting the bass is definitely heard. I listen to all types of genres of music and each one sounds amazing. The no slip grip does wonders in the gym along with the integrated voice assistant.

    Oct 25, 2021 01:31
  • Review by JosephPeg, 10 out of 10
    Worth it

    Great product! Last approximately 9 days without charging using it 2 hours a day. After day 9 it kept dropping bluetooth connection around the 35% battery life. The JBL app you need to download is useful and helps with bass and sound quality while using the headphones.

    Sep 25, 2021 02:55
  • Review by NChilders1025, 10 out of 10
    I can smell what the rock is cooking

    These are just plain awesome! Excellent sound quality and comfort is great. Noise cancellation isn’t the best, but it gets the job done and, along with the music, will cancel out any outside noise. Totally recommend for daily drivers and workout headphones!

    Oct 28, 2021 21:34
  • 9.4score
    Soundcore - by Anker Life Tune XR Wireless Active Noise-Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    Soundcore Life Tune XR are active noise cancelling headphones with Hi-Res Certified sound. The Multi-Mode noise cancellation technology detects and cancels out exterior noise. Use for calls with the dual microphones and have long, 60 hour listening sessions due to the long battery life and comfortable earcups.

    5 Features
  • Hi-Res Certified Sound: Life Tune active noise cancelling headphones have 40mm drivers with highly-flexible silk diaphragms that reproduce deep, resonant bass and crisp treble up to 40kHz—ensuring music has enhanced clarity and precise details
  • Multi-Mode Noise Cancelling: Life Tune’s hybrid active noise cancellation uses external and internal microphones to detect and cancel out up to 95% of engine noise. Transport, Indoor, and Outdoor modes tailor noise cancellation to block specific noises more effectively
  • Voice Enhancement For Calls: By pairing 2 microphones with a noise reduction algorithm, Life Tune active noise cancelling headphones eliminate distracting ambient noises so you sound crystal-clear when making calls.
  • 60-Hour Playtime: Listen for up to 60 hours on a single charge in standard mode and 40 hours in in noise cancelling mode. For a boost of power, charge for 5 minutes and get 4 hours of playtime
  • Long-Lasting Comfort: Weighing 9oz (260g), Life Tune is 10% lighter than standard active noise cancelling headphones. The earcups and headband feature memory-foam padding covered in soft protein leather to provide all-day comfort for your ears and head
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by insomniak1, 10 out of 10
    The Full Package at a fantastic price.

    Right out of the box, I was immediately impressed with the Life Tune XR headset. They come neatly packed inside a high-quality hard storage case. Also included were a USB-C cable, a 3.5mm cable, and a silk pouch to put the cords in. The headphones are made of matte black plastic that feels premium and does not attract fingerprints. There’s a silver logo on every cup and a subtle “ANC” writing on the sides which does not stand out. The headband is made of a brushed black aluminum alloy that is quite flexible. I find the design playful, yet professional enough for business conferencing.

    Now, there are exceptionally comfortable. The earpads are made of this faux leather that is incredibly soft and the headband provides enough padding, which allows extended use. The earcups have good swivel and the clamping force is enough to keep them in place. They were great while walking but I would not use them for running or more vigorous exercise. Also, as with any leatherette headset, they are prone to get sweaty, which is something to keep in mind. Although they are not the lightest, I did not experience fatigue at all -even after 4 hours straight.

    The XRs feature a combination of buttons and touch controls. On the left side, you have play/pause, volume, and the 3.5mm jack. On the right side, you have the power, ANC, and USB-C input. Also, on the left side, there is a touch feature that activates ambient noise, which is very handy when you need to quickly see what’s going on around you. You can tell Soundcore put a lot of thought into this design.

    Since these are Bluetooth 5.0, pairing is easy. In fact, they are NFC compatible and paired easily with my phone. I maintained a good connection at a decent distance and noticed little lag when playing video games and none during video playback. It is also worth mentioning that these can be paired to 2 devices at the same time. I easily switched between my laptop and my phone, which is nice.

    The call quality was better than expected. Although people still recognized that it was on BT, I came in clear, even in loud environments. However, I will say that they did pick up a bit of wind noise.

    Battery life is impressive. After using them for 3 days, I still had 50% left. Soundcore claims a total of 60 hours or 40 hours with ANC, and I am inclined to believe that. They have a quick charge feature, which means 5 minutes of charging adds 4 hours of playtime. And just in case you run out of battery for some reason, you can always switch to 3.5mm aux audio.

    While not the best I’ve ever experienced, noise-canceling is effective overall. You can still hear some rumbling and traffic, and of course high-pitched sounds. Having said this, these are not to be compared to ANC headphones that are 4 times more expensive. The ANC simply allows for experiencing more fully whatever you may be listening to.

    Speaking of sound, the Life Tune XRs are Hi-Res Audio certified, which means that they cover up to 40hz. Most headphones, especially ANC that are more expensive, do not even come close. Since I listen to lossless music most of the time, this was a welcomed feature. Strangely, I could not confirm if these were aptX-HD, AAC, or LDAC. Nevertheless, I found the sound signature out of the box quite enjoyable. The sound is obviously on the warm side. The bass is strong and punchy, and has sub-bass that lingers, without spilling all over. The midrange is not as recessed and is quite present -not muddy at all, making vocals and rhythm instruments come forward a bit. The treble is extended without causing sibilance or fatigue. Because of the frequency range these have, I thought the clarity and details to be above average for a headphone at this price range. Channel separation is distinctive, and the soundstage is reasonable, adding to the overall experience.

    Just in case the sound is not up to your standard, you can always download the handy Soundcore App, which I strongly recommend you do. There, you can pick from a large selection of EQ settings as well as getting firmware updates and other features.

    As you can tell, I am overly impressed by the Life Tune XRs. The design, build quality, functionality, abundant features, which are mostly reserved for “premium” headphones (and some don’t even have) -all at an incredible value, make these cans a difficult deal to pass. Definitely recommended.

    Apr 07, 2021 12:07
  • Review by DaveW, 10 out of 10
    Great NC Headphones

    The Anker Soundcore Life Tune XR are Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones made for the office or on the go listening. These headphones are not rated for any moisture so using them for the gym should probably be avoided. The XR’s have a huge battery life of 60 hrs (40 hrs with noise cancelling on) and come with a pretty nice round carrying case. The XR’s can be connected via Bluetooth (v5.0) or through a standard 3.5mm connection with the included auxiliary cord. Charging for the headset is done through its USB-C port – a cable is included but you have to supply the charger brick. Last thing included is the quick user guide which is useful in getting familiar with the functions. There is a companion app which lets you fine tune the equalizer as well as setup the type of noise cancelling you need.

    For my uses I spent my time wearing the XR’s while working, cleaning the house, walking my dog, and making calls. Throughout my uses I toggled between the different noise cancelling modes of which there are 3. You have noise cancelling, transparent, and normal. Normal doesn’t apply any cancelling or boosting of outside noise. Transparent uses the microphones to listen to your surroundings and then act as a passthrough to boost the surrounding sounds and play them over the headset speakers. Noise cancelling does just that – it cancels or deadens surrounding sounds. If you download the Soundcore app you can toggle the sound cancelling between transport, indoor, and outdoor. These act like equalizers for the noise environment you might be in. Transport targets low end noises like engine/road noise. Indoor targets the mid-range that normal encompasses conversations and other indoor distractions. Outdoor is for all around that aims to suppress a broad range of ambient noise. In practice there is a noticeable change when toggling between the three. Just sitting here at my desk it affects the sound coming from my computer fans and my TV – indoor blocks the most of this sound, while outdoor seems to let in the most.

    As far as using the various modes it all depended on what I was doing. If I was on a call or actively listening to music then I would put on noise cancelling. I felt this improved the call quality and the clarity, as well as making my music sound fuller. If I am just sitting here at my desk I like to have a little noise come through so I toggle it to Normal. I have tinnitus in one ear so I need some white noise to help drown out the ringing so I can focus. With noise cancelling and nothing actively playing on the headphones the ringing is not drowned out – which just means that the noise cancelling is working well. When I take my dog for a walk I put it in transparent so I can hear any cars and be aware of my surroundings. I also use this setting if I am doing housework, so I can still hear my kids when they need something. The only thing to look out for when using transparent is loud noises that are close by or especially sharp. For example, I shut my microwave door like I always do and the piped in ‘bang’ of the door closing was pretty excessive to the point that it startled me. I started closing the microwave door softer when I had the headphones in that mode.

    Sound quality was pretty good out of the headphones. If you get the app you can adjust the equalizer via 22 different presets or make your own custom EQ curve. I started with the bass boost mode and then adjusted some of the ranges to make my own custom EQ. With the sound on and in NC mode the music really sounds great. Better than most headphones when it comes to clarity. I wish the bass was a little more punchy, but overall the sound is clean and powerful enough. Things muddy a bit when you switch to normal mode, and even more so when you go to transparent. The NC really does wonders for making the music sound better – background noise really has an impact on the way I perceive the music I guess.

    Using the headphones to make calls is pretty easy as well. The play/pause button lets you accept the call without pulling out your phone. The onboard mics work well – no complaints from the people I would talk to. The only thing that can get you is if you are on NC. There is no mic feedback/sidetone/mic monitoring (whatever you want to call it) when you have NC on. So you can find yourself talking a bit too loud if you aren’t used to wearing headphones that seal out the world.

    Comfort of the headset is better than I expected. I thought the headband was a little too thin, and that it would create a pressure band a little too quickly. Fortunately, the band is padded enough, and the headphones are light enough that its not an issue I actually came across. The ear cups are circumaural and made of a leatherette material. This combination often leads to ears feeling hot/sweaty unless the earcups are open backed. I can certainly feel my ears get a little warmer with these on, but not as bad as my HyperX Alpha’s. Overall, it’s pretty easy to wear these for extended periods of time without feeling headphone fatigue, and the need to give your ears a break.

    There’s one novel feature on the headset that I thought was kind of cool. If you tap the outside of the right earcup you can toggle the sound mode to transparent. Would be great in an office environment when on NC. A quick tap sends you to transparent, and then another tap brings it back to NC. This is faster than cycling through the modes with the regular button.

    Another feature that I really like and use constantly is the dual device pairing. I love it. I have these connected to my PC and phone at the same time. I can be listening to music through my phone and then have a call come through my Teams client. Without that dual pairing I wouldn’t hear it which is an issue with my setup – notifications pop up on a monitor I don’t regularly have to look at. I have a wired Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 headset that lets me do this as well, and I have been using it for work for almost 2 years. I don’t think I can go back to not having a dual connection after using it for so long. The Soundcore’s give me the flexibility to be fully wireless and connect to 2 devices, which is a leg up over the TB’s.

    Overall, the Soundcore Life Tune XR’s are a nicely made pair of wireless noise cancelling headphones. They come with a nice hardshell carry case that protects them in transport. The companion app gives you greater control over the functionality of the headphones, and it works quite well. The different modes work as described, and do a nice job providing a solid listening experience. The headphones come with a decent range of features – Bluetooth or 3.5mm connection (cable included), dual device connectivity, fold up design, 60 hr battery, USB C charging (cable included). I am very pleased with the quality and performance of these headphones.

    Apr 24, 2021 23:24
  • Review by Hmirza, 10 out of 10
    Music to my ears!!!!

    Life Tune XR Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones are amazing headphone made for everyday and all-day use. These headphones are actually very comfortable to wear, fit great and most importantly sound amazing with their Hi-Res audio, noise cancellation and transparency mode. These headphones have proven themselves in variety of uses such gaming, taking phone calls with the dual built in microphones, listening to some music, and even helping in falling asleep faster. So, lets go over some of the features of the Soundcore Life Tune XR Headphones by Anker.

    Features:

    -First and foremost, these headphones feature a fast pairing process using NFC feature on your phone and the headphones to connect. I personally did not notice much of a difference in connecting the headphones using the traditional Bluetooth method. Nice feature to have but Bluetooth works just fine.

    -Secondly, I highly recommend that you download the Soundcore app if you want to fully utilize the features available on these headphones. The app allows you to adjust the equalizer on the headphones. The equalizer has multiple presets setting already set for your convenience, such as bass booster, bass reducer, dance, flat, deep, podcast, and many more. The app also allows you to access the sleep mode or as I like to call it “Relax Mode”. The sleep mode also has multiple ambient sounds built in such as fan noise, camp fire, or the ticking of a clock and many more. The app also allows you to adjust the noise cancellation levels based on where you are, if you are indoor, outdoors, or in a transport. So, the soundcore app is truly a must for you to unlock the full protentional of the amazing headphones.

    -So, the box states that with 5-minutes of charging you can get 4 hours of playtime. I tested this feature out, left the headphones to charge for 5 minutes and I think with the ANC mode on I was able to get about almost 3 hours of playtime, which considering is still not bad at all. These headphones provide up to 60 hours of playtime on the normal mode and 40 hours with the ANC mode on.

    -Active Noise Cancelling – Indoor, Outdoor, Transport

    -Transparency Mode

    -Button controls for volume and Noise Cancellation, and touch control for transparency mode

    -Comfortable and Light Weight, these headphones are super comfortable. The earcups are memory foam and provide all day comfort. I was able to wear these while working, roughly about 8 hours, and I had no issue except for my ears started to get hot and sweaty, other than that they were amazing.

    -One of my favorite feature of this headphone was the fact that even though these are advertised as wireless headphones, you have the option to also use them as wired with the provided 3.5mm audio jack cable. Even though many manufactures are moving away from the audio jack, I am glad soundcore at least gave us the option.

    Overall, I honestly could not find anything that I was not happy with, these are comfortable, sound amazing and solid built headphones. I would highly recommend these headphones.

    Apr 06, 2021 23:56
  • Review by teasten, 10 out of 10
    Incredible sound quality and value. Buy them!

    TLDR. Buy them. Amazing quality and value. I promise you won't be disappointed. I would not buy any other Noise Canceling headphones. The quality, noise-canceling, even the app are incredible.

    Long Version

    To help give perspective for this review. I own Bose QCs, Apple AirPod Pros, and Sennheiser ANCs. I also own a budget Insignia ANC headset for late-night TV not to disturb my partner. So I have a lot of experience with active noise canceling headsets.

    The Soundcore Life Tune XR by Anker, to be honest, I had low expectations. Yet everything about them has impressed me and I cannot imagine buying any other noise-canceling headset.

    Opening the box I was wowed because these come with a hard carry case. I own music studio headphones that are 8x the price that doesn't even come with a case. The case is super quality.

    In the case. I was wowed again. There's a little bag for the audio and USB C charger. Nice. USB C charging too! Brilliant!

    Taking the Soundcare XRs headphones out, they look and feel premium. They have a nice weight. The metal finish and satisfying click as you unfold the headphones into position don't make them feel cheap.

    Comfort. Again. Wow. The noise isolation alone is well done. There's a little tone as they power on and pairing on my iPhone was fast - like AirPod Pro pairing fast.

    Audio Quality. OMG. I can't get over good it is. Turn on noise-canceling and I was blown away. Seriously have not been this impressed with a headset in a long time. With ANC on I couldn't even hear the alarm going on my other phone that was right next to me. Listening to Spotify, there were songs I felt like I was hearing them for the first time all over again.

    Soundcore also makes a free Soundcore app so you can tune the equalizer but also tune the noise-canceling the for the environment as well as firmware updates. The app is elegant, simple, no signup or registration required and makes apps from other headphone makers look bad. Soundcore have really knocked it out of the park with the quality of the app. Soundcore doesn't even aggressively push the app at you, unlike some other manufacturers where as soon as you pair it try to force the app on you.

    The Soundcore XRs have a built-in microphone. When I tested it for calls, there were no complaints from the other side. The XRs can also pair to two devices, so I have them paired to my PC (Windows) and iPhone. The call quality on both was great.

    It's easy to switch between ANC and transparency. Just place a finger on the outer right headphone cup and you are in transparency mode. Worth noting you can be in noise-canceling without audio playing, so you can use them at home or in an office for peace and quiet while you work.

    Battery Life - in the few days of testing I haven't yet run them down during the day (charged overnight) with moderate to heavy use. Soundcore claims 60 hours of playtime, 40 with ANC on. They also claim 4 hours of playtime on a 5-minute charge - which makes them perfect for travel when you get on a plane and realize your headphones are almost flat.

    If I was looking for negatives. And if Anker Soundcore read this. I love the case but would prefer if on the opening side there was a little pouch for the USB C and audio cable. Just so it's more secure. I would also prefer the buttons to be a little wider. But that's a personal preference.

    Seriously. BUY THEM. You will not be disappointed. You may want to parade around in more expensive headphones but price, quality, performance, sound quality, value, etc. you cannot do better than this and you can look smugly at everyone else knowing you got a better deal.

    Apr 08, 2021 07:24
  • Review by elzeus, 10 out of 10
    Trading blows with the big brands!

    Anker's Soundcore Life Tune XR headphones are a joy to listen to. The packaging includes a carrying case which other brands at this price point and above it seem to not include any more so it's a welcome addition. These headphones paired up just fine with my 2 devices (phone & tablet) and using the mobile app I was able to pick the sound preset of my choice. Overall I felt that the sound was a bit base heavy for my liking so I toned it down with the piano preset and it sounded great to me. The included noise canceling is great and easily gets rid of most distracting sounds and you can listen through the microphone to the sounds around you conveniently by just holding the right ear cup for a second or switching it on with a widget or phone app. The ear cups are comfortable faux leather and the top band is not tight at all on the top of my head. I have a wide head and didn't feel uncomfortable at all after several hours of use. The battery life is phenomenal and the included USB-C charging cable as well as the 3.5mm cord makes things very simple. I'm really floored by all of the features and quality for the price and have no qualms about recommending these headphones.

    Apr 07, 2021 18:11
  • Review by dstracker, 10 out of 10
    Finally, Headphones for MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC!

    The SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones, by Anker, are perfect for listening to podcasts, music, etc. The sound quality is excellent, clear, no dropouts or static interference. My music is sharp and pleasurable.

    What’s in the box – The SoundCore Headphones come with a hard travel case (the headphones can be “folded” to fit in the case perfectly), USB-C cable for charging, 3.5mm AUX cable, drawstring pouch for cables and a user manual/Quick Start Guide.

    FEATURES:

    - High resolution “Life Tune” sound-no dropouts or static

    - Multi-mode noise cancelling that can cancel approximately 95% of engine noise.

    o 3 modes – Transport, Indoor and Outdoor for specific nose cancellation.

    - Light weight – The SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones only weigh about 9 ounces, making it amazingly comfortable for long stretches.

    - Long Life battery – According to the manufacturer, the battery stays charged for about 60 hours between charges. I had mine for over a week between charges. I only used it for about 4-5 hours a day. It stays nice and clear even when the battery is low.

    - Connectable streaming services-Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, YouTube and more. I have mine connected to Amazon Prime Music and Pandora as well.

    - The SoundCore XR Headphones can connect either by Bluetooth or the 3.5mm AUX cable. I have mine paired with Laptops, Smartphone, Tablets and Stereo. All using Bluetooth. I can even pair it to my car’s Infotainment System through the Bluetooth if I so desire.

    - Left Earpiece contains – the charge port, Battery indicator (LED) and NC (Noise Cancelling) button. The NC button allows you to change modes from Active Noise Cancelling, Normal and Transparency (allows background noise to be heard).

    - Right Earpiece contains – AUX jack (3.5mm) Volume Control Buttons and Music Control Button (selections).

    - The SoundCore XR Headphone earpieces have a soft molded cushion which makes them extremely comfortable even while wearing glasses.

    - Pairing was quick and easy. I was able to pair each of my Bluetooth devices quickly and without any problems.

    - Pairing with a Smartphone can be as easy as using the NFC (Near Field Communication) panel on the Right Earpiece. The NFC, unfortunately, can’t be use with iOS devices. The NFC panel can also be used to answer calls on your Smartphone without taking off the headphones by just pressing the NFC panel. This puts them in Transparency mode.

    - The QUICK START GUIDE is easy to follow with excellent diagrams on how to set up each function.

    SOUNDCORE APP:

    - To operate the SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones to their full potential, it is recommended that you download the SoundCore App. This can be found in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

    - The SoundCore App, unfortunately, is only for Mobile devices and is not available for PC at this time.

    APP FEATURES:

    - HOMEPAGE: Has a picture of the Headphones with battery charge indicator, Noise Cancellation selection button, Equalizer and Sleep mode selections. As soon as you turn on the Headphones, they are automatically paired with the app.

    - Clicking on the Ambient Sound-Noise Cancellation button you can choose between Active Noise Cancelling, Normal and Transparency. Use this button in conjunction with the modes:

    o Transport – Low-end frequencies like engine and road noise quieter commutes

    o Indoor – Eliminates voices and mid-frequency noise from inside spaces.

    o Outdoor – Reduces outside (ambient) sound for quieter city spaces.

    - SLEEP MODE – This mode offers you a choice of sounds to help you sleep as in White Noise. These are Soft Rain, Birds, Wind, Wind Chimes, Camping (crackling fire), Waves on a Beach, Dripping Water, Train running on tracks, Ticking Clock, Farm animals (ducks, chickens, roosters, pigs, etc.) or Blade type fan (IE: floor fan). Each sleep mode has its own individual volume control.

    - EQUALIZER –

    o Default – SoundCore Signature. Other choices are Acoustic, Bass Booster, Base Reducer, Classical, Podcast, Dance and Deep. The default SoundCore Signature is recommended but not required.

    o CUSTOM – This allows you to create your own Equalizer (in dB and kHz). Using a graph that contains dB (+6 to -6) for the vertical and Hz (100 – 12.8kHz) for the horizontal. Then by selecting the “settings” option, you can give your equalizer a specific name to save it.

    - AMBIENT SOUND SCREEN: Click on the “i” next to Ambient Sound and you can create a widget on your phone’s home screen. The widget allows you to access the Ambient Sound settings directly without having to open the App.

    CONS: -

    - The Headband, though comfortable, could be a little shorter for smaller heads. It is adjustable. But only to make it larger.

    - There is no MicroSD card slot if you want to listen to your own recorded music, books, etc. You have to connect it to a device in order to listen to anything.

    - There is no Shortcut to connecting an iOS mobile phone. It only can use the Shortcut panel with a smartphone’s NFC connection.

    Even with the few “cons” the SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones give other “High End” headphones a real run for the money. If you want high end, excellent sound without paying a high-end price, then the SoundCore Life Tune XR Headphones are for you. I highly recommend them for your listening pleasure.

    Apr 22, 2021 15:46
  • Review by ferrari, 10 out of 10
    Audiophile Quality at a Bargain Price

    I can't say how pleased I am with these headphones. Especially since my expectations were minimal given you're talking about the sub $100 price range.

    The experience was pleasant right out of the box. Nice storage case, drawstring purse for storing the charging & auxiliary input cords, and easy on the brain instructions to get you up & going. Prior to receiving these, I had researched the Soundcore app, and downloaded it, recognizing the additional enhancements it adds to operation.

    There were no issues at all connecting to my phone (Samsung S20), TV (Samsung series 8), or to a bluetooth transmitter attached to my high end audio system (pictured below.)

    The Soundcore app works very well to fine tune your music preferences. The noise cancellation has multiple settings. There is a transparency mode that allows you to "stay aware of your surroundings by allowing ambient sounds in", i.e. human speech, or full cancellation which has 3 submodes - transport - for engine & road noise, indoor - for spaces such as a coffee shop, or outdoor which reduces ambient city type sounds.

    There are also customizable equalizer settings, or 8 different presets such as bass booster, reducer, podcast, etc. I personally found the acoustic setting to be the best compromise for most types of music.

    There is also "Superior Sleep" function which you can mix a variety of white noise sounds, or combine them. I had birds chirping during a rainstorm with a freight train going by! Nice added feature.

    As far as the sound quality, I included a photo of my vinyl system just to show I'm serious about my music. I have a set of bluetooth headphones that cost 5X the price of these. And yes, maybe it's real instead of faux leather, and the use of high quality metal is a little more liberal, but truth be told, I'd be very hard pressed to tell which set I was listening to. The bonus is I can take these anywhere without the worry that I'd be losing half a weeks salary if I misplaced them.

    I've had very good experiences with this company. I first bought an Anker charging stand for my phone at less than half the price of an OEM unit. They also have a corporate offshoot, Eufy, that deals in surveillance cams and other devices, I have these on my home's exterior, and like these headphones, they outperform competitors far above their price range.

    If you're in the market for a set of bluetooth headphones, these are hard to pass by.

    Apr 09, 2021 19:23
  • Review by hitsuyoo, 10 out of 10
    Soundcore Brought The Noise

    Okay, first things first. Download the Soundcore app on your app store of choice. Then open the box, power on(probably already at medium) and shut the world out and jam out. Wait, wait, wait. I got ahead of myself. Inside the box, you'll get the Life XR headphones inside a nice , non-descriptive case( Not a bag). The bag inside of the case, holds a type-c charging cable and 3.5 mm aux cable. I love that. I may use that when watching a movie from my projector later, in life. This is an upgrade from the standard Life model. The touch to pass-through feature is still aces. And the battery life is still off the charts with 40 hrs ANC and up to 60 hrs without it. No one really needs that much life, but I'll take it. The simple and sleek black on well made plastic, give them a premium look and feel. The controls are very easy to get to and use. Again, I'm going to highlight the app. This thing give pretty much all of your Anker/Soundcore speaker a major boost. It adds an EQ for the headphones , that will stay at your chosen setting, even if you switch and use another device to listen from. I recommend charging before use( scratch what I said earlier. That was just an option.) just to get the full use out of your headphones. Anker rarely disappoints when it comes to making speakers & headphones and they didn't disappoint here either. I just wish they where water resistant. But that is really asking the rain to purify itself. I love the sound and the comfort and being from Anker, I expect to have these for quite some time. These easily rival much more expensive headphones on the market. One final thing: If you didn't know, Soundcore does over the air updates,so your gear will spay as up to date as possible, with app. If you haven't guesed, yes. I recommend these headphones.

    Apr 07, 2021 19:34
  • 9.4score
    Bose - Headphones 700 Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones - Triple Black
    Description

    Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 deliver everything you expect from Bluetooth headphones – and some things you never imagined possible. It’s no surprise PC Magazine called them “The best active noise cancellation you can buy.” Eleven levels of noise cancellation feature a range of options to choose from. You can totally eliminate distractions or minimize noise cancelling to hear everything around you. Or choose from nine other levels in between. Active noise cancelling technology in Bose Headphones 700 monitors the sounds around you and instantly cancels out unwanted noise to let your music shine through. At the same time, the acoustic space inside the earcups is maximized to give your music depth and detail. With these noise cancelling headphones, it’s not just your music that’s clear, so are your calls. The unrivaled microphone system uses a series of microphones to adapt in real time to noisy and windy environments so voices sound crystal clear on calls. Voice commands are also captured with unprecedented accuracy. The stunning new design of Bose Headphones 700 features a streamlined stainless-steel headband and a lightweight, comfortable fit that’s perfect for all-day listening. With these wireless headphones you get up to 20 hours of battery life and time-based power information per charge. Bose Headphones 700. The wireless headphones everyone is talking about.

