Immerse yourself in music with these Bose® SoundTrue® Ultra in-ear headphones, which offer a sealed acoustic design that isolates sound to deliver rich audio. The in-line remote offers easy control over your compatible Apple® device.
Runner's worst nightmare, stick to Bose MIE2i
Posted by: Gameruser from: Brooklyn, NY on
If you have the older MIE2i DO NOT SWITCH TO THIS NEWER MODEL. This is coming from an amateur runner who had the older model, exchanged it, and now regrets it since the older model was discontinued.. Bose recently redesigned their ear tips for a "SoundTrue Ultra" experience. There is no active noise cancellation, but the new earbuds attempt to replicate this effect by diminishing other noises.
1. As a commuter in NY, these are great for blocking small noises such as the sound of other people walking or talking either on the train or as you walk in the street. It creates a slightly more immersive experience and the sound is very clear.
2. The eartips fit snugly inside your ears. They rarely fall out even when exercising.
3. Cord is longer 48 inches vs I believe 45 inches for Bose MIE2i.
1. Maximum volume level with these headphones is lower than older models such as the Bose MIE2i. I definitely experienced this more when I plugged them into a Nintendo 3DS. When plugging them into my iPhone, it was a little less apparent but definitely noticeable if you're the type who likes to crank up the volume.
2. The earbuds create a stethoscope effect that is horrible. Bose you attempted to create a more immersive experience by changing your earbud design. I was a loyal customer of your Bose MIE2i product for 3 years and bought more than one model. I'm now thinking of switching to Jaybird X2s because these are quite frankly horrible for anyone who is a runner or exercises intensely. If you use these at the gym and others are lifting and dropping weights, the vibrations felt across the gym are amplified through these headphones. Due to the eartip design, the vibrations go straight into our ear canals and can be a nuisance.
3. In regards to the stethoscope which was mentioned in my second Con, it is horrible to run with these headphones and actually dropped my performance. Every time the cord of these headphones hits your body as you run, it is immediately picked up by your ears. It might not be as bad for someone who is simply walking or jogging slowly, but as your speed picks up, it becomes worse and worse. The music no longer drowns the annoying effect felt by the cord hitting your body, and instead it causes you to focus on the vibrations being felt in your ears. It's actually painful after a while.
Bottom line: I long debated between leaving Bose and picking up the Jaybird X2 due to the great reviews by trusted sources in the tech and fitness communities. I was a loyal Bose customer up until now. These headphones made me lose my confidence in Bose’s products. The Jaybird X2 may not have a microphone for calls, but at this point, it’s negligible due to the horrible experience I had with these headphones. IF YOU ARE A RUNNER OR SOMEONE WHO IS ACTIVE AT THE GYM, READ THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS. You'll see why these headphones are not meant for you.
13 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Listen to all the negative reviews
Posted by: Mike from: on
There's a reason all the previous Bose owners, like myself, are saying to stay away from these. Bose has made some of the best sounding and most comfortable earbuds on the market, but these have really disappointed. The new in-ear stay true design is uncomfortable and causes a lot of cable noise, uncomfortable pressure, and all the other problems people complain about. The drivers are both visibly and audibly smaller compared to the ie2's that I own and the volume really suffers from that. They used smaller and less powerful drivers in substitution for a more in-ear isolated design of the stay true tips. These headphones lack volume, deliver less clarity than previous models, and will be a waste of your time. Save yourself a trip back to the store, stick with Bose Sound True or Sound Sport.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Worth the extra Money!!!
Posted by: GMAN from: on
I purchased the Soundsport and was not happy so I paid the extra money for the Soundtrue Ultra. Contrary to some negative reviews I have seen, I found the volume to definitely be high enough especially since the earphones block most outside, unwanted sound. They are much more comfortable and fit better than the Soundsport or any other earphone that I have ever tried. They don't even make my sensitive ears sore over long periods of use. I use them during weight training and do not experience the "feedback" or cord noise that some other reviewers mention. Also, with the Stayhear tips (watch the video on Bose website that shows how to put them in your ears) they stay in my ears without having to press them back in after every move like most other earphones. The quality of the sound is excellent as well! You will be happy with them!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Larvan from: on
I had the original Bose In Ears which I loved, however, they started to fall apart after a few years. I bought these thinking they'd be a great improvement, but I was wrong. The earpiece fits very snug and blocks out any external noise, but I can hear myself swallow, hear the blood flowing in my head & any movement I make with my head is amplified. These headphones are horrible! If I hadn't gone overseas on business I would've returned them the same day. Don't waste your time.
