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There is no doubt about the quality of Bose products in the audio world. Many people have become obsessed with these products since they often offer near-flawless listening experiences. No less enticing to audiophiles is the Bose Quietcontrol 30 but does the quality of audio it promises merit the high price point and dated design of the device?
Design: Not elegant, but functional
Bose Quietcontrol 30’s construction is kind of a mixed bag. Due to the placement of the various heavy components within the neckband, the earpieces themselves are surprisingly light for wireless earbuds. You’ll need a weird necklace, but it’ll be worth it.
The Quietcontrol 30 weighs just 63 grams, which makes it significantly heavier and bigger than other wireless earbuds. Despite their smaller and lighter size, they are just as effective as noise-cancelling headphones. In high-quality audio and noise-cancelling, these headphones are best seen as a compromise between headphones and earbuds when it comes to portability and audio quality.
The neckband on the headphones may make them heavier, but at the same time, it allows them to easily be worn around the neck when they are not being used. There are situations where you may have to quickly remove the headphones from your ears and do not have time to put them away in the case, so this arrangement is extremely helpful.
Unfortunately, if they are not in your ears when you wear them and the earbuds are not in your ears, they will dangle and bounce around while you wear them. An earbud that could be clipped to the neckband would have been a huge improvement.
Although it’s fairly durable, the Quietcontrol 30 in dubai has a delicate design. With the Quietcontrol 30, you’ll have peace of mind when travelling with a hardshell case. There’s also a pouch for storing the included USB cable and an additional set of ear tips.
Inside the neckband is the power and pairing button, which requires a lot of force to press. When wearing headphones, it’s a little hard to reach. But this design also makes it harder to accidentally press it. There’s a soft plastic door that keeps moisture and debris out. I’ve worn out my port covers on my Bose Soundsports, so I imagine this will too.
In light of the QuietControl 30’s price tag, it’s a bit disappointing that the earphones use an outdated Micro USB port instead of a USB-C one. This is because Micro USB connectors are not reversible like USB-C connectors, and Micro USB transfer rates and charging rates are slower as well.
Setup: Quick and easy
Getting the Quietcontrol 30 working wasn’t hard. After I turned it on, I paired it with my phone and registered it in Bose Connect. When you don’t already have a Bose account, creating one will take time.
Comfortable: Fits like a glove
With the Quietcontrol 30, your ear is safe and secure. While they’re so light and soft you can almost forget they’re there, the earbuds lock in firmly and won’t let you lose them. Even though my fit was a little tight, the neckband will be comfortable for most people. I think you should be able to use the Quietcontrol 30 unless you have a freakishly wide neck like me. They can be worn while commuting.
The sound quality is almost perfect
In-ear headphones and high-quality headphones alike benefit from Bose’s Quietcontrol 30’s top-notch sound. I was blown away by how wide the sound stage is of these earbuds while listening to Thunderstruck by 2Cellos, which I use to test headphones. Audio is reproduced very even, without emphasizing or minimizing mids, highs, or bass. This produces clear audio in any genre.
After switching from the soft sound of the cello to the driving rock beat of Goodbye June’s Charge Up the Power, I could see this versatility in action. It is my opinion that the Quietcontrol 30 provided excellent definition for the aggressive vocals, heavy guitar, and pounding drumbeats in the song.
Good, but not great battery life
The battery life of 10 hours is accurate, but not spectacular. The battery should have been bigger considering the large neckband. It would be better if the active noise cancellation option could be disabled, but it’s still good enough to make it through the day.
It’s probably because the Micro-USB port is old and it takes three hours to charge.
Wireless range and capability are weak
For such high-end headphones, the Bose Quietcontrol’s advertised 33 feet range isn’t that great. My cheaper Bose Soundsport earbuds have a range of about five feet. It’s still fine for normal use.
Software: Easy to use
Bose Connect has a slick design and is easy to use. Controls that change the amount of noise cancellation are prominently displayed. Noise-cancelling doesn’t disable or decrease, only the amount of outside noise piped into the headphones.
You can access Bluetooth settings and music sharing with two buttons, and the battery level is displayed. Furthermore, there’s a settings menu where you can set things such as standby timers and voice prompts. Overall, it’s a great app.
Music sharing is frustrating
This Bose Quietcontrol 30 feature lets you share music with other Bose products, but it’s hard to use and only works with a limited number of Bose products. My Bose NC 700 headphones would not work with my Bose Soundsport earbuds. In the end, passing headphones around is much simpler than fiddling with wireless sharing.
Price: Fairly steep
Despite its price tag of AED 1098, Bose Quietcontrol 30 isn’t for the faint of heart. Even so, considering their great audio quality, impressive comfort, and incredibly effective active noise cancellation, they’re easily worth the price. They do, however, have some drawbacks. It doesn’t match much less expensive headphones when it comes to range and battery life.
You won’t regret paying so much for the Bose Quietcontrol 30’s amazing audio and super comfy earbuds. Despite that, they aren’t perfect. I was especially annoyed when I couldn’t use them with only passive noise cancelling. Despite their flaws, however, they’re an impressive pairing, and if they are your primary concern, you might be able to overlook their shortcomings.