Bose QuietComfort 45 Headphones Leaked Ahead of Impending Launch

Bose appears to be near to releasing a successor to its popular QuietComfort 35 active noise-canceling headphones. Based on leaked photos and details obtained by WinFuture, the company's upcoming QuietComfort 45 headphones look set to retain the QC35's signature overall design, with some welcome changes that bring it up-to-date.

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Launched in 2016, the QC35s (reviewed here) still come with a micro-USB port, and this is the most notable change in the QC45s, which sport USB-C. Meanwhile, the same physical buttons for controlling noise canceling, volume, and your voice assistant of choice are in evidence, and the headphones fold up in the same way.

Otherwise, the housing for the headband and cups make use of the same synthetic leather and glass-filled nylon to ensure the headphones remain "shockingly light" and durable, according to Bose. Expect similar pad comfort levels, too.

The QC45s feature an Aware Mode for allowing external sounds to be heard (think Transparency Mode in AirPods), the same TriPort acoustic architecture, and support for tuning audio to Bose's volume-adaptive Active EQ.

Battery life is said to be 24 hours of continuous playback – up from 20 hours in the QC35s – and the inclusion of USB-C brings with it a 15-minute Quick Charge capability that provides 2.5 hours of listening time. Multipoint pairing to two devices at the same time is supported, and the 3.5-millimeter jack is staying put for longer wired listening.

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As for the quality of the active noise-canceling, WinFuture doesn't have any information, but expect Bose to go all out for the latest version of its flagship model, given competing headphones like Sony's WH-1000MX4 offer equal if not better noise cancelation than the QC35s.

The QuietComfort 45 headphones are expected to be officially announced soon with a retail price of $329.

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Top Rated Comments

Codestud Avatar
36 months ago
I have the 35s and although they were expensive, overall they have been worth it. The only downer is that it's a little bit tricky to replace the ear pads because they wear out, and I've had to do it several times now.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hellosil Avatar
36 months ago
USB-C and a proper case are the only things to me that other headphones have over AirPods Max.

Synthetic leather is a sweater, I'm so glad Apple choose for a different material for the cups.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iterva Avatar
36 months ago

I love my QC35s but they are in a dire need of a refresh. Quality product but seriously dated look.
I wasn't crazy about the 700 looks but at least it is more modern.
Sony needs to do the same with the xm4 successor.
I have the first gen QC35. I can't say that I have really thought that these look outdated. I mean I wear them on my head and only time I really see them briefly is when putting them on/taking off. But I guess they could maybe make the headband slimmer or make it in a mesh material á la AirPods Max. But then again I'm no designer so what do I know. ? Do you have any suggestions how to make them more modern?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mackan Avatar
36 months ago
Wonder if they will have a good set of codecs.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
error Avatar
36 months ago
I am glad Bose did not introduce touch controls on the QC45. I’ve tried the Bose 700 and the Sony’s – not made for me. I want physical buttons.

The QC35/45 design isn’t hip or trendy… but they’re sooo confortable and easy to use. Probably going to update.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
5232152 Avatar
36 months ago
Sony has set the bar so ridiculously high with that bi-yearly (?) update which has made a significant quality boost from each generation and Bose has just been sitting selling their old tech. Better not disappoint.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)