Bose announced QC45, the headphone successor that redefined headphones.

The QuietComfort 45, a new wireless noise-canceling headphone from Bose, was unveiled on Tuesday. The new headphones are available for pre-order now for $ 330, with shipping commencing September 23. The QuietComfort range has proven to be successful for Bose over the years, so it’s not surprising that the QuietComfort 45 is very similar to its predecessor, the QuietComfort 35 II, which was released about four years ago. Their design is pretty similar to that of the previous couple, with a few minor tweaks to the sides and ear pads to smooth out the look, and a foldable design.

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There are still physical controls for volume, playback, and noise cancellation, as well as answering calls, but the previous micro-USB port has been replaced with USB-C, which is a welcome change. For wired listening, Bose continues to use a 2.5mm port instead of the ubiquitous 3.5mm jack, but bundles a 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable if needed. The headphones are available in two colors: Black and White Smoke.

Smart marketing aside, the main reason you buy QuietComfort is Bose’s Acoustic Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology, which is consistently one of the most effective on the market. Bose claims the QuietComfort 45 now has a “new electronics package” that allows it to detect and remove midtones better than before.

There are two noise-canceling functions: a “Quiet” mode for classic active noise cancellation and an “Aware” mode that seems to work in a similar way to the ambient noise modes of competitor headphones.

The QC45s are also a step forward in terms of microphone performance. Bose has integrated a beam-form array for improved speech isolation during calls, as well as a “rejection array” that prevents disturbing neighboring noises from being picked up and sent to the person you are speaking to.

Bose’s QC series has always made it into our roundups of the best accessories for flagship smartphones like the latest Galaxy Z-fold 3 and 3. turn around. In addition, they work seamlessly as the perfect wireless headphones for desktops and Mac Mini

The QuietComfort 45s should last up to 24 hours on one charge. This is an improvement over the QuietComfort 35 IIs’ 20 hour battery life, but it still lags behind competitors like Sony’s WH-1000XM4, which has over 30 hours of battery life. A 15-minute charge would allow three hours of playtime, according to Bose.

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