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AirPods Pro 2 vs Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II: whose silence is golden?

Apple isn’t the only audio giant promising to deliver the best noise-cancelling earbuds: Just hours after the AirPods Pro 2 launched, Bose unveiled the QuietComfort Earbuds II. This is indeed a big deal, as the previous QuietComforts topped our guide to the best noise-cancelling buttons, raising the bar so high that even Sony’s great WF-1000XM4s couldn’t reach it. So how do the two sets of flagship ANC earbuds compare? Let’s find out.

AirPods Pro 2 vs Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II: Price and Release Date

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Handheld

Bose has shaved a lot of weight off the design here, and that’s great news. Credit: Simon Lucas/Future

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II will be available September 29, with pre-orders beginning September 8. They will cost $299 / £279 / AU$429. They will initially be available in a ‘triple black’ finish, followed by an alternative ‘soapstone’ color variant.