Introducing Ultra Open Earbuds. Their cuff-like fit leaves your ears totally open so you can still hear the world around you, while OpenAudio technology provides you with rich, private sound. Listen to your music and life — at the same time, all the time.
Open-ear design
Immersive Audio
Surprisingly private
All-day comfort
Auto volume
Up to 7.5 hours of play time¹
Simple, satisfying button controls.
IPX4 rating for water resistance

Bose Ultra Open Earbuds

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$299.00
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Introducing Ultra Open Earbuds. Their cuff-like fit leaves your ears totally open so you can still hear the world around you, while OpenAudio technology provides you with rich, private sound. Listen to your music and life — at the same time, all the time.
Open-ear design
Immersive Audio
Surprisingly private
All-day comfort
Auto volume
Up to 7.5 hours of play time¹
Simple, satisfying button controls.
IPX4 rating for water resistance
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Bose Ultra Open Earbuds
color White Smoke
$299.00

Product details

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What’s in the Box
  • 2 Bose Ultra Open Earbuds
  • Charging case
  • USB-C® (A to C) cable (12")
  • Safety sheet
Headphone Fit Open Ear
Microphones Built-in Microphone
Noise Cancelling No
Water Resistant IPX4
Case Charging, Protection
Bud Single 0.73" H x 0.67" W x 1.07" D (0.0140 lb)
Case 1.65" H x 2.56" W x 1.04" D (0.0966 lb)
Product Material Plastic (PC-ABS), Metal, Silicone, Gold Plating
Product Case Material Plastic (Hard)
Rechargeable Yes
Battery Life 7.5 hours
Battery Charge Time 1 hour
Charging Accessory included Yes
Charging Interface(s) USB C PORT
Wireless Connectivity A2DP Bluetooth Audio Streaming, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, HFP Bluetooth, Wireless Connectivity, AAC Bluetooth, SBC Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version 5.3
Bluetooth Range 30 feet
Bose App Bose Music App

The Bose Ultra Open Earbuds are a totally new kind of audio wearable device: premium sound built into a cuff-shaped earbud that doesn’t cover your ear. Proprietary Bose OpenAudio technology allows the earbuds to play rich, immersive audio privately even though the speakers on the earbuds sit a short distance from your ear canal, leaving you open to the sounds of your surroundings. The cuffs hook around the outside of your ear so gently that you might forget they’re even there, so you can leave them on all day, always ready for music, calls, or videos.

The Open Earbuds were designed from the ground up to give you a soundtrack for your life: to let you enjoy your music without blocking your ears, in a shape so comfortable you can almost forget you’re wearing any earbuds at all. The engineering of these earbuds was a matter of squeezing Bose OpenAudio technology — which projects deep, rich sound across a short distance of open space to your ear canal — into a shape that could grip your ear extremely gently, leave your ear open to outside sounds, and contain a long-lasting battery. This design process resulted in the Open Earbuds’ unique shape, inspired by ear cuff jewelry. The light-as-air flex arm connects the audio portion of the earbud to a battery barrel that goes behind your ear, providing just enough grip to keep the earbuds secure on any size ear.

Yes. The Open Earbuds are excellent for exercise, thanks to their confident stability on your ear, powerful sound, and open design. Bose’s unique OpenAudio technology allows air to keep your ears cool and dry while you enjoy both your music and sounds from your environment, such as city sounds, nature, input from a coach or workout partner, or sounds that help you play a sport such as tennis or basketball.

Yes. The combination of skin-safe materials, a fully open design, long battery life, and unparalleled comfort means you can leave the earbuds on all day, always connected to your device and ready to produce rich audio the moment you need it.

In stereo mode, the earbud batteries will provide up to 7.5 hours of play time or 48 hours of standby time (no audio playing). For all-day wear that involves a mix of audio listening and standby, the battery life will vary depending on the proportion of each. For example, 5 hours of audio would leave 10 hours of standby life remaining. And if the battery does run out, a quick 10-minute charge in the case will add up to 2 hours of play time.

