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Nice Sound, A Little BulkyPosted
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
Excellent Audio Quality and ComfortPosted
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
Bose vs BeatsPosted
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
A Must Have!Posted
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
Great headphones with a fatal flawPosted
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
Soundsport Pulse better than soundsportPosted
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
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
Bose does it again.Posted
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
Powerful, Stable, and ComfortablePosted
I had been struggling to find wireless headphones that I truly enjoyed using while exercising. A variety of negative aspects about previous wireless headphones, whether it was poor audio quality, unreliable connection, or uncomfortable earbuds, had disappointed me. The Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones have not only solved those issues but become my new favorite headphones to use in and out of the gym. The first aspect I want to address is the audio quality. Being Bose headphones, I expected great audio quality, and they do not disappoint. I am amazed by how clear and powerful the audio sounds. Many over-ear headphones have impressive audio and, until now, I had not used earbud style headphones that could compete with the powerful bass over-ear headphones are capable of producing. The Bose SoundSport Pulse headphones have impressive bass and high-quality sound. The next aspect I enjoy about these headphones is the comfort. When I am focussed during my workouts, earbuds falling out of my ears can be a frustrating problem to have. With these headphones, I no longer have to worry about them staying in. The comfort and stability allow me to focus on what I am doing instead of trying to keep the earbuds in or needing to frequently adjust the earbuds because of comfort issues. It is also good to know that the headphones are sweat and water resistant. The last few aspects I like about the Bose SoundSport Pulse headphones are the remote and the heart rate sensor. The remote is located on the right side, and it allows you to quickly adjust the volume, pause or skip songs (forward or backward), and take/make calls. While on the phone with someone, they said they could hear me clearly, so that feature seems to work well. The left earbud has a built-in heart rate sensor, which can send data to many different fitness apps. This is a nice touch since these headphones are primarily for working out. Additionally, your heart rate can be seen in the “Bose Connect” app, which is available for iOS and Android. A neat feature of the app is that it helps you quickly pair and set up the headphones. Sometimes pairing wireless headphones can be a hassle, but setting up the SoundSport headphones was a quick and pleasant experience. As I mentioned, the Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones have become my new favorite headphones to use in and out of the gym. They are powerful headphones with the convenience of being wireless. Additionally, they are comfortable and stable in my ears. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for excellent workout-friendly headphones.
I would recommend this to a friend
Well Designed Bluetooth HeadphonesPosted
I am rating this Bose product at 3.5 out of 5 stars. These Bose SoundSport wireless earphones are comfortable in the ears and can be worn for a long time with little to no ear discomfort. It is necessary to choose the correct size of silicone earbud for the best comfort, as using too large of an earbud, causes the earpiece to feel cramped in the ear. The battery lasts for around 5 hours, depending on overall listening volume, but the charging time is fairly quick. These Bose wireless headphones have good quality sound that you would expect from a Bose product. Both the left and right headphones are easy to hold and almost seem like they were designed to have small handles on each headphone, making each headphone easy to grab and place into the ear. The Bluetooth pairing process is quick with these Bluetooth headphones, once the headphones have been paired with a device, they connect quickly after being turned on. There is a micro USB cable provided, but no USB charging adapter, that was kind of unexpected, a USB charging adapter would have been nice. These headphones were designed to wrap around the back of the neck area, but I found that allowing the cord to dangle down in front of the shirt area, is another way to wear the headphones, which allows the microphone to point closer to the mouth. There is a flap that is covering the micro USB charging port on the right under side of the Bose SoundSport headphone, once the flap is pulled out, it cannot be turned to the side very far, which makes plugging in the micro USB cable slightly challenging at first When reviewing a product, and deciding upon an overall rating score, I figure in the selling price of a product, I feel as if there is not much to these Bluetooth headphones, and so I feel as if the selling price should kind of reflect that. The build quality and design perfection of these Bose SoundSport Pulse headphones, is almost certainly better than the current market competition. The Bose Connect app allows you to adjust the power off at various lengths of time when no signal is detected, and it is also possible to switch the powers saving mode off. The Bose Connect app displays the current heartbeat detected, and the app also allows firmware upgrades to be wirelessly streamed to the headphones. These heartbeat functionality of these Bose wireless headphones, can supposedly be used with other fitness apps. If you are looking for a comfortable and good sounding pair of Bluetooth headphones, then the Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones are a good choice.
