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Bose Earbuds 700 vs SoundSport Free (2021): Should You Wait for the Upcoming True Wireless Earbuds?

Bose is cooking up its replacement for the SoundSport Free: the Earbuds 500. But it also has a more premium version in the pipeline called the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700. These stand out because of their ANC (active noise cancellation) and presumably better sound quality, but those features will demand a higher price. At that, are they worth waiting for? Or are you better off getting the SoundSport Free now? We made this comparison to help you make a more informed buying decision.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs SoundSport Free Comparison Chart

ModelBose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700Bose SoundSport Free
 Bose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earbuds, (Sweatproof Bluetooth Headphones for Workouts and...
PriceComing SoonCheck Price
ControlsTouch and VoicePhysical and Voice
Active Noise CancellationYesNo
Weightn/aPer Earbud: 0.02 lbs

 

Charging Case: 0.17 lbs

Water and Dust Resistancen/aIPX4
Battery Lifen/a5 Hours
Charging Timen/a2 Hours
Year of Release20202017
Colorsn/aBlack, Midnight Blue, Bright Orange, Ultraviolet

Design

The Bose Earbuds 500 will be “smaller and sleeker,” and the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 are expected to sport a similar design.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs SoundSport Free Design
The Bose SoundSport Free (left) are bulky, but going by a sketch of the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 (right), the new pair will have a smaller form factor.

The SoundSport Free are huge, so much so that they’ll stick out of your ears. That’s pretty much the biggest complaint about them. Bose has revealed that it’s going with a “smaller and sleeker” design for the Earbuds 500. If the sketch of the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 is any indication, then they’ll look more or less the same as the Earbuds 500. To put two and two together, it’s safe to say that the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 will be slimmer and more polished as well.

As their name suggests, the Bose SoundSport Free are made for sports and physical activities. Their IPX4 rating means they’ll be safe and sound even if you work out a sweat or, say, run in the rain while wearing them. It isn’t a stretch to believe that the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 will have the same level of protection, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Performance

Active noise canceling is one of the main selling points of the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs SoundSport Free Performance

 

What sets the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 apart from the SoundSport Free (in photo) are their ANC and sound quality.

The sound profile on the Bose SoundSport Free is more on the bass side. After all, they’re designed for outdoor use, and strong winds can really dissipate bass.

Meanwhile, the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 will likely have a better audio quality overall. On top of that, they’ll come with ANC, something the SoundSport Free don’t have.

Controls

Touch controls are in, physical controls are out.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs SoundSport Free Controls

 

Bose is going to use touch controls for its upcoming true wireless earbuds, eschewing physical controls like the ones on the SoundSport Free (in photo).

Controls on the Bose SoundSport Free are wonky at best. For starters, you might end up yanking the earbud off while trying to press its buttons. It gets worse when you’re out for a run since they’re even more difficult to press while moving.

For the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700, Bose is going with “intuitive touch controls,” as well as access to Google Assistant for voice controls. It didn’t spell out all the details just yet, but you can probably bet they’ll be easier to use.

Battery Life

There’s no word on how long the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 can last on a single charge.

Bose Earbuds 700 vs SoundSport Free Battery Life

 

The Bose SoundSport Free (in photo) can go up to five hours, and their charging case can provide two full charges.

Battery life on the Bose SoundSport Free isn’t exactly the best out there. It’s not the worst either. The pair can last up to five hours and get two top-ups from the charging case, totaling to 15 hours’ worth of juice. That’s pretty standard, but it falls behind the competition when compared to the likes of the Jabra Elite 75t and their 7.5-hour battery life.

It’s unclear how long the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 can go on a single charge. However, they should have a battery life of at least five hours.

Verdict

The Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 boast Bose’s first-rate ANC in a true wireless package.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 already had us at their name (read: Noise Cancelling). That said, they come out on top compared to the SoundSport Free. That’s mainly because of their potentially sleeker design, ANC, and sound quality, which is, again, presumed to be better.

However, the price point is really the defining factor here. To begin with, Bose has already started discounting the SoundSport Free. On the other hand, the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 could hit the shelves around $300. There are cheaper options with some form of ANC too, such as the Apple AirPods Pro, but that’s a different story. Between the two, we’d still pick the Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 over the SoundSport Free.

FAQs

📌 Which one is better in terms of performance, the Bose Earbuds 700 or the SoundSport Free?

Because they’re designed for outdoor use, the sound profile on the Bose SoundSport Free is more on the bass-y side. As for the Bose Earbuds 700, they’ll most likely have better audio quality overall. On top of that, they’ll come with ANC, something that’s missing on the SoundSport Free.

📌 How are the Bose Earbuds 700 and the SoundSport Free different in terms of design?

The SoundSport Free are huge, so much so that they’ll stick out of your ears. Bose has revealed that it’s going with a “smaller and sleeker” design for the Earbuds 500 and the Earbuds 700 are most likely going to have a similar look.

📌 Which one has better battery life, the Bose Earbuds 700 or the SoundSport Free?

The Bose Earbuds 700 are expected to have at least 5 hours of battery life with a single charge. As for the SoundSport Free, it can last up to five hours and get two top-ups from the charging case, totalling to 15 hours’ worth of juice.

📌 Which one is more expensive, the Bose Earbuds 700 or the SoundSport Free?

Bose has already started discounting the SoundSport Free while the Earbuds 700 are expected to hit the shelves with a $300 price tag.

Last update on 2021-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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