Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphones

These headphones are above-average wireless earbuds for most uses cases, that deliver a satisfying sound quality. Bose QuietControl 30 are decently portable and offer more control over their noise cancellation than other Bose headphones we’ve tested so far. However, the noise canceling is not as strong, and although they’re stable enough to exercise with the around-the-neck design won’t be for everyone.

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Type:
Over-ear

Enclosure:
Closed-Back

Wireless:
Yes

Noise-Cancelling:
Yes

Mic:
Yes

Transducer:
Dynamic

   Amazon Ratings… 3 out of 5 stars

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bose quietcontrol 30
Conclusion A multi award winning and powerful 22g, 10mm driver pair of headphones, with an Editor’s Choice award from PC Mag and 4 further awards from other expert sites. It supports Bluetooth and noise reduction and is noise canceling. Purchasers report that it has excellent sound quality and it’s very quiet, and well-built.

bose quietcontrol 30 Comfortable and stable earbud fit
bose quietcontrol 30 Very low leakage
bose quietcontrol 30 Above-average noise isolation
headphones bluetooth The neckband design won’t be for everyone
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Enjoy serenity on the go with Bose QuietControl 30 Bluetooth Stereo Headset from Bose. This in-ear headset features Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connectivity and adjustable Bose noise cancellation, enabling you to set how much unwanted noise you want to block out while you listen to your favorite tracks.

Up to eight paired devices can be stored in the QC 30’s memory and two devices can be connected at the same time. An NFC touchpoint in the in-line remote lets you connect with a tap. The remote of the QC30 has a multi-function button, volume and noise cancellation controls, and dual noise-cancelling microphones. A free app for iOS and Android gives you additional control.

Design

Has Stereo Speakers
Has An Over-The-Ear FoamX
Has A Detachable CableX
Weight63.8g
Sweat Resistant
Weather-Sealed (SPLASHPROOF)X

Sound Quality

Has Passive Noise ReductionX
Has Active Noise Cancelling (Noise Control)

Microphone

Has A Noise Cancelling Microphone
Number of Microphones2

Power

Has A Rechargeable Battery

Connectivity

Maximum Bluetooth Range10m
Can Be Used Wirelessly
Has A 3.5mm Male ConnectorX
Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using NFC

Features

Can Be Used As A Headset
Control Panel Placed on A DeviceX
Has An In-Line Control Panel

 

 

