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True wireless ANC

Old Sep 23, 20, 8:41 am
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True wireless ANC

Heavy competition for AirPods Pro coming.

First, Bose announces QuietComfort Earbuds for $279. 6 hours of continuous listening but the charging case offers only 12 more hours. Users can adjust ANC at 11 different levels.

Now available for preorder, ships 9/29/20.


At the start of September Qualcomm announced yet another true wireless buds chipset, this time with the adaptive ANC that the AirPods Pro features. Not clear when products will ship but it’s apparently going to be for name brands with premium pricing, not the no-name Chinese brands you can find.

Qualcomm claims Adaptive ANC should theoretically work for all styles of earbuds, including those with a traditional in-ear seal and also newer, open-type designs like the recent Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. Comfort is key, with Qualcomm saying that it’s trying to “reduce the dependency on forming a tight seal so a user doesn’t need to push or twist the earbud into the ear.” According to the company, Adaptive ANC is also meant to work without requiring a fit test for eartips. And it applies to both music and voice calls, automatically adjusting the noise cancellation strength based on environmental conditions.

There haven’t yet been any true wireless earbuds announced with Qualcomm’s Adaptive ANC, but it likely won’t be long; the company already works with Jabra, Sennheiser, Bang & Olufsen, 1More, Audio Technica, Skullcandy, and other earbud makers, so you can expect Qualcomm’s latest ANC advancements to find their way to a shipping product soon.
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