    13 Features
  • Instant home office: These wireless Bluetooth headphones turn any space into a workplace — with powerful noise cancelling, astonishing sound, unrivaled voice pickup.
  • Your own private concert: Microphones inside and outside the earcups monitor sounds and cancel them out. While the patented TriPort acoustic headphone structure maximizes acoustic space, giving your music depth and detail.
  • Control what you hear, and what you don’t: Choose from 11 levels of noise cancellation on these Bluetooth headphones. Full noise cancelling eliminates distractions, full transparency lets you be aware of your surroundings. Plus, one click triggers Conversation Mode and pauses your music.
  • Say hello to clearer calls: Bose Headphones 700 feature a microphone system unlike any other. Six mics work to cancel out noise so you can hear the caller better, while four mics combine to improve the clarity of your voice so the caller can hear you better.
  • Plush comfort with a sophisticated design: The earcups are angled at 15 degrees to mirror your head and ears. Ear cushions are made from soft protein leather. And a lightweight, stainless-steel headband wrapped with soft silicone-covered foam provide a perfect comfortable fit for all-day listening.
  • Listen for hours: Get up to 20 hours of wireless battery life and time-based power information. Need power now? A quick, 15-minute charge will give your wireless headphones up to 3.5 hours of battery life
  • Built-in voice control: Want a weather forecast, a little info, or need to add to a shopping list? Just say the Amazon Alexa wake word or press a button to access Google Assistant and ask. Or access your phone’s default voice assistant, like Siri.
  • Speak, swipe, touch. You’re in command: Capacitive touch sensors let you simply swipe up and down to control volume, or front to back to skip tracks you’re listening to. Low-profile buttons control the power and noise cancelling presets. Built-in voice control accesses your music and messages.
  • Browse music without touching your phone.: Spotify Tap playback makes it quick and easy to access Spotify. Simply tap and hold the right earcup to get back to your last listening session. Then tap and hold it again for a new playlist based on your listening history.
  • Quiet for them. Loud and clear for you: With Bose SimpleSync technology, you can pair your wireless headphones with a Bose Soundbar 500 or 700, allowing you to control the volume of the soundbar for a personal TV listening experience.
  • More control from the Bose Music app: The Bose Music app ensures your Bose smart products work together for a more personal experience. You can access selectable EQ, manage your Bluetooth connections, check your battery life, and more.
  • Years of enjoyment: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are carefully engineered to be compatible with future innovations through software updates.
  • LEGAL*: Bose and Bose Music are trademarks of Bose Corporation. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Bose Corporation is under license.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Danny, 10 out of 10
    My favorite headphones!

    I am thoroughly impressed so far.

    Packaging is simplistic and straight to the point with two peel back tabs that let you inside. From there, you will see the NCH 700's case which was smaller than I thought because they don't fold up like the QC35II's. The case fits in my work bag just fine. However, I do have say it's not as small overall as the QC35II's case. The NCH 700 case has a little magnetic flap inside that stores the audio and USB-C cable. No airplane adapter. Thank you Bose for going USB-C with the NCH 700's. What's left is manuals and warranty cards.

    The feel of the NCH 700's is nice. It's a streamlined design that grew on me and looks very modern. Weight is slightly more than the QC35II's. Build quality is significantly superior with more metals being used and most importantly, the comfort is similar. I would maybe give the slight edge to the QC35II in comfort due to the lower weight, but the NCH 700's is still a very comfortable headphone. The headband adjustment is smooth and should accommodate a wide variety of head sizes just fine. Ear-cup openings is similar to the QC35II with the left and right labels inside the ear cups for easy notation on how to put the headphones on.

    Controls are great and I can say the touch controls are very responsive and intuitive. Swipe up for volume increase. Swipe down for volume decrease. Swipe forward for the next track. Swipe backward for the previous track. Double tap to play and pause. Tap once to accept and incoming call. Tap and hold to reject the call. Tap and hold to go to a shortcut predefined in the app. The current shortcut available was to have the voice prompt alert you of the current battery life in which she tells you the estimated time until the battery is dead. There's 3 dedicated buttons on the NCH 700's. The two on the right is responsible for Power on/Bluetooth pairing and voice assistance/mute mic. The one on the left is to cycle between the 3 preset noice cancelling modes defined with the app. The right earpiece houses the USB-C port and the left earpiece houses the audio input port.

    The app provides a lot of functionality control. You can on the fly scroll though the noise cancelling/ambient modes from 0-10. 0 being like having no headphones on at all and 10 being in your own little acoustical chamber. You can launch Bose AR apps and experience augmented reality with he NCH 700's. Pretty cool. You can select the sources that are connected and add a new source or remove an existing source. The NCH 700 can connect to up to 2 devices at once. You can set your voice assistant between Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa. You can set how much of your voice is heard during phone calls or voice assistant interaction. If you're familiar with the QC35II's Bose Connect app, it's pretty much similar settings you can control.

    Sound on the NCH 700's is clean, open and balanced. No frequency really stands out so you get an accurate representation of your music. I would say they sound similar to the QC35II but with a tighter bass. The Sony WH1000Xm3 has this false stigma that they sound superior to the QC35II but that's because the Sony's accentuate the bass frequencies which to the untrained ear is more exciting and pleasing. This is not a better sound, it's a different sound that is not accurate to the source material. The Bose sounds more accurate, more like being in the studio. A flat sound will not sound exciting to everyone especially those with untrained ears. Sound is subjective overall so you can't go wrong with what you enjoy listening to. I really enjoy the NCH 700's sound. It's a smooth and clear sound that plays well with all genres. If you want a lot of bass, look elsewhere towards the Sony's.

    Noise cancelling is insanely good on the NCH 700's. Probably the best I've experience, but honestly, the Sony WH1000Xm3 set the bar so high in terms of noise cancellation that the NCH 700 doesn't really wow me. I think they are about as equally good, but the NCH 700 takes the cake because I don't get those distortion artifacts when the ANC pressure within the ear cups is disrupted from sudden vibrations to the headphones that plagues the Sony WH1000XM3. For example this is caused by being on a bus while on a bumpy road or running with your headphones on. The ambient mode is very natural feeling on the NCH 700 and it's great being able to have awareness while listening to audio in situations where you don't want to blocked completely from the world. Wish it had the Sony's right hand palm over the ear cup feature where it seamlessly kicks in ambient sound and lowers the music volume so you can quickly hear someone or something and then once your hand leaves the right ear cup, everything reverts back to normal.

    The mains reason the new NCH 700's are the new ANC headphone kings is the voice mic quality on calls and interacting with your voice assistant. It's amazing how clear your voice is projected onto the other line while using the NCH 700. These are killer for conference calls even if you dare take them in the middle of Times Square, NYC.

    Overall, the NCH 700 is a welcome evolution to the Bose headphone line up and I'm sure these will win the hearts of many. Highly recommended!

    Sep 15, 2019 01:21
  • Review by vrs99, 10 out of 10
    Music for your world

    Bose 700 headphones arrived today; the headset system clearly spoke First Class. Upon opening the product box found a carrying case for the Bose 700’s that is both nicely designed and quite suitable for storing or travelling with the headphones.

    The 700’s are both very comfortable wearing and the tactile sensation to the touch in your hand and upon your head is far removed from any headsets that I have previously reviewed/used. The texture of the ear and head cushions are the definition of comfort. The 700’s rest lightly on your head and are basically not noticeable when you put them on, after a few minutes you barely notice you are wearing the headset.

    To setup the 700’s you download the Bose Music app and follow the instructions. Bose Music app will setup popular streaming music services automatically, cool. One item that caught my eye is your current music selection is displayed on app. The extra attention to detail app programming shines through.

    First experience with noise cancellation tech, in a word, Wow. Turned on some James Taylor mid-range volume, put the headset on and at first did not realize that I could not hear an A/C unit just twenty feet from me. Only when I took the headphones off did hit me that all the sounds in the room had “magically” disappeared. You can program three settings from complete noise cancellation to mid and no cancellation, very nice.

    Music is perfectly clear including the most subtle audio with extraordinary spatial environment, each instrument/vocal comes through stunningly. Fact is the 700’s are the best headphones at music reproduction that I have experienced. From a wide range of genres going back to the 60’s through modern and Rock to Phantom of the Opera it was musical bliss.

    Fun Stuff:

    - Controls are well placed and the Touch Surface Controls for volume and track selection are spot on.

    - Battery life should easily deliver twenty hours of fun

    - Conversation mode

    - Built in Alexa - Simple easy setup – Great Feature

    - Mobile call management

    “Bose Headphones 700 feature an unrivaled four-microphone system that picks up and isolates your voice while cancelling the noise around you. You’ll hear and be heard like never before — even in noisy environments.” Good stuff.

    Typically, not a big headphone enthusiast, I have now been converted with the Bose 700 headphones. Bose has covered all the bases in their new headset.

    The 700’s speak class, performance and functionality clearly.

    Aug 05, 2019 20:20
  • Review by EricV, 6 out of 10
    Great features and convenience but lacks detail

    Design/build: The design is polarizing with a minimalist and modern look. The earcups are plastic with synthetic leather earpads. Headband is steel with silicone padding and silicone covering the top. Some minor marring/scratches do occur at the adjustment point of the headband and earcups.

    Comfort: The padding on the earcups and headband provide ample cushioning without getting too hot. The clamping force on the headband is stronger. You will also notice the added weight compared to the QC35II.

    ANC: I find that the ANC is really good but I don't find it any better the WH-1000XM3 or the QC35II. I do like that you adjust the ANC level from 0-10 (hear through-max). I also did not observe white noise or cabin pressure. ANC performance did well in windy environments.

    Sound: It sounds the same as the QC35II. The sound is clear but lacks detail, dynamic range is reduced as you increase volume, soundstage lacks depth. There is a delay between the video and sound, but not too noticeable. Headphone use SBC and AAC audio codecs, no Hi-res codecs such as LDAC or APTX HD

    Controls: I do like that they separated the ANC and assistant buttons. Touch controls on right earcup work well however I feel that the touch area is too small and that the headband interferes with its function.

    Mic/calls: Great improvement in the sound quality. One of the best headphones for making calls.

    Connection: No Bluetooth issues when connected with PC and Android phone. Did not observe stutters while playing music or video. You can connect two devices at the same time.

    App: New Bose app for controlling ANC levels, updating firmware or as a controller for your media. Currently you cannot control your EQ with app. You do need a Bose account to utilize.

    Recommendation: Overall the headphones provide great features and convenience. It works well as an ANC headphones and is excellent for making calls. If you are looking for something with better sound, it's not there. At $400, I cannot recommend these when there are other competing headphones that provide the same or better performance at a lower price.

    Jul 06, 2019 16:04
  • Review by Thanh, 10 out of 10
    Buttery soft headband....

    I was torn between these headphones and Sony’s latest but ended up sticking with Bose. These are definitely an improvement on the Quiet Comfort 35 II. The headband is really soft and I like the way the ear cups attach. I miss that they don’t bend inward for smaller storing but that hinge proved a problem for me. The controls will take some getting used to for me but I like how easy it is to change the volume and track. The fact that they have a magnetic closure for the cord compartment of the case is a big plus and improvement.

    I bought these when they were on sale for $300 which was a great deal.

    Nov 20, 2020 13:45
  • Review by mamallg, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    Bose - Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

    Included- 20" USB-C to USB-A charging cable, 42' audio only cable, noise cancelling headphones, owner manual, and protective case.

    I have owned a few pairs of Bose headphones, but these are my first noice cancelling headphones. I was so excited for these, knowing what Bose offers.

    Packaging- the box that the headphones came in had a seal on both sides that are supposed to easily tear so the box will open. However, one of the sides didn't work so well and it took a chunk of box out of it. It's not a huge deal, but obviously I would have liked the box to not look janky. Inside, is a nice slim case that zips open and closed with a cloth interior. It holds the headphones and the cables neatly. It's great for storage and travel. That way they won't get damaged or dusty.

    Design- the design is sleek and attractive. I like that they are not gigantic and bulky, which noice cancelling headphones can be. The headband is not wide, only 1" at it's widest point. The size adjusts by sliding the ear cups up and down the headband instead of have another joint to extend or contract. The ear cups don't fold, they turn or pivot flat. It keeps the integrity of the headband better this way. The ear cups and the headband are very comfortable for shorter periods of time. I don't think I'd want to wear any pair all day long.

    I understand nowadays every product has an app to go with it. I also am slightly annoyed that it's required instead of an optional feature. You will have to download the free Bose Music app to proceed. You can customize a name or use a preset option for your headphones. It was easy to pair them to my phones. The app will display your battery life and what song you are playing. The app will not let you customize the sounds on the app. That is something that needs to be added. I expect that from this product and brand. I also wish Bose would consolidate their music apps. I have to have a separate app for their soundbars that I own.

    Controls- Everything is by touch with taps or swipes or a simple touch of a button. It take a little bit of time getting used to but probably will require more If you are left handed since the controls are on the right cup only. I don't use Alexa or Siri too often but I find that Alexa understands me better.

    Sound- I think the sound quality is excellent. I am not disappointed in the 700's at all. I am not a music snob though. I mainly listen to top 40 and it's great for me. The noise cancelling works great too. I love that there are different levels - 0-10. You can also make 3 different favorite settings if you have certain specific needs or situations. Anything to tailor it to your experience is great.

    I'm so glad I have these. I do recommend these if you like Bose, need a wireless noise canceling pair and can afford them.

    Jul 30, 2019 17:00
  • Review by davidmelis, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely!

    My very first pair of noise canceling headphones were a Bose that I purchased 7 years ago. I still own and use that pair of Bose QC 15 headphones. Through the years, I have always considered upgrading but have never had a good enough reason to. Mainly because Bose is so consistently good with their headphones that all the newer models have been very similar in sound, comfort and function as my old faithful pair of QC’s. Well, I now find myself with a set of the new Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 and I once again am impressed of how good previous versions of Bose headphones hold up even today. That said, the 700 do feel, look and sound incrementally better to me. Allow me to geek out over the details a bit...

    - The Bose 700 have better passive noise isolation. The headphones block more ambient noise passively by just the cup and pad materials. The trade-off is that the headphones seem to be just ever so slightly more warm to wear than the previous QC15, 25 and 35 models.

    - The active noise cancelation is slightly better also. Perhaps not better but different. The 700 tend to cancel out a few decibels less of the lowest sounds (airplane cabin noise) but then block more than before of the mid to high frequencies (busy office or coffee shop). Personally, I do not fly much so I prefer the noise canceling prowess of the Bose NC 700.

    - The sound signature remains true to Bose’ custom but is ultimately better. The 700 seem to have higher impedance drivers. This means that it takes more electricity to move the electromagnet that moves the drivers which move air creating sound frequencies. Higher impedance drivers means a stronger bass that is more controlled and tight. The trade off to he high impedance speakers which take more energy to drive is twofold: 1) Listening to the headphones passively through the wire sounds significantly worse. These drivers need more amplification than the average 3.5 mm headphone jack provides. 2) Wireless battery life still remains near 20 hours. Personally, I prefer the slightly better sound over more battery life or better sounding passive mode.

    - The 700 have slightly better imaging. Closed back headphones do not do imaging as well as their open back cousins. The soundstage is still within my head but the instrument separation is better than previous Bose. So great to imagine an actual stage in a performance theatre and to be able to hear exactly where each orchestra member is sitting. It just makes music that much more immersive.

    - The highs are better! I read some reviews that say the sound of the higher frequencies such as symbols is inconsistent depending on how the headphones are seated on your ear and how good of a seal there is. I understand this, but to me the highs sound absolutely fantastic. They are not rolled off. A symbol finishes its ring until the very last vibration. There is also no harshness nor brittleness ever at higher volumes. The highs are very very nicely done for a noise canceling headphone. Now, if you wear glasses and do not have as good of a seal then your experience may vary.

    - The mids such as voices are more present and transparent than previous generation Bose noice canceling headphones. I have listened to many very expensive headphones where the mids get lost in the mix. Not here. Bose managed to have sub-level lows and ear tickling highs while still maintaining the mids. Very great.

    - The Bose QC35 first introduced us to volume specific bass equalization. In other words, Bose increases the volume of the bass at lower levels so that the it could be properly heard when it normally would not be present enough. The Bose 700 does the same! So great to hear the full frequency spectrum even when playing music at very low volumes.

    - Unfortunately, to my ear Bose decreases the bass at higher volumes - like over 80%. I would rather have this than to have distorted bass yet the balance is thus off at these higher volumes. Thankfully I never listen this loud.

    - The sound of my own voice during phone calls sounds more natural than ever. Really, this is hard to do because when wearing headphones our own voice sounds odd to us. Try plugging your ears and while you talking. It voice sounds like it is under water. It takes a lot of equalization in order to take what we hear naturally and pump in some of what the microphones are hearing on the outside and equalize it in a way so that it sounds natural. It is not perfect, but I am still in awe. I have never heard it done this well.

    - The ear cups are taller than previous Bose headphones. This gives more margin of error and a larger sweet-spot when adjusting the headband. Good thing because it is hard to get the headband back to the exact location where it was previously. I miss the “clicks” of the previous models. It made it so easy to count the “clicks” to place the headband exactly where it was proven comfortable.

    - At first I was annoyed by the physical buttons. They seemed too large and too openly placed in that I accidentally pressed them when just taking the headphones on and off. Now, they do not bother me at all. Muscle memory has me avoiding accidental presses. In fact, the buttons (both physical and touch) have grown on me. I appreciate how they disappear into the sleek design.

    - The design to me looks very fantastic. So sleek with the steal headband with very soft silicones and leatherettes. To my eye, my QC 15 look dated and the QC 35 series now look like a tank.

    - One final little detail. I love that the weight balance of the headphones allows the ear cups to automatically lay flat when I hold the headband. Makes it so easy to place the 700’s back into their case (see photo).

    As you can tell, I have been obsessing over these headphones. Most of these details I have shared may go unnoticed by the average consumer. Yet, I can’t help to think that most anyone will appreciate the sum total of the parts. Most will probably acknowledge that the Bose NC 700 just sound good, feel good and work well. Now, to my fellow arm-chair audiophiles - consider that these Bose Noise Canceling 700 headphones are an all-in-one product. Bose has nicely paired their own custom drivers with their own DAC (assuming it is a proprietary DAC in there) and also an amplifier. All the while simultaneously pumping in sound that cancels out the ambient noise. Quite a feat! Of course, you can get better sounding headphones elsewhere but you will also need a great dedicated DAC and then an amplifier. All the while, you probably still will be settling for a headphone that is much less comfortable. And, you might constantly be experiencing hoping to pair the right DAC with the right cans and amplifier. When I look at it this way, the Bose 700 are worth the money and do have a place in my collection.

    Aug 08, 2019 16:46
  • Review by Qazaqstan, 10 out of 10
    Super

    decent sound and decent noise cancellation! I recommend for traveling and listening to music is just super!

    Sep 08, 2021 16:04
  • Review by Anonymous, 8 out of 10
    Works great in the start

    Works great in the start but I’ve started getting some problems with this head phones.. where do I contact for help? The Bluetooth kind of does not connect sometimes and the audio suddenly rings on the phone instead of headphones.. I want to replace this product!!

    Dec 10, 2020 16:15
  • 9.2score
    Beats by Dr. Dre - Solo Pro More Matte Collection Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones - Light Blue
    Description

    Get inspired with Solo Pro noise cancelling wireless headphones. To deliver sound how you want it, Solo Pro features two listening modes: Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and Transparency. Beats' Pure ANC gives you the space to create with fully immersive sound, while Transparency helps you stay aware of your surroundings. Every detail of Solo Pro has been carefully considered, right down to the intuitive way the headphones turn on and off via folding. The ergonomic design delivers exceptional comfort for extended wear and sleek style. And with up to 22 hours of battery life, you can keep the music going no matter where your day takes you. Solo Pro offers Class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts.

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  • Review by RBrylawski, 8 out of 10
    Beats - You've Made A Believer Of Me!

    I can’t believe I own a set of Beats headphones. More importantly, I can’t believe I’m loving them. Let me explain why. Until now, I was never impressed with Beats. To me, Beats headphones were more about making a statement with the “b” on each ear cup for people who don’t really care about great sound. That was until I listened to the new Beats Solo Pro. I’ve had mine now for a few days and have spent many hours listening to all genres of music. I can honestly say the Solo Pro is really really good!

    These are most definitely not the Beats which were. These Beats go in a totally new direction and I’m honestly stunned at how much I’m enjoying them. Gone is the boomy, mushy rattle your head bass with little regard to mid and upper frequencies. Gone is glossy, cheap plastics. When Apple bought Beats a few years ago, Apple has been infusing Beats with higher and higher levels of quality, especially in terms of sound. And these Solo Pro are without question the best Beats headphones I’ve heard.

    In typical Apple fashion, these come packaged superbly. Once you remove the outside plastic wrap on the box, you flip one side of the box down to fold all sides of the box flat in Apple-esque style to reveal the carrying case, with the headphones inside. There’s a hidden slide out tray with the Lightning to USB cable and a caribiner you can attach for extra’s if you need to carry additional accessories or attach them to your backpack.

    My daily drivers have been a much more expensive pair of high-end Bluetooth, Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), over-the ear headphones. Are the Solo Pro the equal of them? No, but they also cost less. and they sound really good. Beats has done a terrific job with the look and feel of the Solo Pro. They come in multiple colors from light to vivid blue, black, ivory, gray and like the pair I have, red. The design is modern and sleek looking. Beats is using high-quality plastics, which are matte finished and seemingly impervious to fingerprints. Behind the plastics are aluminum, which is anodized to compliment the color of the headphones and everything moves and slides with a feeling of long-lasting goodness. There is no power button on these puppies. To turn them on you unfold them on and you fold them back to turn them off. The ear cups are not leather but are certainly soft and didn’t make my ears sweat like some cheap pleather I’ve worn before. Underneath is memory foam which is soft and adjusts to the contours of your ears well.

    For iPhone/iPad user like me, you’ll love how simple it is pair these headphones. Apple uses the H1 Chip in their new headphones. Once you unfold them to power them on, they instantly pop up on your iPhone screen (without having to go into Settings/Bluetooth) and you simply tap to connect. Going even further, if you have multiple iDevices, the headphones will now be paired with every device you have which uses the same Apple ID. With six devices under the same Apple ID, it’s a blessing to be honest. You can pair them to any device which accepts Bluetooth headphones. So, Android you’re not left out. Apple says they are Class 1 Bluetooth. Their range is beyond amazing. Many BT devices have a range of around 30 – 40 feet at most. Not these puppies. You can go way further from your paired device than I’ve gone with any BT headphone I’ve ever owned. I didn’t lose connection until I got at least 100 feet from my iPhone. There are no latency issues with videos either.

    On the Apple side, there is no App for the Solo Pro. There is a Beats App available for Android for pairing and firmware updates. There are no EQ settings. You either like how they sound, or you don’t. Or you can download an EQ app, if you feel you need one. In my opinion good headphones shouldn’t need equalization to sound good. I don’t adjust EQ on my other headphones, even though I can. These are truly tap and play headphones!

    Controls on the Solo Pro are physical, not touch. From personal experience with touch controls, the concept is better than reality. An unintended swipe can pause or change your music when you didn't want to. The Solo Pro controls are simple and intuitive. Press the center of the right ear cup once to pause your music. Tap it again to play. A double press skips to the next track or a triple press goes back to the previous track. Hold the top of the button to increase volume and hold the bottom to lower volume. Press and hold the center button to bring up the virtual assistant or if you're an Apple user simply say "Hey Siri." The only other control is on the left ear cup, where you can turn ANC and Transparency Mode on or off.

    Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) in the Solo Pro is adaptive, meaning the headphones monitor outside sounds to apply the right amount of noise cancellation without negatively impacting your music. While noise cancelling is great in noisy environments, there are times you need to hear some of what’s going on around you. So the Solo Pro also includes Transparency Mode. With Transparency Mode, you’ve got noise cancellation, but you can also hear outside sounds. This is one area the Solo Pro outshines all my other headphones. Outside sounds don’t sound digital or altered. Some people place a huge amount of importance on ANC. I don’t buy headphones for ANC. I buy headphones for their sound quality and ANC is just a nice addition. To that end the ANC and Transparency Mode on the Solo Pro is all I could ever need and then some.

    Let's talk comfort. No matter how good headphones sound, if they're not comfortable you won't enjoy them. I’ve read reviews where people said they are uncomfortable. One person complained they couldn't run with them. To think these would make good running headphones makes no sense to me. For running, choose a good pair of earbuds which lock in place, not an over the ear headphone which can bounce when you run. I found if you don't extend the ear cup arms far enough from their shortest length, they can be a little tight. But if you adjust them to extend lower on your ear, the comfort level increases significantly. It did for me and I wear glasses, which hasn't been an issue at all. Maybe Apple will offer these in an over the ear version at some point. Anyone considering these will just need to try them on at their Best Buy store to see how they feel on their head.

    A final note about comfort: There is no "L" "R" markings on the ear cups. That doesn't mean it doesn't matter which way you wear them. It matters a lot. The right ear cup has the lightning charging port and physical controls for pause/play/volume/answer/track selection. Trust me, if you put them on backwards, they're most definitely not comfortable. It made me wonder if some people who thought they were uncomfortable, wore them backwards?

    Sound trumps all when it comes to headphones. These aren’t the Beats of just a few years ago and was for me, the single biggest surprise. I commented earlier that bass doesn’t overwhelm and it doesn’t. But bass isn’t lacking either. If you play music with heavy bass, it’s powerful, with great oomph. It just doesn’t cover up what the rest of the music is doing and that’s why I think they’ve improved significantly. Symphonic music is full, with a great sound stage. Piano music resonates perfectly. Vocals sound smooth and natural. And the highest frequencies, such as cymbals, triangle or harpsichord are brilliant, without sounding shrill or harsh. Remarkably, turning on ANC didn’t diminish the sound stage, which often happens with headphones using noise cancelling circuitry. Call quality with the Solo Pro was terrific. I’ve made/answered several calls with them. I could hear them clearly and they could hear me clearly.

    Battery life on the Solo Pro is great! You can get up to 22 hours of play on a single charge with ANC or Transparency on. If you don’t use ANC or Transparency, you can get up to 40 hours on a single charge. That’s FORTY HOURS!! And if you need to recharge on the go, you can plug in for 10 minutes (Fast Fuel) to get 3 hours of play time. It wasn’t long ago getting up to 6 hours was considered great for wireless headphones.

    With all the praise, is there anything to criticize? Here are the few cons I can think of, which really don’t amount to anything significant:

    1. The carrying case provided, while nice and soft is well, soft. I don’t like soft cases. I purchased a hard case to provide more protection during transport.

    2. The Solo Pro doesn’t offer a wired connection. I you want or need one, you can buy an Apple lightning to 3.5 mm headphone plug for $35.

    3. It’s disappointing to see Apple chose lighting to USB to charge these. It’s time (IMHO) for Apple to retire the Lighting connector. With Pro in their name, I would have expected USB C.

    4. These don’t pause if you take them off your ears (you need to remember to tap the right ear cup once to pause them), which I find odd, given much less expensive headphones pause if removed.

    5. For those who want to adjust EQ, you can’t since there’s no app provided. If you think you need one, there are options in both App Stores.

    If this all I can come up with, it’s honestly trivial and in no way should stop you from giving serious consideration to the Solo Pro.

