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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 662 reviews

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would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not loud

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    Swayknight95
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    Great quality but not loud enough, not worth the money at all!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice headphones

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    Outlaw
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    Nice headphones, a little bulky but fit ears nicely. Could use higher volume levels in noisy environments.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great pair of headphones!

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    IllNinnio
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    I enjoy these headphones very much but they are not very well in loud work environments, especially if you are watching movies on your phone. Overall they are great for music!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Headphones

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    Scotty
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    I really like these headphones. My only complaint is they are not really loud. They have great sound but they don't get really loud.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded my expectations!

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    Bacwaldo
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    I already had owned the Dre Beats for a while and I was debating if I should get these. My b-day came up and my wife gifted these to me. These headphones are comfortable and have excellent sound. Yes the Beats might be louder but these headphones being so close to your eardrum actually sound loud as well. So do not hesitate and get them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    They sound very good!

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    jsnkc28
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome concept

    Posted
    Estoecklein

    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound and wireless connectivity

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    TheStump
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    As with all Bose products I've tried, these earbuds have excellent sound. I'm not an audiophile by any means, but any time I use these I enjoy the clarity and range not found in other headphones. The bluetooth works great, connects fast, and the range is much better than less expensive bluetooth headphones I've used. I've used some earbuds in the pat that lose connection with my phone in my back pocket, but these have no problem keeping a strong static free connection. The earbuds are comfortable, but take some getting used to. The tips don't sit as far down into the ear as the earbuds I'm used to, so they felt strange at first as I kept trying to shove them deeper in my ear and they felt uncomfortable. Once I figured out they sit shallower in the ear than other earbuds, I realized they are very comfortable. They also stay in place when exercising. I'm not much of a runner, but during biking and elliptical workouts, I had no issues with them slipping out. These are not the perfect earbuds however, the shallow ear fit means they don't block as much outside noise as earbuds that sit deeper and completely seal the ear. This may be beneficial for runners, but for me, the outside noise is distracting. I wouldn't wear these cutting grass or on a plane as the ambient noise would be too loud. The heart rate monitoring works well, but the Bose Connect app only shows your heart rate if you have the app open and on your actual screen. Any time you switch apps and switch back, the Bose Connect app has to read you heartrate. In other words, there is no continuous background heartrate tracking with the base Bose Connect app. However, a slew of 3rd party apps are available, and the one I tried maintained a continuous heart rate read, and the tracking did work. Overall I would recommend these to anyone looking for high quality wireless earbuds for exercise or any other activity that doesn't require high levels of outside noise. If you need heart rate tracking as well and don't want to wear a separate heart rate tracker, then these are for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones

    Posted
    DoubleJ
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    These are really great headphones. They are very well packaged, easy to get in to and initial set up was very easy. Inside the box are the headphones, different size ear wings (a smaller and a larger pair, in case the medium doesn't work for you), a short USB charging cable (no AC adapter), instructions, and a carrying case with a convenient carabiner to attach the case to your bag, or whatever. Downloaded the pulse app to my Galaxy phone and it guided me through the pairing process. Paired with multiple devices, (my phone, an Android tablet, my PC) all using the app via my phone. Was a very simple process. The fit of these in my ears is really comfortable and I could see wearing them essentially all day. The sound quality is outstanding even at low listening volumes. Really deep basses and clear highs. They aren't noise cancelling but I suppose that also depends on your listening volume as it was easy to drown out any external noise. I haven't had the opportunity to use the built in microphone to make a phone call. I would expect to be able hear callers normally because of the great sound quality, but I'm not sure about the built in microphone as it's on the cord that is behind your head. I'm not a runner, but the ear wings seem to hold the headphones in your ear very snugly and comfortably. The pulse feature seems to work well in detecting my heart rate and is accurate when compared to other methods of measuring my heart rate. Went for a walk and tracked my walk using the Runkeeper app. With no additional setup whatsoever, the app automatically displayed my heart rate while I was walking and displayed an average after I was done. This makes it easy to know the intensity of your workout, etc. The controls on the wire control volume, can pause the music, and answer phone calls. The headphones will announce who is calling (based on what's in your contact information) Stated battery life is 5 hours. That seems like the only limiting factor to wearing these all day long.

    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: 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: 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've 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's 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's 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've 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've used. I recommend picking one up.

    I would recommend this to a friend