Two years after launching its beloved noise canceling QuietComfort Earbuds, Bose is finally giving us a second act with its superb QuietComfort Earbuds 2. These upgraded headphones offer a stunning level of noise canceling technology and are set to compete with popular, comparable earbuds, like the Sony WF-1000XM4 and the second-gen AirPods Pro.
The recent addition to the Bose lineup offers an almost unthinkable level of active noise canceling against all sorts of noise, all with a secure fit and the company’s new customized spin on Adaptive ANC. Bose’s latest buds make this big upgrade without skimping on audio quality, and are decidedly sleeker than the previous QC earbuds.
I’ve spent a full week wearing these earbuds around the house, to the gym, out for walks and even on the subway. Here’s what you need to know before you invest in a pair of the powerful, $299 Bose QuietComfort II.