THE SOUND OF SILENCE
THE QUIET COMFORT 20 is an in-ear headphone which resembles the Bose SIE2, but has a more sober grey and silver finish. The Stay Hear ear tips are made of silicone and hold the headphones in place even if you want to work out with them on.
But that might be a bit awkward as being noise cancelling headphones the end of the cord is a control module that will dangle near the smartphone or iPod. However, the controller is crucial for this entire technology as it is here that the noise, recorded by the microphones outside the ear buds, is sent to create a negating signal within the headphones. There is an Aware mode that lets you hear some sounds, like someone trying to draw your attention to a pothole on the road.
The QC20 is also an amazing acoustic headphone with a full bodied sound range that we have sort of come to expect from Bose. As you hear Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton play the blues live at the Lincoln Centre you can really imagine the stage, the distance between the two artists and the approximate strength of the audience, even though you are sitting in a busy airport.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT: Great noise cancelling, but at Bose
prices. The controller lets you on/off noise cancellation It has a regular 3.5mm jack StayHear ear tips are made of silicone