Published on July 4th, 2016 | by Nakul Gupta2
Experiencing Bose Quiet Comfort 20 Headphones.
If you are like me and use public transport as your main source to commute, then you must know how important your headphones are.
I have always been happy with Apple’s EarPods that come with the iPhone. Even when I had lost them I would go to the Apple Store to buy new EarPods for 119 AED rather than going for any other headphones.
But this time, I decided to give up my Apple EarPods and instead go for something long-lasting. After investing a good amount of time and mobile data on researching different options, I decided to go for Bose Quiet Comfort 20 (QC20) for iPhone. Unlike Bose QC 25 which are over the ear headphones, QC20 are in-ear headphones.
When I got to the Store (Virgin Store, DCC) I started doubting my decision as these sucker costs 1299 AED which is definitely not cheap. My thought process completely took a U-turn and I bought Apple in-ear headphones thinking that they would sound better than Apple EarPods as they cost more than double. They cost 299 AED to be exact.
Excited to try them out, I unboxed it in the metro and gave them a go. As soon as I pressed play my heart skipped a beat and my heart rate dropped of astonishment that how can 299 AED earphones sound so bad (and by bad I mean it is just horrible). I quickly went online to check for reviews hoping I got a defective unit so that I can get them replaced.
The reviews were unpleasant on Apple’s forum and most of the reviewers suggested that Apple should discontinue this product as it is bringing shame to their brand.
Soon I got down at the next Virgin Store (MOE) and went straight to the Customer Care counter and explained to them that I expected 299 AED earphones to sound better than 130 AED ones and that too of the same manufacturer. They did ask me few questions but eventually asked to check out other headphones I would like to buy. This time, I went with my initial decision I bought Bose QC20.
These earphones are exceptionally good. How Bose managed to subtract all that noise around with just switch slider beats me. The box includes QC 20 headphones for Apple devices, 3 pairs StayHear®+ tips (S, M, L), Clothing clip, Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (built-in), USB charging cable and a Carrying case.
It takes approximately 2 hours to charge the built-in battery and gives around 16 hours of use. Once the battery is dead, you can use the headphones without noise cancellation features which sound pretty decent too.
The proprietary StayHear®+ tips are soft and fits securely in the ear for hours of listening. The Deep, clear sound from the Active EQ and TriPort® technology gets me every time I switch noise cancellation ON.
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. At the touch of a button, activate Aware mode to hear what’s happening around you.
Bose QC20 launched almost 3 years back but still holds the position as one of the best noise cancellation headphones out there.
They are available at all the major electronics store for 1299 AED.