I would recommend this to a friend
First, I want to clarify that I have never owned a Bose device that I was totally dissatisfied with quality and sound. That is not to say that all are perfect. Second, I never liked ANY in-ear headphone that I tried before, including all the ones from Bose, not because of sound quality but because my ears are way too sensitive and they hurt, itch and feel too much pressure being exerted on them every single time I use this type of headphones. Also, they always fall off too easily. Thus, my expectation about sound quality was high and about comfort in my ears was very low. As to sound quality the Soundsport Pulse is not bad at all. Base is above average and I haven't noticed any static or other issues common with other Bluetooth headphones that I have owned and tested with iPhones and iPads. Range is very good too. However, it is difficult to be totally immersed when listening to music since you hear most sounds around you unless you set the volume very high. That is not necessarily a bad thing since they were designed for outdoors use but it is disappointing when you're home or working out on a treadmill for example. Still, you feel much safer working out everyplace else since you can hear cars and bikes coming towards you. If you're a parent with young kids, being able to hear them while you're enjoying your songs can be extremely useful too. I wish though there was an option to turn off external noise as needed/wanted. Of course, there is no noise canceling as this is supposed to ensure you hear the outside world while you work out. But if you set the volume too high, there is no warranty you will hear anything else around you. Therefore, you can force an immersion but not the one I would recommend despite the fact that you would be defeating the purpose of this headphone. A great feature is the builtin heart monitor which detects your pulse fast and is fairly accurate although I would not trust my life on it but it is useful and always on while the headphones are in your ears. Even my wife who is a healthcare provider loves that feature. Fortunately, it works with other apps since the one that Bose provides for IOS is very very basic not to say disappointing. Battery is supposed to last 5 hours with continuous use but I believe it depends on how high the volume is as I once reached 5 hours and 12 minutes and it still had 17% of power. If you listen an hour or two a day it can last 3 or more days without needing to be charged again. You will hear updated information about power which is good despite the rude disruption. It would be great if instead of using a USB cable, you could charge it wireless but that would probably add weight to this incredibly light device. Most control buttons are on the light weight cord that connects both sides of the headphone. My only complaint about it is that there is enough space to add buttons to go forward or back but while there are dedicated + and - buttons for volume, there is only one for pause, back and forward. One push to pause/play, 2 to go forward and 3 to go back. Once you get used to it, you can live with it though. Now to what really impressed and surprised me. The reason why I would recommend this product over any other sports headphones out there. I can use this one for hours without any discomfort in my ears, neither around them since nothing goes over them nor inside as the pressure is almost non-existent. I could hardly believe that it fits my ears so perfectly and does not fall off while I'm running or eating. No itching either. As I mentioned before, it is very light. Also, sweat seems to be no problem for it. I would have rated it 4.5 stars, taking half a point due to the lack of option to mute outside noise but since it is not an option, I'm giving it a full 5. Summary: if you need a sports headphone that is light, comfortable, above average sound quality and with a good heart monitor, while still being able to hear outside noise for your or other's safety, this is the one for you. You won't regret it and may rather use it for long hours than noise canceling ones just because of the comfort. But if all you want is to listen to music and forget about the world around you and you're not concerned about being run over by a vehicle in the process, this is not your headphone. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great sport headphones for active people.Posted
When the package arrived and I picked it up and I was surprised by the weight. The box was heavier than I had expected. (I had really expected it to be feather light considering these are sport headphones.) Inside: Soundsport Pulse Wireless Headphones with medium ear pieces attached, a zippered case, USB cable, one set of small ear pieces, one set of large earpieces and of course associated paperwork. The ear pieces are also marked right and left and with an “S” for small, and “M” for medium and an “L” for large. The earpieces are very easy to change from one size to another on the headphones. I immediately went to my laptop and it was super simple to pair the headphones and fire up my music. In true Bose fashion, they sound great! I went through several different songs of different music genres and the sound was excellent in all cases. These are not noise canceling headphones, but I turned the TV on with the volume slightly louder than I would normally listen and I could not really hear it unless the music got quiet. I would think you could wear these on an airplane and do pretty well and they are much smaller than over the ear headphones. I also gave them a workout to see how well they would stay in my ears if I were active. I whipped my head around pretty good trying to dislodge them but they did not fall out! There is a clip on the wire that connects the right side to the left and it appears sturdy and able to keep the head phones from falling on the ground if they did fall out of your ear. When connecting to your device the headphones let you know the percentage of the battery life and there is a volume control and pause button that you can use to also skip forward and back through your song library. My laptop was in the family room and I walked through the kitchen and dining room (around a corner) and into the living room before starting to lose the signal. There is a free app for your phone called Bose Connect. The app tracks your heart rate. When paired with a cell phone, you can use the pause button to answer calls. The sound quality for calls is quite good and I was told that I sounded very clear on the other end.
