Bulk aside, Bose ear­buds sound great

Western Times - - LIFE - Matthew Dunn

WHAT would you sac­ri­fice to have a truly wire­less, high­qual­ity au­dio prod­uct you could use for work­outs or com­mutes? The an­swer is a sleek, sexy and sub­tle de­sign if you’re judg­ing by the Bose SoundS­port Free ear­buds. The Bose SoundS­port Free ear­buds use a bright mix of plas­tic and metal to of­fer a sporty de­sign, which also has IPX4 wa­ter-re­sis­tance. Bose’s StayHear+ wingtips hook onto your outer ear to an­chor the head­phones in place, with three dif­fer­ent-sized tips in­cluded, for a per­fect fit. Dur­ing my runs and gym work­outs the ear­buds re­mained in place and this is com­ing from a sweaty hu­man. Like most sim­i­lar prod­ucts, the head­phones fea­ture in­te­grated me­dia con­trol but­tons to help change tracks or vol­ume with­out hav­ing to reach for your de­vice. Th­ese are rather small and dif­fi­cult to press — es­pe­cially while out for a jog — although I am not one who usu­ally uses this fea­ture so it was not a deal breaker for me. Most au­dio on the de­vice sounded great and of­fered plenty of mid and tre­ble de­tail, although it was slightly lack­ing in terms of bass and iso­la­tion of out­side noise. The sound qual­ity can be at­trib­uted to Bose’s on-board vol­ume op­ti­mised equaliser. The ear­buds of­fer a truly wire­less ex­pe­ri­ence, se­cure fit and im­pres­sive sound qual­ity for au­dio­philes look­ing for a work­out so­lu­tion. How­ever, the bulky de­sign might be a lit­tle too much for those who feel self con­scious on their morn­ing com­mutes. At $299.95, the ear­buds are a lit­tle on the ex­pen­sive side.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

PRAC­TI­CAL: The ear­buds can pro­tect against sweat, which is wel­come news.

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