Bose QuietComfort Ultra: Is Bose planning to launch the world’s first flagship ANC headphones for 2023, dubbed the QuietComfort Ultra? A recent tweet post(opens in a new tab) written by Kuba Wojciechowski included a picture that could be the next-generation Bose ANC headphones. It certainly seems to suggest this.
The device is said to be under the codename “Lone Starr”, the picture (pictured below) illustrates Bose headphones that look similar to the present Bose QuietComfort 45(opens in a new tab) instead of the more expensive Bose Noise-Canceling headphones 700(opens in a new tab) that was launched nearly four years ago.
Leaker who often provides information about Android devices acknowledges the fact that “currently have very little information about the product,” and “it appears to be in its early stages of development.”
In the field of ANC headphones Bose always has been the top brand for noise-canceling headphones, with numerous top-rated headphones that have been used for noise cancellation that we have included in our guide to purchasing through the decades. The gradual and steady pace which means that new products do not arrive in a hurry has always paid off for Bose and the sheer number of top-rated models featured in our guides to buying is a testament to the company’s knowledge of noise cancellation.
This was until recent times when we witnessed rival headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM5 which launched last year and earned massive praise for its blend of premium audio and superior noise canceling and pose a formidable attempt to challenge Bose’s leading position as the best noise-canceling headphones crown.
What we’d like to learn in the coming month’s Bose QuietComfort Ultra
There have been updates to the company’s active noise-canceling models in the past few years, so the possibility of a successor in the line of Bose 700 flagship is a plausible assumption to make.
We have seen the follow-up for the QuietComfort earbuds 2(opens in a new tab) in the year before and the Bose QComfort 45(opens in a new tab) came out with the intention of replacing the QuietComfort 35 in 2021, however, neither of them offers any significant improvements in battery life that compete with the latest ANC models. Its Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless(opens in a new tab) is the current best model in terms of battery life and has the capability of providing more than 50 hours when ANC is enabled. We’d expect that to merit the ultra label the next model would require a substantial increase to the company’s prior claim of battery longevity.
Another thing to think about is audio quality support. In the past, Bose stated that Qualcomm’s S5 Sound Platform will be integrated into future Bose products. Its QuietComfort Earbuds 2 launched in September 2022 and now supports the aptX Adaptive and also aptX lossless therefore we’d expect that any future plans for a new model will also be outlined.