More about Bose’s QC45 headphones, which include a new Apple-style transparency option.

Bose has finally unveiled its much awaited upgrade to the QuietComfort 35 headphones, which was first revealed in an FCC filing last month. The new QuietComfort 45 headphones have a similar appearance, but they’ve been upgraded with noise cancellation and transparency settings to compete with the AirPods Max and other high-end headphones.

The QC 45 headphones, according to Bose, have “only two settings,” both powered by a new active noise cancelling technology and a proprietary digital processor. The new “Aware” option works similarly to Apple’s renowned transparency mode, amplifying the sound of your surroundings.

Bose explains:

In Quiet Mode, microphones inside and outside the earcups combine with a proprietary digital chip to sense, measure, and respond to more unwanted sounds in mid-range frequencies — those typically found in commuter trains, busy office spaces, and cafés. The now famous “whoosh” associated with Bose noise cancelling technology happens in a fraction of a millisecond to tune out entirely, or enjoy music, podcasts, or movies with lifelike clarity, detail, and no distractions. In Aware Mode, QC45 headphones switch to full transparency, where everything is heard again – just as naturally, clearly, and quickly — without ever taking them off. 

The QC 45 headphones are almost identical to their QC 35 predecessors in terms of design, with the addition of a USB-C connector for charging replacing the previous micro-USB port. On a single charge, you may receive up to 24 hours of listening time, and a rapid charge adds three hours of battery life in only 15 minutes. The AirPods Max weigh 386 grams, while the headphones weigh 338 grams.

For things like volume, voice assistant engagement, and toggling between Quiet Mode and Aware Mode, Bose still uses physical controls. The volume buttons, power button, and Bluetooth connecting slider are located on the right ear cup, while a single button for selecting modes is located on the left ear cup.

Starting September 23, the QuietComfort 45 headphones will be available for $329.95 in black and light gray color choices.

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