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Bose QuietComfort 20 (2013)
Shure SE425 (2010)
See Top Ranked Canal Earphones

Bose QuietComfort 20 (2013) vs Shure SE425 (2010)

Analysis:

What Hi-Fi?, a source known for its hands-on testing and objective methodology, had good things to say about the Shure SE425 (2010). It performed great in its "Best headphones 2021: the best-sounding headphones for music" roundup and earned the "An excellent pair of no-compromise in-ear headphones." title.

Taking a look at the Bose QuietComfort 20 (2013), we found that it was liked by some of the most highly trusted sources, such as Rtings, Wirecutter (NYTimes), and SoundGuys - it was named "Best Wired Noise Cancelling Earbuds" by Rtings, "Bose’s best noise-cancelling earbuds (for Apple devices)" by Wirecutter (NYTimes), and "Best All-Around" by SoundGuys.

For a direct Shure SE425 (2010) vs. Bose QuietComfort 20 (2013) comparison, we took a look at sources that tested both and found that the Shure SE425 (2010) got reviewed better by TrustedReviews, whereas the reviewers at PCmag and Rtings preferred the Bose QuietComfort 20 (2013). Reviewers at CNET haven't shown a preference for either.

We also took a look at which sources liked these two products the most. We found that the Shure SE425 (2010) received its best, 10, rating from What Hi-Fi?, while the Bose QuietComfort 20 (2013) got its highest score of 9 from PCmag.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the Shure SE425 (2010) earned an average review score of 8.2 out of 10 points and the Bose QuietComfort 20 (2013) received an average of 8.2, compared to the 7.4 average of Canal Earphones in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
PCmag
SoundGuys
Rtings
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
CNET
Tom's Guide
Laptop Mag
Android Authority
Android Central
creativebloq.com
Tech. Specs Comparison
Bose QuietComfort 20 (2013)
$249
Shure SE425 (2010)
$269
Higher than average expert review score
Higher than average expert review score
7.4
Overall Avg. for Canal Earphones
8.3
Avg. Review Score
Score
Highly recommended by trusted experts
SoundGuys
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best noise cancelling earbuds” 
Last updated: 28 Jun 2021
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “The Pros and Cons of Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones” 
Last updated: 20 Sep 2019
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Wired Noise Cancelling Earbuds
in “The 6 Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds And In-Ear Headphones - Summer 2021” 
Last updated: 19 days ago
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “What are the best noise cancelling earbuds?” 
Last updated: 30 Apr 2021
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best wired buds
in “Best Bose headphones 2021” 
Last updated: 8 Jun 2021
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Wired Earbuds With A Mic
in “The 6 Best Earphones With A Mic - Summer 2021” 
Last updated: 14 Jun 2021
Gadget Review
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 7
in “Best Earbuds in 2021 (July Reviews)” 
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best noise-canceling headphones for 2021” 
Last updated: 17 Jun 2021
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The 6 Best Earbuds And In-Ear Headphones - Summer 2021” 
Last updated: 19 days ago
Rtings
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The 7 Best Wired Headphones - Summer 2021” 
Last updated: 22 Jun 2021

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