Best Bose SoundTrue Cyber Monday 2020 Deals
The brand new Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones certainly are a no-nonsense, music-only pair with few bells or whistles-like a lot of Bose’s other products, including the Editors’ Choice, noise-cancelling QuietComfort 20. The SoundTrue retails for $179.95, significantly less compared to the QC 20, and does only output music and feels exceptionally comfortable. The sound signature will appeal to fans of rich bass and crisp highs that don’t mind just a little sound sculpting. Audio purists won’t approve, though big bass fans may also find the boosted, however, not unnatural-sounding, low-end to be subtler than what they seek. Fortunately, there’s a good amount of middle ground between those extremes to that your SoundTrue will appeal.
Perhaps aware that the world of headphones has gotten just a little flashier in design recently, Bose has tweaked its signature, understated look with some decidedly young and hip (if still relatively tame) flourishes. The SoundTrue pair I tested had an all-black matte finish with zero other colors on the outer shell, however the cloth grille covers inside earpads featured a colorful geometric repeating pattern with various shades of red triangles. Other options add a white pair with blue grille cloth, a mint green pair with gray grille cloth, and a black pair with a mint green spider web-like design etched over the exterior surface.
In feel and functionality, however, it is the same exact, well-designed Bose we are being used to. The over-ear SoundTrue feels exceedingly comfortable; the headphones are incredibly lightweight because of their size and apply almost zero pressure to the scalp, all while keeping a reliable, secure fit around the ears. The plastic look might strike some users as appearing low-budget, however the construction and fit of the SoundTrue is top-notch.
The SoundTrue’s detachable cable connects left earcup, and includes an inline handy remote control and microphone for cellular devices. The remote has controls for Volume, Play/Pause, Track Navigation, and Call Answering/Ending, and is fully appropriate for most iPhones, iPods, and iPads, though Android users will see varying degrees of success with them. The detachable cable adds value to the headphone pair, because you can replace it if it goes bad, instead needing to buy a fresh headphone pair or send the SoundTrue set for repair. Some manufacturers add a second cable with out a remote, however the single cable is functional enough.
The headphones fold down flat to match inside included soft, padded, zip-up travel case. Aside from the case, the SoundTrue appears light on accessories considering its price.
On tracks with powerful sub-bass, just like the Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the SoundTrue provides an impressive bass response and will not distort even at top (and unsafe) listening levels. The sound signature evidently boosts the bass, however the low-end isn’t overwhelming because the high-mids and highs are also tweaked and sculpted.
On Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” the bass boosting sounds somewhat more understated; his baritone vocals gets a lttle bit more low-end than they want, however the drums receive much less boosting than they do on headphone pairs that seriously tweak the sub-bass range. This tells us that almost all of the boosting in the lows happens in the reduced to low-mid range, with little added occurrence in the sub-bass realm. Thankfully, a crisp high-mid occurrence allows your guitar strumming and the treble edge of his voice to cut through the mix.
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the open,” the attack of the kick drum loop gets a lot of treble edge to greatly help it slice through the mix, aswell, plus a significant low-end occurrence on the kick drum’s sustain that adds some weight to the loop. The sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat here have a noticeable presence, nonetheless they aren’t overly boosted like on more bass-heavy headphone pairs. The vocals upon this track should never be overshadowed by the bass presence, near the dense mix with a good high-mid presence.
Classical tracks, just like the opening scene in John Adams’ “The Gospel In line with the Other Mary,” have somewhat more low-end than purists may decide to hear, but most listeners will see the added bass occurrence pretty subtle. It permits more of the low register instruments to step of progress in the mix, although spotlight still is one of the vocals and the bigger register strings. Again, the sculpted sound signature is crisp, with some added richness in the lows and low-mids.
Bose gets knocked by audio tracks purists a lot, however the SoundTrue is a solid offering in this cost range. Unlike almost all of Bose’s premium products, there is no added special feature like noise cancellation. They are headphones, basically. And if you want crisp highs, rich lows, and an exceedingly comfortable fit, they don’t disappoint.
Alas, there continues to be serious competition in this cost range. Pairs just like the Editors’ Choice Sennheiser HD 558 and the Marshall Monitor are our favorites. In case you are ready to spend more, the Sennheiser HD6 Mix is another top-notch option with an improved sense of space and more refined low-end. If your budget is more limited, consider the affordable Scosche Lobedope SHP451M. It isn’t on a single level as these models, but it’s impressive for a low-cost pair. But if you are looking for solid-performing, distortion-free, lightweight, travel-friendly headphones in this cost range, the SoundTrue is obviously worth your attention.