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Good comfort, audio quality and versatilityPosted
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.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best all around but need improvementsPosted
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
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Great sound, fits wellPosted
I have had several pairs of wireless headphones throughout the years. I'm currently using the Jaybird X2 and Blueant Pump. I use the Jaybird's for working out and the Blueant's when I'm doing yardwork at home. The Jaybird's were my favorite until I began using the Bose Soundsports. I've included a photo of all three of my current wireless earbuds for comparison purposes and although the Bose look big (although smaller than the BlueAnt's) they fit very comfortably. The wire is the perfect length and doesn't require any cable management to make them a comfortable length for most users. The Bose earphones have a small clip on the back to attach to your shirt/collar to keep them secure, but i found i didnt need it. I was always worried about the Jaybird's falling out as they didnt feel very secure in my ears, but I havent felt that way with the Bose. They dont feel tight, but they do feel secure in my ears using the medium Stay Hear + gel tips. The most important aspect of ear phones to me is sound quality. These are noise cancelling and can be used to answer calls as well. I was pleasantly surprised by how well these sounded. The Jaybird's were good, but these are much better. They dont have the deep bass, like Beats, but the bass is respectable. I dont really care to blow my ear drums out with the bass, so these were more favorable to my listening style. I used them this morning to workout and i was very happy with the fit and sound of these. The mids were great, the bass was decent and I could hear the music very clear and precisely. I also connected them to my iPad and watched about 30 minutes of a movie and there was no delay in the sound versus the movie. They didnt cut out at all. There is an app for the headphones, which at this point is useless because it only allowed me to select the power down duration and voice prompts. It appears the app is only compatible with the Soundlink around ear wireless headphones at the moment. Hopefully the app will be compatible with these ear phones and will allow some adjustments to the sound if I should choose to do so. When paired with my iPhone it did show the battery status in the margin, so its easy to see how much life is left. These came with about a 70% charge. The only complaint i have so far is that when paired with multiple devices, it didnt switch to the other device automatically like my Jaybird's. I paired these with my iPad to watch a movie, then I turned off the bluetooth to it and I wanted them to connect to my iPhone so I could listen to music, but i had to actually un-pair the ear phones from my iPhone and then re-pair them in order to get them to work. There is an area in the app that showed previously paired devices, so maybe I needed to switch the devices in the app. Overall, these have become my new favorite wireless ear phones and I would certainly recommend them. Pros: - Great sound - Fits well in my ears - Feels secure - Easy to pair Cons: - App doesnt really do anything - Wished they would automatically connect to other paired device when one is shut off
I would recommend this to a friend
Expected Bose Quality - Detailed ReviewPosted
For several years now, Bose headphones have been a staple in our household. It began with the Bose QC15 over-ear noise canceling headphones. That purchase made us spoiled by great sound and discontent with any lesser pair of speakers of any type. So, could Bose duplicate their incredibly high audio standard on a small pair of wireless and rugged in-ear headphones? The answer is, absolutely! That said, the Bose SoundSport Wireless may not be for everyone. There are trade-offs that you should know about before you buy. I have had my pair for a couple of weeks now. Here are the details of my experience with the headphones... SOUND QUALITY The sound quality is absolutely fantastic. To describe it with just one word, the sound is RICH! There is a quality depth and warmth to the music that is better than I have ever heard on Bluetooth in-ear headphones. The music also comes across very detailed and dynamic. The high notes on a guitar tickle my ears while a deep bass line has more than enough punch to get me jiving. If you are new to Bose, you will be thrilled with the sound quality. If you already own other Bose speakers, then you will appreciate that the company's rich sound signature has not been lost on this wireless pair of sport headphones. FIT & COMFORT The Stay Hear ear tips do an amazing job of, well, actually staying in your ears. I also have a pair of Bose QC20 headphones with the same type of tips. With nearly two years of use, the ear pieces have NEVER fallen out with the QC20's. Not even when the wire is caught and tugged. Thus far, my experience has been the same with the new SoundSport. They have never fallen out. Plus there is no tethered wire to worry about getting caught on something. Perfect for activity. While jogging, washing the car and other various activities the headphones just stay in with no adjustment. The silicon tips are also very comfortable though not as soft as those on the QC20. I assume that the extra heft is to hold the additional weight that the SoundSport earpieces have. Understandable as the earpieces house a battery, Bluetooth antenna, buttons and other electronics. It is surprising that they still feel as comfortable and natural in the ear as they do. BLUETOOTH Pairing was straight-forward on my iPhone, iPad and iMac. I love that they are NFC enabled. The Bluetooth range is fairly great. I can leave my phone in one place and walk anywhere in our two story 2500 sq foot home without a dropout. When listening away from home (phone in a pocket), I also have never experienced even a hiccup in the connection. My only difficulty with the Bluetooth turned out to be something I appreciate. Let me explain.... once paired, the headphones automatically connect to the last two devices they were paired with. When you first power on the headphones, if one of those two devices is not in range, then the headphones find and reconnect to any other previously paired device. This is great, but for me it worked almost too well. One time I powered on the headphones to listen to music on my iPhone only to find music playing from the iMac that my wife was using. So, my wife wondered why her music was no longer audible on her computer and I was confounded by the mystery music on my headset. This type of scenario happened a couple of times and became very annoying until we downloaded the Bose connect App. With the App, we can now easily tell the headphones which device we want connected. Presently, I have grown to appreciate how "sticky" the Bluetooth pairing is. I have never had to re-pair anything and I can easily switch between devices using the Connect App. By the way, the App also automatically updates the firmware on the headphones when needed. Nice! DURABILITY I read several older reviews where people had faulty units with a malfunctioning earpiece overtime. I also read somewhere that Bose found the issue and fixed the problem in its latest production. I have had no issue with my pair. Everything feels solid and built for abuse. By the way, the included neoprene case feels incredibly seamless and protects the headphones very well. BATTERY LIFE Bose states that the headphones get up to six hours battery life per charge. I have found this to be fairly accurate. The battery has never died on me mid-workout. Neither have I ever been surprised when they do need charging because of the voice prompt that announces the battery with each power on. Still, consider that they are yet another thing to charge. For me, a welcome confession to be able to exercise wire free. CONCLUSION In the end, I am very happy with the Bose SoundSport Wireless. The bottom-line is that they sound fantastic, are comfortable, they stay in place and keep a reliable Bluetooth connection. If you are in the market for workout ready headphones - I highly recommend the SoundSport Wireless. I expect to enjoy mine for years to come.
