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Bose QuietComfort 45 review: Some serious noise-canceling

The new QuietComfort 45 headphones has some nice improvements over their predecessor, including superb noise canceling and better headset performance. But are they better than the competition?

With its pedigree in active noise-canceling headphones, it’s not surprising that Bose’s new QuietComfort 45s ($330, £320, AU$500) are excellent. But for a lot of people, the question is just how good are they compared to Bose’s slightly more expensive Noise Canceling Headphones 700 or Sony’s excellent WH-1000XM4. For better or worse, the answer isn’t clear-cut, especially with how prices for the Headphones 700 and WH-1000XM4 tend to fluctuate. But hopefully, this review will give a good sense of what the QuietComfort is all about and help you make a more informed buying decision.

The QuietComfort 45 — or QC45 as I’m going to call it from here on out — has virtually the same design as its predecessor, the QuietComfort QC35 version 2 (henceforth known as the QC35 II). It has the same drivers, according to Bose, and the buttons are in the same place. However, there are small but notable changes. First off, these thankfully have USB-C instead of micro-USB. With USB-C becoming the de facto standard for charging — except for certain Apple devices — most new devices offer USB-C charging, simplifying our cable situation. 

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