Forget Sony's XM4 headphones, this Bose deal is still the one to beat after Black Friday

Bose QC Earbuds Black Friday deal
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be over for another year, but there's still a great deal to be had on Bose's original (and five-star) QuietComfort Earbuds.

They've dropped to just £139 at John Lewis and Amazon – that's down from their best price during last year's Cyber Monday sale (£172), and massively down on their launch price of £249.

Bose wireless earbuds deal

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds £249

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds £249 £139 at John Lewis (save £110)
The fantastic five-star true wireless earbuds combine brilliant noise-cancelling tech with natural, dynamic sound. They're worthy challengers to the original AirPods Pro – especially now they've dropped to this low price at John Lewis. Also available at Amazon.

As we noted in our Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review, these brilliant buds deliver an "energetic, balanced sound and brilliant noise-cancelling". They're a serious candidate for best-in-class – or at least they were when they launched – and more than capable of giving the excellent Apple AirPods Pro a run for their money.

The QuietComfort Earbuds might not be as physically svelte as some of the competition, but that's because Bose has packed in so much tech.

As well as delivering a sonic masterclass, the QuietComfort buds live up to their name with no fewer than 11 degrees of noise cancelling (from 0 to 10). Experiment with the different levels and you’ll hear the QuietComfort do their thing, cutting out huge swathes of background noise when on the maximum setting.

You get six hours playback from the buds themselves (18 hours total with the included charging case). Like to get out and about? These buds are lightweight, comfortable and weather-resistant, too, so they're suitable for sporty stuff.

So, should you buy them? We think you'll be very pleased if you do. If noise cancelling is important to you, they're the pick of the competition. We do prefer the greater sonic transparency of the Sony WF-1000XM4, (which have dropped from £250 to just £159).

The QuietComfort Earbuds have since been succeeded by their sequel, the QuietComfort Earbuds II. These are so impressive they picked up a What Hi-Fi? Award this year. But the original QuietComfort Earbuds are where it all started.


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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.