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Bose QuietControl 30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 396 reviews of Bose QuietControl 30. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Opinions about the portability and noise isolation are generally positive. The comfort and usability also get good feedback. Views are divided on the reliability.

sound, usability, comfort, noise isolation, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Bose QuietControl 30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Bose QuietControl 30 review


Think of Bose's QuietControl 30 ($300, £230 or AU$449) as the ultimate neckband-style Bluetooth headphone. (That's the style that looks like a horseshoe draped around the back of a person's neck, which LG pioneered with its top-selling Tone series .)

The Bose QuietControl 30 is well-built, very comfortable to wear, offers variable noise-canceling and excellent sound quality for a Bluetooth headphone. It's also sweat-resistant and can be used as a sports headphone. Works well as a headset.

Pricey. Noise-canceling isn't as effective as QuietComfort 20 or QuietComfort 35. No wired option to plug into airline entertainment systems.

So long as you don't expect the most powerful noise-canceling, the QuietControl 30 works really well as an everyday headphone. You can use it at the gym or for running.

Oct, 2016

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Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

Bose QuietControl 30


The Bose QuietControl 30 earphones combine Bluetooth connectivity and effective ambient mics with industry-leading noise cancellation technology.

Unbeatable noise cancellation. Wireless connectivity. Solid audio performance with rich bass and crisp highs. Ambient mics allow you to monitor your surroundings.

Neckband design is not for everyone. Expensive.

Conclusions From an audio standpoint, you can describe the Bose QuietControl 30 as exciting and vibrant—it's just not going to be used for reference or critical listening scenarios. From a noise cancellation standpoint, it's at the top of the heap,...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Jon Porter (

Bose QC 30 review


In-ear noise cancelling as good as any from over-ear cans

Excellent, variable, noise cancellation ; Comfortable earbuds that stay put ; Long-lasting battery

Sound isn’t great for this price point ; Neckband will be divisive

If you want a pair of wireless in-ear headphones with great battery life and excellent noise cancellation, the Bose QC30s might be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s just unfortunate that they’re not the best-sounding headphones around. Life is full...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Bose QuietControl 30 review


Impressive noise-cancelling and excellent sound quality make the Bose QC30s the real deal...

Insightful sound ; Spacious ; Impressive noise cancellation ; Punchy bass

The neckband isn’t to everyone’s tastes

By blocking outside noise, you can focus on the QC30s’ great sound

May, 2017

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (

Bose QuietControl 30 review: Great sound but uncomfortable to wear


Superlative noise cancellation and good sound quality, but there's too much wrong with the design of the Bose QuietControl 30

Great noise cancelling ; Good sound quality ; Compact and lightweight

Uncomfortable, awkward design ; Mediocre battery life

Ultimately, for £230 I expect better. Impressive though they are from a noise-cancelling perspective, there’s too much wrong with the QuietControl 30 for a wholehearted recommendation.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Richard Easton (

Bose QuietControl 30


As alluded to by their name, Bose's QuietControl 30 headphones are the company's first active noise-cancelling headphones that give you granular control over the level of noise blocking. This means that, unlike with Bose's other ANC headphones, such as...

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Nov, 2016

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Bose's QuietControl 30 is the ultimate neckband-style Bluetooth headphone (hands-on)


You've probably seen plenty of people wearing neckband-style wireless headphones, which LG pioneered with its top-selling Tone series. But think of Bose's upcoming QuietControl 30, which ships this September, as the ultimate neckband-style Bluetooth...

Jun, 2016

Consumer review by: queglay (

Siri will not work the same - the microphone and call quality on these are a disaster.


When you pay the price for these, you should expect exceptionally well made electronics. these are not that.

noise cancellation is incredibly good for the headphones, not the mic

useless microphone / call quality, should have more battery life considering their size

Apr, 2017

Consumer review by: homeslice (

5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent noise canceling and sound. A few minor flaws but overall the best headphones I have tried.


My experience with the QC30 has been really great. Noise cancelation is very good when the earpieces are properly fitted in my ear - better than my QC20i. The sound with music is definitely better than my QC20i's. Excellent separation, clarity and...

Noise Cancelation quality and adjustability, Comfort, Mic during calls, Excellent Sound Quality, Connects to 2 devices, Bose Cust. Service

Neckband can rotate, BT connection is a bit weak sometimes,

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: Snitter37 (

On/off button very poor


Overall this is a terrific product in terms of sound quality and noise cancelling. It is easy to pair, lightweight and comfortable. The one fault is that the on/off button when new is rather like trying to crush the eyeball of a dead rodent. After a...

Jun, 2017