Bose® - SoundSport® Pulse wireless headphones - Power Red

Push your workout to the next level with Bose® SoundSport® Pulse wireless headphones. Designed with a built-in heart rate sensor, these in-ear headphones make it easy to track your performance without missing a beat of your music. Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones stay secure with StayHear®+ Pulse tips designed for stability even during intense workouts. Connect to your device easily with Bluetooth® and NFC pairing, and use the inline mic and remote to control volume, skip tracks and take calls. Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume. SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones are sweat and weather resistant to hold up to rigorous activity, and the lithium-ion battery provides up to 5 hours per charge. The Bose Connect app helps you manage your paired devices and gives you real-time heart rate readings. SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones can also be used with many popular fitness apps. Available in Power Red.

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What's Included


  • Bose® SoundSport® Pulse wireless headphones
  • 3 sizes of StayHear+ Pulse tips
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying case
  • Quick start guide

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (528 out of 587)

Features


Built-in heart rate sensor makes it easy to track your performance.

Bluetooth® and NFC pairing so you can connect to your devices wirelessly.

StayHear®+ Pulse tips provide a secure and stable fit for your most intense workouts.

Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume.

The Bose® Connect app gives you real-time heart rate readings, and continually adds more functionality to your headphones.

Compatible with many popular fitness apps.

Sweat and weather resistant for rigorous activity.

Lithium-ion battery gives you up to 5 hours per charge.

An inline mic and remote lets you easily control volume, skip tracks and take calls, all without reaching for your device.

Available in Power Red.

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Customer rating

4.5
90%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.5

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Sound, A Little Bulky

    Posted
    mikeheel
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    I have been experimenting with the new Bose SoundSport Pulse earbud-style headphones for a couple of weeks. I have compared them to another quality set of in-ear headphones I use as well as some high-end on-ear headphones. The end result - The Bose SoundSport Pulse is an excellent headphone. The sound reproduction is very clear. It doesn't get bogged down with too heavy a bass, nor does suffer from distortion at the higher ranges. The aural template is very pleasing. I used the Pulse headphones in conjunction with the Bose Connect app on my Android phone. The app is also available on iOS. While the app is somewhat stark, it functions well. When you use the app, you also get heart rate monitoring (relayed to the app on your phone), which seemed pretty accurate based on comparisons to self tests and my Fitbit Surge. I had hoped the Pulse would include active noise cancelling technology, but it does not appear to, unless I have missed it. I have not found any reference to noise cancelling, and it clearly doesn't block out most noises around you. I understand the intent is that these will largely be worn during exercise or running, so you need to hear what's going on around you for safety reasons. Still, there are active noise cancelling technologies that will block loud sounds while allowing normal sounds to permeate the device; this is what I had hoped for with the Pulse. The Pulse uses an interesting (and comfortable) wing fit to nestle in the ear. Bose calls these StayHear+ Sport Tips. They seem to keep it secure and comfy. It comes with three sets of interchangeable tips to get the right fit for your ear. The cable connecting the two earbuds has a multi-function volume rocker that works well. I had no complaints about using the Pulse for voice as well as music. The cable also has a clip you can use to secure it to your shirt or neckband. The Pulse also comes with a nice little carry case that has a plastic carbiner clip. I presume it is plastic to save weight, but I thought the carbiner felt cheap. The Pulse charges fairly quickly and holds a charge well. I had read battery life is rated for 5 hours, and I consistently got a little better than that. In terms of design, the Pulse looks bigger and more bulky that I expected, but they were not at all heavy or uncomfortable. I have a bad knee and a bad ankle, so I don't jog and cannot comment on whether the bulk would be an impediment for wearing them while jogging. Pros: - Quality sound reproduction - Comfortable fit - Workout friendly pulse monitoring Negatives: - Bulky design - No noise cancelling Essentially, this is almost identical to the non-Pulse version except this one adds a heart rate monitor, loses about an hour of battery life, and costs $50 more. It's a nice headphone. If you find the heart rater monitoring beneficial (and the heart rate monitoring from the ear is supposed to be more reliable than what you might get from a wrist wearable), then go for it. If you don't need the heart rate monitoring, I might stick with the non-Pulse model by Bose. Regardless, you get great sound with either model.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Audio Quality and Comfort

