With no wires in the way, Bose SoundSport Wireless Sports Earbuds keep you moving with powerful audio. Perfect for exercise and running with a sweat and weather resistant design and StayHear®+ tips designed for comfort and stability. The Tile app makes your headphones easy to find if they ever go missing.
Bose SoundSport Wireless Sports Earbuds
In-ear wireless headphones designed for rigorous workouts with sweat and weather resistant materials combined with StayHear®+ tips for comfort and stability. The Lithium-ion battery delivers up to 6 hours per charge to keep you moving.
Bluetooth® and NFC pairing so you can connect to your devices wirelessly.
Gives you balanced audio performance at any volume.
An inline mic and remote lets you conveniently control volume, skip tracks and take calls, all without reaching for your device.
Bose® Connect app
Makes controlling and switching between multiple devices easy, and continually adds more functionality to your headphones.
Tile makes it easy to find your headphones if they ever go missing. Use the Bose Connect app to update your headphones' software to include Tile. Then, download the Tile app and follow its simple in-app instructions to activate your headphones so that you'll never lose your music.
I really like these headphones. I bought them because of three features. First I wanted a cord between the earbuds because I frequently take them out of my ears during the day. Second I wanted earbuds with the hooks because almost all traditional earbuds fall out of my ears. Finally I needed really good microphone quality because I'm using these for phone calls all day long.
This design and technology doesn't seal out ambient noises completely and that's good for my purposes. It doesn't come with wireless charging and worse it uses micro-USB instead of USB-C. The battery has lasted me almost 6 hours of phone calls. I haven't measured how long it would last listening to music only.
The pairing to my phones and gadgets is seamless and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that it manages connection to my two mobile phones so perfectly.
The design definitely needs an update to make them a little lower profile and extend the battery life but I really love these things!
What a nice fitting pair of headphones. I own the two wired Bose noise cancelling sets, wanted a wireless set that worked as nice and fit as great for me as the Bose did. I purchased and returned every other wireless set that Best Buy offers, they all either hurt or were not a good fit compared to what I have been used to. I must say, I simply love them and couldn't be happier. And at $150, it's a very competitive price too. I felt that for as much as I use them, they are a bargain for sure. The battery life is awesome. I traveled from Milwaukee to Las Vegas this week, listened to them for 4 hours and change and I went running this morning, there was still 60% charge, awesome! I went for a 2 hour run and they were not even close to being discharged. When you turn them on they tell you that they are connected to your specific device and how much battery is left. Super useful and just what a person would expect from a quality brand like Bose. Totally love them, and makes me proud to own the other two sets and my mini speaker.
In my experience, there are two types of people in the world: people who care a great deal about the sound quality of the things to which they listen, and then everyone else. The first group of people know the difference between a good and bad set of earbuds, and they know the importance of testing audio equipment that they are going to spend some money on. And they spend money on their headphones…they won’t hesitate to drop $100 on some ear buds, $200 on some decent on-ear or over-ear headphones, and if money were no option would be first in line to spend $500 or more on professional quality studio headphones. And for those who think that spending $500 on a nice pair of headphones is craziness, stop reading this RIGHT NOW and Google how much studio headphones will run a professional DJ or sound technician. Then come back and realize that $500 is not that much money.
OK, now that we’ve aligned our expectations, let’s talk about what everyone needs. Yes, I used that word. First, you need a good all-purpose basic ear bud with a decent inline mic. These are your every day buds, what you carry with you from place to place just in case you want to jam out to some Bushwalla while you ride the bus downtown, or when you go out for an impromptu walk during your lunch break at work. The occasional conference call on your way home (if you don’t have a solid in-car bluetooth setup) is easily managed by your go-to-bud.
Next, you need a pair of decent studio headphones. These are typically over-the-ear or on-ear; they have a great feel to them and put out some serious sound. These are the headphones you’ll use when binge-watching Dexter on your laptop or tablet, and while they might have a cord, they’re not an inconvenience. And, there are a LOT of these out there—many name brands and other not-so-well-known brands that get you similar or better performance for less coin.
