Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Headphones

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Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Headphones Price History


Current Price $199.00 June 12, 2024
Highest Price $199.00 January 2, 2024
Lowest Price $189.00 December 23, 2023
Since December 23, 2023

Last price changes

$199.00 January 2, 2024
$189.00 December 23, 2023

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Headphones Description

Lightweight Comfort

The Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones boast lightweight construction and a comfortable fit. The earbuds are designed to stay securely in place and fit snugly, without slipping or adjusting, so that you can move and groove without interruption. The slim, over-the-ear design makes the headphones perfect for travel and outdoor activities, and the small profile ensures that you won’t have any bulky accessories sticking out of your pocket or bag.

High-Quality Sound

These headphones offer an audio experience unlike any other, with detailed sound reproduction and dynamic range. Hear every tone and texture as the musicist intended. Immerse yourself in crystal-clear highs and full, deep lows. Experience lifelike sound that transcends traditional headphone experiences.

Noise Cancellation Technology

The Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones feature advanced acoustic noise cancellation technology. This technology blocks out ambient noise, from traffic or chatting, allowing you to focus on the sound of the music. The headphones also come with an integrated mic that allows you to make hands-free calls and access voice-controlled features for added convenience.

Ambient Mode

With Ambient Mode, you can stay connected to your surroundings while still enjoying the rich sound of your music. Activate this mode with the push of a button and you’ll be able to hear background noise, like car horns and talking, so that you can stay aware of your surroundings. The headphones also feature an adjustable headband that allows you to customize the fit and maintain a comfortable listening experience for extended periods of time.


-Lightweight construction and comfortable fit
-High-quality sound with detailed sound reproduction and dynamic range
-Advanced acoustic noise cancellation technology
-Integrated mic for hands-free calling and voice-controlled features
-Ambient Mode allows you to stay connected to your surroundings
-Adjustable headband for a customizable fit

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Headphones Specification

Product Dimensions

5 x 2.38 x 7.8 inches

Item Weight

44 Grams


Bose Corporation

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1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

July 20, 2015

Charging Time

2 Hour


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  1. Benjamin J. Parrish

    I don’t know if I would consider myself an audiophile, but I am always on the search for a better sound. Over the past five years I have purchased numerous headphones. If I could only keep one pair of headphones out of all my headsets, which includes the following:

    – JVC HA-FW01
    – VModa Crossfade M-100
    – Sennheiser HD 558
    – Sennheiser HD 650
    – Bose QuiteComfort 15
    – Bose QuiteComfort 35
    – Bose TriPort
    – Audio-Technia BPHS1
    – Sony MDR1RNC

    I would take the Bose QuietComfort 20, hands down.

    No, they do not sound the best. That award would go to the JVC HA-FW01 (with the VModa Crossfade M-100 and Sennheiser HD 650 coming in 2nd and 3rd, respectively). But they sound good enough that I enjoy listening to them as much as my other headphones, especially if I am coding and the music is background noise to help me work.

    Unlike most Bose noise-cancelling products, these actually sound decent with the noise cancelling off. In fact, that is how I use them 99% of the time. It is not that charging is a hassle (if I want to leave the noise cancelling on I just run a USB cable to them and they power up just fine; unlike most other Bose products these do not experience much if any interference while charging). It is that I prefer the sound without all the noise-cancelling DSP enhancements.

    However, if you need noise cancelling these are the best noise-cancelling headphones in Bose’s lineup, for under $300. I feel they do a much better job of cancelling noise than the QC 15 or 35’s. Works great if you are in an office building with a loud HVAC system or noisy computer.

    Next, these are the most portable headphones I have owned. Yes, I have headphones with a smaller case (e.g. the Bose TriPort) and they are always clunky to use. With these I can coil up the cord, put it in a case, and be on my way in 15-30 seconds. Easy peasy.

    Quality wise they are on par with other products. I have on more than one occasion gotten up from my desk, and got the cord tangled up and pulled the jack out of whatever device it is in. Never had the cord fray or break, and I am on my 3rd pair of these headphones (lost one pair commuting on a motorcycle; bought two pair more for work/home so I would not lose them during the commute). Never had any quality issues. The ear tips stay in place, unlike the Bose TriPort headphones.

    But the real reason I would pick these over anything else: Comfort. These are the most comfortable headphones, bar none. Even other Bose headphones pale in comparison (except the TriPort, which are equally comfortable). All over the ear headphones get sweaty eventually, and the faux leather on Bose products typically goes bad after 6 to 18 months. Never had the silicone go bad on these headphones, even after several years of 8 hour a day, 5 day a week abuse. In fact, although my JVC HA-FW01 sound better, the only way I can stand to use them for more than a few hours is by using the extra silicone ear tips that come with the QuietComfort 20 headphones.