I would recommend this to a friend
Nice for ear buds, but worth the $$$...?Posted
Firstly, I received the Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless Headphones in red color from Best Buy to test and review them. My review will be honest and the photo in my review is the actual pair that I received. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of ear buds / earphones. I do own a cheaper pair of wired Panasonic ear buds that I bought for working in the yard and they are so-so, but again they are cheap. Honestly, I do prefer and own a pair of Bose wired QC25 noise cancelling headphones and they are outstanding. But this review is for the wireless Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless Headphones. To begin with, they recommend that you download the Bose Connect software. I was able to download the software for my Motorolla G4 phone without any problems. But I also have an iPod Touch 4th generation, and there are not any apps available for iPods on the iTunes website. Just apps for iPads and iphones. I did not try and download either of those for my iPod, so I don't know if they would work. I'm guessing that the apps are mainly for the pulse part of the Bose Soundsport Pulse ear buds. I did not try out the pulse, as of this review on my G4 phone yet. But will hopefully get a chance to do so shortly using my G4 phone. Oh, and buy the way, the Bose Soundsport buds connected to my iPod by Bluetooth without any apps and without any problems. As mentioned earlier, I'm use to over the ear or on the ear headphones. Overall, I'm very pleased with the sound of the Bose. I mainly listen to classic rock, some pop and European bands like Nightwish, Within Temptation, Sirenia and Epica. For ear buds, the Bose put out very good bass, which I love. Not sloppy boomy bass, but fairly tight bass, yet not as good as over the ear or on the ear headphones obviously. I'm sure this in part due to the rubber earpiece. Bose gives you three (3) different sizes of soft rubber earpieces, S, M, L. The medium was installed at the factory, but a bit too big for me, so I switched to the small size, and they were perfect. Overall, the tonal quality from bright highs to low bass, these Bose Soundsport did not disappoint. Also, the distance that I was able to travel through out my house was very, very good. I left my iPod in my upstairs corner office and went all over my house (1800 sq. feet) without any problems. On the cord that connects the ear buds, you'll find a small switch that will lower or raise the volume and it will also pause my music as well. Also, there is a little clip that is exactly in the middle of the cord, so you can clip it to your collar just in case the Bose were to fall out of your ears due to running, working out, etc. What you see in my photo is what you'll get. A short (12 inches) USB charging cable, 3 different sizes of soft rubber ear pieces and a semi padded 3 1/2 inch diameter case for your buds that also have a netting sewed into one side (inside) to store the USB charging cable. If your not going to use the pulse part of these Bose Soundsport pulse ear buds with the Bose Connect app which gives you real-time heart rate readings, I would recommend the Bose SoundSport Wireless ear buds and save yourself the $50.00 price difference. Again, overall, very nice and very good sound quality. Recommended
I would recommend this to a friend
Great sound, but difficult fit, HR gimmickPosted
First things first, the sound quality of these earbuds are great. I don't care what people say, Bose continues to deliver topnotch sound quality. My big complaint has to do with the fit of the ear buds while working out. I've tried every tip that comes in the box with little success. I've used Bose wired headphones earbuds before (for casual use and working out) and really liked the fit of their ear tips, but for whatever reason I couldn't get the SoundSports to stay in while running. I generally sweat a lot (yes, including my ears) and I have to try to jam these ear buds into my ear and wipe the sweat out while I run; which is far from ideal. When I wear these around the house in less strenuous circumstances I have zero difficulties keeping these ear buds in place. But I got them to wear when working out. This could be a "me" problem, but I just want to forewarn potential buyers that, in my personal opinion, sport or sweat resistant ear buds really vary in their ability to stay in one's ear from person to person. If you're like me and sweat a lot or haven't had great success using ear buds while working out, I would consider something similar to the PowerBeats wireless that have "hooks" over your ear to prevent them from falling out. I've had better success keeping those in my ears. Even if you are willing to give ear buds a try or haven't had difficulties