Most people can survive on those two…but in 2016, we need a good wireless option: mowing the lawn, going for a jog, or even for one of the above occasions where I just don’t want to use studio phones or my go-to-buds. What then?
The product is the Bose Soundsport Wireless Headphones, one of Bose’s entries into active wireless audio tech. The unboxing was an absolute joy…I think good money spent on good technology should also allow the buyer a good “unpacking” experience. The design of the packaging is simple yet satisfying, as if Bose really focused on this aspect of the product. I had to cut two small pieces of tape, and the rest of the package could be pulled open within a minute of that, and in that minute no additional ripping/tearing/cutting was required. It is sensible packaging with good heft.
A handful of years ago I received as a Christmas present Bose’s basic earbud offering (before in-line microphones were important) and they served me well until one day the cable finally separated from one of the buds. It was heart-breaking. In any case, back then I immediately fell in love with the bud design, which I am pleased to say has been maintained years later. I have tried MANY ear buds, wireless or not, and none have come close to the comfort or ease of use as Bose’s buds. It’s also worth noting that these things do not flop out of your ears…ever.
Initially, I was concerned at the size of the back side of the buds….presumably where the battery and much of the speaker technology is supported…they seemed a bit on the large side and I was concerned about their weight…but once you get them in your ears, you can wear these things for hours on end without ear fatigue or discomfort. And, once you get used to using this type of bud with the grips that Bose provides, you will find it very easy to put them in your ears.
Now let’s get to the good stuff: how do they sound??
They’re good…and for their size and the fact that they’re wireless, they’re borderline great. Forget about their competitors…I’m more interested in describing how they compete with what I feel are the other headphones you might be looking to replace with these: The “average” user, the one who sports Apple’s EarPods because they came with the latest iPhone, will love these…in terms of sound, they far surpass anything the less-expensive wired buds can achieve. The “studio” user, who looks to spend several hundred or even thousands of dollars on a good pair of headphones shouldn’t expect these to replace studio gear. Bose, on most of their offerings, does a great job at under-playing their lows, so any hip hop or bass-intense pop tracks leave something to be desired. They do an adequate job…but these aren’t going to replace your studio headphones for binge-watching Netflix or jamming out to anything bass-heavy.
If you don’t have really particular tastes, or you like to listen to treble-heavy music, these will be perfect for you. Bose does well presenting very genuine-sounding audio from their headphones, and this product is no exception to that. Acoustics and vocals are excellent.
But beyond their sound output, these buds have some additional things to offer that are a bit out of the norm for what I’ll over-simplify and label as “exercise” earbuds:
These particular headphones can pair with multiple bluetooth devices, and swapping back and forth from one to the other is pretty quick. I can pause a song on my iPhone and press play on my Macbook, and the music picks up within a second or two…there is virtually no lag. This isn’t a tremendously important feature, but I could see someone transitioning quickly from one to the other and getting frustrated with lengthy pairing processes. With these, there’s not much to worry about there.
Also, for buds designed to be worn during exercise, these are amazingly easy to use and hassle free. They have decent battery life, maybe 6 hours or so, long enough to get through the trip to and from the gym, along with a decent workout between. And they stay in place. The first 5 miles I ran with them, they didn’t fall out once. They get adequately loud to cover a running lawnmower, but quiet enough if you’re running outdoors that you would still be able to hear traffic around you, or other fit-minded individuals on the same trail as you. The in-line controls are big and clunky and easy to grip and manipulate while running…and as I said before, once you get used to putting them in, you can do it with ease while in motion, as the previously-mentioned larger back section of the buds are ideally sized for fingers and hands of all sizes.
Probably the biggest surprise in these, for me, was the in-line microphone. I don’t have particularly high expectations when it comes to in-line microphones, and I’ll admit that Apple’s EarPods have spoiled me in that department: they are surprisingly great for the occasional phone call while on the move. I “accidentally” joined a conference call while using these, and sought out feedback from the people on the call at the time—no one had any complaints about poor audio quality; no one complained that I sounded like I was under water, or that there was excessive road noise while I was driving home. I have since tested with others, who all complimented the quality of the sound on their end.
