Recently, I had an opportunity to try some of Bose, an internationally renowned brand in audio, newest lines of products to hit Philippine soil – the Bose Soundlink Mini and the Bose Quiet Comfort 20. (Read on for my personal experience with the Bose technology, Actual Video, Specs and Pricing in the Philippines)
Personally, I am very particular on the sound quality. Because sounds play a big part in so many things. In movies or videos, musical scoring plays a big role. Without an appropriate music, plain visuals is just don’t feel right to me. A shot maybe great, but a moving background sound or scoring even makes it greater.
Even when I travel (whether driving or commuting), I make sure that I get pretty good sounds on the go. Same goes when I workout, great sounds just set my mood and pace to a certain level to get going.
That’s why after experiencing the two new Bose products, I was convinced that these two new Bose products should be one of the top of my wishlist this Christmas (I am hoping that someone would give me these, LOL)
Why did I say that? Here are a few things:
The Bose Soundlink Mini is a portable, relatively-lightweight, full-range audio system. It is the closest thing you could ever have for that handheld speaker you can wirelessly connect with your mobile devices (tablet, smartphone, et al) via bluetooth for indoor and outdoor listening, whether alone or with friends.
It is about 1.5 pounds in weight and measure 2.0 x 7.1 x 2.3 inches (height x width x depth). Bose Soundlink Mini’s housing sports of anodized aluminum, the same material that make up some of Apple’s products. With anodized aluminum housing, this handheld speaker is more resistant to scratches and even fingerprints.
Between the two Bose new product lines, the Bose Soundlink Mini was the first that I got hold of. Its sound quality is superb. In a scale of 1 to 10, I find the level of the sound quality at 9. Considering that it is so small, yet, it is like having a great-sounding stereo. I am personally considering just putting one or two of these in my next car, instead of flashy audio set-up. At least, even if I get out of the car or when I sell the car, the Bose Soundlink Mini stays with me. Hehehe.
Here are a few notes out of the Soundlink Mini’s tech specifications.
The SoundLink® Mini speaker features several engineering advancements precisely integrated in its enclosure: two new passive radiators feature a patented surround to reproduce the lowest low notes. The proprietary passive radiators are driven by new custom-designed, high-efficiency Bose® transducers. Debuting in the SoundLink® Mini speaker, the new Bose transducers move twice the air as conventional same-size transducers and deliver clear mid- and high-frequencies. To optimize the audio output, Bose digital signal processing is integrated for tonally balanced sound at any listening level. The resulting experience is unprecedented: the SoundLink® Mini plays the full range of music — lifelike and powerful.
The SoundLink® Mini speaker uses Bluetooth® A2DP and a powerful antenna for a reliable wireless connection. It’s easy to pair and play, connecting to a mobile device at the touch of a button on the speaker’s control panel. The six most recently used Bluetooth devices are stored in memory, eliminating the need to pair again.
At first, I was impressed with the Bose Soundlink Mini, but when I had my “encounter” with the Bose Quiet Comfort 20, man, I was totally amazed of its technology.
The Bose Quiet Comfort 20 is one of the newest lines in the Bose products of headsets. With its in-ear noise cancelling headphones, the Bose QC 20 is THE choice, especially if you have the money for it, and if you prefer to have MORE CONTROL on what you hear.
With the noise cancelling technology, you can definitely NOT hear a sound apart from what your Bose Quiet Comfort 20 is playing. Best of all, you can also control, if you want to turn it off, and play your music, while hearing what’s happening around you. So, in short, it is by FAR the best headphones I have ever tried. It lets you cancel the noise apart from your headphones, while delivering the crisp, superb audio quality. Plus, it lets you also control, if you want to turn off the noise cancelling.