with Bose ear tips in the past, I'd save your money and get the non-heart rate model. It's nice to see your heart rate and when compared with my FitBit Charge HR they have similar readings (I have concerns with its accuracy as well) which gives me no reason to doubt its accuracy, but I don't know what to do with the HR data. You can only see it in the Bose Connect app, and I really don't care what my HR is in real time, for me, I'm more concerned with my workout and would rather see my HR post-workout. This leads me to my next pseudo-complaint, the Bose Connect app. The app is nice, very pleasant look, and easy to use. But for me, it's just another app to have. It does control your music, which is nice, and it connects your Bose devices, but I'd rather have one less app to deal with. Again, my opinion. And it is because you can only get your HR reading in the Bose Connect app that makes it so useless to me (NOTE: I did not check to see if other fitness apps can gather heart rate data from these headphones). I will say the battery life is normal, not great, but not bad. And I do like the verbal instructions/guides that tells you when your headphones are connected, the battery life and heart rate. All in all, it's all a matter of personal preference and if ear buds work for you. A big issue is not being able to take these for a test drive without committing to purchase. Kudos to any manufacturer/retailer that can figure that out. Again, like virtually every Bose product I found the sound quality great, but I would stick with the SoundSport "normal;" sans heart rate. One last thing, the inclusion of a carry case is awesome, other companies provide one (Beats comes to mind) but not all and that is a huge plus in my opinion.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Great Bose QualityPosted
I have had the Bose SoundSport Pulse headphones for about 10 days now. I was anxious to find something that I can use not only for when I exercise but when I have to take calls while I am on the go or while I am working at my desk. To give you some background I am a female in my lower 50s and have recently began an exercise regimen. Finding really good sport headphones is a challenge but I knew Bose would not let me down. Packaging: It came with a small round soft zippered pouch that fits the headphones and the small charging cable easily. There is no cramming I just simply wind the headphones in my hand and it fits nicely. The Pouch has an inside mesh sleeve for the charging cable so there is not tangling at all. I was also able to fit the extra two sizes of ear adapters incase I needed another size. It seems to protect the headphones sufficiently when thrown into a purse or outside pocket of my laptop bag or gym bag. Fit: At first I had a hard time trying to fit it in my ears. It was not comfortable at all so I knew I was doing something wrong. After reviewing the instructions again I was able to find a way to twist them into my ear and have it positioned correctly. This was only on the first day, after that it was not a problem, just took a little getting use to. My daughter tried them one day and she had no problem so it may just be a generation thing! Use: Just what I expect from Bose, sound is really great and I have used them in many different settings. I had no problem with APP these work with. First thing I noticed is my heart rate being displayed on my phone. This is really nice to have although I am not sure I will be pulling out my phone every time I go running/walking to see my heart rate. I took them to the gym and got on the treadmill. They stayed in place walking and running, they were comfortable, almost like they are suctioned in my ears but without the pressure. I was worried that the size of the headphones was going to be heavy but they are not. The on and off button is easy to get to on the right earphone. What I really like that every time I turn them on it tells me the percentage of battery life it has, no more guessing! Battery life is about 6 hours give or take so that’s really good. I didn’t keep them on for 6 hours straight but had them on and off most of the day. I am able to turn up the volume with the controls, answer a call and hang up without a problem. The folks on the other end can hear me just fine. I have used them at my desk at work to listen to music, take calls in the car, while preparing dinner and now I just keep them around my neck and let them hang so if I get a call I can pop one ear bud in my ear. The cord is comfortable meaning not irritating. There is a clip on the cord that can attach to your collar behind your neck so it won’t slide off. I have long hair and the cord does not get tangled at all. Overall I really love these! I would recommend this product to my family and friends. Seems very durable and is of great quality.