So, I’ve covered the “what,” but let’s talk about “who.” I think these are a must-buy for those who like to listen to music while they work out—whether that be running, walking, weight lifting…they are low-maintenance, easy to operate while in motion, have decent battery life, and have good volume range depending on your taste.
If you actively use your Apple EarPods, you should seriously consider getting a pair of these…they can do everything Apple’s wired buds can, but they’re wireless. What’s not to like?
If you don’t work out, don’t mow your lawn, and really only listen to music or watch movies with a pair of studio over-the-ear headphones, these won’t change your life…that is, unless you use their cost as motivation to get yourself to work out more.
And, for the business-savvy folks out there: If your office phone supports bluetooth headsets, this is a great multi-purpose option for work use that you will also be able to use outside of the office.
I have been waiting for some time for Bose to release a good pair of in-ear wireless headphones, and these fit the bill perfectly. The battery life is fine, they charge in 60-90 minutes, and it will take some time for Bose to release the next generation. And, these are not my first Bose product: they should serve you well for at least a couple of years if not longer.
The only thing I can’t really figure out is why you haven’t already bought them. These are a no-brainer for at least half of the headphone-using market out there, and half of the remaining population could justify it easily because they do such a great job multi-tasking as a great all around headphone.
For comfort, audio quality and versatility, these easily earn 4 out of 5 stars. Improved battery life and slightly better bass performance would get them a fifth star. This is another solid release by the team at Bose.
The design of the packaging was simple yet refined. One way to describe it is like unboxing an Apple product. It seems modern and sleek and just a pleasure to unwrap to see what treasure lies beneath. The packaging wasn’t cumbersome; you did not have to untie a million plastic/metal ties or separate plastic to unleash the awaiting prize. The package included the ear phones, a set of small and large ear tips to go with the medium ones already on the device along with a carrying case.
At first glance these Bluetooth wireless buds looked to be bulky to include the in-line mic/volume device and heavy like a pair of cheap knockoffs I had previously ordered off of Amazon. One note on the knockoff QY7’s is that the sound quality and battery life were really not that bad, especially for the very little money that they were purchased for. The QY7’s felt bulky, heavy and made my ears hurt and feel tired after about 30 min.
I picked them up and surprisingly they felt very light albeit still bulky comparted to the Jaybird Bluebuds that I have and use as well. I left the original size medium ear tips on and placed them into my ears. They are the MOST COMFORTABLE ear buds that I have ever worn. I have used these for 2 months now. I work out 6-7 days a week doing Crossfit and training for marathons. So, I can say that I have spent many hours a week with these in my ears and they have never given me that hurting or “heavy” feeling all the other Bluetooth earbuds have in the past. On caveat that is a drawback for me is that when I work out especially in the winter; I wear a microfiber beanie hat. With these in my ears the bulkiness of them becomes a drawback leading to uncomfortableness from size if these pushing on my inner ear from the beanie. I have the Jaybirds that have a smaller form factor and do not do this when I wear the beanie. I also want to note that these NEVER fall out of my ears and I NEVER have to readjust them during exercise which is a HUGE plus for me. Just a side note; the apple earbuds DO NOT stay in my ears at all!! I have to mess with them the whole time when exercising, in fact, if they are the only ones in my gym bag I go WITHOUT!!
The material seems to be hard plastic and soft rubbery plastic that overall feels top end and has given me no issues thus far. I sweat profusely and have had no issues with sweat altering the performance of these headphones. The added clip to attach them to your shirt seems to work as intended but for me most of the time it pulls from the wire and stays on my shirt if I do not get a good grip on the actual clip.
The in-line mic and volume button has worked flawlessly for me to this point. The negative for is that it is extremely bulky as if there were a separate battery stored in there or something. I find that because of its size and heaviness it swings back and forth when I run and it can get super annoying on long runs. I don’t really notice it when doing Crossfit or lifting. The structure has held up fine with no malfunctioning parts or rips or tears as of yet. The reported sound quality of the mic from people that I have called has seemed to be good even when I am running or in the car with windows down.
