Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Good7.4/10
CALLS: Poor5.1/10
GAMING: Poor5.5/10
TV: Fair6.2/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Fair6.0/10
EXERCISE: Very Good8.5/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.8/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Excellent9.1/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.2/10
BATTERY: Best10.0/10

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are stemless, closed-back earbuds well-suited for a variety of uses. If you prioritize comfort and noise isolation, particularly during air travel or while exercising, these earbuds excel in those areas, providing a secure fit with stability bands and offering active noise cancelling. They feature a very good overall sound quality that would enhance music listening, although they're not the top pick for gaming or watching TV due to fair performance in those aspects. For calls and meetings, the quality is only fair, which could impact clarity during conversations. The build quality is robust, and the built-in controls are rated the best for ease of use. They leverage dynamic drivers and support the AAC codec, which improves performance with Apple devices, but do not have a lossless codec for audiophile-level sound quality. They are sweatproof, making them practical for exercise, but there is no mention of dustproof certification. The battery life stands at 7 hours, with the case providing an additional 20 hours; however, they do not support wireless charging and take 2 hours to charge fully. The companion app offers equalizer settings, controls customization, and audio controls to tailor your listening experience. Keep in mind that these earbuds come with a premium price tag, so if budget is a concern, this should be considered. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent comfort and fit
  • Very good overall sound quality
  • Superior active noise cancelling
  • Effective for exercise and air travel
  • Integrated microphone for calls
Cons
  • No wired connectivity option
  • No lossless codec support
  • Mic quality only fair
  • Poor gaming and TV performance

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Exercise:
4.6
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
Air Travel:
4.6
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.
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:
4.2
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.
TV & Video:
3.3
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are wireless with no low latency mode which may introduce a slight delay that can be noticeable while watching videos or TV. Although they offer very good sound quality and a good soundstage, which enhances the overall audio experience, the potential latency issue could detract from the viewing experience where audio synchronization is critical..
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
3.1
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
$199
Brand
Bose
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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7.4/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.2/10
Gaming Score
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5.6/10
TV and Video Score
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6.3/10
Exercise Score
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8.5/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
7 hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
2 hours
Bluetooth version
5.3
Case Battery Life
20

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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6.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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9.2/10
Comfort score
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8.6/10
Size
Medium
Weight of single earbud
7.7 grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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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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