A second version of Bose’s Sleepbuds in-ear sleep headphones is now available for pre-order. The first Sleepbuds, introduced in the summer of 2018, were discontinued a year later due to battery problems. The headphones are designed to play a library of special tracks that mask outside noise and help you fall asleep.
The second version, Bose Sleepbuds II, features an updated, more efficient antenna, weighs less and features improved patented ear tips for all-night comfort. At a depth of about 8 mm, the headphones do not interfere with sleep, resting your head on the pillow. In this case, the “anti-friction” coating of the headphone case is also provided – it should prevent squeaking when rubbing against the fabric. In addition, the Bose Sleepbuds II are rated IPX4 for water and sweat resistance.
The library of special phonograms in the second version has been increased to 35 tracks. Moreover, a Bose representative said that the patented technology is based on the fact that masking the sound is better suited for sleep, rather than eliminating it. According to Bose, this is the result of specially conducted research.
Almost half of the tracks in the Bose Sleep app are specifically designed to mask noise at frequencies typical of typical disturbing sounds: footsteps, snoring, car engine sounds. In addition, the set of phonograms includes 15 soothing “natural” scenes. Up to 10 tracks from the app can be stored in the headphone memory.
As for the battery, which was a stumbling block for the first version of Bose Sleepbuds, it is now a new NiMH battery that should last for 10 hours. Three more charges will be provided by the aluminum charging case. The Bose Sleepbuds II is scheduled for release on October 6 and will cost $250 in the US.