Bulk aside, Bose earbuds sound great
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.
PRACTICAL: The earbuds can protect against sweat, which is welcome news.