Earbud Comparison – Bose Quietcomfort 20 vs 25
Earbud Comparison – Bose Quietcomfort 20 vs 25
Earbuds or headphones, a tale as old as time. We're going to do our best to shine a light on the good and the bad of both of these options from Bose. You really can't go wrong with either one, but it does come down to preference, and if you're spending the money for the quality of these guys, you need to get what you actually want!
BOSE QUIET COMFORT 20
One of the most praised noise canceling earbuds on the market, the Bose QC20 is top shelf when it comes to sound quality and noise canceling technology. These earbuds are the first in-ear option with active noise canceling technology.
This could be a good and a bad thing, you never know if companies (even those as big as Bose) are going to whiff their first attempt at something like this. However, let's not dismiss it before we begin!
One thing you need to keep in mind when critiquing these earbuds is the fact that Bose enjoys not specializing in one genre of music over the other. In other words they produce sound that's very balanced, it doesn't get to bright and the bass never drifts into the muddy tones. It's all very reserved as far as sound style goes.
These follow that same pattern, with the exception of the bass. The bass seems to hit a bit harder than most other Bose products.
That may be because they're earbuds, and the sound is more focused, or maybe Bose is following the new trend of drowning their listeners in bass.
On the whole though, these offer really good listening experiences. Not great, but pretty good.
You're not going to get a neu age design from a distinguished company like Bose, so our standards weren't set too high for this.
And we weren't surprised much at all
Blacks, light grey, some white accents here and there to keep you interested, but nothing too eye catching. Again we weren't expecting them to change the design of earbuds with their first attempt, but it would be nice to see maybe a uber modern angle? Eh, whatever, you can't see them when you're wearing them, so I guess it doesn't matter too much.
Earbuds don't leave much play room for features, so we acknowledge that the QC25 has the advantage in this area over the QC20. However, Bose has done a fantastic job making sure this phone integrates well with iphones and androids alike!
The one draw back to these guys is that they use active noise canceling tech.
This is a pet peve of ours here at Gadget Impact, solely for the reason that it takes away from the quality of the music. In some cases there is even a slight humming sound that's laid over the music due to the active noise canceling tech. So this would have been a 4-4.5 star area for these earbuds, but Bose tried to get a bit too fancy.
Honestly, if there's a more comfortable pair of earbuds out there, we haven't found them yet. Bose knocked it out of the park with these guys! Most rubber pieces that come with headphones like these are stiff and uncomfortable, but these were made with flexible silicone so they're just rigid enough to hold their form, and supple enough to not dig sores in your ears.
Headphones that go over the head usually have a better sound, but we found ourselves being drawn back to these guys just because of the freedom and how comfortable they are!
BOSE QUIET COMFORT 25
Like we mentioned earlier, Bose does a fantastic job of making balanced music production, and that's no different with these cans. They do however lend themselves to be a bit brighter and clearer than the earbuds. The bass is also a good bit tighter.
Whether or not this is because they're able to fit more tech in a headphone than earbuds is up for debate.
Over all though, these headphones do a fantastic job of maintaining Bose's almost spotless reputation of great music reproduction!
The design of these guys is more or less what you would expect from Bose. You get black and greys with a few plastic metal highlights, but they did throw in some electric blue on the inside of the ear cups!
This is small, but VERY eye-catching.
However, when you're wearing them the blue accent isn't going to be all that visible. So don't get too excited, or change your decision based on something only YOU will most likely see.
Audio quality is of course Bose's #1 concern, but with this model they're also trying to pioneer the active noise cancelation space. Of their later models like these, this pair of headphones does the best job of using noise cancelation without destroying the sound quality all together.
In this model they've also branched into the wireless space with the AAA battery. Even though these headphones are a bit old (2014 model), the 30+ hour play time is more than most wireless headphones you can get these days!
Comfort is the redeeming quality for most Bose products, and the QC25 is no exception. The leather wrapped ear cups filled with plush memory foam is like laying your ears on a pillow before they enjoy their favorite show (sound). They have been critiqued for being a bit too tight on some people, but overall they have glowing reviews for being very comfortable.