THE SOUND OF SI­LENCE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - SKULLCANDY CRUSHER -

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

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