Connecting these headphones to my devices was easy and painless. You can be connected to 2 devices at one time which is pretty cool. The other plus for me is that the range is outstanding. When in the gym this is awesome thing. It makes it so I don’t have to take my phone around the gym with me. I have a gym with a track around it and I can go do a lap and come back and never lose a connection. I bet it is over a 100ft away at the far end of the track.
The battery life is probably on the low end of average. You would think with the size of the earbuds and in-line mice with volume controls it would be at least 8 hours if not 10. I can almost get 4 days out of one charge, if I don’t watch Netflix or anything like that at night. One feature on the battery is that when you turn them on they have a voice that tells you how much battery life you have remaining and it is always rounded to the nearest 10%. So, if you actually had 96% battery life it would say; you have 90% battery life remaining. To some it may not be annoying but for me I want to know exactly.
Sound quality is as to be expected by Bose. It is very clear and even feeling. The highs are not too high and mids are perfectly balanced and the base is not super bassy (is that even a word). I think that someone that likes a lot of bass might be disappointed but for me it is perfect. A couple things to note is that these are not noise cancelling and are not marketed to be. These seem to have the perfect balance of passive noise meaning that when I’m running I am totally immersed into the music but when a car comes near I can still hear it. Which I find amazing!! Another thing to note is that the volume doesn’t get overly loud. What I mean by that is that it does get loud but you cannot make it SUPER loud, like it has a limit or cap on how loud you can make it. For me it seems to be just ok but I would like to have the option to make it a little louder. One last thing on sound I would like to mention is that when I’m home relaxing and I watch TV on my Ipad with my children running around I like to leave one earphone out so I can make sure I can hear everything in the house incase I’m needed. So, with that said with one earphone in the Bose experience diminishes and is less than average on the sound quality. There is some kind of “magic” that happens when both ear pieces are in but with only one the “magic” is simply gone.
Conclusions: Finally, Bose has entered the sporty Bluetooth headphone world!! Overall not bad but Bose has a lot of work to do especially at this price point. Almost wish I would have waited for the second version.
The Good: Probably the best pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones I own. The sound is amazing. Fits and stays in my ear. Super easy to pair with my other devices. The Bluetooth range is outstanding. Super lightweight although looks bulky.
The Bad: The price is on the high side for what you get compared to the current competition. Not so comfortable when wearing a beanie hat. Super bulky ear pieces and in-line mic. With only one earpiece in the sound is not that great! The Bose app really doesn’t really do anything. The battery life is marginal for this price point.
I would recommend this to a friend
Brand response from Bose support
Thank you for your detailed review. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the comfort and stability of the ear tips as well as the sound quality when wearing both ear pieces. We'd be happy to forward your feedback points for future product consideration.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
So far so good!
Needed a good quality set of headphones to replace the ones that came with my phone. First time using it this morning. Main use is for my commute but will also be using for workouts at the gym. Giving four stars because it's too early to give five. Some quick points:
- Fits ear comfortably; nice and snug; not heavy
- Remote/mic is a good size (I've seen some too large for my liking)
- Not noise canceling but I prefer this as I like to hear what's happening around me during my commute on the train/bus
- Good balance between the treble and bass; nice sound quality
- Easy to turn on/off; also shows battery status
- Music playback available on remote (>, II, >>, <<)
- Although the box says made for iPod/iPhone/iPad, this is compatible with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (I also saw reviews where this device worked for others' samsung phone)
- My commute to work is about an hour and the battery indication was still green.
- Headphones were charged by plugging USB (provided) to my laptop.
These headphones were awesome till about 1 year BUT now they are starting to fall apart. I have babied these head phones cleaned them regularly according to manufactures recommendations. The covering at the connection of the ear piece has come off and rides up and down the wire. The volume buttons are very spongy as well. Beware the Bose manufactures warranty is 1 year. The head phones still work just are deteriorating and falling apart with basic use around the house. Very disappointed. For the price the headphones should be built stronger.