    All in all, the new Beats Solo Pro, bring Beats forward many steps from the Beats from just a few years ago. They’re well-made, with premium feeling materials. They sound terrific, in fact far better than I expected. They’re for the most part comfortable and for $300 are a really great value. Beats, you made a believer of me and that’s not easy to do. Or maybe with quality and sound like this, it was.

    Note: I took one star off for comfort and for not pausing when taken off your head. Otherwise, these are 5 star headphones.

    Dec 06, 2019 21:32
  • Review by SirGalahad, 10 out of 10
    Wait? These are Beat's by Dre? But they're good?!

    So, these are exciting for a few different reasons. Starting with these are the first headphones that were designed in collaboration with Apple from the very start. Second, the headphones were built from the ground up by both Beats and the engineers at Apple. These have the same quality assurance (QA) of the rest of Apples products and you can even take them to an Apple Store if you are having problems. These come with a fold to power On and Off and a carrying case which make them very portable and easy. All these things lead to a product that quite honestly, I did not expect. As I have not liked Beats in the past because they come with poor build quality, comfort, features, and bass heavy sound at the expense of everything else for a premium price. But that has now changed, for the better, and it is dramatically noticeable which leads to a solid product that depending on your niche may be an excellent choice for you.

    Some specs that they do not highlight that I think are solid selling features are it comes with Apples H1 chip. Which is the same one that just released with the Airpod Pros. This makes use with Apple products seamless and with IOS 13 allows the use of “Hey Siri” and Audio Sharing. They also have Class 1 Bluetooth which means that it can transmit up to 100 meters (328 feet) where Class 2 is about 10 meters (33 feet) which is what most devices come with. It does this at the cost of power, but you can get 22 hours with ANC on and up to 40 hours with ANC/transparency off so you won’t notice. Which is great. They also have sweat resistance which rarely comes on these types of devices. They also have quick charge which we have come to expect with most products where you get three hours of use after just 10 minutes of charge. They are the first On Ear headphones that have ANC from Beats and do the same as the Airpod Pros and make sure the noise cancellation isn’t messing with your music by comparing the waveform with the ANC on the original source file in real time and making subtle adjustments when necessary to give you the best sound.

    So now that all that marketing is out of the way how does it translate to the product?

    PACKAGING:

    Beats have always had awesome packaging. For this particular product it’s probably one of the coolest and most satisfying openings I’ve ever had. Inside you get the headphones (matte red in my case), carrying case, and a black USB-A to Lightning cable.

    AETHETICS/BUILD QUALITY:

    I’ve found the previous models of Beats to feel cheap. But I am very pleased with these guys. They have better than expected durability and overall feel sturdy (especially to years past).

    Starting from the top down they have a plastic head band (but on the inside I think they have a small aluminum band ¼ of an inch or less). And the padding there is rubber with just air between it. You can feel that band I was talking about with your thumb if you press hard. People who are sensitive to the top of their hands will probably find this hurts them after a short period of wearing.

    On the sides there is more plastic but in-between is aluminum. The adjustable headband slides smoothly. They will work for anyone with a small to medium/large head. But not for large heads. You’ve also got two hinges (which have been weak points previously) that are surrounded with metal in a metal hinge. They bend and straighten easily and feel solid and don’t feel like they would break from normal use. I’m still concerned about really cranking on these guys as there is still a lot of plastic. So, I’d still be careful with them, but you don’t have to baby them.

    Moving onto the earcups themselves. They have 40 mm drivers and the earcup cushions have increased surface area to make more contact with your ears for a better seal and comfort from previous models. The drivers are also raised to shoot sound into your ear better and provide a better seal. The clamping force is significant. This is a good thing as it helps create a good seal which leads to improved sound and more effective noise cancelling. It also allows it to not fall off your head if you are running or working out with them. Some may find this to be a negative and may be a bit too much for some where it is uncomfortable. For me I thought they were quite comfortable. But I wouldn’t be able to wear them all day. But I don’t think I could wear any On-Ears all day.

    The earpads are also on ball joints that flex a few degrees in all positions to help get that perfect position. This is greatly appreciated as it helps with comfort as each person’s head/ears are unique.

    On the right earcup on the circle peace the B is your multi-function button that allows you to play/pause/forward/back/hold for siri. On the top and button of that circle it allows you to volume up/down. It Is the worst part of the whole headphone. As it is relatively loose, is hard to press down, makes a huge racket in your right ear, and is hard to find the center. I don’t like it one bit. On the bottom of that earcup you have the lighting port for charging and a white LED when on. I think it’s red when charging.

    On the left earcup you have a tiny little button in the bottom in the center that feels solid that turns on ANC/transparency mode. Or with a double click turns both off. I have no complaints with this button. There is no 3.5 mm input. You’ll have to buy a 3.5 mm to lightning adapter if you want to hardwire it in.

    The soft case is made from recycled materials. It feels premium, is soft, padded, smells great (like new shoes), and is not super protective.

    SOUND QUALITY:

    They are mostly accurate, with an aggressive (forward and bright) character that focuses on vocals. They are articulate, crisp, full, with good imaging and body, with a small soundstage which makes voices and vocals easy to hear and point out. You won’t hear all the nuances of the music but most of them. They have a mostly balanced sound. Bass is solid and accurate, but way less than previous models. Highs are crisp without sounding shrill. Mids also sound good. They are tuned for an exciting listen over a critical listen. I don’t find them to be blanketed, bloated, blurred, congested, colored, or muddy.

    For those who don’t understand the terms above. They sound great. Most will greatly enjoy them. Bass heads may be a bit disappointed as they went for a cleaner more accurate sound this time around (which for a Beats product is strange). I have no complaints.

    PROS:

    • Solid ANC. Not going to beat the best but is solid.

    • Great transparency mode. Very similar to the Airpod Pros (which I think do it best). Voices sound like they are coming from microphone and are bit quiet but overall mixes very well and is almost like you don’t have a headphone on.

    • Good call quality on both ends.

    • Better than expected durability (especially compared to years past),

    • Great battery life with quick charge.

    • Balanced, clear sound profile (compared to bass heavy at the expense of everything else). Not audiophile but good for a fun listen. Especially for Bluetooth on the go headphones.

    • Bass is not super heavy.

    • Has lots of cool tech that make it a premium product worth the price tag (balanced sound with microphones to make sure you are getting the best sound experience with ANC, excellent transparency mode, fold on/off, H1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth, sweat resistance, long battery life, quick charge, Hey Siri, Audio Sharing, on ear controls for everything, highly portable, quick connect to Bluetooth especially for Apple devices which also means low latency time.

    • Fantastic portability. Which for Bluetooth headphones is HUGE for me. Are very much like Airpod’s. They are relatively compact and just work. With the added benefit of sounding great (still not audiophile).

    • The best product from Beats to date. If you like previous products, I think you’ll really like this one.

    • Android app for quick pairing or installing firmware updates.

    CONS:

    • Plenty of competition. With some depending on your preferences doing things better such as ANC or sound quality.

    • Don’t have an app that can change EQ, ANC quality, or other features that some others provide.

    • Do not have a feature where they auto pause music if you take them off or lift an earcup.

    • Doesn’t auto turn on or off. (I left them on for an hour without anything playing while I did something else and they never turned off).

    • No AptX as they are made to work with Apple and the H1 chip. Makes other Android headphones better for those people to reduce latency.

    • Not USB C.

    • No 3.5 mm input. Have to buy an adapter from Apple if you want to listen hardwired.

    • Clamping force is substantial to help with sound, noise cancellation, and keeping them on your head when active.

    • Poor on ear controls.

    • ANC turns off during calls and “Hey Siri”.

    • “Hey Siri” cannot turn on/off ANC or transparency mode.

    CONCLUSION:

    I’m usually not a fan of Beats. But I really like these. They feel more deserving of the $300. Which some will be willing to pay for. But I’d for sure pick them up on sale. They are still not audiophile quality but have a relatively balanced exciting style to them which makes them enjoyable. They have solid tech. If you’ve liked Beats in the past, I think you’ll really enjoy the newest generation. If you haven’t liked them in the past but use Apple products, they are worth looking into. Same if you are looking for something that is highly portable and straight forward. If you are going for that audiophile sound, sensitive to clamping force, and/or use android you may want to look elsewhere. In comparison to the niche and product demographic these are made for I think they are 5/5. In comparison to other products in this range 4/5. As they do almost everything right.

    Dec 06, 2019 21:02
  • Review by Tripp, 8 out of 10
    Awesome headphones, a little uncomfortable.

    The music quality is better then expected! The transparency and ANC is amazing! The only reason I give a 4 star is because of it being on ear headphones, around 30 minutes of wearing, you will need to take a break, due to the constant clamping force, you can’t just move them up to the side of your ear like the studio 3s because you would feel the clamp force pressuring your jaw also. I got mines for $150 for open box, if the status is “excellent“ them I recommend saving a couple of bucks and getting the open box.

    Oct 16, 2020 17:56
  • Review by Cee81, 10 out of 10
    Best on-ear headphones!

    My 10 year old loves this beats pro. All the other on-ear headphones I’ve gotten for him ended up unused because he said it hurt his earlobes after a while. This one is really comfortable even after hours of use- for school, gaming or just watching videos. Battery life is great!

    Jan 07, 2021 15:16
  • Review by tlaren4, 10 out of 10
    Very impressed with these never been a beats lover

    So I bought a pair of these and the Bose quiet comfort 35 11 , and I got to say I didn’t expect these to complete with the Bose but wow they do I actually thing the stereo separation left to right is a little better on the beats , but the Bose seem a little more detailed when listening to easy rock music and are a lot more comfortable but they will destort at high volumes if you have a good source when listening to hip hop. When testing the same song Gerry Rafferty- get it right next time the beats hit 93 db at the highest note , while the Bose highest was 91 . The noise canceling obviously is better on the Bose but the beats is not bad . There is really no winner out these 2 with the beats on sale your almost 100 dollars cheaper. So bottom line if you want a pair for the gym and on the go these beats are perfect if your going to be wearing them for more than a few hours go for the over ear Bose , Sony . Etc the skull candy over the ear I was actually thinking of as well as Best Buy has them on display. The build quality on these is excellent as well I must say these are not your cheaply plastic made beats from the past they are solid

    Jun 22, 2021 14:31
  • Review by eLarsen, 10 out of 10
    Better Overall Quality Than Solo3

    I purchased my Ivory Solo Pro headphones in December. Overall, I have been very satisfied with the satin gold Solo3 headphones that I already have, and I decided to get another pair for work. I was originally going to get a second pair of Solo3, but I chose these because they were on sale and the Solo3 had risen higher in price anyway than when I had got them about a year and a half ago.

    Sound - The sound quality on the Solo Pro headphones is excellent and the noise cancelling works effectively. I prefer to use the noise cancelling rather than not. With noise cancelling on, it lasts approximately 20+ hours or so. Like the Solo3, they do last about the same when noise cancelling is not on, at approximately 40 hours. Both headphones have good battery life - obviously, the Solo3 I charge less often due to no noise cancelling.

    If you are still considering Solo3, honestly, they have just as good of sound, sans the noise cancelling. Soundwise, I can recommend them both.

    Fit - overall, the fit on my Solo Pros are better. The Solo3 hurt pretty bad on my ears the first couple weeks when I initially bought them, but the Pro has larger ear cups which overall feel much more comfortable.

    Frame - The frame is sturdier. It's honestly a really great design from Apple/Beats. I noticed that the Solo3 are a tad more flimsy when folding/adjusting, etc. The Pro headphones are overall more hardy than the Solo3.

    Color - Currently, there aren't as many color options with the Solo Pro as there are with the Solo3. I chose Ivory for Solo Pro, and really like this color. See photos. Very sleek ivory color.

    Case - the case the headphones come with is more durable, so if you drop your headphones the case for Solo Pro provides better protection.

    As a whole, as an owner of both Solo Pro and Solo3, I would recommend the Solo Pro for sure if you're willing to spend the extra money. Solo Pro are less clunky as well. Instead of pushing and holding a button to turn on/off, you just unfold/fold them. The Bluetooth "jingle" when connecting is also less annoying.

    Better design, better design, and a little better sound quality overall.

    Feb 23, 2021 21:11
  • Review by PopcornMovieGirl08, 10 out of 10
    First Beats Headphones Ever!

    Beats By Dr Dre is Awesome! Got it on Sale During the Holiday sale!

    I have an iPhone so the Beats as soon as I open the headphones automatically connects to my iPhone whenever I’m ready to listen to music! I can see why they are so popular - The sound is loud and you can tap to the beat of any music choice whether from Amazon Music, Pandora or online!

    They fit snug on your ear! And tight to a certain point you have to take them off if you don’t give them a break and not fitted properly on your ears and head.

    The Beats come with a case! The case is very nice for something that is high quality!

    Pro: Music is loud and Good Fit! Connects to phone automatically

    Con: From far away if someone is calling you to get your attention you can’t hear them.

    Nov 26, 2020 03:01
  • Review by BryBryJ, 10 out of 10
    A Great Pair Of Beats

    These new Beats Solo Pro are great. They sound amazing, with that immersive rich and clear sound that Beats is famous for, but one change they made to their signature sound is that the bass has been toned down a bit since they've been criticized that they focus too much on that sound feature, but they still sound awesome. Along with that great sound they have two sound modes controlled at the press of a button, Noise Cancelling mode which blocks out all noise and creates a deep immersive listening experience, and when cut off it switches to Transparency mode which feeds in limited external sound so that you can still hear your surroundings while listening to music.

    I also really like the new matte color scheme which is a change from their initial glossy and shiny designs, it makes them vibrant and pop and they are still as cool and trendy as ever.

    Lastly, the feature I love most is the battery and power. To Power On/Off all you have to do is fold them open and closed, no more Power buttons, folding them open and you're good to go and once you're done just fold them up. It's really simple and smart and as someone who is constantly forgetting to turn off my devices and then draining them, this is really a cool feature to have. They have a 22hr battery life and up to 40hrs if you cut off Noise Cancelling and Transparency mode, but when you need to charge them they have this Fast Charging Feature that after 10min of charging will give you 3hrs of battery life. So you're gonna get a ton of use in between charges.

    The only bad thing I can say is that it uses the Lightning Cable type cord a.k.a iPhone cord, instead of the growing standard Type-C, but that's to expected since they're owned by Apple.

    Overall these are great headphones and a must have for those that want great sound without compromising on style and power.

    Dec 14, 2019 15:47
  • 9.2score
    Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Fit Pro True Wireless Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    True wireless noise cancelling Beats Fit Pro with comfortable, secure-fit wingtips are engineered for all-day activity. The flexible wingtip design conforms to your ear to comfortably lock in place so you can experience powerful, balanced sound during your work day or your workouts. With two distinct listening modes, you are in control of what you hear. Fully adaptive Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) uses real-time audio calibration to continuously pinpoint external sounds and optimize sound output, and when you need to be aware of your surroundings, easily switch to Transparency mode. Beats Fit Pro supports Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking for immersive music, movies, and games.¹ These earbuds are powered by the Apple H1 chip. The result — instant one-touch pairing², Automatic Switching³, Audio Sharing&#8309, and hands-free “Hey Siri”&#8308 for Apple devices. For Android users, easily connect via Class 1 Bluetooth® right out of the box. With the Beats app for Android¹¹, you’ll get enhanced features like one-touch pairing, customized controls, battery levels, firmware updates, and a Fit Test to help you get the best sound and fit out of your earbuds. Each earbud has up to 6 hours of listening time⁶ with 18 additional hours⁷ provided by its matching, pocket-sized charging case to give you up to 24 hours of combined playback.

    8 Features
  • Surrounds You in Sound: Beats Fit Pro is engineered to deliver powerful, balanced sound via a custom acoustic platform that stays with you through your daily activities.
  • Equipped with Apple H1: Powered by the same Apple H1 headphone chip in AirPods Pro, Beats Fit Pro are noise cancelling Bluetooth® earbuds that help you tackle your day.
  • Power Your Day: The earbuds have up to 6 hours of listening time⁶ with 18 additional hours⁷ provided by its pocket-sized charging case. That means that Beats Fit Pro gives you up to 24 hours of combined playback.
  • Hear What Matters: With two distinct listening modes, you are in control of what you hear. These fully adaptive Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) earbuds use real-time audio calibration to continuously pinpoint external sounds and optimize sound output.
  • Beats app for Android: Enables features like one-touch pairing, customized controls, and a Fit Test ¹⁰
  • Sweat and water resistant: Beats Fit Pro offers an IPX4 rating for sweat and water resistance.⁹
  • Class 1 Bluetooth®: For extended range and fewer dropouts.
  • Loud and Clear: With a built-in accelerometer and Class 1 Bluetooth® technology, Beats Fit Pro can detect when you’re speaking to help you sound your best.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Smudge, 10 out of 10
    FedEx Ground Driver's Dream Headphones

    I'm the guy that's known by friends and family as never being satisfied with my headphones, always on the hunt for the next best thing, trying and returning/exchanging all of the latest and greatest until I find my "it".

    My favorite headphones for the longest time were the Jabra Elite 85t's. I've tried every other pair of true wireless headphones in this price range (Sony xm4, Bose QC, Jaybird, beats pro wireless, AirPods Pro, the list goes on).

    The only downfall to my favorite 85t's was their lacking ability to read me my notifications and text messages seamlessly.

    Decided to exchange my 85t's for these beats fit pros and I am delighted. Siri hands free messaging, fantastic ANC, fantastic and natural feeling/sounding ambient (hear-through) mode that is toggled by one long press on either headphone, sound quality is mind blowing especially when paired with Apple Music's lossless high fidelity streaming and spatial audio feature.

    The spatial audio was something I thought would be a cool "check this out, that sounds pretty cool" feature before inevitably turning it back off and back in to whatever my default EQ setup was; I was wrong. It honestly has created an even more immersive, intricate, and beautiful way to listen to your favorite music. Somehow without taking anything away from the joyful listening experience, when spatial audio is enabled, the best way I can think to describe what it feels like is being front and center listening to your favorite band or artist live. Moving your head in different directions can help you to dial in and listen closer to, say, Flea (bass player for chili peppers) to hear all the tiny intricacies. It's an extremely enjoyable experience and I've kept the spatial audio enabled for all of my listening now.

    Let's wrap it up by me saying this (iPhone users);

    If you have any of apple's in-ear headphones and are wondering if these are the new king, do they check every box? Should you upgrade?

    Yes, yes, and yes.

    Better fit (all day comfort, no soreness), lock in your ears like a bank vault, they aren't falling out unless you take a sucker punch from Mike Tyson on Red Bull and adderal, so to speak. Better ANC and hear-through, better audio quality across the board (these things are LOUD), better call quality, SMALL charging case (less than half the size of beats pro wireless case, fits in pocket without any bulge) and better battery life.

    Oh and for those who don't know, to adjust your EQ settings with Apple headphones (like these);

    Settings -> Music -> EQ

    Also, type "Headphone accommodations" in the search field of settings and experiment with turning it on and off, test the different "balanced, bright" etc etc options in there to fine tune your audio even more to your liking.

    Give them a shot, you'll be glad you did.

    Nov 07, 2021 09:28
  • Review by Susan, 10 out of 10
    Rivals Airpods Pro

    These definitely rival my Airpods Pro. I loved my Airpods Pro, but these sound better and stay in the ears. I also have the Bose Sport Earbuds and these aren't as bulky in the ears and the active noise canceling edges out my Sport Earbuds. The case feels on the cheaper side, but it is smaller compared to the Powerbeats Pro case, so it won't be as bulky. I have an android (Note 20 Ultra 5G), but after the app was downloaded, the pairing was seamless and the ability to toggle between noise canceling or transparency mode is awesome! I have worn them for about 2 hours now and there is no discomfort. The Beats Fit Pro feel solid and the eartips do the job of keeping the earphones in your ear. If you are choosing between the Airpods Pro and these, I would go with these. They fit better, don't fall out of the ears each time you bend over and the sound is amazing. They are definitely worth the price. I am very picky about my headphones and want amazing sound and fit. The Beats Fit Pro gives me both.

    Nov 05, 2021 14:24
  • Review by RDNY, 8 out of 10
    Good, but left wanting more

    I read reviews before purchasing and using. Tried them out today and over four different scenarios, I feel like I'm still on the fence. I do like the size, versus my PowerBeats Pros and the pocket sized case was forward thinking. The... cheap feeling case, especially compared to the PBP. The feel of the headphones is solid, connection (Android), especially with the app is stellar. The sound is crisp, but also a bit tinny for Beats. I have a half dozen pairs and my PBP are still my favorites. The wing tips work great and the app settings make it better. Long distance wearing seems like it won't be an issue.. they just don't get as loud as I'd like and at the top of the spectrum, the bass thins out. I just want more, especially for two bills - after $150, expectations change. I feel like for most people, this is a winner. But for me, I'll try on my Samsung Galaxy Buds Live again, which do not have a better long term fit, but are definitely punchier. The sound isolation was great. I was able to block out gas powered leaf blower noise, but still, I feel like you'd need to crank whatever you're listening to in an airplane scenario. I want to love them because there are so many positives and they look great. It's like having your favorite cup of coffee made right... but it's luke warm. They do not deserve a negative review, so I am clicking, YES to the recommendation on the review page, but adding - "Wait for a sale or an open box deal."

    Nov 06, 2021 20:01
  • Review by LouRevue, 10 out of 10
    Crystal clear audio

    These Beats Pro earbuds provide really top notch sound and really prove themselves as top tier earbuds.

    My current earbuds are the Sony WF1000XM3 and I really love these so it's hard for me to find a worth replacement for these. While not perfect, the Beats Pros really give these Sony earbuds a run for their money.

    The thing I really dig about the Sony earbuds is the music audio. Sony has their Xbass feature in all their audio equipment and I'm a really big fan of these. Depending on the type of music you listen to, the Sony's sound better than the Beats. I listen to, primarily, EDM along with some Hip Hop. For those deep, heavy bass notes, the Sonys really come through. The Beats, surprisingly, don't sound as well in this respect. Beats are usually bass heavy but these Pros are not quite as boomy as I would like. However, if you listen to other music types like jazz, classical, pop, they sound much better on the Beats than the Sonys. The range on the Beats is superior than the Sonys for sure. Highs/mids sound so much clearer and crisper on the Beats which is great. Again, depending on the type of music you listen to, the Beats may/may not be what you're looking for. However, the Beats Pro are a sure bet either way.

    Another big pro the Beats Pro have is with the transparency mode. With my Sonys, whenever you activate transparency mode, the music gets muddled and things just don't sound as crisp. The Beats Pro do a far greater job in this area compared to my Sonys. With transparency mode on, the music and surrounding sounds are really clear and no muddled sound. Taking a walk through my neighborhood, I could easily hear all the notes in the music as well as carry on a conversation with people without missing a beat. Whenever we get back to the office, this will be a huge bonus for me when traveling the subway. Might not be a huge thing for some people but this has been one of those things that has bugged me with other premium earbuds.

    The Beats Pro also is, quite possibly, the easiest to pair with my iPhone. Obviously since they're owned by Apple now, you'd expect this but, pairing the earbuds to my iPhone was almost immediate. With the lid open and near my iPhone, the phone picked up the earbuds and walked me through a 2 step process to pair them. No holding buttons for 5 seconds or anything like that with these. really simple and easy way to get these paired up with your phone.

    Overall, really impressed with these earbuds and quite impressive functionality.

    Nov 08, 2021 09:38
  • Review by Sierra, 10 out of 10
    Better than airpod pros

    First of all the noise cancellation is crazy good!!!!! The bass is crazy and the transparency is good. I see why some say transparency is better on airpods but i personally think the beats fits pros beat them in every category EXCEPT the mic! Which i personally dont care about as long as it sound good on my end but some people care. The mic is good/okay with background noise but not better than the airpod pros. As a women i have small ears but the medium and small tips fit me pretty good right out the box and comfortable plus they dont move! It doesnt feel like tm ears are clogged. No ear tip test needed but im glad they provided it. I noticed an immediate difference as soon as i started playing the first song. Overral 9.5/10. I got the airpod pros yesterday and they are good (except not comfortable and dont stay in like sometimes) but not even close to these!!! Definitley returning the airpod pros. As for the case - people say it feels cheap, i dont think it feels cheao but i will say its not heavy like the apple case. At the end of the day it doesnt bother me as long as the earpods are protected. And yeah the charger is definetly annoying but it dont matter. In conclusion, if youre looking to replace the airpod pros with these do it! If you just got the airpod pros recently but have no probelms with them then might as well keep them they are still great just not as good as beats. And if you really do care about mic quality and like the airpod pros transparenecy mode then dont get them and stick with what you have. Noise cancellation 10/10 coming from a new yorker who couldnt even hear the train coming.

    Nov 09, 2021 17:37
  • Review by MVilla, 10 out of 10
    Great! Works just like AirPods Pro but different

    I’m impressed! They fit great and seem very similar on size ratio and sound compared to the AirPods Pro which I also have.

    Most of everything feels the same; noise cancellation and transparency, which in the AirPods is by touching the stems but on the Beats Fit, a slight clicking on either side pressing the b logo.

    When you unbox the product, there’s simple instructions on pairing and using the iPhone , shows quick tips on how to use; similar when pairing AirPods for the first time.

    They feel fine. A minor drawback is just getting used to fitting them in your ear that if you adjust or push them one of your ears, and click the button it will pause. Just click again to play.

    Regarding differences; It has no wireless charging and uses usb -c only, and it comes with a short usb-c cable. If you have a usb c power block (for example the chargers for the 11 pro max is usb c with a usb -c to lighting cable). Then you’re fine; otherwise you’ll have to invest in that or use an available port on your laptop / desktop if they have usb -c ports, or get a modern power strip that has one.

    Since this product is new, there isn’t yet any accessories I can find like a protective case for the charging case at this time yet. So we’ll have to be on the lookout.

    I have owned previous beats products in the past, the Beats X and the Powerbeats 3 (which were corded between the left and right earbud, and they were defective due to sweating proof issues and got defective then (and I used to go to the gym a lot then but now covid has shut down my gym and so I just take walks and don’t do much sweat intense activity as much as I used to).

    I do believe beats/Apple has taken serious precaution taking their time with the design and durability of these, learning from any flaws with previous beats headphones. I hope these will work for a long time.

    Nov 08, 2021 21:50
  • Review by VoltageSky, 10 out of 10
    Addition to the Headphone/Earbuds collection

    These earbuds are very similar, if not the same as the recently released Beats Studio Buds. I asked myself what made this $50 more than the latter? The winged ear tips, sweat & water resistance, sensor placement between charging contact points, and additional mics place around the body of the earbuds. This is more geared towards an active lifestyle while the Studio Buds are for casual listening. Both provide ANC, Transparency, and Spatial Audio. Audio sounds powerful & balanced. The charging case is surprisingly small from what the stock photos suggested on Best Buy’s website. It’s like the Powerbeats Pros case scaled down. Actually with the mention of Powerbeats Pro, this product is a nice complement to that line.

    Nov 05, 2021 23:05
  • Review by ButterrMann, 8 out of 10
    Great but missing one detail

    These are almost perfect for the price. The gray really stands out and is nice. Solid sound, great bass, and overall good. Compared to the airpod pros with MagSafe case I returned, these are way more comfortable in my ear and sound is a tiny bit better but it is slight.

    Only reason for 4 stars is due to no wireless charging. USB C is nice to have, but the lack of wireless charging at $200 is ridiculous. All the other features is enough for me to keep these but Apple listen up, release a wireless charging case we can buy for these.

