The QuietComfort lineup has been around for a long time, and Bose essentially took the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” route with the QC45. These wireless headphones look much the same as the previous version — they don’t have the slickest design, but they are super comfortable and they have handy onboard controls for playing/pausing music, adjusting volume and switching between ANC and ambient sound mode. They charge via USB-C and have an impressive 22.5-hour battery life, so you can wear them all day long without missing a beat.
The sound quality is what you’d expect from a pair of high-end Bose cans. The QC45 pump out clear and balanced audio, and the active noise cancellation is some of the best we’ve tried. Bose’s ANC was already great to begin with, but the company improved on it here with a “proprietary digital chip” that helps detect and silence more mid-range frequencies.