Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones review

Bose QuietComfort 45

Bose has recently launched its latest mid-range headphone Bose QuietComfort 45. The headphone come with a Noise cancellation, Aware mode, High-Fidelity audio, and adjustable EQ. Additionally, it has included an light weight design, Noise rejecting mic system, 24 hours battery and reliable Bluetooth connectivity.

Pros
  • In-app EQ
  • Good ANC
  • Comfortable over long periods of time
Cons
  • Sound quality
  • SBC and AAC only, no aptX

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Price and availability

The Bose QuietComfort® 45 come with a two-colour variants Black and White smoke colour. It is price $329. You can purchase this product through the company’s official website bose.com.

Who should have to Buy the headphone?

  • For those who want better quality of active noise cancellation
  • Also for the one who better performance and comfortable for a longer sessions.

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Box Content

  • QuietComfort® 45 headphones
  • Carry case
  • 12″ USB-C charging cable
  • 3.5 mm to 2.5 mm audio cable

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Bose QuietComfort 45: Design

The Bose QuietComfort® 45 come with a lightweight design. Moreover, the Impact resistant Glass-filled nylon reinforces the headband to protect against falls and maintain its shape. The Custom cast metal of each pivot point is built with a cast-metal hinge, so they’ll stay strong and durable. Additionally, luxuriously plush Synthetic leather on the earcup cushions and top of the headband ensures all-day comfort.

Talking about the earcups, it is come with a 240 grams weight and large shape. So it separate its weight well enough to not cause too much pressure over the longer period. The synthetic leather pads are sufficiently dense to offer decent isolation, and the band also provides a bit of padding on the top. The earcups are band horizontally to perfectly fit into the carrying case.

However, one of the biggest updates to the new design of the Bose QuietComfort 45 is the jump from the old microUSB port to USB-C. Of course, this is primarily for charging your headphones, so no need to fool with microUSB anymore. When I plug in the microUSB cable in the dark it always feels like I’m trying to mash the wrong sides of the LEGO together, so I appreciate the update.

Speaking of updates, the Bose QuietComfort 45 looks a little different than the Bose QuietComfort 35 II instead. All the small holes in the back of the ear cup are gone, and the plastic on the outside is smooth instead. Although there are few microphones used for the active sound cancellation unit, they are definitely not as noticeable as before.

Bose QuietComfort 45: Touch Controls

However, playback controls live on the right headphone, and the voice assistant plus ANC toggle on the left. Sadly, you can’t turn off the ANC if the headphones are on; You can just toggle the mode called “Awake” which allows some passthrough around you using the external mics of Boss QuietComfort 45 – an unfortunate feature we’ve seen with Microsoft Surface Headphones 2. Below is a complete list of default controls.


One press
Two pressesThree pressesHold
Top button (right)Volume up
Middle Button (right)Play/pause, answer/end callNext trackPrevious trackDecline call
Bottom button (right)Volume down
Action button (left)Toggle ANC modeMute callN/AVoice assistant

Bose QuietComfort 45: Bose Music app

The earbuds feature a simple and reliable on -ear touch enabled controls for quick and easy commands. Additionally, mobile smart assistant compatibility with Siri, Google assistant and Alexa allows for hands free control. You need to download this app to get more advanced and personal experience. Once you do this, you will be able to control the amount of noise around you.

When you open the Boss Music app, you’ll be remind to share a lot of information, such as location, call, and message history, but that’s the cost of access to this type of feature these days. Once you accept, the app will set up your profile and detect your headphones (possibly in your hands or on your head). Once this process is completed you’ll be able to rename your Bose QuietComfort 45, mess with the options a bit, and that’s really what it’s all about.

Bose included an equalizer to the Bose Music app for QuietComfort 45 via a firmware update. Which means you can fine-tune these headphones to your liking and deal with the crooked default sound profile (more on that below). We will test this firmware update and report back with our results shortly.

