Bose's famous QuietComfort 25 active noise-cancelling headphones are going cordless in the form of the company's new QuietComfort 35s. But in a market already awash with wireless ANC cans, is the effort too little too late to grab the attention of music-loving/cord-hating aficionados? Having had the opportunity to spend a short amount of hands-on time with them last week at a media event in New York City, we think they have a fighting chance. Similar in looks and heft to the company's iconic QC25s, Bose's QuietComfort 35 headphones are a cushy over-the-ear affair available in black or silver. They utilize four separate microphones and an ANC chipset to block out a massive amount of external noise--at least under the controlled conditions that we were allowed to listen to them in.
We buy our own products and put them under the same testing methodology so that you can easily compare them. Unlike most websites, we do not get our products directly from the manufacturers, which means our units aren't handpicked and actually represent what you would buy yourself. We spend a lot of time comparing the products side-by-side to validate our results and we keep them until they are discontinued so we can continually go back and make sure our reviews are always accurate. Having a good beat to run to can make a world of difference to your workout routine. However, waiting for the gym to play your favorite track is not practical and running outdoors can be a bit of a drag without the right songs to keep you motivated.
When you think of quality headphones, we know you're probably thinking of Bose. Typically $99, Amazon is knocking $9 off these beloved earbud headphones. According to the product page, these headphones deliver crisp highs and natural lows for an intimate sound. The differently-sized "Stay Hear" tips conform to your ears, and they're sweat and weather-resistant for workouts and rainy days. You can even take phone calls with the inline microphone and control tracks with the built-in button.
Not all earbuds cut it when it comes to working out. You need a pair that is sweat resistant and stays securely in your ears as you move. The Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones meet those criteria -- they're on sale for $49 at Walmart. These earbuds are sweat- and weather-resistant and the StayHear tips conform comfortably to your ear's shape to ensure they stay secure. The SoundSports produce deep, clear audio that sounds crisp even as you go through your workout.
Bose announced its first pair of wireless in-ear earphones called the SoundSport Free. The new pair of wireless earphones will be available sometime in early October and will sell for $249.95. "The SoundSport Free is the closest thing to what people have always wanted in a sport headphone – a technology-packed solution that's stripped down to just two rugged earbuds that feel great, stay connected, stay in, and sound amazing," Bose on-the-go products director Brian Maguire said. The SoundSport Free comes with Bose's StayHear tips for a comfortable fit. Despite being pricier than Apple's $159 AirPods, Bose's SoundSport Free is packing a set of features that might convince some consumers to pick it up instead.