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Changing colours

Mahananda Bohidar | Updated on May 31, 2014

Sound fresh: The new Bose Sound True headphones pack in a bit of youth appeal with funky colours like the one shown here.

Bose has something refreshing up its sleeve with its SoundTrue on-ear headphones

Companies spend a lot of time, effort and money in building a certain image of themselves. As a result, when you say Apple you think minimalistic or when you say SkullCandy you think whacky. Similarly, the impression that Bose Corp had built around its products was a no-nonsense, professional-looking one. With its new SoundTrue series, Bose has made a modest yet successful attempt at breaking out of that zone of predictability. We tried out a lovely cyan and grey version of their new on-ear SoundTrue headphones to see how well they pack in the Bose experience.

Bose’s packaging this time with the SoundTrue headphones is a lot neater than their other personal audio devices. It comes in a neat little zip-pack, which holds the headphones and the detachable 3.5mm cable. Instead of junking a pair of headphones directly into your backpack, you have a neat, compact case to carry them around in. And, the detachable audio cable is a blessing in disguise because you don’t have to detangle it every time you pull it out from the case.

These headphones are one of the most comfortable pairs we’ve ever used. Despite not being a big fan of on-ear headphones, we had these on for hours and never felt like taking them off due to ear fatigue or because they were weighing down on us like some of the other larger on-ear headphones can get.

We listened to our usual playlist – a fair share of interesting indie music including Bahamas’ Lost In The Light, an ‘80s-inspired Don’t Turn The Lights On by Chromeo and some remixes by Diplo. The acoustics was pretty immersive and managed to seal ambient noise out to some extent. The volume levels can get pretty loud, so make sure you have the levels low on your smartphone or laptop when you first plug in. At high volume levels too the headphone manages to perform well. There’s a fair bit of bass, but those levels might not satisfy hardcore bass lovers. Overall, the sound quality does not disappoint with the headphone managing to deliver well-rounded acoustics from a lightweight, compact design.

The SoundTrue headphones are also equipped with an inline remote and microphone that seamlessly integrates with most Apple products, so you can easily switch between calls, music and mobile content. The integrated inline remote located on the back of the microphone, lets you control music functions—adjust volume, play/pause tracks, skip tracks forward/backward, fast forward/rewind and change playlists. Depending on compatibility with your smartphone, there are also voice control functions in this new SoundTrue on-ear headphones.


Love – Lightweight, comfy design, good acoustics

Hate – Not too high on the bass factor

Published on May 28, 2014

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