    Nov 07, 2021 15:15
  • 9.0score
    Skullcandy - Venue Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    Enjoy premium acoustics with the custom-tuned 40mm drivers of these Skullcandy Venue headphones. The monitor mode lets you override the noise-cancelling feature to hear perimeter sounds, and the lightweight design and memory foam ear cushions ensure comfortable wear. Use these black Skullcandy Venue headphones with the Tile app for easy location tracking.

    5 Features
  • Bluetooth interface: Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Rechargeable battery: Offers up to 24 hours of use on a charge.
  • Noise cancellation: Effectively blocks out distracting background noises, so you can enjoy a focused, immersive sound environment.
  • Over-the-Ear design: For comfort during extended listening sessions.
  • Built-in microphone: Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
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  • Review by Poocher917, 8 out of 10
    Balanced sound but could be more comfortable

    I was really excited to receive these noise cancelling headphones! I was familiar with Skullcandy so expected great things. Overall I was not disappointed.

    The good:

    Packaging – the package is well put together (see pictures)! You will open the box and find a nice case. Open the case and you will find the headphones, AUX cord, manual and USB cord. The case is very solid and will protect these babies well!

    Set up – the Venue came charged to 60% so they were ready to go. I easily paired them to my Android 8 phone to test them out. They worked fine out of the box. So I then put them on the charger. They charged to 100% in no time. After an hour of use they are still registering a 100% charge!

    Sound – I find the sound nicely balanced. I find them a little on the bass side. Not thumping. The bass is crisp. There is no way to adjust the sound via EQ. I tried music, video and phone calling. You can also connect via an AUX cord. I tried the AUX cord and the sound was excellent!

    Noise cancelling - The noise cancelling works well as you would expect. You can turn it on or off. I did notice a difference between it on or off.

    Phone calls – the sound was crystal clear. The microphone works well. There were no issues receiving and carrying on a conversation. The caller could hear me perfectly. I can hear the caller perfectly. One tap of the right button and the call is answered.

    Pairing – pairing was quick with an Android 8 phone, Android tablet and Windows 10 laptop. I tested the distance it would lose the connection and it was similar to other devices I have.

    Control – there are many options for controlling the headphones and the device(s) connected to it. The capabilities are different if you are connected via Bluetooth or AUX cord. You can control using Bluetooth: power, pairing, volume, play/pause, track forward/back, answer/end phone calls, activate voice assistant, active noise cancelling on/off, check battery, monitor mode on/off (silences the sound so you can hear other sounds) and pair the Tile.

    Tile integration – you spent some cash on these. Having Tile built in is an excellent add-on. I downloaded the Tile app and followed the instructions. It was very simple. I then tested the app and it worked great. One less reason to lose these.

    Things that could be better:

    Comfort – I was concerned when I first put them on. These were tight at first. I found the more you spread the band apart, the tighter the headphones are and the more they press on your ears. Initially I had the band too far apart and it was uncomfortable after 15 minutes. I then closed the headband as tight as it goes and these are WAY more comfortable! The ear cushions are thick and very soft. These could be more comfortable. I think these will get more comfortable but do not know for sure right now.

    No APP – not a big deal but there seems to be an APP for near everything these days. I would be interested in an EQ to fine tune the sound.

    Conclusion:

    I really like the sound and versatility. The Tile integration is an added value. The only thing preventing me from rating these 5 stars is the comfort. Initially I was concerned. The more I wear them the better it is getting. However, overall they are tight so far. But I guess noise cancelling headphones need to be tight.

    Dec 10, 2018 20:44
  • Review by Dakk, 10 out of 10
    It inspired a story. Pls read. My eview at bottom

    I have been using Skullcandy headsets for a LONG time and I loved my Hesh 2 pair for years; until he had just quiL. I actually started crying (fer realz).

    I knew I wanted a Skullcandy to replace the Hesh 2 with the 3, but then, scrolling through the Best Buy app I saw the Skullcandy Venue.

    The words "Noise Canceling" caught my eye. I tried a pair when they first came out.

    *PLEASE READ TO THE END. THIS IS A DIFFERENT KIND OF REVIEW*

    My last best friend, who was one of our many communications directors, had died for no apparent reason. I was so depressed I really missed how we would tell each other stories, some very scary but most were funny. I missed her dearly. No matter who I met, we just didn't fit together.

    One day, we hired a new director just for me!

    When the I her to work,, BeBu Venue, OMG! She must have has some kind of magic. Finally my father came up and asked her, "please! My communication director has been falling falling behind in her work. I think I will switch the employees around! Yeah, this good, but I'am not sure let me think about...*mumble* *mumble*

    BeBu had even kept secrets better!

    We were in fear we going to be separated. FOREVER! So, BeBu and I hatched a plan. A big plan that could only work if were if her sister would be willing help us. She was more than happy to!

    He was still thinking on the matter when there was a knock on the door. When he opened the door was a familiar face, holding a round case.

    "I heard you were looking for a new communications director sent over by the agency, Best Buy. My name is Miss Venue, I and BeBu's twin sister."

    *End of weird part of the Review*

    Ok now down to business:

    Sleek and has a matte finish in black or white. The headphone speakers swivel and the cushion padding sits around the ear as opposed to sitting on the ear providing much needed comfort as well as contributing to the noise cancelling.

    The noise cancelling Feature has 3 modes; active noise canceling, monitor mode uses the built in microphones to help you hear around you & off. (I have no idea how it works, but it does and is amazing!)

    The clarity of sound is one of the best I have ever had. It is much better than the expensive $300.00 gaming headset I tried last year at my friend's house! Good bass and I need my bass! The control buttons are very easy to use: power, volume and noise cancelling settings.

    The microphone is built in so you don't have that arm falling in your face all the time

    Bluetooth for hands free convenience.

    Inside the product box, you will find another box, just kidding! It's a round, hard zipper case. Inside that will be your headphones (of course), charging cord, and a 3.5 male to male audio if you want to be old school or your old MP3 player (or cassette Walkman [and, yes, I still have mine!) That is not bluetooth capable.

    The power cable is a micro but it doesn't include a wall charging port.

    In 2 sentences

    1. I absolutely love mine!

    2. I usually can't write any kind of story, be it good or bad, but when I bought my Venue, my husband just HAD to try it! (He is in IT) He insisted I buy him one as well. Thus that horrible story was born!

    Ok 1 more sentence

    3. Now my daughter wants one!

    Jan 29, 2020 15:27
  • Review by Quincy0980, 10 out of 10
    These are classy over the ear headphones.

    I received these headphones and right out of the box these Venues exude higher end. They are housed in a hard shell case with the Skullcandy logo on them. Inside the case is a molded area to protect the headphones when not in use. Included with the Venues is a charging wire, instructions and a mini jack wire to use with a non-IPhone or other legacy devices.

    The headphones have a hard outer shell on the outside of each ear pad and soft leather ear cushions. What I immediately noticed when I put them on was the secure and comfortable fit. Each ear pad completely covers each ear creating a nearly sound proof seal. The controls include a power button, volume + \ - buttons, battery lights to show the amount of charge on the Venue and a Noise cancelling button.

    The setup is very simple once you turn the Venues on, you push the Bluetooth search button and connect it to your phone, computer or other Bluetooth device and your set. Listening to music, the sound is full and clean, providing good detail. With movies through my laptop gave me an enveloping surround sound experience that put me in the middle of the action. Phone calls are clear and the mic works well. Without the use of the Automatic Noise Cancelling button the Venues do a good job blocking outside noise. When the ANC is used the level of outside noise is greatly reduced.

    I really enjoy the Venues for all aspect of listening, music, movies and phone calls and would recommend them.

    Dec 09, 2018 19:24
  • Review by cjviscito, 10 out of 10
    Finally! My perfect headphone set!

    I have been on a quest of sorts for some over-the-ear headphones that have the ability to be wired and wireless at a cost that isn't totally insane. My kids always like to play with the Skullcandy headphones when we go to the store, so I was immediately curious when I learned about the new Venue set.

    First off, these things are crazy comfortable. There's plush leather on the cups and the headband. I've worn these while marathoning Netflix while my wife's asleep. Not only did the active noise cancelling drown out her snoring, but never once did my ears or head feel any kind of uncomfortable pressure.

    The active noice cancelling feature is really nice and there's actually 3 settings: off, obviously, on, again obvious, and then there's a monitor mode which I assume is for music playback. The noise cancellation isn't as strong as say, a premium brand's ear buds, but I chalk that up to the fact that these sit over your ears and not in your ears.

    The headset itself has my deal-breaker feature which is the ability to use it as a corded set if and when the battery dies (which I've never experienced since I let them charge overnight). The flexibility that having this option gives is undeniable.

    They also come with a handy integration with Tile - that's right, you can add these to your existing Tile set up and you can use Tile to find these if they go missing - or, more likely in my case, I set them somewhere and then forget.

    Another nice feature is the case - these headphones are large, and they don't fold up entirely, but they do lay flat and can be carried in the large, but nice case. The case itself also has holders for the aux cord and micro-USB charging cord, so you can take everything you need on the go!

    If you're like me and you want the ability to enjoy wireless, active noise cancelling sound while you binge Netflix, or want the convenience of connecting these to your PS4 controller - then you seriously need to pick these up. I was able to replace 3 headphone sets that I had because of this one pair. I love them!

    Dec 20, 2018 11:09
  • Review by Thoriated, 8 out of 10
    Great but not perfect. A tad flimsy.

    Great headphones. They sound great, but the noise-cancelling has a bit of background noise, but well worth it in a noisy environment. Kudos to Skull Candy in making a top-notch wireless headphone for chump-change compared to the other "hoity-toity" prestigious brands. Skull Candy kicks them to the curb in overall value.

    My main complaint is physical durability: I have had to break out the "KB Weld" epoxy to repair their flimsy attachments of the top-of-the-head padded cushions where the cushion started separating from the over-the-head bar (see photo). A little epoxy and they are fine. Their sound quality and ease of use makes me overlook that cheapness ding in their manufacture. Not a show-stopper, IMO. Very good headphones for the money otherwise. I can spare a little epoxy and some time to keep them going.

    I had to do even more major repair on a pair of MEE headphones I loved. Swivel mechanism on the earpieces broke. A little KB Weld epoxy and they were good as new.

    Apr 26, 2021 10:25
  • Review by Austin, 2 out of 10
    Skullcandy venue not good

    Skullcandy venue no good keeps on braking and would not buy another one the right earpiece doesn't hold well lost money on them this is the second pair I have gotten

    Jul 16, 2019 17:12
  • Review by Jaydozrock, 8 out of 10
    Decent Sounding ANC Headphones

    In the box we get the headphones, an audio cable, a micro usb charging cable and a flat hard shell case which fits the headphones perfectly inside. These are some very low profile headphones. I like the way they look and feel. The earcups are sufficiently padded as well as under headband and feel comfortable when worn. On to the important stuff, how do they sound and perform.

    Soundwise, these headphones are above average in sound while being a little bass forward. The active noise cancelling ( this is Skullcandy’s first product including ANC ) is well done, it blocks most of the ambient noise and allows the sound to be more isolated. It also has a monitor mode that allows sound in while the headphones are on so that you can hear your surrounding, which is a plus. From my test I got about 22 hours listening time with 60-70% volume and with the ANC turned on.

    The only possible downside I have found is that the build quality might not be the greatest and that there is a subtle hiss when the ANC is turned on that might be annoying to some.

    Dec 10, 2018 09:29
  • Review by idea01, 2 out of 10
    poor quality plastics

    This is my second pair of Skullcandy headphones. This is the second pair that have had the plastics break in the hinge. This is unfortunate, because the battery life is great. Sound is great... they simply do not last more than 6 months due to poor plastic quality.

    Jun 29, 2020 14:49
  • 9.0score
    Apple - AirPods Max - Space Gray
    Description

    AirPods Max reimagine over-ear headphones. An Apple-designed dynamic driver provides immersive high-fidelity audio. Every detail, from canopy to cushions, has been designed for an exceptional fit. Active Noise Cancellation blocks outside noise, while Transparency mode lets it in. And spatial audio with dynamic head tracking provides theater-like sound that surrounds you.¹Apple Brand Store at Best Buy.Shop more Apple products

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  • Review by Ayaan, 10 out of 10
    Definitely worth it! A must have product

    Did a lot of research before buying it although I’m an Apple fanboy and have all Apple products( iPhone, iPad, MacBook, AirPods Pro and Apple Watch) I still wanted to make sure I was getting the right product. I know it’s very expensive and probably not the product for anyone but I started saving from the day they were announced. I watched every single review on YouTube and I don’t regret buying them at all! Definitely worth it!

    Jul 30, 2021 18:32
  • Review by Connor, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic headphones! Acoustics are excellent!

    What to say about these headphones? If you’re an iPhone user, and you’ve had difficulty with other brands Bluetooth connectivity, then these are for you! They’re essentially Bose-level headphones, with the AirPods realizability. The bass levels are excellent, and comfort is fantastic. The magnetic ear pads are a really nice touch. They’re expensive, but if you’re an audiophile that doesn’t mind paying for tip quality, then that shouldn’t be an issue.

    Jun 07, 2021 12:45
  • Review by James, 8 out of 10
    Craftsmanship 2nd to none… but the price!

    The sound and build quality is top notch! It blows beats by Dre out of the water. I think apple is trying to go after the audiophiles with their first attempt at luxury headphones. The only reason I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 stars is because it’s about $150.00 overpriced. The headphones are advertised as $550.00 dollars, but with tax I paid $601.00. Their are better headphones at this price point. Everyone compares Sonys XM0004, but it’s not a fair comparison. You can find the Sonys for $350.00 or less. Apple’s true competitors are the $500 dollars or more price point. No headphone maker can compete with AirPod Max’s craftsmanship. However, I’ve heard better sound from headphones at the $1000 price point. Also, the carrying purse for the cans is a horrible idea. Also, these headphones cannot be used for working out at the gym or going for a run. The sweat will damage the ear cups and flop around on your head. It’s strictly for comfort listening!

    Nov 07, 2021 22:03
  • Review by siraleksy, 10 out of 10
    BEST ANC Headphones

    THE BEST. Simply stated. I ordered these thinking they wouldn’t match up to Bose, B&O, M&D, and all the other Magnolia products and I was blown away. The hard thing to stomach is the price, but, they performed better than the rest. I’ve tested the Bose 700 series, Sony WH-1000XM4, Sennheiser Momentum, Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9, Bower $ Wilkins PX7, and the Master & Dynamic MW65. None of them compare in sound quality, overall look, weight, and design. The Sennheiser Momentum headphones had a great bass kick, but that was it. The interchangeability of the AirPods Max really sells me on them as well. Ear paddings are magnetic and easy to replace, clean sleek design where you can add silicone earphone covers for protection. All around great design from Apple that I was not expecting.

    Feb 24, 2021 19:09
  • Review by Avtar01, 10 out of 10
    Great Sound

    The airpod max sound fantastic just make sure you get them sale not $549 overpriced my other headphones are master and dynamic 60 sennheiser moment 2.0 and new sennheiser 3 witch are my favorite headphone for sound quality period

    Nov 07, 2021 16:17
  • Review by APPLE, 10 out of 10
    APPLE AIRPODS MAX

    VERY pleased with the product…

    great salesperson…

    sale price which is rare on this item…

    Jul 30, 2021 15:44
  • Review by ReviewingForBBPoints, 10 out of 10
    Get over your price hesitation,

    First let’s address the elephant in the room. $600 for a pair of headphones is pricey. It took me about 1-2 weeks before I finally convinced myself that the price can be justified after reading up on the reviews. These earphones are seriously impressive. I also have the AirPod pros, and the noise cancellation on these is like x5 as good as the pros. Beautifully crafted and nice premium feel. My only gripe is that you cannot adjust the length of the flex band. I was actually shocked when I first put them on and thought maybe I was missing something. After a few days, the earphones adjusted to my head size (I have a big head), but even still putting them on are uncomfortable at first. The sound quality and noise cancellation is honestly worth the trouble and price though, so as long as you are not sacrificing your rent or bills for them, definitely put these on your must buy list.

    May 29, 2021 22:38
  • Review by MainMan, 10 out of 10
    Only “nature” is perfect.

    I do have an issue with condensation “naturally” forming inside of the ear cups after a few hours of use.

    Jul 19, 2021 07:46
  • 9.0score
    Beats by Dr. Dre - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Beats Studio Buds Totally Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones - Black
    Description

    Geek Squad® Certified Refurbished products are thoroughly, painstakingly, and lovingly tested, so you can be sure that your device will work right, right away. Learn more about Listen to your favorite music on the go with these refurbished Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Buds earbuds. Active noise cancellation blocks out office chatter for an immersive experience, while the IPX4-rated design prevents damage from sweat and the elements. These Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Buds earbuds have a rechargeable battery, which offers up to 8 hours playing time, and the included charging case provides an additional 16 hours of power.Geek Squad® Certified Refurbished products.

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  • Review by Kathleen, 8 out of 10
    beats v airpod pros and general points

    Dont buy these if you expect them to cancel out voices!! I cant hear people talking ONLY if I am listening to music, if I only have noise cancelling on I can still hear voices. They have awesome sound quality though. They don't always fit in my ear but I don't mind because its better than being overwhelmed. I use these CONSTANTLY, almost every single day for at least an hour, and I charge the pod maybe every other week? The battery lasts forever, and they have never died on me. I got the red because the color was easy to find if I lost them. Overall, I recommend these for anyone who just needs quiet. For the amount I paid (100) they are SO worth it. Others cost hundreds that I don't have and am not willing to pay, so this was awesome. And the refurbished- you cant even tell they were pre-owned- seriously. all brand new. anyways, if you're wondering whether to buy these or airpod pros- as someone who has used both- here's my opinion

    battery wise- go with beats

    noise-cancelling wise- go with airpod pro

    price- beats

    quality- beats

    overall-beats

    if you're willing to pay more, I guess you could get the airpod pros but honestly I'm glad I didn't invest in them. The beats get the job done for far less, and plus- beats is a headphone company.... apple is a phone company. also! beats developed the noise cancelling technology that apple uses anyway!

    Nov 04, 2021 09:17
  • Review by Beats, 10 out of 10
    Clean and crisp sound, not bass heavy

    For Earbuds, they sound pretty good, not heavy on bass, but very clear and crisp on the highs, i love the design of them, nice quality to them, for being refurbished they feel like new :) but note, they do have a slippy finish to them, might need to get a case for them soon hehehe other then that solid ear bud

    Oct 23, 2021 15:48
  • Review by Marc, 8 out of 10
    Great sound

    Excellent sound! The Bluetooth connectivity is sometimes an issue where one ear bud doesn’t connect, but when they do it’s fantastic.

    Nov 19, 2021 15:55
  • Review by nacho, 8 out of 10
    good stuff

    They came refurbished. Did not have the medium silicone tips. I use the large ones and they do sound very good. I like bass.

    Oct 28, 2021 16:09
  • Review by kellyrussell, 8 out of 10
    beats buds

    the are good earbuds the noise canceling could be a whole lot better on them however all and all a good buy

    Nov 03, 2021 12:05
  • Review by Poochie3835, 10 out of 10
    Beats enough said

    I enjoy the souls quality but I love the bass that they provide va pods

    Nov 19, 2021 21:57
  • Review by Riley30abc, 10 out of 10
    Amazing

    Amazing earbuds and bass.And this is my everyday gym and work headphones and get the job done.

    Nov 05, 2021 16:52
  • Review by AppleAirPods, 10 out of 10
    Great Beats by Dr. Dre

    Great Beats by Dr. Dre, excellent items and easy to used

    Nov 17, 2021 20:37
  • 9.0score
    Sennheiser - CX Plus True Wireless Earbud Headphones - Black
    Description

    When True Wireless sound exceeds every expectation, you’re listening to the CX Plus True Wireless from Sennheiser. They deliver a thrilling, high-quality sound experience with Active Noise Cancellation, effortless smart interaction and a sleek design for supremely comfortable all-day enjoyment.

    11 Features
  • Sennheiser Superior Sound: Powered by Sennheiser’s TrueResponse transducer for high fidelity sound
  • Active Noise Cancellation & Transparent Hearing: Block out noise or gain awareness of external sounds at a touch in any environment
  • Built-in Equalizer and Bass Boost: Adjust the Equalizer and Bass Boost levels for a tailored sound and audio experience
  • IPX4: Splash resistance for trouble-free use while travelling,commuting or exercising
  • Compact, Ergonomic Design: With 4 ear adapter sizes to ensure optimal comfort and a secure fit for anyone
  • Battery Life: Up to 8 hours and 24 hours of play back time with on the go charging via the case
  • Customizable Touch Controls: Personalize touch controls for music, calls and voice assistant to match individual preference for intuitive operation
  • Independent Earbud Use: Convenient feature enables the left and right earbuds to be used individually or as a pair
  • Noise Reduced Microphones: Crystal-clear voice pickup by dual beamforming mics on each earbud to ensure speech optimized calls and voice assistant access (Siri and Google Assistant)
  • Smart Pause: The earbuds pause and resume playback automatically when taken out or replaced in the ear
  • Connections Management: Bluetooth connections can be easily managed via the Sennheiser Smart Control app
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  • Review by Chuck812, 10 out of 10
    4.5 stars

    I thought that these were just a cheap pair of earbuds. I didn’t see any buttons to change the volume or fast forward/pause etc. I didn’t notice that they had noise canceling. Once I paired them and popped them in I was quite shocked at how well they sounded! They also have noise canceling and touch controls! Maybe these aren’t a chap “disposable” pair of earbuds!

    I played through a few of my favorite songs and I was very happy with the sound! Very nice bass. Nice high range. And, the volume is quite loud. I always hated it when I bought a new pair of buds or headphones and the volume doesn’t quite go loud enough to jam when I want to. I love the fact that I can control volume right from the right and left earbud. I love the fact that there is a built in equalizer in the app so i can dial the music in so its just right!

    The battery life is good. Easily gets me through a day at work.

    They case is tiny and it charges fast.

    I am on a constant search for the best sounding most comfortable earbuds/headphones and I own quite a few. All the major top brands and they are good but they either dont go loud enough, sound good enough or aren’t comfortable to wear all day or the batteries dont last long enough.

    These connect almost instantly to my iPhone but switching to my iPad for a movie is kind of a pain. That’s the onl;y reason i dont give them 5 stars. But, I can live with that. For what I want them to do, they do it and they do it better than my other major brands that I own.

    They are extremely comfortable and light and really stay put. They dont get caught on things like my other earbuds do at work.

    Bottom line. I love these! And for the price they are really hard to beat!

    Oct 19, 2021 15:53
  • Review by EEDD, 10 out of 10
    High Quality Earbuds

    These earbuds are a very good value for the price. I had the LG FN6 true wireless earbuds with noise canceling before and they were great, but these Sennheiser's have very clearly better sound quality and bass. They stay in my ear really well and I don't have to keep pushing them back in my ear every 5 minutes. They are definitely comfortable, though to be fair, any earbuds will bother my ears if I leave them in long enough. The battery life (9 hours single charge, 27 hours total with the case) is very impressive. The earbuds are very easy to set up, and you can adjust the bass, mid, and treble in the Sennheiser control app, which takes 30 seconds to get started once the earbuds are connected via bluetooth. Overall, I am extremely impressed with the quality of these earbuds and price value. Would definitely recommend.

    Nov 18, 2021 18:35
  • Review by Shawn, 8 out of 10
    4.25 Stars

    4.25 stars and a very good value for the price. If you're on the fence I don't think you can go wrong with these. Right out of the box, these are very good ear buds. The sound is warm, resonant, and fulfilling. I was content with the quality of sound straight away but you do have the ability adjust the EQ to suit your tastes or the nuisances of the music you are listening too. The overall volume is very loud but not over the top for those who like their music very loud or if you have hearing difficulties. I never once maxed out the volume listening to a variety of types and genres of music. The earbuds are comfortable except for when I was listening not stop for well over an hour but even then just removing and readjusting them did the trick for another long stretch. Battery life was very good and consistent with other wireless ear buds that I own. Neither better nor worse. The charging case is standard and does have a small led light to indicate it is working correctly. The only real drawback is how sensitive the touch controls are. Normally I wouldn't complain as we all want controls that are response but due to the small size of the earbuds and the sensitivity, it is easy to mis-tap or tap too many times. I did get better at controlling them the longer I used them but this stage they are still a little too sensitive for my taste but I'd much rather this than not sensitive enough. Overall I would recommend these and I look forward to continuing to explore their quality with different types of music. Thank you Sennheiser.

    Nov 07, 2021 21:47
  • Review by ErockG, 8 out of 10
    Decent

    Great sound, small form factor. Liked them better than the MTW2, but wish the ANC was better. Could use wireless charging, but maybe they'll include that on the next gen.

    Nov 03, 2021 21:36
  • Review by Fayson, 10 out of 10
    CX PLUS A GO!!

    New to Sennheiser and will probably never leave. Cozy in ear and sounds amazing before EQ settings

    Nov 17, 2021 18:16
  • Review by HenryB86, 8 out of 10
    Great quality and comfortable buds

    Overall, I have been very impressed with these earbuds. The set comes with multiple cup sizes, to ensure you get the right seal to get the full audio experience. Highs are crisp and the lows are deep. The app allows you to customize your EQ to get the sound you want out of these. I've been very impressed with the SQ and the Smart Control app is very easy to use.

    My primary issue keeping these from receiving 5 stars is the lack of the ability to adjust the call function taps. The tap are of these earbuds are extremely sensitive. I've dropped calls trying to adjust the earbuds because my finger accidentally taps the touch section. The app allows you to change the settings for listening to music (pause, stop, play, volume increase, etc) but does not allow you to change the phone settings. This would be a 5 star set of buds if I could disable or edit the touch settings for phone calls.

    Device used with: iPhone 12 Pro

    Oct 13, 2021 11:43
  • Review by Catherine, 10 out of 10
    Amazing quality

    Super clear sound and awesome bass! The fit is still light weight even with smaller ears.

    Nov 16, 2021 11:00
  • Review by gwen41539, 10 out of 10
    Absolute Perfection!!

    Sennheiser CX Plus In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones are Amazing! They are very comfortable and come with various size earbuds to choose from to get a perfect fit. The Noise Cancellation is top-notch it works extremely well I couldn't be happier with these headphones. They paired effortlessly to all my devices, phones, laptop, car audio, home audio, etc. My home is quite large and they allowed me to roam freely without losing connectivity, Something other headphones have been unable to do. The battery life is phenomenal my air pods die after 4hrs these last at least 9hrs probably more. The tap and play/answer calls function is brilliant. They have an APP that goes with them and I highly recommend that you download it. The app really brings these headphones to life! it allows for custom presets and detailed customizations that I haven't seen on a set of headphones before. Switching between them is easy and effortless. I used them for exercising and they stayed put and didn't fall out that to me spoke volumes! Buy these headphones you will LOVE them!

    Nov 02, 2021 12:44
  • 9.0score
    Skullcandy - Crusher ANC Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    Enjoy the powerful sound of these black Skullcandy Crusher ANC headphones. Bluetooth connectivity lets you stream mobile from your mobile device easily, while the rechargeable battery offers up to 24 hours of use time on a single charge. These Skullcandy Crusher ANC headphones unlock new dimensions of sound by successfully combining Skullcandy sensory bass, active noise cancelation, and personalized audio profiling.

