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Bose Sport Open Earbuds are true wireless earbuds like you’ve never seen or heard before. What makes them truly unique is that they are the first workout headphones of their kind that combine exclusive Bose OpenAudio™ technology with an innovative open-ear headphone design to produce high-quality sound without covering your ears. This allows you to hear your music and the world around you for an unbelievable, full-sensory experience. The city. The surf. Your running buddy. Hear it all and your music at the same time with these entirely new, entirely open sport earbuds. Sound is what motivates, and Bose Sport Open Earbuds deliver. The exclusive Bose OpenAudio™ technology produces clear, consistent sound that’s more authentic and comfortable than bone conduction. In addition, acoustic spillage is minimal thanks to speaker placement that’s closer to the ear. A comfortable and secure fit is crucial when exercising. These sport earbuds were rigorously designed and tested to gently rest on your ears while staying put no matter how intense your workout. Bose Sport Open Earbuds also offer up to eight hours of play time (with daily charging), an advanced mic system for crystal-clear calls, and IPX4 sweat and weather resistance. Now you can combine the environment that invigorates you with the content that motivates you.
Open ear technology
Featuring a revolutionary Bose OpenAudio™ design, these wireless earbuds rest comfortably and securely on your ears without covering them, so you can hear your music and still be aware of your surroundings or talk to your workout partner at the same time.
Sound that motivates
Exclusive Bose OpenAudio™ technology recreates high-quality audio with detail and clarity. Open-ear sound is more consistent than the bone conduction technology found in some other sport earbuds, which tends to create a vibrating sensation.
Keeps up with you
These open ear headphones were designed with athletes in mind. From the trail to the gym, you will experience the freedom of having nothing in your ears, plus the peace of mind of knowing they’ll stay put no matter how much you move.
With no cables or wires holding you back, Bose Sport Open Earbuds let you keep up your momentum without having to worry about anything getting in your way.
Right fit for you
For the most comfortable experience, the earbuds should sit over the top of the ear and can be at an angle. If you feel any discomfort, just adjust how far back you rotated them. You should aim for the loosest fit possible, where the earbuds don’t fall off when you move around.
Designed for glasses wearers
For the best fit, remove your glasses before putting on your earbuds. Once the earbuds are stable and comfortable, just put your glasses back on and you’re good to go.
Power through your workout
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery in these gym headphones provides up to 8 hours of audio at a time (with daily charging) and fully charges in 2 hours with the included charging base. You can also get up to 3 hours of play from a quick, 30-minute charge.
Sweat and weather resistant
Outdoor workouts can be unpredictable, but you can always count on these IPX4-rated running headphones to resist moisture thanks to acoustic mesh in the ports that is specially designed to help keep out water and debris.
Speak your voice
Phone calls on the go are clearer than ever thanks to an advanced microphone system that focuses on your voice and reduces the sound of wind and noise around you. And with nothing in or covering your ears, it feels as natural as talking to the person next to you.
Easily control music and calls from these open ear headphones and access your phone’s native voice assistant such as Siri or Google Assistant.
The Bose Sport Open Earbuds feature the latest in Bluetooth technology. With a range of up to 30 feet, you can take on any workout with confidence.
Get more with the Bose Music app.
The Bose Music app provides access to future updates, simple setup, and more for your Bose sport wireless earbuds.
Bose, Bose Music, Bose Sport Open Earbuds, and OpenAudio are trademarks of Bose Corporation.
Bose - Sport Open Earbuds True Wireless Open-Ear Headphones - Triple Black
I have gone through numerous earbuds to find something that I feel is comfortable and sounds great while out running. I can absolutely say these are the best sounding earbuds I have ever tried; comfort was a little trickier.
So, if you are considering these earbuds than I would have to assume that you are hoping to use them for exercising, and I can confidently say that I had no issue with the earbuds moving or falling off while I did runs, HIIT, and Core training. Even on longer hour sessions I never noticed them sliding, and they never needed to be readjusted. They did a great job of staying in place. They same can not be said for some other earbuds I have tried. Other models I normally must readjust or press back into my ear after 10 – 15 minutes of use. One area that had me concerned after my first few workouts was that when I went to take them off, I would feel a pain on the top, outer part of my ear, the part that the hook of the earbud rested on. At first, I thought it was just that my ears needed to get used to something resting there, but the pain was consistent every time after using them for 5 – 10 minutes. After investigating a little further I realized it was because the earbud hook was being pressed into my ear by my glasses. If I readjusted my glasses after putting on the earbuds, I would feel no pain. If you don’t wear glasses then you should have zero issues with comfort, but if you do you might just need to readjust to keep from having them press into your ear.
