The Bose Soundsport Pulse Wireless headphones have been quite surprising, both in terms of comfort and sound quality. For me personally, this was the first Bose product that I have used and also my first wireless headphones. I typically prefer wired ones and still do. However, my first impressions were quite positive. Inside the box you will find two different sized ear covers, and one already attached, as well as a carrying case. The box also contains a quick start guide. The full manual can be found online.
When I first wore them, the Bose Soundsport felt different, especially if you do not like the silicon cup style for headphones. For reference, my normal headphones are the standard in-ear design, so I had to adjust to the design. After about 30 minutes or so, it literally felt like I was not wearing anything nor were they heavy. I was really excited about that because at first they look like they would not be comfortable during prolonged listening sessions. Additionally, I have not tried them during workouts yet, but hopefully I will soon. One thing I will mention is that that the cord length, while perfect for running as you would not have to deal with a cord flapping all over the place, it is just a tad bit too short. This was the only gripe that I had with them. Thus, controlling the volume or the microphone was bit difficult. I wish they would have added another inch or two of cord on both sides. Other than that, they are really comfortable. The heart monitor worked fairly well and connecting to the Bose application was quite simple. I will mention that on my first time using it, the program downloaded an update for the headphones. It took roughly 20 minutes to complete. As for charging, it takes roughly two hours to fully charge and should last 5-6 hours. The headphones have a micro USB port for charging. I also want to mention that it said that any wall charger can be used. I had to verify this as some chargers have a different amp rating and did not want to break them.
As for sound quality, this is probably one of the most subjective areas with discussing music or equipment. For this test, I used pure lossless FLAC files from my personal collection. I verified all of them using a spectrogram and also looked at their frequencies using FFT analysis. Unfortunately, there will always be some sound loss due to the nature of Bluetooth, so I tried to keep that at a minimum by using FLAC even though the phone won't be able to reproduce those higher frequencies. However, I always want the best audio quality and where I can control it, I will. I also included various genres including Rock, Trance, Rap, and Classical. Overall, everything sounds really crisp and clear. I did not have to completely turn up my volume and it was still really loud. On the songs with a lot of bass, it came through quite punchy and did not sound weak at all. Classical music sounded fairly decent. One of my high resolution pieces (96 KHZ/24 Bit) came through quite marvelously. Rock music sounded overall fairly good, although some of the louder songs sounded a bit muddy. One point I forgot to mention was that on my phone, a Sony Xperia Z3+, all of the EQ settings were set to off as well as any audio enhancing setting. I was also using the stock player on Android 5.0.2. From just my tests here, quality wise, I think most will be quite satisfied.
In conclusion, if you are looking for wireless headphones to use while working out, I have no doubt you would be pleased with these headphones. The short cable, while I thought it could be a little bit longer to facilitate the use of the controls, is still more than adequate for working out. As for its price point, if you have used a Bose before, it should not come as a surprise. While it might be a bit steep for some, these do work as intended and sound great. If you can get these, I recommend them and have no doubt they will satisfy your needs.