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Bose QuietComfort 20 / QC20 / QC20i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5218 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and usability are on the whole positive. The comfort and noise isolation also get good feedback. There are some less positive views about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Bose QuietComfort 20 / QC20 / QC20i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Bose QuietComfort 20 review


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...

Oct, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

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.

PerformanceBefore we discuss the audio performance itself, let's talk about the noise cancellation. Bose's QuietComfort series has always been at the top of this category, constantly appearing to be one step ahead of the competition. Well, the QC20...

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Sam Vafaei , Marc Henney (

Bose QuietComfort 20 HEADPHONES


The Bose QC20 are average mixed usage headphones with excellent noise cancellation for commuting and loud environments. They're well-designed, durable, comfortable and compact and stable enough for the gym. Unfortunately, their audio reproduction is...

Excellent noise isolation. ; Simple, durable design. ; Comfortable stable fit from the StayHear+ tips.

Slightly bass-heavy audio reproduction.

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Geoff Morrison (

The Best Noise-Cancelling Earbuds


After researching and testing two dozen pairs, we think the Bose QuietComfort 20 are the best in-ear noise-cancelling headphones for most people.

The Bose QuietComfort 20 cancels far more noise than the competition. In addition, it’s well-built, and for most people it’s an exceptionally comfortable pair of headphones. The sound is only average, but the superb NC ability more than makes up for...

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Tetel (

Bose QuietComfort 20i Review: Lightweight, Comfortable, Impressive Earphones


The earphones look handsome and elegant with its dark gray matte finish body that matches perfectly with the StayHear® + tips that hold the earphones in place. The default ear tip that is installed is the Medium (grey), and then you have the two...

Pros: ✓ Excellent noise-cancelation engineering ✓ StayHear® + tips makes the whole music experience very comfortable (even when used for long hours) ✓ Aware mode lets you hear what’s around you without compromising sound quality ✓ Compact (best...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : Kevin Nether (

Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones review


The Bose QuietComfort 20 in-ear headphones are Bose's first pair of noise cancelling in-ears, but how well do they fare? Join us as we go ears-on to find out!

Mar, 2014

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Mike Kobrin (

Bose QuietComfort 20i Review


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

Expensive ; Bulky inline mic/controller ; Battery life could be better

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

Feb, 2014

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Bose QuietComfort 20i Review


While the over-the-ear and on-ear noise canceling headphones are fairly common, and popular, the in-canal variety are rare. This is mostly because there haven't been too many of such earphones till now. The Bose QC20i is a rather neat option for you,...

Excellent noise cancellation, In-line battery & circuit compartment is fairly sleek, Adequate bass response, Vocals are handled well, Comfortable tips suit long listening sessions

Not meant for bass addicts, Expensive

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : Virginia Barry (

Bose QC20i


Silence is golden (and expensive, too).

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Sal Cangeloso (

Review: Bose QC20i noise-cancelling headphones


Noise-cancelling headphones have been the top choice of frequent fliers for years, but their transition to the world of earbuds has been rather slow. To some extent this is not surprising — an […]

The sound quality of the QC20s is good to very good. The fit was not ideal for me, but after deciding on the right silicone ear pieces and getting used to the way they sit, I found the QC20′s oversized earbuds to be comfortable and well-suited to...

Oct, 2013

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