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QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones — Apple devices

QuietComfort® 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones— Apple® devices is rated 4.2745 out of 5 by 153.
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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 THE Best Noise Cancelling that money can buy! I've owned the QC15s, QC25s and now the QC20s for Apple devices. Let me first start off by stating that the fit was flawless, for earbuds, and the design ensures they don't fall out of the ear. I loved my QC25s, but after hearing the difference in noise cancellation, I don't even use the QC25's anymore. With the QC20s, I'm able to drown out all of the backdrop noise at work (i.e., 15 - 20% more than QC25s, to me) and the television from family members when I'm at home. It's eery how well the noise cancelling works. I'm not an audiophile, but these are the best headphones I've ever owned and I thought I'd never be able to say that about a pair of earbuds. The only minor gripe I have is that the case seems a bit small, which forces you to bend the cables near the noise cancellation component. I just worry about the effects over time, but I guess it's ok, as I haven't read any reviews regarding defective or broken wiring as a result. Anyways, 5 stars!!!
Date published: 2016-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Quality Product I don't typically write reviews for products but these QC20i earbuds have literally changed my daily commute to/from work on Chicago's CTA Commuter Train system. The noise cancelling is astonishing given the amount of ambient noise, all the while while maintaining the clarity of the audio that would normally be drowned completely out. The only suggestion I would make is to find a method to attach the noise cancelling module to the player (in my case, an iPod touch) I tried to use velcro but it wouldn't stick to the material of the module so instead, I secure it to the back of my iPod with a simple rubber band...
Date published: 2016-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like to show it off. I brought this a week ago and its by far better than any beats i had. As a 17 year old in New York City constantly taking the train and hearing noises, these headphones cancel out everything. They work wonders, however i do want to try the Q25s to compare them. The only annoying thing is having the battery adapter at the bottom. It ruins the speed of putting your phone away and its a hassle. Which makes me want to try the Q25. They should make a all black pair.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort I've been using (the older model) QC 20 for two plus years now and still there is nothing available in the market close to this and hence I'm planning to buy another. The comfort especially on the long 12+ hrs flights is exceptional. Also for the long teleconferences there is nothing more comfortable. The ear piece is exceptional and very durable. I wished the battery pack (brown plastic casing) was more durable especially in warmer weather. But still no loss or degradation of its full functionality.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Perfect I bought it since October and I am using it almost 5 days a week on an average of 3-4 hours. It completely isolates you from your surroundings, no matter the traffic and noise surrounding you. Battery Life is also perfect, I guess i have recharged it maximum
Date published: 2016-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I ever anticipated... I decided to go to a Bose store on a whim as I had recently been in search of a pair of Bose headphones and while there I subsequently learned are no longer being made). Upon learning this fact, I was a few feet away from the door when the sales associate brought up these headphones. I AM SO GLAD THAT HE DID. For years I have used Apple earpods or something equivalent and then recently I upgraded to Beats. This being said, when I tried on these headphones in the store the noise cancellation blew me away and I was astonished that these earbuds could actually provide such an amazing sound! Needless to say, I absolutely love these headphones and truly believed that for the quality, they are completely worth the price. If you want amazing noise cancellation, ease of use, and VERY comfortable headphones, these are for you!
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way above expectation I bought a pair of these for a trans-atlantic flight. Having never owned a 'decent' pair of noise cancelling headphones, I figured I would go with Bose due to reputation more than anything. The instant silence when turning them on at an airport was the first sign that I'd made a good choice! I was sitting on a plane for 10 hours, in a window seat that looked out to the engine, and had a screaming 4-5 month old kid behind me... and just didn't care! Noise cancelling is incredible, sound quality is fantastic at any volume, and the 'Aware' mode is extrememly useful for quick moments when you need to jump back in to the outside world. My girlfriend got a pair of the QC25 over-the-ear headphones, and her opinion was equally as high on those. I would say that the choice comes down to personal preference on in-ear vs over-ear. But I will add that the 'Aware' function is not there on the QC25.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome! Bought it a week ago and the noise cancellation is so cool
Date published: 2016-01-04
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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
Accessories FAQs


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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