Sound, my favorite part of these earbuds. Before I begin on this, I feel that calling them earbuds is a little confusing. They do not go into your ear the way that other earbuds do. These rest on the top outer part of your ear. Your ears are still unobstructed so that you can hear what’s going on around you. I honestly thought this would mean that the sound quality would suffer. Boy was I wrong. These are the best sounding earbuds I have ever used. I am guessing this is because of a new way of directing sound that Bose calls OpenAudio technology. The soundstage seems so much wider than other earbud/headphones I have used. I listen to all different kinds of genres, from country to hip-hop, jazz to alt and every genre sounded amazing. Instrument separation and vocals come out super clear. The only part that some might find lacking is bass. The bass is there, but not as heavy or deep as you can usually get from other in ear buds. For my taste, I would happily sacrifice some bass for the huge improvement in every other part of the sound. It’s a joy to listen to music, audiobooks, podcasts with these. Plus, let’s not forget that all the while these allow you to hear what’s going around you, so if you want to listen to an audiobook during your jog, you will hear it clearly, but also be able to make out sounds around you to keep you aware of your surroundings during your run.
The box comes with a wireless charger that the earbuds snap into place with magnets. You also get a carrying case. One thing to note is that the carrying case does not recharge your earbuds, it’s just a case to store and protect them. It’s a very sturdy case and I would not hesitate to toss them into a gym bag or backpack, they stay closed with a pretty strong magnet. Since the case does not charge the earbuds you will only be getting about 8 hours of use, unlike some other earbuds on the market that give you around that plus a bit more since you can recharge them in the case. Honestly, not that big of a deal since most of my workouts are 30 minutes to an hour so these will last me comfortably for about a week if I just use them for workouts. It’s just something to consider if you have grown accustomed to using other earbuds that can charge on the go.
A few other observations here on how the earbuds behave. Controls are handled by 2 little buttons on the bottom side of each earbud. Simple and effective to use. You can answer calls, skip tracks, and even call up your virtual assistant. One thing I noticed that can’t be done is volume change, again not that big of a deal most of the other earbuds I own don’t have volume controls either. Next, taking off the earbuds does not pause what you are listening to, they keep playing until you pause the music yourself or power them off. Also, worth noting, when you place the earbuds in the carrying case this does not power them off, you need to hold down the button on the right earbud to power them off, and a quick press to power them on. As far as I can tell once you power them on, both earbuds are on at the same time. If you like to just use one earbud at a time to keep the other charging or saving the battery, I don’t think that can be done here. Both will discharge even if you leave the other in the carrying case.
After that all is said, even with those minor issues with the case and the hooks pressing on my ears when wearing glasses, I still love these earbuds. I can’t adequately describe how great the sound is on these, again, if you are willing to sacrifice some of your bass. If someone were looking for a great pair of earbuds for working out these would make the top of my list of recommendations. Sound quality is superb, battery life is good, they do not move or need to be readjusted, and they are IPX4 sweat and water resistant. That added to the fact that because of their design, and OpenAudio tech you can hear your surroundings without sacrificing your sound, and the Bluetooth connection is solid no skipping or random disconnects, these are an extremely easy recommendation.
I would recommend this to a friend
Battery life, Design, For running
Bass, Bulky, Charger
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Good audio but not ideal for most uses
This has been a hard review. I started off optimistic but quickly disliked the product. After a few days of use my opinion has grown a little but it overall feels like a first-generation product designed for a specific audience. They are not bad headphones by any means, but they are Spartan, missing a few features that have become standard and somewhat uncomfortable. Sound quality is overall good and battery life is outstanding. Here is my detailed review.
- Long battery life
- Good sound quality
- Case is flattish and pocketable
- Attention getter
- Somewhat ugly
- Case does not charge
- Can only use with both headphone (unable to use just one)
- Charging dog is proprietary and large
The unit comes in a small box which houses what seems like a silicon case, the proprietary charge (via USB A), the headphones and a documentation.
