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Bose SoundSport Free vs Jaybird Run
We compare two of the best true wireless earbuds on the market...
The Bose SoundSport Free and Jaybird Run are two of the best truly wireless headphones on the market. They both come from respected brands and offer great audio quality. Further, they’re both water and sweat resistant and offer a secure fit, making them ideal for working out/running. But enough with the similarities – In this article, we’ll be focusing on the major advantages and differences between the two.
When it comes to battery life, the SoundSport Free earbuds have the slight edge. Expect to get around five hours on a full charge with the SSF compared to around four with the Jaybird Runs. The Runs don’t take a complete loss though – their quick charge feature is more robust. Plug the Runs in for 5 minutes and you get an hour worth of playback, while the SSF provide only 45 minutes of playback with a 15 minute charge.
Track Management / Volume Controls
The SoundSport Free have a much better and easier to use track management system. On the right earbud, you have a multi-function button where you can pause/play music, skip a track and take/end calls. There’s also volume up and down buttons to control volume. The Runs on the other hand just have one multi-function button on each earbud so you have to use a series of tapping gestures to get what you want (i.e. tap left ear bud once to activate Siri, double tap right earbud to skip a track, etc.) so it can get a little annoying. By default, you don’t even have volume controls with the Runs. In order to get that, you have to set it up within the Jaybird app. Needless to say it’s just a lot more simple and convenient with the SSF.
Another advantage the SSFs have is their auto timer setting. Basically, you can set an auto timer to tell your earbuds when to shut off. Bose offers 5, 20, and 40 minute intervals as well as the option for one hour, three hours, or never. Yes, I know this might not be a huge ‘Wow’ feature but for some people that routinely forget to turn off their earbuds after a workout or put them back in their charging case, it may be helpful.
Bottom line, the SounsSport Free earbuds are expensive (we’ll get to that in a minute) but they do win a couple key categories. If battery life and convenience when it comes to track management/volume controls are highly important to you, go Bose [see on Amazon].
Bose is always tough to beat whether you’re talking headphones or speakers but the Jaybird Runs do offer a few key advantages.
While both headphones are on the expensive side, the Jaybird Run win on price, period [see on Amazon]. The Runs retail for $180, while the SoundSport Free have an MSRP of $250. $70 is nothing to sneeze at – Jaybird gets the huge W there.
Like other Jaybird headphones, you can customize the EQ settings and audio profile of the headphones via the Jaybird app. So that means you can change the bass, mids and highs based on the genre of music you’re listening to. For example, we listen to a lot of country music here in the office so we prefer more bass and highs. Here’s a look at the Jaybird mobile app.
And what’s cool is that you’ll actually be altering the firmware of the earbuds so when you switch between Bluetooth devices, the sound settings will remain the same. Also, within the Jaybird app, you can choose preset settings based on genre and even search for other Jaybird users to see what sound setting they use.
More Fit Options
Probably a minor point but the Jaybird Runs have a slight advantage when it comes to finding the right fit. The Runs come with 4 different ear fins and four different ear tips. The SoundSport Free on the other hand only come with 3 different ear tips. Obviously, everyone is different and we all have different size ears so the more options the better.
Bottom line with the Runs, if price is your chief concern and you don’t feel like shelling out over $200 for a pair of headphones, go Jaybird. Plus, we think you’ll like fiddling around with the different sound profiles in the Jaybird app.