PRODUCT REVIEW: The latest offerings from Bose promise a listening experience like no other!

Reports: Mike Caliwara
Oct 16, 2013
The SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth speakers (top) and the QuietComfort® 20 headphones (below) from Bose.

Bose launched launched its QuietComfort® 20 headphones and SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth speakers to select members of the press on October 2.

And what better way to demonstrate the products’ features than to allow the guests to experience the sounds themselves.

First, let’s talk about the QuietComfort® 20.

As its name suggests, the headphones’ asset is noise cancellation, and I highlighted it because the brand did a very good job.

Here’s the experience:

About 10 people were in the function room. The speakers emitted various sound effects, like cars honking and vehicles speeding up (imagine the busy streets of New York), but as soon as I put on the ear plugs, the background sounds unbelievably disappeared.

To hear the people around me talking while listening to the music, all I had to do was switch on the “Aware” mode.

Performance-wise, it has decent bass—enough to produce a fairly-good and quite-deep sound; it has a boost for the low treble, but not so much for the high treble.

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Lastly, if you’re thinking about the fit, its tips are made of a silicone material, which the brand calls StayHear+.

Once attached to the ear buds, they prevent the headphones from falling out.

QuietComfort® 20i has “inline mic/remote for iPod/ iPhone music and call functions,” while QuietComfort® works well with Android, Windows and Blackberry phones."

Add-ons: Micro-USB-charging battery for the on/off of the noise cancellation and a cable connector for iPhone users. Don’t worry, the headphones will still work if the power is off.

The price: about P18, 000.

On one hand, the SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth speakers spoke volumes… literally!

With its aluminum frame, it only measures 2 x 7.1 x 2.3 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.5 lbs.

But don’t be deceived by the size because it really produces clear, solid, and room-filling sound.

At the launch, a jazzy song was played, and Soundlink Mini captured the thumps, and underscored the clarity of the male and female voices.

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I was told that if you watch Fast and Furious 6 on iPad with it, you’ll get a crisp register of the car engines roaring and the actors talking.

And if you’re fond of movie marathons, its battery life is seven hours.

Other features: it has easy-to-use controls (only six rubberized buttons: power, volume up, volume down, mute, Bluetooth, and auxiliary), and connects wirelessly to your device—be it a smartphone or tablet.

Hiccups: Charging can’t be done via micro-USB. Lastly, it doesn’t have a speakerphone function.

The price: about P13, 000.

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The SoundLink® Mini Bluetooth speakers (top) and the QuietComfort® 20 headphones (below) from Bose.
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