Setup is done via the Bose Music app. It is painless requiring you to press a button on both units then pairing them to the phone. An initial firmware update happens in the background but takes an extremely long time. I suggest letting it download in the background while on a long walk or run as you can still listen to audio while it transfers from the phone to the headphones. The setup will provide a tutorial with proper wear and use.
First use / audio quality:
When I first donned these headphones, the easiest way to say it is that it all just felt wrong. I do not mean this in a bad way but being used to over the ear headphones or earbuds, this is something new with the headphones resting on the top part of your ear (pictured) and the large loops on the backside of the ear. It feels loose but is actually quite secure and just feels like it is in the wrong place. In short, it takes some getting used to as for the first two days I did not like it. By day three I did not care so much. Initial sound quality was overall good but is lacking in bass. Mids and highs are clear and punchy with that signature Bose sound. Being open ear headphones, others can hear what you are listening to, but they are highly directional and most of the audio goes to the wearer. If you end up wearing these in a group setting, I highly suggest you do not listen to anything that might offend others. There is no EQ feature in the app if the audio is not to your liking.
Working out / everyday use:
I first wore them to do some calisthenics and a three-mile walk / jog. As previously mentioned, they did not feel comfortable at first. Aside from the odd placement, it appears as if the batteries are held inside the loops as they are quite large. The loops are the most uncomfortable part of the headphones. They are hard plastic and bulky which presses on the back of your ears. It did not go on securely while wearing a cloth face mask so that can be an issue for some. I found if I put on the face mask after putting on the headphones, I could keep it all secure. Keep in mind you might have different results as all ears are differently shaped.
When going for a run, the headphones stayed on securely and this is where they started to shine. You can hear the traffic and other people around you just fine without having to stop the music (unless it is at max volume). After a while one can forget they are on your ears and the open sound is welcoming. I had a conversation with a few people on walks and runs, and they thought I was wearing it wrong due to the nature of the headphones. Their appearance will start a conversation, but you might look a little odd to others if they do not know how they work.
Biking was outstanding with these headphones as they fit well with my helmet and I could easily hear traffic. This is likely to be the best use case for most. I did not get to test them in the gym as most are closed in my area but I can see the use so you can hear those around you.
HIIT sessions went without an issue and the headphones never fell off no matter how much I jumped or whichever angle my head was at. If you do any at home workouts, these headphones are nice as you can hear the kids if they need anything while you are working out.
Battery life is around eight hours which is outstanding. The case does not charge the headphones so eight hours should last through any workout and multi workout sessions, but you will need to return to the docking station each day to top them off. The docking station is huge and will become a fixture on your desk if you use these headphones. Do not lose it as it will render the headphones useless without them. The charger is not very portable if you travel and I would like to have seen it in a more travel friendly form.
I used these with an iPhone 12 Pro and a Samsung Tab S7 to test iOS and Android. It seamlessly connected on both and I noticed it usually connected via AAC on both devices. It should support SBC codec, but I never saw it in that mode when I checked. While downloading the firmware update, I noticed a lot of audio stutters during my workout which became annoying as the update took more than 30 minutes.
A large annoyance I had with these headphones is they are pretty much required to be used in pairs as far as I can tell. If you intend to use a single headphone on one ear, that is not an option as both will connect. As far as I can tell, there is no proximity sensor to tell the headphones when you take it off your ear to pause the music or shut off any individual headphone. The only ways to shut them off are to press the power button which turns them both off or place it on the charging dock. The case does not provide any signal to shut off a unit as it is simple a case with not charging or connectivity.
These headphones seem to be designed for a very specific use case, outdoor workouts. For any other use I just could not recommend them and would suggest you have another set of headphones for any other situations. They are not bad overall but feel somewhat half baked, I enjoy the audio quality and the open-air design, but I did not enjoy the comfort, lack of what should be essential features and the charging options available. I would only recommend this product to runners and bikers. I would imagine a second-generation version of this product might fix many of these issues.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Brand response from Bose
Hi! I am so glad to hear that you enjoy the sound quality of the headphones. I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing some issues with the fit, I have included the link here: https://bose.life/3si9vwZ, to assist you with this. If you wish to use one earphone over the other, we would recommend using the right bud as this houses the microphone for calls. Thanks! Kerri - Bose Customer Support
Battery life, Design, For running
Bass, Bulky, Volume
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Wasn't expecting the sound quality to be this good
When I'm running outside, it's very important to me to be able to hear the traffic around me. Therefore, I don't use any earbud that needs to be jammed into my ear and passively blocks noise. The Apple AirPods have been my savior, as they're lightweight and have an open design that doesn't "seal" into my ear canal. However, the AirPods are not specifically sweat-proof like the newer AirPod Pros, so I worry if my sweat will ruin my AirPods over time.
