Bose Debuts In-Ear Headphones and Bluetooth Speaker

The QuietComfort 20 and SoundLink Mini Speaker will start selling this summer.


Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones.

Bose wants to hit the road with you this summer. The company just announced a pair of portable products that could easily sneak into your carry-on or backpack.

First up is the company’s latest headphone product, the QuietComfort 20. This is the first in-ear noise-canceling model for Bose, which promises performance and noise reduction in a product that weighs just 1.5 ounces.

Also worth noting is that the QuietComfort 20 has two ways you can listen: one shuts out the world and one can keep you connected. That’s possible through a pair of tiny microphones inside each earbud. One can sense when sound is approaching, while the other measures the sound inside. From there, the mics send signals to the control module on the headphone cord, which is designed to calculate noise cancellation.

Other features include proprietary StayHere+ eartips, an improved conical design, and a rechargeable battery that provides 16 hours of playtime.

Two models of QuietComfort 20 headphones will start selling sometime this summer. The QC20 works with Android, Windows and BlackBerry smartphones, while the QC20i is specifically designed for iOS use. Each version will have an MSRP of $299.95.

If you’re looking to share your music with others, Bose is also introducing the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. Weighing in at 1.5 pounds, the SoundLink Mini is made to travel and small enough to fit in your hand.

Inside, it has a pair of proprietary passive radiators, new custom-designed Bose transducers, and the company’s digital signal processing. However, the real hook is that the SoundLink Mini speaker uses Bluetooth A2DP, which makes it simple to pair this speaker with a variety of mobile devices. Just touch the button on the speaker’s control panel. The speaker can also store six of the most recently used Bluetooth devices, for easy future pairing.

The outside of the speaker has anodized aluminum housing, which is strong enough for everyday use and resists both scratches and fingerprints. The speaker also comes with its own charging cradle and a rechargeable lithium ion battery for up to seven hours of listening.

Bose is currently taking pre-orders for the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker for $199.95, with plans to start shipping on July 11. The company is also selling soft covers for the speaker in orange, green and blue, for $24.95 each. There’s also a travel bag, which can be customized for $44.95.

The Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker.

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