I would recommend this to a friend
This is the brand new edition of the Bose Soundsport wireless headset. It is named "pulse" because of the built in heart rate sensor. I have only had this product for one day because it just became available yesterday. My rating is my initial reaction. This headphone is well packaged. contained In the box is the headphone, charging cable spare different sizes ear-wings, instructions and a carrying case. The headphones were pre-charged. I had already downloaded the pulse app to my iPhone so setup was a snap. The on-off switch is on the right earpiece. I held it until the blue pairing light flashed and pairing was completed. The earpieces fit snugly and comfortably in my ear. The silicone ear wings hold the earpieces comfortably in place showing no inclination to dislodge. I turned on some music and was off and running. The sound as with most Bose products is outstanding. These headphones are not sound blocking and for my purposes this is a good safety feature. I could hear oncoming cars as I took a morning walk today. I also tried a phone call and the sound was clear and the person on the other end said my voice was clear. The earpieces are a little larger than their wired counterparts, but not too large. The wire connecting the earpieces has a clip that can be used to secure the wire to your shirt or collar at the back of the neck. . I use a fitness app other than the pulse app and the headphones paired and transmitted heart rate to the app and it appears to be very accurate. As stated I only have a day of experience with this product but my initial reaction is highly favorable.
I would recommend this to a friend
They sound very good!Posted
Normally I wear over the ear headphones, simply because every type of earbud I have tried just could not give me the full sound that I have come to know and love from my over the ear cans. I was a bit skeptical that these would be able to give me that full sound I have been looking for in a earbud. I have to say...these come pretty close. If the device you listen to your music on only has a flat EQ setting..you might be disappointed. But if you are able to tweak the EQ you can really bring out the highs and mids and lows in these earbuds. They wont rattle your head off with bass, but they did a very respectable job reproducing some serious low end on some rock, metal, and even rap tracks that I listened to with them, and sounded crisp and clear while listening to come classical and jazz tracks. They do also get very loud. Cranked up, they were uncomfortable to listen to...so if you like to blare your music loud...these will work for you (although I don't recommend it) As far as comfort goes, these fit in my ears very well, and wouldn't fall out even if I vigorously shook my head around. Just make sure you get them in all the way. For battery life, I was getting around what they advertised as 5 hours. But your results will vary based on how loud you have your music etc... They also have a built in heart rate sensor which I found to be fairly accurate. I tried it against my Gear S2 smartwatch and they were both giving heart rates that were within 2-3 beats per minute of each other. Overall, these are a very nice set of earbuds for both just blocking out the world to listen to music, or to use while working out with decent battery life They come with the USB charging cable. Small, medium, and large earpieces. Carrying case and manuals.
I would recommend this to a friend
not a everyday headsetPosted
I got the Bose Sound sport Pulse Wireless headset in black and red. The packaging was kind of large for a pair of in-ear wireless headphones. Simple and had a large picture of one of the ear pieces. I can appreciate simple packaging. It folds open into the art on the flaps of the box which was nice and the headphones. The packaging talks about the Bose connect app that you can use to help connect your device to your phone. The app is super simple to use and comes in handy. The headphones come with a nice round Bose carrying case. Medium ear pieces attached to the headphones and a backup pair of small and large to switch out for just in case. Micro USB cord for charging paper and the regular documentation. I didn't charge the headset when I opened it. Connecting the headphones to my iPhone 7+ using the Bose connect app went well. They didn't connect on the first attempt but did on the second attempt. There's a button on right earpiece you use to term them on and triggers the Bluetooth for pairing. They app showed the battery life of 90%. The app started doing an update for the headphones, which stars 32 mins. Super long wait time for an update. Connecting the phone to wifi did not speed up the process. The headset dropped to 80% in less than five mins while waiting for the update and powered off. While waiting on the update I tried the headphones on and it triggered heart rate check. That was a surprise I didn't realize that was a feature for the headphones. There's also an option for an auto-off timer for the headphones so not to waste the battery. There's an off on option for voice prompting. The headphones are a little bulky on the ear part compared to their wired version. The cord on the headset is long enough to give u a little room to hand around your neck and not tug on your ears. The medium earpieces were a bit hard to put on and felt large. It took a bit of effort to get them in. On my wired version. I use a medium perfectly. The sound is crisp and clear. You are not an enveloped in the sound with in-ear but comparing to the wired Bose sound sport the bass is not as deep but just as crisp and clear. The base is noticeably muted. Even for non bass heavy songs. The hi’s and vocals have a lot of treble in them. I prefer more of an equal balance with my levels. At some points in the songs where the instrumentals were low the vocals were off compared to the wired Bose sound sports. They work well for instances when you don't want to be tied to a wire in your phone. For me they are not for long term wear. My ears felt like something heavy was sitting in them after a bit They began to throb a tad. I could see someone using these just for the gym but wont be immersed into the music, too much leakage.