Bose® - SoundSport® Free wireless headphones - Black

Demanding workouts demand SoundSport® Free wireless headphones. They’re completely free of wires, so you’ll enjoy complete freedom of movement. They’re sweat and weather resistant, too. Bose® StayHear®+ Sport tips are designed to stay secure and comfortable all workout long. And the earbuds are packed full of technology that makes your music sound so clear and powerful, you’ll push past your limits.

Headphones Buying Guide
$199.99

Protect your product

Learn about Replacement Plans
Protection Plan Options
Color:
Black
Frequently bought together

Overview

What's Included


  • 3 sizes of StayHear+ sports tips included
  • Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones
  • Portable charging case
  • USB cable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
83% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (874 out of 1057)

Features


Completely wireless, so you’ll enjoy complete freedom of movement.

Sweat and weather-resistant earbuds with an IPX4 rating.

Up to 5 hours per charge. Charging case provides up to 10 hours of additional playtime.

Designed to maximize the strength and reliability of a wireless signal.

StayHear®+ Sport tips on each lightweight earbud stay comfortably and securely in place all workout long.

Volume-optimized EQ and Bose® digital signal processing make music sound full and balanced at any volume.

Track lost earbuds, easily manage Bluetooth® connections and access future updates with the Bose® Connect app.

Take calls using the right earbud. An integrated dual-mic array lets callers hear you clearly, even in noisy environments.

Play or pause tracks and access your phone’s Siri or your Google Assistant™ right from the earbud.

Also available in Blue.


Overall customer rating

4.3
83%
would recommend to a friend

Expert Rating

3.8
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound without dropouts

    Posted
    CraigB
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    Pros Solid Bluetooth connection with extremely rare dropouts Great overall sound range Securely stays in ear Fit is comfortable Weight is barely perceptible while worn Total play time with case is 15 hours Find my headphones can make headphones play a sound if they are in range Tips allow ambient sound in for safety IPX4 sweat resistant Earbuds have all controls needed for music playback and calls Cons No option for noise isolating tips Sweat resistance is listed to decrease with age No equalizer option StayHear+ tips can cause discomfort with extended use Control buttons are tight during initial use The Bose SoundSport Wireless Free are the latest in the sport earbuds from Bose and the first completely wire free. The left and right earbuds work as a pair but without any wires tethering them together. This can be great for those who have problems with the short wire between traditional sport earbuds snagging and pulling them out of the ear. Battery life feels shorter than others at just 5 hours but with the included charging case you have up to 15 hours of use. The case is the only way to charge them and serves as the standard way to turn them on and off. The moment you remove them from the case they turn on and will be ready to use. If left on they will turn off to save battery but the recommended way to turn them off is to place them back in the case. This is most certainly a good idea considering how easily the earbuds could be lost. The SoundSport Wireless Free are larger than normal Bluetooth earbuds because each earpiece needs to house everything it needs within the small casing and it shows. Traditional earbuds could be easily overlooked but the SoundSport Wireless Free looks like you are wearing two old fashion Bluetooth earpieces that were all the rage several years ago. Not much can be done about this so if you are wanting truly wire fee, this cosmetic issue must be accepted first. About the only people who could wear them unnoticed are those will long hair. With as large as they are you would think that they would be very heavy, but they feel surprisingly light during use. You can feel the weight but they feel secure even with rapid head movement. The earbuds are secured in the ear with what Bose calls StayHear+ tips. They are uniquely different from other earbuds tips and only come in three sizes of the same style. For now, this means replacement tips won’t be as easy as buying a universal set from your local electronics store. It also means if you must have noise isolating earbuds you will have to look elsewhere. If you like earbuds to allow ambient sounds for safety, these work great. You can easily hold a conversation while wearing them without yelling. They stay secure by hooking behind the cartilage of your ear so, unlike others, a secure fit doesn’t mean jamming the tip tighter in the ear or wrapping a wire around your ear. This method works well, although some might feel some slight discomfort during extended use. Controls for music, volume, and voice controls via your phone assistant are all on the right earbud. There is a distinct difference between each section making finding the right control by feel easy. Using the controls is a little imprecise as the buttons are quite hard to press. Sometimes when pressing you may tend to initially pull the earbud slightly out of the ear. This creates an adjustment period on becoming accustomed to using the controls. Hopefully with repeated use the buttons will break in. After a couple of days of use, pressure required decreased slightly and control felt easier. Sound quality is something you expect to be great coming from Bose and with the SoundSport Wireless Free they do not disappoint. The most important part of great sound with compact wireless sport headsets where failure is common is keeping a solid connection. Bose claims to maintain a reliable wireless connection with a special antenna design and it seems they have achieved what they claim. A connection to the phone could be maintained walking into the next room of the house while leaving the cell phone in place. Another, more important, test is cross body signal strength. It seems that no matter where the phone was kept on the body, the earbuds kept a strong signal with no dropouts. Bose does not list if they incorporate Bluetooth 5.0 to handle higher quality sound. If they do not, they have done quite well with the limitations of traditional Bluetooth. Bose incorporates what they call a volume-optimized EQ. Whatever the techniques they use they seem to work quite well as sound was very well balanced throughout the range. Unfortunately, if you like to customize the sound to your likely there are no such controls unless your device offers an EQ. If any criticism could be leveled at the automatic EQ is that highs, such as vocals, could be just slightly higher. This is more of a personal preference though. For most, this will not likely be a problem as the default setting does quite well. Of course, any earbuds today will include the ability to place and take calls. Accepting calls is a matter of pressing the play button. You can place a call by pressing and holding down the play button to launch your phone’s assistant. Depending on the assistant of your phone you may have other functionality as controlling music as well as reading and responding to texts. Call quality is not usually a strong point of sport earbuds simply because the microphone is so far away from the mouth. As with others, callers reported I sounded farther away as if I was on a speakerphone. However; generally people reported I sounded closer or clearer than on other sport earbuds used in the past. Durability is an important area for sport earbuds. The SoundSport Wireless Free are IPX4 which means they are sweat and what they call weather resistant. This isn’t the highest rating in sport headphones and some car with water should be taken. A run in the rain is probably not a good idea nor is washing them off under the faucet. This seems to be a side effect of higher sound quality earbuds as other high-end earbuds often have a similarly limitation. Listed within the information is a warning. The IPX4 rating is expected to decrease with age. Overall, the Bose SoundSport Wireless Free earbuds are a solid first time offering from Bose. Although long term durability is hard to gauge, they feel very well made and as though they will last. Use is about as hassle free as you can get allowing you to enjoy using them and the sound they produce. Hopefully as Bose continues to evolve the design the cons will be improved or even eliminated. Even with the cons, there is no reason to avoid enjoying great sound to help keep you motivated during your workout.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound quality marred by video sync issues