    7 Features
  • Rechargeable battery: Offers up to 24 hours of use on a charge.
  • Active noise cancellation: Actively cancels waveforms from outside the earcup to completely eliminate extraneous sounds.
  • Built-in microphone: Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
  • Bluetooth interface: Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Over-the-ear design: For a secure fit.
  • Folding design: Along with an included carrying case enables easy portability.
  • Stereo design: Delivers crisp tones.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TechReviews, 10 out of 10
    Exceptionally FUN set of cans

    Excellent all-around cans, make music FUN

    Foreword : I loosely define music as “organized sounds”, and consider it an art form largely subjective, devoid of objectivity, different for every listener. YMMV - Your mileage may vary.

    I’ve reviewed various headphones for specialized purposes that I’ll refer to for comparison sake. Also note, I took the time to “break-in” this product, albeit a controversial procedure open to debate.

    Having owned a home theater retail business for over a decade, I feel, as with high-end expensive speakers, optimum results can best be achieved after approx 40-50 hours of “breaking in” new drivers, playing most genres of music as well as white and pink noise. This process essentially massages stiff cones ultimately smoothing frequency response. Headphones, even tiny ear buds, have much smaller drivers, yet fundamentally similar material physics. Kindly disregard if you don’t subscribe to this philosophy.

    Let me start by saying unequivocally, ... These Skullcandy Crusher ANC are “the most FUN” set of cans I think I’ve reviewed over the years. They truly pay attention to the details and opening the package felt like the magical experience a brand new Apple product gives you.

    TACTILE BASS

    My experience with bass heavy headphones in the past hasn’t been a positive one, I tend to prefer a natural flat response. I fully expected this bass slider (left can) to be a gimmick, fearing a thumpy muddying up of the sound stage with unnatural distortion.

    NOPE, I was wrong. It really works and I’m now a believer!

    Remind you, I am NOT a fan of hip hop, rap, or other bass-emphasized genres where these would really shine, instead focus on guitar-oriented rock, but having immediacy of that EQ point is fantastic design.

    Regardless, the tactile bass is just plain fun, even though I keep the level close to minimum, with occasional boost to taste — except to blow someone’s mind in a demo ;-) These sound better than most of the headphones I’ve auditioned (best SkullCandy product by far).

    SOUND QUALITY

    Because the sound signature is on the active side, these are not intended to have a flat response curve, nor replace the Sennheiser HD-598 that I mix with and use for critical listening.

    “Deeper Dimensions of Sound” is the tagline, and it’s pretty descriptive of what you get. Totally enjoyable for anything you might throw at it.

    GAMING

    I’ve yet to perform extensive tests connected to a PS4 Pro, and default to the dedicated LucidSound LS-20 wired set with decent headset mic. Will append after this is complete. I will note though that I’ve had previous bluetooth products that had far too much latency for iPad games like SongPop 2, and lip-sync issues on YouTube videos. These are flawless in that regard.

    ANC

    Active Noise Cancellation works decently, though the background hiss I would rate it well below the best-in-class Sony WH1000Xm3 (and AirPod Pro ear buds). Though these Crusher ANC being mid-size cans, I was able to operate a loud gas-powered backpack leaf blower on 2 occasions and found myself consciously paying attention to vibration for how hard the engine was running, full-tilt scattering mulch about the yard, without engine sound as my guideline. Cupping your hand over the left cup switches to Ambiance mode which passes outside world sounds in, — repeat to enable ANC, where they again seal out the sound of the outside world, leaving you in your sound cocoon to enjoy yourself.

    GUITAR

    One additional usage test case was paired to a 2017 iPad Pro 12.9, for use playing electric guitar through the amp sim BiasFX (Positive Grid). Bluetooth connections introduce too much latency between picking a note and hearing it, a bane for 16th or 8th note rhythms. I’m not surprised these are no different, but the inclusion of a 3.5mm cord is thoughtful and welcome (be advised that this disables your PSP personal sound profile as it appears to be engaged in Bluetooth mode only).

    CONCLUSION

    These Skullcandy Crusher ANC are a LOT of FUN. Best product they’ve produced.

    PROS

    + Personal Sound Profiles (like Neurophone) = Works Great !!

    + outstanding sound quality (ANC off)

    + FUN active sound signature

    + crisp highs, smooth midrange, tight bass response (tactile adjustable)

    + dual-device capabilities

    + excellent battery life

    + bluetooth 5.0, range ~100-foot

    + Codec support for aptX HD

    + Rapid charge 10 minutes for 3 hours usage (2.5 hours full)

    + balanced, well-padded, and comfortable

    + solid build, design, despite plastic casing

    + built-in Tile Tracker

    + 3.5mm inclusion

    CONS

    - Slight background hiss, sounds like running water or AC

    - App user-profiles are nice but lack equalization

    - lack water resistance / not recommended for working out

    - Slightly pricy but on par with inferior competition

    Nov 05, 2019 16:44
  • Review by Jaydozrock, 8 out of 10
    Crushers, Bass Overload

    I have been a fan of Skullcandy before they even made crushers, and I am still a fan now. I’ve owned almost every crusher as well and I have to say this is one of the best ones yet. Inside the box comes a nice clothlike hard-case inside which has the headphone and an audio cord and a usb type c charging cable. Very simple and straight to the point.

    Right out of the box the Crusher ANC feels just right the weight seems to be balanced in my opinion and when wearing them for a long time they didn’t bother me at all (note I have a big head, so I am sure it’s comfortable for smaller heads too). There is also ample cushioning on the earcups and headband that add greatly to the overall comfort. The primary construction seems to be mostly plastic so you don’t really get that premium feel but that didn’t bother me at all, they still feel like with proper care they will last a while. The only concern I have is the swiveling earcups that swing 90 degrees in either direction. The points of swiveling tend to be weak points in headphones with this design but only time will tell.

    So, what really stands out? You can’t really talk about the crushers without mentioning the outstanding bass, this is what they are known for and nothing has changed. The bass, you literally feel it, it’s like cinema quality head thumping booming, which you can control with slider on the left earcup. Everything benefits from this, from movies to video games and especially music. The bass is not all though, the midrange is decent and so are the highs (most of the time).

    Another feature I like is that Crusher Anc can be paired to a mobile app that allows you to tweak the sound in such a manner to make it very personalized. This is especially useful for the older crowd and those who have suffered hearing loss. Unfortunately, this is the only feature offered through the ap, meaning the app doesn’t offer an equalizer or any additional features. I must say it does do a good job of providing a custom sound tailored to the person that completed the sound test through the app. I allowed a couple friends to try to create their own profiles, which they did, and each of us had a different profile which indeed sounded different over the same track.

    Lastly there is the Active Noise Cancelling (ANC). I think this may be the first time they have been implemented in a Crusher and the most I can say is that it is ok. It’s a nice feature to have but it is not the best that is out there, and it did a standard job of cancelling out more than 50% of the outside noise. With music on though, I was not hearing any noise even when the volume was at a low level, so in this case you’ll be fine. Another feature I must mention is that holding you hand on the left earcup halts your music and allows the ambient sound to leak into your earphones. This allows you to hold short conversations without needing to remove the headphone entirely.

    I recommend the Crusher ANC, especially for the bass lovers out there. This is the best you can get.

    Oct 30, 2019 21:00
  • Review by ceojoe, 6 out of 10
    Incredible Bass cheap material mine broke on day 1

    I will start off by saying, I LOVE the immersive bass experience you get with any of the Skull Candy Crusher head phones. It completely consumes you, and you feel like you're live at a concert, standing next to the sub woofers, which is awesome if you're a Bass-Head.

    Regrettably, I was only able to enjoy these headphones for 1 day.

    My ears did not sit comfortably inside the the pads, so I was constantly having to adjust the headphones so they weren't squeezing my ears.

    .... THEY BROKE

    The result of constant fiddling around the arms that hold the headphones together caused one of them to snap in half.

    I did see from YouTube Reviews that the material felt "Cheap" and broke for other people as well, so just be careful with these headphones.

    On a good note, Best Buy has an impeccable return policy, I went with the Sony - WH-XB900N, which I will post my review there for those.

    Jan 14, 2021 13:12
  • Review by DSPARKA, 8 out of 10
    Ear full of great sound!

    This is definitely one of if not the best set of headphones I’ve owned. The Skullcandy Crusher is flat out impressive, from the great sounds it delivers all the way to the wonderful packaging. As soon as you open up the box the first thing you’ll notice is the thought and quality that went into the design of the headphones. This model is equipped with personalized sound, it gives you a quick sound test on both ears and afterwards lets you create your own customized sound setting. If I had to narrow it down I would have to say the feature I really enjoyed the most is the noise canceling feature, it works great when I’m trying to enjoy some R&R time in a crowded noisy environment. These Skullcandy Crusher wireless headphones will make a great gift or a nice treat for yourself. The only reason I’m not giving this a 5 out of 5 is because in some applications when using the phone jack you can’t control the volume up and down feature but besides that it’s thumbs up all the way.

    Design:

    -Elegant two tone color that is also padded to add comfort for longer wear.

    -Controls are readily available on the headphone for some quick adjustments.

    -The Skullcandy Crusher is foldable and comes with a carrying case to protect and store your quality investment.

    Features:

    -Noise canceling is top on my list because I can really get rid of all the unwanted noise around me and really focus on the music the way the artist wanted you to hear it.

    -The Skullcandy app help you take the customizing to another level. Best way to get more quality sound out of your premium headphone.

    Ending view:

    You will not be disappointed on the purchase of the Skullcandy Crusher wireless headphone if you take the time to learn the app and features. The sound quality is superb compared to other headphones I used. Download the app and adjust the different settings until you get your perfect setting. These are my new go to and I’m glad I now own them. I’m recommending them because of the great sound quality and comfort.

    Oct 30, 2019 14:49
  • Review by Elrush, 10 out of 10
    Still working like new after almost 1 year

    Been about year since ive own these awesome headphones and they still sound like new no issues to report and will be buying the newer version once these give out which probably wont be anytime soon Bassheadz

    Jun 08, 2021 07:52
  • Review by Gabi, 10 out of 10
    Awesome investment.

    The quality and features on the headset are great. The bass can get crazy for certain songs but it’s adjustable and up to you. I can hear parts of songs like vocals or instruments that I didn’t specifically notice before. If you wear glasses, the pressure of both things on might be uncomfortable, but that’s it. You don’t get the bass setting when you connect the headset to the aux cable, but it’s a plus that you can continue to listen to music even when the battery died for bluetooth.

    Oct 02, 2020 17:18
  • Review by lamar310, 10 out of 10
    Best headphones for bass lovers

    These are hands down the best extra bass headphones on the market. They give you that subwoofer bass sound like you hear in a car or the club. Skullcandy not only added noise cancellation but they finally addressed the highs and mid range. I was pleased with the sound quality for music, movies, and mobile games.

    Positives:

    Great bass, long battery life, noise cancellation, USB-C to charge, comfortable to wear, great Bluetooth range, and sound good for music, games, and video content.

    Negatives:

    Slight hiss when not playing music, price, and they look basic.

    Bottom line...I love the sound of these headphones and they deliver the bass. I think being priced over $300 is expensive for most people but they are worth it. The noise cancellation is average but good enough on an airplane so you only hear your music.

    Oct 14, 2019 20:01
  • Review by Movietime, 10 out of 10
    Skullcandy the best

    Believed or not but this headphones it's just the best you can buy

    Jun 05, 2021 08:32
  • 9.0score
    Samsung - Galaxy Buds Live True Wireless Earbud Headphones - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your sound and style with Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. Designed with the largest Galaxy Buds speaker, improved bass and an open fit, playlists sound more like live music than ever before. When you need to block out background noise for a phone call or important task, initiate Active Noise Cancellation1 with a touch. Buds Live are easy on the eyes, light on the ears and have long-lasting battery life2. **1 Features including Active Noise Canceling are enabled through a Bluetooth connection or the Galaxy Wearable app on Android, available through Google Play Store, and the Galaxy Buds app on iOS devices, available through the App Store. **2 Actual battery life may vary and depend on usage conditions such as function settings, playback file type, and Bluetooth signal strength.

    5 Features
  • Sound that rocks: The AKG-tuned 12mm speaker and enhanced bass tone play everything in studio-quality sound. An open design creates a live listening environment, suiting those who prefer a natural, spacious sound.
  • New style. New sound.: Equal parts earbuds and ear bling, Galaxy Buds Live come in three colors you’ll want to rock all day.
  • Turn down distractions: Turn on Active Noise Cancellation* to block out background noise on an airplane, train or bus. Tap again to let in surrounding live sounds—colleagues’ voices, flight announcements, street traffic—while still enjoying your favorite playlist or podcast.
  • Long-lasting battery: Long-lasting battery life with a case that doubles as a wireless charger.
  • Always-on assistance: Use your always-on voice assistant to order coffee, send a message or search music hands free.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by NJuice, 10 out of 10
    Unique Earbuds Experience That Pays Off

    The growing "True Wireless Earbuds" portion of audio tech has really interested me in the last few years. Samsung has really made a name for itself with their "Galaxy Buds" line lately and I was very intrigued by the new bean design of the Galaxy Buds Live. So far my time with them have proved that they are a risk worth taking!

    ONBOXING & FIT:

    - My first impression upon opening these was how small the case is. I really couldn't believe just how nice and sleek it is, the rounded square shape just makes is ideal to easily bring with you everywhere!

    - I also think Samsung did a nice job making the hinge on the case feel sturdy and not cheap, its a minor upgrade but nice.

    - I do also once again love the USB-C and Wireless charging for the case.

    - The earbuds themselves of course look like beans! They really are small and have a premium look to them with the shape, build, and placement of the speakers and microphones.

    - The fit was the biggest adjustment for me because they feel like they aren't even there! Seriously the bean shape just makes them rest in your ear but yet they are secure and do not fall out. It's a weird feeling not actively knowing you are wearing earbuds but its something that I personally grew to love.

    - I did worry that these would fall out easily when working out or going on runs/walks. However I did a few workouts with these and had no issues at all! I can't say whether that will remain consistent but so far so good.

    - On that, these are meant to be comfy for long wearing and I could not agree more on this concept. I don't feel the need to take them off because of fatigue like in earbuds or over the ear headphones. And maybe that's just me, but I do really think the open air concept of these make them much more comfortable than normal earbuds.

    AUDIO QUALITY:

    - Its important for a buyer to understand that these are not your typical noise cancelling earbuds. Typical noise cancelling earbuds go all the way into your ear creating a tight seal that helps the noise cancelling tech on them. The Buds Live are an "open air" earbud which means they don't actual go into your ear to create a seal.

    - The lack of the seal means you will still hear what's going on around you like a person talking but the Noise Cancelling tech drowns out some of the white noise like the sound of a humming AC unit. Of course when you turn up the music most everything is drowned out, but its just a different experience.

    - That being said, the audio quality is exceptional! The vocals are clear and crisp, the bass is impactful, and the sound is powerful. I really enjoy listening to music on these or just about anything that requires audio!

    - Taking Calls on the Buds Live are by far my favorite phone call experience out of any headphones I have ever used! Because there isn't a seal, it makes the phone call feel so much more natural because you can hear the person you are talking to while also hearing the volume of your voice while talking. Along with that, the audio is crisp and the people I have talked to say I sound great.

    BUDS LIVE VS BUDS+

    - As pictured in my review, the Buds Live and Buds+ are very similar in their size and style. Both have a small footprint, both have a nice high quality look and feel, both have touch controls, and both have the charging lights.

    - With audio, the Buds Live have the open air with noise cancelling design while the Buds+ have a closed seal but no noise cancelling.

    - With Battery, the Buds+ offer about 5 more hours of use per charge then the Buds Live offer but both offer about the same amount of total battery life with the charging case at around 22 hours. (Samsung says you can get 29 hours of battery in the Buds Live but that is without any Noise Cancelling which I don't think anyone plans on doing).

    - At the end of the day, both are great wireless earbuds no doubt! In my opinion, I think the Buds+ are meant for people who are more active, away from home, and need something that are long lasting and durable. The Buds Live are for those who value better audio/call quality but still want to be able to hear things around you while commuting or around other people.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - Samsung took a leap with The Galaxy Buds Live, and they truly are a unique audio experience. The sound quality is exceptional, calls are so easy to take, and they are so comfortable you will not mind wearing them for 6 hours at a time because you will barely know they are there. However, for those of you who value a closed off no sound feeling with your headphones, these are not going to be for you. That being said, I was worried about the Buds Live not being sealed off and after a few days with these - Samsung has made me a believer in these earbuds and the Buds Live are my new daily drivers!

    Aug 10, 2020 11:37
  • Review by Wcpclan, 10 out of 10
    Using on an iPhone

    So far they have fit better than the Apple AirPods and the sound it hood, usb C charging, wireless charging and nice to have the color choices.

    Sep 04, 2020 15:53
  • Review by EastAtlantakid30316, 10 out of 10
    Truly amazing!!!

    Where do i begin Samsung has done it again. The buds are amazing and fits like a glove in my ear. I'm normally not an in ear person and I wanted to give this design a try. And I do regret it one bit.

    Sep 19, 2020 11:21
  • Review by bransonsaks, 10 out of 10
    Good product

    I had the first buds. Didn't get the buds plus but I was looking for something that fit in my ear and didn't stand out. These aren't. Sound is good. When I put both in I cannot hear nature!

    Sep 11, 2020 21:57
  • Review by Valeria, 10 out of 10
    Great

    Work great. The battery lasts long for me. I love how fast it connects to my devices and that you can connect to multiples devices at a time. Aldo they don't fall out my ears when I'm working out so great product. And you can buy cases for them so they don't scratch or anything

    Jan 11, 2021 17:45
  • Review by MrBrown, 10 out of 10
    Great for work.

    I use these at work they work wonderful ! I had galaxy buds they always would fall out. These never fall out great ear buds. These buds are wonderful for work.

    Feb 05, 2021 17:13
  • Review by HMWBB, 10 out of 10
    HMWBB

    I have always liked noise-canceling headphones and was delighted when my wife purchased these buds for my Christmas gift from her. I love them and use them daily to listen to the Rush Limbaugh show, God bless him.

    They are very comfortable to wear all day so you will be ready for that important phone call while the rest of the office doesn't know you are enjoying the show.

    The noise-canceling feature is amazing, quieting the loudest of background noise while still being able to hear if someone is talking to you, no need to take them off, with a touch of the finger on the bud, the noise-canceling effect is disabled and you hear everything as if you were not wearing them, touch again and you are enjoying the noise-free benefit they offer.

    They recharge in the case, even without being plugged into the wall, and seem to last days. The sleek-looking buds are easy to put on and take off.

    Mar 05, 2021 18:32
  • Review by Msmally87, 6 out of 10
    Missing my galaxy buds +

    Ok but previous buds were better. They often slip out the ear even when the pads are.on or off. Says noise canceling but i can still hear noise even when set to active. Only got these because they were sold out of the galaxy buds +

    Nov 05, 2021 15:50
  • 8.8score
    JLab - Studio Pro ANC Over-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    The Studio Pro ANC Over-Ear Headphones by JLab offer the ultimate listening experience with four noise control modes and Smart Active Noise Canceling. With an amazing 45+ hours of playtime, they are also ultra-comfortable with Form-Fit™ Earcups, plush Cloud Foam cushions and an adjustable headband.

    7 Features
  • Smart Active Noise Control: JLab Smart ANC adapts on-the-go to variants in your environment to create the best audio experience. Four microphones work together to cancel out noise and provide uninterrupted audio
  • Four Noise Control Modes: ANC (High), ANC (Low), ANC Off and Be Aware (pass-through outside noises)
  • Long Playtime: 45+ hours of playtime on a single charge
  • Dual Connectivity: Connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to your PC, Mac or mobile, or plug-in directly with the included USB-C to 3.5mm cable
  • Custom EQ3 Sound: Choose between 3 custom EQ settings to match your personal preference: JLab Signature, Balanced, and Bass Boost
  • All Day Comfort: Form-Fit Earcups are ergonomically shaped to the natural outline of the ear, and the Cloud Foam cushions add another layer of comfort
  • Total Control: Easily adjust volume, play/pause, answer/reject calls, skip tracks, and control the ANC levels via the buttons on the earcups
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DavidJr, 10 out of 10
    High end options that save the pocket.

    JLab makes some surprisingly good audio products for the price. In direct comparison to some higher priced products that provide the same functions you can pick out the fine differences. But, when you take in the price difference, it is something that can easily be considered. These Studio Pro Active Noise Canceling Over-Ear headphones remind me a lot of a different brand that is literally three times the price and I’d rather save that money than pay for the name.

    When I first started using these JLAB Studio Pro headphones, there were some things about the audio that kind of made me feel “meh” about the sound quality. Especially the loss in bass when the noise canceling was set to high. However, there is a setting that isn’t explained on the box or in the included instructions, but is mentioned in the description. I only came across these directions after installing the JLAB Store and Burn-in Tool and downloading the manual. The 3 custom EQ settings that can be changed by holding the Volume + and - for 3 seconds. You can step between JLAB Signature, Balanced and Bass Boost and they make all the difference. Depending on the ANC mode used, High/Low/Off or Be Aware, the three different EQ modes also sound different. Now the sound is more of what I was looking for.

    The Active Noise Canceling on it’s own is pretty decent. Without any music playing you can still have a conversation, but any constant sound like fans blowing, motors running are drowned out to a minimal hum. Put in some audio, connected by BlueTooth or included 3.5mm USB-C, with the noise canceling and the world around you is gone. I took these to a pretty good extreme and used them while mowing grass for a couple hours and it made the time blow by while still hearing my music. Of course, this also depends on the specific noise canceling setting, changed by pressing the button on the right ear cup. If you put the ANC into Be Aware Mode, it is doing the opposite of canceling and creating this really strange amplified playback of sounds around you. This is something you may want if using them while out on a trail and need to hear when a bell or horn is used to alert you. It’s really strange when you can hear yourself singing over a song.

    I really like the design of the ear cups as they are actually ear shaped. It makes their size a little smaller than the typical over-ear headphone while still not pressing on the ear and makes it really obvious which side is which. The headband is padded and easily adjusted. The earcups are only held by a little bit of tension and occasionally needed adjustment after extended wear and movement. All of the controls are on the right side and simplified into 4 buttons that have multiple functions whether pressed, held or double tapped. This included volume control of the connected device and answer/rejecting calls which also sounded pretty clear. The headset also collapses to fit into the included bag for protection during transport.

    Overall, I am still a fan of JLab's quality for the price point. These are now my go-to headphones for zoning out the world around me.

    Jun 06, 2021 18:45
  • Review by WyldeBlue, 6 out of 10
    5-star comfort, 4-star ANC, 3-star sound quality

    We're actually big fans of JLab...we've had, or still have, their Studio Wireless on-ears, JBUD Air True Wireless Earbuds, JBUD Air ANC Wireless Earbuds, and a few of their kid-friendly headsets lying around for workouts, casual listening, and travel. All have proven to be surprisingly good performers, especially for the price. That's why it was with even greater surprise that we ended up so disappointed with the the Studio Pro ANC...arguably positioned as one of JLab's top-tier offerings based on price-point alone. But whether these will end up disappointing you, or end up being the right fit, will ultimately depend on just what you're after from a value-oriented set of ANC headphones.

    POSITIVES:

    It's certainly not all bad--JLab is usually a pretty safe bet as a value leader in headphones and earbuds and these are, in many ways, no exception. The headphones collapse into a more travel-friendly size thanks to a hinge joint above each earcup--this allows them to slip neatly into the provided neoprene drawstring bag along with the included USB-A to USB-C charging cable and the USB-C to 3.5mm aux cable. The bag won't provide any impact protection, but it's a nice pack-in to help keep everything together. Battery life is simply outstanding--I went more than 4 days of regular use WITH ANC running before needing my first recharge.

    The Studio Pros are absurdly light, clocking in at just over 220 grams, with ultra-generous padding on the headband and earcups that make for an almost dreamy fit. The pleather covering is actually some of the softest, most supple synthetic leather material I've ever felt on a headphone--time will tell how well it holds up before flaking or cracking; but to the touch, it's almost decadently soft and stupid-comfortable. Although side-to-side pivot is minimal, the vertical pivot and vertical adjustments are very generous and the clamping force--something that has caused me to abandon some top-of-the-line headphones costing in excess of $1-2K--is thankfully quite low. The earcups are "ear-shaped" as opposed to being round or ovals--this helps with over-ear comfort to a degree; but in truth, they're probably only large enough to fully enclose the ears of a child or someone with VERY small features. On my ears, I was able to tuck most of my earlobe inside the rear of the earcup while the remainder of the earpads kind of dribbled over the edges of the upper and lower portions of my ear--but again, because the padding is so generous and so soft, and the clamping force was so low, I never developed any discomfort or hotspots during extended listening. If you're looking for something that you could easily wear for hours on end without fatigue (like for silencing a noisy office throughout the day), look no further.

    Operation is reasonably simple with only 4 main controls to contend with: the volume rocker, a round power button, and a large JLab icon button on the right earcup...KUDOS to JLab for making each control distinct and uniquely shaped so you will NEVER mistake one control for another while fumbling around blind. In another gift of fine usability for those who appreciate it, JLab included many plain-English spoken audio prompts to indicate headphone status or function, i.e. Hello, You are connected, Battery full, Be aware, etc. Similar to many BT headsets on the market, function and playback controls were a combination of quick button presses and holds; but by-and-large, most of the controls feel a bit more intuitive than some of the odd-ball control schemes I've seen on other headsets. Volume up--just tap the top of the volume rocker...advance to the next track--hold that same button down for a few seconds. The power button serves multiple duties depending on press or hold, and whether there's an incoming call, but it's not that complex at all--the button will toggle play/pause, pickup/reject calls, or activate a digital assistant like Siri or Google.

    Active noise cancelling can be invoked for both BT and AUX connections through a press of the big JLab button on the right earcup. The Studio Pro features a pass-thru mode so you can hear the world around you, High and Low ANC levels, and ANC off. ANC performance, especially in HIGH, was surprisingly good as it effectively attenuated the sounds of office fans, A/C blowers, the hum of a nearby tower PC, and conversations in the next room nearly as well as my Bose QC 35s. Do note that if you're one of those individuals who are sensitive to the sound pressure that is generated by some headphone's ANC solutions, you might notice it here as well. Otherwise, we were pleased with how well the ANC solution worked in practice at reducing background noise.

    NEGATIVES:

    Overall, our complaints about the JLab Studio Pros really came down to sound quality as there wasn't much else we honestly DIDN'T like. Frankly, the sound quality in every sound mode was merely serviceable; bass was thin and treble felt a bit "strained"...not screechy--just not very articulate or detailed. I don't think it was a matter of having a poor seal (which can definitely impact sound quality in over-ear designs)--the headphones just didn't sound very full-bodied or dynamic. And regardless of EQ setting, bass simply disappeared in the lower registers making things like kick drums just fade into the mid-bass rather than standing on their own with any kind of authority or "weight." Granted, we didn't expect audiophile quality from a value-oriented set of cans like these, but the audio performance of their other headsets to date have been SO good that I guess we were still expecting a bit more from JLab's top-priced offering. And unlike our experience with JLab's ANC earbuds, the ANC solution in the Studio Pros DID, unfortunately, have a minor, but still noticeable, impact on sound quality while in operation.

