The wireless Bluetooth headphones Bose QuietControl 30 prove to be excellent everyday companions in the review and can also be used for sports activities. They also have an active and even adjustable noise filter (ANC). Is there a catch? Yes is among other things when looking at the price tag.
There would be the price: 300 Euros Bose. Online it starts at about 250 euros. Admittedly, it’s lots of money for in-ear headphones. For those who do not like Apple’s AirPods because of the fear of losing high-tech pegs, the Bose QuietControl 30 is a suitable alternative.
In addition, the QC30 provides the active noise canceling (ANC). This is as even with these Libratone headphones even adjustable.
Design and processing
Unlike the AirPods, the left and right earphones of the Bose headphones are connected by a neck band. The loss of a single connector is thus virtually impossible.
According to Bose, the QC30 are not waterproof or even watertight. A few probably the well protected electronics, however. The battery and control electronics are stored in the rubber-coated brackets. Our test device weighs 63 grams.
We can not detect conspicuous production defects on the test equipment provided to us. If the battery has reached the end of its power reserves, the headphones must be disposed of or handed in at the manufacturer, because the energy storage can not be changed by the user. The same is true when one of the two headphones should be torn off with a strong pull.
A non-removable cable remote control is installed on the right ear plug. You can control the strength of the ANC, the volume and the music playback (play, pause, skip, reel), as well as receive incoming calls from the Bluetooth-connected smartphone.
We are very impressed by the active noise reduction in QuietComfort 25 and QuietComfort 35. In our opinion, the Bose ANC is one of the best systems available on the market – and we’ve already tested some noise canceling headphones.
In contrast to the closed headphones of the company, the strength of the ANC can even be sleeplessly adjusted. This works either with the cable integrated remote control or steps via the free app “Bose Connect”.
The ANC is clearly noticeable, however, the counter-sound does not filter out environmental noise quite as effectively as is the case with the closed headphones from Bose. However, the QC30 is also very good at eliminating the noise of aircraft turbines or noise from an air conditioning system. Voices are clearly muted, but still audible to your ears.
Fit and battery life
The wearing of Bluetooth headphones with neckband is initially a little habituation. In time, however, you forgot the rubberized strap. If you want to take the Bose headphones despite the lack of IP certification for jogging, you should consider that the neckband may “jerk”. As easily disturbing, we felt the cable remote control was looking for regular contact with our cheek.
Not only does a practical transport bag belong to the scope of supply. Bose also supplies three differently sized silicone inserts (S, M, L) for different ear sizes. Our ears came with the pre-assembled size “medium” wonderful.
The so-called StayHear + inserts effectively prevent the ear plug from falling out. No matter how violently we also shake our heads, the things are fixed. Compared to other in-ear headphones, the Bose QC30 are bomb-proof but do not completely close the ear. As a result, you will be able to see a lot of the environment, especially when the ANC is deactivated.
Bose has a battery life of up to ten hours. This is not much and the comparatively small battery owed. But the AirPods play for only 5 hours continuously music. Unfortunately, we could never reach the promised ten hours of recharge time with our test device. With activated ANC and moderate volume, the lights went out on average after seven hours of running time. In a test run, we even had to recharge after five and a half hours.
If the battery is empty you have no possibility to operate the Bose headphones by cable. However, the charging is pleasantly fast on the stage – after two hours you have already loaded it back to more than 80 percent.
If the NC is set to low, we will hear a clear noise. This improves and finally disappears almost completely, the stronger we turn at the noise canceling switch.
In principle, the sound of the Bose QuietControl 30 is balanced. We feel it in most pieces as harmonious, with a clearly noticeable bass emphasis. But the Bose does not make quite thick bass pants, and that’s good. For slightly more complex pieces, the tester tends to swallow fine details. Also, the spatial allocation of the individual sources is then difficult.
The QC 30 succeeds in the stereo sound, the treble, and the center. Also at the maximum volume, we have nothing to complain about. There is an acute health hazard at the highest levels. The test device is level-resistant. We assume that most buyers will appreciate the Bose in-ear headphones.
Bose QuietControl 30 has good wireless headphones for day-to-day operation, including adjustable noise canceling. Would not be the price. For 300 euros we would have expected a better sound and a longer battery life.