Bose QuietComfort 45 Review

Bose QuietComfort 45 Review

Bose QuietComfort 45 Review

When it comes to wireless over-ear cans, the QC35 and QC35 II set the standard for active noise cancellation (ANC). With the QuietComfort 45, Bose managed to preserve most of what made the brand so popular while introducing a few modest changes. It turns out that fancy new features aren’t required to make your headphones stand out. The Bose QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling headphones are a decent pair of headphones. They’re simple to use and feel fantastic to wear for lengthy periods. On top of that, there’s a 25-hour battery life that’s good but not amazing, and a beam-forming microphone array that’s not nearly as good as we had hoped.


The basic design remained the same, however, the micro-USB port was replaced with USB-C charging, and the pleats surrounding the ear pads were deleted. You may still summon your assistant by pressing and holding the middle multi-function button on the right side.

Software and Features:

The company’s Music app is compatible with the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones. The app will walk you through the onboard controls and allow you to swap between connected Bluetooth devices and alter ANC modes. It cannot modify the sound profile or even a selection of presets to tweak the EQ. You can choose from four degrees of Self Voice, which refers to how much of yourself you can hear in your headphones during calls.

Noise Canceling:

They include a new Aware mode that lets you hear what’s going on outside, but it’s not nearly as good as the transparent option on the AirPods Pro. Although the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Headphones 700 do a good job of muffling sound, the QC45 comes out on top.

Sound Quality:

The noise-canceling capabilities of the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones are excellent but don’t underestimate the sound quality. The QC45 is well-suited for all genres, from metal to bluegrass and all in between, thanks to more balanced tuning and how well they handle details. When you need them to be loud, they can be, and there’s enough depth to keep things from sounding flat or dull.

To identify and suppress additional mid-range frequencies, they use a combination of exterior and internal microphones. Ambient sound, also known as Aware mode, allows you to control how much of your speech is heard during video calls. It doesn’t have the same natural sound as the AirPods Max, but it’ll suffice when you need to hear what’s going on around you.


Because of Bose’s clever design choices, the Bose QuietComfort 45 is one of the most listenable pairs of headphones we’ve tried. They’re hardly the most bassy or detail-rich pair of over-ear headphones we’ve ever heard, and the higher registers lack richness and clarity. It wouldn’t surprise us if Bose purposefully calibrated them that way.

Wearing them throughout the house filters out those pesky daily distractions – no noise from the air conditioner or the laundry room, and conversations don’t interfere with the music we’re listening to. It’s ideal to have some music playing at a moderate volume rather than, for example, a podcast or meditation that has broken in between dialogue where outside noise can leak in, to obtain the optimum noise cancellation experience.

Very good for calls:

Bose’s QC45 headphones provide genuine multipoint Bluetooth pairing, allowing you to pair them with both a phone and a computer at the same time. They have Bluetooth 5.1 and can play the widely accepted AAC audio codec, but not AptX. When I was speaking, the Bose Headphones 700 seemed to do a little better job of filtering out ambient noise, but the QC45 was close. Even when cars were passing by, callers reported hearing no background noise.

Battery life:

On a full charge, Bose boasts that its QC45 noise-canceling headphones may last up to 24 hours. That’s long enough to fly anywhere in the world on a commercial airline or to get you through a couple of full workdays with comfort. If you’re in a hurry, Bose has added a quick-charge mode that allows you to get three hours of enjoyment in just 15 minutes. It’ll get you through your commute home, a workout, or a Zoom call with ease.


  • Excellent noise cancellation 
  • Control system that is intuitive 
  • Lightweight and pleasant to wear 
  • A new ambient aware mode has been added. 
  • Audio that is both clear and balanced 
  • ANC has improved. 
  • Long-lasting battery 


  • It’s all about the design. 
  • There is no automatic pause. 
  • Connecting many devices might be a pain.


The Bose QC45 noise-canceling headphones have a fantastic sound quality and a long battery life. I believe Bose should have upgraded the Noise Cance headphones. On top of that, there’s a 25-hour battery life that’s good but not amazing, and a beam-forming microphone array that’s not nearly as good as we had hoped.

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