There are many truly wireless earbuds on the market, but not many of them can claim to be as unique as the new Bose Sport Open Earbuds. They are IPX4 rated, can last 8 hours of battery life on a single charge – and provide virtually no skin contact, sitting above the ear and let the listeners be aware of the surroundings in a way that practically no other earplugs can do.
According to Bose, the knobs gently grip the outer edge of the ear to remain locked in place without the need for an in-ear tip. There is also no squeezing or vibration, as these do not use the same sound delivery methods as earplugs for bone conduction. Instead, each knob uses “a small dipole transducer placed and positioned for loud and personal sound that stays at the ear.”
The open design of the buttons reminds me of an old-school Bluetooth earphone.
Bose Sport Open Earbuds have simple button controls that provide quick access to common tasks such as skipping songs or calling the voice assistant. With an IPX4 water resistance class, these should be primed to handle sweaty workouts and rainy jogging hours. And thanks to an etched antenna and Bluetooth 5.1, the connection seems to be reliable as well. The buttons are compatible with both Android and iOS, with an app to control and customize the sound settings.
Bose’s new knobs are available for pre-order today on the manufacturer’s website and Best Buy for about $ 200. They should start shipping to consumers later this month.