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Bose QuietComfort 20 / QuietComfort 20i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2925 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and usability. The noise isolation and comfort also get good opinions, whereas many are critical about the reliability and value for money.

sound, comfort, noise isolation, usability, portability

value for money, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Bose QuietComfort 20 / QuietComfort 20i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Bose Quiet Comfort 15


The worst part about airplane travel is, well, the plane. Besides beingcramped, crowded, and short on any decent snack foods, they're alsonoisy. So noisy that it's difficult to make the hours zip by morequickly by revisiting your favorite albums on an...

Blocks out ambient noise. Comfortable over-the-ear design. comes with carrying case and airline adapter. Hi/Lo switch lowers the volume of overly loud sources

No option to bypass noise-cancellation. Can make some users queasy. Sound can be too bright

Bose's Quiet Comfort 15's are a great pair of 'phones if you can stomach the noise-cancelling sound waves--and the steep price.

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BOSE Quiet Comfort 3


It was only a few days ago that we reviewed the Genius Noise Cancellation headphones, and waxed eloquent on opportunities for cheap makes in the market. What we have here now is the baap of them all, perched on the opposite end of the spectrum. Bose's...

Overall the QC3 is an interesting product that's poised to be the market leader in this new genre of headphones. However, we feel the tag of Rs 21,600 amounts to mindless premium pricing – even Seinnheisers cost less. (It's small consolation, but all...

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Bose QuietComfort 20i


Supreme comfort and stellar anti-noise make the Bose QuietComfort 20i the noise-canceling buds to beat.

Superb noise cancellation; Extremely comfortable and stable fit; Slim battery pack; Audio plays without power

Expensive; Bulky inline miccontroller; Battery life could be better

Frequent long-distance travelers should unequivocally get the Bose QuietComfort 20i for the noise cancellation alone. These earbuds are much more portable than over-the-ear noise-canceling headphones, and they're infinitely more comfortable for long...


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Bose QuietComfort 20


Bose has been a go-to choice for noise-canceling headphones since the company's original QuietComfort headphones debuted in 2000. The line has been updated over the years with an on-ear model (the QC15s ) and new over-the-ear models (the QC3s ), but...

The Bose QuietComfort 20 and 20i are compact in-ear headphones that sound good, are very comfortable to wear, and offer surprisingly impressive noise cancellation. The noise cancellation is powered by an integrated rechargeable lithium battery that...

Expensive; they don't sound as good as many competing in-ear headphones in this price range; rechargeable battery isn't replaceable.

Despite some downsides, including a high price, the Bose QuietComfort 20 offers the best noise-canceling in an in-ear headphone and should tempt frequent travelers looking for a more compact alternative to a full-size NC headphone, such as the Bose...

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Bose QuietComfort 20


The Bose QuietComfort 20 is a giant leap forward for noise cancellation earphones, and easily the most effective pair we have tested thus far.

The best noise cancellation circuitry on the market. Rich bass response and crisp highs. Comfortable, secure fit. Works in passive mode

Sound signature is very sculpted, and not for purists. Light on accessories like extra eartips

Noise-cancelling in-canal earphones have been far less popular and common than the on-ear and over-ear ear noise cancelling full-size headphones, like Bose's QuietComfort 15. With the QuietComfort 20, Bose aims to change this. The $299.95 (direct)...

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Bose QuietComfort 15


While we wish we could listen without power, the Bose QuietComfort 15 offers superior noise cancellation and good audio quality.

Superior noise cancellation ; Great Audio Quality

Can't listen without power

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Bose QuietComfort 15 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Review - Intro


The QuietComfort 15s are the latest headphones in Bose's line-up of active cancelling headphones. It's quite an improvement over the QuietComfort 3s. They might be a bit expensive, and they might not have the best audio quality, but they have some of...

The Bose QuietComfort 15s have a lot of improvements over the QC3s. They don't have the greatest sound quality, but their active cancellation feature is absolutely incredible. Unfortunately, even this strength has a weakness: you can't use the QC15s...

Editor's Choice!

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Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones


These premium noise-cancelling headphones combine excellent audio quality with unsurpassed comfort.

Best-in-class noise cancellation ; Faithful audio reproduction ; Very comfortable design ; Included carrying case and airplane adapter

Doesn't work without battery ; No in-line volume controls

Is spending 300 bucks on a pair of headphones worth it? Yes, if you want a respite from the cacophony of airplane cabins, city streets, or other noisy environments, there is no better option. What’s more, the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise...


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Bose QuietComfort 15


Here's today's quiz—guess how many headphones will be bought in the U.S. this year? If you said 68 million, you'd win the prize. The vast majority are earbuds for music players with a chunk (12 million) the classic wired-headband, DJ-wannabe style...

Superior noise-canceling system; very comfortable; good frequency response

High price may trouble some; not the ultimate solution for audiophiles

You'll be more than happy with the QC15's performance should you choose to shell out for it.

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Bose Quiet Comfort 15 (Silver)


In designing its fourth-generation consumer noise-canceling headphones, the QuietComfort 15s, Bose has done something interesting. Instead of coming up with a whole new look for its headphones as it did with the QuietComfort 3s , Bose has left the...

Extracomfortable design; improved sound; highly effective noise-canceling circuitry; device folds for compact storage in included carrying case; 30-day home trial.

Expensive; when the battery dies, so does the music.

While they're no bargain, the Bose QuietComfort 15s currently offer the best sound and silencing capabilities in a pair of noise-canceling headphones.

Product Specifications


Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
Display: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Integrated Amplifier: No
Mute Control: No
Neckband: No
Noise Cancellation: Yes
Screen: No
Sound System:STEREO
Volume Control: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Connection:ONE 3.5 mm Plug

General Features

Compatibility:for 4 and more brands
Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Form factor:In Ear Headset
Indoor/Outdoor :Outdoor
Product Type:Headphones
Signal Connection:Wired
Type:Headphones / Traditional Headphone