FreeStyle Earbudsby Bose

  • FreeStyle Earbuds
  • FreeStyle Earbuds
  • FreeStyle Earbuds
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
77%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • FreeStyle Earbuds deliver crisp and well-balanced sound with plenty of bass.
  • If you don't care for buds that you wedge inside your ear canal, you'll like how the FreeStyle buds stay loosely--but securely--in your ears.
  • The bundle includes three sizes of ear tips to help you arrive at a comfy fit. Plus, the tips are sweat-resistant.

CONS

  • The color combinations are not subtle. The splashy colors might be too jarring or a total turnoff, depending on your personal taste..
  • The buds are not noise canceling, so external sound seeps in.
  • Aside from the carry case, extra tip covers, and inline control, this unit is rather bare-boned for the price.
Bose goes out on a limb with these colorful and eye-catching buds. Take your pick: indigo with a splash of green or ice blue with a splash of red. The FreeStyle Earbuds sport Bose's unique StayHear tips, which sit gently in your ears, and they are anchored in place by a winglike extension outside your ear. The company touts the FreeStyle's clear full-range sound. If you own Apple devices, you can switch from music to calls with the inline mic/remote. Android users can take advantage of some--but not all--features. The box also includes a wallet-like carry case.
NameFreeStyle EarbudsME05T10iDX 160 iEContour Custom Molded Earphones
ManufacturerBoseMaster & DynamicRHABeyerdynamicDecibullz
Techwalla Score
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List Price$117$199$200$115$60
85%

The FreeStyle are not either noise canceling or noise isolating. While cranking the volume will drown out outside noise, just popping these …

The FreeStyle are not either noise canceling or noise isolating. While cranking the volume will drown out outside noise, just popping these in your ears will do almost nothing.

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80%

I really like the fit -- the medium-size Stay-Hear tips worked well with my ears and kept the buds locked in.

I really like the fit -- the medium-size Stay-Hear tips worked well with my ears and kept the buds locked in.

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80%

As far as features go, there isn't much beyond the mic and media controls, although some might argue that the style of the Freestyle counts …

As far as features go, there isn't much beyond the mic and media controls, although some might argue that the style of the Freestyle counts as a feature.

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75%

You can start at Jack Johnson (acoustic and vocals), then switch to Chrome Sparks or R3hab (electronica with a twist), and finish with Volum…

You can start at Jack Johnson (acoustic and vocals), then switch to Chrome Sparks or R3hab (electronica with a twist), and finish with Volumes (metal) without being deprived of a well-rounded, high quality experience.

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70%

The FreeStyle feels like a fashion accessory first and an earphone pair second. As an accessory, it's your call whether you like the look.

The FreeStyle feels like a fashion accessory first and an earphone pair second. As an accessory, it's your call whether you like the look.

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70%

To say that I did not enjoy using the FreeStyle would be untrue. But I was disappointed to find the bass struggling in the distance, just wa…

To say that I did not enjoy using the FreeStyle would be untrue. But I was disappointed to find the bass struggling in the distance, just waiting for a break to shine through – only to never truly thump.

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You might find the brassy top end a little fatiguing at max power after a while, but these headphones are perfectly capable at moderate to h…

You might find the brassy top end a little fatiguing at max power after a while, but these headphones are perfectly capable at moderate to high volume levels without missing a beat (literally).

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Positive Reviews
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Amazing headphones!
When I first got these I was surprised at how much bass I could hear, because you don't usually expect bass from tiny earbuds. Non-earbud headphones make my hair stick up in a funny looking way, and make my earlobes start to hurt after wearing them a long time, but these Bose earbuds I can wear for 10 hours straight with no problem. They won't fall out either, even while jogging. The little weird looking white silicone flap took me a minute to figure out how to put it in, but they hold the earbuds in position securely without putting any pressure on the ear. The box comes with three different sizes in case you have smaller or larger ears.

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