Beats and Bose are possibly the two most well-known headphone brands out there, so which one is better? It’s a tough battle since both offer a wide variety of top-tier headphones, but this article breaks down which headphones are best for you. Whether you’re attracted to the best Beats headphones or the infamous noise-canceling Bose, this article will help guide you to your next pair of headphones.
Beats by Dr. Dre
Even since they were purchased by Apple in 2014 for $3 billion, Beats have continued to be a staple in music culture. They are often seen as the most stylish headphone brand, and their logo is iconic. Does all of the hype over or underestimate how good Beats are? They have often been seen as overpriced because of how popular their label was, but in recent years they have become more accessible as the brand ages.
Bose has a reputation as the king of sound. Everyone knows that Bose headphones won’t let you down. But Bose is also known to be one of the priciest audio brands. They even tend to be more expensive than Beats. Does the extra money mean they’re better than Beats, or is it just a high markup? Let’s break down the top Beats and Bose headphones and see who comes out on top.
The best Beats earbuds are undoubtedly the urBeats. They have been around for multiple generations now, but they continue to be a fan favorite. Their cord is famous for not getting tangled, they are incredibly durable, and they are compatible with any mobile device that has a 3.5mm jack.
The Bose SoundTrue Ultra is often seen as an equal competitor to the urBeats. They both share similar audio quality and comfortable in the ear, both offering three sizes of interchangeable earbuds. However, the SoundTrue’s are prone to get tangled in your pocket, and you have to choose between the Android or Apple compatible editions.
Unfortunately for Bose, the urBeats are a clear winner when it comes to practicality.
True Wireless Earbuds
Bose used to be a clear winner in this category, because until 2019 Beats did not offer true wireless earbuds. But when Beats made a true wireless version of their fan-favorite Powerbeats, Bose had some serious competition.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro’s have an ear hook that makes them extra secure, and they have amazing battery life. The earbuds themselves carry up to nine hours of battery life, and the charging case brings the total to 24 hours of listening. The best part of the Powerbeats Pro is their amazing compatibility with Apple products, thanks to an Apple H1 chip. This allows single-earbud listening, as well as an extended range and less frequent dropouts.
The Bose Soundsport Free has been around longer than the Powerbeats Pro, and their age shows. Their battery life is only five hours and a total of 15 with the charging case. They offer similar audio performance to their Beats counterpart, but they simply don’t have any features that make them a better option than the Powerbeats Pro.
Beats wins this contest too, especially if you’re an Apple user.
Over-Ear Wireless Headphones
Beats most famous headphones are probably the Studio3. As with all Beats products, the Studio3 offers some of the best bass in the headphone market, and they’re incredibly loud. They are also loved for their simple and iconic style. They even come in flashy colors, anything from bright red to black and gold. They’re a hard pair of headphones to compete with.
The Bose QC35 II is just as iconic as the Studio3’s, but they’re even more expensive. Is that extra money worth it? It depends on what matters most to you. Beats headphones always win the day for someone who loves bass, but the equalizer found in Bose products is best suited for people who prefer crisp audio over thundering bass.
There are more factors to consider than just the audio performance, though. One of the reasons many people buy these expensive headphones is for their noise-canceling features, in which Bose is a clear winner. The Beats noise cancelation is not as adjustable as its Bose counterpart, and there is a constant white noise that can bother some users. However, the Beats Studio3’s have longer battery life than the QC35 II’s, especially if you turn off their noise cancelation.
In this category, Bose and Beats tie. If you prefer loud bass and longer battery life, go with the Beats Studio3. If you prefer crisp audio and better noise cancelation, go with the Bose QC35 II.
Both Beats and Bose offer some of the best audio products in the market, but neither can be declared a clear winner. Even though Beats won more categories in this article, Bose has many products that were not mentioned, such as their top-tier Bose 700 headphones, an expensive product that Beats simply cannot compete with. At the end of the day, the bass-lover should always go with Beats. Anyone who prioritizes the cleanest audio possible should go with Bose because of their equalizer. In the end, you’ll be happy with either brand regardless of which you choose.
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