FCC leak suggests Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones coming soon

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The Bose QuietComfort 45s look like 35s on the outside, but audio and Bluetooth improvements are expected on the inside.
The Bose QuietComfort 45s look like 35s on the outside, but audio and Bluetooth improvements are expected on the inside.
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A Federal Communications Commission certification reveals Bose may be about to roll out a long-awaited new version of its classic noise-canceling headphones. The company’s popular but long-in-the-tooth QuietComfort 35 and 35 II headphones appear to have a new sibling or, more likely, replacement: new Bose QuietComfort 45 over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation.

And the new headphones could arrive quite soon, bringing no telling what sort of upgrades to ANC, Bluetooth and audio quality.

Save big on Beats Solo Pro noise-canceling headphones

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Don't miss this great buy on Beats noise-canceling headphones.
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Beats headphones set the standard for listening before Apple bought the company six years ago. Since then, Cupertino’s $3 billion acquisition has resulted in a slew of new products with Apple’s proprietary tech integrated into the Beats lineup for a seamless audio experience.

That means Beats fans know what to expect when using their headphones with Apple devices: smooth performance, excellent sound quality and thoughtful design. These Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones are no exception. That’s why they earned 4.7/5 stars on Amazon out of 5,520 reviews. And now Cult of Mac Deals can offer these headphones at a massive 46% discount.

AirPods Max will excite your ears, dazzle your eyes and empty your wallet [Review]

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AirPods Max review: Apple's new noise-canceling headphones truly put the
Apple's new noise-canceling headphones truly put the "pod" in AirPods.
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With a sleek design and some sweet Apple magic, AirPods Pro Max headphones look great, sound exciting and reward those in the Apple ecosystem.

However, the hefty $549 price tag, some quirky design decisions and some very real limitations mean they’re not right for absolutely everyone.

AirPods Max: Apple’s new over-ear headphones look fantastic but mighty pricey

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AirPods Max are available to order for $549.
AirPods Max, the first over-the-ear headphones sold under the Apple brand, combine a custom acoustic design with Apple H1 chips and advanced software.
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Apple expanded its popular AirPods lineup Tuesday, unveiling a new over-the-ear model dubbed AirPods Max.

The high-end headphones promise to deliver “the magic of AirPods” in an all-new design. They boast high-fidelity, spatial audio and active noise cancellation like AirPods Pro. And they come in five colors. They’re available to order today, priced at $549.

Productively work from home with these affordable, smart noise-canceling headphones [Deals]

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Mu Noise Headphones
Listen to your playlists in comfort, full fidelity and sans distractions with these top-notch Bluetooth headphones.
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Keeping distractions at bay is harder than ever, especially if you’re working from home. That makes noise-canceling headphones an essential tool for productivity (or just keeping your sanity).

If you don’t already own a set, this is your chance. We’ve got deals on smart noise-canceling headphones that won’t drain your bank account.

Defeat distractions with noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones [Deals]

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BesDio Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Top notch noise cancellation, 30 hour battery life, and total comfort make these the perfect headphones for dodging distractions.
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Remote work means lots of potential distractions, even if it’s from the comfort of home. Family, neighbors, the TV in another room — there are plenty of ways to lose focus. So during the COVID-19 lockdown, noise-canceling headphones are an essential way to keep distractions at bay.

AirPods sales spike means total market domination

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AirPods and AirPods Pro outsell all rivals by a wide margin.
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Apple sold almost 60 million AirPods wireless headphones in 2019, according to a market-analysts firm. That’s a dramatic increase from the 35 million the company is estimated to have sold the year before.

And Apple took the lion’s share of 2019 sales of totally wireless (TWS) headsets.

Browse an awesome roundup of Bluetooth headphones under $100 [Deals]

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Wireless Headphones Under $100
We've rounded up some of the best Bluetooth headphones out there, each for well under 100 bucks.
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Bluetooth headphones are the best way to enjoy personal audio. Obviously, they’ve got no wires to untangle. And the technology has advanced to the point where they sound as good as cabled alternatives — plus they add tons of additional features.

There are also many models to choose from — including those high-priced new AirPods Pro — so we rounded up some of the best deals we could find. Even better, each one of these great Bluetooth headphones costs well under $100.

Pro or no: Which AirPods should you get?

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AirPods vs. AirPods Pro: Which is better? Feature-packed, or sleek and simple?
Which is better? Feature-packed, or sleek and simple?
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Apple’s AirPods are brilliant. They’re incredibly convenient, sleek and offer pretty good sound. They also add a layer of functionality you don’t get with many other Bluetooth headphones or earbuds. And I’m not even talking about the new AirPods Pro.

So, now that Apple expanded the AirPods line to include both the standard AirPods, and the pricier (although more feature-packed) AirPods Pro, choosing the right option might not seem so clear. How do you choose the AirPods that are best for your life?