Thinking of returning my AirPods for Bose Soundsport Free

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  1. ducatiti macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone has both and prefer one compared to another? More importantly, does the new firmware fully fix the video lag issue? Don't get me wrong, AirPods sound great but after a while and in certain songs, the bass become a bit distorted at 75% volume.

    Thank you in advance for your opinions.
     
  2. beastmode16 macrumors regular

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    I found that the Bose sound isolation to be worse than the AirPods. However at almost double the price they do sound better than the AirPods when it comes down to bass. But I found that they disconnected quite a bit from my phone. Overall I find the AirPods more enjoyable.
     
  3. ducatiti thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the input. In terms of the connection issues, is it because the Bose is using an older BT technology?

    More enjoyable because you have no connection issues on the AirPods?
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    In comparison to the AirPods and Bose, the where AirPods excel the most is through loudness, but they do not hold base As the Bose do. I think the AirPods are more than sufficient enough for the audio and simplicity when pairing with the iPhone. But I think the AirPods with battery life is a huge advantage with longevity.
     
  5. ducatiti thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So are you saying at full volume, the AirPods are louder and have less distortion?
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    When I work out with my AirPods, I almost have them at full volume (One Notch lower than full volume), and I have no distortion whatsoever. They are more than enough loud for my uses.
     
  7. Ralfi macrumors 68030

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    I don't notice distortion on mine either, when at near full volume. Even at full volume (only when mowing the lawn), I still hear music clearly.

    My EQ is off btw.
     
  8. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    I have both and use the Apple AirPods to listen to audio books when I walk which provide less sound isolation than the SoundSport Free earbuds. I listen to my music around the house with my SoundSport Free because the sound and connection is excellent. The video lag is gone with the latest firmware upgrade for all Apple devices that I have used. I have an aftermarket bluetooth transmitter for a cable box that is unwatchable using the SoundSport free because the video lag is about a second.
     
  9. cargobrian macrumors member

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    I have both and I thought I really loved the airpods, however I always thought they could be better. Few weeks ago I picked up the Bose soundsport free and I absolutely love them. They fit in your ear perfectly and the sound is amazing. Since getting the Bose, I have taken the airpods and put them in my drawer. I usually bring my Bose QC35 with me when I fly, however my last trip to detroit I had only brought my airpods (bid mistake) could barely hear them unless I pushded them deep into my ear canal. Looking forward to my next trip to LAX when I bring my new Soundsport frees to see how they sound in a noisy cabin. Will also have my QC35 with me for my main headphones when traveling.

    I only use my bose SSF with Apple products. Since the recent update, I have not had any problems with sound or drop offs at all. They only problem I see is when you try to watch youtube. Itunes,Netflix, Hulu, Amazon all work perfectly fine.

    Love these, only wish they were cheaper.

    Also considering getting the 2 year extended warranty for them should there be any future issues.
     
  10. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    If you purchased them with a credit card, many (American Express, Visa Signature, Discover) double the manufacturer warranty.
     
  11. cargobrian macrumors member

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    Good to know. Amex was used. Thank you
     
  12. ducatiti thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That’s too bad re YouTube. I’m really this close of exchanging till I read your post. I do a lot of YouTube while the wifey is watching tv.
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    I would like to hear from the others as well in regards to the newest firmware and video lag, before I make a decision tomorrow. I’ve read mixed opinions regarding the infamous video lag.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  13. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    On my IOS devices if I access YouTube through the Safari bowser, there is no lag with the SoundSport free. If I use the YouTube IOS App, there is lag.
     
  14. ducatiti thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Latest firmware? Thank you btw.
     
  15. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, latest firmware on the SoundSport Free 1.3.2 and latest IOS 11.2.2.
     
  16. ducatiti thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok keeping the airpods for now and save up for a Samsung T5. I should have bought one when it was on sale for $149 :)
     
  17. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    I swear I'm seeing lag in the YouTube app with both my wired Bluetooth Bose SoundSports and my AirPods but not with any hard-wired headphones. And this is with the YouTube app only.
     
  18. ducatiti thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No lag for me on the AirPods whatsoever, even on Youtube.
     
  19. cargobrian macrumors member

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    I am keeping the Bose soundsports for now as they do provide a superior sound and feel. I look forward to using them more.
     
  20. empaulio macrumors member

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    Im currently using B&O's Beoplay E8.
    Having used a pair of AirPods prior, i must say the E8's are significantly better. Much richer sound and deeper bass.
     
  21. JNGold macrumors 6502a

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    I had a terrible experience with the E8’s with sound breakups and wonky capacitive touch controls. I updated the firmware to the latest with no joy there.

    Full disclosure, I own both AirPods and Soundsport Frees. The Bose are now my daily drivers.
     
  22. weeesss macrumors regular

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    I have the Soundsport Wireless and was thinking about stepping up with the SSF's now that i gave up on the Airpods ever fitting my ears. I really don't find the cable that cumbersome and the sound is great. I do notice that while running I keep having to push them back in my ears, but noticed last night I was using the small stayhere tips when I thought I was using the large.

    Is there anything improved or just no wire?
     
  23. EDH667, Feb 1, 2018
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    I have both and in my opinion the SoundSport Free have superior sound and farther distance ability away from your iPhone. The SoundSport free may have video lag on certain Bluetooth systems, however all of my IOS devices work fine except for the YouTube App (YouTube through Safari works fine).
     
  24. dmaxdmax macrumors 6502a

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    I bought both and returned the Bose which sound better without question. However, I think the AirPods win on every other count and I’d prefer them even without a cost difference.
     
  25. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

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    In my opinion the AirPods are better then the Bose in just about every catageory. The Bose definitely sound better and have more bass. The Bose also have volume controls. Other than that AirPods are just a better package with more battery life, easier to use, cheaper. The Bose are still plagued with technical and reliability issues. AirPods are flawless and never fail, have amazing range and connectivity.
     

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