Sometimes looks can be deceiving! Take the case of the new Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones, a fantastic piece of audio equipment, distinctly small in its physical form but vastly superior in performance, outsmarting even much larger music systems by a huge margin. The QC20 is impressive in terms of appearance, technology, and price. From a musical point of view, the headphone is a brilliant success; it does all the obvious things superbly. You get big, bold sound in your ears and just like your phone, you’ll want to take these headphones everywhere, everyday. They fit in your pocket, weigh just 42 grams, and above all, carry an affordable price tag of R22,388.
Virtually every serious audiophile has heard about Bose products, but for the uninitiated a little word on the makers of this audio equipment. From the company’s home entertainment systems and Wave music systems, to noise-cancelling and audio headphones, digital music systems, Bluetooth speakers and professional solutions, Bose has changed the way people listen to music. To say that Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic would not be an exaggeration.
Back to the new range. The new QC20s are the first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from the Framingham, Massachusetts-based firm. They deliver a stunning breakthrough in noise reduction, audio performance and comfort, and offer two ways to listen —one to shut out the world, and one to keep you connected. They are available in two different models: the QC20 headphones work with most Android, Windows and BlackBerry phones; the QC20i headphones are designed specifically for select iPhone, iPad and iPod models. We got the QC20i for a review and when listening to music from a mobile phone or tablet, what is important is that every music instrument that was played could be heard distinctly in crisp, clear and loud audio.
Before you do that, allow upto two hours for a full charge before first use. Use the supplied USB cable to connect the headphones to a powered USB port on your computer or a wall charger (not supplied). When fully charged, headphones will have about 16 hours of battery life. When powering on the device, slide the power switch on the control module to On. The headphones will turn on in noise cancelling, which reduces most sound around you.
Company officials inform that the QC20 headphones benefit from over 30