    Posted
    KrisOsterhout

    SUMMARY: The SoundSport Free offering from Bose will give you the best quality audio of any truly-wireless headphones to date. The sound is rich, clear, and full. It easily surpasses the audio quality of Apple's offering and provides a far better fit for my ears. Video quality is highly flawed, however. Some apps (namely YouTube) have a serious audio delay of 0.5 to 1 second, making them all but unwatchable. Connection is rock-solid. The headphones have lost signal only once and this was prior to upgrading the firmware. The controls are on the right earbud and they're membrane-style. This makes it difficult to use and is an outmoded design. They are very large and stick out of your ear, so minimalists need not apply. FULL REVIEW: COMFORT: 8/10 These use Bose's proprietary StayHear+ ear tips. Some will love them and others will hate them. They do not sit inside the ear canal like most earbuds. Instead, they sit just outside of the canal, funneling in sound. As a result, they do not provide a seal (more on this in a bit). The ear tips, which are silicone, have a wing on the top that sits inside the cymba of the ear to hold it into place. For my ears, they're very successful. Neither of the units have ever fallen out of my ear nor have they ever came close. They're extremely comfortable for my ear, but the wing tips do provide some pressure which can make them slightly uncomfortable after a few hours of wearing them. Given that they're fairly light (but heavier than most other truly-wireless earbuds), it most likely won't present as a problem for most people. For comparison, I was able to wear the Airpods for no more than 45 minutes at a time before my ears would be screaming in pain. I was able to wear the SoundSport Frees for 3 hours with only minimal discomfort. The Airpods are much lighter, but they have a far inferior fit for my ears and the hard plastic casing makes them supremely uncomfortable for me. I far prefer the comfort of the SoundSport Frees over the Airpods. APPEARANCE: 6/10 These things are huge! Everyone around you will know that you're wearing them. They very noticeably stick outside of your ear and look like you're wearing two old-school bluetooth headsets from the mid-2000's. If you're looking for minimalist design, these are not for you. However, Bose did a good job styling these to look fairly premium. The blue earpieces look rather stylish and, in my opinion, look better than the antennae coming off of the Airpods. This one's almost a toss-up, but I prefer the look of the SoundSport Frees over the Airpods. Design: 7/10 The SoundSport Frees come with a charging case; however, the case is at least twice the size of the Airpods. These do not fit nearly as comfortably as the Airpods' case in your pocket. Bose did, however, make the charging pins magnetic which locks the earpieces into the case. The case is also hard plastic which will help keep your SoundSport Frees safe. The case will provide two additional charges, tripling the stated battery life (with a large catch -- it takes two hours to fully charge the SoundSport Frees). The controls on the SoundSport Frees are almost entirely on the right earpiece. There is a volume-up, volume-down, and multi-function button. These buttons are membrane-style; this is quickly becoming a far inferior and outdated design, and it's easy to see why. You have to press very hard on the buttons on the SoundSport Free to activate them, and this is difficult to do when they're in your ears. Bose needs to carefully consider going to the tap-style controls of the Airpods and Samsung's offering. This is a better, more intuitive control scheme. SOUND: 9.5/10 Admittedly, I am an audiophile. I have extensively listened to some of the world's best speakers and headphones (Bowers and Wilkins 800D, MartinLogan Summit Xs, SonusFaber Aidas, HifiMan HE1000s, etc), and I sold high-end audio for a long time. As a result, I simply cannot listen to low-quality headphones and speakers. With that being said, I do my best to scale down my expectations with the price. You simply cannot expect a $250 pair of earbuds to sound like $50,000 speakers. Simply put, these are the best-sounding pair of wireless earbuds on the market and, possibly, in the top 5 sounding earbuds I've ever listened to. Bose has had a poor reputation in the home audio realm (and rightfully so), but they've found their calling in mobile audio. On first listening to the SoundSport Frees, I was very pleasantly surprised to hear excellent imaging. The next facet that really stood out was the authority of the bass: clear, balanced, and deep. Don't expect these to sound like Beats, however; these have a very flat curve (whereas Beats and other similar offerings are extremely bass-focused). The mid-range is clear, warm, and forward, emphasizing vocals extremely well. Guitars sound friendly and inviting. The piano sounds rich and resonant. Overall, it's very good. Treble is exceptional. You clearly hear small details from songs that you didn't hear before, like symbols, chimes, and the upper-register of the piano. Female voices sound sweet and clear. It's very, very good. Overall, from an audiophile standpoint, these deliver the goods. If you simply want the best sounding truly-wireless earbuds on the market, look no further. Nothing even comes close in my opinion. VIDEO: 2/10 These have a serious, serious audio delay with some video apps. YouTube is an especially egregious offender of this. Even with the latest firmware update (1.4.5), there is very noticeable and, honestly, inexcusable amounts of audio lag. I simply cannot watch YouTube videos with these on. Other apps seem to work fine, but given that I watch most videos from the YouTube app (and I suspect most others do as well), this is a serious flaw. If you plan on using these for video, either choose something else (e.g. Airpods, which have zero audio delay), or wait for Bose to fully fix the problem. ON THE GO: 6/10 How can I rate these so marginally when they're completely wireless earbuds? One word: isolation. These are a semi-open design, meaning that they do not block out most ambient noise. This is not a design fault, however; Bose intentionally made these semi-open for two reasons: to provide better imaging in the music, and as a safety feature. Bose states that this provides those working out a better awareness of their surroundings and, as these are really marketed towards athletes and those working out, I can understand that. It is important, however, to note that these simply aren't suitable for loud environments (subways, airport terminals, etc). A good deal of environmental noise will make it to your ear, requiring you to turn up the volume to almost unsafe levels. Additionally, these earbuds leak out quite a bit of noise. This is exasperated by the fact that the StayHear+ tips do not create a seal in your ear and, instead, rest on the opening of your ear canal. Overall, this design works very well for runners and not so well for those of us who want to wear them on-the-go. Battery life is very good at 4-4.5 hours @ 75% volume. You can most likely squeeze 5 hours out of them if you listen to them at 50% volume, but due to the semi-open design, you most likely won't be able to listen to them at that volume. The provided charging case can triple that life as it's able to charge the SoundSport Frees twice before needing a charge itself. Bose provides a (very short) MicroUSB cable to charge the case. You cannot charge the SoundSport Frees without the case, so don't lose it. The SoundSport Frees are IPX4 rated, meaning they can withstand direct splashes of water from any direction. This also makes them pretty sweat resistant. This is good if you get caught in a sudden rain storm, but I definitely wouldn't shower or swim with them. It's also important to note that Bose states in the user manual that the IPX4 rating will most likely wear with time, making them less sweat-resistant as it ages. OVERALL: 8/10 I really love the Bose SoundSport Frees. My only serious concern is with the audio delay in some apps. Bose is aware of the problem and actively pushing firmware updates to fix it, but as of the date of this review, I still have unacceptable amounts of audio delay in some apps and the sound isolation is poor. I am more than satisfied with the comfort and, especially, the sound quality. If you can live with the limitations and issues of the SoundSport Frees, I suggest you buy a pair.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Truly FREE listening experience.

