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Airpods Pro 2
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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you frequently use Apple devices, prefer improved noise handling and spatial audio, and value lower latency for activities like gaming, the Apple Airpods Pro 2 may be a better fit, but they cost more. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II may be more budget-friendly and offer excellent noise cancellation, with stability bands that might be beneficial for fitness activities, but they lack low latency mode which can be important for seamless audio-video sync when gaming or watching videos. Both options provide integrated microphones and similar battery life, but the decision ultimately comes down to your specific use cases and budget constraints. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple Airpods Pro 2
  • Good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
  • Very good for exercise

Key differences

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Gaming

8.4
Airpods Pro 2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
5.5
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good for gaming, while the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is poor.

Phone Calls

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
5.1
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good for phone calls, while the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.8
Airpods Pro 2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
6.0
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is only fair.

TV and Video

7.8
Airpods Pro 2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
6.2
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 is good for TV and video, while the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is only fair.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Airpods Pro 2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
7.0 Hours
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has 6 hours of battery life. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II has 7 hours of battery life.

Cost

$265
Airpods Pro 2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
$179
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The Apple Airpods Pro 2 has a price of $265 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II costs $179.
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Key similarities

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Music

7.0
Airpods Pro 2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
7.4
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II and Apple Airpods Pro 2 are both good for music.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Airpods Pro 2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
9.1
The Apple Airpods Pro 2 and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are both excellent for noise reduction.

Build Quality

9.0
Airpods Pro 2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
9.2
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II and Apple Airpods Pro 2 both have excellent build quality.

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How the Apple Airpods Pro 2 and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple Airpods Pro 2Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
Apple Airpods Pro 2Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

GENERAL

Price
$265
$179
Brand
AppleBose
Release Date
September 1, 2022September 1, 2022
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.1/107.4/10
Phone Calls Score
7.8/105.2/10
Gaming Score
8.4/105.6/10
TV and Video Score
7.8/106.3/10
Exercise Score
6.3/108.5/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6 Hours7 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
0.5 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35.3
Case Battery Life
2420

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
YesYes
Android App
NoYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/106.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/109.2/10
Comfort score
8/108.6/10
Size
MediumMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5.3 Grams7.7 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | May 2023
"Apple's upgraded H2 chip begets better active noise canceling (ANC) and battery life, while the case's U1 chip and integrated speaker lets you precisely locate it from the Find My app. If you own an iPhone, the new AirPods Pro is an obvious choice."

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | September 2023
"Bose’s flagship wireless earbuds were never going to be cheap, but the question was whether they’d be competitive in an area of the market where rivals have never been more capable. The fact that the company has not only managed to implement a successful redesign, but also push the envelope for noise-cancelling and sound quality in such a highly competitive category simultaneously is truly impressive."

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About Apple

Apple Inc. is an American technology company, founded in 1976, known for its wide range of premium products, including smartphones, computers, and audio solutions. Apple offers the very popular personal audio line AirPods, highly regarded for their wireless, smart capabilities and their seamless integration with the iPhone, iPad and Mac devices. They provide a high-quality sound, comfort and lifestyle features perfect for all users invested in their ecosystem.

About Bose

Bose is an American audio equipment manufacturer based out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1964 by Amar Bose with the goal of creating a speaker system that could accurately recreate the sound of a concert hall, Bose has become one of the most prominent players in the modern consumer audio market due to the premium feel of their products and their wide brand recognition.

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