9 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Distracting Sounds from Cord
Posted by: Michael from: on
I have used the Bose SoundSport for years, and before that, its predecessor. I get the extended warranty, which is worth every penny. Yesterday, I returned the SoundSport for an exchange because the remote buttons were damaged. The local store didn't have any SoundSport replacements in stock, so I had to get the SoundTrue Ultra. Yes, they do isolate the sound very well, but at a price. Every bump or brush of the cord coming from the earbud projects sound into the earbud. It happens if I turn my head, scoot in my chair, breathe, or tap on the wire. It is very annoying, and a serious flaw in the design. Also, the cord is stiff in comparison to the SoundSport, so it is less comfortable. This stiffness probably contributes to the sound transfer. I switched from the Medium Ear Tips to the Small, to see if that made a difference in sound transference. It did reduce it considerably, but then the earbuds felt too loose, and like they would fall out of my ears. Remember, I had no such problems with my SoundSports. Finally, where the cord splits into left and right, there is a bulky tee. By comparison, the SoundSport had a wye split, which was minimal and comfortable. The ratings are high for this product, so it makes me wonder... am I the only one who has this issue with the ear buds? Hard to imagine.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Pepindits from: on
I exchanged the Bose Sound Sport, for these ones. So glad I did. These fit a lot better in my ear and they block out most outside noise. The tips have a great seal (for me). The bass, mids and highs are perfectly balanced. The bass is really great and not overwhelming. These are also pretty comfortable in my ears for the 8 hour work day. Although a bit pricy at 150, these are worth the buy. Whatever type of music you enjoy, these provide awesome sound for any genre.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Bose SoundTrue Earphones
Posted by: DuceCain from: on
These Bose earphones have a soft silicon, angular/oval tip with attached earwings that come in 3 sizes. They were very comfortable for me and I was able to find a size that stays put in my ear while at the gym working up a good sweat. They also keep the loud background noise from the gym out! The music is good and clear, but I prefer the deeper bass sound I get from Klipsh series or Jabra Rox. I do wish Bose made these earphones in a wireless format as well, as being cord free is my preference, but these earphones are the most comfortable I have had in a long time, so they will be my first choice when using earphones for extended periods of time.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
excellent Bose qulity for a great price
Posted by: Classicmini from: Kansas on
These are great ear buds with the expected Bose quality for a great price. I bought these as a secondary to my Bose QC15 headsets so I would have something less bulky to carry around while travelling. These are every bit as good, excellent high and low tones and surrounding sound. As an ear bud they actually have the ability to cancel out some noise as well. The fit is snug and comfortable thanks the soft material they use to make the in ear part. They come with a little zip up carry case which keeps them compact and easy to stick in my laptop bag without taking up any room. A definite must for someone looking for the best sounding ear buds.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great overall product, minor room for improvement.
Posted by: AvgAudioHead from: on
I do consider myself to be a music lover and maybe a bass head to an extent. The music genres I listen to are all over the place so I get a pretty good perspective on the versatility of headphones. Starting with the looks, I'm definitely impressed. I love the color scheme chosen for these they definitely are sleek and very professional. Considering these are on the higher end of the price scale most people look for in headphones, it was a tad surprising seeing that they are made out of plastic. Moving on to the the actual cord, it has an odd but pretty cool T shaped design. At first it takes a second to get used to, especially because I tuck my cord beneath my shirt so it doesn't tangle with my lanyard. Now onto the important part, sound quality.. The new and improved ear tips are awesome so comfortable and I really couldn't believe it. My wife isn't a fan of in ear headphones but these have become her favorites as well! The new tip they added to the old fashioned bose headphones definitely help with noise isolation and making a more secure fit. Honestly with these, the noise isolation is fantastic. I'm one that is definitely used to noise cancelation so I was super interested in finding out the difference. Noise isolation is for sure my favorite of the 2. As I sit down in a quiet room looking through my catalogue of music, I finally settle on The Weeknd-The Town. This song is one of my favorites and could sing it from beginning to end with ease so i knew it wouldn't be hard to hear what these headphones had to offer. They're FANTASTIC!! I couldn't believe the balance and attention to detail these had. I heard a few things in this song that I honestly never knew where in the song I was so impressed it blew me away. Though they may not be as bassy as some "hip hop heads" are looking for but it's definitely very punchy and full. I listen to a lot of hip hop and couldn't be more pleased. Overall if you're into many genres and are looking for overall clarity these are definitely recommended from me. Bassheads!? You might want to look more into Shure se315. Those are honestly perfect for hip hop in my opinion and are about the same price! Like I said before these are my new go to Bose has definitely impressed me. Thank you.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: okredrobot from: on
Bought these earbuds to replace my Apple earbuds for my iPhone6. Was expecting regular quality; nothing fancy. These earbuds are fantastic! Sound quality is good. There are three sizes of those jelly ear inserts that help fit any size ear. But above all else; the noise cancelling capability in this earbud is pretty good. I shied away from purchasing the noise cancelling ear buds because the adapter looked super clunky. This is a great alternative. Worth the money.