    Posted
    Fortex

    Intro I thought fully wireless earbuds were just a gimmick until I tried them. The listening experience is truly liberating, and Free. Hence the name of the SoundSport Free. Here’s my very comprehensive review of the earbuds. Sound As anybody would expect from a Bose product, the sound quality is stellar. Overall the sound is warm, with slightly recessed mids. Bass is powerful and treble is tastefully detailed, but still smooth. Soundstage is also surprising; I often start looking around thinking there are sounds coming from the world around me, not just from the earbuds. They sound almost identical to the SoundSport Wireless, but just a little smoother. They block very little sound. I actually really like this, because it allows more awareness of surroundings, and you can still talk to people without needing to pause music or remove an earbud. Comfort & Fit The StayHear+ tip design from Bose has always been one of the most comfortable and stable earbud designs, and the SoundSport Free is no exception. The earbuds go in with one swift motion, and with no need for adjusting, they will “stay here” (haha). However, I found it strange that my ears become slightly sore after roughly two hours of continuous wear. I have used the StayHear+ eartips for many years on my Bose QC20 earbuds with no comfort issues, so I swapped the eartips and that solved my problem. It turns out, the SoundSport Free uses a slightly different “StayHear+ Sport” eartip, which is identical in design but slightly stiffer than the standard StayHear+ tips for increased stability. (The softer, standard StayHear+ tips cost $10 for a pair). I stuck with the standard StayHear+ tips because they were plenty stable for all of my gym, and track & field sprint workouts, and allowed me to wear the earbuds indefinitely… for as long as the battery lasts, of course. Battery Life & Case Speaking of battery life, it is really good. Five hours of listening on a single charge doesn’t sound like much, but the case carries an additional two full charges. So realistically, the SoundSport Free have 15 hours of battery life, which is much more than the 6 hours of the SoundSport Wireless. They charge quick in the case, and the case also charges quickly. Using the earbuds for exercise and for casual listening, I never encountered any frustrations with the battery running out before I anticipated. The case is extremely solid and under no normal circumstance would they fail to protect the earbuds. This does make it a little too heavy to run with in a pocket, because it bounces up and down, but you’ll never need the case to charge the earbuds in the middle of a run anyway. So overall very good on the case and battery life. Usability/Reliability The earbuds have reliable bluetooth connection, with a range of roughly 60 feet with no obstacles from source to right earbud, and 60 feet of range between the left and right earbud. This actually makes the SoundSport Free a great way to share music with a friend. For watching videos: On my phone, there is always a noticeable delay. It’s not unbearably bad, but not ideal. On my laptop, however, the earbuds or laptop somehow figure out how to sync up the audio, and everything is perfectly in-sync with no perceivable lag. I have two small complaints. 1) They only connect to one device at a time, unlike almost all other Bose earbuds and speakers. But it’s not too big of an issue because it is very easy and quick to switch connection between devices. 2) For phone calls and online video/conference calls, audio only comes out the right ear. It’s a little annoying, but again, not a big issue. Design Design wise, they actually look quite good! For some people they stick out of their ears a little, but for me they sit very flush with my ears, and it looks quite slick and futuristic. On the black colorway there’s a beautiful subtle gold glow on the outside. Photos Last but not least, enjoy some photos! You can see the two different eartips I mentioned earlier in my review. The black ones are the StayHear+ Sport tips that it comes with. The white/translucent ones are the (standard) StayHear+ tips. I hope my review helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Time to CUT THE CORD

