There is something unique about audio products from Bose, the famous audio-only American firm founded in 1964 by Amar Bose. Not only do their headphones, home audio systems and speakers drastically reduce the crowd chatter, they are pretty good at noise-canceling; take my word, even the whoosh of a commercial airline’s air-conditioning system—which can be quite noisy and discomforting at times—can be shut out completely if you are using one of their headphones. Needless to say, they offer excellent sound quality.
Recently Bose added a new headphone category to its range. We are talking about the SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones. These are the first noise-isolating in-ear headphones from Bose. Available in two colours (charcoal and frost) and three variants, the new SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones come with sealed acoustic design, which deliver an improved sound performance with deep, rich sound across wide frequency range. The test-unit that we got was for use with select iPod, iPhone and iPad models. I plugged it in with my better half’s iPhone 6 Plus to listen to some of the melodies from the 1980s and 90s and here are my takeaways.
In the box, we got the SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones (Apple), three pairs of StayHear Ultra tips (small, medium and large) and a clothing clip. The first impression that a user will get is that these headphones are amazingly small and lightweight for comfort. And the sealed acoustic design provides a very good immersive listening experience to let you hear every detail of your music. More on it later.
One thing that I have noticed with in-ear headphones is that they either put too much pressure in your ears, or they keep falling out. In the case of SoundTrue Ultra, the innovation starts with Bose’s new StayHear Ultra tips—debuting for the first time. These accessories (StayHear Ultra tips) don’t solely rely on a good fit in the ear because every ear is different. Instead, they rest on the outside of the ear canal for an acoustic seal and use a new high-precision driver for accurate audio reproduction. These tips are designed to be comfortable and secure; you don’t need constant adjustments to reduce pressure or stay in place. Plus, these headphones are super-small and lightweight. And the tips come in three sizes, so you can pick the one that fits best.
Moving forward, the SoundTrue
Ultra let you easily switch between calls and music, and provide control for select iPod, iPhone and iPad models. The headphone features 3-button inline remote that lets you take calls or skip a track with the press of a button. No need to reach for your device—great when you’re busy.
The SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones offer comfort and a secure fit—all in an elegantly small design. And they are practical too, fully engineered for the active lifestyle. Sweat-and weather-resistance help provide greater durability. And an innovative cable and T-joint design means that when you are on the move, you won’t be bothered by the annoying rustling found in conventional headphones.
Basically what Bose engineers have done is they have built a new cable and changed the angles from a previous Y-joint to a new T-joint design that is less likely to come in contact with the body. So, you can move—and your music plays without rustling sounds interfering. And an inline remote and microphone lets you control your music and take calls easily too.
Digging deep into my music collection of 1990s, I listened to Jon Secada’s Just Another Day, George Michael’s Careless Whisper, Faith Hill’s There you’ll be from Pearl Harbor, among others and overall sound quality was simply superb and noise isolation was great. The sound is brighter and clearer and the bass is tighter. Frankly, you’ll be hard-pressed to find superior sound in another noise-shutting model.
Yes, the SoundTrue Ultra is fairly pricey at R11,138, but for those seeking premium headphones for travel or just shutting out everyday ambient noise while listening to music or watching video, these headphones are easy
In simple words, Bose has definitely upped the audio performance in the in-ear category with its new headphones.
** Estimated street price: Rs 11,138