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Bose QuietComfort 45: Sound

Bose QuietComfort 45

The proprietary Triport design vents the earcups to add depth and completeness – all without increasing their size. So, you get better sound from smaller, lighter and more comfortable headphones. Also, the volume-optimized Active EQ boosts high and low to maintain the same high-fidelity performance, no matter how loud or soft you listen. The bass stays consistent when you turn down the volume and the music is still clear when you turn it on.

With the addition of a fourth external microphone or NOISE-REJECTING MIC SYSTEM. The improved voice pickup of QC45 headphones exceeds the competition. These headphones isolate and focus on your voice. While a noise-rejecting algorithm filters out environmental sounds for clearer conversations. It all happens in real time, giving you the confidence that your voice sounds crisp, even in windy, noisy conditions.

Bose QuietComfort 45: Active Noise Cancellation

It all starts with our Acoustic Noise Cancelling™ technology, the result of more than 50 years of research. The Bose QuietComfort 45 use tiny microphones hidden in the earcups to continuously measure, compare, and react to outside noise. That noise is then cancelled with an opposite signal, resulting in fewer distractions — and more of your music. Use the button on the left earcup to choose from Quiet Mode for full noise cancelling, or Aware Mode to let in some of your surroundings.

Moreover, Aware Mode brings the outside world in with microphones that pick up the sounds around you and play them naturally through the headphones. It’s your music and your environment at the same time. So, you can hear everything you need to, but at a much more balanced volume.

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Bose QuietComfort 45: Battery

Bose QuietComfort 45

With the noise cancellation, the Boss QuietComfort lasts 45 to 24 hours, 49 minutes, surpassing the official 24-hour battery life for the headset. Our battery tests are performed on the headset subject to a constant 75dB (SPL) output until the battery is empty, so if you listen to a low volume, you will exceed the 25-hour-mark and then some. Furthermore, you can use USB-C cable to charge QC 45 faster. A 15-minute fast charge gives 180 minutes of play time.

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Bose QuietComfort 45: Connectivity

The Bose QuietComfort 45 come with a Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity. Along with Bluetooth, hardwire through the 2.5-3.5mm TRRS cable included in the packaging. Additionally, with the Bluetooth wireless connection, you can go up to 30 feet from the source of connection before the connection is interrupted. Along with Bluetooth, the earbuds also come with a multiconnection feature, so you can Pair up to two devices at once and seamlessly switch between them.

However, if you’re hoping for a high-end codec for Bose’s latest codec. The QC 45 doesn’t support aptX or high-bitrate Bluetooth codecs. While this may be frustrating for some, the implementation of SBC and AAC has improved over the years, and you are unlikely to notice anything that Bluetooth has in common.

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Conclusion

If you get Bose QuietComfort 45, you are getting a competent set of Noise Cancellers. The addition of EQ to the Boss Music app is also good news. Sadly, Bose QuietComfort 45 is not currently suitable for the money when you can get Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 for $ 50 USD plus or Bose QuietComfort 35 II for 80 USD less. Indeed, the biggest drawback to holding an old headset is the microUSB port. As a result, I recommend that you try to find the Boss QuietComfort 35 II for sale somewhere so that you can save some money on the new one.

When you consider that the problems with the Bose QuietComfort 45 are really something that can be coded or developed for it, I don’t feel comfortable telling you that this isn’t a good headset, or you should avoid it altogether.

Bose QuietComfort 45: Alternatives

If you do not want to spend a huge amount of $ 329 USD, you can look at some other models of headphones to make sure you are not spending too much. The Sennheiser HD 450BT and Sony WH-1000XM4 both offer a bit more bang for the buck, and the app includes EQ and more audio quality-focused Bluetooth codecs such as aptX and LDAC Animal Comfort, respectively.

However, if you’re still thinking about the Bose QuietComfort 45, then definitely take a good, hard look at its predecessor, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. While it doesn’t have a USB-C port, it costs less than $ 80 USD, and it works on par with the new headset minus the fantastic high-end load.

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