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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Nov 23, 2022 at 12:07 pm
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless Picture
7.5
Neutral Sound
8.5
Commute/Travel
8.4
Sports/Fitness
7.6
Office
5.8
Wireless Gaming
5.6
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Calls
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Type Earbuds
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Transducer Dynamic
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are the next generation of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. If you value noise isolation, you'll want to check these buds out. Like their predecessor, Bose outperforms competitors like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless and Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 when it comes to blocking out background noise, thanks to their active noise cancelling (ANC) system. Bose has also changed the design of the buds themselves, making them less bulky and more customizable, improving their overall comfort and fit. There's also an additional charge in their carrying case compared to their predecessor.

Our Verdict

7.5 Neutral Sound

The Bose QuietComfort 2 are good for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a slight u-shaped sound profile, which delivers a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. It doesn't bloat vocals and instruments, which sound clear, accurate, and detailed. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust them to your liking. They're in-ear headphones, and their passive soundstage isn't very immersive due to their design.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets available in companion app.
  • Very comfortable and stable fit.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
8.5 Commute/Travel

The Bose QuietComfort II are excellent for commute and travel. These well-built buds have a powerful ANC system, which can easily block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines as well as passenger chit-chat. They also have a comfortable fit and are very portable, thanks to their small and lightweight design. They have over six and a half hours of continuous battery life, and their carrying case supplies an additional three charges if you need it.

Pros
  • Incredible noise isolation performance.
  • Very comfortable and stable fit.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
8.4 Sports/Fitness

The Bose QuietComfort 2 are great for sports and fitness. These buds have a well-built, comfortable, and stable design that won't fall out of your ear during tough workouts. They're also certified IPX4 for resistance against water splashes. Their wireless design also ensures that nothing snags the buds and pulls them out of your ears.

Pros
  • Very comfortable and stable fit.
  • Certified IPX4 for water resistance.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.6 Office

The Bose QuietComfort 2 are good for office use. They have a comfortable fit for long days at the office, and their ANC easily tackles office chatter so that you can focus on your work. While their 6.7-hour continuous battery life may not last the whole day, their carrying case supplies an additional three charges, which is handy in a pinch.

Pros
  • Incredible noise isolation performance.
  • Very comfortable and stable fit.
  • Low leakage at high volumes.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
5.8 Wireless Gaming

The Bose QuietComfort 2 are Bluetooth headphones and aren't designed for wireless gaming. Their latency is also likely to be too high for gaming.

5.6 Wired Gaming

The Bose QuietComfort 2 are Bluetooth-only headphones, and you can't use them wired.

6.3 Phone Calls

The Bose QuietComfort II are passable for phone calls. These buds have an integrated mic, and it does an okay job of capturing your voice as speech sounds a bit boxy, like you're talking from farther away than you are. The mic also has a hard time separating speech from ambient noise, and your voice can be easily drowned out by background noise. However, if you want to tune out the outside world, the ANC does a fantastic job of reducing sound around you.

Pros
  • Incredible noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • Mic has poor noise handling performance.
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 8.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.6 Office
  • 5.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.6 Wired Gaming
  • 6.3 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Dec 09, 2022: Updated the text in the Bluetooth box for accuracy.
  2. Updated Nov 23, 2022: Review published.
  3. Updated Nov 15, 2022: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Bose QuietComfort 2 come in two color variations: 'Triple Black' and 'Soapstone'. We tested the 'Triple Black' variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Bose QuietComfort 2 are the next generation of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. Their ANC blocks out significantly more ambient noise than their competitors like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, which are among the best noise cancelling earbuds we've tested, and even outperforms Bose's own over-ears like the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless. They're also a lot more comfortable than their predecessor, thanks to the new design, which is less bulky and has ear tips and stability fins as separate attachments, allowing you to customize their fit.

If you're looking for more recommendations, check out our picks for the best noise cancelling headphones, and the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless are both great in-ears with different strengths. The Bose are more comfortable in-ears, have a slightly more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC system is significantly better. Their companion app also offers graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound to your liking. However, the Apple headphones are well-designed for Apple users. They have a more premium feel, have an H2 chip for seamless pairing with other iOS devices, and support Spatial Audio.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC blocks out significantly more ambient noise. However, the Sony headphones have better build quality, and their continuous battery life is longer too.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are the next generation of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. The successor's design has changed, and now the buds have separate fins and ear tips to help you get the best fit, making them a lot more comfortable. They also have significantly better ANC, and their carrying case holds an additional charge than their predecessor. However, the original gen have better build quality and feel less plasticky.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are better in-ears than Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3. The Bose are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC system can block out significantly more ambient sound. However, the Sennheiser are better-built and have better overall battery life.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless. While both in-ears are well-built, the Bose are more comfortable and have a significantly better noise isolation performance, which is great for noisy offices or commutes. However, the Jabra have a more neutral overall sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their battery performance is better too. They also support multi-device pairing, meaning you can connect them with up to two devices at a time.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless. While both buds are well-built, the Bose are significantly more comfortable, have a better battery performance, and their ANC can block out a superior amount of ambient sound. However, the Google headphones support multi-device pairing with up to two devices at a time.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type Earbuds
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Transducer Dynamic

