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QuietControl® 30
wireless headphones




Decide how much of the world to let in

You can't control how noisy your environment is. But you can control how much of it you hear. Set your own levels of noise cancellation with QuietControl® 30 earphones, and get balanced audio performance at any volume. A lightweight neckband design conforms to your body for all-day wearability, and a Bluetooth® connection keeps the wires out of your way.

Be the master of your environment

Listen like never before with new breakthrough technology: now you can control how much of the outside world you want to let in. Noisy commute to work? Block out the distractions. Waiting at the terminal? Let some in, and hear your boarding call. Then turn it back up after take-off. Throughout the day, noise won’t get in your way. Unless you let it.

Ergonomic neckband design

A lightweight, contoured neckband conforms to your body. It’s designed with soft materials to stay comfortable—perfect for listening all day.

Active noise reduction

Noise is a constant. So we have a precise arrangement of microphones inside and outside the earbuds to continuously measure, compare and react to it. The system then produces an equal and opposite signal to cancel the noise. The StayHear®+ QC tips also form a gentle seal for additional passive noise reduction.

Wireless sound without compromises

Leave the wires behind—without sacrificing performance. The volume-optimised EQ delivers consistent, balanced sound at any volume. If you're on a busy street and need to turn it up, the sound stays true to your music. And they're re-engineered with Bluetooth® and NFC pairing, so connecting to your devices wirelessly is quick and easy. An inline remote lets you take/end calls, skip/pause tracks and control volume without reaching for your device. So you can focus on the music.

An app can make the difference

We want you to get the most out of your headphones. So we designed this free app that makes connecting and switching between devices easier than ever. It also provides product tips and lets you personalise your settings, so you can make them all yours. See how a simple, intuitive app makes all the difference.




Dimensions/weight without the cable

  • Headphones:15.2 cm H x 16.5 cm W x 1.9 cm D (28.4 g)
  • Case:16.5 cm H x 17.1 cm W x 3.6 cm D
  • USB cable:30.5 cm

Additional details

  • Bluetooth ® range: 10 m (33 ft)
  • Battery charging time: Less than 3 hours
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours per full charge

What's in the box?

  • QuietControl® 30 wireless headphones
  • Carrying case
  • 3 sizes of QC® tips: S, M, L
  • USB charging cable
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Outstanding I had been looking for bluetooth headphones for a while when Bose announced the QC30. When I tried the QC30 they were a revelation. The sound quality is excellent - big sound stage with a neutral/warm sound that works with a wide range of music and spoken word. The noise cancelling is extremely effective, much better than I have experienced with over the ear Bose headphones. The ability to vary the degree of noise cancelling is a work of genius. Sometimes I want to hear some background noise e.g. to hear train announcements so a couple of clicks on the noise cancelling controller on the right ear cable is often enough without compromising my ability to hear the music. One key requirement I had was the ability to make and receive calls a range of environments - most bluetooth headphones, in my experience, fail in this respect. Using the QC30 to make/receive calls works extremely well. When making/receiving a call the noise cancelling is reduced to enable you to hear your own voice. The noise cancelling is returned to the previous level once the call is over. You can also vary the level of noise cancelling during the call. A couple of things can trip them up. If someone is speaking very loudly or playing music next to you this seems to drown out your own voice such that the person at the other end of the line can struggle to hear you. Also they don’t work well in very windy conditions. However I think it would be impossible to get round these issues without having a microphone that is sat right by your mouth. Overall the QC30 are, quite simply, the best bluetooth headset for calls I have ever tried. Comfort is excellent. No need to stuff them in my ears to block out the sound and the neckband works well for me as it keeps the earphones in place and allows then to dangle down when not in use with no risk of losing them as I take my coat off etc. The ear hooks keep them firmly in place and the material used for the ear buds/hooks is very comfortable. I often wear them for hours at a time with no issue. They are also extremely light. The companion app works very well. It sometimes cannot connect to the headphones but the latest update seems to have improved on this. The ability to vary the noise cancelling, change volume, manage connections and pause/play music from the app is extremely useful. Switching the headphones on and connecting is so quick and reliable that I often switch them on as my phone is ringing and take the call on them. Switching them off is equally quick. There are a couple of issues with the connection process that should be addressed. Firstly when they switch on the noise cancelling is at 100% - it would be great if they could remember the previous setting when last switched off. Secondly I connect the headphones to my iPhone 6S and Macbook Air and sometimes, when switching them on, they get stuck in a loop trying to connect to my Macbook Air and not connecting to my iPhone. This second issue got quite annoying so I disconnected my Macbook Air to avoid it happening. There is a way to cycle through the connected devices using the power button which may resolve this but I haven’t got around to sorting this out as yet. Overall these are minor niggles that I’m sure will be addressed. I was a little disappointed to hear that they are not water resistant so cannot be used for anything other than gentle exercise. Shame really as the variable noise cancelling would be a fantastic benefit when out running or cycling. In summary these headphones are game changers. They have transformed my listening pleasure and more than earn their keep as a work tool when using them to make/receive calls. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Bought these a few days ago and have to say best headphones ever, i just put them in when the wife begins to nag or moan and cannot hear a word.
Date published: 2016-11-26
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What is the difference between QuietControl 30 wireless headphones and QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones?