Yes. You can slide the earbud slightly up or down the outside of your ear to adjust for comfort, preferred sound balance, looks, or to avoid interference with jewelry. 

Yes. The Open Earbuds are uniquely designed to attach to a part of the ear that does not interfere with most glasses, hats, and piercings. If your accessories touch the product, that’s no problem as long as the earbuds remain comfortable and secure. The magnets that help the earbuds attach to their charging case may occasionally stick slightly to jewelry made of ferromagnetic metals like nickel; this is not damaging to the earbuds or the jewelry, but if bothersome can be avoided by slightly sliding the earbud up or down the ear, away from the jewelry.

OpenAudio is a proprietary Bose technology that allows audio played a short distance from your ear canal to be rich, deep, and private — without sealing your ear. Each earbud uses a tiny dipole transducer system engineered for loud-and-clear personal audio that stays at the ear — instead of going everywhere else.

It’s easy to hear the difference Bose OpenAudio makes by comparing the power of the Bose Ultra Open Earbuds with a traditional set of earbuds held slightly outside your ear. If you remove the traditional earbud from your ear canal and hold it near your ear at the same distance that the Open Earbuds sit, you’ll notice the much greater volume and richer bass from the Open Earbuds.

Bose OpenAudio directs rich, deep audio into the ear canal while using proprietary technology to minimize sound spillage in other directions. In most environments and at most listening levels, people around you won’t hear a thing. If you turn up the volume all the way in a very quiet environment, others may hear that something is playing from your earbuds, but they won’t be able to hear any detail unless they get very close.

No. By design, the Open Earbuds don’t block out the world or have noise cancelling, so you can enjoy your music while staying open to the sounds of the world around you. They do have an automatic volume control feature, available in the Bose Music app, that helps you hear your music evenly as your environment changes from quiet to loud and back. 

Bluetooth multipoint, a feature that will allow the Open Earbuds to connect to two source devices at the same time, will be available through a software update coming later this year. Be sure to set up your earbuds with the Bose Music app to receive software updates.

The Bose Music app also allows you to customize the shortcut function on each 
earbud’s button, and one of the available options is Switch Source. Setting a 
shortcut to Switch Source will enable you to switch between previously connected 
Bluetooth source devices with a press and hold of the earbud button without 
needing to take the earbuds off. 

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Pause for nothing. Hear everything.


A brilliant combination of innovative open ear design, incredible audio, and all-day comfort. You’ll never stop your music to hear the world again.

Simply astonishing sound


To the music lovers with a playlist for every mood and moment, meet your new obsession. Because you should never compromise on sound quality.

Immersive Audio

Bose Immersive Audio spatializes audio, creating the impression that the music you hear is being played in the room around you instead of through the earbuds you’re wearing.

Person wearing Bose Ultra Open Earbuds
Bose Ultra Open Earbuds

Surprisingly private

The earbuds’ open-ear design says, “I can still hear you” while OpenAudio technology provides you with high-quality, private sounds.

Be in the music anywhere — everywhere.


Go all day. Do whatever your thing is. Ultra Open Earbuds bring you closer to your music. And keep you looking good.

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"Think of it like adding a soundtrack to your life"

- GQ

Unmatched comfort, unbeatable stability.

Flexible joint. Light-as-air grip. Because they wrap around your ears instead of fitting inside them, they’re incredibly comfortable and super stable. Get your run on, run your errands — they’ll hug your ears all day.

Person wearing Bose Ultra Open Earbuds

“They stay in/on my ears, and they're so comfortable that I honestly forget I'm wearing them.”

- JEM

Woman wearing Bose Ultra Open Earbuds

Press, play, enjoy.

