Tried specsavers and vision express who refused because their insurance wouldn't cover it. Ended up at Seen Opticians in Manchester who agreed and had great service, bit pricey though!
Who did you get to do the lenses for you? Looking at getting a prescription put in a set
Reminds me of those spy glasses on wish
Daryl the real deal? If you dont know google
I got a pair of these and fitted them with transition lenses to turn them into daily wear glasses. Unfortunately mine have broken, the cable connecting the left and right sides has snapped so they no longer power up. I don't think they're intended for daily closing and opening. These days I wonder if you could build them like true wireless earbuds, a battery and circuit board in each side. You'd have to charge both sides separately but then you wouldn't need a fragile cable connecting them.
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The physical clamping force is higher on the 700s, so they have physical noise cancellation advantage over the QCII 35s, in so much that the ear pads will be pressed slightly tighter against the head allowing less noise in and less noise out. Again, if you can, I'd recommend you try before you buy (Curry's?) or buy from somewhere like Amazon that have an easy returns policy.
That may be the case but TODAY they are not the same price as the Bose hence my post and comparison.
Tested Sony, Senheiser at IFA exhibition so kind of extreme condition and the library silence wasn't achievable. The noise was overwhelmingy muted but don't expect miracles from noise cancellation technology at this stage of development. It is good enough for comfort listening the music on the plane, train, gym etc. You will not hear the background.
How much better is the noise cancellation on these compared to the 35s I’m trying to decide between them. I mainly use them for traveling so the ability to block out the background noise is my main concern. Thanks.
Posted 28th AprPosted 28th AprShipping from SpainShipping from Spain
Does anyone know how the returns process works ordering from Amazon Spain?
Got mine too. Lovely lively sound, VERY comfortable with good NC. My 1st purchase from Amazon outside of the UK and pleased with the whole experience.
You are very welcome bud, good news, enjoy them
Just to put people's mind at ease. Ordered these the other day, arrived 1 day earlier than expected. Absolutely no additional charges due to tax/customs etc as @MrSwitch pointed out originally. Thanks again mate!
Ordered silver I hope they are good as people say.
Bose: Audio Equipment at It's Best
Bose began as a niche part of the audio market, with a distinctive approach to audio products and a dedicated, but small, following for its products, mainly available by mail order. Today, the company has taken advantage of the explosion in audio devices and its market share has grown accordingly. The pricing of all Bose headphones, speakers and soundbars remains at a premium level, in keeping with the perceived quality of its products.
Better Sound With Bose
What is now the Bose Corporation began as the vision of just one man who gave his name to the company. Amar Bose had studied at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1950s and his research led him to believe that the audio products then available were, each and every one, inferior to what he believed was possible.
Amar Bose developed a complicated technical theory. In the simplest terms, he believed that most audio systems failed to take into account where they were being listened to – whether in a public place, at home or in a car. So convinced was he of his theories that he founded the Bose Corporation in 1964 to commercialise his ideas and make products that would provide a more natural sound.
As with many pioneers, this wasn't an easy path to choose. Amar Bose used terms such as "Psychoacoustics" so explain how the human ear processes sound and attempted to make products that would best reproduce music so that it would seem real.
His first experiments were with multiple sided speakers which while effective, were both expensive and occasionally troublesome. Slowly however, Bose products – most notably his "Wave" range of radios (and later CD players) – gained attention, sold mostly direct to the public through advertisements in newspapers and magazines. One selling point was that all were, initially at least, proudly made in the USA. The company adopted its first – and only – slogan: "Better Sound Through Research" which still appears on the packaging of every Bose product sold today.
As the company became more successful Amar Bose retired, donating all of his stock in Bose to MIT, where he'd studied, with the proviso that the shares could not be sold.
With the digital revolution in audio streamed and played from phones and tablets, Bose has found an entirely new market. What was once a niche product has become a highly desirable premium range. Today, Bose is a worldwide player, even to the extent of being a sponsor of the World Championship winning Mercedes AMG Formula One Team.
