TMCnet Feature
June 07, 2013

Bose Launches QuietComfort 20 Headphones and SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Bose is a company known for its high-quality audio products — in fact, Acentic partnered with Bose late last year expressly to add high-quality audio to its entertainment offerings — so it's no surprise that it is able to offer quality in more mobile products. Indeed, the recently released Bose QuietComfort 20 in-ear noise cancelling headphones and Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker promises to bring the Bose sound beyond the home.

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The QuietComfort 20 headphones features the company's first ever to offer in-ear noise cancelling. Despite their size, however, these headphones are packed with Bose technology, integrating more U.S. patents than any Bose headphone to date, allow them to offer a high degree of noise cancellation.

This is accomplished by two microphones placed in each earbud — one which senses outside noise, and one that measures the sound inside. These microphones send this sound to a proprietary chip that calculates an equal and opposite noise cancellation signal for unparalleled noise reduction.

Meanwhile, Bose TriPort technology helps increase the effective acoustic space within each earbud, allowing for deeper lows and more accurate overall audio reproduction. Bose active equalization furthers this effect by tuning the frequency response as needed for a more natural sound.

Finally, listeners can turn active noise cancellation on or off as required with the press of a button — located on the cord's Y-joint.

As for the SoundLink Mini speaker, this device offers wireless connectivity to any smart device via Bluetooth A2DP, supported by a powerful antenna for a more reliable connection. Even though it fits in the palm of the hand, the SoundLink Mini is capable of producing high-quality sound thanks to dual passive radiators, which enhance bass performance, and high-efficiency transducers that "move twice the air as conventional same-size transducers" for clearer mid and high frequencies.

The SoundLink Mini's rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers up to seven hours of continuous listening, while its anodized aluminum housing resists scratches and fingerprints.

Edited by Ashley Caputo
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