    Posted
    BiggE
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have to say these are AWESOME no more cord. Freedom Freedom from being tied down having the cord in the way our rubbing on you. These are light weight you can't tell that you have them in your ears. They are sleek design they are small they have great range. I'm impressed with these from the moment i put them on. i enjoy wearing them. So for the GOOD Sound Quality is just AWESOME they are so little but have such a big sound out of them. There really is a lot of deep bass that come from them you would think that you have a pair of over the ear headphones on. Range of these is great i have walked all over the gym and as long as you are in line of sight they will stay connected. The voice there is a prompt voice for when you put them on to let you know your connected and to what device and to let you know the battery life of the Bose. Light weight these are very light i can't tell that i have them in and they are also Sweat and Water Resistant that is great to have because they are not cheap but worth the money to buy. Charging cradle it's little and hold a long charge sleek. If you press the from latch on the cradle it will show you a light indicator that lets you know how much battery life is left i the cradle. That's cool so you don't have to plug your earbuds in to charge with the cord. Just place in the cradle and they will charge. NICE VERY NICE. The app is cool to have let's you connect to the earbuds now it wont let you change any of the sound like if you want to hear it in a pop sound or concert hall sound. But really how many times do you change the sound on these you wont have to the sound is perfect on any kind of music. You can take calls and give voice commands to the device. You can fast forward pause with the earbuds Now there was a little bad on these but nothing major... I did have the left earbud disconnect once or twice but that was easy to reconnect not that bad. I did have one person tell me that they heard and echo when we were on the phone so i did call other people and nobody else had the echo. Now watching a movie with these didn't work so well it was because there was a sound delay half a second or so the mouths were off i don't know if that' because the Bose app is running this that there is a delay. But the music is great. The only other thing is that you can wear just on of the earbuds in and charge the other the bad about that is the one you have to wear is the right one. If you put that on the charger it will disconnect and when I'm at work i can only wear one. One other good thing about these is there is a locate my device so if you lose them you can track them with the Bose app that is cool. I already have a friend going out this week to buy a pair they really liked them. I don't have Bose speakers i really never looked into getting Bose but after this product i'm interested in trying the next product. This is a but have if you need a great pair of earbuds you will be very impressed with these...ENJOY

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Thank you for your review; we are happy to hear that you like them so much! We have good news for you regarding the issue you mentioned. We know truly wireless headphones are subject to some latency between audio and video, but the feedback we received indicated that the product wasn’t performing how we expected.

      A SoundSport Free software update is now available to improve audio-video synchronization for most customers and use situations.  You can download the new software wirelessly through the Bose Connect app or by visiting btu.bose.com on your computer.  This update will benefit customers with Bluetooth devices that fully support Audio Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP) version 1.3 or later.  We have confirmed Apple iPhones and iPads use this protocol and we continue to evaluate other popular Bluetooth devices.  Audio-video synchronization may also vary depending on the mobile app being viewed (e.g. Netflix, YouTube).  We encourage customers to use the most recent software for your mobile apps, Bluetooth devices, and Bose headphones.   

      If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact us directly at our Customer Support Line at 1-800-379-2073. We're open Mon-Fri, 9 AM to 8 PM. Or you can follow us on Twitter @BoseService. Bose

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Bose Quality Sound, Incompatible with Windows 10

    Posted
    Tyler

