The Confusing Battle of the Bose QCs

They’re SO similar, right?

Mark Ellis


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Bose is well known for its noise-cancelling prowess. In 2023, the audio giant laid down its marker, big time, with an overhaul of its headphone and earbud line-up.

We’ve said goodbye to the much-loved Bose 700 but welcomed the outstanding Ultra series, which come in the form of over-ear headphones and earbuds.

There’s another new entrant, though — the QuietComfort. Price-wise, these cans sit below the QuietComfort Ultra, but above the infamously brilliant all-rounders, the QC45.

The problem? The QuietComfort look identical to the QC45, save for a new colour option and talk of improved sound. The fact that, at the time of writing, Bose is selling both pairs of headphones on its website further adds to the confusion.

Thankfully for you, I’ve worked out what’s going on. So, whether you’re thinking about replacing your QC45 with the QuietComfort or you’re new to the Bose headphone game, this is the review to read.

What’s the same between Bose QuietComfort Headphones vs Bose QC45?

Pick up a pair of QuietComfort and a pair of QC45 (to which I’ll refer to them from here on) and you’d be forgiven for assuming that Bose hasn’t done much in the two years that have passed since the latter’s launch.

They are the same weight and have the exact same dimensions as one another. They also have the same control layout and number of buttons (yay to no touch controls, Bose!) and the fit, finish, and comfort is identical (i.e. great!).

Both headphones have Bluetooth 5.1 with SBC and AAC codec compatibility and multipoint connectivity. From what I can tell, the mics and drivers also remain unchanged in the QuietComfort. Even the case is the same, bar one slight tweak to the Bose logo, which is now visibly coloured, as opposed to gloss black.

As I mentioned earlier, at first glance, these are the exact same pair of headphones.

There are some differences, though.

What’s different about Bose QuietComfort…



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