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Bose QuietComfort® Headphones Over-ear wireless noise-cancelling headphones (Moonstone Blue)

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The latest in Bose's legendary line of relaxed-fit, noise-canceling headphones.

The latest in Bose's legendary line of relaxed-fit, noise-canceling headphones.

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About the Bose QuietComfort® Headphones

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Iconic look, fit, and noise cancellation

For decades, many have considered Bose QuietComfort headphones the crème de la crème of noise cancellation. So when it came to naming this newest version, Bose got right to the point. These wireless over-ears are the latest in their legendary line of relaxed-fit, noise-canceling headphones — a longtime staple for air travel, offices, and home listening.

Iconic look, fit, and noise cancellation

Straight ahead view of the Bose QuietComfort Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort Headphones sport a familiar design along with custom control over "Quiet" and "Aware" modes.

For decades, many have considered Bose QuietComfort headphones the crème de la crème of noise cancellation. So when it came to naming this newest version, Bose got right to the point. These wireless over-ears are the latest in their legendary line of relaxed-fit, noise-canceling headphones — a longtime staple for air travel, offices, and home listening.

Manually adjust your noise cancellation and awareness

Bose didn't stray too far from the classic they refined in previous QuietComfort models, but they have introduced a key improvement. This time, Bose's famous noise cancellation comes with a convenient twist. You have custom control over how much external noise these headphones block out — or let in.

"Quiet" mode delivers the maximum level of noise cancellation, while "Aware" mode lets in external sounds, so you can hear your surroundings. Tap the button the left earcup to select full cancellation, full awareness, or a blend of both. You can create additional modes in the Bose Music app, a free download for Apple® and Android™, by assigning a certain level of noise cancellation or awareness.

Strong, reliable wireless connection to multiple devices

Music plays wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.1, a newer version of Bluetooth that offers a strong, reliable connection. Multipoint connectivity means you can pair your laptop and phone at the same time. A game changer for work — you can quickly hop from music to podcasts to calls to meetings.

And here's another touch: Bose's SimpleSync™ feature lets you pair the headphones directly to compatible Bose Smart Soundbars. Connecting the headphones lets you watch TV late night without disturbing others.

Lightweight, relaxed fit

Man wearing Bose QC Headphones

Six built-in mics monitor external sound and adjusts the noise cancellation.

Bose QuietComfort models have a great track record when it comes to comfort. The previous-generation QC 45s were named one of our top 5 most comfortable headphones. They earned high marks on our in-house tests for feeling "ultra-light."

I can wear Bose QC headphones for entire work shifts without fatigue or strain on my head or ears. And of course, work and travel are even more bearable when you have world-class noise-cancelling circuitry hushing loud distractions.

24 hours of wireless use with noise cancellation

The QuietComfort headphones have a built-in rechargeable battery and include a charging cable. On a full charge, you can get up to 24 hours of wireless listening with noise cancellation on. A voice prompt tells you how much battery life you have left every time you power them on.

Plus, their quick charge feature gives you up to three hours of use on just 15 minutes of charging. And even when the battery is fully drained, you can still listen to music without noise cancellation using the included listening cable. It connects to a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.


Product highlights:

  • Featured in our article: Top 5 most comfortable over-ear headphones for 2024
  • lightweight, over-the-ear design
  • Bluetooth® 5.3 for wireless music listening and phone calls
    • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible devices
    • Google Fast Pair for simplified pairing with Android devices
    • multipoint connection for pairing to two devices at once
  • two immersive audio modes for 3D sound
    • extends the size and width of the sonic presentation
    • dynamic head-tracking helps emulate the sound of speakers in a room
  • durable, lightweight design made from high-grade materials
    • soft, replaceable protein leather ear pads for a relaxed, yet secure fit
    • aluminum headband with soft foam underside
Adjustable noise cancellation:
  • uses internal circuitry to block out external distractions
    • noise cancellation level is manually adjustable
    • 11 levels of noise cancellation and awareness
  • CustomTune technology calibrates sound and noise cancellation to your fit and surroundings
  • Bose's "full-spectrum" noise reduction cancels noise across a wide-frequency range
    • 10 built-in mics monitor external sound and adjust noise cancellation
  • earcup button toggles between "Quiet," "Aware," and custom modes
    • "Aware" turns off noise-cancelling and uses built-in mics to pick up external sounds
    • store up to two additional noise cancellation "modes" to toggle through with touch controls (app required)
  • Wind Block can keep strong gusts from affecting the noise-canceling circuitry
Controls and mobile app:
  • free Bose® Music app available for Apple® and Android™
    • customize your sound settings, touch controls, noise cancellation, and immersive audio
  • right earcup button offers easy control for music, calls, noise cancellation, and awareness
    • can also activate your preferred immersive audio mode
  • touch-and-swipe panel gives you control over volume
  • powerful mic array and "noise rejection" processing for clear calls
General info and accessories:
  • rechargeable battery provides up to 24 hours of wireless use with noise cancellation
    • up to 18 hours with immersive audio
  • voice prompts provide information on battery life, device connection, and caller ID
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable included
  • 48" audio cable with 3.5mm plug for wired use
    • passive mode allows continued listening when the battery runs out (noise cancellation requires battery power)
  • folding design for compact storage
  • carrying case included
  • weight: 9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # 884367-0500

What's in the box:

  • Over-ear headphones (Moonstone Blue)
  • 42" Audio cable (light blue) with in-line microphone and straight 3.5mm plug and 2.5mm plug
  • 12" USB charging cable (USB-A on one end and USB-C on other end)
  • Zippered storage case (black)
  • Important Safety Instructions

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More details on the Bose QuietComfort® Headphones

Mark G.

Features & specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.059" x 3.887"
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Version 5.1
Single-earbud Operation No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
Voice Assistant Access
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant Yes
Siri Yes
3.5mm Yes
1/4" No
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced No
2.5mm No
Other None
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity ---
Impedance ---
Weight 8.25 ounces
Cord Length 42"
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The new QuietComfort headphones are the latest version of the Bose iconic series of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. The QC headphones feature Bose's best noise-cancelling technology which lets you enjoy your music without distrations from the outside world. The Aware Mode allows you to hear what's going on around you, when you want to hear it. The lightweight headphones (8.5 ounces) are made with premium materials to ensure maximum comfort and durability. The QuietComfort comes with an audio cable, a USB-C charging cable, and a zippered storage case.

Active Noise Cancelling: The QuietComfort achieves its iconic noise-cancelling through a combination of passive and active noise cancelling. The combination of the over-ear headphone design and clamping force of the headband produces a natural reduction of external noise inside the earcups. Microphones located inside and outside of each ear cup continually measure, compare, and react to outside noise. The proprietary noise cancellation circuitry then sends an equal and opposite signal to the ear cup's speakers to cancel out the noise. The circuitry also goes the extra mile to eliminate the soft hiss that occurs with most electronics. Pressing the Action button on the left earcup switches between the following modes: Quiet Mode for full noise cancelling, or Aware Mode to let in some of your surroundings while you still enjoy your audio content. In the Bose Music app, you can create up to two of your own custom modes, such as Wind Block, based on your listening preferences and environment.

Bluetooth 5.1: The QuietComfort features Bluetooth 5.1 wireless technology that lets you listen to your favorite music and make phone calls free from wires. Multi-point technology lets you connect to two mobile devices simultaneously. This allows you to watch a movie on your tablet while maintaining a connection to your phone. Bose software lets you seamlessly transition between the two devices when a call comes in. QuietComfort also accesses the native Voice Assistant on your device (Siri, Google, Bixby).