    The results of our auditions were exceedingly surprising as we've always liked JLab's "Signature" sound mode (essentially a U or V-shaped EQ setting) on all of our other JLab headsets and earbuds. Sadly, "Bass Boost" made even more of a mess of things, not because it really helped bass all that much (frankly, it didn't), but because it cut the treble even further making the entire presentation even more dull and "veiled" sounding, but with some extra bloat in the mid-bass that just sounded muddy and unnatural. Speaking of the EQ settings, the Studio Pro offers three: JLab Signature, flat/balanced, and bass boost; however, the pack-in manual did not indicate how to access or change the EQ settings. Once we went online to pull down another JLab manual, we found that you need to press both the volume Up and Down buttons simultaneously. This turned out to be slightly troublesome only because the volume rocker is big enough that you can't really touch the top and bottom (where the Up/Down buttons are located) with one finger--but once you do find a setting you like, it's likely a set-it-and-forget-it affair anyway. Still, this is an odd misfire for JLab who are usually buttoned up much tighter in their control schemes--maybe a separate button positioned at the JLab icon on the left earcup would have been easier?

    The only other minor quip is that of the AUX input--it requires the use of JLab's included, though somewhat uncommon, passive USB-C to 3.5mm *male* adapter cable (not like a typical phone dongle with a USB-to-3.5mm female port). Hey, I'm all for getting more USB-C out in the wild as it's far more secure and durable than a micro-USB connector, and with so many things going Bluetooth these days, maybe you'll NEVER even care about that 3.5mm port in your car or laptop or older portable music player. But the simple fact is that a passive USB-C to 3.5mm male plug simply isn't a common cable configuration, certainly not as common as say, a simple 3.5mm male to 3.5mm male adapter/extension cable that is included with so many other BT-capable devices--so the likelihood of having another one lying around if you misplace JLab's blue pack-in is probably pretty low. Again, this might not be an issue for you at all, but it seems like adding a female 3.5mm port to the headset would have been a more practical solution for AUX duties.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    There's no denying that the Studio Pro ANC is a VERY competitively priced ANC headset with some VERY competitive ANC performance. If all you need is something to drown out the world around you, or maybe you listen primarily to spoken-word selections or podcasts and you're really not all that concerned about musicality and sound quality, this might actually be an ideal headset for you. And don't get me wrong, it's not like the sound quality was horrible--it just wasn't anything at all special; and for me, I was looking for something a bit more than "passable in a pinch." If that's what you expect from a "value-priced" set of ANC headphones, at least these won't break the bank--as for us, we'll give these to our kid to let her use in the car, but for anything we really CARE about listening to, we'll keep looking for another headset.

    Jun 10, 2021 17:17
  • Review by Bren, 8 out of 10
    Excellent noise canceling, mediocre audio

    I have been really impressed by these headphones, and so has my wife—who uses them the most now and claims that they are hers my right of conquest. Oh well, she can have them if she enjoys them so much! Anyway, onto the review.

    For the price, these are the best Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) over-the-ear headphones I have tried so far. They have two levels of ANC, a high and a low, a “be aware setting” that uses the built-in mics to enhance your awareness of what is around you, and a mode where any electronic noise filtering is turned off and you are just utilizing the normal isolation of the earcups for your listening experience. The high level of ANC, is comparative to my Airpod Pros. While this is not saying a lot considering Airpod Pros do not necessarily have the most incredible ANC, the difference is that these JLab Studio Pros have a reported 43 HOURS of ANC listening time at medium volume, which is far more than the 3-1/2 to 4 hours ANC time I get on my Airpod Pros. For the price of these headphones and the quality of the ANC, I think that I would want to equip my whole family with these on a long flight. Not to mention, it includes a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack that can allow you to plug into the airline’s audio jacks for movies and such.

    The quality of the audio is middling. There are three EQ settings built in. A balanced, bass boost, and Jlab signature setting. Much to my irritation, the instructions included with these headphones did not tell you how to change between these settings: you need to press the up and down volume buttons at the same time to change between the EQ modes. Of these three, I like the Jlab signature mode the best. These headphones are lacking in bass and treble clarity in general, but that really isn’t a deal-breaker if you are looking into quality ANC headphones at a decent price.

    Overall, these get a solid recommend from me. I think they would be popular for individuals who travel a lot, like traveling executives and don’t want to risk expensive headphone varieties getting broken or stollen. If you are more active or think these might get wet, JLab makes a variation intended for sports and active users. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy these!

    Jun 04, 2021 23:19
  • Review by JKinSYR, 10 out of 10
    Pretty good set of over the ear headphones

    These are comfortable, a good value, and sound good. My JLab Studio Pro ANC Over the Ear Headphones have been really comfortable for extended periods of time. The cushioning on the ear cups sits on my ear well and same with the cushioning above on the headband. The buttons are easy to access and perform well with a click feedback. The price for these is a good value compared to flashier brands with similar ANC technology. Overall the sound is a good balanced sound quality that should make most users happy.

    Included in the package is the foldable headphones, travel bag, USB Type-C charging cable, 3.5mm AUX IN cable, and the user manual. Everything you need to get up and running right out of the box. Pairing these up to my iPhone XR was fast and easy to do. Once you get the headphones up and running there are a nice set of feature rich options to select from. Volume up and volume down, track forward and track backward, power on/off, play/pause/answer and end calls, reject a call, activate smart assistant (Siri or OK Google). And also included with the right ear cup JLab logo is the ANC toggle button which allows you to cycle through the various options such as ANC off, ANC low, ANC high, and Be Aware.

    The headphones offer a nice blockage to the outside sound, but it's not perfect. I like the way I can get some noise cancellation from outside distractions and focus on my task at hand. The style is also nice with a tear drop style look, but it still fits well on the ear. The simple black color is classic and perfectly fine with me as I don't need color and flash to get my headphones noticed as a status symbol. You can get 45+ hours of playtime according to JLab. I have used these each day of my work week and they didn't need a charge, so I'm happy about that. The headphones offer a set of 3 custom sound choices such as Bass Boost, Balanced, JLab Signature. The included instruction manual fails to show how that works, but if you go to the online instruction manual you can find those details.

    PROS:

    Value

    Comfort

    Sound

    CONS:

    Buttons can seem clunky

    Jun 07, 2021 16:08
  • Review by TECHBEENGOOD, 10 out of 10
    JLAB has a question for us …..

    I’m pretty sure JLAB is asking why we would pay more for headphones when they can offer a solution that comes pretty close to what the competition is offering, at a lower price. And, that is a pretty fair question because the JLAB ANC Studio Pro Wireless Over Ear Headphones deliver everything they have promised. Whether it’s the sound, the comfort or the extended operating time, these are headphones that challenge the notion of “you get what you pay for.” There is NO need to apologize for the price ‘cause I can’t find any place JLAB has made a sacrifice.

    SETUP: Charge them with the included cable. You’ll need your own USB charger. These JLABs come in a bright blue package that includes a nice black carry bag, the USB charging cable, a direct connection headphone jack and the over-the-ear headphones. No one will confuse your cables for theirs; these are as blue as the package. You’re ready for some music. A very long listening session.

    The controls are very easy to find on the right ear cup, and there is sufficient finger feel so I could find the volume, ANC, and easily manage PHONE CALLS. Phone calls, by the way, were crisp and the other party had no difficulty hearing me.

    PERFORMANCE: Way way above their price. I sat for a few hours trying these out on my favs playlist. I listen to all types of music. I had an extended session with John Legend, Emmylou Harris, Billie Eilish, CS&N, Sugar Ray, Amy Winehouse, Majid Jordan, the Weeknd, Foo Fighters, J. Cole, Cardi B, Beirut and others to soak up a range of voices, instruments and beats. I’m not a heavy bass head, but the JLABS had no problem delivering anything at I wanted to hear at any volume I tested. The sound was very natural. There was zero sibilance where you’d expect to hear it, on female voices. There is no unnatural heavyness on male voices.

    The comfort was exceptional. I didn’t reach up to adjust the headphones for the longest time. They just don’t attract attention to themselves from a comfort perspective. This sitting-on-the-ear design seems to imply I’m sure to miss sound quality, or they’ll be fussy to get properly located, but nothing could be further from my reality. I’m not going to suggest you might bike or run or exercise with these, but normal activities are not awkward, at all. I would comment on battery stamina, but I got bored waiting for them to exhaust themselves.

    I did find the ANC modestly effective. Whereas the best noise cancellation systems can suck out external sound so completely it’s distracting, the JLABS are more subtle. But, they do reduce background droning of engines and voices, and that’s what I want most.

    SUMMARY: I’m going to forget how much these cost and simply enjoy them. I don’t know what special sauce JLAB has applied to these JLAB ANC Studio Pro Wireless Over Ear Headphones, but it’s working just fine. I like light-weight headphones, the most natural sounds without coloration or undue emphasis, and the added noise reduction of premium headphones. I guess that makes these a premium headphone for many of us. Like’em a lot.

    May 14, 2021 17:47
  • Review by Indiaj0nes, 10 out of 10
    Good ANC on a Budget

    Summary

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    Surprisingly good ANC at this price. This is an over ear headphones which also helps with passive noise cancellation. The Headphones has good amount of controls on the headphones without having to use an app and I think that is a great feature.

    What's in the box

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    Studio Pro ANC Wireless Headphones, USB Type-C Charging Cable, 3.5mm AUX-IN Cable, Travel Bag, JLab Two Year Warranty.

    Pros

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    1. Good Build Quality and ANC at a great value

    2. USB Type C charging

    3. Surprisingly good ANC

    4. Good Mic for voice calls

    5. Supports Bluetooth 5

    6. 2 year warranty

    Cons

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    1. Does not have a 3.5mm port, instead it uses a Type C to 3.5mm converter

    Design and Build

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    The headphone looks to be very well built. The cups on the earpads are very nice and soft and fits very well on the ears. The Plastics used are of good quality and I think it will stand a few beatings.

    The Headband has good flex and will fit big head like mine without any creaks.

    Usage

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    Bluetooth pairing is very quick by pressing the button on the side for 8 seconds and using your phone connecting to the Jlabs headphones. Once connected, subsequent connections are very quick, I was very impressed with the reliable connections.

    The headphones has volume up/down as well as track skip/back button (Long press volume button). The headphones also support Siri and google voice integration which is a big plus.

    The headphones have a good balanced sound without overpowering bass or highs. The highs are crisp and the bass is very balanced. I loved the clarity of the headphones.

    The ANC worked pretty well nullifying my tower fan. I still did not have a chance to take it on a flight but for a budget ANC headphones, I think this works pretty well.

    The headphones have a rated 45 Hours battery life and I think the real time usage is very close to this number.

    Many headphones costing much higher have a lower rating on the battery life.

    The range is about 30 ft and which is plentiful. I liked the fact that they decided to include the Type-C port in this so that you don’t have to carry a micro-usb charging cable.

    I think overall for the price, this is an excellent value, quality headphones.

    Jun 13, 2021 23:29
  • Review by Goncho, 10 out of 10
    Versatile noise cancellation

    I own a few in-ear and on-ear headphones, and I decided to try over-ear headphones mainly to enjoy listening to my music. The JLabs Studio Pro ANC over-ear headphones were a perfect choice. After a few hours of use, overall it felt like a 4-star device, but after using it for several days, given its features and performance, I’d rate it closer to 5-stars. They are comfortable enough to be used for a couple of hours, with noticeably clear sound coming out of it, making the experience of listening to my favorites tunes enjoyable. The noise cancelling options are great, and given that it covers most of my ears, under “noise cancelling high” mode, the sound is fantastic.

    + Pros: four noise cancelling modes, good range, crisp and clear sound overall, no mic extension visible.

    - Cons: gets warm fast.

    >> Contents <<

    The box comes with:

    .- The headphones (of course)

    .- Cloth pouch for holding the device

    .- USB-C to USB-A cable for charging

    .- USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter.

    I’d have prefer something more like a hard case for it instead of the cloth pouch. A nice detail worth highlighting is that it comes with a USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter, in case you need to connect to it an old device or prefer wired connection (wired connection to make sure you are connecting to the right headphones :-) ).

    >> Construction <<

    I initially didn’t feel like the construction was solid enough, and I disliked the wired style of the side of the headphones, but after having the JLabs Studio Pro over-ear pair take a beating for several days, I think they are sturdy enough. The wired adapters holding the actual headphones make it easy to fold and move the headphones, although visually they are an eye sore.

    >> Comfort <<

    I have yet to find a device that doesn’t make my earlobes or sides of my head feel uncomfortable. I can use this device with no issues for the first hour or so, but then my ears and side of my head start feeling the effects of the pressure. In addition, it gets very warm, and note that I am a person that prefers warm weather and should feel fine with it, but after a long period of use I end up with the area on my head just under the headphones sweaty. So, if you are one of those people that sweat easily then perhaps an over-ear headphone is not the best choice if you plan on using them for a long period of time.

    >> Noise cancelling modes <<

    This is the main reason why I am giving this a 5 star as opposed to 4 star, this device has 4 noise cancellation modes:

    .- Noise cancelling high: almost all ambient sounds gone and no background noise.

    .- Noise cancelling low: a little more of ambient sound is left in.

    .- Noise cancelling off: more ambient sound than the previous mode, and it feels like there is some white background noise that gets a little annoying if the music or lecture you are listening has some gaps.

    .- Be Aware: you can hear the surrounding sounds, so the “be aware” label to this mode.

    I prefer listening to my favorite tunes with “Noise cancelling high”; however, if I need to hear my surroundings, I can set the device the “be aware” mode. Very versatile in this aspect.

    Jun 06, 2021 20:26
  • Review by GeekGirl10, 10 out of 10
    Easy Security Solution

    This was so easy to set up, and the quality is much better than my older, cheaper cameras. It's held in its base by a strong magnet instead of a hinge, so it's easy to adjust to get the perfect viewing angle.

    The camera has a great picture and a wide-angle lens to cover more area, and the spotlight can be set to stay on or to come on when motion is detected. It calls attention to the camera, hopefully deterring any prowler when they see they are being recorded!

    There is an option for paid cloud services, but the camera comes with an SD card to record motion or triggered sound events, so a subscription isn't necessary to use this camera. Overall, this is a great camera and a great value.

    May 14, 2021 07:25
  • 8.8score
    Bose - QuietComfort Earbuds True Wireless Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones - Triple Black
    Description

    Better sound begins with better silence. That’s why Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are engineered with the world’s most effective noise cancelling and high-fidelity audio. Microphones inside and outside the earphones sense noise and react instantaneously to cancel the signal. Get rid of disruptions so you can turn up the music on your wireless earbuds and amplify whatever you’re most passionate about — from hiking or circuit training to coding or baking. And when you need to be more aware of your surroundings, minimize noise cancelling with a quick double tap, so you can walk down a busy street or listen for your boarding announcement. StayHear™ Max tips provide extra comfort and stability for an even better experience. Rule the Quiet with Bose QuietComfort Earbuds and get an exhilarating experience that’s tough to find in any other Bluetooth earbuds. The Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds are available in Triple Black, Soapstone and limited-edition Sandstone or Stone Blue.

    12 Features
  • Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology.: Powerful microphones in the wireless earbuds monitor environmental sounds and produce the opposite signal, cancelling out unwanted noise. Feel free to pursue your passions uninterrupted with the world’s most effective noise cancelling technology.
  • High-fidelity experience.: Music. Videos. Podcasts. It’s not just what you listen to. It’s who you are. Volume-optimized Active EQ technology boosts highs and lows for consistent balance with bold sound and rich bass no matter how loud or soft you play whatever you’re into.
  • From Quiet to Aware with a double tap.: With a double tap of the left earbud, choose Quiet Mode for full noise cancelling or Aware Mode with ActiveSense™ technology to hear your music and surroundings at the same time, while the sounds around you are brought down to a more comfortable level.
  • Truly wireless earbuds, reliable connectivity.: Think about which song to play next, not your wireless connection. Bluetooth earbuds connect when removed from the case and keep track of the last seven devices you’ve paired. Bluetooth 5.1 gives you a strong connection to your device within 30 feet.
  • Up to 6 hours of battery life.: Listen for up to six hours on a full charge. Out of power? A quick, 15-minute charge will give you up to 2 hours of play time. When you’re done, place the earphones in the case for an additional two full charges. When it’s time, recharge the case via the included USB-C.
  • Simple touch controls.: All it takes is swipes and taps to change the volume, flip between noise cancelling and Aware Mode, and answer calls. When you’re done listening, just pop them out and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds will pause your music automatically.
  • Clear calls. Wherever you take them.: Tiny mics in these in-ear headphones work together to focus on your voice and filter out most of the noise around you. So, your calls always sound clear — whether you’re at home or on the go.
  • Secure & comfortable fit.: Feel great every time you listen to Bose QuietComfort Earbuds thanks to their soft silicone StayHear™ Max tips. They’re designed to provide comfort, stability and passive noise-blocking performance.
  • Get off to a great start with the Bose Music app.: Learn how to access noise cancellation settings, manage Bluetooth connections and more with the guided set-up. The app also keeps your wireless noise cancelling earbuds’ software up to date — unlocking future features.
  • Browse music without touching your phone.: Spotify Tap playback makes it quick and easy to access Spotify. Simply tap and hold the left earbud to get back to your last listening session or a new playlist. Set your shortcut to “Spotify” in the Bose Music app to enable this feature.
  • LEGAL*: Voice assistant services may vary and may not be available in all languages and countries. Bose, Acoustic Noise Cancelling, Bose Music, QC, QuietComfort, QuietComfort Earbuds, StayHear, and ActiveSense are trademarks of Bose Corporation.
  • LEGAL*: Spotify requires a Spotify account. Services may vary by region.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by pillboy, 10 out of 10
    Simply Superb

    Obviously a direct competitor to the iconic, white-colored product, having a personal-listening device with Bose-quality noise cancelling to try out was rather exciting for me. My Bose QC25 wired headphones which were first released back in 2014 have been my personal gold-standard when it comes to noise cancelling performance, so I would love to have this same capability in an earbud form.

    The QuietComfort Earbuds come in a soft-feel charging case which is able to recharge the earbuds WITH the rubber wings attached to them. As someone who cannot wear the white-colored product without aftermarket wings to keep them in my ears, being able to place the QC buds in their case with the wings attached is a huge advantage in my book. While this makes the case larger, it is still pocketable unless you wear really tight pants. The case measures approximately 3.5” x 2” x 1.25”, has an external USB-C port on it, has a very secure latching system, and includes charging lights on the exterior. The case can also be wirelessly charged via a Qi charger (not included). A 12-inch long USB-A to USB-C charging cable is included, but there is no AC charging block (pretty much the norm nowadays).

    I found the QuietComfort Earbuds to fit my ears extremely well and the soft tips and wings are almost identical to those on the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones for those who may already have them. These earbuds come with three sets of different sized tips and wings for different ears, so most people should find a comfortable fit. Each tip and wing is molded together, so there are three pair of differing sizes.

    The sound quality is typical Bose, which sounds very good to me, with crisp highs and punchy bass without being muddy sounding. Speech was extremely clear when listening to podcasts or having phone conversations and the person on the other end could hear me well, but this will obviously vary depending on what hardware they are using on their end. For a lot of people the noise cancelling is the important thing. My usual test is how well they handle noise from a gas lawn mower because I use my QC25s when I mow the grass. I wasn’t expecting these earbuds to have as much noise suppressing capability as over-the-ear headphones, and I was right, they don’t, but it is close. Close enough that I could easily use the QuietComfort Earbuds when mowing and not feel that the listening experience is being compromised much in any way whatsoever. One thing about the noise cancelling function that is new (to me anyway) and different from other noise cancelling headphones I have experienced is that the accompanying app for your mobile device allows you to adjust the amount of noise cancelling in 10 steps, from “none” to “maximum” and you can save three different settings and switch amongst them by double tapping on the left earbud. When you remove one earbud, the programming is paused and the noise cancelling to the other bud is cut.

    Your voice assistant (Siri, for me) is accessible through the buds and another adjustable feature I found really helpful, especially when talking on the phone is the ability to set the loudness of your own voice you hear through the earbuds when you talk, with the option of turning it off completely. People who use hearings aids that can stream music through the aids via Bluetooth will be happy to know that I was able to use these earbuds in my ear at the same time as I had my behind-the-ear hearing aids in. The sound quality for music from hearing aids is atrocious and it is very inconvenient to switch back and forth between hearing aids and earbuds when changing from listening to music and conversing with someone. I found this out completely by accident as I forgot I had my hearing aids in and put in the QC Earbuds and it took me quite awhile to realize I had them both in.

    The accompanying app is called “Bose Music”, not to be confused with “Bose Connect” which I had on my phone for another Bose product. This free app is very easy to use and does a great job in explaining the features and controls. There is a full user guide available on the Bose web site and through the app - the product comes only with a quick start guide and a thick book of warnings and precautions in a multitude of languages. Having struggled with product set-up in apps of other manufacturers, I found the Bose app a real pleasure to use.

    The first time I used the QC Earbuds I was a little disappointed in the amount of volume, but after fiddling with them, I found that fit in the ear is very important to their performance, both blocking outside noises and volume. While you have to twist the buds to get them seated properly in your ear, it quickly becomes second nature to do so when you insert them and you really don’t think about it once you get used to it.

    The only downside I can find is that I cannot control the volume from the earbuds themselves, I have to use my phone for that function. Controlling other functions on the earbuds is simple and quickly learned in no time. There are two functions you have to choose between using the app and that is skipping to the next track OR hearing the remaining battery life - you can’t have both functions, but remaining battery life is not that important for me. There is no “Back” function, so you will have to use your phone for that command. When the earbuds get low on power, a quick 15 minutes in the case will get you another two hours of listening time. Full charging takes 2 hours. When the case is fully charged, it will replenish the earbud batteries two times before needing to be charged again. Along with 6 hours of listening time from fully charged buds, all-day use while out and about is easily attained.

    I used to love my white-colored, wireless earbuds, and I still do, but I love the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds even more and i think anyone that likes the Bose sound signature will feel the same way about this product. Start saving your coin as you will want a set of these as soon as you can get them.

    Sep 28, 2020 16:28
  • Review by gtdad, 10 out of 10
    Shockingly Good Noise Cancellation!

    I have several high quality headphones, both over the ear and earbuds. I have always preferred the over the ear when practical due to their superior noise cancellation. So when I first tried these Bose QC Earbuds, with an air conditioner, a dehumidifier and a fan all going simultaneously, I couldn't help but yell "Wow". It was absolutely shocking how well these earbuds cancelled the noise.

    The first thought I had was who am I going to give my other headphones to?

    And the noise cancellation is just one of the many good qualities of these earbuds. The sound is amazingly clear while providing good bass and a nice balance throughout the frequencies. Whether listening to music or voice, it was a pleasurable experience. Also, phone calls were as clear as any headphones I have ever used. And you can control how loud you hear your own voice during the conversation.

    As the name implies, these were not just designed to be quiet, but also comfortable. And to be honest the first time I tried them on I didn't think that they were as comfortable as I had hoped. They come with 3 different sizes of the rubber ear pieces which keep the earbuds securely in your ears. I tried on all 3 sizes, but eventually went back to the medium which is what came installed from the factory. Now I don't now if the rubber piece just softens up after use or if I just got used to it, but by day 3 they were so comfortable that I would have totally forgotten that I had them on if not for the amazing silence that they created.

    So Bose has succeeded in both Quiet and Comfort.

    The earbuds come in a case which will recharge the earbuds. There are led indicators on the case to let you know how much power is left and when it is fully charged. The case can be charged both wirelessly and with a provided USB-C cable. It has a very high quality feel. It locks closed and when you push the button it opens very softly. When placing the earbuds into the case magnets will grab the earbuds and place them perfectly inside. A light will then com on to let you know that they are charging.

    Bose has designed a new app for their latest products and it is very feature rich. These earbuds have so many touch features which allows the user complete control, but there is a learning curve. So I appreciate the detailed explanation of every feature in the app.

    There are simply too many features to mention in this review, but there are 10 levels of noise cancellation and you can create your 3 favorite levels and just tap on the left earbud to cycle through them.

    I also like that the earbuds will tell you the power remaining when you put them on and also by simply tapping the left earbud at any time.

    There is one major disappointment for me. These earbuds will only connect to one device at a time. I have other Bose headphones and have always appreciated that they can connect to 2 devices. To me this was an important feature that I expected to have on this device.

    The only other minor negative is that the earbuds do get warm when charged in the case.

    Overall these are feature rich earbuds with excellent sound and spectacular noise cancellation. They are comfortable and convenient and have relegated all of my other earbuds and headphones to my drawer.

    I highly recommend this product.

    Sep 26, 2020 10:44
  • Review by Rhostam, 10 out of 10
    Awesome BOSE Quality Audio Earbuds.

    Bose - QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds – True Wireless In-Ear Headphones with Bluetooth

    Summary:

    BOSE quality audio ear buds with excellent noise cancellation capability.

    Pros:

    * Sound quality. The sound quality is excellent across the spectrum of frequency. The bass is comfortable and definitely "fills the room." I can easily get into a groove.

    * Excellent fit. I feel like these achieve better sound quality than my former Apple Airpods which always required me maneuvering them deep and tight into my ears. The Bose earbuds just fit - insert and rotate. Done.

    * Noise cancellation is eerie! It works extremely well! While working and I'm typing away on my computer I sometimes do double-takes. I can feel the keys give way under my fingers, but I don't hear the clickity-clack at all (I have the typomatic sounding keyboard). I didn't think I'd appreciate that, but noise cancellation definitely allows for better immersion.

    * Battery life is good. I place my accessories on recharge probably more frequently than I should. I've listened in a single session about 4 hours and I've seen that bring the buds down to 40-60% depending on interruption, volume, noise cancellation setting selected, etc. 6 might indeed be real.

    * Awesome case. I know it looks bulky compared to Apple Airpod case. But its functional, shows clear charging status and capacity, and is Qi inductive charging capable. Mighty fine. I also like that there is a hard clasp to keep case shut. Also, it has a hardwired port for charging - USB C - which is also great.

    * Microphones work well. I can take calls and hold meetings with these earbuds with no problems. They seem to be clearer (for those on the other end) than my Airpods.

    Cons:

    * Size. The size isn't bad, but they feel bulky. Time will tell if it will be a problem. Right now it seems like the removable fittings will keep the earbuds in place securely.

    * Mobile app. The application works well, but I feel the UI awkward or inconsistent. One bug: you can pair units to several devices. I have my computer and my iPhone. The app shows both. But even though it shows a toggle to disconnect from your phone, once you do that it disconnects... duh! So you can't toggle on the other device. So, you have to disconnect from device A first, and then manually connect device B. Not a big deal, but also not sure why the UI pretends to allow you to switch between devices in the first place.

    Use:

    I used these while working (from home), conducting conference calls, and also while playing computer games on-the-down-low.

    I also have a BOSE Soundlink and my car has BOSE audio as well. I feel like the quality of audio from these products surpasses that of other products I own (such as SONOS Ones). I figured why not check out their earbuds. They definitely let me get into the groove and I am excited to found great replacements for my previous earbuds which seemed to have too many problems holding a charge or inconsistently reporting *accurate* charge or maintaining stereo pairing.

    I highly recommend these particularly if you're not locked into a particular vendor's ecosystem.

