A Bose QC35 update to the popular noise-canceling headphones has been revealed through an FCC archive, such as the QC45. Only two visible changes are seen …
The submission was discovered by the German side WinFuture (via The Verge).
The housing of the Bose QuietComfort 45 (QC 45) is strongly based on the predecessors of recent years, and apparently continues with a collapsible design and ear pads over the ear made of synthetic leather.
From a purely visual point of view, only the change to a USB-C port and a color variant in white or ivory seems to have taken place. Thus, the most important innovations are expected to be under the hood of the wireless headphones.
It will be interesting to see if and how Bose can assert itself with its QC 45 against top competitors such as the Sony WH-1000XM4 and its predecessor, the XM3.
The QC35 headphones were once the standard choice for travelers, the light weight and the comfortable ear cups made them comfortable for long-term use, while the active noise reduction was the best in the industry. If you took a long trip, these were the headphones you wanted.
Noise reduction, usability and sound quality are unusual gains. I can wholeheartedly recommend these [and] is already planning to buy new ones (silver next time) if / when Bose gets these borrowers back.
However, other brands caught up with both Sony and Bowers & Wilkins offering competing models. The Sony WH-1000XM4’s noise cancellation surpassed the QC35, and the B&W PX7 matched that performance while delivering outstanding sound quality.
Bose itself launched the advanced 700 model, while the QC45 seems to provide a useful update to the QC35, and specifically replaces the microUSB charging port for a USB-C.
There is no information yet on the release date, but FCC submissions generally look relatively close to launch, so we can probably expect to see them go on sale in the coming months.
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