Doctor Mom recently picked up a pair of Amazon's Earpods. They were $129 and they look similar Bose earpods. Leo says that it sounds like a rebranded design. DM says they are noise-reducing, and Leo says that they seal the ears to block out the sound, while Apple's Earpod Pros uses noise reduction. Leo thinks that noise-reducing works better, in his opinion. But DM says that with noise reduction, you can still hear something. DM also says that you only really have to wear one and you can still listen to music.
When I was invited to a Bose press event this week, seeing a new model Bose Noise Reduction Headphone wouldn't be out of the ordinary. But their new Bose 700 Noise Reduction Wireless Headphones add an exclusive innovation no one has done before. The Bose 700 uses 8 digital signal processing microphones, and up to four of them work to isolate a user’s voice from unwanted background sounds. This makes for dramatically clearer calls to home and work, and solid accuracy from your favourite VPA; Siri, Alexia and Google Assistant.
Joe connected his Bose network-connected speakers to his Mac, but he can't get the music to play via iTunes. Leo says it sounds like the Bose software is conflicting or doesn't know where to look for his music in the iTunes library. Joe should look in his settings to see where it thinks his music library is. It may just be looking in the wrong place. He did that, but the Bose SoundTouch software also only shows 30 of his files. Leo says it could have damaged his playlist database.
Vin wants to know if Bose makes a good sound bar for home theater. Leo says the benefit of Bose is that it has a wireless subwoofer. It sounds great, but he'll pay for it. It will also have to simulate surround sound, which will never be as good as a real home theater system. If he has a space challenge, a sound bar is a good alternative.
Scott has an iMac and MacBook Air and he is concerned about upgrading to El Capitan because it may break some of the software he uses. Leo says he should always upgrade to the latest. The upgrade is really easy to do and it doesn't break many utilities. He could roll back if there is an issue, but Leo says he probably won't have to. Some really old software may have issues, but that's only if the software is reliant on the old Rosetta interface, which Apple killed a long time ago. So anything written in the last few years won't be an issue.
Abby really likes the way Bose sounds, but she is wondering if she'd be able to find a less expensive speaker that has a similar sound. Leo says that Pioneer makes a great one by Andrew Jones. Leo's favorite is Audio Engine B2 Bluetooth Speaker. This is a powered speaker that looks like regular stereo speakers. She could pair the speaker to her phone, and play radio through it from the phone.
Abby's TV is starting to die and they want to buy a new 50" LCD TV. Sadly, they missed Black Friday. Leo says the good news is that Samsung's Black Friday deal runs until the end of the month, so she's not out of luck yet. And they're selling them for half price. Should they buy a 4K TV? Leo says he isn't really sure it's time for it yet, as there's still no content for it. She could stream Netflix with it at 4K, but it's going to kill her bandwidth. Also, she'd have to get a 4K Blu-ray player, but there won't be many available until next year.
Chris wants some good quality computer speakers, and is wondering if Bose speakers would be worth it. They don't have a subwoofer, though. What does Leo recommend? Leo says that computer speakers are tiny by design and a small speaker isn't going to give him much bass. That's what the subwoofer is for.
Dick went to Boston recently and wanted to try out the Bose QC20 In Ear Headphones. They are the first in-ear noise canceling headphones and come in a small zippered travel bag. Like other Bose NR headphones you can block outside noise, but this model offers an additional setting called "Aware mode". It reduces the amount of noise reduction and lets you hear some of the outside that you probably want to hear. You can also get the QC20i's to use with your iPhone.
Scott Wilkinson is back after a bout of being under the weather. Leo's looking forward to seeing Pacific Rim tonight and he's going to see it in 3D. Scott says unfortunately Leo will miss the Atmos presentation, which should be amazing but is only in selected theaters.