Audio Cable: The headphones include a 42" audio cable with an in-line microphone. This lets you use the cable for phone calls or listening to your audio device when a Bluetooth connection isn't available, if the battery is depleted, or if the headphones are powered off. When the cable is plugged into the headphones, the Bluetooth connection and the microphone on the earcups are disabled.

SimpleSync: Bose's SimpleSync technology lets you connect the headphones to a Bose Smart Soundbar or Bose Smart Speaker to listen in private. SimpleSync uses Bluetooth to connect, giving you a range of up to 30 feet. You can control the headphone volume independently of the Smart Soundbar or Speaker. Compatible products include Smart Soundbar (models 900, 700, 600), Smart Speaker 500, Home Speaker 500 and 300, and Bose Portable Smart Speaker or Portable Home Speaker. You can also connect the headphones and speakers using the Bose Music app.

Bose Music App: The Bose Music app makes it easy to connect to your Bluetooth devices, and switch between them whenever you desire. It improves your wireless experience by helping you pair your headphones to multiple devices by a simple swipe. You can also get software updates, choose your Voice Prompts language, product tips, and personalized settings from the app. The adjustable EQ lets you adjust the bass, midrange, and treble to shape the music the way you like it. The free Bose Music app is available for download from the App store for devices running iOS 15.0 or later, and from Google Play for Android devices (version varies with device).

On-board Controls: The QC wireless headphones feature a 3-button control panel on the bottom of the right ear cup. The outer buttons control volume up and volume down, while the center button is a multi-function button. When listening to music, the multi-function button controls play/pause, skip forward/backward, and fast forward/rewind. The button also lets you answer, end, or reject a call, and access your voice assistant on your device. The Action button (left earcup) is for switching between Quiet Mode and Aware Mode. The controls work with both iOS and Android devices.

Voice Prompts: Voice Prompts in the headphones guide you through the Bluetooth pairing process, powering on and off, and for battery status updates. You can choose the language for the voice prompts in the Bose Music app.

Battery Powered: The headphones have a built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which powers both Bluetooth, Quiet Mode, and Aware Mode. The battery charges in about 2.5 hours via the supplied USB-C cable. A fully charged battery will power the headphones for up to 24 hours when connected wirelessly (Bluetooth and ANC). When the battery is depleted, you can still listen to music by plugging in the supplied audio cable.

High Quality Materials: The Bose QC wireless headphones are crafted with premium materials for lightweight comfort and durability. The plush ear cups are molded with glass-filled nylon instead of plastic for a lightweight feel and for strength. The stainless steel headband springs and pivots are built to last for years. The ear cushions are made of synthetic protein leather with a silicone bead to passively block external noise.

Folding Ear Cups: The QCs feature hinged ear cups that fold and rotate for compact storage in the supplied carrying case.

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Hello. I need noise cancelling headphones to play my drum kit along with prerecorded audio. I see in one of the reviews that noise cancelling to suppress the drum kit volume is disabled when using the audio cable which defeats the purpose but I could bluetooth the audio from my laptop. My question is whether using bluetooth is going to cause any latency between the live drum kit and the recording. I need absolute pinpoint accuracy. Is my intended purpose going to work?
john  Apr 11, 2024
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Hey John, thanks for the question. So anytime a wireless connection is introduced, there will always be a delay of some kind unfortunately. Technology has gotten so much better that they are typically not noticeable by most, but in this scenario, you are more tuned with your music than most so I would say these would not be a good fit for you. Based on your use case for needing active noise cancelling headphones, I think the Sennheiser Momentums will be a better fit for you as when you use the audio cable, this will activate flight mode which is designed for airplane use specifically. The functions for controlling music, phone calls or the voice assistant are not available. The active noise cancellation ANC however can be fully used provided that the rechargeable battery is charged.
red  Apr 11, 2024 (Staff)
Are these headphones dust proof?
steve  Feb 15, 2024
1 answer
They are not dust proof
jason  Feb 15, 2024 (Staff)

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