Bose’s New $200 Sport Open Earbuds Make Workouts Safer
Bose just took off its newest true wireless earbuds, the $ 200 Sport Open Earbuds, with a non-ear-blocking design that lets in outside noise instead of sealing the ear canal. Pre-orders begin today at Bose.com andShipping starts in mid-January.
The Sport Open Earbuds use Bose’s OpenAudio technology, the same technology the company used to create Bose Frames sunglasses that let you listen to music without the use of earbuds. Bose claims that the Sport Open Earbud cases contain a tiny dipole transducer that can deliver clear audio to the wearer, but it “breaks” anywhere else.
The main benefit of the Sport Open Earbuds is their ability to make people aware of their surroundings, which can increase safety for runners or anyone else looking to navigate the world while listening to music. “Runners and cyclists have asked us about headphones that allow them to focus on their performance without having to jump out cables, neckbands or a bud to hear traffic, a workout partner, the outdoors or anything else they don’t want to be without “Said Mehul Trivedi, Category Director of Bose Wearable Audio.” Our new Sport Open Earbuds solve all of these problems – and they’re the only ones that do. “
Technically, bone conduction headphones like the Aftershokz Aeropex do the same thing, but Bose claims that the Sport Open Earbuds provide benefits to these products. “They gently grasp the outer ridge of the ear to hold it in place without earplugs, with virtually no skin contact and without crushing and vibrations from bone conduction,” says the Bose press release.
The wrap-around design is IPX4 certified for water resistance, which should be sufficient for most workouts, even in the rain.
Unlike most other designs of true wireless earbuds, the Sport Open earbuds use a charging case instead of a charging case, although they come with their own softshell carrying case. This means that the battery life, which Bose claims to be eight hours per charge, is the longest you’ll need before physically plugging the earbuds into their charging cradle, which is not battery powered.
From a control perspective, everything is managed by two physical buttons – one on each earbud – with the left button being used to access your phone’s voice assistant.
Unlike many other Bose headphones and earbuds, the Sport Open Earbuds do not offer active noise cancellation (ANC).