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Bose Quietcontrol 30 Summary
Bose already sells in-ear ANC headphones in the form of the wired QuietComfort 20, but these have a somewhat bulky box that houses all of the ANC controls and power near the 3.5mm jack. With the QuietControl 30, all of the ANC smarts are stored in the collar section, with the headphones connecting to your audio source through Bluetooth.
Pro's
Good ANC
Nice design
Great for the gym
Con's
Bluetooth not great
Battery could be better
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Bose Quietcontrol 30 Spec’s

  • Weight 28.4g
  • Bluetooth range around 10m
  • Battery life unto 10 hours
  • Charging less than 3 hours
  • Active noise cancelling
  • Mic for hands free calling

 

In the box

  • Quiet comfort 30 wireless headphones
  • Carrying case
  • 3 sizes of QC tips s/m/L
  • USB charging cable

Bose Quietcontrol 30 review video – Check it out for a detailed overview

 

Bose Quietcontrol 30 – Build

I more often than not wear a collared shirt or suit jacket, so find myself struggling to get the collar part to sit comfortably. With the weather currently taking a colder turn, I now have the additional struggle of dealing with a scarf at the same time. Not everyone will find this an issue, but it’s worth keeping in mind.

Bose already sells in-ear ANC headphones in the form of the wired QuietComfort 20, but these have a somewhat bulky box that houses all of the ANC controls and power near the 3.5mm jack. With the QuietControl 30, all of the ANC smarts are stored in the collar section, with the headphones connecting to your audio source through Bluetooth.

The actual collar part is made from a rubbery material, which I thought would’ve done more to stop the collar slipping around my neck. The collar does at least mean you can remove the earbuds and let them hang free without worrying about them, but it’s a shame there are no magnets in the earbuds to keep them attached to one another, stopping them flapping around.

On the collar you’ll find the power button as well as a Micro USB port hidden away to charge the headphones. The standard media playback controls and microphone are on the cable connecting the right earbud. Along the edge of the remote is another set of controls for adjusting the level of active noise cancellation, allowing you to turn it down when needed. Handy if you’re listening out for a public announcement, for example.

You can also control this from the companion Bose Connect smartphone app, which also handles any firmware upgrades for the headphones. I had to install one out of the box, although I’m not entirely sure what it did.

The earbuds are really very comfortable, and their design will be familiar to anyone who’s ever worn Bose in-ear headphones before. The oval-shaped earbuds are made from a soft silicone material, and a range of sizes are included to suit most ears.

There are wingtips that help lock the earbuds in your ears, and I never had any problems with them becoming loose. The earbuds don’t create the tightest of seals, so there’s not much in the way of passive isolation, but that’s why you have the active noise cancellation

A convenient hard case is included to stow the headphones away safely. I’d definitely recommend using it rather than throwing the headphones haphazardly in a bag, as the collar is going to be susceptible to getting crushed.

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Bose Quietcontrol 30 – Active Noise cancelling

The level of ANC when dialled all the way up also doesn’t quite rival that of the QuietComfort 35, nor the fantastic Sony MDR-1000X for that matter. It’s not far off, but a little more irregular ambient noise does tend to still slip through. By the very nature of ANC headphones, they’re never going to be able to block everything entirely anyway.

But when it came to wearing the QuietComfort 30 on the bus or train, they still did very well at removing the more predictable sounds of the engine and vibrations. Even in an office environment, removing the earbuds makes you realise how loud the air conditioning unit is, or how many keyboards are chattering away in unison.

Being able to adjust the level of ANC wasn’t as useful as I thought it would be. I rarely ever dialled it down and just left it turned up. For those who do need more situational awareness, there are 12 levels of adjustment ranging from fully open to maximum ANC.

There’s not quite enough bass presence for my liking, especially compared to the QuietComfort 35, which managed the lower frequencies far better. There’s also not much separation of the lower frequencies from the mids, and there’s a slight lack of depth to the sound. That’s not to say there’s little overall enjoyment – these still sound decent enough, just not quite as good as the QuietComfort 35.

BOSE QUIETCONTROL 30 – BATTERY LIFE

The QuietControl 30 are rated for 10 hours of use, which felt about right. I could almost make it through a week’s worth of commuting before needing a charge. A Micro USB cable is included for charging, and you can stow this away in the included hard case.

Unlike many of Bose’s wireless headphones, there’s sadly no wired passive mode to fall back on when the battery dies.

Bose Quietcontrol 30

The QuietControl 30 are rated for 10 hours of use, which felt about right. I could almost make it through a week’s worth of commuting before needing a charge. A Micro USB cable is included for charging, and you can stow this away in the included hard case.

Unlike many of Bose’s wireless headphones, there’s sadly no wired passive mode to fall back on when the battery dies.

 

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