Bose SoundSport vs Powerbeats 4 (2020): Which Wireless Earbuds Come Out On Top?

Updated 21 March 2020: The new Powerbeats wireless earphones are here. Contrary to speculations prior to their release, the new Beats headphones are not named Powerbeats4 (but we’ll refer to them as that for clarity). How will they fare against the Bose SoundSport earphones that are also designed for an active lifestyle? We deep dive into their features to know which wireless earphones under 150 USD will come out on top.

Bose SoundSport vs Beats Powerbeats 4 Wireless Earbuds Comparison Chart

ModelBose SoundSport Wireless HeadphonesBeats Powerbeats4 Wireless Earbuds
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PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Earphones Dimensions0.98″ x 1.2″ x 1.2″Height: 2.2″
Active Noise CancellationNoNo
Transparency ModeNoNo
Sweatproof and Water-ResistantYes, IPX4Yes, IPX4
Audio SharingNoYes
RuntimeUp to 6 hoursUp to 15 hours
Quick Charging15 minutes for up to 1 hour more5 minutes for up to 1 hour more
Bluetooth4.1Class 1 Wireless Bluetooth®
Microphone2 (right earbud)Dual beam-forming microphones
Multi-function ButtonYesYes
Voice AssistantYesYes
Color OptionsBlack
Aqua
Citron
Power Red
Black, Red, White

Design

They have very different aesthetics, but both are bulkier than other earbuds

The Bose SoundSport come with wingtips while the Powerbeats 4 have earhooks

Although both wireless earbuds can be used during heavy workouts and sports, they differ greatly in their aesthetics. Despite the presence of wires connecting one earbud to the other, their cables don’t impede movement.

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The new Powerbeats wireless headphones look sleeker and updated than the Bose SoundSport Free. Their adjustable ear-clip design makes them feel more secure than the Bose SoundSport. With that said, the Bose also stay secure in your ears even when running or doing heavy workouts, just not as secure as the Powerbeats 4.

Both the Bose SoundSport and Powerbeats 4 are bigger than most wireless earbuds in the market today, but the Bose’s bulky earbuds stick farther out of your ear than the new Powerbeats.

Sound Quality

Both wireless earbuds deliver impressive sound quality, but bass lovers are better off with the Powerbeats 4

Choosing which of these two wireless earbud brands sounds better is a tough call. Both Bose and Beats deliver incredible sound quality with amazing details.

The SoundSport come with Bose’s traditional clean sound signature that makes them more versatile for all genres. The Bose earphones offer clean and undistorted mids and highs and an impressive bass response that makes them easy to listen to. If you prefer more neutral, accurate audio, these are the headphones for you.

While the predecessors of the Powerbeats 4 were heavy on the bass, the new Powerbeats offer a more refined sound profile that make them more versatile. Whether you’re listening to EDM or your favorite podcast, the sound quality of the new Powerbeats 4 won’t disappoint. Perhaps where the Powerbeats 4 win is its earbuds seal design allows for better passive noise cancellation than the Bose SoundSport’s.

Set Up and Controls

Both the Bose SoundSport and the Powerbeats 4 pair quickly and use multi-function buttons

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Their multi-function buttons are found on each earbud

The Bose SoundSport can be controlled using the in-line buttons housed in their cable. This is something not found in the Powerbeats 4 as all their controls are on-ear, which gets rid of having to find the in-line buttons on the wire if you want to manage tracks.

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Pairing the Bose SoundSport and the new Powerbeats 4 wireless headphones with your device is quick and painless. If you’re using an Apple device though, expect the pairing process to be a lot faster and smoother.

Additional Features

The Bose SoundSport and the Powerbeats 4 are sweatproof and water-resistant, but the Powerbeats have longer battery life and offer Audio Sharing

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Whether for vigorous workouts at the gym or a rainy run outdoors, both wireless headphones can withstand sweat and water splashes

As they are IPX4-rated, the Bose SoundSport and the Powerbeats 4 wireless headphones are sweatproof and water-resistant. They can be used during heavy workouts as they can withstand sweat and moisture. You can also wash them in the sink or use them under the rain; just don’t submerge them completely as they are only water-resistant, but not waterproof.

These wireless headphones have vastly different battery life. The Bose SoundSport can only be used for up to six hours while the new Powerbeats4 can last for up to 15 hours of battery life. A quick 5-minute charge of your Powerbeats can give you an extra 1 hour of playtime whereas the same usage hour requires charging for 15 minutes for the Bose SoundSport.

Another feature of the Powerbeats 4 is the Audio Sharing. This allows you to pair two sets of either Beats headphones or AirPods and listen simultaneously to the same video, song, podcast, and more.

Verdict

The Beats Powerbeats 4 simply offer better value for your money

While the Bose SoundSport are solid wireless headphones for their price, we’ll still go for the newer Beats Powerbeats 4. Both deliver stunning sound quality for their price and offer freedom of movement for those with an active lifestyle. Where the Powerbeats 4 win is in their better, more secure and updated design, longer battery life, Audio Sharing capability, and the ease of use they offer when it comes to controls.

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Rhodaline Escala-Phelps
Rhodaline Escala-Phelps

Managing Editor and Team Leader at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about people, product comparisons, culture, and current events.