Bose unveiled two new true wireless earbud models on Thursday: The $280 QuietComfort Earbuds, its first set with active noise cancellation (ANC), and the $180 Sport Earbuds. The company also released three new styles of its Frames sunglasses, which incorporate small speakers in the arms. The two models of earbuds will be available on September 29, with pre-ordering beginning today, while the new Frames are available today for $250 each.
As the name suggests, the QuietComfort or QC Earbuds are the high-end noise-canceling model. And Bose is making some big promises when it comes to performance. The company says these truly wireless earbuds are “the most effective noise-canceling in-ear headphones ever” thanks to multiple microphones, a proprietary ANC (active noise cancellation) chip, and a new algorithm.
Bose says the system can respond to environmental distractions with the appropriate noise-blocking signal “in less than a fraction of a millisecond.” The company also explains that its StayHear Max tips help physically isolate sounds with a “soft-yet-tight seal.”
Like recent Bose headphones, the QC Earbuds offer 11 levels of noise cancellation. You can also choose from 11 levels of noise control, or ambient sound, so you determine how much outside clamor you let in. Both settings are customizable inside the Bose headphones app. The company also says the QC Earbuds each weigh about the same as a quarter (0.3 ounces) which should help in the comfort department. And that’s good because based on the product images, these buds appear to be quite large.
What’s more, the buds have a fin to help keep them in place. In terms of battery life, Bose says you can expect up to six hours on the earbuds themselves and two full charges inside the case for an additional 12 hours of listening time.
If you’re need something that can withstand physical activity, the Bose Sport Earbuds are just that. And they’re more affordable at $179.95. The Sport model has a similar design to the QC Earbuds, though these have a more oval shape than the pricier new buds. The Sport Earbuds have also had a fin that should help keep them secured during workouts.
Bose says this model was “entirely re-engineered,” including new acoustics, a high-efficiency driver, new port design, and a volume-optimized EQ. The company claims the end result is “clear, powerful performance” in a set of truly wireless earbuds made specifically for exercise.
Aside from aesthetics, the key difference between the two new Bose models is ANC. The Sport Earbuds don’t have noise cancellation, but they do come with similar StayHear Max tips as the QC option for passive noise isolation. As you might expect, the sporty model is IPX4 rated sweat and water-resistant for added protection. Bose says this version provides up to five hours of use, with two full charges in the case. The Sport Earbuds will also come in black and white color options, but a third blue variant will be available here, too.