    Sep 26, 2020 00:53
  • Review by John, 10 out of 10
    Unbelievably Good

    These have got to be the best noise cancellation headphones I’ve ever had. I bought these in comparison to the AirPods Pro which I got for the same price at different times of the year ($199 Sale Price). The AirPods Pro are $249 msrp & Bose Qc are $279 msrp so about the same prices.

    The differences I’ve noticed right from the start, Bose - They have sooooooo much better noise cancellation technology than the AirPods Pro.

    Bose - The fit in the ears is so much more comfortable & secure than the AirPods Pro (You have to choose the right size for for each earbud).

    Bose - Sound quality is not even close. Bose all the way. The AirPods Pro are ok, but when spending $250, “Ok” is not acceptable. The Bose for another $30 are way better.

    The only thing I’ll give Apple is the AirPods Pro case size. The size in comparison to the Bose is definitely noticeable but hey if a little bit bigger of a case means a better listening experience & more then personally I’ll deal with it, plus I mean look at that blue color!!!!

    Overall: If shopping for headphones, go for Bose. You will not be disappointed.

    Oct 17, 2021 23:30
  • Review by David, 10 out of 10
    The Best and Worth the Higher Price

    Prior to trying the Bose QC earbuds I purchased the Samsung buds pro. The buds were good but the Bose QC earbuds are far superior in the ways that matter to me. I'm a professional live sound engineer and have been into audio reproduction products for over 30 years. I say these sound great. The reproduction of the frequecies the human ear can hear is recreated very well by the little earbuds. Some pro audio engineers dont like Bose products because they say Bose cheats on how they make things sound good. I say those people can get over it. After compairing numerous headphones and earbuds, its very simple, these sound good and work well. No headphone device is perfect at stopping ambient sound but these do a great job at minimizing the outside sound. My favorite feature is Activesense. While in aware mode (can hear around you) this feature automatically adjusts the volume level of the sound around you if the ambient noise gets loud. I use this while working so I can hear around me for safety but if I turn on a loud tool then it starts to bring the volume down. Quickly after turning off the tool the ambient volume comes back up allowing me to continue hearing around me. The sound of the ambient sound coming through is also very realistic. Others I've tried sound different than the original, they sounded overly nasle or muffled.

    The only two negatives I have about these is the size and weight. Would be nice to see them make these in a smaller design with less weight. The other negative is the lack of playback controls. Play/pause is available all the time but thats it. You have one programmable option for skip, back ect. The other brands I tried had all available all the time.

    Note, if you get these be sure to use the recommended Bose app and update the firmware if yours need it. The latest firmware adds features they didn't originally come with. Not huge changes but more refined ways of operating some of the features.

    Now for my only big problem I've had with my experience. It has nothing to do with Bose or the performance of the QC earbuds. I purchased these and immediately went on a trip out of the country. 3 days after the Best Buy return/exchange policy ended i had a problem with the right earbud. It developed a sound quality issue. Best Buy would do nothing for me. I know it was out of policy for them to honor an exchange but it would be nice for Best Buy to provide that extra mile customer service. Unfortunately good service is almost non existent everywhere and Best Buy is no exception. This isn't the only problem I had with my earbud purchase in regards to best buy. When purchasing my original earbuds I didn't get what I wanted because the in store sales reps didnt know much about the available products. Better training for the sale staff is also needed. The sales personel should be knowledgable on the products they are responsible for selling. I had many questions about the available products but few were answered with useful information.

    Oct 27, 2021 20:12
  • Review by Pfunk90066, 10 out of 10
    Worth the money!

    I rarely do reviews, maybe 4 or 5 in my life. I own the Beats studio 2.0, the Bose Q25 and Q35 because I like over ear to drown out the noise. These earbuds are pretty amazing. You can store 3 diff NC settings and double tap the left bud to toggle between your three settings. You can double tap the right bud to pause the audio or video. They have 3 different ear size adapters and are very comfortable.

    The smart design case is a battery. Every time you put the buds away, they charge, so it’s eeems like the never die. The case can be put on my anker charging pad and it charges the case and the buds. I could not be happier and I am a real review.

    Jun 11, 2021 16:09
  • Review by GamerDad, 10 out of 10
    My new favorite buds

    Before I even removed the earbuds case from its retail box, the quality was apparent. With the texture/finish of the box exterior and the padded interior of the upper box lid, I was impressed before they were even powered on.

    Connection to my phone was effortless. Open the Earbuds case, go to the Bluetooth menu of your phone and select “pair.” Done.

    This is my third pair of true wireless earbuds, and I can say without hesitation that these are the best sounding earbuds I have ever used. I’m listening to music I have known all my life (I’m 53) and hearing things for the first time. There’s multiple times over the past few days I’ve asked myself, “That’s always been there?” They sound terrific with any genre of music I have thrown at it. Rock, rap, R&B, pop. Heavy metal to classical. Even audiobooks sound great. For me, the most impressive quality of the sound is how clean the lows are. I’ve bounced back and forth between my previous-favorite earbuds and these Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, and in every instance, the Bose have a more pleasing, full, accurate sound. These earbuds are also capable of being the loudest set I own, but the sound is so clear that they don’t need to be. I don’t know how Bose did it, but even at low volume everything is crystal clear. I can’t say that about any other earbuds I own, wired or wireless. At any volume, it’s really shocking how much more detail and clarity these deliver. Everything sounds … right.

    If your TV supports it, I highly recommend pairing them with your television. I can enjoy my late-night action flick or video game and not keep the rest of the house up, and the dog doesn’t freak out with explosions and gunshots.

    I find myself wanting to use a lot of superlatives in this review, but they’re warranted. I have worn/used these earbuds for hours at a time, and while I won’t forget they’re there, they are easily the most comfortable earbuds I’ve used. My other sets have an in-ear design using what I consider to be the “normal” round, soft tips that seal tightly inside the ear canal, and they sound good and stay put, but they can get irritating after a short time using them. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds have a soft (so soft!) silicone “nozzle” design that seals comfortably against the ear canal (as opposed to in it). The result is excellent isolation from outside sounds and wonderfully clear audio. If I had any complaint, it would be that the proper fit against the ear can initially be a little tricky to achieve. With practice, it’s now almost second nature.

    The noise cancelling is so appreciated. These don’t drown out the outside world, as has been my experience with other products. While I’m in the office trying to get some work done, I can put the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds on, and the world just goes away. There are 10 selectable levels of noise cancellation. With it set to 0, I can listen to music and still carry on a conversation with someone or hear what is going on around me. I can see this being a necessity, for example, if I’m out for a walk. I wouldn’t want to step off the curb in front of a car or get caught by surprise as someone approaches from behind on a bicycle. As I increase the noise cancellation setting (using either the touch controls of the earbuds or the Bose Music app), the world around me gradually fades to quiet. I’m using them right now without music, windows open, and the sound of my neighbor cutting the grass is all but inaudible. This is awesome!

    Paired with my phone, I can use the intuitive touch controls to start and stop my music, advance the track, access the phone digital assistant, initiate calls, end calls, and also decline an incoming call. You can also customize some of the functionality from within the Bose Music app. It’s easy to use and very versatile.

    In phone calls, sound quality is exceptional. I can more clearly hear the person on the other end of the call, and my wife tells me there’s less background noise when I talk to her while wearing these.

    I almost forgot the case. It’s how you charge your earbuds. It has five LEDs on the front that show you remaining charge and also charge progress if you’re plugged in via the USB C connection. The documentation says that it supports Qi charging mats, so if that’s your preferred charging method, Bose has you covered. I drop my earbuds in there while I’m not using them, and they’re always ready to go. And it’s still going strong off its initial charge!

    In summary, I love these earbuds. At any volume they sound amazing. The materials and finishes used exude premium quality. I would recommend them, without hesitation, to anyone looking for all-day comfort matched with incredible sound.

    Sep 26, 2020 16:52
  • Review by RGreen, 10 out of 10
    A1 EARBUDS

    These things blew me away I thought I was at a concert.you hear the voice of the singer so clearly and the background is secondary.i couldn't hear nothing with the noise canceling turned to the max I will use these when I travel to block out noise.over all a MAJOR GO!

    Jan 31, 2021 19:50
  • 8.8score
    Soundcore - by Anker Liberty 3 Pro True Wireless Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones - Black
    Description

    Liberty 3 Pro are the perfect blend of high quality sound and noise cancellation. With our exclusive ACAA 2.0 technology, you’ll hear deep lows, crystal-clear highs, and very present mids. HearID ANC analyzes your ears and provides noise cancellation based on your environment. A triple-point ergonomic shape means you can wear these buds all day, comfortably. With the case, you get up to 32 hours of playtime (8 hours from the earbuds themselves) so you’ll have long-lasting listening sessions.

    13 Features
  • ACAA 2.0 - Astria Coaxial Acoustic Architecture: Our exclusive coaxial dual driver technology delivers high and low frequency sound directly to your ear without interference. Its wide soundstage is detailed and spacious, bass has a deep punch, mids are luscious, and treble sparkles.
  • Personalized Noise Cancelling: Standard noise cancelling only adjust noise based on data. Hear ID ANC analyzes your ears and level of in-ear pressure to create a tailored profile that optimizes noise reduction and reduces external sound to suit your ears.
  • Fusion Comfort Fit with Air Pressure Relief: Liberty 3 Pro's earbuds have a triple-point ergonomic shape and built-in ear pressure relief for all-day comfort. 4 sizes of liquid silicone eartips and flexible ear wings ensure you get a strong seal and secure grip.
  • Up to 32 Hours of Playtime: Enjoy up to 8 Hours of music from a single charge, plus get 3 full charges from the compact charging case to extend the playtime even further. Recharge the case via USB-C cable or wireless charger.
  • LDAC Technology: Liberty 3 Pro supports LDAC Technology for a Hi-Res Audio Wireless certified listening experience. 3x more data is transferred from your device to the earbuds to preserve every little detail in the song.
  • HearID Sound: HearID Sound analyzes the way in which you hear music in order to create a personalized sound profile that's tailored precisely to your ears. It can also be applied to all your favorite EQ settings for more customization.
  • 3D Surround Sound: Put yourself at the center of expansive three-dimensional surround sound for out of this world immersion in movies, games, and more. Our 3D sound algorithm processes audio data in real-time to enlarge the sound field and optimize the space between different audio elements.
  • Multi-Mode Transparency Mode: Using the Soundcore app, select Fully Transparent to let in all ambient noises around you. Vocal mode reduces low frequency noise and amplifies voices, while Ehanced Vocal Mode increases the volume of voices further away.
  • Multipoint Connectivity: Pair simultaneously up to two devices and store up to 7 devices within the Soundcore app to change between multiple audio sources.
  • Fully Customizable Audio & Touch Controls: Using the Soundcore app, take full control of your audio experience. Choose between multiple EQ options, customize your own EQ, and adjust all your touch controls - single tap, double tap, triple tap, and long press.
  • Light Weight Design: The Liberty 3 Pro's new design is 30% smaller than prior gen, resulting in a much lighter earbud, only 5.9 grams per earbud.
  • Sweat & Water Resistant: IPX4 rating certifies protection from exposure to sweat & water.
  • Crystal Clear Calls: Liberty 3 Pro is equipped with a total of 6 noise cancelling microphones to help eliminate background noises and focus on your voice, delivering a face-to-face call experience.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by BListens, 10 out of 10
    Great Sound!!!

    The best sounding earbuds I’ve ever had!!! I’ve had AirPods, AirPod pros, Sony and a few others. When I put these in, my head starts to bob. The base is beautiful but not deafening. You hear the highs and mids as well. I adjusted the EQ through the app one time so I really haven’t played with a lot of the functionality of them but I have my phone and my Apple Watch so, shoulders hunched, I’m good! Noise canceling is amazing. And mind you, I do a lot league bowling and I can barely hear a thing in a full house!!! Put them in your ear and turn them counter clockwise and listen to the BEAT! Very comfortable as well. One day I’ll get to the functionality of them. Great product!

    Nov 04, 2021 11:12
  • Review by Glen, 10 out of 10
    Wow, Amazing Sound

    Wow, i needed a new set of earbuds, after my otger gave out. I Dont regret getting these Soundcore liberty 3 pro, i love them. They soubd great out of tge box , but go though the app. And tweak them. I really love these

    Nov 03, 2021 22:10
  • Review by HJjj, 10 out of 10
    Ultimate

    Hard to out perform the pro2, but they have the noise cancelling and comfort zone.. you will love these buds!

    Oct 22, 2021 17:01
  • Review by Jason, 10 out of 10
    Best Buds Available

    Let me start by saying that I am not a profession audiophile, however, I have owned and tested nearly every true wireless premium earbud over the last several years.

    This is by far the best overall pair of buds period. Now that does not mean they are perfect or are the best at every feature. Below I will break down my take on these great buds.

    PROS:

    Let me start with sound. Personally this is the most important feature. These buds absolutely blew me away with their sound. I do prefer bass heavy headphones and these far exceeded my expectation in this are. Now for those who do not share my preference there is great news. These can be customized (extremely easily) to suit your sound profile. Customization is insanely broad but also amazingly easy to do. The sound is clear, broad and simply fantastic. I have not heard any other buds even come close to the sound these put out.

    These buds have a ton of features from ANC to unique sound profiles determined by an easy sound test inside the app. They will pause when you remove one or both earbuds. You can use each earbud fully independently (meaning you can put one in your ear while you charge the other). Transparency mode. 3D sound. Multipoint pairing (pair with two devices to seamlessly switch between them). Now ANC is not quite as good as Sony but very close. Transparency mode is not as good as Apples but gets the job done. While they might not lead in every category here they are very nearly the equal to their MUCH more expensive competitors. Up to 8 hours battery life with a 15 min fast charge giving 3 hours of play time. The case is USB-C and Wireless charging and can charge the buds up to 3 times without needing to charge the case (that is up to 32 hours of use without any charging).

    CONS:

    I have two cons to talk about. First is a feature I have only found in Samsung buds. When you are paired to say your phone and jump on your computer and click connect the Samsung buds will automatically switch to the new device. This works for everything even my LG TV. On all other buds you have to manually disconnect from the device you are using OR force the buds into pairing mode. I don't know why nobody else puts this into their products but I have to give a huge shout out to Samsung as I find this to be a massive quality of life feature as I am always switching my buds to new devices.

    The other con is they don't have AptX or a low latency option. This is only going to affect serious gamers that need no latency while gaming. When used to watch streaming services there is no or extremely little lag in the sound so this is not a problem for watching YouTube, Netflix or any of the other streaming services.

    Bottom line: These are far less expensive than other premium brands yet they outperform the competition in nearly all categories and it is not even close in the sound department. These buds pack nearly every feature out there into an amazing product that is well below the cost of the competition.

    Oct 20, 2021 12:15
  • Review by Pester, 10 out of 10
    Perfect Harmony

    This is the best so far. I have purchased a decent amount of headphones and earbuds such as Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser just to name a few. My family knew that I have an addiction to musical gadgets for years. I bought and returned some to BestBuy ( thanks to their 15 days satisfaction guarantee) this year alone I have spend a few hundred dollars to acquire the latest earbuds from Jabra and Sony. I also purchased the Soundcore Liberty 2 just a few days ago. I was under the impression that it will be a while before I purchase another since the Liberty 2 met and exceeded my cravings for sound and music excellence. Then this model (Liberty 3 ) came along and this changed my listening perspective.

    Yesterday I brought out all my earbud collection and compared the sound of each to Liberty 3 pro and concluded that not even the best from Sony, Bose, Sennheisers, and Jabra was able to match the sound clarity of this earbud. So now I have to send my collection to EBay and hopefully get a decent return for my previous purchases.

    Thanks Soundcore.

    Oct 19, 2021 12:15
  • Review by JustinS, 10 out of 10
    Are they all YouTube hype?

    Purchased these after seeing all the hype for them on YouTube. Other online sources had mixed reviews. As someone who’s daily is the Sony xm4’s, I was really curious, as these seemed to be pinned against them.

    Comfort is there. They seem bulky, but you barely feel them there. 4 different tip sizes and 4 different wing tips to choose from. Find your fit and the sound will also improve with comfort.

    ANC is pretty much as good as you can get on buds.

    The sound out of the box is pretty amazing. In app customization for anc, transparency, and eq settings really let’s you dial everything in to find the perfect pair of buds. The hype is real. Don’t spend more

    Also, call quality is important to me, and for buds these also nail it for the most part

    Oct 19, 2021 13:05
  • Review by Alvelez, 8 out of 10
    Great buy for the price

    These are a very stylish set of earbuds, very comfortable and they have plenty of options with wing tips and ear tips to find that perfect seal. The case is very compact as well and can easily be carried around in a pocket. The presentation on the unboxing is very impressive as well, soundcore definitely makes you feel like these are premium set of ear buds. The sound is great but what makes these ear buds special is the soundcore app. Ive never seen such a customizable app! The customizable freedom for the sound and control buttons are the best feature on these buds. Anc is good but ill have to say the transparent mode which is suppose to let outside sound into the ear bud is the weakest feature and could use more work. So far these have been a joy to use!

    Oct 15, 2021 22:40
  • Review by DITGUY, 10 out of 10
    Amazing!

    Soundcore did it again. Just when I think they can’t get any better, they prove me wrong!

    The liberty 3 pros are by far the best truly wireless earbuds you can buy. I’ve personally tried, boss, air pod pros, Sony, other Soundcore earbuds, beats studio buds, jlab, etc…

    The hear ID anc is great, coupled with the plethora of earbud tips and wings to get the perfect fit, there is no way these will fall out of your ears.

    Packaging is superior, and comes with a nice usb c cable if you don’t want to charge them wirelessly.

    Oct 17, 2021 15:29
  • 8.8score
    26
    LG
    LG - TONE Free True Wireless Active Noise Cancellation Headphones with Plug and Wireless - Black
    Description

    Free your travel with the LG TONE Free FP9. Connect to in-flight entertainment systems even without Bluetooth capabilities. Get peace of mind with a UVnano charging case that kills 99% of bacteria on the speaker mesh* and medical grade ear gels. Plus, get better clarity for calls on the go. Disclaimers: UVnano is a compound word derived from the words UV and its unit nanometer. Independent testing shows the UVnano charging case kills 99.9% of bacteria on the speaker mesh of the earbuds in five minutes while charging. The UV LED function works only when the charging case is connected to the power cable. This device or any of its parts is not intended or implied to prevent or treat any health conditions; it is not a medical device, nor for use as or to replace a medical device. The base material in silicone ear gel meets ISO 10993 and USP Class VI requirements.

    11 Features
  • Plug and Wireless: Plug into wireless freedom. Plug the charging case into mobile devices, computers, treadmills, and even airplane seats and enjoy every device wirelessly
  • Active Noise Cancellation: More Immersion than ever, less noise than before. How LG specialized ANC works; built-in high performance upper microphone detects external noise, inner microphone cancels out unwanted noise.
  • UVnano Charging Case: Unique UVnano charging cradle kills 99.9% of bacteria on the speaker mesh of the earbuds in just 5 mins while charging. (UVnano is a compound word derived from the words UV and its unit nanometer. UVnano charging case kills 99.9% of bacteria on the speaker mesh.)
  • Hypoallergenic Ear Gels: Ear gels made from non-toxic, hypoallergenic silicone. It allows you to have fewer worries about all-day use. (Not intended or implied to prevent or treat any health conditions- not a medical device. Material in silicone ear gel meets ISO 10993 and USP Class VI requirements.)
  • Ergonomic Design: The ultimate fit with ear seal design. New contoured design conforms to the shape of your ear, providing a comfortable and stylish fit.
  • Sound By Meridian Technology: Hi-Fi sound with a realistic sense of space. A built-in equalizer delivers impressive bass and treble tones that sound like the live recording with pristine clarity.
  • 3D Sound Stage: An immersive sensory experience. Spatial upmixing to expand the sound stage fully immerses you in a sensory audio experience whether you are listening to music, watching a TV show or movie, or playing a game
  • 3 Mic Call Clarity: Clear calls with noise reduction & echo cancellation. How LG earbuds maximize call clarity; built-in high performance dual microphones detect & minimize unwanted noise, and pick up & amplify your vocals even in a crowded space. Perfect for work calls/web conferences/home offices
  • Whispering Mode: Extra Privacy, Even in Public. Simply open the TONE Free app to use whispering mode with the TONE Free FP8. With whispering mode, you can whisper in a noisy space and still be heard clearly on your calls. Just hold the right ear bud near your mouth to speak soft and clear
  • Playback Hours: More Power For Life on the Go. Don’t stop the beat—enjoy up to 10 hours of play time on your buds and a total of 24 hours of play time with the charging case—all from one charge. Duration of use may vary depending on methods of use and other factors
  • IPX4 Water & Sweat Resistant: No-Sweat Performance. Perfect for a workout or a run in the rain, TONE Free buds are water-resistant* and can handle water splashes from any direction. Resistant to splashed water. Dry before using. Do not charge while wet. Case has not been tested for IPX4
  • 7 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by HulkMann18, 10 out of 10
    LG with a Solid TWS Set!

    LG is killing it with these updated/upgraded, redesigned version of the Tone Free line. Had the FN4 and FN7 before and while I mostly enjoyed them... the sound was lacking to me. These have updated drivers, a smaller form factor even to the AirPods Pro and and neat feature for Bluetooth Transmission from the Case. What I am enjoying the most is the very comfortable and and relaxed fit, accompanied with pleasing balanced sound and still carrying enough bass to be a dynamic and "fun" sound! These are not beats, nor jbl or skullcandy with muddied bass... no! these actually sound good, are they the best? no but they will get the job done

    Nov 08, 2021 16:17
  • Review by JawnsReviewer, 10 out of 10
    Musical Perfection

    If you're looking for the absolute best sound out of your music for under 200 bucks, it really doesn’t get better than this. These things have such a natural, clean bass without being overbearing or artificial. Their active noise cancelation is insanely effective, but the sound clarity doesn't drop whatsoever if you turn the noise canceling off. The driver size of the earbuds allows for a much clearer and deep quality of audio, you're literally hearing more of the music because of its insane range. I was blown away by the sound quality of these jawns, for real.

    Though as a side note, the functionality of the app that comes with them can be a bit wonky at times but for the most part is easy to use.

    Oct 01, 2021 15:28
  • Review by Kvgrow, 8 out of 10
    Top Notch Earbuds

    I purchased the LG TONEFree FP9 model and let me first say that I received these earbuds at a discount for my honest opinion! With that being said I will continue with my honest opinion in this review.

    First Impression: The case is small, feels well made, rubberized finish that feels good in the hand and most of all it has a magnetic closure which helps protect you from the case opening inadvertently and have an earbud drop out. It also makes it easier to access the earbuds without having to pry it open.

    Upon opening the case you see a cool blue “Mood Lighting” inside when it’s opened however, I don’t know that there’s really any value to the lighting and I wonder if it’s telling you your mood or the mood of the earbuds. The earbuds also attach to the case with a magnetic “click” which gives you reassurance that they are in the proper location and secure. This model also comes with a “UVnano” light that turns on for 5 minutes when you charge the buds and they say that it kills 99.9% of the bacteria left on the mesh on the inside of the sound port. I have no way to test this to see if it’s true, but, it would make the earbuds a bit more sanitary if it does.

    The case has a USBC port to charge the buds and two lights which indicate the charge level of the case and if the lid is opened will indicate the charge level of the buds. The lights also tell you when the UVnano is working show you that the mode is changed on the case to be a Bluetooth transmitter for the buds if you’re going to plug the case into a headphone jack to use the earbuds. That’s accomplished by sliding a toggle switch located on the outside of the case.

    I had no problem connecting to these buds first try and they connect every time I open the case and stick them in my ears. The connection is solid and I have gotten 60-70 feet through a couple of walls before the signal starts to break up.

    Now let me give my opinion on the sound, function and overall performance of these buds to compare with others I have. Remember this is my opinion and others may have different ear shapes and hearing status which can influence their decisions. I don’t profess to be an expert but I have owned many different truly wireless earbuds since they first hit the market.

    It should go without saying that finding the right fit of ear gels is paramount to getting the best sound and performance. For me, it meant changing the medium size that was installed to the large ones, it also comes with small for those more petite. I was impressed with the fit and the weight immediately. They stay in my ears well with all of my activities and they are by far the most comfortable earbuds I have ever used. Although they are mostly plastic, like the majority of buds, they have an expensive look and nice feel to them.

    Each earbud has one tiny touchpad towards the top and this is what I liked more than anything else! The tap or touch, works perfectly. There is no need to push hard and jam the buds into your eardrum to make it work. The sensor gives a definite click which confirms it got the instruction with just the lightest tap and has worked flawlessly. LG has also created an app (I use IOS) which allows you to change the tap functions for each earbud which means the left bud can have a different function then the right for the same number of taps. Note… I saw a review that said there is no way to call up SIRI, however, the app DOES allow you to change one of the tap functions to do just that. I changes the left earbud to bring up SIRI with one tap. I’ve tested this and it works perfectly every time.

    The app also allows you to adjust the sound to different sound stages depending on the music you’re listening to and your personal preference. It also permits you to create 2 custom adjustments to the equalizer which can be recalled at your request. The app also has access to control ANC (ambient noise cancellation), allowing ambient noise or turning the control off. In the app you can turn on and off a few other settings like a latency setting, touchpad lock and find my earbuds, but the setting I found most useful was whispering mode which allows you to take the right earbud out of your ear and hold it close to the mouth as you visit with someone of the phone. This allows you to keep your conversation private but it also provides much better sound for the person on the other end if you in a noisy environment or not. If anyone has ever told you they have a hard time hearing you, this will solve the problem.

    The latency setting did help in a few situations where I found a bit of lag, however there seems to be a small glitch that creates a very quick pop or cut to the sound about every 2 minutes. This may end up getting a little irritating but its bet than have a lag between video and sound. I’m hoping they figure this out and can fix it in an update.

    Okay, the most important thing we’re all looking for is the sound we get out of earbuds and I found the sound to be quite pleasing and maybe the best of all I’ve had straight out of the box, but, and this is a big but, only if you’re using ANC with the sound stage you prefer turned on and the sound level needs to be turned up to at least half volume. Let me add a little more explanation here to help you understand what I experienced. If ANC is not being used the sound is flat, weak and shallow making the earbuds very disappointing. Sadly to attain the number of hours of battery use per charge that they claim, you can’t use ANC. That feature along with hear through or ambient sound needs to be turned off to attain the 10 hours they claim. That means the earbuds will last UP TO 6 HOURS, according to the instructions, however I found I got closer to 5. This is obviously dependent on the kind of use and the volume you have them set at. For the best sound it requires a higher volume so that means shorter battery life. This time does not reflect the fact that you can put them back into the case to recharge them for another round.

    Sadly I like to listen to music at a lower level and I found that the ANC was not very effective at lower levels or when the music is not playing. So, if you’re thinking about using these on an airplane to alleviate the noise and not listen to something else with medium to high volume, I would look for something else. Note: these arrived much later than expected so I didn’t have a chance to use them on a recent trip which means I’m making assumptions from experience around the house and outside, not on an airplane.