While both headphones offer noise cancelling in an in-ear headphone, QuietControl 30 headphones have the added benefit of controllable noise cancelling, which allows the user to adjust the level of noise cancelling. The neckband design is comfortable enough to wear all day. The headphones offer volume-optimised EQ, which ensures Bose quality audio at all volume settings. In addition, QuietControl 30 offers features like a dual-microphone communication system, voice prompts and intuitive controls. All of these features come in a convenient, wireless headphone. QuietControl 30 headphones do not have a wired backup for either noise cancelling or passive audio, so they cannot be plugged into in-flight entertainment systems like QC®20 headphones can.

What is controllable noise cancelling?

Controllable noise cancelling is the next generation of the industry-leading noise cancelling for which Bose is renowned. It gives the customer fine control over the level of noise reduction—from full noise cancelling to fully open and anywhere in between—with the push of a button or a touch of the Bose Connect app.

What if I have difficulty hearing a change in the level of noise cancelling when I make changes using the buttons on the remote or the Bose Connect app?

As with any headphone, the signal from the audio source can dominate the ability to hear your surroundings. Lowering the source volume or temporarily stopping the music will make it easier to hear each steps in the level of noise cancelling as adjustments are being made.

What is electronic noise floor?

Noise floor is the electronic “hiss” that may be heard with some noise reduction headphones. This noise can be annoying and can take away from listening enjoyment. QuietControl 30 headphones use sophisticated electronic circuitry to minimise noise floor and make it virtually undetectable.

How much noise do QuietControl 30 wireless headphones cancel in full noise cancelling?

Bose doesn’t make claims about percentage noise reduction because it is difficult to establish one number that is valid for all the different environments and situations where the headphones can be used. In full noise cancelling, QuietControl 30 headphones compare favourably to other noise-reduction headphones and reduce unwanted noise to a level that is noticeably more comfortable when compared to the same situation without using the headphones. We encourage consumers to try the headphones for themselves in a variety of situations, both with and without an external audio source.

What is the range of QuietControl 30 wireless headphones?

QuietControl 30 headphones have a range of up to 10 metres (33 feet) from the source device. It is realistic to describe the range as being the room the user is in and the adjacent room. This range may be reduced by physical obstructions, such as walls and doors, or by interference from other electronic devices.

How do I charge QuietControl 30 wireless headphones? How long will they take to charge?

QuietControl® 30 wireless headphones can be charged using the USB cable supplied in the box by plugging the micro-USB into the neckband and the USB into the USB port on a computer or a wall charge (sold separately). Allow up to three hours for the headphones to fully charge. (If the battery is depleted, a quick 15-minute charge provides approximately one hour of play time.) While charging, the power status indicator will flash amber. Once fully charged, the power status indicator light will turn solid green.

What is the typical battery life per charge?

The battery will provide up to 10 hours of use per charge.

What are the buttons on the right cable?

There are a total of five buttons on the remote located on the right cable. Three buttons are grouped together on the right face of the remote. The larger middle button is the multi-function button. It initiates play/pause and other track controls for videos and music, answers and ends calls, and also can initiate voice commands such as Siri or voice dial. The buttons on either side of the multi-function button are volume +/- buttons. They allow the listener to easily adjust volume in an intuitive up/down vertical orientation.

Additionally, two buttons are located on the back of the remote. These buttons control the level of noise cancelling. To increase the amount of noise cancelling, press ▲ (the top button). To reduce the level of noise cancelling and hear more of your surroundings, press ▼ (the bottom button).

Where is the power button? Where is the Bluetooth® button?

There is a single button for both power and Bluetooth® functions. It is located on the inside of the neckband. While wearing the headphones, the power button is on the right side, facing the neck.

How are the StayHear+ QC tips included with the QuietControl 30 wireless headphones different from the original StayHear tips?

The StayHear+ QC tips are made of the same soft silicone material as the original StayHear tips, but they utilise a unique umbrella shape to create a gentle seal at the entrance of the ear canal.

Are StayHear+ QC tips compatible with other Bose in-ear headphones?

StayHear+ QC tips are compatible with QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, but should not be used with other Bose in-ear headphones.




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QuietControl® 30 wireless headphones