After a series of leaks, Bose this morning announced the latest addition to its beloved on-ear headphones. The QuietComfort 45 (which replaces the 35 II) offers improved nose cancellation and 24 hours of battery life on a charge, according to Bose measurements. Airline Pillars cost $ 330 – $ 20 less than the original asking price of the QC 35.
The new headphones look like the last generations, mainly receiving a few tweaks to make them a bit more comfortable, lighter and more compact. The headphones have two main modes: Quiet and Aware. The former uses improved noise cancellation technology to respond to ambient noise (as opposed to Bose’s unique old ANC). Aware, meanwhile, lets in sound with a transparency mode.
Where some have made the switch entirely to touchscreens, Bose retains physical buttons, with four on the left ear cup for volume, power, and pairing and one on the right for switching between noise cancellation modes. The voice has been enhanced to isolate sound while using the built-in microphone for conversations.
The battery is rated at 24 hours of music playback, which is recharged via USB C. It takes two full hours to go from zero to full – or you can get three hours out of 15 minutes, if you’re pressed for time.
The headphone category has evolved considerably since Bose launched the first generation of QuietComfort in 2000, it finally went fully wireless in 2016 with the QC 35. More recently the category has grown even more crowded thanks to some excellent inputs. from Sony. and Apple, but Bose remains the most iconic name in on-ear headphones, especially for frequent travel.
The QC 45 maintains the business approach to keep things simple. They go on sale September 23 – maybe we’ll all be flying again by then.