    Posted
    lambda100
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    I love to listen to music while jogging and working out. I've always used wired earbuds where the wire would get in the way or the earpiece would not stay put from the sweat. Needless to say I was eager to ditch the wires, and I could not wait to see what the Bose Soundsport Pulse Wireless headphones had to offer. The headphones come packaged very nicely with an outer cover that slides off to reveal a hard black protective box with the headphones inside. In addition to the wireless headphones, the other contents include a usb charging cable, a zippered pouch to store the headphones, a total of three sizes of ear tips (the medium size tips are attached to the headphones, while the large and small tips come in its own plastic packaging), and supporting documents (warranty information, safety instructions, user manual). With three different sizes of ear tips you will hopefully find the one that fits. The headphones are secured to the ear with the combined action of the wing tip that attach to the ridge in the ear and the oval shaped part that is inserted into the outer ear canal. The material of the earpiece is silicone. I was surprised at how comfortable and light the headphones felt, almost forgetting that I was still wearing them after several hours of having them on. Bose is known for comfort and these definitely do not disappoint. Upon putting on the headphones you will notice how much of the environment you still hear through the earpiece. The earpiece fits snugly in your ear, but without forming a really tight seal. These headphones are not designed to isolate ambient/background noise, only slightly muffling your surroundings. However, this is an advantage not a disadvantage as someone who exercises outdoors will tell you. While exercising outdoors you will want to be able to hear your surroundings especially being able to hear vehicles when crossing streets or if someone engages you in conversation. If you are interested in active noise canceling wireless earbuds, Bose has the QuietControl 30 earbuds. The headphones have an inline remote with microphone and buttons for playing/pausing/skipping tracks and adjusting volume. The buttons are stiff, so you will have to press with a bit of force to get the button to respond. The mic works well. People on the other line heard my voice clearly. The audio quality of the Soundsport Pulse wireless headphone is impressive for a bluetooth headphone, given the inherent data compression and sound quality losses of bluetooth compared to a wired set of headphones. There is a good balance of high, mid, and low frequencies. Bass is powerful and tight without being overpowering. Overall sound quality is crisp. I'm sure there is some quality loss, but I was unable to discern any appreciable loss in sound quality compared to a wired set. The lithium ion battery lasted me a little over 5 hours of listening pleasure. This is right in line with the spec of 5 hours per charge. The remaining battery life is indicated by a computerized female voice upon powering up the headphones, or alternately by a battery meter in the Bose Connect app, which can be downloaded for free from the app store. Now to get to the 'Pulse' part of the headphone. These headphones are distinguished from the Bose Soundsport Wireless headphones by the 'Pulse' in their title. There is a heart rate sensor that is embedded in the left earpiece. It works with many fitness apps, but I tried it with the Bose Connect app. Your heart rate is conveniently displayed on your smartphone or tablet and you can monitor it during or after your workouts. It a nice feature to have for your workouts. With respect to wirelessly pairing the headphones via bluetooth or NFC, I found no issues when pairing to my android tablets and smartphones. The headphones paired seamlessly with no drops in connections. You will hear a computerized female voice when pairing and connecting the headphones with your host devices. With the Bose Connect app, the voice can also be programmed to one of several different languages. Okay, so how did these headphones actually do in practice during my jogging and workout routines? They work very well. Through sweaty jogging sessions and workout routines, they stayed securely on my ears. I was able to listen to my music, while being able to hear my surroundings. The headphones are comfortable; I did not have to make much adjustment when exercising. And best of all, the audio quality is superb and the fact that it is wireless, made the workouts that more enjoyable. In summary, the Bose Soundsport Pulse wireless headphones set a very high bar in terms of audio quality and comfort. They are priced at the higher end of the market, but for those willing to accept no compromises in audio quality and comfort, and desire a set of wireless headphones that can deliver through demanding workouts, these headphones should be at the top of your list or already in your shopping cart!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bose vs Beats

