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Bose® QuietControl® 30 wireless noise-cancelling headphones


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Our take on the Bose® QuietControl® 30 wireless noise-cancelling headphones

Leave it to Bose® to bring us our first in-ear headphones with both Bluetooth® and noise-cancelling technology. The QuietControl® 30 wireless headphones offer the company's famous noise cancellation, with precise control over how much external noise they block out. Just tap the in-line remote to adjust the level of cancellation to compensate for the distractions around you. Your music and podcasts play wirelessly from your phone or mobile device.  

Wireless freedom and precise noise-cancelling control

Bose QuietControl 30 wireless headphones

Block out distractions and listen wirelessly with the Bose QuietControl 30 headphones.

Leave it to Bose® to bring us our first in-ear headphones with both Bluetooth® and noise-cancelling technology. The QuietControl® 30 wireless headphones offer the company's famous noise cancellation, with precise control over how much external noise they block out. Just tap the in-line remote to adjust the level of cancellation to compensate for the distractions around you. Your music and podcasts play wirelessly from your phone or mobile device.  

I got a chance to try these headphones out, and found them surprisingly light, considering all the technology packed inside. The sturdy neckband houses the rechargeable battery and internal circuitry, but also helps keep the headphones stable. I could move my neck and head around freely without worrying about the cord whipping around. 

Smooth, strong Bose® sound

Pink Floyd's "Wish you Were Here" kicks off Crutchfield's "Headphone essentials" Spotify playlist and this track really played to the strengths of the QC® 30. As David Gilmour's acoustic guitar played along with background chords on the "clock radio," the riff sounded more startling and striking to me than it has in years — likely due to the complete silence surrounding the soundstage. When the vocals came in, then later the drums, bass guitar, and other instruments, these small headphones handled it all with graceful power.  

Light and comfortable

I often recommend Bose® for friends who need portable headphones, but are skeptical of in-ears. That's because Bose® StayHear®+ tips don't fit like most. The soft, cone-shaped tips stay in the outer part of your ear canal, while the stability loops holds them in place. I can personally listen longer using them than I can with many other ear tips. 

The QuietControl 30 headphones include three sizes of tips so you can find the right fit. The StayHear+ design also helps seal out external noise for better cancellation. And together with the freedom of movement offered by the neckband, they almost made it feel like music was floating around me.

Product Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
  • active noise cancellation uses internal circuitry to block out external distractions
    • manually adjust amount of noise cancellation to the level of external sound
  • three sizes of proprietary StayHear+ tips provide a comfortable, secure fit
  • lightweight neckband fits neatly behind your head
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 10 hours of listening with active noise cancellation
  • in-line remote for music, phone calls, volume, and control of active noise-cancellation
  • built-in microphone for taking calls with a smartphone
    • dual-mic system helps ensure clear phone calls
  • clear, detailed sound with deep bass
    • EQ optimized to deliver the best sound for every volume level
  • can connect to multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously
  • free Bose® Connect app for Apple® and Android™ offers seamless toggling between devices
    • the app can also control the amount of noise cancellation
  • USB charging cable
  • matching carrying case with carabiner clip
  • clothing clip
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-ear headphones with integrated neckband (black)
  • 3 Pairs of StayHear+QC ear tips (one pair installed)
  • 12.5" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Zippered storage case
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Global Support sheet
  • Warranty Information

Bose® QuietControl® 30 wireless noise-cancelling headphones Reviews

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Features and Specs

Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 1.094" x 0.715"
Noise-canceling Yes
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 2.2 ounces
Cord Length 23"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage Case
Charging Case No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Bose QuietControl 30 wireless headphones feature proprietary Bose technologies to provide you with excellent sound quality, while controlling how much ambient sound to let in. The QuietControl 30 in-ear headphones have an Apple-compatible in-line remote/microphone, and a lightweight neckband, and come with three pairs of ear tips. The headphones can be stored in the supplied zippered carrying case when not in use.

Bluetooth: The QuietControl 30 wireless headphones feature Bluetooth technology to connect to your mobile device. The wireless range is approximately 33 feet (10 meters). You can store up to 8 paired mobile devices in the headphone pairing list, and you can actively connect to two devices at once, switching between them as needed.

Apple Compatibility: The QuietControl 30's in-line remote/microphone is compatible with the following Apple products:

  • iPhone: 3GS through 6/6 Plus
  • iPod: touch (2nd through 5th generations), classic 120GB/160GB (2009), nano (4th through 7th generations), shuffle (3rd and 4th generation)
  • iPad: all models
  • MacBook: unibody and Pro

Neckband: The headphones have a lightweight contoured neckband that comfortably rests at the base of your neck. The weight of the headphones and cables is transferred onto your neck and collarbone, allowing the ear buds to gently rest in your ears. When you're not listening, you can simply take the ear buds out and let them hang from the neckband. The ANC and Bluetooth circuitry and the rechargeable battery are all contained inside the neckband, so there's no in-line control module.

Controllable Noise Cancelling: The QuietControl 30 features Controllable Noise Cancelling, the next generation of Bose's patented Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology. The degree of noise cancelling can be controlled by the user, either on the headphones themselves, or through the Bose Connect app (requires iOS 9.0 or later). Two buttons on the in-line remote let you select up to 12 levels of noise cancelling. On the app, you can adjust the amount of noise cancelling by sliding your finger along a 270° arc to "dial in" the precise amount of noise cancelling.

