Music is one of the greatest motivators in the world of fitness. A heart-pounding playlist can drive someone to break their personal records whether they’re running, lifting weights, or performing any other high-intensity physical activity. With increased awareness of this fact comes increased interest in music-related accessories for the purpose of accommodating a workout. This trend of combining music and fitness has led many products, such as headphones and music listening devices, to be redesigned for the purpose of aerodynamics and versatility in a variety of situations. The Bose Quiet Control 30 is a pair of earbuds that showcases one of the latest developments in the field of high-performance exercise headphones: the neckband earbud. Although it may look a bit clunky, the end result of this design is extremely impressive and speaks for itself.
Because of these features, these Bose headphones can be used to great effect while performing a wide range of exercises. In addition to running, the Quiet Control 30 can be effectively utilized while weight training, performing calisthenics, and performing other cardiovascular exercises such as cycling. Unfortunately, the lack of water resistance means that they aren’t viable for use in water-related exercises. However, the most significant benefit offered by this product over its competitors is the impressive active noise cancellation it provides, making these effective for use in some of the loudest environments.
The entire package obtained when purchasing these headphones new comes with three different sets of ear tips that can be attached to the ends of this product. These tips all come in different sizes, allowing the wearer to find one that comfortably fits their ears while preventing sound from leaking out of them. While this is a major convenience that helps customers with a wide range of ear sizes and shapes use this product comfortably, it isn’t quite as convenient as many other earbuds that offer upwards of four different tips. These tips will often come in varied shapes as well as sizes, providing greater comfort and utility that is, unfortunately, lacking in this Bose product.
The most notable advanced feature included with these earbuds is their neckband. This is a relatively new development in earbud design that works to provide active noise cancellation. Although it requires more power than simply using the headphones normally, activating the noise suppression feature through the inline remote will trigger a highly advanced live noise reduction aspect to the wearer’s listening experience. The way this works is by capturing background noise through several microphones added to the neckband, which then isolates and removes the picked up noise. The result is a crisp and clear sound, even when the wearer is in an extremely noisy environment.
Tech reviewers who have tried the Bose Quiet Control 30 have stated that they offer a level of sound quality on par with previous models in their product line. This is far from an insult since this means that Bose is able to once again deliver an impressive level of fidelity and clarity to the listener. However, these base features are all taken to the extreme when paired with the Bose Connect app. Thanks to this companion app, users of these headphones can fine-tune the EQ settings on the fly, as well as adjust the level of noise cancellation. For these reasons, audiophiles will love the Quiet Control 30, although those who have already bought a pair of the previous model might not see enough of a difference to make the upgrade.
In addition to Bluetooth, the Bose Quiet Control 30 offers Near-Field Communication connectivity, also known as NFC. While this form of wireless connection isn’t as ubiquitous as Bluetooth, it manages to provide a much more stable connection with a higher overall quality. For this reason, anyone who owns a smart device that offers NFC functionality should be strongly motivated to try this product and experience its high fidelity and connection speeds. Aside from this, another way these headphones manage to connect to the listener’s devices is through the Bose Connect app, which can ease some of the pain from Bluetooth pairing as well as provide the option to tweak specific sound settings.
In order to provide amazing active noise cancellation, these Bose earbuds come with a neckband. This small plastic band wraps around the back of the wearer’s neck and serves this important purpose beautifully. Unfortunately, the side effect of this technology is that the wearer will no longer have a low-profile set of earbuds. In order to get the most effectiveness out of this neckband, customers are discouraged from hiding it under their clothes. Because of this, the Bose Quiet Control 30 tends to stand out like a sore thumb. For customers who want a pair of earbuds that look good or even those who want a pair that doesn’t make them stand out, these headphones are a hard pass.
- In-the-ear design
- Wireless connection via NFC or Bluetooth
- 3 different ear tips for comfort
- Wraparound neckband for active noise cancellation
- Inline remote with microphone for taking calls
- Compatible with Bose Connect companion app