• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not up to usual Bose standards

    • Written by Pete A from Surbiton

    I really wanted to like these. I am a Bose fan and have many products, most of their wired earphones and headphones, both noise cancelling and not. The QC30s have been disappointing, first the good points; the sound quality was better than expected and an improvement on the QC20s, they can connect to two devices simultaneously so (in theory) you can be listening to music on your Mac and answer a telephone call. Unfortunately the bad points were more extensive; earbud fit was poor, the medium was too small and the large size are painful, the noise cancelling was poor, plenty of traffic noise, on a train almost unusable. I fly regularly but of course these QC30s cannot be used on a plane at all. The neck/battery collar rotates around and becomes uncomfortable. They are also useless for telephone calls, the microphone hangs under the ear and the callers cannot hear very clearly. Mine will be going on eBay soon while I look for alternatives.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    If you need these for phone calls look elsewhere.....Awesome for the rest

    • Written by Scott K from Westerville

    I want a pair of wireless headphones with long battery life and these certainly fit the bill.
    Apple's crazy idea to remove the 3.5mm jack probably left a few more of you in the same boat if you're reading this.
    Here the deal, I make a living tied to a phone. I am on calls, conference calls and what not 9-10 hours a day. That is my primary use for headphones. If your primary use is for noise canceling and music.....they seriously are awesome headphones buy them now but if you are using them primarily for phone calls read on.....
    These things have "active" listening meaning they sample all the sound....unfortunately they don't filter it out so the caller on the other end hears more noise than standing a subway. They pickup everything and I'd suspect a pin drop or a fish /fart/ but I took them back before I could test that theory.
    If you want the sound quality of the Bose....go with the QCi20 and deal with the stupid battery pack otherwise keep looking

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So So

    • Written by Nathan H from Omaha

    The sound quality of these earphones is so-so. Bass is amplified but midrange is muted. You won't get a full soundstage effect. The nice feature of the earphones is the ability to set just how much noise cancellation you want to achieve, and the ios app works well. The main problem I have with this set has to do with bluetooth connectivity. I found that when connecting to my MacBook Pro the reception is choppy, the music stutters, and the overall experience is disappointing. Playing music on my iPhone on the other hand was good, and I experienced no stuttering or delays. The active noise cancellation works well. To sum it up, for the price of this set I would have expected better sound reproduction and a more robust connection to my laptop, thus the title of "So So" and the 2 star rating.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Performance, Poor Build Quality

    • Written by Larry H from Kenmore

    I’ve had mine for about 3 years and they are used daily and extensively for travel. Overall performance and battery life have been very good, really no complaints there at all, perform as advertised. However, the softer outer layer of the neck band has come completely unattached from the hard plastic body, Still useable but ugly and the on/off button only works if you go in under the outer layer to press the button. So the switch is now exposed and I expect it won’t be long before corrosion and/or dirt render these inoperable. VERY disappointing for a $300 set of headphones.