The Bose Range of Products
The Bose of today markets products largely made in China, but made to its own exacting specifications. We've taken a look at some of its most popular and pioneering products that are sold on their website at www.bose.co.uk:
The Wave products are those that gave the fledgling Bose Corporation its first real success. These were available at first only by direct order through advertisements placed in magazines. These small table top stereo systems were designed to fill living rooms with sound. Today the range may seem to many to be a little outmoded, but demand remains. Available Wave Systems include:
Wave System IV – A compact table top system which incorporates a CD player and a DAB/FM/AM tuner and includes an aux-in jack for other audio sources. This is very much the senior of the Bose range, retaining a premium price due to its patented audio technology and still able to wind up enough sound for a party, but without the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capability that many users expect today.
Wave SoundTouch System IV – A larger system with the same CD player and radio as its smaller cousin, but updated to include both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. A Bose app allows users to control exactly what they'd like to input into the system. A Bose remote control is included. Premium pricing but room-filling sound that brings the Wave range into the digital era.
Acoustic Wave Music System II – It is the largest of the Wave range of all-in-one sound systems with a price and performance to match. The system is a little elderly now, compared to many Bose products, and lacks Wi-Fi capacity. There is an aux-in facility and an FM/AM radio, but no DAB facility. The sound is designed to be loud enough to be used for outdoor parties and there's an optional carrying case available – and the system includes an eight-foot power cable. A great sound, but perhaps in the past.
Noise cancelling was a first from Bose and is incorporated – at a price – in some of the headphones it markets today. A wide variety of Bose headphones is available, both with and without this technology. These can be broken down into two broad categories:
Earphones – Designed for convenient on-the-go use with smartphones or tablets. These include the company's QC (Quiet Comfort) 20 earphones, which incorporate the company's patented noise-cancelling technology, which can be switched on or off. Each Bose product with this noise-cancelling ability is equipped with its own microphone to measure ambient sound, wherever the user is. The headphones then mimic that sound in reverse to cancel it out. It is this market-leading technology that, Bose maintains, sets all its noise-cancelling headphones apart.
Over-ear headphones –For those who prefer a fuller sound. These are available in wired or wireless versions with or without the more expensive noise-cancelling facility. The noise-cancelling Bose over ear headphones – those with the "QC" prefix – were the first of the company's commercial audio products to use its noise-cancelling technology. The company's SoundSport range is specifically designed for active recreation with more robust materials and flexibility.
All Bose headphones are available in distinct versions to suit both Apple and Android equipped devices and buyers should ensure they have the correct version to suit their device.
Bose Audio Speakers: Taking on the Digital Revolution
Bose has in recent years vastly expanded its audio speaker range to provide options for those who prefer to stream their music, whether in the home or on the go, and for those who wish to enhance audio from a TV screen. Its main speaker products now available are now divided into two sub-categories, with their own distinct names:
Bose Soundlink, for use on the move.
Bose Soundtouch, for home use.
Soundlink: Bose Quality on the Go
The Soundlink range comprises portable, wireless speakers with Bluetooth technology and rechargeable batteries. The speakers also incorporate microphones so that users can take calls while listening to music.
The company says that the relatively high prices of these speakers relative to their competitors is explained by the incorporation of Bose sound technology which produces a much wider bass response than competing, cheaper speakers. Among the Soundlink models available are:
Soundlink Colour – Compact and available in a choice of five colours, aimed at a young market.
Soundlink Mini Bluetooth II – The speaker is bigger and has a deeper sound.
Soundlink Bluetooth III – Louder, deeper and with the ability to play music from streaming services.
Soundtouch: Quality Digital Sound in Every Room in the Home
Bose Soundtouch speakers are designed for use in the home and the speakers are bigger and more expensive than those in the company's Soundlink range. All speakers in the Soundtouch range require a power outlet since none can operate on batteries.
All are equipped with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections to allow audio streaming throughout the home, if multiple Soundtouch products are used. Pre-set buttons allow users to select an internet radio station or a favourite streaming service instantly, once connected to a Wi-Fi network. The Soundtouch range includes:
Soundtouch 10 – Which is available as a single device or in packs of two. These can be used to stream one source, act as left and right speakers or to stream different sources in different parts of the home, depending on preference. Though these are entry level Soundtouch products, Bose maintains they are superior to cheaper competitors' products. Bose has its own app so that these, like all speakers in the Soundtouch range, can be controlled from a smart phone.
