Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones

Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones

Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Very Good8.3/10
CALLS: Poor5.3/10
GAMING: Excellent9.3/10
TV: Excellent9.0/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Fair6.0/10
EXERCISE: Fair6.4/10
AIR TRAVEL: Best in Class9.6/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Excellent9.1/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.0/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10

The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones are premium-priced over-ear headphones with excellent build quality and active noise cancelling features that make them particularly suitable for air travel and noisy environments. They provide very good overall sound quality and are comfortable for long periods of wear, which along with their virtual surround feature, makes them great for TV and video consumption; however, they may not be the best choice for calls and meetings due to a poorer performance score in that area. These headphones support both wired and wireless connectivity, with AptX Adaptive and AAC codecs ensuring better sound quality for compatible devices. Low latency support also makes them suitable for gaming. The headphones are sweatproof but not dustproof certified and offer a long battery life for typical use, with the convenience of wireless charging. The foldable design aids portability and they come with an integrated microphone. Users seeking customization can take advantage of the app equalizer and control customization. The Bose Quiet Comfort Ultra Headphones are optimized for both Android and Apple devices, and feature ear detection capabilities. They come with a detachable cable and included secure fit accessories, although their durability is not specifically highlighted. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Very comfortable
  • High build quality
  • Good for TV and gaming
  • Foldable for portability
Cons
  • Not sweat or dustproof
  • Poor performance on calls
  • Heavy at 255 grams
  • No wireless charging

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Air Travel:
4.9
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.
Gaming:
4.8
This score evaluates the product when used to play videogames. It takes into account wireless latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. Finally, the gaming score takes into account microphone quality for in-game voice chat. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.
TV & Video:
4.7
This score evaluates the earbuds or headphones when used to watch videos, movies and TV. In the case of wireless products, it takes into account latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.
Music:
4.5
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
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.
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
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
3.0
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.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$399
Brand
Bose
Release Date
November 1, 2023
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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8.3/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.3/10
Gaming Score
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9.3/10
TV and Video Score
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9.1/10
Exercise Score
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6.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
29 Hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
3 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.3

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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9.1/10
Virtual Surround
Yes
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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7.4/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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9/10
Comfort score
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10/10
Weight
255 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated
Waterproof Rating
0

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Christian Thomas | January 2024
"The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones are a credible step up from previous Bose ANC headphones, and they're built to hang tough with the competition for years into the future. No waterproofing is a bit of a letdown, but these headphones have the technical chops to make most quite happy."

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