I love music. I listen to it almost constantly. Combine rather non-traditional musical preferences with the fact that I work in an office, though, and most of my music listening is done on a pair of Bose IE2 earbuds. I get very decent sound and, as long as I keep the volume at a reasonable level, I can still hear what’s going on around me. For this reason, I adore my IE2s.
Now, Bose is upping the ante with a more versatile earbud — the QuietComfort 20 — which features the ability to switch between noise-canceling and new Aware mode, which filters in the surrounding environment. These would be perfect for when a group of Germans come into the office and gather around the coffee machine. Lovely people, but they can get loud en masse.
From the press release:
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.
During the same press event last week that same the debut of the the QuietComfort 20, Bose also introduced its SoundLink Mini, a portable Bluetooth speaker. Bose used their engineering kung-fu to pack a lot of sound into a tiny speaker.
Also from the press release:
At 1.5 pounds, the SoundLink® Mini speaker weighs no more than the average tablet. It measures just 2.0″H x 7.1″W x 2.3″D — 30% the size and 50% the weight of the original SoundLink® Mobile speaker. With its anodized aluminum housing, it resists scratches and fingerprints, and is strong and durable enough for the rigors of everyday use.
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.
The SoundLink Mini speaker comes with a charging cradle, making it easy to grab-and-go with your music, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to seven hours of listening. Accessory soft covers in orange, green and blue, and a travel bag, are also available for customization and convenience.
Both sets of earbuds will be available sometime this summer, at a price of $299.95, and the speaker will drop on July 11, at $199.95. Various accessories will be available at a range of prices.