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Bose QuietComfort 20i
 
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$269.99 - $299.00
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Summary: Portable noise canceling isolating ear-insert earphones that come with three pairs of "Stayhear + tip" ear bowl support earpieces of various sizes, USB charging cable, shirt clip, and a carrying case.
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Type: Portable headphones
About - Bose QuietComfort 20i

The Bose QC 20i portable noise-canceling earphones have an isolating ear-insert design. These iPod/cellphone-centric earphones can be used with the noise-canceling feature turned on or off, and have a 50-inch audio cord with a modified stereo 4-contact mini-plug that works with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and some cell phones, but it may not be compatible with other audio devices. The earphones have an inline microphone and remote with integrated volume, music player, and call connect/disconnect controls. The QC 20i comes with three pairs of "Stayhear + Tip" ear bowl support earpieces of various sizes, a USB charging cable, and a carrying case. It is covered by a 12-month warranty.

About This Brand

While Bose's best-known headphones are noise-canceling models, it now makes several types, including earphones. Products are usually in the higher price range.

Features & Specs - Bose QuietComfort 20i
info Weight (oz.) 1.5
info Cable length (in.) 50
info Battery type Rechargeable lithium-ion
info Works with noise reduction off Yes
info Integrated microphone Yes
info Call connect/disconnect control Yes
info Integrated volume control Yes
info Integrated player control Yes
info Detachable cable No
info Monitor function (mute) Yes
info Noise canceling unit in earpiece No
info Low battery indicator Yes
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User Reviews - Bose QuietComfort 20i
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5.0
Great sound and Superb Noise cancelling.
8/23/2014
Pros
Comfortable
Compact
Great Sound
Cons
Best Uses
Portable Devices
Relaxing
Traveling
With My Computer
Working
Comment:
Very comfortable. Great sound and the noise cancelling is far better than I would have expected from ear buds
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Battery issues
8/18/2014
Pros
Comfortable
Compact
Great Sound
Lightweight
Cons
Battery Does Not Charge
Poor Service From Bose
Best Uses
Traveling
Comment:
I have two pairs of these, both failed within 6 month of purchase. The battery will not charge and therefore no noice cancellation. Bose complex warranty policy has yet to fix this for me, one set has been in repairs for 4 weeks by now, so they have my Money, I have no product.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Great Noise Cancelling Mediocre Sound
3/3/2014
Pros
Comfortable
Compact
Great noise cancelling
Lightweight
Cons
Mediocre sound
Best Uses
Traveling
Working Out
Comment:
The Good: <br /><br />My health club plays loud distorted music; I can hardly hear myself think; my car is noisy; my wife watches TV. In all cases, the QC 20I blots out all the noise. Professional reviewers on other sites agree with me; Bose noise cancelling is by far the best.<br /><br />The in ear design is more comfortable than any other headphones I've tried.<br /><br />The Bad:<br /><br />Sound quality is mediocre. I compare the sound quality to that from my less expensive Ultrasone HFI-700 earphones that are rated good but not great by CNET.<br /><br />There is no spaciousness to symphonic music. High and mid range from individual instruments disappears. Base is blurred.<br /><br />The QC 20I does better with modern synthesized music, though again the music seems to come from a single point with no spacial quality.<br /><br />When noise cancelling comes on I feel pressure in my ears. I probably will get used to this.<br /><br />Reviewers from other sites have the following problems with the QC 20I. The battery is non replaceable and when it goes dead you simply have to buy new phones. The chords break easily and the ear plugs tear. <br /><br />Bottom Line:<br /><br />I probably will keep them because even mediocre sound is better than no sound in noisy environments. Comparable noise cancelling in ear phones with better sound all have other serious deficiencies and worse noise cancelling.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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