Bose QC20 headphones

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Bose QC20 headphones

Postby djrez4 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:47 am

Finally bit the bullet and purchased a pair this morning. I'll review once they arrive.

I was able to get them for $255 out of pocket and received ~300 UR points and ~1530 AA miles. Here's how:

Through the UR Mall, I purchased two Living Social coupons for $25 for $50 at Sharper Image at 5 points per $. Then, I went through the AA shopping portal to complete the purchase at 6 miles per $ and applied a $30-off coupon at checkout. Finally, I synced my Amex via Twitter and got $25 back.


Some people have had luck applying multiple Living Social coupons to the purchase, but it looks like Sharper Image closed that loophole. I was unable to apply more than one. I've asked Living Social for a refund because I was unable to apply it. Sharper Image is also offering free shipping on all Bose products, but charged me $10 because I selected two-day shipping. They don't tell you what kind of free shipping they offer and each shipping option appears to cost money at checkout, so I had no idea which to choose and selected the cheapest one. Apparently, that was the wrong thing to do. I've asked for a refund on that as well.

(If Living Social and Sharper Image both refund me, I'll get $35 back. The points totals may or may not change.)

So, the best way to go is to get one Living Social coupon through the UR mall, Got o Sharper Image via the AA Mall, apply the $30-off code, and select the correct shipping. You'll be $245 out of pocket and you'll get 150 UR points and 1470 AA miles. If you sync your Amex with Twitter, you get an extra $25 back, purchase protection, and an extended warranty. Alternatively, if you don't need AA miles, you could use a cash-back portal - Discover gives 10% and TopCashBack gives 12%.

But, to add some confusion, don't forget that AA is running a promo for up to 3000 bonus miles if you spend $250 or more through the portal. This transaction pushed me over $250, so I get an additional 3000 miles on top of the 1530 (and 170 from a previous transaction) for a total of 4700 AA miles.

It's all a game, folks...
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Postby djrez4 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:47 pm

Living Social has already refunded me.

Also, I was off on my math. My total isn't $255. It's $230 with the Amex Sync statement credit, now $205 with the refund, and $195 if Sharper Image refunds shipping.
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Postby samhradh » Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:20 am

Stack them discounts.
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Postby djrez4 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:03 pm

These things are pretty amazing.

I've tried other Bose noise-cancelling headphones and a few other brands. They all do a decent job of blocking steady, background noise like fans, fluorescent light hum, jet engines, etc.

The QC20s manage to go beyond that, even blocking the majority of human speech. If you are listening to music with noise-cancelling turned on, you would likely miss someone saying hello. Dog barks make it through, but lose their harshness.

The "Aware" mode is also very cool. I'd say it tames the noise-control back to the level of older Bose models or less expensive headphones from other brands. Speech becomes perfectly audible. The noise cancellation continues to block steady noises.

I can't wait to try these out on an airplane. The fact that they're in-ear instead of on- or over-ear will make them perfect for trying to sleep on a flight to Asia or Europe. No more interference when you try to sleep on your side.

Top shelf, Bose. Well done.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:19 am

Thanks for your review. I just got a pair and concur with your thoughts... with the only exception that the older ones are a bit better that what you mentioned with the aware mode tuned on.

I have QC 3 headsets from Bose as well and they work as good as the QC20. The primary difference is the newer QC20's does seem to block out human voices better but thats likely due to the fact they are in ear and physically block sounds better than on ear units.

BUT both block out plane and mechanical noises equally well.
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