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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II

Best noise-cancelling earbuds


  • Top-tier noise cancelling and ambient modes
  • Improved sound over the original
  • Slimline design
  • AptX support on the way
  • Improved battery capacity


  • More expensive than before
  • Average call quality
  • Still susceptible to wind noise

When it comes to the best noise-cancelling earbuds, the QuietComfort Earbuds II from Bose leave the competition in its wake.

The noise-cancellation performance here is class-leading as the QuietComfort II zaps away noise with impressive confidence. Not every sound is removed but these buds aren’t not far from off from total silence. During testing we found there were gains over the original QuietComfort Earbuds in terms of suppressing people’s voices and the noise-cancelling sounded more natural than before.

Walking in and around London, there was a wonderful sense of calm and isolation from the outside world, but the one minor issue we noticed was some minor wind noise to contend with, which we had hoped was eradicated with the new design.

The Aware mode also impresses, piping in a clear, detailed, and natural sound, and Bose’s ActiveSense technology works in a similar manner to the AirPods Pro 2‘s transparency mode, automatically reducing background noises in the Aware mode to stop the wearer from being startled by sudden, loud sounds. This worked very well on the London Underground.

Sound quality has been improved with the top end of the frequency range brighter and bass is bigger and punchier than before. Vocals carries slightly more weight too, and there’s a better sense of depth and space than we can recall with the original.

When it comes to features, the QuietComfort Earbuds II aren’t stacked with as many as its rival, but we are pleased to see a three-band EQ in the Bose Music app. The wireless connection is excellent with barely a dropout when walking around London, and battery is on more competitive terms with the Sony WF-1000XM4 with 24 hours in total if you include the charging case. If there’s a fault, it’s that call quality is not the most impressive. The Bose can let a lot of sounds through which made it harder for the person on the other end to hear what was said.

Nevertheless, in our opinion, the QuietComfort Earbuds II are the best noise-cancelling buds you can buy even with the QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds available.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
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