• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Could Be Five Stars Easily

    • Written by from APO

    First... Awesome. They work! Nine and half hour flight to Germany and back and I could not be happier. Battery lasted the entire flight. The headset was comfortable except for the cord length. I also use the 20i's at the gym. They stay put. Again very comfortable. Almost too comfortable. They sit very "light" in my ears. However, the cord length from the "Y" is too short and can't be adjusted. The audio jack end also has the small flat and thin NC electronics module with not much cord. Because the cord is so short the module dangles in my hand as I am trying to text or take notes on my iPhone. Just a few more inches of cord on both ends would have helped the 20i's garner a solid five stars. While running and working-out the short cord length twists and tightens pulling on each ear piece. Even with the cord clamp fixed to your shirt. While stationary you don't really notice the short cord length, however, with each cord coming from the earbuds tend to ride on the side of your face. Not really noticeable accept in prolonged use (like a mentioned in the opening). The audio performance was great using both my iPhone and the Delta 767 audio port.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    4.5 stars... So good I can't hear s***!

    • Written by from LONDON

    I have owned a pair of MIE2i for a few years and they were very good, I loved the StayHear ear-tips and good quality sound (although they didn't quite go loud enough for me). Therefore, I didn't have reservations upgrading, was it worth the money? YES!

    Sound quality: Not amazing but very good! Unless you are a complete audio snob then they are fine. You will hear a faint electronic hiss of the noise-cancelling if you have them 'on' without playing music but don't notice it once playing music. The aware-mode is good for crossing traffic or wanting to talk to someone, it basically cuts off all noise-cancelling.

    The noise-cancelling itself is awesome! Fantastic reduction in background noise, great for riding the tube/metro/train/bus/plane! Walking along the street, buses quietly whoosh by and most cars now seem like silent electric ones and the person at the bus stop asking you a question seems like they are just miming song lyrics... until you embarrassingly realise they are talking to you! These make walking around feel like you are on your own Planet... population one...
    Use an adaptor and these are brilliant on a plane too.

    Design flaws / things to get used to (why I didn't rate 5 stars):

    You have a short cable that goes from the battery pack to your iPhone, then the long cable going from the opposite end to the ear plugs. You get used to holding your phone with the battery pack behind it so it is not dangling around if they had 'mounted' it halfway along the main cable. I am concerned about how long the cable ends will last, I eventually damaged one cable on my MIE2i going into an ear-piece. Problem is, you have to take the battery pack out of your pocket along with your phone every time, therefore increasing wear and tear on the cables.

    Don't forget to turn it off when you pack it away or it will continue to work away.

    The remote is positioned at the Y-junction of the main cable where it splits to the separate ear-pieces. I always run my cables under my shirts/jumper so it is not dangling around, now the remote is buried under my shirt so not as quickly accessible as the MIE2i remote (functions still the same) which dangled down from one ear but was accessible. Obviously this won't be an issue if you wear your cable outside your clothing (where it catches on things and you're advertising to would-be thieves).

    Conclusion, just buy them, enjoy walking around in your own quiet little world and just put up with the minor functionality issues, they are actually well designed as you would expect of Bose.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound but some functionality and compatibility issues

    • Written by from Heanor

    While Bose is at the top of the chart for noise cancelling technology, I couldn't give these headphones 5 stars for the following reasons.

    1. When the battery runs out, the sound keeps going (Bonus over QC15) however sound quality is seriously degraded. Not so bad considering the battery life but if you are on a long or double flight, you better hope for USB on the plane or bring a usb battery.
    2. The short 90 degree jack is a bit difficult to unplug to the point of needing to dig fingernails into the rubber to pry it off
    3. Not compatible with smart case (at least not with iPad mini smart case) - the hole is just a bit too small for the jack. Apple doesn't appear to offer any official extension that supports the microphone / volume function either making it tough to combine the iPad with excellent protection from the smart case AND these amazing earphones
    4. The battery pack can be a in the way, especially if you want to tuck your device into a pocket or even walk with it as it tends to dangle and since the jack is at a 90 degree angle, it will pull on it slightly - recommend folding it up against the back of the device perhaps but then you'll find it tricky to take it out say if you had it in your pocket.

    So sound quality and noise cancelling - top notch. Execution / functionality unfortunately needs some work. The fact that it is not compatible with the smart case is simply silly especially in an airplane when you want the stand functionality as well as the noise cancelling.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, comfortable

    • Written by from Esperance

    Love the sound from these and the noise cancellation works very well. Also the fact you can use the aware mode so you can hear some outside noise when you need it and the fact that they work great even with a dead battery is good too. My only complaint is the short length of cable between the battery/signal processor and the device you have it connected too. Otherwise would have been 5 stars from me.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Depends on what you want

    • Written by from Revensdorf

    I've owned and regularly used all of the Bose noise-cancelling headphones and recently got myself a pair of the QC 20i's. What can I say? If you are looking for something really small with decent sound quality and good noise-cancellation, these will be the ones to go for. I really like the design of all of the current Bose in-ear headphones, you hardly notice that you are wearing them at all and the earbuds don't have any tendency to fall out of the ear. Of course, due to the size of these babies, there are some drawbacks as far as the degree of noise-cancellation and sound quality goes, so these things will always be a compromise between the size and the sound quality. If you are into really great noise-cancellation and superior sound, get a pair of QC 15's, in that respect, they are much better than the QC 20's. If your main concern is size, the QC 20's are for you.

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