Bose is looking to turn heads with its new QuietComfort lineup

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Pictured: Bose QuietComfort Headphones
// The most expensive Bose headphones now have spatial audio
Fergus Halliday
Sep 15, 2023
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Published on September 14, 2023

Bose has given its lineup of noise-cancelling headphones an overhaul that ditches the numbers and adds spatial audio. There are three sets of wireless headphones in the mix here: two of which are over-ear in form-factor while the third is an in-ear option akin to Apple's AirPods.

The first cab off the rank is the new Bose QuietComfort Headphones. These step in where the previous QuietComfort 45s left off, combining iconic looks with bold new colours. The updated over-ear headphones also boast new software-based tricks like adjustable noise cancellation and a battery life of up to 24 hours.

In Australia, the new Bose QuietComfort headphones will retail for $549.95.

If you're game to spend that little bit more, that's where the new QuietComfort Ultra comes in. Replacing the less elegantly named Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, these represent the new top-of-the-line and boast a sleeker and more comfortable design than the standard QuietComfort headphones offer.

According to Bose, its most expensive set of consumer-grade noise-cancelling headphones also reap the benefits of a reworked signal processor, upgraded chipset and improved microphone array.

The big thing that you're getting here that you aren't with the cheaper model is Bose's take on spatial audio, which is called Bose Aware Mode. This immersive audio experience supports head tracking and relies a proprietary audio processing algorithm to turn stereo tracks into spatial ones.

In Australia, the Bose QuietComfort Ultra will retail for $649.95.

Last but not least, there's the new Bose QuietComfort Ultra earbuds. These are intended to succeed the existing QuietComfort Earbuds II, though there isn't a huge amount of difference between the two on paper. That said, the new earbuds do offer support for Snapdragon Sound (which their predecessors lacked) and promise to do better when it comes to voice call quality. Boses' take on true wireless is good for 6 hours of playback on a single charge, plus another 18 hours via the carrying case.

In Australia, the Bose QuietComfort Ultra earbuds will retail for $449.95.

There's no official word on when you'll be able to find any of the above in Australian retailers just yet, but those who preorder via the Bose website should expect their orders to ship in mid-October.

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Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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