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    TonyMSP
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    Pros: Comfortable fit, great sound, and heart rate tracking. Cons: Battery life could be better If youre looking at these bose wireless headphones, chances are that you are also looking at the beats wireless as well. Both are similarly priced so why should you get one over the other? Owning both pairs, I can tell you that both the bose and beats wireless are great headphones but with a few key differences. For the next few points, I will be comparing them against one another. Fit Winner: Tied Both fit pretty well. The bose fits within the ear while the beats fit over the ear. Both do a great job in keeping the ear buds in while working out, running, etc. I do find that putting the bose into my ear a bit more easier than the beats. Both comes with small, medium, and large ear canal cones to ensure a great seal. Battery Winner: Beats Beats has a rated 6 hour battery and the Bose soundsport pulse has a 5 hour rating. This is probably due to the extra power it takes to measure your heart rate. Still plenty of battery life for going to the gym, around the house, etc for a few days between charging. Sound Winner: Tied! I'll explain. At first test, my Beats are tons heavier in bass. This is a character Beats are known for. But they lack in mid-tones and hours upon hours of listening could get tiring with the heavy bass. Bose on the other hand, are more balanced. Still have bass but not as much as the Beats. Still more bass than the standard iphone headphones. Do you want more bass or an upgrade in sound to the iphone OEM wired headphones? Features Winner: Bose What the Bose had that the Beats doesn’t have is the ability to read your pulse. It uses a sensor that touches your inner ear. I'm not 100% sure if that’s more or less accurate than a wrist or chest mounted strap but it does read my heart rate in real time. Compared to my Apple Watch and Polar Watch with chest strap, the Bose has a faster heart rate refresh rate and all within a beat or 2 from one another. The Ultimate Winner: BOTH! The Beats and the Bose have their own special uses. When im running and just want to get a few miles in, I reach for the Beats with the heavy bass. I listen to high energy pop music so the Beats' bass keeps me motivated. When im sitting on a train or a buss, I reach for the Bose as the more balanced sound is more ideal but punchier in bass than standard headphones. When im on a cardio machine looking to keep my heart rate in a specific zone and don’t feel like wearing a chest strap, I reach for my Bose to keep an eye on my heart rate. There is a caveat with the heart rate feature though. There are only a few apps out at the time of this review that even supports the heart rate function so your favorite workout app that tracks calories burned, etc is probably not currently supported. The Bose app simply shows your heart rate without any kind of meaningful insights. I do know it works with runkeeper app so youre in luck if you use this app. Summary: If I had to only have one set of wireless headphones, I would vote for the Bose. Its well balanced and enough bass to satisfy bass heavy songs. You wont be disappointed. I hope you found this review helpful!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must Have!

    Posted
    k1zit
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    I recently received these earbuds for review and I have to say -- these are my new favorite portable bluetooth earbuds. They are BY FAR, the most comfortable bluetooth earbuds my ear canals have had the pleasure of experiencing. I thought long and hard on whether to give this product 4 or 5 stars and ultimately, I had to give credit where credit is due and gave it 5 stars. I will touch on why I contemplated docking a star at the end of this review. Sound: Flat and mostly neutral with tight, crisp bass. I was floored with the level of vocal clarity on these buds. The instruments also sounded very crisp. Due to these earbuds sounding neutral and utterly clean, I feel they are best paired with dance, pop, hip/hop, progressive, and classical type music genres. Rock still sounded great but the aforementioned genres is where these buds really shine. The bass was also impressive to me because it was not overwhelming and did not sound muddy. Nor did it overpower the vocals or instruments. These have quickly become my new daily driver and I haven't picked up my other leading competitor headsets since I got these. Comfort: As previously mentioned, the silicone included ear tips are simply second to none. They are the most comfortable headsets I've ever used. I used these at work for several 6 hour sessions and not once did they bother me. I also liked that it never felt like they got sweaty or heavy which is something common when wearing earbuds for long periods of time. I also like the included clip on the back part of the wire which allows you to effortlessly clip them to your collar. This kept them secure and allowed me to let them dangle over my collarbone (when not listening to music) without having to worry that they would fall at some point. Functionality: The heart rate sensor was a nice touch. You have to use the "Bose Connect" app to see your heart rate bpm. This is a great addition considering these are "sport" headphones and will likely be used in a gym. The built-in pause/play & track buttons work great, however, there is a little side to side play when you press down on the forward/reverse track buttons. Would have been nice to have more rigid buttons but it's a minor gripe. One of my favorite features is how fast the earphones turn on and off. You simply hold down the power button for about half a second. With other competitor bluetooth earbuds I've tried, I have to hold down the power button for about 3-4 seconds to turn it on/off which can get a little annoying over time. Construction & Design: The earbuds are made of a premium plastic and feel sturdy enough to take a beating. They don't exactly exude top notch grade materials, but they feel like quality earbuds. However, here is where I almost docked a star for this product. The earbuds are rather....large. At least compared to other competitor sport headphones. Due to it's bulky form factor, it's somewhat lacking in the aesthetics department. With all that said, they surprisingly stayed on during several workouts involving high intensity cardio. Surprisingly, albeit it's bulky construction, they are incredibly light and never fell out. If larger earbud housings is the small price I have to pay for the type of sound that these headphones deliver, I have no problem with that. Battery: Battery is good overall. What you'd expect from Bose. Nothing ground-breaking, but it easily lasted several 6 hour sessions at work. One thing I did love is how fast it charged. Plugged in for about 15 mins and it went from a "very low" battery to 60%. Accessories: Came with an awesome black and red Bose carrying case with an easy to open zipper.The headset came with three different silicone earbud sizes; small, medium, and large. Also comes with a standard USB cable to charge the headset. Overall, I don't think other current competitor headsets hold a candle to this one; at least in terms of sound. And yes, I have the other two major competitor "sport" bluetooth earbuds. If you're looking for some of the best sounding bluetooth buds on the market that you can use for your workouts, or even stationary listening for that matter, I would check these out. Don't forget that these also have a heart rate sensor which I think adds even more value if you're using them at the gym or other workouts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones with a fatal flaw

