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QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones — Apple devices

QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones— Apple® devices is rated 4.1628 out of 5 by 86.
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In-ear. Noise cancelling. Better sound.

Shut out the world and lose yourself in your music—or let the world in. It’s your choice with the first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from Bose. The QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones let you enjoy better sound every day, everywhere you go. Turn on noise cancelling to reduce surrounding distractions and focus on your music. Or, at the touch of a button, activate Aware mode to hear what’s happening around you. Proprietary StayHear®+ tips provide a soft, secure fit. The inline microphone and remote let you switch easily to calls and control of certain functions. Choose either the QC®20 Apple device model or the QC20 Samsung and Android™ model to use with your respective device.

These headphones are designed for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® models. A version is also available for Samsung and Android devices.

  • Bose® noise cancelling technology, shut out the world and focus on your music
  • Aware mode to hear what’s around you at the press of a button
  • Deep, clear sound from the Active EQ and TriPort® technology
  • Soft, and secure for hours of listening from proprietary StayHear®+ ear tips

Lose yourself in your music

QC20 headphones let you experience music on the go as never before. You'll enjoy lifelike, digital sound quality that stands out from the noise around you—plus the freedom of an in-ear headphone. StayHear+ tips physically block some noise while our Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology electronically reduces most of what's left. It's just you and your music, even in noisy environments.

Tune in to your environment

But there are moments when you may not want to be so cut off from your surroundings. Crossing a city street. Waiting for airline gate announcements. This is where Aware mode comes in. Instead of removing your headphones, just press a button, and you're back in touch with the sounds around you—while your music keeps playing, and you still experience some noise cancellation.

Engaging sound

All this, plus Bose lifelike sound. Sound you wouldn't expect from in-ear headphones. Our TriPort® technology and Active EQ combine to give your music a depth and balance that keep your daily soundtrack fresh and alive. The subtle details shine through, too. So wherever you are, your music's front and center.

Advanced ear tip technology

And your music's even easier to enjoy when you're not fussing with your headphones. Proprietary StayHear+ tips create a soft, secure fit with no need to force them into your ears. The cone shape spreads contact evenly across the ear for maximum comfort, and forms a gentle seal that contributes to the headphones' full-spectrum noise reduction.

You're in control

Controls are all at your fingertips. Use the slider switch on the control module to turn noise cancelling on and off. The inline microphone/remote houses Aware mode and call answer/end buttons. The 4-button remote, provides volume and music control plus access to voice-recognition apps, like Siri or Google search.

Rechargeable battery

The lithium-ion battery (located inside the module) charges in just 2 hours with the included USB cable, and delivers up to 16 hours playing time per charge. A battery indicator light displays power status. And, even if the battery dies your music still plays with performance equal to that of our regular in-ear headphones.