I was happy to learn that Bose has come out with sport earbuds that don't go in front of your ear canal at all! The bulk of Bose Sport Open Earbuds sits behind your ear with the speaker portion resting on the top of your ear. It then seems to "shoot" the sound down at your ear canal, allowing you to both enjoy your music and still hear what is going on around you.
The earbuds have a smooth black exterior with a small button located near the speaker. The earbuds are rigid and really don't flex to accommodate your ear. While they feel fine for a 30-minute run, I've noticed my ears feeling a little sore after wearing them for a couple hours.
I'm actually really surprised by the sound quality of these earbuds. I've tried using some bone-conduction earbuds before and while they worked, the bass was really lacking and the music sounded "tinny" at time.
These earbuds from Bose do not use bone-conduction, but instead pipe the sound down to your ear canal. The sound comes through loud and clear, and the bass is decent! The bass is not as strong as what you might get from over-the-ear headphones, but it's definitely a lot more than I was expecting for "open air" earbuds.
The earbuds work well for runs and even stayed in place when I did some indoor workouts like jumping jacks and burpees. However, there is some weight to these earbuds so prolonged workouts might put some strain on your ears.
- Physical buttons: I am happy that there are physical buttons as opposed to touch controls on these earbuds, however the button is in an awkward location that requires me to partly pull the earbud away from my ear in order to access it. Pressing the button on the right earbud will play/pause your music, while a double-pressing skips forward and triple-pressing the button rewinds. Unfortunately, the volume can't be controlled from the earbuds and must be done on your phone.
- Microphone: There are two microphones for phone calls, but both microphones are located on the right earbud. One microphone picks up your voice while the other microphone measures ambient sounds to help with noise reduction for your caller. The microphone is OK for phone calls, but I've noted that my voice can sound a little distant when using these earbuds.
- IPX4 water-resistant: These earbuds should stand up to normal sweat and light rain, but the IPX4 rating means that they are only "splash-proof" and therefore cannot be submerged in water. Therefore, make sure not to accidentally put them through the wash. The manual for the earbuds notes that the IPX4 rating is not a permanent condition and may degrade over time (newer iPhones have the same type of disclaimer).
## Battery Life and Charging
The earbuds can last up to 8 hours on a single charge. Surprisingly, the carrying case that comes with the Bose Sport Open Earbuds does not charge the earbuds. Charging the earbuds requires a proprietary USB charging cradle, which makes traveling with the earbuds a little more of a hassle as it's bulky and does not fit in the included case.
Recharging the earbuds takes 2 hours, with Bose stating that a 30 minutes charge can get you up to 3 hours of playback if you're in a hurry.
## Some things to know when buying
- Carrying case doesn't charge: The carrying case does not have a built-in battery. You need the USB charging cradle to recharge the earbuds. It does not appear that the charging cradle can be purchased separately at this time.
- No auto pause: If you remove one earbud, your music does not automatically pause.
- Manual power on/off: Unlike many other earbuds today, the Bose Sport Open Earbuds do not automatically power on when you pull them out of the case, nor do they automatically power off when they are placed back in the case. You can hold down the button on the right earbud until you hear the power-off sound, or the earbuds will automatically power down after 10 minutes of no playback.
- Charging contacts should be cleaned: The manual recommends that to prevent rusting, wipe the charging contacts with a dry, soft cotton swab.
Overall, the sound quality on the Bose Sport Open Earbuds is amazing and the open-air technology is definitely cool. Just be aware that these are missing some of the convenience features we've come to expect, such as auto on/off and a charging case.
I would recommend this to a friend
Battery life, For running, Listening to music
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Runners will love these!
The Bose Sport Open Earbuds are a runner’s dream. These things are simply amazing, and I have been incredibly pleased with them, however, they are not without some drawbacks. First the good…fitment, I can wear these things for a few hours, and they feel great. They do not feel too heavy to me, but they do make my ears stick out a little bit due to the ear loop piece. After a few hours, my ears will start to ache a bit, but I never really wear headphones for that long, but I wanted to try it out. While going on runs I am able to hear my environment and they feel very secure, which is probably why after a few hours my ears start to ache.
