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[Microsoft Store] Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earphones - $280

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[Microsoft Store] Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earphones - $280

Currently $279.99 on the Microsoft Store with 10% cash back from your favorite sites

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msc ... .309496100

I was not a believer in these until I tried them a few times at the airport. They are amazing! Merry Christmas to me :)
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Do these need batteries to work? And how well do these work to block out crying babies on the airplane? I wouldn't mind investing in one of these.
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These are amazing. They charge via microusb, and they are perfect for crying babies. I lost my pair on a trip this summer and I've been waiting for a sale to pick them up again. Thanks!
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I bought these yesterday for $251.95 (+tax) + 10% cash back from the MS store, but it was only there for around 2 hours... Still a crazy deal @ 279.99$
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Is this eligible for education store discounts?
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$251 in store vs $280 online?
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rvs007 wrote: Do these need batteries to work? And how well do these work to block out crying babies on the airplane? I wouldn't mind investing in one of these.
amazing. however, i use these to go to sleep rather than listening to music on the plane. Here are my observations from using them:

1) you can slightly hear people talking (when you're awake and not listening to music) but
2) you don't hear the droning sound of the plane.
Legen...wait for it...dary.
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One of the best electronics purchases I have ever made.
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koreancabbage wrote: amazing. however, i use these to go to sleep rather than listening to music on the plane. Here are my observations from using them:

1) you can slightly hear people talking (when you're awake and not listening to music) but
2) you don't hear the droning sound of the plane.
Yup. Really cuts out the cabin noise created by the engines. You can definitely hear the person next to you talk (if you're not listening to music, just noise cancelling) and you won't block out a crying baby (no earphones or headsets will do that unless you turn up the music). But these really help if you find you get headaches from cabin noise. Work great if you watch a lot of movies as well. Not having background noise means you don't have to turn up the volume and dialogue is clear. If you fly a lot they are worth it. I like them better than the Q15 just because it saves me space and a fully charged battery can last a 13 hour flight. Bought mine when they first came out. Negatives: they don't come with adapters or different ear piece sizes. The noise cancelling processor is at then end of the cord near the mini jack so sometimes awkward to plug into an armrest because it will just dangle there. Detachable cord or better quality cord would be nice. The inline mic for the non-iphone version is not very good.
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I'm thinking that the QC25 may have greater longevity because it uses replaceable batteries while the qc20 uses non-servicable rechargeable batteries. Regardless, this is a good price for the qc20.
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Blakjac wrote: Yup. Really cuts out the cabin noise created by the engines. You can definitely hear the person next to you talk (if you're not listening to music, just noise cancelling) and you won't block out a crying baby (no earphones or headsets will do that unless you turn up the music). But these really help if you find you get headaches from cabin noise. Work great if you watch a lot of movies as well. Not having background noise means you don't have to turn up the volume and dialogue is clear. If you fly a lot they are worth it. I like them better than the Q15 just because it saves me space and a fully charged battery can last a 13 hour flight. Bought mine when they first came out. Negatives: they don't come with adapters or different ear piece sizes. The noise cancelling processor is at then end of the cord near the mini jack so sometimes awkward to plug into an armrest because it will just dangle there. Detachable cord or better quality cord would be nice. The inline mic for the non-iphone version is not very good.
the sound will of babies and conversations around you will be like whispers essentially.
Legen...wait for it...dary.
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Almost bought, but I will hold out for the 25's
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I have these and fly on a weekly basis. They are excellent. I prefer these over the 25s as they take up less space in my bag. I've used these sometimes without plugging into my music at night especially if I'm traveling with friends and they snore quite loudly.
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My girlfriend has these and I have the 25's. The 25's do block out more sound, sound better but take up more space. The 20's you can stuff in your pocket and listen to while the plane takes off and lands while the 25s the flight attendants will make you take off during those times. So, the 20s are definitely a bonus for shorted North American flights or people looking to get into and out of their seat the fastest on a plane. I put one lithium AAA in my 25s and used the NC feature over the 35 hours you're supposed to get.
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sparkaction wrote: I'm thinking that the QC25 may have greater longevity because it uses replaceable batteries while the qc20 uses non-servicable rechargeable batteries. Regardless, this is a good price for the qc20.
With a listed limit of 500 recharge cycles, this is a deal breaker. The sound quality without battery poor.
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just came back from Yorkdale Mall. They do not carry this in store at all and has to be ordered online.

They do carry the one that is made for Apple devices @$329.

I checked with Bose store (Yorkdale) as well. They will not match anyone prices, regardless in store or online.
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1. I am correct to assume that these are not the QuietComfort 20 for use with Apple products?
2. Any difference (besides price) on these two listings:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msc ... .326585300

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msc ... .309496100

I assume one is for Apple products and the other for Android etc??? MS Stores on line (Live Chat) customer service was of no help

Thanks!
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higher priced one is for apple. Lower priced for all others.
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Just noise cancelling feature wise, which one is better QC25 or QC20?
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antonywoo wrote: just noise cancelling feature wise, which one is better qc25 or qc20?
qc25

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