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Bose SoundTrue headphone review

Bose SoundTrue headphone review

by 2014/09/10


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Bose SoundTrue On-ear & Over-ear


Crystal clear sounds
Immersive experience
Neutral, natural sounds with no bass over powering
Very light weight
Comfortable for long hours
Good isolation
Effective noise cancellation


Not designed for playing sports
Highs and lows can get muddy at higher volume levels

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With great sound quality and a wonderful looking design which stands up to give you comfort for long hours, the Bose SoundTrue headphones are definitely worth every penny.

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Bose is known for their exceptional quality audio gear. A lot of professionals use Bose headphones because of the design, audio quality and comfort. It is obvious that for the quality of equipment they produce, their products are expensive but worth every penny. Apart from the professional products, they do make headphones for an average music lover. If you are looking for quality over looks, then Bose is the definitely one of the companies in my recommendation. In this Bose SoundTrue headphone review, we will be looking at both, over-ear headphones and on-ear headphones.

SoundTrue Over-ear headphones

soundtrue over-earLet us first have a look at the over-ear headphones. Right out of the box you get very light weight headphones weighing just 141 grams. You also get a protective case to store the headphones. The case has a hard shell which is a good thing. Headphones being so light weight gives you a feeling of wearing nothing on your head. In short, they cause very little distraction to you and it is quite possible that you might even forget that you are wearing something on your head at all. The over-ear headphones have a nice swivel and the ear pieces move quite well from side to side and vertically. The ear pieces fit nicely over your ears and the best part is that they feel very comfortable. The snug fit over your ears does not happen to give that hot feeling when you use them for hours. The ear piece cushion is not so thick and hard which is another reason that makes these headphones so comfortable. Being so light weight and comfortable does have its own drawbacks. They do not compress much on your ears, so make sure that you do not use them while running or playing an outdoor sport because they are likely to just fall off.

SoundTrue On-ear headphones

We Are The RhoadsClient: BoseNow that we have looked at the build quality of the SoundTrue over-ear headphones, let us have a look at their on-ear version. Similar to the over-ear headphones, on-ear headphones also come with an nice looking case and they also happen to have excellent build quality. They are just as light as the over-ear counterpart and equally comfortable. On-ear headphones are usually not known for comfort, but Bose SoundTrue headphones make an exception. With leather cushion and foam on the inside, the ear cups feel very soft and nice on the ears. Unlike other on-ear headphones, the Bose SoundTrue can be worn for long hours without any problems. The headband also has a leather patch where it makes contact with your head. There are no hot spots that are created to make your experience uncomfortable.

Sound Quality

Both the versions of SoundTrue headphones come with amazing sound quality. The bass, mids and highs are clearly audible on these headphones. There is this bass-extension that lets you hear those deep notes for a certain amount of time after they are first heard. What I meant by that is, the bass does not instantly disappear, but continues and then gradually fades away. With these headphones, you can hear the minute details in the songs or any audio that you might be hearing. This is what gives you the feel of being immersed in the music. In other words, while listening to music with these headphones you would definitely get the “live” experience because you can hear so much more which you might have been missing with some other mediocre headphones. One thing that I would point out is that with the on-ear headphones the highs are not as crisp as compared to the over-ear counterpart. The highs begin to degrade to a noticeable extent when you listen audio at high volume. But I doubt you would ever want to listen to your music at very high levels. As for the over-ear headphones, the lows begin to get muddy at very high volumes. Again, I doubt you would have to go too high on the volume. Both the versions of the SoundTrue headphones produce exceptional, natural sounding music. Although there are even better headphones in a similar price range, such as the ATH-M50, they are not as light weight as the Bose SoundTrue.

Both the headphones provide very nice sound isolation. and little sound can leak through the ear pieces which is a good thing. If you are in a library wish  to listen to your music with these headphones, you can be very sure that they will not disturb anyone sitting besides you because of the good sound isolation they have. Apart from that, there is noise cancellation technology implemented in both ear-pieces which blocks external noise to reach you ears letting you listen solely to the music you intend to.

Both the versions of SoundTrue come with in-line microphone. The microphone is pretty good quality and cancel the background noise very well. Thus, you can easily rely on them for making phone calls.

The Bose SoundTrue does not over power the bass like the Beats Solo 2. You rather get a perfectly neutral music to your ears with these headphones. Both, on-ear headphones and over-ear headphones are available at a price of £149.95 on Amazon.

United States: Target, Amazon, Newegg

United Kingdom: JohnLewis, Argos



I have worn these for several hours at a stretch and they're extremely comfortable.

You get a very useful case that is light and thin allowing a few extra items to be included

Hearing things in songs that I wasn't noticing before

With Beats you get a brand chic and a very expensive product for the quality underneath, with Bose you get brand assurance and quality build for a competitive price.

  • Warranty Terms - Parts - 1 year
  • Warranty Terms - Labor - 1 year
  • Height - 7-1/2"
  • Width - 6"
  • Depth - 2"
  • Weight - 6.4 ounces
  • Headphone Style - Over-the-ear and On-ear
  • Bluetooth Built-in - No
  • iPod Control - Yes
  • Built-In Microphone - Yes
  • Sound Isolating - No
  • Ear Cushions - Synthetic leather
  • Connector Gold-plated 3.5mm
  • Cord Length - 5.4'
  • Folding - Yes
  • Color Category - Black


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  • Tim
    2014/10/15 at 6:22 pm
    Sound Quality85%
    Worth it?75%
    Ease of Use90%

    These headphones offer great mid ranged sound. However, if you are looking for something with more emphasis on bass, then this may not be the right product for you. Also, this is probably the most comfortable pair of headphones that i have ever worn, using it for 3-4 hours on end is no chore.

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