Simple, satisfying button controls make it easy to switch between stereo and immersive modes. Doesn’t matter if you’re getting ready or getting groceries — Auto Volume works like magic to keep your music audible even as the volume of your surroundings change.²

Features

Bose Ultra Open Earbuds in their charging case
  • Immersive Audio
    Spatialized sound puts you in the music.
  • OpenAudio technology
    Rich, high-quality, private sound.
  • SimpleSync
    Pair seamlessly with Bose smart soundbars and speakers.
  • Go ahead, listen longer.
    Up to 7.5 hours of play time (up to 4.5 hours with Immersive Audio)¹ or up to 48 hours of standby,³ and up to an extra 19.5 hours of battery life in the charging case.⁴
  • Bose Music app
    Take personalization even further with Adjustable EQ settings in the Bose Music app. Control bass, mid-range, and treble levels as you go.

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¹ Testing conducted by Bose in October 2023 using production-representative Bose Ultra Open Earbuds playing IEC 60268-1 pink noise using A2DP Bluetooth audio streaming at an RSSI of 75 dBm. Volume was set to a playback loudness of 75 dBA and 3-band EQ was set to zero. With Immersive Audio off, playback time was up to 7.5 hours before battery depletion. With Immersive Audio on, playback time was up to 4.5 hours before battery depletion. Battery life varies based on settings and usage.

² Available through the Bose Music app.

³ Testing conducted by Bose in October 2023 by removing fully charged production-representative Bose Ultra Open Earbuds from a Bose Ultra Open Earbuds charging case, connecting to a phone with no content playing, and maintaining connection until earbud battery depletion.

⁴ Testing conducted by Bose in October 2023 by inserting production-representative Bose Ultra Open Earbuds with battery depleted (to the point of no audio playback) into a fully charged Bose Ultra Open Earbuds charging case and charging earbuds to 100% (or until the case battery was depleted). Then, the earbuds played IEC 60268-1 pink noise using A2DP Bluetooth audio streaming at an RSSI of 75 dBm until battery depletion. Volume was set to a playback loudness of 75 dBA and 3-band EQ was set to zero. Testing repeated until the case battery was depleted. Additional earbud playback time added through case charging was 19.5 hours with Immersive Audio off and 12 hours with Immersive Audio on.

Ratings and Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best open ear earphones It is what I would expect from a Bose product - innovative and stylish design. The price is premium for a small device but I think it’s worth it. It delivers on its advertised exceptional sound quality for an open ear earphone and ease of use. It also clips on the ear very comfortably and securely. I bought this to use at work and at the gym and it’s exceeded my expectation with regards to sound quality. Battery life is satisfactory as well - on stereo mode it lasts my ten hour work days, on immersion mode it lasts around 6 hours. In summary, I knew what I wanted from an earphone which is to hear pleasant music while still being aware of the sounds around me and being able to have it on the ear comfortably for a long time. To potential buyers, I would advise to know what you’re getting and not from an open ear earphones. Open ear earphones and plugged in earphones have different benefits so there’s no point in comparing them. Don’t expect big bass nor noise cancellation as what plug in earphones have or the ones that almost completely block the ear canal. I’ve been buying open ear earphones and this is the best.
Date published: 2024-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love there earbuds!!! I wear hearing aids and I have to listen to music when I workout. Over the ear headphones are great but to bully and they make my head sweat. Because of the tinnitus in my right ear I can no longer wear inside the ear earbuds. These new earbuds fit perfectly and sound great. I am getting use to not having noise canceling like my other headphones. Extremely happy with these earbuds.
Date published: 2024-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have had them maybe a month I love them. Easy to get on and you hardly know they are there. I haven’t figured out how to answer a call while wearing them. But the sound is good as always with Bose products.
Date published: 2024-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best earbuds ever I bought these earbuds a few weeks ago and it's the second best purchase I have made. The first best purchase was the Bose speaker i bought! I have told everyone about them!
Date published: 2024-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most comfortable earbuds with great sound The most comfortable with great sound. I just got these about a week ago. The only thing I’ve noticed is my particular right earpiece doesn’t hold a charge as long and doesn’t seem to have the same volume level as the left, but I haven’t tried the calibration yet.
Date published: 2024-07-03
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