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Bose SoundTrue On-Ear – Design and Comfort
While the Bose SoundTrue On-Ear boast a new brand – these are the first ‘SoundTrue’ heapdhones we’ve tried – they look and feel a lot like a smaller on-ear version of the Bose AE2 we listened to last year.
As the name suggests, these are on-ear headphones, with much smaller pads than full-size over-ear ones. While none of Bose’s wired headphones are too loud in design, on-ear headphones are generally a bit smaller and more discreet than the over-ear kind. They’re perfect if you want headphones that won’t attract much attention.
The Bose SoundTrue On-Ear come in black and white as usual, and there are more colourful turquoise and dark blue versions. We’re not 100 per cent sure about the colour-on-grey style, but we’re sure it was picked after plenty of research.
Other than this, the usual Bose look is back and much the same as ever.
While they do put a tiny bit of pressure on your ears unlike the over-ears editions, we could happily wear these all day. They’re among the most comfortable on-ear headphones in existence, using an ear pad style quite similar to the Bowers & Wilkins P3. The pads are little pillows with mesh over the sound outlet, letting the pressure spread over your whole ear.
We wouldn’t recommend the Bose SoundTrue On-Ear for vigorous exercise, though. While they stay in place fairly well thanks to their light weight, the headband is susceptible to moving a bit as the padding that meets your head is soft fabric, rather than the rubbery material used in headphones like the Beats Solo 2.
The fit is not ultra-steady – it’s just not what the Bose SoundTrue On-Ear are about.
Much like the AE2i, these headphones use a removable cable, with a 3-button handsfree remote designed for use with iOS devices. Unlike some other Bose headphones, though, the cable system isn’t proprietary. Previous Bose headphones we’ve tested use a normal 2.5mm jack, but one that’s build into a plastic brick that slots into the ear cup to form part of its structure. Here the cable is a bit more standard.
For someone looking to walk around with headphones – the Bose SoundTrue On-Ear are just about perfect. However, noise isolation isn’t that hot.