    I've been buying Bose products since I was in middle school (a long, long time ago) and this is the only disappointing Bose product I've ever bought. Overall, the SoundSport Free headphones have good audio quality for a totally wireless headphone, but I think the flaws outweigh the benefits (if it was compatible with Windows 10 my rating would be at least 4/5 stars). These headphones are completely incompatible with Windows 10 because of a bug which Bose was made aware of in November 2017 (if not earlier) and has failed to fix. The first time you connect these headphones they will work perfectly in both ears on Windows 10. The second time - every other time you try and use them on Windows 10 it will not work. If you're lucky, the right headphone will play audio when connected to Windows 10. But usually neither headphone will work when connecting to Windows 10. I have updated the headphones to the latest firmware, all my computer drivers are up to date, and I've tried every suggested troubleshooting tips on Bose's troubleshooting guide and Bose's community forums, in addition to playing around with Windows 10 bluetooth settings. If you want to read more about this issue (it's a widespread issue), just google it. From this issue alone, I want to return the headphones and if I am unable to return them I will probably not purchase a Bose product again. In addition, the first time I used my headphones with Windows 10, there was a solid 1-2 second lag if you pause/resume, skip, adjust volume, etc. At least Bose publically acknowledged this issue and are trying to improve it, unlike the Windows 10 general connection issue. I have not had a single problem connecting to bluetooth on my iPhone. There is a slight lag when you change the volume, pause/resume, etc. but it is not bad. As far as calls from my iPhone, everyone I spoke with said they could hear me well. I could hear everyone well too. However, I wish there was an option where you can play audio from both headphones while on a call instead of the right one only. As far as use of the Bose Connect app on my iPhone it is buggy. It is functional when it comes to updating the firmware, but I have trouble connecting the app to my headphones. I will be listening to Spotify from my iPhone via the SoundSport Free's with no problem, but then it will tell me my phone is not connected to the headphones even when I am listening to the music. Then, it will take 2-3 connection attempts before it will actually show it is connected to my phone on the app. The "Find my Buds" feature on the app is nice, but the location could be more precise. It would be a nice if you could adjust how often to update the "Find my Buds" location for battery conservation. Would be nice if there was a "Find my Charger" setting in the next version. Battery life is not the best. According to Bose, they last up to five hours. In my expirence it is more like four or less without blasting the headphones at a high volume. However, if you don't listen to your headphones nonstop for four hours you can throw them in the case for 15 minutes and it'll greatly extend the battery life. If you frequently listen to your headphones for hours on end, I'd recommend getting a second pair of headphones or buying a different headphone. As far as audio quality for a wireless headphone they are outstanding. Audio is crisp and clear. Plenty of bass to help you power through your workouts. Definetely Bose quality audio from a wireless headphone. These are the best in ear Bose headphones I have had in terms of fit. However, I don't think they are sturdy enough to run with on a treadmill or any type of high intesnity, agility workout, etc. I can easily see them falling out of my ears on the treadmill and breaking. They are sturdy enough to do just about any type of weightlifting exercise. As far as the battery case, it charges well. The indicator lights for both the headphone charging status and case charging status are a nice feature. I like how you can tap the button on the case and it displays the charge level. Easy to operate. The charging cord is way too short (shortest charging cord I've ever seen). Adding even six inches to the charging cord would make a world of difference. If you want to plug the battery case into a wall (wall adaptor sold seperately), most of the outlets in a standard home are too far off the ground for the charger cord to be plugged in them unless you want your case to dangle in the air messing up the port becaus the cable is too short to reach the floor. You need a table or counter within 5 inches of the outlet or forget about using a wall adapter to charge the case and plug it in your computer instead. Wish the case was water resistant. It is a sleek looking case, but it would be nice if it wasn't engineered in the perfect shape to slide out of your pocket at the gym and lose. Would be nice if there was a clip like other Bose headphone cases so you won't lose it. Lastly, I read someone said people call them Frankenstein at the gym because of how far these headphones sit outside your ears and how big they are. It is true they look ridiculous in your ears when you wear them. First time I saw them in my ears I immediately thought people will think I have giant black guages in my ears from far away. But I don't see much bose could do about this unless they came out with a version that wrapped around the back of your ear. They are a comfortable fit though. Overall, great sound quality, incompatible with Windows 10, and okay battery life. Recommendations to Bose for your future release (or perhaps maybe a special edition or SoundSport Free+): fix windows 10 compatibility issue, improve battery life, heart rate monitor (they are "sport" headphones after all), more secure fit for running, and a red color.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BOSE Clearly at the Top of Their Game - Again

