Last year, Bose released a pair of new sets of real wireless earbuds ̵
They are available for pre-order now for $ 200 and scheduled to ship Jan. 21. To begin with, they will only be available in the US, so no international rates are available, but $ 200 is about £ 150 or AU $ 260.
Bose says the earplugs are the first to use OpenAudio technology – not leg leads – the same technology Bose uses in its $ 250. The Frames sounds surprisingly good, but not as good as noise-canceling earplugs or full-size headphones. “This unique approach provides clearer, more consistent sound without it being known that the bone cord is vibrating,” says the company.
Due to their open design, I suspect that Sport Open Earbuds may be a bit lacking in the bass department. Just like the frames, they will appeal to runners and cyclists who, for safety reasons, do not want anything to cover their ears. They will probably also appeal to people who just do not like the feeling of having an ear tip stuck in their ear.
Theemploys 22 mm drivers, while Sport Open earbuds have 16 mm drivers. You will probably get some sound leakage at higher volumes, which means people will be able to hear your music if they are near you. That said, with the frames, when you keep the sound at more moderate volume levels, the sound leakage is quite minimal.
The earplugs are IPX4 splash resistant and the battery life is estimated at up to eight hours at 50% volume. They come with a charging station and a protective carrying case, but they do not appear to be charging in the case, which does not appear to have a battery inside. This is unusual, but allows the case to be lighter and more compact.
There are two microphones on the right earplug to make calls. Bose says the advanced microphone system is “designed to focus only on your voice and reduce the noise of wind and other surrounding noise.” The Frames are actually very good for calling, so I expect these to also work as a headset.
As soon as I get a review sample, I will post a full review of Sport Open Earbuds and tell you how they sound and fit.