Sound is incredible and I sometimes feel that I am listening to speakers that are elsewhere in the room, its hard to explain, but it just sounds very natural and the open design means that these do not have to have any kind of ambient mode to hear what is going on around you. Environmental sounds just enter your ears as they normally do. There is no gel piece that you insert into your ears and the speakers just drive sound into your ear canal. Only on a very loud setting can a person hear what you are listening to and when you have it up that loud, you won’t be able to hear anything outside either.
Battery life has been close to the advertised 8 hours and they are quick to charge back up. Charging is accomplished on a separate cradle device that requires a USB type A plug to charge them. The Case that it comes in is form fitting for the earbuds, but it does not have a charging function. I think this is a real missed opportunity here. Otherwise, the case is magnetically secured and very sleek looking. A big drawback is you have to bring the charging base with you and not just the carrying case, other brands have charging functionality built into their cases, so you don’t have to have to carry something else. I figured with the overall design and how big the ear hooks are, the battery should last 24 hours at least.
Button controls are basic, and I do wish you could control the volume, but the single button on the right earbud can power on/off both earbuds, FF, REV, and pause, the left can activate your voice assistant. There is a Bose Music app that can assist with connecting the device to your phone and I found it worked well.
Overall, for the money, these are well built, sound fantastic, and will get the job done.
Fitment (short time)
Sound (Bose quality)
Charging cradle needed
Case does not charge
Ear ache after prolonged use
No volume control
I would recommend this to a friend
Design, For running, Listening to music
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Decent and Different
The Bose Sport offer a different option for those looking for earbuds to listen to music while working out or doing your daily activities. The design of a open earbud may be great to some and cumbersome to others. I'll try to break this set up down and hopefully it'll help with your buying decisions.
First off lets talk about what you can expect to receive out of the box. Your going to get the earbuds, case, charging dock, usb charging cable and some real basic instructions on how to link it with the free Bose music app. Out of the gate the first thing that stood out to me was the case. It feels kind of cheap and flimsy but more importantly it does not serve as a charging station for the earbuds. Every single earbud that i have tested rather it be in the ear or open ear design the case would always serve as a charging station. Not with Bose though. They provide you with a separate dock which requires you to separately charge your earbuds. A little weird considering Bose is held pretty highly in the audio community. Basically the case is just that, a case and nothing else. Very basic and behind the times in my opinion. The next thing i noticed was the way you wrap the ear buds around your ears. You do just exactly that. The hooks are stationary and do not bend or move for fitment and yes i understand it is a open ear design so there is no tip replacement however it would of been nice to have other options for the hooks seeing as how everyone's ears are different. However that is not the case here, this is a one size fits all so hopefully you don't have above average ears. Syncing the earbuds to the free Bose app was a pain as it struggled to link together. After linking the buds to the app i realized the app is really useless at this point as it is very limited to what you can even do through the app. At the time of writing this review the only thing you can do is see battery level and link the left earbud button as a shortcut button however there are no options for shortcuts right now. No built in equalizer even through app which is a very big let down coming from Bose.
Ok all this may be trivial to some people so lets get in to sound quality and just how well they hold up during a workout or light jog. First off the Bose name really shined through with how well the sound quality really was. I have to be really honest here for a minute, i have tested several open ear designs and they flat out suck. Main reason being is that they do not go in the ear canal so you get a lot of audio bleeding out which makes the audio quality completely garbage. That is not the issue here at all. The audio quality stayed true to the Bose name and was very rich, crisp and clean. It sounded just as good if not better then some of my in the ear designs that i have. Vocals were very clean and not distorted and my mids did not try to over power my highs. One thing i will say is that bass does lack however that is expected from a open ear design. The audio was very rich and volume was ample enough to please just about anybody. Does it hold up during a workout or light jog? Surprisingly yes it does. Although at times placement feels weak and not secure the earbuds never once fell off during a run or weight training. Now with that being said i don't think they would be my go to design for the gym. The main reason being is that since they don't fit in the ear canal and this is a open design you get a lot of background noise bleeding through. You can hear the weights bang as someone throws another plate on the bar and you can also hear what the person next to you did during their weekend. For me when i go to the gym i don't like distractions and this set up will allow outside noises to bleed through, so keep that in mind. A full charge yielded me roughly about 5 hours of run time, which is about average given their size. No these are not noise canceling just in case some of you are wondering. As far as functionality, yes you have the same functions as every other earbud out there. You can answer and take calls through the earbuds, talk to your personal assistant (Siri or Google), skip tracks by double tapping the right button, check battery level by tapping the left button and so on. Call quality is actually done pretty well through this open ear set up. I was able to hear the other person clearly and they were able to hear me flawlessly with zero dropouts or distortion.