The Bose QuietComfort 2 have a sleeker and more refined look than their predecessor, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. They're a lot smaller and have a stem design. The manufacturer's label is on the outward-facing side. Unlike other Bose earbuds, the stability fins and ear tips are separate pieces instead of one unit, which makes it easy to swap out if you prefer a different fit. They come in two color variants: 'Triple Black' and 'Soapstone'.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These buds are very comfortable. Compared to their predecessor, they're less bulky and don't go as deeply into your ears. The stability fins also feel softer on the skin, and since they're now independent from the ear tip, it's easier to ensure a comfortable fit. The buds don't put much pressure on the ear and feel lightweight. They don't pop out of your ear over time like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless either.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control Presets
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

These headphones have good controls. There's a touch-sensitive surface on each bud, which is easy to use and has good sensitivity. You can use either bud for controls, but there's no audio feedback to let you know when you've registered a command. You can also accidentally switch between ANC modes if you're adjusting the buds using the stem.

On either bud:

  • Single tap: Plays and pauses audio. Also accepts calls.
  • Double tap: Skips to the next track. Also ends calls.
  • Triple tap: Skips to the previous track.
  • Touch and hold: Cycles between ANC modes: 'Quiet', which is ANC on, and 'Aware', which is a talk-through mode, so that you can hear your environment without taking your earbuds out. You can also remap these controls to add voice assistant control.
  • Swipe up: Raises the volume.
  • Swipe down: Lowers the volume.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.0" (2.6 cm)
W 1.3" (3.4 cm)
H 1.1" (2.8 cm)
Volume 1.45 inยณ (23.70 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

Like most in-ears, these buds are very portable and can easily fit into most pockets or bags without an issue. However, the case is a lot bulkier (and heavier) than that of other truly wireless headphones like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.6" (6.6 cm)
W 2.3" (5.9 cm)
H 1.1" (2.7 cm)
Volume 6.36 inยณ (104.20 cmยณ)

These buds come with a good carrying case. It's mostly made of plastic, but it feels of better quality than the first generation. The lid feels flimsy compared to the rest of the case, and there's no locking mechanism, so it's easy to open up the lid by accident. There's a single LED light indicator to let you know when the buds are charging. The back of the case also has a Bluetooth pairing button that's slightly indented. Unfortunatly, the case doesn't support wireless charging, which is a step down from their predecessor.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

These buds have a good build quality but don't feel quite as premium as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. They're mostly made of glossy plastic, except for the touch-sensitive surface on the stems, but it feels a bit cheap. The case is also made of plastic and is a little flimsy. The fins and tips are also thinner and seem prone to tearing due to the thin area where they lock onto your ears. They're certified IPX4 for resistance against water splashes, though.

8.0
Design
Stability

These buds have a very stable in-ear fit thanks to their stability fin design. You can wear them during a run or workout, and they won't fall out of your ears.

Design
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Design
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In The Box

  • Bose QuietComfort 2 earbuds
  • 3x stability bands
  • 3x ear tips
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Carrying case
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.67 dB
Treble Amount
-1.33 dB

The Bose QuietComfort II have a slight u-shaped sound profile. They deliver a bit more thump, rumble, and boom than their predecessor, which fans of EDM and hip-hop can enjoy. That said, the extra bass doesn't overwhelm vocals or instruments, which sound bright and clear. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound.

9.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.17 dB

These buds have outstanding frequency response consistency. Assuming you get the best fit using the included stability fins and ear tips, you'll experience consistent bass and treble delivery.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.29 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10.44 Hz
Low-Bass
4.03 dB
Mid-Bass
1.8 dB
High-Bass
1.52 dB

These buds have great bass accuracy. The response is overemphasized across the range, which results in a thumpy, boomy sound, which will please bassheads. However, the extra warmth and punch don't bloat vocals and instruments.

9.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.81 dB
Low-Mid
0.07 dB
Mid-Mid
0.27 dB
High-Mid
-0.82 dB

The mid accuracy of these buds is fantastic. The response is pretty flat and neutral across the range, resulting in accurate and natural-sounding vocals and instruments. In songs like I'm Good (Blue) by David Guetta and Bebe Rexha, the female vocals and piano aren't drowned out by the bassline and sound clear and present in the mix.

