Bose launches QuietComfort Ultra Headphones and Earbuds with spatial audio.

Bose launches QuietComfort Ultra Headphones and Earbuds with spatial audio.

Bose Unveils New QuietComfort Ultra Headphones and Earbuds with Immersive Audio

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones

In an exciting announcement, Bose has officially introduced its latest lineup of QuietComfort headphones and earbuds. The QuietComfort Ultra Headphones and Earbuds are packed with Bose’s renowned active noise cancellation (ANC) technology, but what sets them apart is the addition of the company’s new Immersive Audio feature. This technology brings spatial sound to a whole new level, making it accessible to everyone without the need for specialized content.

Immersive Audio relies on virtualization and can be used with any streaming service to create an immersive listening experience. The QC Ultra devices utilize a combination of onboard components and new digital signal processing to put users in the “acoustic sweet spot.” There are two modes available: Still and Motion. While Still mode is perfect for stationary listening, Motion mode employs head tracking to ensure that the sound stays in front of the listener, even when they are on the move.

During a demo with the spatial audio tech on the QC Ultra Headphones, it was evident that Bose has achieved something remarkable. Without dedicated immersive content, I experienced both Still and Motion modes in a controlled environment with a live band and a selection of songs. The difference between Immersive Audio and standard Bose tuning was striking. The sound became more dimensional, punchier, and boasted enhanced clarity and detail. Additionally, Bose’s powerful ANC technology effectively silenced simulated street noise without any noticeable impact on the listening experience.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds

The QC Ultra Headphones feature a new design that combines elements from previous QuietComfort models and the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. One notable change is the replacement of some plastic parts with metal, giving them a more premium look. This addresses a previous criticism of Bose products without sacrificing comfort or adding unnecessary weight.

Another significant update is the introduction of a capacitive touch strip for volume control. Unlike previous models with physical buttons, the touch strip allows users to swipe to adjust volume levels. Located conveniently on the edge of the earcup, it is easily accessible with your thumb. Additionally, there is a physical multi-function button for playback control, switching between listening modes, and answering calls. The QC Ultra Headphones still retain the 3.5mm audio jack for wired listening and charge via USB-C.

While the new Immersive Audio technology does impact battery life, it offers up to 18 hours of use with ANC active. Disabling it extends the battery life to 24 hours, still with active noise cancellation enabled. Bose has also taken measures to improve call quality with the QC Ultra Headphones. By leveraging the four microphones, the headphones can isolate your voice from 360 degrees of ambient noise, resulting in clearer calls. The microphones also contribute to enhanced ANC performance and the inclusion of Aware Mode with ActiveSense, allowing users to effortlessly tune in to their surroundings.

Bose SimpleSync

Moving on to the QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds, they also boast the Immersive Audio feature. However, Bose has further improved call quality by introducing dynamic microphone mixing and adaptive filters. In real-time, the system prioritizes the earbud with the least wind noise and utilizes various noise filters to ensure optimal sound quality.

The design of the QC Ultra Earbuds has undergone slight refinements. The outside touch panels now feature a touch of silver, adding a touch of elegance. Bose has also redesigned the stability band or fit wing, ensuring it wraps around the underside of each earbud securely. Once installed, you can rest assured they won’t budge. Similar to the headphones, enabling Immersive Audio may result in reduced battery life, offering up to four hours of use. Disabling spatial sound extends it to six hours. An optional wireless charging case cover is also available for an additional $49.

Aside from the headphone and earbud updates, Bose is replacing the existing QuietComfort 45 headphones with the new QuietComfort Headphones. With a classic QC design, powerful ANC, and a battery life of up to 24 hours, these headphones also support Bluetooth multi-point connectivity. Additionally, all three new models support Bose SimpleSync, which enables users to pair them with select soundbars and speakers for a personalized listening experience.

The QuietComfort Ultra Headphones and Earbuds are available for pre-order today, priced at $429 and $299, respectively. They will ship in early October. The QuietComfort Headphones will be available on September 21 for $349. With these new additions to the Bose lineup, users can expect an immersive and exceptional audio experience, backed by the company’s reputation for top-notch noise cancellation and sound quality.