The Bose QuiteComfort Earbuds receive a massive software upgrade

Hear the world clearly and naturally thanks to the new ActiveSense Technology

Aman Ali

9/26/2021 2 min read

Bose has announced a new software upgrade for its widely successful QuiteComfort Earbuds. The 2.07 software update brings in Bose AWARE mode with new ActiveSense technology which allows you to be aware of what is happening around you without compromising on their signature noise-cancellation functionality. The idea is to reduce loud distractions as they happen and return to full transparency when they pass.

There are also new modes for specific activities like instant gratification with Spotify Tap, adjustments for audio preferences, and easier connections for multiple devices.

With the new software update, you get to select noise-canceling levels ranging between 0-10 however the highest and lowest are now automatic defaults both renamed for clarity: 10 is Quiet for maximum noise-cancellation while 0 is Aware to hear yourself, others, and everything else like there's nothing in your ears.

Things get pretty next level when paired with the new Bose ActiveSense technology which uses digital signal processing and the QC microphones to let surroundings pass through the earbuds, only quieting the world when harsh sounds occur, and only for as long as they last.

No manual adjustments whatsoever to hear your music or podcast over a city bus or passing train - or hear your surroundings again when they're gone. It all happens dynamically, wherever you are, wherever you go.

For “always-on” noise cancellation, the Bose Music app now lets you match noise canceling levels to new modes for specific activities or places: Commute, Focus, Home, Music, Outdoor, Relax, Run, Walk, Work, and Workout. Two can be added as shortcuts, so QUIET, AWARE, and your own personal choices are all accessible with double-taps on the left earbud, supported by voice prompts that confirm the mode you’re in as you toggle and switch.

Spotify Tap, New Audio Controls for Music Lovers
For music lovers, Spotify Tap has been integrated, giving Spotify users instant access to their last session or personalized playlists with a simple tap and hold also on the left earbud. To adjust bass, mid-, and treble frequencies, selectable EQ is now an option also new in the app.

Multiple Devices, Fewer Steps
The 2.0.7 software update improves how QC Earbuds work with multiple devices. They remember the last seven connections and seamlessly change from one to the other without the need to manually disconnect first.

The QuietComfort Earbuds were introduced in September 2020, setting an entirely new standard in the category for noise cancellation, audio quality, and all-day comfort and stability. For content, calls, or tuning-out, QC Earbuds redefined what’s possible from a tiny, personal audio wearable. They combine soft-yet-tight StayHear Max ear tips to physically block sound with multiple microphones that sense, measure, and send any remaining distractions to a proprietary electronic chip loaded with an exclusive algorithm. Together with micro transducers, the system responds with a precise, equal, and opposite signal in less than a fraction of a millisecond. The result is dramatic, unmatched, and creates a blank canvas for listening to music with depth and detail previously unavailable.

The QC Earbuds are sold for AED 1,199, available in Triple Black, Soapstone, and two limited-edition colors: Sandstone and Stone Blue. They offer up to 18 hours of battery life (up to 6 hours per charge, with an additional 12 using the charging case), use Bluetooth® 5.1 for a rock-solid connection, and are IPX4-rated for sweat and water resistance.