Here's my take away from this. The audio quality is good for sure which i would not expect anything less from Bose. The main reason i gave it three stars is for a couple reasons. Fitment is a one size fits all, which is gonna suck for some of you bigger or smaller folks. Not exactly ideal for a gym type environment seeing as how lots of noise pollution does get in which becomes distracting at times, and the fact that the case serves only as a case and does not charge the earbuds!!! I feel like that is a basic necessity that just about every earbud design has, except this one. At the end of the day sound quality is great however you better hope your in a quite room in order to truly benefit from it. I definitely like this design and do wear them while im driving to work so i can listen to music, answer calls, and still be able to hear what's going on around me however they would be my very last pick for a gym workout earbud.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Brand response from Bose
Hey! I am so glad to hear that you love the sound quality of these headphones! I'm sorry to hear that you experienced some difficulty with the fit. I have included a link here: https://bose.life/3si9vwZ, to assist you with the fit. Thanks! Kerri - Bose Customer Support
Design, For running, Listening to music
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
I really wanted to like these...
Earlier this year I got a pair of Bose sunglasses which contained a set of near field speakers in the arms allowing you to listen to music, books, or navigation directions without impeding your ability to hear the outside world or having a pair of very expensive earbuds fall out onto the road. They quickly became my absolute favorite accessory to take on a bike ride, however they had one very obvious flaw: they were sunglasses. They aren't exactly the kind of things that are ideal to use at night, when you might really need those navigation instructions, or on days where you've got heavy clouds reducing the amount of ambient light. As such I was very excited to see that Bose had put the same kind of tech into a more conventional pair of earbuds, as it seemed like a perfect device to take on adventures now that winter has come and days have gotten shorter. But after two days of trying my level best to fall in love with them like I did with my Frames, I've reluctantly had to admit that I can't.
There are a whole lot of decisions that were made with these things that I have a hard time understanding the reasons for. To start, these are the first pair of wireless earbuds I've seen in a long time that don't integrate the charger for the units directly into their carrying case. Instead you get a fairly standard rigid carrying case along with a bulky desktop charger that you need to drop the earbuds on, and for the life of me I cannot understand why. As far as I can see there's plenty of room in the design of the carrying case to run the necessary wires and pogo pins to have it serve double duty, particularly if you omit the usual supplemental battery that such cases include. It would have made these something I'd have no issue bringing with me on long camping trips, knowing that I could recharge it anywhere just by plugging it into the same portable power bank/solar chargers that I use to keep my phone running. But if I want to have more than eight hours of use with this thing I have to bring the entire rather clumsy and fragile looking charging dock with me, adding unnecessary bulk to my pack and running the risk that I'll destroy the thing to boot. I would have gladly put up with an even larger case for that, and I just can't see myself bringing these any further afield than the local gym without that feature.
That being said, I probably wouldn't be missing much. Because these are, bar none, the most uncomfortable earbuds I have ever used. Since they aren't actually sticking anything inside your ear, everything depends on a rigid arm running up to the speakers designed to wrap around the back of your ear and hold it in place. Now to their credit, it does a surprisingly good job of staying on even when you're engaged in vigorous exercise. But as far as I can tell the only reason it can is because it pinches down on one of the most sensitive parts of your ear and never lets go. When these first arrived I decided I'd test out the battery life by wearing them all day while I worked. I ended up spending a good two hours fiddling with them to try and find some position where I didn't have to choose between constant low key throbbing pain or having them fall off the moment I leaned forward. At one point I thought I'd managed to find a good balance, but then I got up to go for a run and within a few minutes the motion of my head had sent them right back into painful territory and I found myself stopping almost constantly trying to slide them back.
