Renowned audio equipment manufacturer, Bose Corporation, has just unveiled a brand new lineup of four crowd-pleasing headphones, two of which became available for purchase on June 5th, and two which are to be released in September 2016. Bose has taken their headphone lineup to the next level with the introduction of a couple “firsts” for them, including their first pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones featuring active noise cancellation technology, and their first pair of fitness earbuds which can also measure your pulse and integrate with Apple/Android fitness apps.
And while other headphone manufacturers have technically already beaten Bose to the punch with regard to these technologies (for example, Sennheiser released their Wireless Momentum 2.0 with active noise cancellation over a year ago, and there are many wireless earbuds that can check your vital signs currently on the market (one example being the Jabra Sport Plus)), it is still nice to see Bose continuing to push their headphones to the current extremes of technological advancement.
Now, without further ado, let's take a closer look at Bose's hot new headphone lineup, and be sure to check out our current Top 5 Bose Headphones (2016) review below.
The successor to the classic QuietComfort 25 over-ear noise-cancellation headphones, the QuietComfort 35s offer all of the audiophile sound quality and noise-cancelling power of the QC25, now in a wireless Bluetooth package!
According to Bose, “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.”
All of that fancy jargon essentially says that when you wear the QC35, they will have the ability to eliminate unwanted, lower-frequency sounds from ever being perceived by your ear, disturbing your music-listening experience. Active noise cancellation is perfect for anyone planning on bringing their headphones on public transit, whether it be plane, train, or bus, as the QC35s do an incredible job of blocking unwanted engine and road noise.
The QuietComfort 35 are currently priced at $349.99 and can be purchased here.
In what does happen to be an actual industry first, the QuietControl 30 is the first wireless in-ear headphone with noise-cancellation that also features a neck-band design, popular among individuals who like to wear their earbuds while exercising, as they are notoriously good at staying in place and are not easily dislodged.
Much in the same way that the QC35 is the wireless version of the QC25, this QuietControl 30 is simply an upgraded wireless version of the heralded QC20 wired in-ear noise cancellation headphone.
Interestingly though, the upcoming QC30s handle noise cancellation in a different manner than the QC35. According to Bose, "six microphones allow you to control the level of noise-cancellation to perfectly match your surrounding conditions" and that they can "turn their noise cancellation up or down, not on or off, and can adapt to the level you set without changing your music volume."
The QuietControl 30 will be available for purchase this September and its initial price will be set at $299.95.
Bose's newest entry into the increasingly crowded "sport/fitness headphone" category, the SoundSport Wireless feature an ingenious bit of eartip technology, which allows the headphone to sit loosely in your ear (as opposed to firmly jammed in place, like many IEMs), yet can remain securely fastened in position, offering an excellent seal without any discomfort! These headphones do allow more ambient sound to enter your ear when compared to the noise cancelling QuietControl 30s, but since most people will be using the SoundSports in public, it is generally considered favorable to be able to hear some outside noise (like approaching cars or emergency vehicle sirens).
Like most fitness headphones, the SoundSports are sweat and water resistant, and offer an in-line mic and remote, which can be used to easily change songs, adjust the volume, or receive voice calls, all with the power of Bose's incredible Bluetooth technology, which will make your phone calls crystal clear. And with a battery life of 6 hours, you'll be able to use them for the duration of your gym session, no problem.
The Bose SoundSport Wireless are currently priced at $149 and can be purchased here.Bose SoundSport Wireless: The Bluetooth Sports Headphone to Beat (Opens in a new tab)
The hottest accessory in the fitness world at the moment is any in-ear headphone that can integrate with your favorite fitness apps (including Runkeeper, Endomondo, and others) and offer up its own biometric data, such as heart rate (don't believe us, just check out the response received by The Dash on Kickstarter).
Bose's SoundSport Pulse appears poised to take a valuable chunk of that market segment with their heart rate-monitoring features (which are said to be as accurate as a chest-mounted heart rate monitor), coupled with Bose's legendary Bluetooth connectivity and sound quality.
(Check out 10 of our favorite workout headphones at HeadphoneCharts)
The SoundSport Pulse offers 5 hours of continuous battery life, compared to 6 hours from the standard wireless SoundSports (heart rate monitors need batteries too, ya know!) and comes with a basic, yet sturdy, neoprene carrying case for protection and easy transport.
The SoundSport Pulse will be available for purchase this September and its initial price will be set at $199.95.