Bose just announced the QuietComfort 45 headphones as the successor to the beloved QuietComfort 35 II, and they promise even better noise cancelation and sound quality than their predecessor. They feature a hefty $330 price tag, but they also have the features to justify the price.
Bose’s New QuietComfort 45 Noise-Canceling Headphones
The new headphones are set to release on September 23rd, and Bose has seemingly packed them with every feature you could need.
For active noise cancelation, they come with two modes. First, Quiet comes with improvements that better block midrange frequencies and other outside noise. Then, there’s Aware, which opens up the headphones so you can hear the world around you in a natural way that Bose promises will feel like you’re not wearing headphones at all.
Bose is heavily touting the microphones for making calls with the QC 45 headphones on. These are designed to block outside noise from getting in the way of your voice. “A beam-form array isolates their voice, while a rejection array dampens and blocks the audible distractions around them,” Bose said in a press release.
As for sound quality, Bose told Cnet these have “the same high-quality audio as the QC 35s,” which likely means that not much has changed in terms of the drivers and other internals that push the audio. That’s probably fine since the QC35 headphones packed a pretty serious sound quality punch that likely didn’t need much tweaking.
Like the previous version, you can pair two different devices to the new QuietComfort 45 headphones, so if you have a laptop and phone, for example, you can easily switch back and forth between the two.
The QC 45s promise up to 24 hours of battery life at moderate volume levels. However, Bose didn’t specify whether they’re with or without noise cancellation turned on. They also charge via USB-C, which is a nice upgrade over the previous models. They can get a full charge in about two hours, and a 15-minute charge will get you about three hours of playback.
As for controls, there are a few buttons on the right ear: volume up, volume down, power, Bluetooth pairing, and one for the most common tasks. You get a button that lets you toggle between Modes and mute the mic during calls on the left.