Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II vs. Apple AirPods Pro: A Personal Experience

Jun 03, 2023

My journey with the Apple AirPods Pro has been a love-hate relationship, to say the least. The fantastic initial performance is sadly overshadowed by the recurrent issues I've faced after using them for a significant period. I've gone through three pairs of these earbuds, each presenting me with unique, frustrating problems:

  1. Unpleasant cracking noises in the left ear when the noise-canceling feature was active.
  2. Distorted audio alterations whenever I moved my head, eventually normalizing after a few seconds. It made me suspect the 3D audio functionality, which seemed to be persistently active and confusing to deactivate.
  3. An incredibly annoying buzzing sound when using them in bed. The earbuds, when pressed into the ear by the pillow, turned bedtime tunes into a rather uncomfortable experience.

Given that this was my third encounter with problematic AirPods Pro, and considering their premium price tag, I thought it was high time to switch. I decided to give the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II a shot, considering my previous positive experiences with Bose headphones.

My experience with the Bose earbuds was a mixed bag. They were undeniably comfortable, but they offered a distinct user experience compared to the AirPods Pro. I tested them in a variety of situations - during bus rides, cycling, and walking my dog. Here are the strengths and weaknesses I discovered:

Pros: - The fit was excellent, promising comfortable wear even during extended use. - The audio quality was a cut above the AirPods Pro, providing a richer overall sound. - The noise-canceling capability was superior, particularly evident while biking amidst wind noise.

Cons: - The Awareness or Transparency mode didn't quite measure up to the AirPods Pro. While walking my dog, I prefer to hear the ambient sounds, like passing cars, wind rustling through leaves, and chirping birds. Unfortunately, these details got lost with the Bose earbuds. - In quieter environments or while in bed with the earbuds on but not playing anything, there was an annoying bass noise. The AirPods Pro didn't have this issue, providing a more comfortable silent experience.

In conclusion, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II and Apple AirPods Pro serve different purposes. The Bose earbuds shine in situations where noise-canceling is crucial, while the AirPods Pro provide a more wholesome audio experience when they work properly. But for me, the AirPods' frequent breakdowns tipped the scales, making the search for the perfect earbuds an ongoing quest.

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