8.3
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.62 dB
Low-Treble
1.61 dB
Mid-Treble
1.26 dB
High-Treble
-8.23 dB

The Bose QuietComfort 2 have great treble accuracy. The treble response is a little tilted, which results in detailed vocals and instruments as well as bright sibilants like hi-hats. In songs like Miss You by Oliver Tree and Robin Schulz, the high-pitched vocals in the chorus sound crisp without being piercing.

7.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.74 dB
Dips
0.55 dB

The peaks and dips performance of these buds is good. There's a small peak in the low-bass, which adds a little extra thump and rumble to your mixes. A dip in the high-mid affects the left driver more prominently, weakening vocals and instruments. A couple of peaks in the low to mid-treble make the upper harmonics of vocals and instruments sound a little harsh while sibilants like S and T sounds are piercing.

9.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.19
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.43
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.66
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.08

The imaging performance of these buds is outstanding. Bose has pretty good quality control with their products, and usually, their headphones have well-matched drivers. Our unit's L/R drivers are also well-matched in group delay, phase, amplitude, and frequency response. Although there's a bump in our unit's phase response, it's a very small area and can be hard to hear with real-life content. It seems that audio becomes louder in the left driver at around 920Hz, and afterward, it becomes louder in the right driver. However, imaging varies depending on the manufacturer's quality control as well as ergonomics.

0.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
0.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.2

The passive soundstage performance of these buds is bad, which is normal from in-ears. To create an immersive soundstage, your outer ear has to be activated by sound. However, in-ears bypass your outer ear. This results in a soundstage that feels small, unnatural, and as if sound is coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.397
WHD @ 100
0.208

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is decent. There's a spike in the low-treble, but it's a bit hard to hear with real-life content. The rest of the frequencies fall within good level, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.1.14+ge8c6141
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
Maximum
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones, and our results are only valid in this configuration.

Isolation
9.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-26.81 dB
Noise Cancelling Yes
Bass
-24.83 dB
Mid
-30.01 dB
Treble
-26.24 dB

The noise isolation performance of the Bose QuietComfort 2 is fantastic. They can block out a significant amount of ambient noise, especially compared to their predecessor or their competitors like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. Overall, they're well-suited for reducing low engine rumbles, ambient chatter, and the high-pitched hum of AC units.

8.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
33.04 dB

The leakage performance of these buds is great. Most leakage is concentrated in the treble range and sounds fairly thin. If you like to crank up the volume to your favorite tunes, others around you won't hear it.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
6.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
369.71 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.69 dB
HFE
3,568.48 Hz
Weighted THD
0.437
Gain
18.7 dB

The recording quality of the integrated mic is okay. Your voice sounds boxy and as if the mic is a little far from your mouth. That said, your voice is still understandable.

4.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
40.21 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
4.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
4.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The mic's noise handling performance is poor. The mic sits far away from your mouth, and as a result, it has a hard time capturing your voice clearly, especially in noisy environments like a busy office. That said, if you're talking in a quieter environment, like at home, you won't have problems being heard clearly.

Active Features
7.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
6.7 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
26.8 hrs
Charge Time
1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Bose QuietComfort II's battery performance is decent. Like the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, the manufacturer advertises them to last six hours continuously, and we measured over that. However, battery life can vary depending on use. Luckily, the carrying case holds three additional charges, which is handy in a pinch. At the moment, the right bud is the master bud, and you can't use the left bud alone. As soon as you put the right bud in the case, the left bud won't work. While this is inconvenient, Bose said they're working on a firmware update to add independent bud listening at a future date.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Bose Music
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
Presets
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
Yes
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The Bose Music app is great. It's pretty simple to use and offers a lot of features. You can see a video of the app in use here. You can check the battery level, adjust volume, and remap controls. You can also select different modes, which you can then set to a custom amount of ANC, which is handy if you prefer more or less noise isolation depending on your activity or location. To ensure you get a good fit, there's an ear tip fit test, and there's a graphic EQ as well as presets to help you adjust their sound as well.

Connectivity
7.3
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.3
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
316.60 ft (96.50 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
173 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
25 ms
Android Latency
75 ms

The Bose QuietComfort 2's Bluetooth performance is decent. They don't support multi-device or NFC pairing, but their latency is quite low on Android and iOS devices, making them a solid choice for streaming video. Their PC latency is higher, and you'll notice that your audio and visuals fall out of sync. Latency can vary depending on the app and device you're using.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones come with a USB-C to USB-A cable to recharge their carrying case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

These earbuds can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full audio and mic compatibility. However, this is the only way you can connect these headphones to your PC.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
0.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones come with a carrying case with a USB-C port for charging their case.

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