When not in use, simply store your headphones and cables in the included carrying case.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product, Great Customer Service When I bought these I immediately fell in love. The noise canceling, comfort, and sound quality are all superb. A week later the headphones broke, but Bose was more than happy to replace them. Bose stands behind their products. I will gladly spend a little extra to buy Bose headphones because their customer service and products are so great.
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saves my sanity on the bus! I really don't like listening to people talk or hearing their music bleed through their headphones when I'm commuting on the bus. These really are a lifesaver for me. I arrive to work stress and anxiety free. Thank you for these!
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best earphones i got in my entire life. i love these best price for quality sound. i would not hesitate about buying this product.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome improvement from predecessor! I had the first version of these when I got them about 3 years ago and I can see ( and hear)the new improvements with the new version. The sound quality, the jack plug, the noise canceling box and remote control. Not saying that the first version was bad but I felt it needed improvement in those areas. With the other prior version the noise canceling box was a little heavier and my the jack used to come out constantly. Also the remote control was a little flimsy but nonetheless I loved the it but I am extremely happy that they came out with this new and improved version . Thank you Bose!
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I just bought these, and already I can tell that they are superior to any beats earphones on the market.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I actually bought these over a year ago and never had the opportunity to use them during travel. I took them on a plane recently and was blown away as soon as I powered on the noise cancelling circuitry. Simply amazing! I almost forgot I was on a plane! I hope to never endure air travel again without these little gems. If you listen in environments with lots of ambient noise, these are worth every penny.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Customer Service!! My noise cancelling earbuds quit working at 14 months. Bose has sent me a replacement even though the warranty has expired! These are the best noise cancelling on the market! I am definitely a satisfied customer.
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best All-Around Ear-Buds I've Ever Had I own and have owned various ear buds and headphones from many different brands and there is no single product that can do it all. Still, I've been in search of one versatile unit that is mobile for use with the iPhone, for airline travel (noise cancellation), and general music listening at home and at work. My expensive AKG and Sennheiser headphones are great at home for hi-fi listening but I wouldn't take one of those on my frequent business trips to Asia. I have nice ear buds from Klipsch and a Bluetooth set from Jaybird for use at the gym but they don't have noise cancellation for plane usage. So it was always a compromise depending on the environment and situation. Then I found about the QC20 from Bose and I was intrigued. I didn't want the over-ears headphones as they're bulky for travel or for exercising. I wanted something that was light and easy to carry around but with noise cancellation and great all-around sound quality. After years of wishing I can I honestly say that the QC20 is the perfect set of in-ear headphones with a sound quality that rivals the audiophile headphones while being mobile and having excellent noise-canceling technology. Now the QC20 is a constant daily companion for work, for play, and for my frequent travels to Asia for business trips. The sound is very well balanced with wide sound dispersion and superb clarity in all of the major frequency bands. I especially appreciate the fact that it doesn't emphasize the bass like so many headphones do these days. I use the QC20 with a portable JDS Labs DAC headphone amp with Apple Lossless files on my iPhone and I can't really ask for more when it comes to the sound quality although I'm quite the audiophile. As far as I'm concerned, this is as good as it needs to be. Besides the great audio quality and the superb noise-canceling properties of the QC20, the portability, comfort and good looks make it my one indispensable set of headphones that goes with me everywhere. The large size ear buds fit my ears perfectly and it's as comfortable as any set of ear-buds I've had but sounds bigger and fuller like large over-ears headphones. The carrying case is very useful as the QC20 is meant to be carried around wherever one goes. Yes, it can be considered expensive but the combination of the excellent and balanced sound quality, noise cancellation, and portability is not matched by anything else out there that I can think of. As far as I'm concerned and as a die-hard music lover who hates noise and is always on the move, this is by far the best $300 I have ever spent. I highly recommend the QC20 to any serious music fan who needs uncompromising audio quality along with noise cancellation and portability. Obviously, it's a great unit for phone conversations in a noisy environment as well. Attached is a photo of my iPhone 6 Plus with the digital out of the Apple Lossless files in my iTunes library going into a JDS Labs C5D DAC/Headphone Amp and out to the Bose QC20. The iPod Classic is now gone as this little lightweight rig sounds way better. Using the digital out from the iPhone and using the DAC does make a big difference, as does the Apple Lossless files over m4a or mp3 files. Combine all this with the Bose QC20 and it sounds as good as or better than most audiophile systems that cost many times more. Overall, although I own several expensive over-ears headphones, I'm more than content to use the QC20 over everything else. It really sounds that good but it really is important to get the best quality possible out of the source. Combine it all and you have a seriously awesome little audio rig that's very portable to go with you anywhere.
Date published: 2015-09-25
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  • QC®20 headphones — Apple devices (Including cable and StayHear®+ tips):52" L (1.55 oz)
  • StayHear®+ tips:1.25" H x 1" W x 0.5" D
  • USB cable:12" L
  • Clothing clip:1" H x 0.25" W x 0.5" D
  • Control module:3.5" H x 1.25" W x 0.375" D
  • Case:1" H x 5.5" W x 3.1" D

In the box

  • QuietComfort® 20 headphones — Apple devices
  • 3 pairs StayHear®+ tips (S, M, L)
  • Clothing clip
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (built-in)
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying case

Additional details

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

  • Charging time: 2 hours
  • Battery life: 16 hours per full charge




Can I use the headphones even if noise cancelling is off or if the battery is depleted?

Yes, QC®20 headphones are still able to play audio if the battery power is depleted and the unit is powered off. You will not be able to use noise cancelling or Aware mode, however, and Active EQ, which electronically provides more lifelike audio reproduction, is disabled. These technologies need power to operate.

What devices can I use with QC20 headphones?

QC20 headphones are specifically designed to work with select Apple or select Samsung and Android™ devices. An inline microphone and one-touch answer/end button allow for seamless switching between your calls and music. Some phones may require you to hold the answer/end button for a few seconds to perform these functions.

Can I use QC20 headphones in the rain or snow?

It's not recommended. Bose® SoundSport® in-ear headphones, however, are designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor weather.




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