If you mention the name Bose to a group of audiophiles, you’re sure to get a broad range of reactions. You’ll have those that swear by the brand, and those that see its products as the ultimate in marketing hype (and everyone in between). Whatever the case, Bose does put out some pretty impressive hardware and that is clearly on display with the announcement of wireless versions of some of its most popular headphones.
The first is the QuietComfort 35 (QC35) headphones, which wirelessly connect to your devices using Bluetooth and NFC pairing. As its names implies, these headphones are based on Bose’s wired QuietComfort headphones, and thus feature an over-the-ear design. Just because the QC35s are wireless doesn’t mean that you have to give up such niceties such as acoustic noise canceling, a volume-optimized EQ and dual microphones.
The QC35s also feature premium materials, with a headband that is wrapped in Alcantara, while protein leather is used for the ear cushions. As for battery life, Bose says the the headphones can last up to 20 hours when used wirelessly thanks to its built-in lithium-ion battery, or double that figure if you plug them in instead.
Moving on, there’s the QuietControl 30 (QC30), which feature earbuds that are connected to a neckband that houses the device’s electronics. The QC30s contain a total of six microphones and feature advanced noise cancellation technology. Given its smaller stature, the QC30’s lithium-ion battery only lasts 10 hours on a charge.
Last but not least, there’s the SoundSport and SoundSport Pulse headphones. Both wireless headphones make use of StayHear+ tips, which are made of flexible silicon to ensure a near-perfect seal in your ear. Both are sweat resistant so you don’t have to worry about ruining them with an intense workout, and they include an inline microphone and remote for quick access to music and incoming phone calls.
The SoundSport Pulse, however, has the advantage of including a built-in heart rate monitor (Bose says that it’s as precise as a chest strap-mounted monitor) and is compatible with popular apps like Runkeeper and Endomondo. The SoundSport and SoundSport Pulse are rated to last up to 6 hours and 5 hours respectively per charge.
The QC35 is available today at a price of $349.95, while the QC30 goes on sale in September for $299.95. The SoundSport is available today for $149.95 and the SoundSport Pulse will be priced at $199.95 when it becomes available in September.