Bang and Olufsen E8 3.0 is the 3rd generation wireless headphone from the brand.  This high-end piece of tech comes at a big price tag that can cost your monthly car payment. Today we are going to compare it with the Bose SoundSport Free and see which is worth its price.

Built

The Bose SoundSport Free  looks glossy, which fades from black from deep golden brown/bronze giving a subtle yet premium look. The sides are rubberized for firm grips  and is  rated at IPX4.  Sleek, premium and lightweight at 14 grams each, are ways to describe the sturdy Bose SoundSport Free earbuds.

The Bang and Olufsen E8 3.0  has premium, luxurious materials, the latest tech and the best battery on a mainstream product. Rated IP4, the E8 can take little water splashes and work just fine. Sturdy plastic, premium styling, the earbuds and the carry case are durable too. There seems to be perfection with no compromise on quality.

Comfort

The Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds are ultra-comfortable thanks to their soft ‘StayHere+’ eartips – a unique design from Bose. The flagged eartips prevent the earbuds from falling while running, jogging or working out. Extreme movements may loosen it a bit and the only issue is that they stick out considerably from the ears and makes you realize the weight.

Super simple design and light, the B&O E8 3.0 bluetooth headphones are small enough and does not pass outside the ears. It is able to fit even smaller ear canals much better and these worked out perfectly for home, office and casual walking purposes; however, these are not built for rigorous movements and working out, running or jogging is out of question.

Bose SoundSport Free vs. Bang and Olufsen E8 3rd generation

Controls 

Bose skipped the power button on the SoundSport Free earbuds; they automatically switch on once removed from the case. For media and call control, everything is on the right earphone – volume +&- with a multifunction button in-between. Single presses pause/play the music, double and triple presses you can go forward on songs and holding the multifunction button down will activate Google Assistant or Siri.

The multifunction button also receives/rejects calls too. On the left earbud, there is a single button that allows you to switch between 7 devices at the same time. On the flipside, the buttons are a bit hard and needs a good amount of pressure, which makes it a bit uncomfortable, especially if you operate them while wearing.

The E8 3.0 wireless buds are touch-sensitive and all the controls are available on the fingertips. The right has play/pause at a single press, 2 presses for forward track skips, 3 presses for voice assistant and holding it pushes the volume up.  On the left, the earbuds activate transparency mode on a single press, skips to previous track on 2 presses, and holding them lowers the volume. Takes time getting used to but once you commit to muscle memory, operating the B&O’s are a breeze.

Audio

Bose earbuds has crisp and clean mic. Balance, fidelity and clarity are the keywords to explain the Bose SoundSport Free. 60% volume is the normal listening range but for an immersive experience, cranking up the volume would give a very loud audio stream for such a small device. EDMs, pop, rock and even classical songs are a delight to listen in these.

The B&O E8 3.0 allows SBC, AAC and APTx.

Battery and Charging Case

The Bose SoundSport Free case is made from durable matte black plastic for storing the buds. The magnetic connecting pins prevent them from falling out and can give upto 5 hours of playtime on the earbuds; the case can provide two full charges. Quick charge gives you 45 min of use time from 15 min of charging; charging from zero to full takes about 2 hours.

Bose SoundSport Free vs. Bang and Olufsen E8 3rd generation

Bang and Olufsen claims 7 hours of battery on the earbuds and an additional 28 hours with the carry case and has wireless charging. The USB C charging is a breather and fast charging gives 1.5 hours of battery with 20 min charging.

Noise cancellation

Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds offers good passive noise cancellation, is straightforward and thanks to the eartips, they remain snug in ear canals cutting off most of the ambient sound.

The B&O E8 3.0 has good passive noise reduction or cancellation and the transparency mode allows letting surrounding sounds in when you activate it opening the mic.

Bluetooth

The Bluetooth 4.1 range on the Bose SoundSport Free wireless gives very solid connection and works through walls and doors. We wish Bose could have incorporated NFC, but for now, we may have to contend with the Bluetooth function alone.

The E8 3.0’s Bluetooth 5.1 gives faster, more reliable connection, accurate location pinging and less power consumption. There were no lags or cuts in audio during video playbacks and live streaming. A small let down – there is no multi-pairing option and you can just use it on one device at a time.

Pros and Cons

Bose SoundSport Free

Pros Cons
Bose connect app lets you customize control features No wireless charging
Snug fit and does not fall out Low battery life
Good passive noise isolation Sticks out of the ear
Audio is excellent with mid-range having a bright and glorious soundstage App needs refinement
Bluetooth 4.1
Poor passive noise cancellation

 

Bang and Olufsen E8 3.0

Pros Cons
Premium and luxurious No multi-pairing
35 hours of total battery life Loose ear seal and not suited for sport activities
Durable and sleek earbuds Expensive
Bluetooth 5.1 Does not have APTx HD
4 mic on the earphones No ANC
Touch-sensitive control
Wireless charging

 

Comparison Chart

Preview
Bose SoundSport Free
Bose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earbuds, (Sweatproof Bluetooth Headphones for Workouts and Sports), Black
Bang and Olufsen E8 3.0
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Generation True Wireless in-Ear Bluetooth Earphones, with Microphones and Touch Control, Wireless Charging Case, 35-Hour Playtime, Black
Price
$149.00
$309.57
Rating
Durability
Strong plastic build and durable
Luxurious, sturdy and long lasting
Type
In ear but still sticks out a bit
In ear and stays flush with the ears
Weight
14 grams each
5.8 grams each
Wireless charging
Battery life
15 hours
28 hours
Bluetooth
4.1
5.0
No. of paired devices
7
1
Noise Cancellation
Passive
Passive
NFC
USB
Micro USB
USB C
Quick charging
15 min of charge gives 45 min
1.5 hours of battery life with 20 min charging
Prime
Bose SoundSport Free
Preview
Bose SoundSport Free, True Wireless Earbuds, (Sweatproof Bluetooth Headphones for Workouts and Sports), Black
Price
$149.00
Rating
Durability
Strong plastic build and durable
Type
In ear but still sticks out a bit
Weight
14 grams each
Wireless charging
Battery life
15 hours
Bluetooth
4.1
No. of paired devices
7
Noise Cancellation
Passive
NFC
USB
Micro USB
Quick charging
15 min of charge gives 45 min
Prime
Details
Bang and Olufsen E8 3.0
Preview
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Generation True Wireless in-Ear Bluetooth Earphones, with Microphones and Touch Control, Wireless Charging Case, 35-Hour Playtime, Black
Price
$309.57
Rating
Durability
Luxurious, sturdy and long lasting
Type
In ear and stays flush with the ears
Weight
5.8 grams each
Wireless charging
Battery life
28 hours
Bluetooth
5.0
No. of paired devices
1
Noise Cancellation
Passive
NFC
USB
USB C
Quick charging
1.5 hours of battery life with 20 min charging
Prime
Details

 

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Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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