Earbuds have a reputation of being the least comfortable type in the entire family of headphones. However, Bose and Shure’s models are exempted from this ‘rule’.
The QuietComfort 20 was specifically
designed for comfort (it’s even in its name). The Stay Hear+ ear tips on these
buds are exceptionally gentle, and the silicone molds to the ear of the wearer
quite nicely and easily.
Shure’s SE215 comes outfitted with a pair
of plushy foam tips which are also covered in silicone. The profile of the tips
is a bit slimmer in comparison to the Quiet Comfort 20, which means that
they’re slightly more comfortable to wear, but also slightly less stable and
more prone to falling out.
Lastly, the SoundSport features a similar
design to QC 20 in terms of the buds, but they’re a bit bulkier. Since these
earbuds are primarily meant for runners, their level of stability exceeds their
level of comfort they provide.
The winner of this round is Bose’s Quiet
Comfort 20 as it offers a great balance between comfort and stability.
Round 3 – Sound quality
Round 3 – Sound quality">
In order to efficiently use the microphone,
you need to hear the person on the other side, so sound quality is quite an
important factor of every earbud model.
Even though it’s a relatively old model (released way back in 2015), the Quiet Comfort 20 packs advanced technologies that afford it superb sound quality.
It features the TriPort tech, as well as an integrated active EQ which delivers full-spectrum, no-latency, zero-distortion sound. Overall, these earbuds are perfect for listening to music, so they should fare quite well for conversations too.
Secondly, the Shure SE215 is a bit
bass-heavy but still sounds perfectly clear and transparent. These earbuds are
also perfect for casual music listening.
Lastly, SoundSport earbuds are pretty
decent in terms of sound quality. They don’t have any type of audio
enhancements unlike the QC 20 our SE215, though. This round goes to the QC 20
simply because of the Active equalizer feature.
Round 4 – Price
Price is usually the defining fac
Round 4 – Price
ind spending a fortune on boutique earphones, others simply want the convenience they offer.
On another hand, you actually can judge a book by its covers in this scenario – you can at least formulate an educated guess on how certain earbuds perform based on how much they cost. However, are they worth the money?
The Bose Quiet Comfort 20 is the most
expensive of the three. However, it packs TriPort tech and an active EQ, ultra-stable
and comfortable Stay Hear+ tips, excellent connectivity, and they generally
As for the Shure’s SE215, these earbuds are
generally pretty inexpensive, although far from being cheap. Because they’re
among the most comfortable earbud models on the market they surely do pack
quite a punch for the money in terms of value. However, some people find them
too bassy, otherwise, they’re absolutely perfect.
Lastly, the SoundSport costs substantially
less than the QC 20. It’s a budget earbud model that offers a wide array of
benefits, affordability being one of them.
Out of the three, the choice is rather
simple. If you’re on a tight budget, either Soundsport or SE215 would do. If
you don’t really care much about the price tag, the highest-value option is the
Quiet Comfort 20.
Let’s wrap it up and decide the victor of
n the evaluation of each earbud model’s
performance involve the microphone quality, comfort rating, sound quality, and
price, so let’s get to it.
The Bose’s Soundsport has a great microphone, they’re pretty comfortable to wear, they sound decently good, and they’re generally pretty cheap. However, in terms of overall performance and quality, they pale in comparison to the other two models.
Shure’s SE215 offers a great balance between comfort and stability, the microphone they come equipped with is superb, the inline controls are easy to use, and they sound way above average in comparison to similarly priced models.
However, our vote goes to the Bose’s QuietComfort 20. Even though this particular model costs quite a bit, it has the most advanced EQ, exceptionally easy onboard volume and mic controls, it sounds amazingly well, and the Stay Hear+ tips are basically an improved version of what the Soundsport features.