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    gtdad
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    I am a Bose fan with several of their products including the incredible QC-35 noise cancelling headphones. So when I was looking for Bluetooth headphones to wear while biking I was looking forward to the same great experience that I have had using the QC-35. Unboxing is always a pleasure with Bose products as they always make a great impression. The headphones came with a 70% charge, which it announces to you when you turn it on, which allows you to set it up and use it immediately. The pairing with my phone and tablet were simple quick and familiar as all of this is the same as the QC-35. I immediately downloaded the Bose connect app and it downloaded a firmware update to the headphones. Sitting in the quietness of my home, I was able to listen to music, and use voice commands to make and receive calls and texts. Everything worked perfectly. Speaking in my natural volume, my calls and texts were clear and accurate. Another positive is the comfort. These are so comfortable, you can wear them for hours and I promise you will forget that you are wearing them. They also stay in place even when you try to shake out of your ears, you can't. Battery life is stated at 5 hours and I have exceeded that already. Of course another reason to purchase these is for the heart rate monitoring. I tested this against my heart monitor watch with a chest strap and I found the Soundsport Pulse to be very accurate. Now for the fatal flaw. I went on my first bike ride and I immediately experienced extremely loud wind noise. These headphones stick out of your ear, which I don't mind, but because they do they create a tremendous amount of wind noise. Apparently Bose forgot about aerodynamics when they designed these. The whooshing noise was not only annoying, but completely negated the voice controls. I tried repeatedly to call or text, but my phone could not understand my commands, despite talking as loud as I could. I finally stopped to make call which went through. However, as soon as I started riding the other party could no longer understand me over the whooshing noise. There was a lot of "What?, What did you say? Are you in traffic?". By the time I finished, 1 1/2 hours later, my ears were ringing from being exposed to the wind noise. I did not expect these to block out outside noise, nor did I want that, as I need to hear cars coming from behind me. But I did not expect these to amplify wind noise and be useless for the main activity for which I purchased them. So now I have a nice headphone to wear around my house, or in the gym, but not for the outdoor sport for which they were intended. So I was torn between 5 stars for the excellent comfort and quality, and 1 star for the wind noise which made it useless for biking. So I will settle on 3 stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Soundsport Pulse better than soundsport

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    Pgrillone

    The Bose Soundsport Pulse sound better than the Bose soundsport Let me start by saying, I am not sponsored by any headphone company and I like you have been trying to find the perfect earbud headphone for my personal use. Beats X wireless I first started with the Beats-x, which seemed like the most likely choice for me. These headphones use the W1 chip from Apple, which does do a good job of extending battery life and connection distance. After a couple days I knew I needed to return them, the cord is so long, it kept getting tangled in everything. The sound quality was okay, but I really hated shoving the bud so deep in my ear to get deep sounds. Jaybird X3 wireless Next was the Jaybird X3, best part about this headphone was a shorter cable and those foam earbud attachments. Tried all the sizes, but the buds kept falling out with vigorous activity. Sound was good, thats about all I can say about them. Other than the fact that I don’t know what X3 headphones have all these people been reviewing? Cause mine sure weren't anything special. Powerbeats 3 wireless So back to Beats I went, trying the Powerbeats 3, yup they sure solved the falling out part, but with a contraction that made it look like I was wearing old timer hearing aides. And after a while they were hurting my ears. Bose Soundsport wireless So I thought to myself, let’s try Bose. Went and got the soundsport buds, very comfy, look silly. Sound was good, but the sound quality seemed to diminish after a week. Maybe it was just me, or maybe I got a bad set. Don’t know and don’t care. Bose QC30 wireless By now I had figured out that the Bose had the most pleasing sound and the most comfy fit. So I figured I go up the Bose line and get the QC30. So now I'm spending 300 dollars, how cool are these I thought. The noise cancellation worked good, the sound quality was good, the fit was comfy. I thought I have found them!! Wrong again, that rubber collar around you neck soon becomes the biggest annoyance I could imagine. Well I wasn’t going to be out 300 bucks for something that bugged the heck out of me. Bose Soundsport Pulse So back they went, and exchanged them for the Bose Soundsport Pulse. Now I realize that the only difference between these and the regular soundsport buds is a heart rate monitor, or is it? Best sound I had heard to date and all the same features I mentioned earlier. So to bring this to an end, I am still very happy with the Bose soundsport pulse. I actually think a different technology went into these compared to the normal soundsport, I can't prove any of that but it sure seems that way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Comfort!!!