    Posted
    BADog
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    DISCLAIMER: These earbuds have been tested using a Samsung Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus, and a Windows 7 laptop. BOSE continues to be on top of their game. These wireless headphones are truly completely wireless and sound great. PROS: • NO wires, not even connecting to each earbud. This eliminates getting hung on collars and mere wire annoyance. • Incredible sound. All frequency ranges are covered well and bass hits when needed. • Easy BT connectivity. Easy to connect via the Bose Connect app. • Earbuds charge magnetically via battery charging case for on-the-go charging (2 full extra charging cycles). Since these buds don’t last but 4-5 hours, they may need to be charged on the go when you don’t have a power connection. Instead of having to bring a backup charging battery, the case IS that battery. The case is slightly bigger than a roll of quarters. • Good BT range. If staying in “line-of-sight”, BT (bluetooth) range was good up to around 50’. However, once a wall was encountered, 25-30’ was the max (normal BT range). • Battery indicators on both the battery case and earbuds when case is opened. Each white dot on the front of the case represents 20% of battery life on the case itself. When opened, each bud has a white light that signifies if it is charging or not. Simple concept…. • Automatic BT pairing after removing from case. You don’t have to put the earbuds in pairing mode – it’s automatic. If it’s already paired with a device in range, it automatically connects and states what it’s connected to in the right earbud by spelling out the device name. • Case locks shut – the case shouldn’t open if dropped. As a matter of fact, you have to press the button completely in all the way before it will open… that’s a slight con. A magnetic case closure seems to be a better idea, however it would likely pop open if dropped. • FIND MY EARBUDS!!! If you lose an earbud (or 2), they have GPS built-in so you can find them using the BOSE connect app – assuming they are still powered up. • Tight fit. They won’t come out of your ear when running, jumping, and other normal activities. CONS: • BT antennas can act flakey. While wearing, I can cup my hand over the earbud or put my hand on the side of my head at times, and the covered ear may cut out its sound. It’s a bit strange given the fact that the earbud’s signal to the other earbud goes through your head – but covering it up causing the sound to go out sometimes. • Buttons slightly tough to press. The main vol/select buttons on the right ear are durable but slightly hard to depress. This is not a huge deal, but having a slightly easier button to press would be nice. • After a long time, earbuds can become slightly uncomfortable in ear. After about an hour, you may need to take out of your ear to give your ear a break and then put them back in. The monotonous feeling in the ear where the wing is can cause a little discomfort. • No wall charger included. With the money spent on any BOSE product, a wall charger should be provided. There isn’t always a computer handy with USB ports, and you may want to charge the case up somewhere not by a computer. If you have plenty of other devices that comes with USB wall chargers, this obviously isn’t a problem unless they are also being used. • Phone calls are right earbud only. I have a couple other brands (wired and wireless) where calls are in stereo – much more comfortable to listen to and doesn’t overload one ear. • Volume levels vary per device. This was tricky. When testing on a Note 8, the volumes of the earbuds (BOSE app) were aligned with the volume of the Note 8 itself. That was fine because everything was synced up. However, when using the Samsung Galaxy S7 Plus, the volumes of the app and the volume of the phone (media) did not sync up at all. In this state, the S7 was actually able to increase the volume dB level about 2-3 more pushes of the volume increase button on the earbuds. In the end, the MAXIMUM VOLUME WAS LOUDER USING THE S7 PLUS THAN USING THE NOTE 8. Of course, if you don’t have multiple platforms to test between, you’d never know that. I am not certain of the volume levels when paired with Apple devices. • Still a little large in size. The earbuds poke out of your ear quite a bit but luckily stays secure with the wing attachments. With the technology and batteries in each piece, I’m not sure how much smaller they can go and still have battery life that is desired. • Only 2 colors available right now – 1) black 2) blue. If you want anything else, you may appear out of luck unless a new color is released. Overall, one of the best set of wireless earbud sets around, if not THE best. The construction of the earbuds appear well built as it was with its predecessor. I can’t confirm how well they work with wetness/sweat as I generally don’t wear them for that purpose. However, not having a wire flinging around or attached to your clothing has to be a plus. I highly recommend! Great job, BOSE!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable, amazing sound and wireless!!

