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
|Model||Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones||Beats Powerbeats4 Wireless Earbuds|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Earphones Dimensions||0.98″ x 1.2″ x 1.2″||Height: 2.2″|
|Active Noise Cancellation||No||No|
|Sweatproof and Water-Resistant||Yes, IPX4||Yes, IPX4|
|Runtime||Up to 6 hours||Up to 15 hours|
|Quick Charging||15 minutes for up to 1 hour more||5 minutes for up to 1 hour more|
|Bluetooth||4.1||Class 1 Wireless Bluetooth®|
|Microphone||2 (right earbud)||Dual beam-forming microphones|
|Black, Red, White|
They have very different aesthetics, but both are bulkier than other earbuds
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.
The new Powerbeats wireless headphones look sleeker and updated than the
Both the Bose SoundSport and
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
Set Up and Controls
Both the Bose SoundSport and the
The Bose SoundSport can be controlled using the in-line buttons housed in their cable. This is something not found in the
Pairing the Bose SoundSport and the new
The Bose SoundSport and the
As they are IPX4-rated, the Bose SoundSport and the
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
While the Bose SoundSport are solid wireless headphones for their price, we’ll still go for the newer Beats