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great sound quality, Comfortable, Stays PutPosted
I was skeptical that I would like these earbuds. I find almost all earbuds to be really uncomfortable. For example, I cannot wear the EarPods that came with my iPhone. My daily 'phones are my LG TonePro's which I LOVE, so it took a lot for me to COMPLETELY SWITCH from wearing my TonePro's around my neck daily to clipping the case for these Bose earbuds to my purse and pulling them out when I wanted to use them. Which I have started to do. My other comparison for sound quality is my pair of Bose around-the-ear Sound True headphones, which I use for my home listening. Is the sound quality on these wireless earbuds as good? Absolutely not. But for wireless earbuds? I was really surprised by how close they came. Things I loved: -While it took a little trial and error, I did find a good fit with the enclosed ear tips and found the earbuds to be comfortable for long wear. -While earbuds tend to fall out of my ears, these stay in really well, even with a lot of jostling from running or walking. I work out with these with only a few periodic adjustments. They stay in much better than my wired earbuds. -The sound quality is amazing for what they are. Outside noise reduction is surprisingly good (great for at the gym, maybe not so great if you're out running on the street and need to be aware of noise around you). -Bluetooth pairing is consistent, reliable and I never had to worry about it again after pairing once with my iPhone 6. -The heart rate monitor seems to be accurate, compared with other monitors I simultaneously compared it with. Works with third party apps on the app store. Handy! Room for improvement: -One of the best features of my LG TonePro headphones is that they vibrate when a call comes in so I can "wear" them all day and never hear my phone ring. Admittedly, the mic is kind of a secondary feature on these earbuds to the sound and heart rate monitoring, but a vibrate feature on these would make my TonePro's totally obsolete for me. -I wish all the gadgetry was on one side so I could keep one earbud out if I need to hear what's going on around me. As it is, the buttons and mic are on the right, but the heart rate monitor is on the left... so I can have either/or if I need to have an earbud out to hear road noise, etc. -The black/gray rubber tips for the earbuds collect lots of dust, lint, etc. I wonder if there is another material or texture that would work better. Verdict: I love these earbuds. They are definitely an investment, but for the sound quality and added feature of the heart rate monitor--if you're working out with them, they are a worthwhile investment!
I would recommend this to a friend
The sound pulse headphones are a must have for anyone that lifts weights and doesn't like a cord dangling in the way runners that don't like to have stings attached or anyone that doesn't like to be limited to cords attached. I love that i can have the freedom to move about without worrying about disruptions from my cord being pulled out all of a sudden. The design looks like it would be comfortable so i was hesitant at first but the earpiece is actually so comfortable you forget that its in your ear. I love the i don't have a big hook on my ear and i can move around freely as I please. The fit very well. The sound is great and better than I expected. One thing that I did notice not while I was running or at the gym but I was cleaning my house I popped these headphones in since I would be free to move about and I left my phone in one room and went to the bedroom and it was starting to breakup and get static so I don't know how far exactly that you can travel in between these without disrupting the connection. The Bluetooth was easy to use and pair with any device I was able to pair ti with my phone Ipod and my kindle without any issues. the battery life worked awesome the time that I used it and hour at the gym and last for a 2 hour movie just fine. Comfort is definitely a plus if you feel apprehensive about the design its super comfortable and no worries about that. One of the features That i dislike is the controls for the volume if you wear it behind the neck the cord is short which is a good thing but I dislike that you cant see it in order to what you are doing that is one downfall I don't like the that the controls a hard to reach. The heartbeat sensor is an awesome plus I don't know how accurate it is since I don't have anything to compare it to but you do have to download an app for this feature to work. Overall I would recommend these to a friend they are awesome quality headphones for almost anyone no matter what you need it to use.
I would recommend this to a friend