Soundtouch 20 – A larger, more powerful version of the Soundtouch 10 which is designed for larger spaces, such as a living room. The Bose app can, once again, be used to control these speakers.
Soundtouch 30 – It is the most potent speaker in the Soundtouch range – and the most expensive too. Designed to rival the most up-market reference speakers with prices to match.
Bose soundbars, like so many of the company's products, take a very individual approach. The three main products designed to enhance TV sound are:
Solo 5 TV sound system – Is a rectangular soundbar designed to be mounted underneath a flat screen TV. There's the facility for a cable connection to the television and in addition the Solo 5 is equipped with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi so that users can stream audio from their portable devices direct to the soundbar. A universal remote control is included which is compatible with most gaming systems and Blu-ray players.
Solo 15 Series II – Has speakers at either end of its black rectangular casing. More powerful than the entry model and once again incorporating both Bluetooth and Wi/9++-Fi. The Solo 15 Series II also has the capability to stream from two sources at the same time, should this be required.
SoundTouch 300 soundbar – Is the premium product in the Bose soundbar range. Topped with tempered glass and with an attractive wraparound grille, this is a Bose product which the company hopes will tempt buyers to meet its high price point on looks as well as sound.
Where Can I Buy Bose Products?
Bose products are available online direct from the manufacturer using the comprehensive Bose website (https://www.bose.co.uk/en_gb/index.html). The company also has its own physical stores located around the country which can be found using a convenient Store Finder. This list includes seven factory outlets where lower prices can sometimes be found on selected products.
Among the retailers which sell Bose products are John Lewis department stores and the company's website, Argos and Amazon. For those in search of special deals, the Bose website is worth visiting on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when substantial discounts are often offered. John Lewis, Argos and Amazon frequently feature Bose products in their January sales promotions.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Bose Products
Robust manufacturing standards
State of the art technology
Excellent sound reproduction
Comprehensive product support
A 30 day free trial
High prices relative to competitors
Distinctive Bose approach can at first be unfamiliar
Competitors – notably Sonos and Denon – are catching up
Audio and Sound at the Best Price
Boses high quality products often don't come cheap, so it's essential to keep an eye on the latest offers and Bose sales in the whole UK to save your hard-earned cash. Online marketeers are promising the highest saving potential, so it's worthful to take a look at the deals of retailers like Amazon, John Lewis, Currys or Home AV Direct.
Apart from that the time to shop consumer electronics should be choose wisely. Especially around the end of the year – Black Friday and Cyber Monday plus Christmas – and the beginning of the new one with the January Sales, you can find cheap prices on this product range.
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HotUKDeals has a dedicated page which will always keep you up to date on all the latest deals on Bose products.
I ordered from Spain also - never arrived and seemed to get stuck after clearance in the UK. I have now requested a refund, maybe just unlucky....or lucky if they finally make it and I have my money back :)
The voucher didn't work for me but I was more than happy with the price. Usually when a deal ends you can still view it though, seemed odd to me
I got 2 pairs from that deal for £130.96 each. Yes it was pulled as the deal ended. Amazon fixed the tax situation on it. I had both pairs delivered on Friday. Cracking deal, I spent £250 on a pair at release.
Yes I find the tips comfortable and they stay in well but the buds themselves stick out a lot
Have you received them? I'm looking to get a pair of earbuds with wingtips as my airpods keep falling out
Turned out pretty bad :S :S :S got a return arranged so it’s going back.
Yeah agreed I'd take the plunge too but bought the Anker soundcore q30 pair this week and very happy with them , have Bose qc3 wired too and they're great but " wired " so gave them to my son (y)
Defo pot luck, ive bought the Grade B and will see how they come out. 3 reviews 2 are brilliant one review says came discoloured... so lets see! £65 for Grade B not too bad.