To be entirely fair to Bose, there are a lot of things that they absolutely nailed here. The audio quality is astonishingly good even with all the background noise they let in. They leak remarkably little audio to anyone who might happen to be next to you, given that everything's just sitting out in the open. The battery really does last almost 8 hours. And they are quite sturdy, having stood up to several six foot falls and one misadventure in a snowbank without so much as a scratch to show for it. But these are not enough to make up for what feel like a fundamentally flawed design that rules them out for just about everything I'd hoped to use them for. If the engineers at Bose keep working at this and come up with a more ergonomic mounting system and a travel friendly charging case, I think this could be a fantastic product. But for now, my recommendation would be that you give these a pass. Particularly if you've got big ears.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Brand response from Bose
Hello. I'm so glad to hear that you feel the audio is astonishingly good. I'm sorry to hear that you have been experiencing some issues with the fit. I have included a link here: https://bose.life/3si9vwZ, that shows tips and tricks on how to fit the earphones. Thanks! Kerri - Bose Customer Support
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ease of Use
3 out of 5
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
NOW they don’t fall off!
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
OK..here goes... I received my open earbuds yesterday and put them in after an hour in recharge. I went to the local mall and, in the car, put my face mask and glasses on. About 40 steps inside the store i took my glasses off and the right earbud fell off my ear and on to the floor. After i found the right ear bud i felt for the left one and it was missing! I RAN my footsteps back to the entrance and out to my car. After a thorough search i found the left bud in the driver’s side arm rest and finally took a breath! I was REALLY spooked after spending more than 200$ and almost loosing the pair in the first 10 min of wearing! I went home without shopping and stayed home listening to the earbuds the entire time while doing my usual house-type things. One of the buds fell off again when i bent to pick up something off the floor. THEN i started thinking about how i will wear the earbuds. I ride horses and my bike as my primary type of exercise and like to listen to book.... while doing both i will probably need to bend at the waist and maybe not know that an earbud has fallen off. First of all I LOVE the sound. I only listen to books or the spoken word, no music. I have read all the reviews i have found and people comment about the lack of enough base. That is not a problem with the spoken work. The sound for me is wonderful and full-bodied. So after an afternoon in the house wearing the earbuds this is what i came up with to make them just about totally stable on my ear. I have 2” wide double faced carpet tape and cut two strips of 2” wide by 1/4” long. I applied the tape to the TOP inside (skin side) of both earwires and then removed the outside covering to reveal the sticky outside. THEN i put them on my ears and went about my day listening to a book. That little bit of sticky has kept the ear wires from becoming dislodged even when i wear glasses or i take a mask off and put one on. It is also very easy to remove the earbuds. I don’t know how often i will have to re-do the sticky tape but it is a small price to pay to be able to enjoy the open ear buds and not constantly be afraid that i have lost one because i did something or moved in a way that they might fall off. With this easy fix i would buy the earbuds again because of the great sound and the total comfort to wear.
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ease of Use
3 out of 5
I would recommend this to a friend
Battery life, Design, Listening to music
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Way Better Than I Originally Thought
The main issue that I’ve had in the past when trying to find earbuds for working out is being able to stay aware of my surrounding. This is especially true for when I’m out running but also holds true in the gym. With that said I’ve only found three earbuds that have fit that mold. The first from Apple, but those are hit and miss whether they fit in your ear or not. They also don’t work well for Android. The second is from Bose but is wired and don’t have the best sound quality. The third are these guys. And these guys are the best by far. First, they are truly wireless with 8 hours battery life. Second, they are comfortable for any workout. Third, they have leaps and bounds better sound quality. Fourth, they have a nice, thin profile case (especially for this style). Fifth, they are low profile and look good when wearing them. Sixth, allow you to have full awareness of your surroundings without having to take an earbud out. Seventh, have all the onboard controls you would want on a device. Eighth, they stay in your ears without the need for adjustment whether you are running, doing HIIT training, lifting weights, working around the house, doing yoga etc.
So, breaking down that paragraph a bit further for each section.
