A sound choice


We’ve all been stuck on public transport next to some punk blazing atrocious music through their headphones. We’ve probably all bought dodgy pairs that don’t do our favourite songs justice too. If, like me, you like the idea of noise cancelling headphones that don’t look like fancy earmuffs (I’m looking at you over-ear headphone wearers) then noise cancelling in-ear headphones might be just the thing for you.

I’m certainly not an expert when it comes to headphones or sound. I do know that these things kill all external noise though. And boy do they do it well.

Over 35 years of ongoing research in noise reduction technology is integrated in the QC20 headphones. Two tiny microphones are placed in each earbud; one senses the sound approaching while the other measures the sound inside. Clever hey? The measurements are then sent to an exclusive digital electronic chip located in the control module on the headphone cord. The chip calculates an equal and opposite noise cancellation signal within a fraction of a millisecond. And the resulting noise reduction is dramatic with distractions virtually going unheard.

As I write this, I can see our GM chatting to one of the other editors. He’s quite an excitable dude and certainly not quiet. His hands are moving about and he looks pretty immersed in his story. I can’t hear a word so I hope it isn’t something he’ll ask me about sometime down the track.

And that’s the beauty of these headphones, particularly for a writer like me who likes to get into the zone and punch words out all day long. They’re great for the gym too. Actually they’re pretty sweet for all applications, especially for running/walking around the block.


I mention this specifically because I don’t like to block out external noise when going for a walk or jog outside. Cars backing out of driveways, trains approaching, dogs barking while chasing you down… they’re all things you want to be able to hear. This is why Bose have made it possible to turn the noise cancelling technology on and off.

The QuietComfort 20 headphones can be used in two ways which provides you with the control to hear what you want, when you want. Block out the noisy world and enjoy your music, or, with the push of a button on the cord’s Y-joint, the QC20 headphones switch to proprietary Aware mode, which keeps the music playing, but allows surroundings to be heard clearly.

The QC20 headphones include a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 16 hours of use. If the battery dies, the music plays on. And a USB charging cable is included.

The QC20 headphones come in two colours – black or white – and two versions: one for select iPod, iPad and iPhone models, and a version for most Samsung Galaxy smartphones/tablets and Android devices. Both options feature an inline mic and remote that makes it easier to take calls and control your music.

If you’re looking to lose yourself in the music and block out all of the outside noise, check out the QC20. You won’t be disappointed.


About Author

Justin Felix

Editor of ManSpace magazine, Justin Felix has a thing for outdoor adventures, craft beers, fishing and typewriters.


Name: Justin ‘hop tart’ Felix
Beer experience: Super welterweight
Style preference: IPA and pale ales
Beers I avoid: Anything that doesn’t deliver a punch of flavour. Smack me in the face with it.
Beer philosophy: It’s about quality, not quantity... but I’ll happily try as many as it takes to find what I’m looking for.

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