    Posted
    Gizmo
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    To save you the suspense of reading my whole review for an opinion, my first impression of these are “WOW…these earphones are magical!”. The engineers at Bose somehow managed to get the sound quality exactly or very close to the SoundSport wireless headphones (bluetooth with a wire connecting the 2 earphones) I’ve been using, but without the wire! Setup: These wireless earphones are a pleasure to use they are easy to setup and easy to get into the ear into the right position for great sound. Simply insert into your ear and twist, the oval shape of the rubber piece wedges itself securely into your ear. These come with 3 sets of rubber inserts, small medium and large. Medium is installed when it arrives. They’re pretty snug and never felt like they would fall out. Whether I was walking cross town or running on a treadmill, these hung on comfortably. Battery life: The case that the earphones are stored in also provides a charge. With a full charge, the earphones can last up to 5 hours, this seemed accurate in my tests. The case can charge the earphones fully 2 times, an additional 10 hours of use. Alternatively, a 15 minute charge in the case provides 45 minutes of use. On the case itself, there are 5 LED’s to let you know how much battery is left in the case. Performance: I put these water resistant earphones to the test at the gym, during my commute to and from NYC and in the office. Like other Bose bluetooth products, these connected easily to my phone and other devices. The button on the left earphone allows you to switch devices your connected to. The buttons on the right are very intuitive, volume increase and decrease, there’s a multifunction button in the middle that allows you to control music, press once to start/stop music, 2 quick presses to skip songs and hold down for 2 seconds to assess Siri or other AI. There is no “off” button. They turn off when placed in the charging case or if you set the down for several minutes. As I said earlier, I found the sound quality to very good, very good low and mid levels and loud enough to drown out most of the ambient noise on my bus commute. If I were to give it a sound rating on a scale of 1-10, I would say these are 8. For comparison purposes, I'd say the standard apple headphones that came with my phone are a 4. The Bose Connect app has a Find my location” function in case you misplace your earphones. It’ll show you in the map where your earphones were last detected and can play a loud chime to help you find it. This is useful only if you misplaced somewhere in the house or apartment, not if they’re stolen. Don’t get this confused with “find iPhone’ feature. Overall, I love these headphones, they sound great for music, games, Netflix videos etc. Now that I’ve tried both wired and wireless headphones, wireless is really nice, but occasionally it is more convenient to have a wire. For example, when you want to dangle 1 earbud off your ear to order coffee or to speak to someone. With the wirelss, you would have to take it off and hold them in your hand or pocket and hope not to lose it. If you’re in the market for a pair of wireless headphones, these should be the first ones you check out! Pros: - voice prompts letting you know status of connectivity and battery life - Excellent sound quality, especially for a wireless earbud Cons: - Occasionally, after prolonged use, >2 hours, I found my ear ached a bit. I think this is due to the pressure that the rubber inserts puts on your ear in order to stay lodged in. I noticed it more when I first started using these, but it seemed to go away after I got used to It. - When using the headphones to speak on the phone, only the right one has sound coming from it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly What I've Been Waiting For!

