Last year, Bose released a pair of new sets of true-wireless earbuds.And – Both have a noise-varying design, where the ear tips nest inside your ears, ejecting a decent amount of ambient sound (QuietComfort Earbuds also have active noise cancellation). On Tuesday, the company launched its new , Which is characteristic, as their name implies, an open design without a tip, meaning it sits above your ear.
They are now available for preorder for $ 200 and are scheduled to ship on January 21. Initially, they will only be available in the US, so there is no international price available, but $ 200 is £ 150 or AU $ 260.
Bose says earbuds are the first to use the OpenAudio technology – not bone conduction – the same technique Bose uses for its $ 250. Frames look surprisingly good, though not as good as noise-separated earbuds or full-size headphones. “This unique approach produces clearer, more consistent sound, known for bone conduction without vibration sensation,” the company says.
Due to their open design, I suspect that the Sport Open earbuds may lack a bit in the bass department. Like Frames, they will appeal to runners and bikers who do not want to cover their ears for safety reasons. They will also probably appeal to those who do not like the feeling of having one ear tip jammed in their ears.
The 22mm employs drivers, while the Sport Open earbuds have 16mm drivers. You will probably have some sound leakage at higher volumes, which means that people will be able to listen to your music if they are standing near you. That said, with frames, when you place the sound at a more moderate volume level, the sound leakage is considerably less.
The earbuds are IPX4 splash-resistant and battery life is rated up to eight hours at 50% volume. They come with a charging dock and a protective carrying case, but they do not appear to charge in the case, which is not visible inside the battery. This is unusual but allows the case to be lighter and more compact.
There are two microphones on the right earbud for making calls. The advanced microphone system, says Bose, is “designed to focus only on your voice and to reduce the sounds of wind and other noise around.” Frames are really great for calling, so I hope these also work well as a headset.
As soon as I extend my hands on a review sample, I will post a full review of the Sport Open earbuds and tell you how they sound and fit.