    Bottom line, I like almost everything about these earbuds. I just wish the ANC was more effective without such a drain on the battery and that the sound was fuller at lower volumes. With other earbuds I have replaced the ear gels with third party foam ear tips which expand in the ears to compensate for weak ANC and provide better isolation, however I haven’t been able to find anything like that available for the FP9’s yet. If I do, they could be the best earbuds I own. #LGTONEFreeANCInsiders

    Oct 09, 2021 09:23
  • Review by SCTiger1, 10 out of 10
    Wow the sound!

    Im shocked i havent heard of these! The sound is wow amazing! The app is ok. The NC is middle tier. But the sound is huge! I have M&D MW08, Beats fit pro, Bose quiet comfort in ear buds. These sound every bit as rich as those. The 3D sound stage EQ setting has just blown me away. Im glad i got these instead of airpod pro’s.

    Nov 09, 2021 17:57
  • Review by Tanoa, 8 out of 10
    I enjoy my LG

    Great sound quality. But the case doesn’t stay charged very long. It turns yellow/red within 4-5 hours. The earbuds keep a great charge, about 9-11 hours!

    Nov 05, 2021 21:26
  • Review by CHRIS, 10 out of 10
    Great

    Amazing. Returned air pod pros for these. Enough said.

    Nov 05, 2021 18:51
  • Review by Hayder, 6 out of 10
    Almost perfect!!

    long story short, every aspect of those earbuds are good except the ANC which is below average, unfortunately!!

    I wished they were at least average but there not!!

    the ANC looks premature on these buds.

    Oct 25, 2021 14:35
  • 8.8score
    Bose - QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset – Comfortable Noise Cancelling Headphones - Black
    Description

    Now you can play everything with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset. With best-in-class noise cancelling technology, outstanding mic quality, and a comfortable fit for marathon gaming sessions, Bose has created the ultimate gaming headset. And if you need to head out, simply remove the gaming module and enjoy all the lifestyle features of the headphones — such as an integrated voice assistant and Bluetooth connectivity. The removable gaming module adds a boom mic, mic mute, and optional PC desktop controller which lets you easily adjust volume and access mic monitoring to ensure your teammates can hear you loud and clear. In lifestyle mode, the built-in noise-rejecting dual-microphone system provides clear calls, even in noisy environments. The Bose QC35 II Gaming Headset clears away noisy distractions so you can focus on your games, your music, or your work. Proprietary technology continuously monitors and measures outside noise and then cancels it by creating an opposite signal. When using the headset in lifestyle mode you can adjust between two levels of active noise cancellation using the Action button or the Bose Connect app. The headphones also features our Volume-Optimized Active EQ to provide balanced audio performance at any volume, up to 40 hours of battery life in wired gaming mode, and a durable, comfortable fit.

    7 Features
  • The perfect gaming headset.: Now you can play everything. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset comes with a removable gaming module which includes a boom mic, aux cable and PC desktop controller — making it the perfect solution for serious gamers who also want headphones for everyday use.
  • Superior noise cancelling headset for gamers.: With best-in-class noise cancellation and outstanding audio performance, you can clear away distractions and focus on the game at hand.
  • Comfortable gaming headset.: The Bose QC35 II Gaming Headset is made using materials that have been specially selected for their comfort and light weight. In combination with our stable yet gentle design, you can enjoy hours of comfortable play.
  • Clear communication.: The removable gaming module adds a boom mic, mic mute, and optional PC desktop controller, allowing you to easily adjust volume and access mic monitoring to ensure your teammates can hear you loud and clear.
  • Sleek design.: With a Black design and Copper accents, the Bose QC35 II Gaming Headset has a crisp yet bold look.
  • Official Gaming Headset of LoL Esports Global Events: As the official headset partner, Bose has been trusted to deliver clear, crisp audio and communication for every pro player, coach, and referee during global competitions.
  • *LEGAL: Voice services (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant) may vary and may not be available in all languages and countries. Bose, QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset, QC35 II Gaming Headset, QuietComfort, and QC are trademarks of Bose Corporation.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by optimummind, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic headphones for both music & gaming.

    = Summary =

    The Bose QC35 Series II Gaming Headset delivers the goods. It has a simple yet stylish design, it's light and comfortable, the out-of-the-box sound quality is head and shoulders above most competitors, its ANC technology works well and seamlessly, and its gamer-centric additions make gaming more enjoyable. Some aspects of the headphones, unfortunately, are still stuck in the past, such as the micro-USB charging port, use of the older Bluetooth 4.2 protocol, and the inability to use the add-on microphone when making Bluetooth phone calls. If Bose had implemented noise cancellation for the outgoing voice as well, then the QC35 Series Gaming Headset would've become my ultimate headset for gaming, music listening, and phone calls. With that said, it's still a very solid package that will make most people very happy with its excellent audio fidelity and ease of use.

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    *Pros:

    -Excellent ANC for both gaming and music listening sessions.

    -Delivers excellent bass and a wide soundstage.

    -The hockey puck-shaped PC desktop controller rotates smoothly (volume control) and offers multiple levels of mic monitoring.

    -Light and comfortable to wear for hours on end.

    -Folds down neatly into the case.

    -Long-lasting battery.

    -Google Assistant worked perfectly.

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    *Neutral:

    -Charges up via micro-USB and not USB-C.

    -Uses Bluetooth 4.2 and not the latest 5.0 standard.

    -The noise-rejecting mic didn't work that well.

    -It's on the expensive side for older ANC technology.

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    *Cons:

    -Can't use the attachable microphone with Bluetooth phone calling at the same time (only VOIP).

    = Design & Comfort =

    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset, which has an identical design to the original QC 35 II from 2017, is just as stylish, light, and comfortable as I remember it. Although I've replaced my original QC35 II with the Sony 1000XM3 as my go-to headset, there are days when I missed the simplicity of the QC35 II, its well-balanced package, and use it once in a while.

    Now that I have the QC 35 II Gaming Headset, my respect and adoration of Bose's solid build quality, intuitive button layout, and easy control have resurfaced. At just 8.3 oz, the headset is light, very well-padded, and offer long-term comfort. Even without ANC turned on, the earmuffs offer excellent passive noise cancellation and never caused any ear soreness or achiness. It folds down easily into a compact form-factor that slots into the case with no fuss or frustration. The button layout is intuitive, button presses are tactile and responsive, and just the right amount of padding is found everywhere where your head and face make contact with the headset. The QC 35 II was always an ergonomic win and I'm glad Bose didn't mess with the formula for the Gaming Headset edition.

    If you spend hours every day listening to music or playing games, the QC 35 II Gaming Headset (GH) is your faithful and ideal companion. Speaking of gaming, the removable gaming microphone that only adds 1 ounce to the total weight, is a great accessory I found to be very useful. The flexible stalk can be easily adjusted to your preference and it's nice and thick, promising long-term durability. The boom microphone simply snaps onto the left earmuff and to take it off, you just have to pull back on the tab and yank it straight down. Simple stuff.

    The same can be said about the hockey puck-shaped module Bose refers to as the PC Desktop Controller. The large rotating knob actuates with nary a sound and moves about like it's completely slathered in high-quality grease with no wobbles or scratchy resistance. The Mic Monitoring button, which is big and slightly recessed in, can be pressed anytime to cycle through three levels of voice volume control (low, medium, and high), emitting beep sounds that correspond to each level (2 beeps for Medium, 3 beeps for High).

    At just $30 over the original QC 35 II, the QC 35 II Gaming Headset is totally worth the extra coin to get the excellent microphone and desktop controller.

    = Audio Quality & Noise Cancellation =

    The ANC technology found inside the QC 35 II GH may be 3-years-old now and eclipsed by Bose's own 700 headsets, but it's still no slouch and quite a performer. When the ANC level is set to High, pretty much all of the background noises magically disappear and you feel like you're inside a quiet room all by yourself so you can just focus on and enjoy your music or game. You'll no longer get bothered by rumbling delivery trucks, the neighbor's barking dogs, gardeners working their power tools, and kids crying. :D

    Having quality ANC is all good but it wouldn't matter if the audio quality was mediocre. Fortunately, you don't have to worry about that at all since the out-of-the-box tuning from Bose delivers an excellent aural experience that still can't be matched by most competing brands. From bass-heavy to full-range songs, such as Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, the QC 35 II GH performs like a champ. Even the deep and low rumbling bass that is difficult to capture in lesser headsets in such a compact form-factor is executed superbly by the QC 35 II GH.

    One aspect that did disappoint me was the lack of progress when it comes to noise filtering when making Bluetooth phone calls. Although the headset does an excellent job filtering out background noise and preventing it from reaching me, it doesn't do as good a job when filtering out the noise for the caller on the other end. They were able to hear pretty much all the noises around me as I talked to them, such as the toilet flushing, my wifey and daughter talking to me, and the clicking sound of my lighter as I used it to light my cigarette.

    Using the removable microphone when doing VOIP calls (because Bluetooth gets shut off when the microphone is attached) made no difference for the other person. Although Bose claims the microphone utilizes "noise-rejecting" technology, my callers certainly didn't feel that way and neither did my gamer friends during heated CS:GO sessions. They could hear all of my sniffles and smacking of my lips as I sat in my chair trying to mow down the terrorists on the other team. XD Hopefully, Bose will release a firmware update in the future that will enhance the potential of the microphone.

    = Other nitpicks =

    Since 2020 is a crazy and wild year and it has been 3 YEARS since the release of the original QC 35 II, I feel like nitpicking about a few things is justified. First, I wish Bose had changed the charging port to USB-C instead of keeping it micro-USB. With the exception of most of my bicycle and e-scooter lighting accessories, most of my gadgets are now USB-C-based and it's annoying now to use a micro-USB cable to charge a headphone.

    Second, I wish Bose had upgraded the Bluetooth protocol to 5.x. The 5.x Bluetooth protocol has been out for years already and it offers tangible benefits such as improved range and faster transmission speeds. To be fair, though, the sound quality from the QC 35 II GH is excellent and I don't know how much performance Bose would've been able to extract from the headset by upgrading to Bluetooth 5.x.

    = Conclusion =

    The Bose QC35 Series II Gaming Headset, despite some head-scratching design choices and underwhelming ability of the noise-canceling boom microphone, is still a good buy and it's something I can comfortably recommend to friends and family. It looks sleek and stylish, its ANC quality is top-notch and still very relevant compared against 2020 standards, it's super comfortable and light, and the audio quality is simply great - there's no need to tinker around with EQ levels or graphs. I rate it 4.5 stars.

    Sep 29, 2020 01:58
  • Review by Solrak, 8 out of 10
    Solid, “semi-wireless” - ANC - gaming headset

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    The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II Gaming Headset adds serious gaming features to an extremely comfortable, well thought-out and proven design. The Bose Active Noise Canceling (ANC) is second to none, and it very obvious that a lot of serious though was placed into improving the original Quiet Comfort 35’s design to make this serious contender in the gaming headset marketplace. That being said, there are some notable drawbacks in the design and operation of the headset that can detract from your user experience; most notably the inability to use your headset in full wireless mode when the mic is plugged in while gaming/in use, a lack of “equalizer” and subjectively bland “App” interface/feature set AND an outdated micro-USB charging port (among a couple of other things) are not in line with other “gaming” headsets offer in the market.

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    >>>>> Detailed Observations after a regular usage: <<<<<

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    From the moment I took the Quiet Comfort 35 II’s out of their box, I was pleasantly surprised at their careful packaging and well thought out presentation of the headset as I unboxed it (see for yourself in the photos). The headphones come packed inside a decent sized and moderately high-quality travel case so that you can take them with you on the go. Unfortunately, as I looked closer at the inside of the case, I noticed the “Bose” logos where pressed pretty tightly/flush with the padding/lining of the case (see for your self in the photos). It doesn’t affect the sound quality or functionality of the headset in any way, but I do wonder what the “Bose” logos will look like 12 months from now after rubbing on the inside of the case/being carried around in my backpack /bag – not to mention the possibility of the logos “wearing through” the padding/netting. I guess only time will tell.

    From a functional perspective - I was also surprised by the amount of wires to make the headset fully operational from a gaming point of view. While this headset isn’t overly marketed as “wireless” all over the box – it does state it builds/offers everything the “Quiet Comfort 35 II” has. You get a regular cable to connect the headset to the puck shaped PC controller dongle – a gaming microphone module with integrated cable mute mic, and a very short micro USB charging cable. Sadly, you cannot operate the headset in wireless/Bluetooth mode while actively using the gaming module with the microphone (as you can see in the photos I added). It’s the year 2020, and this is a high-quality device – so I am disappointed to see the headset use the significantly older/and slower charging Micro USB standard. USB C is/has been pretty relevant in the market for a couple of years now and offers a more secure omni-directional connection socket, along with the ability to charge faster – and even potentially serve as a way to directly connect the headset to the PC without having all those wires I mentioned. Then it hit me as I was looking over the instruction pamphlet – this is because they want to maintain interoperability with consoled gamers and their controllers. That’s a tough call to make, and as a PC gamer myself – I would have ditched the 3.5mm cable for the USB C input method if that was ever a choice. I get a little agitated when there is a 6-inch charging cable included as the primary means of charging the any device, let alone a premium device such as this one It would have been nice to maybe have a 8-inch or 12-inch cable so that I can keep my headset charging some place other than literally next to/on top the PC preferably (or having to switch to an 3rd party wall adapter, etc). Lastly, I am a little disappointed in the inline microphone mute “slider” on the gaming module. It feels a little flimsy, and rattles a little bit in hand and detracts from an otherwise solid/polished presentation he rest of the headset and it’s accessories pull off. You can see in the picture the amount of space/air in-between the 2 parts of the slide mechanism for yourself.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY – the Quiet Comfort 35 II gaming headset delivers where it counts – outstanding microphone input and excellent in game usability with the Bose PC Desktop controller (so long as you’re within the physical limits of those cables I mentioned). It’s nice to know that the mic is Discord certified, and I never had any issues with my colleges and friends while using the mic in teleconferencing or in games. The ANC is phenomenal compared to my other headsets, and the round volume dial control makes it super easy to adjust in game/application volume on the fly. I often use headsets 90% of the time while working on my PC (which is part of my daily routine) – so I have a pretty well-established collection of wireless AND wired gaming and music focused headsets ranging from $15 - $800 in MSRP. A couple of times in the past I gave the “non-gaming” Bose QC 35/35 II’s serious consideration – due to their outstanding ANC, and comfort – but I was never truly “blown away” by their sound quality. Don’t get me wrong – I thought they sounded great all around – but not particularly punchy in the very low frequencies and lacked significant detail in the highs as well. This is purely subjective – but the sound issue is compounded by the fact the Bose connect app does not allow for “EQ” customization of the sound stage in my opinion. I find this odd – since some of the other Bose Models like the Bose 700 actually do. I don’t know if this due to a firmware issue, or hardware/design issue…but if you google search it, you will see a fair number of users asking for this feature on the official Bose forums. It seems as if the official Bose response is that they are still taking all that as “feed back to pass to the developers” but it doesn’t exist as an option at the moment. Personally, I expect a non-user adjustable EQ/soundstage from a $15 headset made by a generic brand, but not with a quality manufacture such as Bose.

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    You would think that I would not potentially think overly highly of the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II Gaming Headset based of the list of things I mentioned as not “totally” liking – however – you would be wrong. The headset does so many things right – it’s easy to find little things that could simply use more polish or thought. At the end of the day – it has done everything well – from playing intense games, to serious teleconference work - while I have them. I wish they would have used USB C and ditched the 3.5mm cables (as I pointed out above) – but I get why they didn’t. Unfortunately, Bose is not alone in the “gaming” headset market space. MANY other companies have solutions that address the shortcoming of this headsets design approach – but NONE of them have the same phenomenal ANC that BOSE is known for. As a “wired” gaming headset with mic; this is a solid 4-star product…..however as a “wireless” ANC headset with no microphone – I would say it is a 5 star product.

    Oct 03, 2020 00:45
  • Review by Sean, 8 out of 10
    Versatile Gaming/Listening Headset

    These Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headphones are a great versatile headphones/gaming headset. They can be used on different gaming consoles and PC with ease. These are essentially the same as the standard QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling headphones but with a detachable boom mic.

    The build quality on these is great. The are solidly built and use nice materials. Nothing about these feels cheep. The earcups are very comfortable for long uses and gaming sessions. The detachable mic fits securely and the connections are solid. No worries about coming lose from either the headset or the console controller/PC controller. The comfort was noticeable right away. There is adequate padding on the headband and the earcups are soft and breathable. These were worn for multiple long gaming sessions and also without mic for music listening without experiencing any excessive heat around the earcups or wearing fatigue. When done gaming/listening, these pack away into a nice quality case. One thing I would like to see is upgrading the Micro USB charging to USB C.

    The sound quality is what you would expect from Bose; top notch. This is in no small part due to their Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology. This is a combination of active and passive noise cancellation that really does a fantastic job of giving you the silence needed to make all sounds pop while gaming. I could hear finite sounds that I don't get out of other headsets I have used in the past. While listening to music, it helps to create a full depth sound stage that isn't lacking due to outside noises. The sound range is wide and gives you great low, mid, and high range in a nice balance. If you want to tweak the sound to your preference, you can always do that through the available app.

    What really sets these apart is the detachable boom mic for gaming. I would have to say that the mic is one of the better ones I have used. My voice was crisp and clear and everyone could hear me with absolutely no issues. Bose is able to pull this off due to their design that rejects background noise to really only pick up your voice. This also has an inline mute feature that is nice if you are needing to do a quick mute here and there. I do have one problem with the mic. For some reason, it will not work with my Microsoft Elite Controller. No sound will come through at all even after trying to adjust the console settings. I plugged it into the stock xbox controller and it worked right away. For the price point of this headset, I would think compatibility should be better.

    Overall, I think that these are an extremely versatile gaming headset/daily music listening set of headphones. The build and sound quality is fantastic. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a nice set of gaming headphones that you can also take out of the house for a great music listening experience.

    Sep 28, 2020 15:52
  • Review by SlowMN, 10 out of 10
    A Great Gaming Variant Of The QC35

    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is a well done gaming variant of the original QuietComfort 35.

    Pros:

    Sound quality - I predominantly play FPS games on PC such as COD, Valorant, and Apex. This headset offers great immersion and lifelike sound. It uses Volume-Optimized Active EQ boosting the lows and highs. One of my favorite things about the sound is the ability to clearly hear footsteps. Anyone who plays competitively knows how important this is and Bose nailed it.

    Mic - The gaming mic is removable and can be easily attached for gaming sessions. I found this mic to be slightly better than its top end competitors. While using Discord, I have been told I sound crisp, clear, and have no background noise. The mic mute is located on the cord with a visible red tab when muted. As a FYI, when the mic is attached the Bluetooth is disabled and the Bose Connect app cannot find the headset.

    Comfort - The headset is lightweight and very comfortable to wear for extended gaming sessions. After 6+ hours of use my ears feel great; however, one thing I have noticed is the leather ear cups makes my ears/head hot after several hours of use. This isn't a problem specific to Bose as all headsets with leather ear cups cause this to happen. Several competitors near this price point provide an additional set of exchangeable cloth ear cups. I find these breath much better and prefer them over leather. In a future revision, it would be nice to see this included.

    Versatility - These are compatible with PC, console, and mobile devices. It comes with a desktop controller to USB port for PC and a 3.5 mm jack for console and mobile devices. Regarding the desktop controller, it only has two main purposes; controlling the master volume and cycling between four levels of mic monitoring. While these are nice features I would like to see Bose step up their game and replace this with a MixAmp style controller. I not only want to be able to quickly adjust the master volume but also the game-to voice balance.

    Battery - The battery is rated for 20 hours of wireless use and 40 hours of gaming/wired use. I have used this headset almost exclusively wired and am approaching 30+ hours without a recharge. Bose states that a 15 minute charge can give 2.5 hours of wireless use and 5 hours of gaming/wired use. This is quite impressive. The headset comes with a short charging cable which isn't long enough to easily plug into a USB port on a computer. I am fortunate to have a powered USB hub but this cable needs to be about twice as long. It also doesn't include a charging brick.

    App - The app is easy to pair with the headset and is user friendly.

    Overall, I think Bose did a great job on their first gaming headset. It offers industry leading sound, a high quality mic, comfort, long battery life, and versatility.

    Oct 05, 2020 00:43
  • Review by Saitzev, 10 out of 10
    Best Noise Cancelling in the business

    Ah, the great Bose QC 35 II. I did previously have a pair of these but had retired them in favor for another pair of headphones. Though I half regretted doing so as the noise cancellation of them is really difficulty to beat.

    Queue the next model in their QC lineup, the Gaming variant. It brings everything you loved about the 35 II to use for gaming.

    I have to say, the sound quality in them is quite stellar, just as the non-gaming model. Aside from the Bose name being bronze on the ear cups and the inside of the earcups and headband having a bronze contrasting, they're pretty much identical. From what I can remember, I feel these are a bit more boomy that the original. Though that could just be because it's been so long since I had used them.

    Noise cancelling, what can I say, it's pretty impressive. When it's enabled you really can't hear anything but the game and if your using voice chat, yourself and other users. These things effectively block out all other sounds which is good and bad of course. If someone tries to get your attention, you're not gonna hear them unless they come up to you and get your attention physically. There is one minor drawback to this, though it wasn't an issue for me really even with the headset only being at 60% when I got it and hadn't charged it since, but the Noise Cancellation requires that the headset be powered on. Understandable, though I do wish instead of connecting via the 3.5mm cable, it connected via USB from the USB controller to the headset. This way it could not only be powered, but you don't have to worry about losing it when the battery is discharged. Nothing deal breaking there, just some feedback for the future.

    The fit on them is perfect, just as I remembered. I have a largish dome and there's more than enough adjustment in the band to fit a variety of noggins. The ear cups are large enough to fit around most users ears. They fully surround mine without issue and this furthers the effect of the noise cancellation. I was able to wear them for hours on end and they never once felt uncomfortable. They never sagged or shifted during many game sessions no matter how intense.

    Mic Quality, this is pretty darn good. I'd put it up there with the ModMic or even what was my gaming headset for a while, the Boom Pro for the V-Moda's.

    It doesn't compare to a standalone cardioid mic, but it will definitely get the job done.

    Now that all said, there is a big con to this mic. Sensitivity. Regardless how much I adjusted the gain through Windows or even in Voice chat applications it would pick up everything. I currently game using a Razer Huntsman Elite clicky (Purple Switches) and the Naga Pro Wireless. Both of these are mechanical switch based. The mic would pick up every click of the mouse and ever key press on the keyboard. This is essentially a deal breaker for me when it comes to streaming. I don't mind if folks hear the keyboard, but hearing both and it taking almost center stage is of course not something you want. I'm not sure if I missed something in the quick guide, but it doesn't look or sound like there's any kind of Noise Cancellation with the Microphone itself and this is something you really want. It almost seems as though the mic is more designed as Omnidirectional instead of it being Cardioid. If Bose can work this little feature out in a later revision or add a piece of software to control the mic on the computer, or even through their app, it would make these completely viable for streaming.

    That all said, in the E-Sports sector, I could see this being an excellent option, especially when you're needing to tune everything out, which they do magnificently. The only downfall again is the Mic picking up everything around you. Adding a piece of foam around the mic could correct this easily and I did not try this, though I may at a later point as I've got some older headsets that I can repurpose parts from.

    If you're a competitive gamer and want something that will allow you to tune out the world and tune in to the game, these are for you. If you're looking for something that's Streamer friendly, these can still fit the bill, but you'll want to do something that can eliminate the effect of the Microphone picking up everything around you.

    Sep 29, 2020 19:03
  • Review by TechnicallyWell, 10 out of 10
    Excellent sound for gaming and music

    ## Design

    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset is basically the same as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones, only it comes with a snap-on microphone accessory. This may beg the question: can you simply buy the gaming boom microphone and snap it on to an existing pair of QuietComfort 35 II headphones?

    While it seems to be technically possible, unfortunately, the gaming microphone accessory is not sold separately. At the moment, you need to purchase the whole Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset package to get the boom microphone.

    Aside from the microphone, there is also a USB gaming headset controller included that allows you to connect the unit to a Windows computer and provides a large volume adjustment dial and a button for controlling mic monitoring.

    The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones fold up nicely in the included hard travel case. Another difference you'll find when compared to the original QC 35 II headphones is that the Bose logo is a copper color on the gaming edition. The outer plastic has a nice matte finish that resists most fingerprints and light scratches.

    ## Features

    - Gaming microphone: The most obvious change with the QC 35 II Gaming Headset is the clip-on boom microphone for gaming. The microphone must use a wired connection and be connected to your game console's controller or into the included USB gaming headset controller for connecting to a PC.

    - USB Gaming Headset controller: This connects via USB to your gaming computer and provides volume control and microphone feedback. Each press of the side button adjusts the level of microphone feedback: off, low, medium and high. This allows you to hear your own voice which would otherwise be filtered by the noise cancellation technology. I like this as it helps eliminate the feeling that you're talking underwater and helps prevent you from shouting at your teammates.

    - Noise cancellation: Something that Bose is known for, the noise cancellation technology is top notch and is literally the same you would find on the original Bose QC 35 II headphones. The "action button" on the left side can be configured in the Bose Connect app to adjust the level of noise cancellation: off, low and high.

    - In-line mute switch: The cable attached to the gaming microphone features a mute switch, making it quick and easy to mute yourself. A red, painted (not an LED) indicator on the switch makes it easy to see if you are muted.

    - Bluetooth: Bluetooth cannot be used while the gaming mic is attached, but when you remove it, this headset functions like a normal Bose QC 35 II headset. You can use Bluetooth to stream music from your phone and use the noise cancellation features for traveling.

    - Alexa/Google Assistant: When connected to your phone via Bluetooth, the action button on the left ear-cup can be configured to summon Alexa or Google Assistant (only one can be configured at a time). This requires a Bluetooth connection to your phone and uses your phone's data, so voice assistants are not available when the gaming mic is attached (which disables Bluetooth).

    ## Performance

    The noise cancellation feature works very well for gaming by eliminating sounds from your environment and helping you to better focus on the sounds inside your game. I can definitely tell a difference when wearing this headset while playing and picking up on sounds I might not have otherwise noticed.

    The microphone performs great and my friends say they can hear me fine.

    The USB headset controller is also a nice feature. It's weighted so it doesn't slide around off your desk and provides a quick and easy way to adjust the volume without trying to find the volume controls on the headset itself (in fact, the on-headset buttons don't function when the gaming mic is attached). It seems to install like any other USB headset as the drivers installed automatically (it worked on my Mac, too).

    Of course, the sound quality is awesome, which is to be expected from Bose. Bass is strong and both gaming and music sound excellent.

    ## Summary

    If you're looking for a gaming headset that can also be used like regular headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset gives you the best of both worlds. Simply removing the gaming mic attachment enables Bluetooth and allows you to use the headset as a regular pair of Bose QC 35 II headphones. Bose's excellent sound quality and noise cancellation works great for gaming and listening to music alike.

    ## Some points to consider

    - Bluetooth and the gaming mic *cannot* be used at the same time. Attaching the microphone disables Bluetooth on the headphones (and your phone won't be able to see it). Bose states this is done because a wired connection provides lower latency for gaming.

    - When the gaming microphone is attached, the noise cancellation feature can be turned on and off by using the power switch (the AUX cable continues to work when the headphones are off). The action button does not work when the gaming mic is attached. Alexa/Google Assistant are also unavailable.

    Sep 27, 2020 16:35