When you exercise, music and podcasts can keep you entertained and help keep you going. But depending on the exercise, you may need to hear what is going on around you, such as during a bike session.
Bose Sports Open Earbuds
The new $ 199.95 Bose Sports Open Earbuds give you that hearing clarity, without relying on bone conduction. Instead, truly wireless headphones sit high on your ear, so they don’t block your hearing. Indeed, while most other headphones are placed in the ear canal, blocking at least some of the ambient noise, the Sports Open Earbuds are placed outside.
A design that lets through ambient noise may seem unintuitive, given that headphone makers (including Bose) are spending so much money trying to do the exact opposite with noise reduction technologies. But there are many cases where it is very useful to be aware of your surroundings, for example when you are cycling in heavy traffic or when you are running after dark.
As the name suggests, Sports Open Earbuds are for those who like to exercise. To help you, they have an IPX4 water resistance rating. They’ll also come in handy to you, as Bose claims the headphones last 8 hours on a single charge. Rather than relying on bone conduction, which can lack volume and bass, these headphones work a bit more like traditional headphones.
Perfect for Your Ear?
But instead of going into your ear, they land near the top of your ear. This leaves you with your ear open to hear what’s going on around you but also lets you hear your music as if you were wearing a speaker – very close to your head. Like most true wireless headphones, they are equipped with microphones to let you take your calls. Bose promises that they will stay on your ears while resisting “sweat, heat, rain, and snow.”
The Sports Open Earbuds use Bluetooth 5.1 technology and come with a protective case and charging base. You control it with the Bose Music app. While you can pre-order the Bose Sport Open headphones today from the US site, they are not yet available in France.