Skip to main content

Bose updates its top end with QuietComfort 45

Bose today unveiled its new QuietComfort 45 headphones — the successor to the highly popular QuietComfort 35 II.

Bose is trumpeting simplicity with this upgrade. The QC45 model has just two settings — Quiet and Aware. Quiet mode is what you’d normally call active noise cancellation, which uses microphones inside and outside the earcups to blot out anything other than what you’re hearing through the headphones. Bose says the transition from noise to nil is down to a fraction of a millisecond with the QC45. The Aware mode allows for full sound transparency, where you can hear everything outside the headphones as well as what’s being pumped through them.

The simplicity of the QC45 transfers into the controls as well. There’s a single button on the left earcup to toggle between the two modes. The right earcup features volume up, volume down, power, and the Bluetooth pairing slider.


“QuietComfort headphones are legendary for a reason,” Mehul Trivedi, category director for Bose wearable audio, said in a press release. “What started as a product for traveling became a product that makes every day better and easier for millions of people all over the world. Our customers have told us for years that it’s the balance of benefits that make QuietComfort so different and indispensable. They’ve always been a great example of excelling where it matters most. And the QC45s are no different.”

The QC45 also take that noise cancellation into account when you’re on calls or giving commands via your favorite digital assistant, isolating your voice to make sure it’s the most important sound coming through on the other end.

Bose is claiming up to 24 hours of battery life on the QC45, with a full charge achieved in 2.5 hours. A mere 15 minutes plugged in will get you three hours of playback, according to Bose. And perhaps most important: They now use USB-C to charge.

You’ve got a couple of colors from which to choose — Triple Black and White Smoke — otherwise known as black and off-white.

The new QC45 headphones will be available starting September 23 for $330 and are available for pre-order today.

Editors' Recommendations

Phil Nickinson
Section Editor, Audio/Video
Phil spent the 2000s making newspapers with the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, the 2010s with Android Central and then the…
Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling headphones are only $199 this Prime Day
Now that's a wireless headphone deal to write home about!
bose quietcomfort 35 ii prime day deal 2020 quiet comfort lowest price

Need new headphones with great sound quality? The Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones are discounted to $199 for Prime Day this year. that's $150 off their original price of $349. This is one of the best Prime Day headphone deals currently available so if you're looking for over-ear headphones, it really doesn't get better than Bose. Buy them now before stocks run out!

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are known for their noise-cancellation features that allow you to immerse yourself into your music, without any outside distractions. There are three levels of noise-cancellation, which means you can tailor your noise-cancellation needs to your environment easily. These headphones also work with Alexa and Google so you can ask your voice assistant to cue your favorite playlist, discover new music, and even check which appointments you have left for the day. Their battery life is pretty great too, lasting up to 20 hours on one single charge. You'll also be satisfied with their comfort quality. The plush ear cushion molds to your ear and the adjustable headband is wrapped in Alcantra fabric, meant to give you a luxurious, comfortable feel.

Read more
Bose says it has made the industry’s first ANC gaming headset
Bose QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset

Were you looking forward to a quiet, gaming-filled Friday night? Then Bose’s newly announced gaming headset might be just the thing for you.

Bose has debuted the QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset, which the company says is its first 2-in-1 gaming and lifestyle headset, as well as the first gaming headset with acoustic cancellation. The product will retail for $330 and will begin shipping out October 13. It’s available for pre-order now on Bose’s website.

Read more
Bose debuts $280 QuietComfort Earbuds and $180 Sport Earbuds
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

Bose unveiled two new true wireless earbud models on Thursday: The $280 QuietComfort Earbuds, its first set with active noise cancellation (ANC), and the $180 Sport Earbuds.

The company also released three new styles of its Frames sunglasses, which incorporate small speakers in the arms.

Read more