Bose Unveils QuietComfort Ultra Headphones with Spatial Audio

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Bose has officially announced the QuietComfort Ultra Headphones and QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds, featuring an advanced active noise cancellation (ANC) system and a new Immersive Audio spatial sound system. According to Bose, Immersive Audio makes “spatial sound accessible to all” as it doesn’t require special content.

The QuietComfort Ultra Headphones provide a spatial sound effect through virtualization and are compatible with any streaming service, creating an “acoustic sweet spot” using a new digital signal processing method. Immersive Audio can operate in two modes: Still and Motion, designed for listening to music while sitting or on the move, respectively.

Experts suggest that Bose’s Immersive Audio technology enhances the audio experience of regular non-immersive content, adding depth and detail, while the noise cancellation system effectively blocks out external noise. Immersive Audio can be toggled off to return to Bose’s classic sound.

The design of the QuietComfort Ultra Headphones combines elements from the previous QuietComfort models and the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. The most significant change is in the headband, where Bose has replaced some elements with metal, giving it a more premium appearance.

The volume control has undergone a significant change—physical buttons have been replaced with a capacitive touch strip located at the edge of the ear cup. However, a physical multifunction button for playback control, mode switching, and call answering remains. The headphones charge via a USB Type-C port, but wired listening is only possible through a 3.5mm audio jack.

The new Immersive Audio technology notably impacts battery life. According to Bose, users can expect 18 hours of listening time with spatial sound enabled and 24 hours with it turned off. These battery life estimates are provided with ANC in use. Bose also claims that voice call quality through the headphones has improved, thanks to upgraded microphones and the Aware mode with ActiveSense, which detects surrounding noise.

The design of the new QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds has changed minimally, with the external touch panel now in silver. The Immersive Audio spatial sound mode has a noticeable impact on battery life, providing up to 4 hours of listening time when enabled and 6 hours when disabled. Bose offers an additional wireless charging case for the new Earbuds, priced at $49.

Bose has replaced the QuietComfort 45 headphones with the new QuietComfort model featuring a classic design, active noise cancellation, and up to 24 hours of battery life. The headphones support multi-point Bluetooth connection and can connect via Bose SimpleSync to compatible soundbars.

All three models are available for pre-order today and will be available in early October. The QuietComfort Ultra Headphones are priced at $429, the QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds at $299, and the QuietComfort headphones will be available for $349 starting September 21.

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