Bose QuietComfort Earbuds IISee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sony WF C500See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.3 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II||Sony WF C500|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||9.3mm||5.8mm|
|has a neodymium magnet||✗||✓|
|battery life of charging case||18hours||10hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||9meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||8only||2only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✗|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✗|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✗|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
Ingress protection ratings is the rank of protection given by an enclosure, against dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value means protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX4, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, Sony WF C500 have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a weight of 12.5g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
The Sony WF C500, at 10.8g are lighter than the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II with a difference -1.7g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables linking any part of the device together, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are true wireless for this case since they don't have wires. This is a major difference as some wireless earbuds have cables linking the two earbuds together.
Sony WF C500 also is true wireless since it doesn't have cables connecting the pair of earbuds .
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II come with wingtips, these are reserved for earbuds for workouts and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a more secure fit.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have sweat resistance
Sony WF C500's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have stereo speakers, what this means is that Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Sony WF C500 also have stereo speakers
ANC utilises advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then generates a mirror signal to counter it. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (noise) and producing -1 (inverted noise) giving zero which results in a reduced level of noise.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have ANC enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears as you don't need to crank up the device volume to outcompete background noise.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II sit tightly in place, creating a sound seal that tones down your environment noise and also prevents the earbuds sound from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this implies that both limit ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II driver unit is 9.3mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, the unit size determines the sound produced by the device.
Sony WF C500 driver unit is 5.8mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by 3.5mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not indicate that they deliver better quality sound.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal on its way through.
Sony WF C500's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices produce equal bass
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well an audio device produces high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal on its way through.
Sony WF C500's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this means that both devices produce equal treble
The Sony WF C500 have neodymium magnets, when used in earbuds produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, using high magnetic flux.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Sony WF C500's battery life is more than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by 4 hours . Each time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's case has a charge of 18 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Sony WF C500's charging case has a battery life of 10 hours, less than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by 8 hours
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been unused for extended periods.
Sony WF C500 takes 2.5 hours to fully charge the battery, more than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by 0.5 hours
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights display the charging state of your earbuds and case.
Sony WF C500 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you tell the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Sony WF C500 too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have Bluetooth version of 5.3, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony WF C500 has a Bluetooth version of 5, older than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Sony WF C500 have a maximum range of 9meters, less than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by 1meters
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II will work well with your iPhone. If you are planning on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Sony WF C500 support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have 8 microphones.
While the Sony WF C500 microphones are 2, less than that of Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II by 6 . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out noise.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II use a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are designed to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises to still be heard even while wearing them
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
When misplaced in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support the find earbuds feature.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device.
Also the Sony WF C500 too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Sony WF C500 also support this function. It means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
Sony WF C500 too have a control panel on them.
Sony WF C500 have a warranty period of 1 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use that has followed instruction manuals.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
The Sony WF C500 also have voice prompts meaning the earbuds will notify you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge them.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II come with a special case. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them inside your pockets without a cover can easily damage them.
Sony WF C500 also have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.