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Review: Sennheiser's PXC 550 Wireless Headphones Should Put Bose on Notice

Tuesday October 11, 2016 8:03 am PDT by
Last month we looked at Bose's wireless QuietComfort 35 noise-canceling headphones ($350) and came away with the feeling that – at least for those willing or able to test premium waters – Bluetooth-based audio fulfillment was finally a possibility. So it would be remiss not to turn next to rival premium headphone maker and well-regarded German audio company Sennheiser to see what it has to ...

Review: QuietComfort 35 Headphones Prove Bose Won't Miss the Headphone Jack

Monday September 19, 2016 11:08 am PDT by
With the controversial absence of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7 now a reality, accessory companies are busily churning out wireless alternatives, and that's as true of Bose as it is of other big audio brands. Its latest QuietComfort 35 over-the-ear headphones ($350) are a wireless version of the company's flagship premium QC25 cans ($300), seen by some as offering the best active...

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AirPods Max vs. Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Friday January 15, 2021 7:49 am PST by
AirPods Max, Apple's first over-ear headphones, seem to be positioned as direct rivals to the popular Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones and Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. When announcing AirPods Max, Apple boasted that the headphones bring "the magic of AirPods to an over-ear design with high-fidelity sound." With a custom acoustic design, dual H1 chips, and advanced software to power...

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Bose QuietComfort 45 Headphones Leaked Ahead of Impending Launch

Wednesday August 18, 2021 1:54 am PDT by
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. Launched in 2016, the QC35s (reviewed here) still come with a...
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Hands-On With Bose's 'Tenor' Audio Sunglasses

Wednesday February 24, 2021 9:13 am PST by
Bluetooth-enabled audio sunglasses have been trending lately, and Bose recently came out with the Frames Tenor, a set of high-end sunglasses that connect to your iPhone over Bluetooth, allowing you to listen to music without needing to bother with headphones. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We thought we'd check out the $250 Tenor audio sunglasses to see whether...
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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Arrive to Rival AirPods Pro

Friday September 11, 2020 3:45 am PDT by
Bose is now taking pre-orders for its new QuietComfort Earbuds, which are set to rival Apple's AirPods Pro in the premium true wireless ANC earphones market. As the QuietComfort brand name suggests, Bose's latest earbuds feature active noise canceling combined with passive isolation, offering "all the noise cancelling performance of our best over-ear headphones — from a compact, truly...
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Bose Begins Rollout of AirPlay 2 Support to SoundTouch Speakers and More

Wednesday February 19, 2020 12:41 am PST by
As promised, Bose has begun rolling out a firmware update providing AirPlay 2 support for its range of Bose SoundTouch speakers. Firmware update 24.0.7 works with the following models:SoundTouch 10 SoundTouch 20 series III SoundTouch 30 series III SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier Wave SoundTouch music system IV SoundTouch 300 wireless sound bar system Lifestyle 550 home entertainment system L...
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Bose Plans to Add AirPlay 2 Support to SoundTouch Speakers and More by End of February

Wednesday January 8, 2020 7:42 am PST by
In its support forums, Bose has indicated that it plans to add AirPlay 2 support to select SoundTouch speakers and other systems by the end of February. The following products will be included:SoundTouch 10 SoundTouch 20 series III SoundTouch 30 series III SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier Wave SoundTouch music system IV SoundTouch 300 wireless sound bar system Lifestyle 550 home entertainment ...
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AirPlay 2 Speakers Compared: Sonos Move vs. Bose Portable Home Speaker

Friday October 11, 2019 1:26 pm PDT by
Bose and Sonos, both well-known speaker manufacturers, recently came out with new AirPlay 2-enabled speakers that are designed to work with Apple's latest ‌AirPlay‌ protocol and offer an alternative to products like the HomePod. In our latest YouTube video, we went hands-on with the Bose Portable Home Speaker and the Sonos Move to see what the speakers have to offer and how they compare to one ...
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Bose Adds AirPlay 2 Support to BoseSmart Speakers and Sound Bars

Friday April 19, 2019 2:32 am PDT by
Bose this week quietly announced AirPlay 2 support for its line of "BoseSmart" smart speakers. The audio company revealed the added functionality via its official Twitter account and separately in a post on its community support forums. Introduced late last year, the BoseSmart range of speakers support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and Alexa voice activation. Models in the range that now ...
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Bose Introduces HomePod Competitor With Display for $400, AirPlay 2 Support Coming in 2019

Tuesday August 28, 2018 8:12 am PDT by
Bose today revealed the "Bose Home Speaker 500," a new smart speaker that comes with Amazon Alexa built into the device and support for Bluetooth music streaming from iOS and Android smartphones. The Wi-Fi enabled speaker has many of the same features as competitor devices like HomePod and Sonos One, including music streaming, smart home automation, smart assistant inquiries, multi-room music...
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Bose QuietComfort 35 II Headphones Gain Alexa Support via Software Update

Wednesday August 8, 2018 3:58 am PDT by
Bose has released an update for its QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones that adds Alexa support as a voice assistant feature. Previously, the "Action" button on the popular noise-canceling cans was exclusively for invoking Google Assistant (Siri is accessed by holding down the multifunction play/pause button for two seconds). However, after updating the software through the Bose...
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Apple Begins Selling Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker Online and In Stores

Monday October 16, 2017 7:07 am PDT by
Apple recently added a new Bluetooth speaker to its retail and online stores, called the "SoundLink Micro" and created by Bose. Spotted by Japanese blog Mac Otakara [Google Translate], the $109.95 speaker seems to have appeared on Apple's website around October 11, and has subsequently launched in some retail stores as well. The SoundLink Micro is designed for durability and comes with an IPX7 ...
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Bose Announces $250 'SoundSport Free' Wireless Headphones Launching in October

Thursday September 21, 2017 5:53 am PDT by
Bose today announced its first-ever pair of wireless in-ear headphones called "SoundSport Free," which will go on sale in October for $250. Similar to Apple's AirPods and other wireless headphones, the SoundSport Free are small buds that you place in your ears without any connecting wires, and which charge through an included case while you're on-the-go (via CNET). Bose's wireless headphones ...
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Bose Wireless Headphones Spy on Listeners, Lawsuit Alleges

Thursday April 20, 2017 12:40 am PDT by
Bose has been hit by a lawsuit that accuses the company of spying on its wireless headphone customers through its Bose Connect mobile app and violating consumer privacy rights (via Reuters). The complaint was filed on Tuesday in a Chicago federal court by Kyle Zak, who is seeking an injunction to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of customers who download the app to their...
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'BOSEbuild Speaker Cube' Teaches Kids How to Build Their Own Bluetooth Speaker

Friday July 1, 2016 5:34 am PDT by
Audio technology company Bose this week announced a new wireless Bluetooth speaker aimed at creating a do-it-yourself workflow for kids interested in electronics. Called the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube, the $150 kit connects with a companion Bose app, giving users a step-by-step set of instructions to build a fully functioning Bluetooth speaker, along with other experiments and activities (via TechCrun...
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Bose Pushes Noise-Cancellation Smarts in Wireless Headphones Market

Monday June 6, 2016 3:33 am PDT by
Wireless bluetooth headphones have been gaining traction over the past few years as potentially reliable replacements to the traditional wired headsets offered with most smartphones. Interest has increased only further since rumors began suggesting that Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 may feature a thinner body with no headphone jack, leaving users to rely on the Lightning port and Bluetooth as...