There’s a wide array of wireless earbuds in the market today that it can be overwhelming to choose. Bose and Jabra are among the trusted headphones brands and we compare their top-selling true wireless earbuds: the Bose SoundSport Free and the Jabra Elite Active 65T. Both are designed with fitness enthusiasts in mind and priced under 200 USD, but our detailed comparison will help you choose which headphones better suit your needs.
Bose vs Beats True Wireless Earbuds Comparison Chart
|Model||Bose SoundSport Free||Jabra Elite Active 65T|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Dimensions||1.2″ x 1.2″ x 1 “||1.2″ x 1.1″ x .9″|
|Active Noise Cancellation||No||No|
|Sweatproof and Water-Resistant||Yes, IPX4||Yes, IP56|
|Runtime||Up to 5 hours||Up to 5 hours|
|Charging Case||Up to 10 hours more||Up to 10 hours more|
|Quick Charging||15 mins for up to 45 mins of battery||15 mins for up to 1 hour of battery|
|Audio Codecs||SBC, AAC||SBC, AAC|
|Microphone||2 (right earbud)||4|
The Bose are bulkier and do not feel as secure as the Jabra Elite
While they are both lightweight, the Bose SoundSport Free look bulkier than the Jabra Elite Active 65T. The Jabra wireless earbuds look more discreet than the Bose that you can still see sticking out of your ears even from the back. The Jabra wireless earbuds further fit more snugly in your ears. You won’t worry that they will fall off while working out because the EarGels’ seal feels tight and secure.
Both Bose and Jabra included different sizes of eartips with their wireless earbuds to ensure better fit and seal. As for their charging case, the SoundSport Free are housed in a tube-shaped case while the Jabra Elite Active 65T have a smaller charging case that will fit better in pockets.
The Bose sound slightly richer and fuller, but the Jabra Elite Active’s EQ can be adjusted through its app
It’s hard to beat the fuller, richer audio quality of the Bose with its signature sound of slightly scooped mids and warm bass. The SoundSport Free simply sound slightly better, but the Elite Active 65T still deliver high-quality sound for their price point and cover a wide range of genres well. If you want deeper bass, you can use Jabra’s Sound+ app to adjust your EQ settings. Furthermore, the Jabra have the sonic advantage over the Bose because of their more secure seal.
The Jabra have more microphones than the Bose, giving them better quality for phone calls. There’s only one microphone in the Bose and only one earbud works for calls. If you often make calls and use wireless earbuds to do so, then the Jabra might be the better choice.
With all these said, it is worth mentioning that both are not the perfect pair of wireless earbuds if you want to use them for watching streaming videos and playing games. Many users have experienced a noticeable sound delay with audiovisuals, something that can put many users off. However, both brands keep updating their software to help address this.
Set Up and Controls
Both the Bose and Jabra have physical control buttons and support digital assistants
Both the Bose and Jabra have physical control buttons in their earbuds for managing tracks, taking phone calls, and activating your intelligent assistant. The SoundSport Free’s buttons are located conveniently at the top so you can easily press them without pushing them towards your ears. As for the Jabra, you’ll have to push the button in the middle which can put more pressure on your ears long term.
For more hands-free control, you can also use your preferred smart assistant such as Alexa, Google, or Siri. The Jabra are equipped with built-in Amazon Alexa, but the Bose can still be used to access your intelligent assistant through voice controls.
The Bose and Jabra wireless earbuds are sweatproof and water-resistant, but the Elite Active 65T feature a HearThrough mode
Both the SoundSport Free and Jabra Elite active 65T have IP ratings that allow them to be used during heavy workouts. The Bose have an IPX4 rating, which means you can wash them on the sink for a couple of minutes or use them during strenuous activities as they can withstand splashes and sweat. With an IP56 rating, the Jabra wireless earbuds are dust-resistant and can withstand, not just splashes, but high-pressure water jets from every direction.
The Jabra Elite Active 65T pack more features such as the HearThrough Mode that allows you to hear external sound while listening to music. As the Jabra’s eartips completely seal your ears, they isolate sound pretty well even though they’re not noise-canceling. If you need to listen to announcements on the train or airports while using your wireless earbuds, the Jabra’s HearThrough Mode will come in handy.
The Jabra Elite Active 65T offer better bang for your buck
If you are an audiophile, you might prefer the Bose SoundSport Free for their fuller, better sound quality, especially if you only use your wireless earbuds for listening to music. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more affordable pair of earbuds that does not compromise sound quality, go for the Jabra Elite Active 65T instead. They look more discreet on your ears and are packed with more features such as customizable EQ and four microphones for better call quality.