StayHear+ QC Ear Tips: The Bose headphones come with StayHear+ QC silicone ear tips in three sizes (Small/Medium/Large) to help assure a more accurate and comfortable fit. The StayHear+ QC ear tips are made of the same soft silicone material as the original StayHear ear tips, but have a unique umbrella shape that creates a gentle seal at the entrance of the ear canal. Just like the original StayHear tips, the StayHear+ QCs stay securely in your ears, even during rigorous activities.

In-line Remote: The QuietControl 30 gives you control over your headphones and your music. The 5-button in-line remote/microphone is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and features volume up/down, answer/end call, next track, previous track, fast forward, fast reverse, and Siri voice control. The two buttons on the side of the in-line remote control the amount of noise cancelling. The microphone enables you to make phone calls and perform voice commands with your iPhone.

Rechargeable Battery: The QuietControl 30s are powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery in the neckband. The battery is charged with the supplied USB cable in approximately 2 hours. A fully-charged battery provides approximately 10 hours of battery life.

Storage Case: The headphones come with a carrying case that protects your headphones and accessories when not in use. The case has a small inside pocket for small items, and a zippered closure.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

For noise canceling feature with earbuds. [ James  Nov 09, 2018 ]
i want to try the best [ JASON  Oct 30, 2018 ]
Best rated for what I need these for.. [ Jennifer  Oct 22, 2018 ]
Bose reputation for quality. [ STEVE  Aug 31, 2018 ]
I have the Bose 20 which I will give to my wife or daughter. The 30 appeals to me because of the 1 piece design. I listen to Audio Books almost everyday [ FRED  Aug 31, 2018 ]
I have the older world version - the microphone and the control don't work anymore but the audio is still good. Just need a fully working version - [ Perry  Mar 15, 2018 ]
quality and price [ BRENDA  Dec 07, 2017 ]
Looking for noise cancelling [ Michael  Nov 20, 2017 ]
I am very tired of hearing the background music when in a coffee house or other place of business. This will (I hope) eliminate that problem. [ Barry S.  Oct 08, 2017 ]
I've purchased many Bose products any they've all been great. I'm sure these will be the same [ Gary  Sep 27, 2017 ]
richest sound [ Roger  Sep 09, 2017 ]
Comfort [ Richard  Sep 04, 2017 ]
I have the qc 35 for long plane rides, now I want something with a smaller profile. [ Kenneth C.  Jul 28, 2017 ]
Recommended by my daughter who has one like this. Had also been a Bose (and Crutchfield) customer for many years. When it comes to speakers and headphones, Bose has my business. [ B  Jun 12, 2017 ]
Gift of my husband of Father day [ Olga  Jun 04, 2017 ]
brand name. [ malik  May 27, 2017 ]
Like Bose, seemed to be best reviewed, best features [ Ruth  Apr 08, 2017 ]
Bose does everything well. [ C  Apr 07, 2017 ]
great reviews [ mike  Feb 20, 2017 ]
Wireless and noise cancellation, with the classy sound and comfort of Bose. Perfect combo!! [ RAJ  Jan 14, 2017 ]
When it's BOSE, it's gotta be awesome. Owned several Noise-cancelling Bose wired head-sets and this wireless version is what I really needed right now. [ Raul  Jan 13, 2017 ]

7 questions already asked

Sorry I don't know as I use with Iphone 6+ [ Catherine  Jun 10, 2018 ]
I don't know. I have an iPhone 7+ and the pair work very well together. [ Barlon  Jun 10, 2018 ]
I don't have a Note 8 [ Horacio  Jun 10, 2018 ]
They work great with my iphone6 plus. I don't have a Apple watch [ Catherine  Jan 22, 2018 ]
I do not have Apple Watch, but if it's Bluetooth it should work. [ Robert  Jan 22, 2018 ]
There are compatible with Iphone...I have an Apple iwatch but have never had a need to test it yet... [ Zoran  Jan 22, 2018 ]
no this does not retract [ Raymond  Dec 19, 2017 ]
No they just hange loose. [ DOUGLAS  Dec 18, 2017 ]
No [ Chris  Dec 18, 2017 ]
I had no issues using any of my apple chargers. [ LINC  Jun 20, 2017 ]
No these have been pretty solid ear phones [ MILES  Jun 20, 2017 ]
So far no [ Catherine  Jun 20, 2017 ]
These Bose QuietControl 30 headphones are wireless noise-cancelling models that include Bose's built-in equalization for optimal sound quality and performance. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Larry  Apr 07, 2017 ]  Staff
they are good in an airplane. Not somuch on my motorcycle though. [ DOUGLAS  Dec 18, 2017 ]
I have checked it at home near the noisy kitchen exhaust... it was very effective reducing the noise estimate would be up to 80%...did not have them in the plane yet. [ Zoran  Mar 06, 2017 ]
I dont think they would need an additional gadget [ Zoran  Mar 06, 2017 ]
I have a tiny Bluetooth transmitter that is abour 2"X1"x 1/4" that can convert any non-Bluetooth audio source into a Bluetooth. It has a male x male 3.5mm cord that plugs into it so the audio source sends signal to the transmitter, then the transmitter sends the Bluetooth signal to the bose. Crutchfield may be able to help you purchase a tiny Bluetooth transmitter. [ SanDiegoMan  Jan 27, 2017 ]

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