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Bose announces four new pairs of headphones for fans of sport and silence
Bose has announced four new pairs of headphones – two sports models and two wireless noise-cancelling headphones. As with all Bose headphones, you can expect superior sound quality and comfort with a slightly higher price tag than your run-of-the-mill cans. But the extra cash you fork out will get you noise-cancelling, excellent battery life and that all-important brand cache.
Bose QuietComfort 35 and QuietControl 30
In the QuietComfort range, Bose has announced the QC35 and in the QuietControl line, the QC30: an over-ear and in-ear offering, respectively. Both are wireless noise-cancelling headphones but the way they handle noise-cancellation is a little bit different.
The Quiet Comfort 35 over-ears let you completely block out all background noise. “With microphones inside and outside the earcups, the QC35 senses, measures and sends unwanted sounds to two proprietary digital electronic chips — one for each ear — which respond with a precise, equal and opposite signal in less than a fraction of a millisecond.” The QC35 has a 20-hour battery life and retails for $349.95/£289.95.
The in-ear Quiet Comfort 30’s are an industry-first wireless in-ear headphone with noise-cancellation technology and neck-band design. The QC30’s six microphones allow you to control the level of noise-cancellation to perfectly match your surrounding conditions, from busy cafe to in the street on a bike.
As Bose notes, you can “turn its noise cancellation up or down, not on or off, and it adapts to the level you set without changing your music volume.” The QC30 offers up to ten hours of battery and will sell for $299.95/£229.95 from September.
SoundSport and SoundSport Pulse
On the fitness front, Bose also announced an all-new range called SoundSport. There’s a standard wireless lightweight pair and a pair equipped with a heart-rate monitor in the ear bud that is apparently as precise as a chest-mounted heart rate monitor. Both models are sweat- and water-resistant and feature refined ear bud tips designed to stay in place.
The SoundSport in-ear headphones have a six-hour battery life and cost $149.95/£139.95. The SoundSport Pulse will cost you $199.95/£169.95 in September but this more advanced pair comes with a slightly shorter five-hour battery life. All Bose headphones include the Bose Connect app for additional functionality.
What are your current favorite headphones? Do you prefer wired or wireless, over-ear or in-ear?