Design
These Bose headphones have a wireless, around-the-neck design that's not for everyone but feels comfortable and well-built. The StayHear+ earbud tips and the neckband fit make them quite stable to run with, although they can sometimes get tangled in your clothing, especially if you're wearing a lot of layers. They have an efficient control scheme that also gives you control over the noise cancellation with two buttons on the side of the in-line remote. The power/Bluetooth button is a bit too stiff, which slightly decreases their ease-of-use. On the upside, they're one of the best wireless earbuds we've tested, they're decently portable and come with a sturdy case to carry them in.
StyleComfort
These headphones have a relatively simple design that feels high-end, thanks to the materials used in their build quality. They have a more premium appeal than other around-the-neck designs. They also come in an understated all-black color scheme that won't particularly stand out, which is ideal for some but feels a bit bland.The Bose QuietControl 30, like the SoundSport Wireless, have the comfortable StayHear+ earbud tips that fit snugly within the ear canal. They're comfortable headphones to wear for extended periods of time without experiencing the fatigue that some other in-ear/earbuds may cause. However, the neckband fit won't be for everyone. They are bulkier than the Sony WI-C400, but also more comfortable.
PortabilityBuild Quality
These headphones do not take too much space, especially when they are not in the case, as the total surface area they occupy is relatively small. However, due to their somewhat odd shape, they won't fit into all pockets but should easily fit into most bags. They're also quite easy to carry on your person if you just let them dangle from your neck.The Bose QuietControl 30 feel well built. The plastic used for the headband and the earbuds feels dense yet sufficiently lightweight that they won't get damaged if they were to fall from about neck height. However, the cables, although thicker than most in-ear headphones we've reviewed, feel like the main weak point of the build quality. They could snap if pulled on a bit too forcefully which could happen if they get caught off an item of clothing.
StabilityControls
These earbuds have stability tips of different sizes to provide a stable fit within the ear. That, combined with the neckband, makes them quite stable to run or exercise with. However, the cables that connect the neckband and the earbuds can sometimes get caught on an item of clothing, but that doesn't happen often enough to be of concern.The Bose QC30 have a good control scheme, but the buttons are a bit stiff and difficult to press. They provide the common functionalities like call/music, track-skipping, and volume controls but also two additional buttons on the side of the in-line remote to increase or decrease the level of noise canceling. Unfortunately, although slightly better than that on the SoundSport Wireless, the inline remote is covered by a thick rubber-like material that makes the buttons a bit difficult to press especially the power/Bluetooth sync switch.
Sound
They have a deep, consistent, well-balanced, and punchy bass. They also have a nearly flawless mid-range and a decent sounding treble. This makes them very versatile and well-suited to a variety of genres, from EDM and Hip-hop, to film scores and podcasts. However, their mid-range is a tad recessed, giving less emphasis to the vocals and lead instruments, and their treble is a bit uneven on producing sibilances (S and T sounds). Also, they have excellent imaging, but like most other headphones, they don't have a large and out-of-head soundstage.
BassMid
The bass is excellent. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, and accordingly, their low-bass is above our neutral target by more than 2dB. This indicates a bass that is deep and quite thumpy, making the Bose QuietControl 30 well-suited for bass-heavy genres like EDM, Hip-hop and film scores. Additionally, mid-bass and high-bass and virtually flat, but with about 1.5dB of overemphasis which adds to the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums.The mid-range sounds great. The response is very flat and even, but with a wide and shallow dip centered around 700Hz. This will nudge the vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix, and gives more emphasis to the bass and treble ranges. However, at less than 5dB, the effect of this dip will be barely perceptible.
Isolation
The Bose QC30, like the QuietComfort 20, barely leak at high volumes. This and the above-average noise cancellation make them a great option if you don't want to distract your colleagues at the office. They also deliver enough isolation to be versatile commuting and traveling headphones, although the isolation is not as good as some of the other models in the Bose line-up.
Noise IsolationOverall Leakage
The Bose QC30 has great isolation. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieved 18dB of isolation, which is impressive. In the mid-range, important for cancelling out speech, they also achieved about 18dB of reduction, which is great. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds such as S and Ts, they get 28dB of isolation which is above-average. The WI-1000X from Sony deliver slightly better isolation in the treble range due to their in-ear fit but they may not be as comfortable for everyone.The leakage performance is excellent. The overall level of the leakage of these earbuds is very low, barely reaching significant levels. Additionally, the main portion of the leakage is between 4KHz and 9KHz which is a narrow range. This results in a leakage that mostly consists of sibilances (S and T sounds) and is very quiet and barely audible (below the noise-floor of most regular rooms).
Microphone
The in-line microphone of the Bose QC30 has a sub-par performance. When used in a quiet environment, speech will sound relatively thin but quite muffled and lacking in detail. This could make understanding the conversation a little bit difficult at times. They don't fare well in noisy situations either and will struggle to separate speech from background noise even in moderately loud environments, such as a busy street.
Battery
These earbuds have a fair battery life of 11.4 hours when playing audio continuously at average volumes. They also have an auto-off timer accessible through the Bose Connect app that allows them to conserve a decent amount of power. They take about 2.5 hours to fully charge, which is about average but cannot be used once plugged into a power outlet.
Connectivity
The Bose QC30 have a decent wireless connection that's a bit laggy when watching movies but has enough range for most use cases. They support NFC and simultaneous multi-device pairing; they have no other connection option but Bluetooth, which can be a bit limiting depending on your use case.
BluetoothWired

These headphones have a Bluetooth connection with multi-device pairing and NFC support. However, pairing with the power button can be a bit tricky at times due to the stiff feedback which makes it difficult for the hold-to-pair procedure.
The Bose QuietControl 30 have quite a bit of latency which is not ideal for watching movies and a lot of video content. It's not more than most typical Bluetooth headphones but it won't be suitable for gaming and movies.
The Bose QuietControl 30 have no wired option.
Wireless RangeBase/Dock
N/A.There is no charging dock or base for these headphones.

 

 

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