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    Dragonhunter281
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bose does it again.

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    TechnicallyCorrect
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    I’ve used these for over a month and this is one of the best headsets I have used. First, the setup is very straightforward; pairing only takes a few seconds. There is an app you need to download to take advantage of some features ( more on that later.) One note, the app makes it appear at first you need to go through the app to pair but you do not. Almost immediately after pairing , running the app and putting the headset on , you will hear that the SoundSport Pulse is detecting your heart rate rate The heart rate sensor is compatible with several fitness apps. Overall, beyond reading your heart rate, the app does not have many functions and I really do not see the point of the app from playing a music perspective. Music will not start through the app but can be controlled once it is started . Yes you can skip tracks, increase volume etc but the app is not much beyond that. The Bose app will tell interrupt between songs to tell you “heart rate detected.” SoundSport Pulse seems to work fine when paired via Bluetooth for IOS and Android. I tried both with no issues whatsoever. So let’s look at a point by point features, functions and design. Build quality, look and feel and fit. The SoundSport Pulse is relatively light for it’s size The SoundSport Pulse stays put suprisingly well but you need to make sure you have to have the clip attached because it will everntually fall out of your ears if you are jogging. The ear pieces are not a complete seal, they just “float” in the ear. I know some people may not like this but I think this is intentional since the design the headset is geared to someone using the Soundsport Pulse when exercising. I am sure you would want to hear a car coming when jogging. In a closed enviroment, outside sound is really not an issue. The headset’s overall size is big for an in ear design and it will feel enormous if you are used to the Apple traditional ear pods. You have to get used to the correct position of the ear pieces but once I found the right spot, they are most comfortable I ever felt. Since this is a “sport “ design, the headset is water resistant. I did not put it in water but everything looks water resistant. The only thing to watch out for is to make sure you use the cover to seal the power connecter, I can tell that if this is forgotten that there will be water intrusion. Sound quality, control and power - The sound is simply fantastic. For music, it is clear , hits highs and most of the lows ( you cannot expect much of the low range for ear piece headsets.) Voice clarity is spot on and very clear. Volume is tremendous – it can easily get too loud on the highest setting. There is no active noise cancellation so a loud background will intrude but not too much. There is an inline mic and control. You can adjust volume and skip songs. I find the control is too far up on the wire and close to ear to easily access. I do not think there is another great place for it due to the compact design so Bose had no choice. I find the buttons a bit hard to activate . I am going to put the battery life in it’s own category. They are rated at 5 hours. I do not know if Bose is underestimating that or because I use d the headset at a relatively low volume, I easily got 6+ hours. I did not continuely use them 6 hours but used them periodically and tried to keep track. Suffice to say, you will get at least 5 hours if not more from one charge. Overall, I found the Bose to be the best I have tried. Bose has nearly succeeded in making a head set that does all things well, not an easy feat when dealing with the size constraints of wireless in ear headset. There are some improvements I would suggest. An Apple Watch and Android Wear app would be very useful, especially for controlling the volume, skipping tracks and answering the phone. Additionally, I would like to see some active noise cancellation. Since this feature is present in many phone bluetooth phone headsets, I do not see why it cannot be incorporated. I know Bose may say these are designed to allow sound ot intrude, there is no reason it could be turned on and off. At this price point, it should be here. This is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. As indicated, this is a great headset. It is far better than the Apple EarPods and the most comfortable I have used. I recommend picking one up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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  • cnet.co.ukDavid Carnoy on May 23, 2018
    Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless: Bluetooth sports headphone with heart-rate monitor
    Bose takes a crack at the fitness tracker market by building a heart-rate monitor into its SoundSport Pulse Wireless headphones.Full Review
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    Bose SoundSport Pulse review
    Solid and sporty wireless earphones that deliver an impressive soundFull Review
  • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Richard Easton on November 21, 2016
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    The SoundSport Pulse are Bose's wireless running headphones that also pack an in-ear heart rate monitor that will play nicely with most running apps and services. So whether you use Strava or Runkeeper to track your runs, you can pull in usefulFull Review
  • which.co.ukNovember 11, 2016
    Bose Soundsport Pulse review
    The Bose SoundSport Pulse headphones are a wireless in-ear pair with the rather uncommon feature of a built-in heart-rate monitor. They're clearly designed for exercise, but will they take your morning run to new heights or the pits of despair? WeFull Review



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