Ramkumar IyerJun 07, 2013 18:30:13 IST
Bose today announced three new products for India: the Bluetooth-enabled successor to the AE2 wired headphones, the AE2w; an IEM with active noise cancellation (ANC), the QuietComfort 20; and a portable speaker, the SoundLink Mini.
The AE2W are Bose’s first stereo Bluetooth A2DP wireless headphones and can take calls as well as stream music. It looks and feels just like Bose's AE2 headphones, but has no wires. Instead, there’s a detachable Bluetooth module using which you can control the volume, pair devices and answer calls. The module runs on a battery that Bose says will last for seven hours of playback; you can recharge the module via a microUSB cable. The company also bundles an audio cable that you can connect to the headset. The headphones are made from the exact same materials as the AE2, but weigh just a little more.
The AE2w headphones are more or less the same as Bose's AE2
The QuietComfort 20 are ANC-enabled IEMs that have a rather unique but gimmicky feature called Aware mode: a button on the volume/call answer control switches on Aware mode, which tunes down the noise cancellation, letting you hear ambient noise and hear traffic or announcements. As is typical with headphones with ANC, the QuietComfort 20’s noise cancellation system also requires batteries to work. The ANC system works on a Lithium-ion battery that will last you for about 16 hours; the battery can be recharged via a microUSB port onthe ANC circuit's box. However, once the battery dies, say goodbye to any noise cancellation.
These IEMs come with unique ear tips that aren't too great at providing a proper seal
Bose’s new portable speaker solution, the SoundLink Mini, is around half the size of the original SoundLink Mobile speaker. It has a body made out of anodised aluminium and weighs 680 g. Bose says it packs two passive radiators driven by two transducers that move twice the air as conventional transducers of the same size. The device supports Bluetooth A2DP and can remember the six most recently used devices you’ve paired it with. It has a Lithium-ion battery that the company says will last you for about seven hours. To charge the battery, you get a nifty charging cradle on which you simply place the speaker. If you want to customise it, you can choose from three soft covers (Rs 1,350 each) and a travel bag (Rs 2,250).
The SoundLink Mini portable speakers are quite nifty
The AE2W headphones will be available from this month onwards for Rs 19,013, while the QC20 IEMs will hit stores in September with a price tag of Rs 22,338. Bose will make the SoundLink Mini speaker available in India in August for Rs 16,200.
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