The Bose SoundSport Wireless is the most comfortable, best overall in-ear Bluetooth sports headphone you can buy right now. The SoundSoundSport Wireless is a very comfortable in-ear wireless Bluetooth sports headphone that’s sweat-resistant and sounds great. The earphones fit securely in your ears thanks to winged tips.
The headphone works decently as a headset for making cell-phone calls and has an auto-off feature to preserve battery life.
With so many smartphones going without headphone jacks these days, it’s wise to invest in a good pair of wireless earbuds.
Especially if you want a pair to wear while exercising: you don’t want a cable dangling down your shirt as you run, or try to do sit-ups.
The Bose SoundSport offer a compromise between wired headphones and true wireless earbuds.
The in-ear modules connect via a cable that sits behind your head, but otherwise connect wirelessly over Bluetooth.
Best of all, they offer Bose’s signature audio quality making them a great set of earbuds whether you’re working out or relaxing at home.
Keep reading our Bose SoundSport review to find out why these are some of the best Bose headphones you can buy.
Bose Soundsport Design
The Bose Soundsport earbuds are some of the bulkiest Bluetooth headphones I’ve worn. At 0.8 ounces, they’re much heavier than the 0.5-ounce Under Armour JBL Wireless Headphones.
Each bud protrudes pretty far, which made me more than a bit concerned they’d go flying out of my ears when I started moving.
Much to my relief, they stayed put, even during runs. A small silicone winglet, which hugs the inner contour of your ear, kept the buds in place no matter what.
Bose also includes two alternate-size wings for different ear sizes.
I found Bose’s earbuds to be more comfortable to wear than the JBL set, which felt much tighter in my ear, no matter which of the inserts I used.
Connecting each bud is a wire, which has in-line controls that can be used to raise and lower the volume, and play, pause or advance tracks.
If the Soundsport is connected to an iPhone, pressing and holding the middle button on the controls will activate Siri.
Another small but reassuring feature was a small clip on the wire, which I hooked onto my collar to make sure that even if the buds popped out, they wouldn’t go too far.
I also found that the clip helped to keep the wire from catching on my neck when I turned my head to the right or left.
Sound Quality and Battery Life
The Bose sound is perfect for this kind of earphone too – the kind of powerful, punchy bass that might get you running that bit faster.
It’s not soupy, sloppy bass that spoils the rhythmic impact of a track either.
For listening in a quiet room it may seem a touch aggressive, but that’s not really what the Bose SoundSport Wireless are for.
These earphones are dynamic and make music sound lively.
They’re fun all round, and while you can get greater tonal fidelity in the bass from a non-wireless pair at the price, the SoundSport Wirelesses don’t come off badly in the comparison.
While the SoundSport Wirelesses don’t have the stellar insight of some earphones at this price, they are among the best-sounding wireless in-ears.
Bose has managed to craft a sound signature with no glaring flaws: no harshness, good detail and no clear focus on one part of the frequency spectrum that might turn some of you off.
Solid dynamics make the music sound lively too: it’s not just down to the fun bass.
The Soundsports’ built-in battery should provide up to 6 hours of playtime; that’s 2 hours longer than the Jaybird Freedom, but 2 hours less than the Under Armour JBL headphones.
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Bose SoundSport Performance
All that said, the sound quality from the Bose SoundSport Free is excellent. There’s a slight warm tilt and the overall presentation is relaxed and laid back.
Bass extends low and offers nice impact without bleeding into the mids. Highs are slightly rolled off to make long listening sessions a breeze and there’s never sibilance.
These are simply great-sounding headphones… at least when you wear them in a quiet environment.
Unfortunately, the sound quality doesn’t matter once you go outside as the open design allows so much external noise in that you’ll never get to appreciate the detail and warmth of the SoundSport Free’s sound.
There is literally no noise isolation, so you can carry a full conversation with these headphones in your ears.
We wished Bose would allow listeners the option to let outside noise like the Sony WF-1000X or Libratone Q-Adapt In-Ear but, for now, no such luck.
The included charging case is a bit bulker than we’d like, but gives the SoundSport Free a combined battery life of about 15 hours.
The earbuds themselves last about 4 to 5 hours in our testing, which is quite good compared to competitors.
Finally, call quality is excellent, with our friends and family reporting that they didn’t even realize that we were wearing wireless headphones.
Audio comes in loud and clear, and our voice was able to be picked up outside without problem.
Frequently Asked Question
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions by Users before making a Purchase. We took our time to answer these questions so you have no need to worry. Check it out!
QUES: Do they block out noise?
ANS: The Bose SoundSport Wireless earbuds don’t block out much external noise. If that’s something you’re interested, you may want to turn your attention to other wireless workout earbuds like the Jaybird Vista, Jabra Elite Active 75t, or even the JLab JBuds Air Icon.
QUES: How do these compare to the Bose SoundSport Free?
ANS: The Bose SoundSport Free is Bose’s debut true wireless earbuds, meaning the buds are not joined by a cable.
Instead, each earbud is independent of the other, and one is designated as the primary receiver which then transmits data to the secondary earbud.
Battery life is much shorter with the Bose SoundSport Free earbuds compared to the SoundSport Wireless, but the charging case provides an additional 10 hours of on-the-go playtime.
Sound quality is very good for true wireless workout earbuds, but it may not be worth the drawback of fickle connection stability.
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