Bose Quiet Comfort 45

Bose Quiet Comfort 45

Bose Quiet Comfort 45

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BEST RATING
Air Travel:
5.0
MUSIC: Fair6.4/10
CALLS: Very Good8.0/10
GAMING: Poor5.5/10
TV: Poor5.8/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Excellent9.3/10
EXERCISE: Fair6.4/10
AIR TRAVEL: Best in Class10.0/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Best in Class10.0/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.5/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10

The Bose Quiet Comfort 45 headphones offer very good overall sound quality and are particularly well-suited for music, calls and meetings, and air travel, thanks to their excellent noise isolation and comfort. They also excel in portability since they're foldable and have a compact carrying size. These over-ear, closed-back headphones are wireless but come with a detachable cable, offering flexibility in how you use them. Although they have a premium price and are optimized for both Android and Apple devices, their performance for gaming and TV is poor, potentially due to latency issues. Suitable for prolonged use, they have an impressive battery life of over 20 hours. However, they may not be the best option for exercise due to their design and lack of sweatproof certification. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Very good overall sound quality
  • High comfort level
  • Effective noise cancellation
  • Good build quality
  • Foldable for portability
Cons
  • Not suitable for exercise
  • Limited gaming and video performance
  • No sweat or dustproof certification
  • Absence of lossless codec support

Ratings by Category

Air Travel:
5.0
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.8
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Calls:
4.4
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
Portability:
4.4
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Music:
3.5
The Bose Quiet Comfort 45 earbuds are rated as fair for music listening due to their closed enclosure type, which can limit soundstage and make audio feel less spacious. Although their overall sound quality is considered good, they lack support for lossless codecs, possibly affecting audio quality for discerning listeners when used wirelessly.
Exercise:
3.4
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$313
Brand
Bose
Release Date
September 1, 2021
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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6.5/10
Phone Calls Score
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8/10
Gaming Score
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5.6/10
TV and Video Score
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5.8/10
Exercise Score
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6.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
22.5 Hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
3 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.1

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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10/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.5/10
Comfort score
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10/10
Weight
235.8 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated
Waterproof Rating
0

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | November 2022
"If you want a set of wireless over-ear headphones you can put on, deploy noise-cancelling on your commute or at your desk and largely extinguish the outside world for up to 24 hours, the Bose QC 45 has the edge over most of the competition at the price."

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