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Apple AirPods Pro Vs Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

The past few weeks have brought us two huge true wireless versions: AirPods Pro and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. Sequels to some of the best noise canceling earphones ever made, both models pack better Active Noise Canceling (ANC) and refined audio in similar designs.

However, each has their own special set of skills that differentiate one from the other. Apple brings adaptive transparency, Find My (AirPods) integration with the MagSafe charging case, and custom spatial audio into the fold with AirPods Pro, while also welcoming numerous performance hallmarks of the original AirPods Pro.

The QuietComfort earphones are based on Bose’s class-leading ANC, which employs proprietary technologies that calibrate sound and noise cancellation based on hearing, delivering premium wireless performance for uninterrupted music, voice and video calls.


The Apple AirPods Pro and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds take very different design approaches to what makes a good pair of Earbuds. AirPods Pro has stems and includes a variety of sizes of silicone grommets. This combination means they are comfortable and stable in your ears. Each Bose headset is shaped like a bulky pill. Bose features StayHear Max wing tips, which are comfortable and maintain a stable fit.

Both the Apple and Bose gems in question have an IPX4 rating, so they’re great to wear during workouts. AirPods Pro has many useful touch functions. If you want to turn on transparency mode, which is like the opposite of active noise cancellation, play or pause music or skip songs, you can do this by pressing or tapping the stems of the AirPods Pro. QuietComfort Earbuds also have touch controls and Transparency mode.


AirPods Pro uses Bluetooth 5.0 and supports SBC and AAC codecs. The connection quality is generally good, but some users have reported problems. Updating the firmware version usually fixes these problems, but if the problems persist you will need to contact Apple’s customer support. Unfortunately, firmware updates are only available to iPhone users and they happen automatically when the iPhone updates. Bose QuietComfort Earbuds connect to iOS in the same way as Android.

This uses Bluetooth 5.1, which means it’s slightly more energy efficient than AirPods Pro with Bluetooth 5.0. This doesn’t really matter if you’re using an iPhone with AirPods Pro because the H1 chip works wonders for energy efficiency. Just like the AirPods, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds support SBC and AAC codecs, meaning Android users won’t have a reliable, high-quality codec given AAC’s unpredictable integration with non-Apple platforms.

Noise cancelling

Both Apple AirPods Pro and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds offer active noise cancellation. The AirPods Pro can’t keep up with the best on the market and won’t outperform the Bose QC Earbuds. As you can see in the table below, the isolation and active noise cancellation of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds make the AirPods Pro jump out of the water.

Ten levels of noise canceling performance are a very useful feature of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds that allow you to customize the amount of audio passthrough in a given environment. At the highest level, the ANC successfully blocks loud hums as well as anything else on the market.

Remember, active noise cancellation is especially useful for predictable low-end sounds like the roar of traffic or the hum of an airplane. For the most dynamic high-end sounding isolation, a rubber tip with a good seal is the best defense against unwanted noise. Both Apple AirPods Pro and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds offer this.

Sound quality

The AirPods Pro offer Apple’s typically neutral tonal balance – there’s no leaning towards powerful bass here. They sound more spacious than their design would suggest, which will depend on the vents Apple has incorporated. As a result, it’s more like listening to the outdoors, rather than having music pumped directly into the brain, like with some in-ear headphones. And this is a very good thing.

The midrange is particularly impressive. Vocals have a lot of texture and detail, while the highs also have a decent amount of sparkle. It’s just a shame that the sound quality suffers a bit when the Noise Cancellation or Transparency modes are activated. It’s not a huge step back, but it’s there anyway.

The AirPods Pro are good, but the Bose are even better, conveying a contagious sense of enthusiasm and excitement. The bass lines are full-bodied while the melodies are rendered with power and precision. Bose’s sophisticated yet discreet noise-canceling technology allows every note to shine. Songs retain their richness, even with noise cancellation increased to 10.

Call Quality

QuietComfort earphones are also useful for making calls and have a sidetone feature (Bose calls it “personal voice”) that allows you to hear your voice in the Earbuds so you can modulate it and not shout. But they’re not as good as the AirPods Pro for calls, mainly because their noise reduction (the ability to reduce background sound) isn’t as loud. However, they have vastly improved in this area over Bose’s previous SoundSport Free, which only had mono sound in a bud for calls.

The QuietComfort Earbuds actually reduced a certain amount of ambient sound on the streets of New York during calls, and callers said they could hear our voices well, even if they did hear some background noise. our voice was clear and we could hear the callers very well. It’s possible that Bose could tweak the firmware to improve background noise reduction, although right now it’s just good, not great.

Battery life

One of the drawbacks of any wireless device is that they need to be recharged. But with a total of 24 hours of battery life per charge, the AirPods Pro are one of the most durable pairs around. You obviously don’t get all 24 hours at once. The gems themselves have five hours of autonomy; the supplied case provides an additional 19 via multiple charges. So even if you can’t listen for 24 hours straight, you can go that long without having to find a power outlet.

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds don’t do very well. The buds hold six hours of juice, while the case provides another 12, for a total of 18 hours. Still no slouch though. Both pairs boast fast-charging technology: with AirPods Pro, a five-minute blast gives you an hour of listening, while Bose’s Earbuds promise two hours of 15-minute music.


The AirPods Pro are Apple’s high-end wireless earbuds, and as such, they don’t come cheap. They currently retail for £ 249 ($ 249, AU $ 399), though there’s a good chance you can find a bargain AirPods Pro somewhere and save up to 20% off that MSRP. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds only cost £ 1 more in the UK at £ 250, although in America they cost $ 20 more, at $ 280. rare.

Final Words

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless and Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless have different strengths and you may prefer one over the other depending on usage. Apple headphones are more comfortable and have a better performing ANC function. However, the Boses are slightly better balanced, their ANC is still great in comparison, and their built-in microphone has better recording quality. The Bose also has a better companion app and lower latency on iOS and Android, although some apps compensate for latency differently.

George Southwell
George Southwell
George Southwell is a writer for Bollyinside who has a passion for classic cinema, architecture, entertaining friends through the art of the kitchen, and guiding others in the purchase of consumer technology items that meet their specific needs. You could find him in a figure drawing class, a movie theatre, or just standing in the middle of a sidewalk and staring at a building when he's not writing.
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