Bose SoundTrue Ultra Review
Bose remains a renowned audio manufacturer, and you can see this in the Bose SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones. One thing that stands out is that it offers you the best background noise isolation. But do you get a well-balanced and realistic sound using these earphones? Furthermore, do you get the same finesse as with most of the Bose models available? To answer the questions, read the Bose SoundTrue Ultra review here!
Bose SoundTrue Ultra Design
When you look at the SoundTrue Ultra in-ear earphones, one cannot overlook the silicone devil horn wingtips with decorated cable. While many users do not find the brand pretty, you do notice them when someone wears them on the train. Therefore, Bose accomplishes their mission to a certain extent making it noticeable for others to see. Furthermore, the headphones have some small, unusual design elements! One element that stands out is the shape of the ear tip. When it comes to comfort, Bose is at the top as they make sure nothing hard gets close to your ear. The truth is when you place the buds in the ear it fills it up for a stable fit.
The wing hooks fold in under your outer ear, and it is not easy to pull them out even with the soft silicone ear tips. The design of the SoundTrue Ultra buds is plain with a two-tone mix of dark/light gray plastic. When you look at the cable, you have a T-shaped splitter blending in with the rest of the wires. So one can consider these earphones will fit in well when used as a sports earpiece. Below the splitter, you have a shirt clip to keep the cable secure. We found the accessory important to use when jogging to prevent microphone noise. Furthermore, you have a three-button remote available for Android and iOS users. Moreover, you get three sizes of ear tips included to give you a secure yet comfortable fit. As mentioned, the SoundTrue Ultra looks like a sports headset within its right as it is sweat and waterproof. However, with the straight jack design of the headset it is not the most comfortable earpiece to carry in your pocket. What makes up for the lack of design Bose provides you with a carry case to keep the earphones protected when not used.
Bose SoundTrue Ultra Performance
During our test, we used the Bose SoundTrue Ultra on a train journey and have reasonable noise isolation. Compared to other earphones we found most of them struggle with noisy environments. But do they sound good? The truth is you get a good sound but not the best for the price. You get a stable tonal balance with reserved bass while the treble is natural and bright. However, if you love bass, you may find the earphones weak in the low-end. The mids are slightly recessed, but you do get a high-end sound.
On the other hand, the SoundTrue Ultra remains a middle-weight player. You do get a full stereo image, but it does not do a great job of placing air amid the fundamentals of an arrangement that has a habit to crowd around the central channel. Furthermore, we did not find the headphones very efficient as you need to place your amp or phone high to get a decent volume. Now do not get us wrong the earphones are pleasant but do sound a bit more disciplined compared to Bose’s other models.
Bose SoundTrue Ultra Specs
- Color: Light/Dark Gray
- Cord Type: Wired
- Extras: Stereo Sound Output, In-Cord Volume Control, Compatible with iOS and Android Devices
- Form Factor: In-ear
- Included: Carrying Pouch, Clothing Clip, and Three Pairs of Ear Tips
- Noise Isolation: No
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 0.63 ounces
Bose SoundTrue Ultra Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Reasonable noise isolation
- Balanced sound
- Include a shirt clip left out in most other in-ear wired headphones
What we do not like:
- You can get a better sound separation with other earphones in the same price range
Should You Buy It?
Yes, if you want a comfortable in-ear earphone for commuting and working out at the gym. The sound quality is reasonable, but when it comes to airiness and sound separation it does not fit in with the price. However, if you are not an audiophile concerned about sound quality, the price is tolerable to consider. One thing you will get wearing this headset is all-day comfort. Furthermore, for ease of use you get an inline remote/mic to use the earpiece hands-free.
We found the SoundTrue Ultra comfortable to use and easy to carry around. The sound is well-balanced for casual listening. With the ear tips design, it does block out some passive noise when commuting. Furthermore, you can use them for watching movies or gaming, but the microphones not compatible with gaming consoles. Moreover, it is above-average for neutral listening and packs enough bass. On the other hand, you can use them for sporting activities as you get a comfortable, stable fit. With the small design you can take them with you anywhere. But with the wired connection, your movement can become restricted at times. For office use we found the SoundTrue Ultra great, but the wire can limit your movement in the process. While the SoundTrue Ultra is not one of the best in-ear earphones from Bose, it remains one of the most comfortable earpieces to wear.