Bose SoundSport Pulse vs Powerbeats 3
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Compare Bose SoundSport Pulse vs Powerbeats 3
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The Bose SoundSport Pulse and PowerBeats 3 are premium sports earphones priced similarly at around $200.
As a pair of premium sports headphones, the Bose SoundSport Pulse are built to last. Everything from the ear buds to wire and even the connector are made of a strong durable material. They are a bit larger than your average earphones and tend to feel a little bulky on the ear. This may not make them the most comfortable pair of earphones for things like biking or running. However, in spite of this, the larger dimensions don’t translate to them being heavy in the least.
Visually, there’s not much to say about the Bose SoundSport. It’s fairly sub-standard in its looks, the only two prominent colors are matte black around the outer housing and bright red near the ear tips. In terms of their size, they’re a bit larger than what you’d expect which is less visually appealing.
The PowerBeats 3 are a little more eye-catching. You can choose standard colors like powder white and charcoal black. But if you’re looking for something a bit more vivid, you also have the choice of highlighter yellow, pastel red, or coral blue.
You get a choice of three sizes of ear tips to use on the Soundsport. These range from small, medium, and large giving you a tight fit depending on the size of your ears. The ear tips make the buds latch on to your ear without the fear of them falling out. They’re made from high grade silicone that provides hours of comfort without causing any pressure buildup. Most of SoundSport’s design is geared around providing all around comfort. In fact, the only noticeable issue here is that wire tends to stick the back of your neck if you’re sweating a lot.
On the other side of the spectrum, the PowerBeats 3 go for a streamlined design that meshes comfort and ease of use. Instead of having multiple ear tips like SounSport, you have a single pair of ear hooks that can be adjusted to your liking. Sporting a durable construction that enables a great degree of flexibility, the ear buds manage to make a secure fit with your ears. The PowerBeats’ cable management system is also vastly superior to the SoundSport making it a breeze to route the cable around your head.
The Bose SoundSport supports wireless Bluetooth connection with NFC pairing enabled. You also get a tangle resistant cable with in line controls to adjust your volume and mute it. On the middle of the in
line controls you have a noise resistant microphone that is great for taking calls in the middle of your run. A plastic clip is included on the wire to keep it hooked to your shirt securely.
In terms of battery life, you can get a 5-6 hours at maximum charge which is a little on the low end. The ear buds are charged by plugging in a micro USB cable on the headphones. A full charge can take up to two hours which is somewhat of an issue considering the battery life. These certainly aren’t a pair of headphones you can take on long hikes or marathon runs.
The Bose SoundSport contains a pulse sensor that can detect your heart rate while you run or workout. This is monitored by the provided companion app that lists your heart rate accurately as well as relaying additional information such as the SoundSport’s remaining battery.
The PowerBeats 3 on the other hand, can run up to an impressive 12 hours on a single charge. This means you get a battery life that is almost twice than that of the Bose SoundSport. What’s more is the PowerBeats 4 doesn’t take as much time to charge up. Thanks to its fast fuel charging feature, the headphones can provide an hour of battery life on just 5 minutes worth of charging.
The wireless range on the PowerBeats 3 is also considerably larger than the Bose SoundSport. Even at a distance of 100ft, there wasn’t much in the way of interference or audio dropping. Physical obstruction didn’t seem to affect the range of the headphones either.
Apple’s custom W1 wireless chip also makes a debut on the PowerBeats. The benefits of this can be observed on Android and iOS devices across the board. Pairing the headset to Apple devices is made dead easy, all you really have to do is place the PowerBeats 3 near the phone and they’ll instantly pick them up. Android devices are just as easily linked up, you just go through your standard Bluetooth pairing process and you’re good to go.
The Bose SoundSports sound much more powerful. There is a distinct presence of bass that isn’t normally observed in ear buds. There is a good amount of mids and treble as well detailing the liveliness of the sound. The ear buds seal in nicely preventing any outside noise from entering the ear and contaminating the sound. The mix of the headphones is designed more to color the sound than accurately represent it. Chances are, you won’t really hear any intricate details if you’re using headphones in noisy outdoor environments anyway. So why not go for a more fun sound that gets your blood pumping.
The PowerBeats 3 lack the audio fidelity of the SoundSport. While there is a distinct presence of clean mids and highs, there isn’t much of a low end in the mix. Turning up the volume can also distort the sound a fair bit. This leaves the overall sound quality brittle and shallow for the most part. That isn’t to say that PowerBeats sound particularly bad. They’re fairly decent even compared to most standard earphones. However, they simply lack the punch of the SoundSport. And the lack of depth in the sound leaves much more to be desired.
Both of these headphones are decent enough for the functionality they offer in their price range. The Bose SoundSport stack up great if you don’t mind the size or the battery life of the buds and want the heart senor functionality. Whereas, the PowerBeats 3 are a good choice if you want more mileage out of your earbuds with an added fashionable appearance.
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