For a proof of its technology, I recorded myself during the live demo of the Bose Quiet Comfort 20. During the demo, I wore the Bose Quiet Comfort 20 with a music from Maroon 5 playing (Payphone). The volume was not high. I think, I even set my headphhones higher than that (from another popular brand), yet, I can still what’s happening outside. Sometimes, I just want to be “alone” with the music or sounds that I play. With Bose Quiet Comfort 20, THAT IS POSSIBLE.
What my iPad cannot capture was the high-level of noise being played in the room. Sounds from planes, trains, people, vehicle honks and everything. I only noticed the volume of the ambient sounds when I took off the Bose Quiet Comfort 20. At that moment, I was amazed of the technology of the Bose QC 20. Definitely a MUST-BUY.
The new QuietComfort 20 headphones are the first in-ear noise cancelling headphones from Bose. They deliver a stunning breakthrough in noise reduction, audio performance and comfort, and offer two ways to listen –- one to shut out the world, and one to keep you connected. They fit in your pocket, weigh just 1.5 ounces, and rival the performance of much larger headphones.
“The Bose QC20s are a revolutionary headphone,” said Sean Garrett, vice president of the Bose Noise Reduction Technology Group. “Just like your phone, you’ll want to take them everywhere, every day.”
The QC20 headphones benefit from over 30 years of continuous research in noise reduction technology, and integrate more U.S. patents than any Bose® headphone ever made.
Bose engineers first placed two tiny microphones in each earbud; one senses the sound approaching, the other measures the sound inside. The measurements are then sent to a digital electronic chip located in the control module found on the headphone cord. The digital electronic chip –- exclusive to Bose, and the first of its kind — calculates an equal and opposite noise cancellation signal within a fraction of a millisecond.
Within the quiet environment created by Bose noise reduction, musical detail previously “lost” through conventional in-ear headphone listening can be heard with remarkable clarity. Bose TriPort® technology uses ports to increase the effective acoustic space of the earbud to reproduce deep lows, and lifelike vocals and instruments. Bose active equalization tunes the frequency response for improved, natural sound. All music genres sound better — full, rich, and deep, without artificial boosts or distortion.
The QuietComfort® 20 headphones were made for comfort and performance. New proprietary StayHear®+ ear tips sit at the entrance of the ear canal, and feature an improved conical design that ensures an effective seal to passively block noise, and the proper acoustic enclosure to improve active noise reduction. They are stable, secure, and barely felt.
The QC20 headphones can be used in two ways, giving you control over what you hear and when. Owners can choose to block out the noisy world and enjoy their music. Or, with the push of a button on the cord’s Y-joint, the QC20 headphones switch to new Aware mode, which keeps the music playing, but allows surroundings to be heard clearly: a horn beeping, friend talking, a passerby, or gate announcement at the train or airport.
“Aware mode changes behavior,” said Garrett. “With it, you no longer have to remove your headphones to connect with the world. It’s just another reason why the QC20 headphones can be used in more places, in more ways, and more often than any other headphone available.”
A rechargeable battery provides about 16 hours of power; when the battery is depleted or the power is turned off, the music plays on.
The new QuietComfort 20 headphones include an integrated inline microphone and controls that enable you to take calls. They are available in two different models: the QC20 headphones work with most Android, Windows and BlackBerry phones; the QC20i headphones are designed specifically for select iPhone, iPad and iPod models.
The QC20 and QC20i join the iconic QuietComfort 15 headphones and QuietComfort 3 headphones in the renowned Bose QuietComfort noise cancelling headphone line.
Pricing, Accessories, Availability
The QuietComfort 20 and 20i headphones will be available starting in October of 2013 for Php 18,000.00. The SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker will be available beginning October 2013, for Php 13,000.00. SoundLink Mini speaker accessory soft covers will retail for Php 1,800.00; the travel bag will retail for Php 2,500.00. The QuietComfort 20 headphones, SoundLink Mini speaker and its accessories will be sold through Bose stores and select authorized dealers.
Bose is exclusively distributed by Eleksis Marketing Corporation in the Philippines.
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