    Posted
    mstanleynh
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    My Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones showed up this week and I couldn't be happier after giving them a full testing. I've been looking for wireless earbud headphones for a while now and haven't been able to find a pair with great sound, comfort and feature packed...my search is over! The Bose packaging is top-notch as with all of their products, well thought out and protects the equipment well. In terms of a quick start guide, it's really brief and directs you to the BoseConnect app for set up. What's in the box: earbuds, charging case, charging cable, S, M and L earpieces and paperwork. Set up was very easy, I already have the Bose Connect app on my iphone, so all that is needed is to take the earbuds out of the charging case and swipe down on the app. Voila, they were connected and ready to use. Bose shipped them fully charged and the charging case was pretty much fully charged as well. I popped them in with the medium earpieces already installed and they fit perfectly. Bose includes small and large earpieces in the box so they can be adjusted for a perfect fit. After a quick review of the online tutorial, I fired up SiriusXM and started cranking tunes! The sound quality is outstanding and rich with full base without being over-the-top like so many of the other headphones out there. I had my wife call so we could check on the call quality. These headphones are set up so the phone is fully operated within the right earphone...the control and mic are both on the right side and the call is also only on the right side. Not a big deal, but was hoping for the call to come across in both. The quality of the call was very good, my wife said it came across very crisp and clear on her iPhone. Next, I ran a quick 3 miles to see if they would hold in place and sound the same outside. The earbuds stayed in position even with a bit of sweat and the connection was solid from both my iPhone and my Apple Watch. Now I can run with just my watch and these headphones and still stay in touch with the outside world...if wanted! Pros - great quality Bose construction, fit and functionality - easy to setup and use right out of the box with the Bose Connect app - included portable charging case for additional battery life - Find My Headphone feature to locate either the right or left earbud via mapping and sounds - Phone calls are easy to manage and with excellent sound quality - Stays in place and are comfortable - Never lost connection, even with going in other rooms in my house Cons: - Phone calls are in right earbud only, was hoping for stereo to make it easier to hear calls while active - Charge cable could be a tad longer, it's only about a foot and hung from a couple of the outlets I charged it on...works perfectly on a laptop or charging station though. I would highly recommend these wireless headphones if you're looking for great sounding, comfortable headphones that have plenty of features and support calling. They stay in place when active and have multiple sizing options to fit most everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

Click to visit alaTest website
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about treble quality, sound, durability and usability. Editors are less positive about noise isolation and portability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 96/100 = Excellent quality.
  • Stuff (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5March 16, 2018
    Bose SoundSport Free review
    Bose's truly wireless in-ears fall just short of sporting greatnessFull Review
  • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 3.5 out of 5Richard Easton on March 8, 2018
    Bose SoundSport Free
    Bose SoundSport Free review: Bose's first truly wireless headphones are designed for sport but a chunky design and fiddly controls mean these aren't perfect.Full Review
  • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 3 out of 5Lewis Leong on March 7, 2018
    Bose SoundSport Free True Wireless Earbuds review
    Wireless earbuds built for quiet environmentsFull Review
  • What Hi-Fi? (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5What Hi-Fi? on March 6, 2018
    Bose SoundSport Free review
    Bose's truly wireless in-ears are almost the perfect package.Full Review
  • Alphr (UK)Rating, 3 out of 5Jonathan Bray on March 1, 2018
    Bose SoundSport Free review: A better-sounding alternative to Apple's AirPods
    Great sound and impressive features, but these headphones aren't ideal for outdoor activitiesFull Review
  • Pocket-lint (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5Cam Bunton on February 21, 2018
    Bose SoundSport Free review: The best wire-free sports earphones by a mile
    While they don't have some of the smart fitness features you get in the likes of the Lifebeam Vi or Jabra Elite Sport, the SoundSport Free areFull Review
  • Tech Advisor (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Chris Martin on February 20, 2018
    Bose SoundSport Free review
    Bose has done a good job with its first pair of truly wireless earbuds, but they're not as sporty as we expected. Check out the new SoundSport Free in-ear headphones.Full Review
  • CNETRating, 3.5 out of 5David Carnoy on November 22, 2017
    Bose SoundSport Free review
    Apple's AirPods may have dominated the totally wireless headphone market since their release but some compelling alternatives, including the Bose SoundSport Free, have hit the market in recent months.Full Review


Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.