I was hoping the SoundSport headphone would be great, and I wasn’t disappointed. Sound fidelity is excellent across the volume spectrum. The comfort of the earbuds is very good, and they stay right where they belong during exercise, too.
I use these with an iPhone 6s Plus without special sound equalization. Bass is present at all volume levels without overpowering the higher frequencies. I don’t categorize myself as an audiophile, but I’m extremely pleased with the performance of these headphones. They also work wonderfully for phone calls.
BLUETOOTH & BATTERY
The Bluetooth performance is great. It pairs easily and immediately with my phone and my laptop, and they can be connected concurrently. I didn’t perform scientific tests, but battery life is excellent. They play a solid 8 hours and take less than an hour to recharge. And they didn’t impact my phone’s battery life significantly, either. Perhaps 10% extra drain during the day. And I also appreciate that these headphones sync perfectly with video playback. Some earlier Bluetooth headphones I used had a slight audio delay which made watching videos awkward especially during dialog scenes.
The SoundSport headphones are really comfortable. The tapered earbud shape should fit any ear very well, and they made me almost forget I was using them even for extended periods. The ear hook is soft and virtually undetectable, but it helps hold the earbuds securely during just about any exercise or activity. And the cable that rests on your neck has a clip to attach the headphones to your collar. This thoughtful feature makes using just one earbud easy without the weight of the unused one eventually pulling on the one in your ear.
They are built solidly and appear to be very durable. They’re also surprisingly light. The inline controls require a firm press and provide perfect tactile feedback. The headphones come with a standard Micro USB cable but no charging adapter. I use a multi-port charging block, and it works great.
BOSE CONNECT MOBILE APP
Bose offers iOS and Android apps to help manage the Bluetooth connections and firmware updates for the headphones. This makes these tasks a breeze. It even includes basic audio playback controls with a classy interface. The app is another really thoughtful feature for using the headphones.
The Bose SoundSport headphones are great, and I highly recommend them. They might not be the least expensive option available, but when sound and quality matter, I argue that these are an excellent value.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about mids quality, treble quality, noise isolation and bass quality. Editors are less positive about size and portability and have mixed opinions about price. 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 89/100 = Very good quality.
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A:AnswerI had a pair of Powerbeats 2 wireless earbuds for a week before returning them. They went back to the store as they just would not stay in my ears despite having the over-the-ear hook. The sound quality of the two are pretty comparable. Both are bass heavy but the Bose have a better sound stage. Instruments can play in the very far left or right of your ears instead of sounding like they are playing in the center of your head. It's something that nice over-the-ear, full sized headphones can do but not very many earbuds. I also preferred the level of highs in the Bose as they didn't sound too harsh. The Beats have more of an accented V-shaped sound signature in that the lows and highs are boosted but the mids taken down. The Bose have a similar sound signature but their highs aren't as harsh and the mids come through a bit more.
I would hold off on buying any Beats product though. They have all been on sale recently indicating that Beats (actually Apple) is going to update them soon to newer models. You can either go with the Bose now or wait a bit (closer to the end of the year) and see what Beats does. Personally though, Bose has always made better earbuds than Beats. I h ave always preferred their SoundSport wired earbuds compared to the Beats Tour earbuds.
A:AnswerThe charging case is not required to charge these headphones. All it is is a case with a built-in battery that allows you to charge the headphones when you're away from the outlet. The SoundSport Wireless earbuds come with a small microUSB cable that you can plug into any computer, AC outlet, car USB port, or anything else with a standard USB port for charging. So they already come with everything you need to use and charge the earbuds. The optional case is not required. I've used the USB port on my monitor at work to charge my earbuds as well as the USB port on my MacBook at home, and the chargers that came with my iPhone and a Bluetooth speaker (from another brand) that I have. They all charged the earbuds just fine.
A:AnswerMany thanks to everyone who answered! I did buy this item and you were all right - not only do they fit securely, but they're actually more comfortable than other earbuds I've owned. The sound is fabulous, well-balanced with a strong enough bass for rock that doesn't drown out the treble. I've only had them a day or so, but I'm hopeful that they'll continue to work so well going forward. Thanks again, folks!