1. Truly wireless with 8 hours of battery life.
It takes about two hours to fully charge and it support 3 hours of playback after a 30-minute charge. Compared to others on the market this is a bit on the slow end. But I’ve found the battery in general is excellent. When you first turn them on, there is a significant pause before anything happens (to the point you wonder if they are doing anything). Then they will audibly report the current battery percentage and which device it connects to. The exact wordings are “Battery 80 percent, connecting to iPhone, connected to iPhone.” In a robotic female voice, which is meh in quality. When you are running low on battery it will report that as well. The reminders have long amounts of time between them. Which is nice. The alerts whether that be low battery or from your phone aren’t very loud which I prefer as others tend to deafen me. It comes with a magnetic charging dock that looks pretty cool and works well.
So, at first, I was hesitant about this design because it goes on the top of your ears with a full plastic (no rubber) design and I thought that A. that would be uncomfortable and B. that the sound quality would be terrible. Thankfully, I was wrong about both. But they take some getting used to. When I first tried them, I cranked them on my ears (like I do with earbuds) ensuring they were on and would not be falling out. This caused some pain when first applying that would disappear quickly. But anytime I touched my ear it would hurt, and that pain would worsen the longer I wore them. Which for my original testing was about 5 hours while I was tearing apart a room and putting it back together. During this time (outside of me touching my ears) I had no pain, would forget they were there due to the lightweight ergonomic design, and excellent sound quality. They also never moved from their original position during this time. It felt like I was listening to speakers or sound was just in my ears which was neat. Now, that I’ve used them more I’ve found that I was doing it incorrectly before. These are supposed to “rest” on your ears. Kind of like putting on glasses but with just a smidge more pressure. That way no more ear pain and even better comfort. With that said, these don’t work well with glasses at all. So, if you wear glasses best look elsewhere.
3. Sound Quality
The sound quality of these actually blows my mind. All sounds are accurate with a fun tuning. They have wonderful bass response. The highs are crisp without being harsh. The mids are smooth. They have wonderful balance where I can hear all the nuances of the music with great separation. Imaging isn’t the best. Soundstage is interesting. As they sound more like speakers in the sense of intensity and airiness but feel like they are coming directly from your head like a thought. Which sounds super weird. It’s a novel thing that I haven’t experienced before and is hard to explain. But I quite like it.
4 - 5. Thin Profile Case and fit.
It’s hard case which provides excellent protection with a rubber coating for grip with a magnetic closing latch. It looks and feels premium. Inside you have molded cutouts for the earbuds themselves with a soft material. This is NOT a charging case. This also does NOT magnetically hold the earbuds so they will fall out if you open the case wrong. I think they did this to help promote portability. As these types of earbuds are hard to make low-profile. Usually, the cases are massive. This can easily fit in a bag, but also fit semi-comfortably in your pocket and is lightweight so you won’t feel it much.
6. Awareness of surroundings.
With nothing going into your ear cannel you can easily hear everything going on around you. The music and outside world blend well together. I was able to have full conversations with other people without any issue hearing them. I can also hear cars, animals, wind, weather, etc. without any issues even when listening to music.
7. Onboard controls
The onboard controls are super basic and simple. There are two bottons, one on each earbud on the very bottom. They are very small, require light amount of actuation force, with long travel, and end with a crisp click. I’m not the biggest fan as they are bit awkward to press. But they do their job well. The left earbud controls tells you battery level, and activates the voice assistant, and the right earbud pauses, play, forward, backward, answer/end call, decline call. There is no active noise cancelling or any noise cancelling for that fact as that’s the point. To turn them on you press the left earbud then the right. To turn them off you hold the right button. As far as I’m aware you cannot use them independently of each other.
8. Staying in your ears.
So, I tried HIIT training, yoga, body weights, running, destroying a room and putting it back together, and others and these earbuds never moved. I never had to adjust them.
9. The App.
Bose music control is a simple app. Pretty barebones. It shows you the headset, the battery percentage, volume, source, what the shortcuts are, tips, and what is playing. There is NO equalizer. This is also how you apply software updates.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about durability, reliability, comfort and sound. Editors are less positive about bass quality and noise isolation. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 88/100 = Very good quality.
rtings.comRating, 2.8 out of 52.8Jake Thauvette on March 11, 2021
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A:AnswerSir, I feel so honored to answer your question and the answer to your question is YES. They can hear every nook and cranny with these earbuds. Do not, I repeat do not listen to any kind of sexy things with these earbuds because they will hear it. I made the mistake and now am banned from my local thrift store.
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A:AnswerThese are great earbuds. I’ve used mine for a variety of audio devices including TV. I can watch a show and still hear what’s going on around me. Very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.