The new Bose Quietcomfort buds and the second gen AirPods pro both make BOLD claims about ANC, so which is actually best? I tested them head to head.
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ADDITIONAL REVIEW NOTES:
The new AirPods Pro 2 may look similar to the original AirPods Pro, but I assure you, these are a completely different experience and I am blown away by how much improvement we are seeing here. Similarly, I recently said the Bose Quietcomfort Earbuds 2 may very well be the most improved pair of earbuds this year! The original versions of these two earbuds were duking it out two years ago for the best ANC earbuds, but now with these massive improvements, it is time to compare the new AirPods Pro 2 to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2. I promise, this is going to be interesting
Bose claims to have the world’s best ANC
AirPods claim to be 2x better than the previous ANC they had
These are both insanely good!
Bose has 11 levels between transparency and ANC but can never turn off
AirPods only have ANC/off/Transparency
Both have adaptive transparency with dB threshold
Makes these something you could perhaps wear at a concert to protect your ears
You’re going to hear different and conflicting analyses between these earbuds, so I want to quantify it for you and remove any doubt.
Airplane on speaker – vol 35 on Bose vs 27 on AirPods
Air conditioner test – disappears completely with airpods, can still hear it with bose like a gentle hum
Female voice test – could not hear until volume 16, airpods = 13
Wind test – both are about the same. Most angles are find, but a stiff breeze head on is definitely very audible
Airpods are better at achieving complete silence, but Bose is better at muting loud sounds. AirPods perform better up to around 52dB, but above that and especially above 55dB, the Bose earbuds perform better.
Transparency is really good on both of them. Undoubtedly two industry leaders, but Bose are a little hissier – otherwise super accurate
With music playing, Bose sounds like the music is playing in the room and not your ears – amazing!
Both just SBC & AAC codecs
Bose have warm and capable bass and you can really hear the music in a natural balance, or adjust via the EQ in the app. Great dynamic sound with thumpy bass, a realistic sound to live recordings, and an accurate sound for studio recordings. As I mentioned originally, they are slightly less detailed than something like the Sennheisers or B&O EX
AirPods have volume adjusted tuning for a great balance at any volume
Bose has more bass and especially powerful subbass which contributes to the more powerful ANC, AirPods have more clarity
Bose has a very wide soundstage. Fills the room in aware mode
It really comes down to preference. You can’t go wrong with either of them
SPEAKER TEST (on case)
Bose works well with android or apple
Both have mono mode
Neither has multipoint, but AirPods sort of do for apple products only, Bose has app switching
Tap and swipe controls vs Pinch and swipe
EarScan for 360 audio in AirPods
Bose plays calibration sound for each ear
Bose has “modes”
Bose case has no wireless charging
AirPods case can charge qi, magsafe, apple watch, or lightning
Bose battery = 6/24hrs
AirPods battery = 6/30hrs
AirPods are smaller with smaller case
AirPods have lanyard hook
Both are comfortable, and both eventually fall out of my left ear
Bose has wing tip, so more secure
AirPods are smaller though and have an XS tip added this time
AirPods have skin detection
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