QUIET PLEASE! The Bose in-ear cans bring an uninterrupted music experience [BOSE]
Making the capital silent is no easy feat.
Bustling buses, honking taxis and thousands of tourists combine to create a monstrous amount of noise.
So plugging in your tunes and attempting to get an uninterrupted music experience is almost impossible.
Unless you’re happy to go and live in a cave, everywhere you visit you’ll come across some form of irritating background noise.
Of course one way to combat this sound pollution is to pop on a giant pair of on-ear headphones and wander around looking like a Premiership footballer.
But while the sound quality of these cans is usually impressive, they can be pretty impractical to use everyday.
Now Bose has launched its QuietComfort 20i noise cancelling in-ear headphones.
Pop the super comfy speakers in your ears and you honestly won’t hear a thing except your music.
COMFY: The QC 20i's are unbelievably comfortable even after long periods of use [BOSE]
Bose has developed the StayHear+ tips which physically block some noise out, while Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology electronically reduces most of what's left.
Until you’ve tried it you won’t believe how good this technology is, and we were amazed by how little ambient noise you can hear with the QC 20i’s plugged in your lugholes.
They’re so good that when testing the headphones we got totally immersed in our music and missed our stop on the London Underground, ending up five miles from home.
Apart from staying too long on public transport, another issue with noise cancelling headphones is your safety; meandering into a busy London road could end with a trip to A&E.
But Bose has included an Aware mode which can simply be switched on via the cord remote and allows users to hear what’s going on around them, should they feel the need.
Being Bose you’d expect the sound quality to be impressive.
These mini boomboxes are fabulous and, although in our opinion you’ll achieve better quality from on-ear headphones, these are probably some of the best in-ear cans you can buy.
POWER: The battery pack that supplies the QC 20i's power becomes very irritating [DAVE SNELLING]
Sadly, a major issue with the QC 20i’s is the cost.
At £259 we feel they are too pricey, and you might decide that you’d rather put up with a bit of background noise.
The other issue we have with these brilliant headphones is that, to make them work, they need power.
This can’t come from your smartphone so they have an extra battery pack.
Attached to the base of the cord it becomes incredibly annoying and also means that you’ve got another device to remember to pump power into at night.
However, battery pack and price aside, if you buy a pair you’re in for a treat as the Bose QuietComfort 20i’s are truly mind-blowing.
They sound fabulous, are unbelievably comfortable and make listening to your music an absolute joy.
Just be warned… after our experience on the tube, they could also leave you with a very long walk home.Related articles
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