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Attack of noise cancellation: Bose shows the QuietComfort Earbuds II

Livia Gamper

Smaller and with a new Active Noise Cancelling technology: Bose has introduced the new Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II. They are designed to set new standards in noise cancellation for true wireless earbuds.

Bose shows its courage: shortly before the big Apple bash, the audio manufacturer presented its new Earbuds. Like Apple's new Airpods Pro, the QuietComfort Earbuds II focus on improved noise cancelling with a new technology and come in a new design. In addition, the small Earbuds are Bluetooth 5.3 capable.

This is the new Active Noise Cancelling technology from Bose

. "CustomTune" is the name of Bose's new sound calibration technology. The function is supposed to play a sound every time the earphones are put in the ears to measure the acoustic response of the ear canal with the built-in microphone - whether this works, the reviews will show. The measurement information obtained is to be used to adjust the Active Noise Cancelling performance as well as the sound to the user and thus improve it.

According to Bose, the new Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) will also particularly target frequencies that could not be reduced until now: voices and high frequencies, such as a crying baby. Currently, ANC technology cannot get through at certain frequencies with standard counter-sound technology. At Bose, new earplugs are designed to help the buds sit better in the ears. The plugs come in two parts: a stability band and an umbrella-shaped plug go in the ear. Again, the reviews will show whether Bose delivers on its promises.

New design and equal battery

In addition to the technical innovations, Bose has also made changes to the design. The design of the Earbuds has become significantly narrower. According to Bose, they are a third smaller than their predecessor and still weigh six grams per earbud.

The new Earbuds have been designed with the same amount of battery as their predecessor.

The previous model was more bulky and looked like this:

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds (ANC, 6 h, Wireless, True Wireless)
199.–was 245.–

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

ANC, 6 h, Wireless, True Wireless


Bose has not changed the battery life, however. As with the previous model and the new AirPods Pro, it is six hours. With the case, there's an additional 18 hours of runtime.

The case has also received a new design.
The case has also received a new design.

The specifications at a glance

The most important specifications of the new Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are summarised here .

  • Active noise cancelling and Aware mode (transparency mode) .- 6 hours of battery life, additional runtime with the case: 18 hours .- Quick charge function (20 minutes of charging gives an additional two hours of runtime)
  • USB-C port
  • Controls: touch - playback and calls .- Bluetooth: 5.3
  • Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC
  • Microphones: Four per earpiece .- Available in Triple Black, later this year also in Soapstone (white).

The new earphones will be available for pre-order soon - we will link to them in this article when available. The recommended retail price is 309.95 Swiss francs.

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