They told us it was supposed to be ^90% battery for A grade but considering it belonged to a 13 year old girl ( at the time ) who'd had it since she was 11 I was gobsmacked to get that grade (y) I think it's pot luck in-store sometimes , my son's bought Xbox stuff before that didn't even load ! But like Switchy says these will be as new headphones for sure (y)
not so sure if they look at battery % as much as cosmetic condition.. I remember taking a mint blackberry back in the day and they told me it was Grade C. Honestly was MINT!
Posted 19th AprPosted 19th AprShipping from SpainShipping from Spain
There are an excellent out and about headphone but they are not the best hifi headphones. Don’t get me wrong they sound good but they really excel at sound quality in poor environments. If you are at home most of the time I’d look at some of the hifi or studio brands.
Had mine over 2 years. Great headphones, I use them every day.
You may have to pay vat on top of this on delivery
Not sure you'd want noise cancellation headphones if your primary goal is audio quality. These are good but you're really paying for the noise cancellation, which I would assume alter the audio purity it sounds like you're after.
I've had these since the 35 II came out. They are fantastic. I have no idea if they are still the leading noise cancellation headphones, but they're plenty good enough. Not that many people are catching flights at the moment, but these make flying so much easier, you don't realise how loud it is on a plane until you've tried these. Also great for the office. I just wish they had usb C.
Posted 4th AprPosted 4th AprShipping from SpainShipping from Spain
I have a brand new set in black that I'll happily sell for 140. Unwanted gift, I already have the headphones I want :) I'm based in North London. Message me if interested.
Wow I had a pair of Sony headphones that have this feature but I didn’t think these Bose had them as well
I don’t have this model, just an old one, but your question got me interested, and the only answer I could find comes from the Bose website and it looks like they do have NFC but not for audio use, I think it makes sense (copy&Paste): What is NFC? Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless technology that enables two NFC-enabled devices to communicate when they are placed in close proximity, typically less than 4 in (10 cm). For QuietComfort 35 headphones II, NFC is used to facilitate Bluetooth pairing. When an NFC-enabled device, such as a smartphone, is placed near the right earcup of the headphones, it pairs them to the device via Bluetooth. Placing the device near the earcup a second time will unpair the headphones.
I’m sure these do not have NFC? Could someone verify?
I bought some of these. The call quality is very poor. If you just want them for music the sound is pretty awesome 👌. Also there was some loud thudding noise in the right ear when driving over bumps in the road which happened with or without the noise cancelling on. I sent mine back due to this issue as it was unbearable.
The price is all inclusive. You can see on checkout page
What is the chance of having to pay duty on these?
What are they for the call quality? Edit: OK, I don't think I'm interested: https://www.reddit.com/r/bose/comments/j93jwk/qc_earbuds_phone_call_quality_seems_poor/ I didn't see the comprehensive review that would analyse that, they usually mention the possibility of using the earbud(s) for phone calls, but chucking them often in with WF-1000XM3 doesn't do the good job (it's suggesting the reviewer is comparing sound quality only - flawless, surely, but that's not the quality I am checking for now).
Posted 29th MarPosted 29th MarShipping from SpainShipping from Spain
Recently returned these.. I really struggled to get a decent fit.. the stayhear tips really didn't want to, and actually made one ear quite sore. The ANC was ok, sound quality and battery life was good too but if they don't stay in place then it's pointless
Opinions are amazing aren't they. Both Rtings and Soundguys rate these highly. I tried them for a while and really loved them. No issue with fit and because they are more stable than the Sony, ANC was much more effective for me. Main issue for me was codec support. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/bose/quietcomfort-earbuds-truly-wireless https://www.soundguys.com/bose-quietcomfort-earbuds-review-44747/
The Alexa earbuds represents great value for £60 - I was very dubious when a friend recommended it but after trying all the expensive brands (you will know them), I can’t recommend them as great bang for your buck, battery is very impressive too. Pairing is so much better, no complaints and you don’t have to fight the Bose App - Bose owners know what I mean! The only down side is Micro USB charging.
Glad I saw this as I love my qc20 and assumed that these would be similar quality