    Overall, these are the headphones that stay on my desk. Other headphones come out on special occasions, or if I am listening to certain types of music. But if I am going to be wearing headphones for 8, 12, or even 16+ hours, these are the puppies I am using.

    Also, even though I do not use the feature, it is worth mentioning that there is a microphone built into these headphones, where the volume buttons are, and if you get a splitter jack from Bose, you can use these as a headset. I have a co-worker who does that. He sounds pretty good most of the time.

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  2. Wild Willy

    I wanted noise cancelling earbuds to wear at the gym to defeat the obnoxious, raucous noise the management insists on pumping through their PA system, telling me most clients love this “music.” My word, music it most assuredly is not. What’s on my iPod is music. And that’s what I want to hear. But I couldn’t with the simple earbuds I had. The noise pollution at the gym is so intrusive, there’s no way I can enjoy my own music. Why do these people think it’s conducive to exercise to inundate the space with that noise at an ear-splitting volume? No attempts on my part get them to change, not even to turn the volume down to a reasonable level. So . . .

    I went shopping for active noise cancelling units. Every review (more or less) contains the comment, “Well, these aren’t Bose, but for the price, these aren’t awful.” I took people at their word . . . as I went through 3 other sets trying to find one that worked. Invariably, the other units made my iPod sound like it was in another room at the bottom of fish tank. There was sometimes a button I could push that would improve the sound a little, but the button sprang back as soon as I let go of it, returning me to their underwater environment. One unit didn’t even include a charging cable. I didn’t even plug them in before I returned them. Sure, these units were only in the $30 price range, but what good were they if they didn’t work?

    I decided maybe there’s a reason the Bose ones are the price they are. Maybe there’s a reason people keep comparing every other unit on the market to Bose. I decided to find out for myself. I decided to break down & let the moths out of my wallet & spring for these.

    I don’t do very well with earbuds. They tend to fall our of my ears easily. The Bose earbuds have little extenders that fit in the crevices of the ear & hold them securely in place without any discomfort, no matter how long I wear them. Score 1 for Bose.

    The first time I stuck these in my ears, I was astonished at how much the background noise was blocked out. This is without even turning on the active noise cancelling. I’d say the ear pieces by themselves block a good 80% of ambient noise. Score another 1 for Bose.

    And then I turned on the active noise cancelling. It was like an out-of-body experience. There’s you & the music, & whoever might be around you simply isn’t there. Score another 1 . . . no 1,000 for Bose.

    Try wearing them in the car while you’re driving. You’ll feel like Luke Skywalker. Suddenly your car becomes even quieter than an electric car, more like a nuclear-powered aircraft. No engine noise, no noise from other vehicles, not even any tire noise from your own car. Simply extraordinary. There’s no point in even bothering to still keep score. There’s no competition.

    The instruction manual for these says they’re compatible with iPhones. There’s no mention of any other brand. I recently acquired an Android phone & thought I’d give them a shot. My expectations were low. I should have known better. Plug them in. They work. Period. I don’t know if the buttons do fancy things like skipping around in playlists or stop music so you can take a phone call. But for basic phone calls, they just work. You hear the other party on the line just fine. The other party hears you just fine. This is without turning on the noise cancelling. Turning on the noise cancelling has no effect on how the other party hears you, but of course it transports you to that other sound world I described above. I don’t make it a habit to use the active noise cancelling for phone calls because I haven’t used the unit to talk on the phone in a noisy environment. Maybe somebody else can comment on that. I would imagine if it’s noisy, the other party won’t hear you all that well over the background noise. Maybe the microphone is noise cancelling, too. I just can’t comment on that. My take is it’s more polite toward the party you’re calling if you make the phone call in a quiet place.

    My only complaint is the carrying case. For an item this expensive, they sure give you a cheap carrying case. It’s soft & about the only good thing I can say about it is it would keep the unit dust-free. Protect them it will not. I happen to have a steel-shell glasses case that I wasn’t using. That is a far more appropriate place for my earbuds to live when they’re hibernating. That’s what Bose should have included with these: something made of steel. And they should have done that without adding to the price. These are expensive enough to warrant the inclusion of a steel carrying case.

    These earbuds live up to the hype. They prove you get what you pay for. My voice is not being added to the chorus of, “Well, these aren’t Bose, but . . .” These ARE Bose & there’s no buts about it.

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  3. Ali

    Man i have never seen someone who is taking such a care of a product more than the manufacturer, the guy offered me even more ear pieces, an adapter with a charging cable and the headset pouch.
    All of that in an amazing condition. Bro hit me up if you wanna sell anything because definitely am buying from you

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