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
|Model||Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700|
|Price||Coming Soon||Check Price|
|Controls||Touch and Voice||Physical and Voice|
|Active Noise Cancellation||Yes||No|
|Weight||n/a||Per Earbud: 0.02 lbs|
Charging Case: 0.17 lbs
|Water and Dust Resistance||n/a||IPX4|
|Battery Life||n/a||5 Hours|
|Charging Time||n/a||2 Hours|
|Year of Release||2020||2017|
|Colors||n/a||Black, Midnight Blue, Bright Orange, Ultraviolet|
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
Active noise canceling is one of the main selling points of the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700.
The sound profile on the
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.
Touch controls are in, physical controls are out.
Controls on the
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.
There’s no word on how long the Bose Noise Cancelling Earbuds 700 can last on a single charge.
Battery life on the
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.
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
Because they’re designed for outdoor use, the sound profile on the
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.
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.
Bose has already started discounting the SoundSport Free while the Earbuds 700 are expected to hit the shelves with a $300 price tag.
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