I would recommend this to a friend
Lightweight, durable, wireless, great soundingPosted
I have now put in quite a bit of time with these earbuds. I've been searching for a nice pair of Bluetooth earbuds and have gone through quite a few of them including the Powerbeats 2 wireless earbuds, new Jaybird Freedom (F5) earbuds, neckband-style earbuds from LG and and Skullcandy, and JBL. They all had their pros and cons but my main issue with all of them is that they just weren't comfortable to wear. The Jaybird's were the only ones that would actually stay in my ears but their wing tips kept pushing the earbud down on my ear canal instead of holding it in place. The others would simply pop out of my ears and would never stay in, that included the Powerbeats 2 wireless earbuds (that ear clip really does nothing). Enter the Bose SoundSport wireless earbuds. I'm a big fan of Bose's ear tip design for their SoundSport and QuietComfort 20 earbuds. They are currently the only ones on the market that will actually stay put in my ears and provide a comfortable listening experience. Bose has taken the StayHear + tips from the QuietComfort 20 earbuds and moved them over to their SoundSport earbuds. So anyone familiar with the QC20's will know how these fit. They are lightweight and provide a level of comfort I've never had with any other wireless pair of earbuds. Just like the QC20's, I can and have worn these for hours without having to take them out or even adjust them. These use an open design which means that outside noise can still be heard. I think this is a positive for a pair of earbuds designed to be used when working out as you can go walking/running and still be aware of your surroundings. You won't get run over my a car as you can hear it approaching. I've used my earbuds in a shared office as well and they were fine with drowning out everyone. The open design does mean that sound leaks but I've found that the level of leakage is the same as Bose's other SoundSport wired earbuds. It's enough that people around you (if it's quiet) will notice but not enough to be annoying in noisy public transit situations. The sound quality of these have been improved over the wired SoundSport earbuds. There's more bass but it doesn't overwhelm and the highs are even more pronounced. These definitely aren't for audiophiles looking for a flat response curve though, this definitely gives a v-shaped curve where the mids are suppressed and the highs and lows are bumped up. I'm fine with that though and actually prefer that sound signature. I, and many other people (it's what Dr. Amar Bose spent tons of research time proving), often don't like flat, accurate sound. The earbuds fit securely and I have yet to have them pop or fall out even when the wire was being tugged on a bit. The parts of each earbud that house the electronics don't touch my ears and don't dig into anything. They really are just as comfortable as the SoundSport wired earbuds. I did notice that the volume of these has to be turned up more compared to the wired versions. I often listen with the volume of my iPhone 6S Plus at 65-70%. I wouldn't turn it up any louder but these, much like with Bose's other modern headphones, are quieter. I'm alright with having to use a high volume setting so long as I can still comfortably listen to music. These are a bit heavier than the wired SoundSport earbuds but that's to be expected given all the electronics that these have to house. That being said, I haven't really noticed a difference between the two when it comes to everyday, general listening. They actually feel lighter when jogging as the audio cable isn't bouncing up and down pulling on my ears like the wired SoundSports do. Bose claims that these get 6 hours of use out of a single charge and that's about accurate. I normally get 6 hours and 10-15 minutes before they die out. There are voice prompts whenever you turn the earbuds on letting you know how full the battery is. iOS users can also monitor the earbud's battery level through the iOS top dock (there's a small battery icon). Bose also released an iOS and Android app that let's you rename the earbuds, manage the devices that they are connected to, adjust their volume, monitor the battery level, and even update their firmware (the app will be updated with this feature later). It's a nifty app but I really only used it once to rename my earbuds and that has been it. Bluetooth range is solid and I have not experienced any dropouts with my iPhone, iPad Air 2, or MacBook Pro. I normally select music on my iPhone, turn off the screen, put it in my pocket, and never take my phone out until I'm done. I've used a lot of Bluetooth headphones and earbuds that will lose the connection to my phone when it's in my pocket or have slight dropouts whenever my Apple Watch comes is between the two (as it would be on my left wrist with my phone in my left pocket). Not these though, they are solid. I'm even able to leave my phone in my desk drawer and walk to the back of my lab (about 25 ft away) and still listen to music. The in-line remote works like every other in-line remote for Apple devices. There's volume up and down buttons, the middle multi-function button plays/pauses music, can be used to fast forward or rewind, skip to the next track or play the previous one, and answer and hangup on calls. I've taken a couple of calls through these and nobody complained about not being able to hear me. Call quality was fine on my end, maybe a tad better than the wired SoundSport earbuds but I'm not sure if I would really notice a difference. My complaints are minor at this point. I wish the battery life was longer though I've experienced earbuds with much shorter battery lives (3-4 hours). Their 6-hour time is pretty average for earbuds in this category but at least it's accurate. The carrying case that includes a charging battery is expensive but I highly recommend it if you listen to music a lot everyday. I like the black and blue color (more than the standard black) but I was hoping that Bose would release these in more colors (they are releasing white and yellow but they look awful, the red and black are more expensive as they have a heart-rate monitor). Lastly, the buttons for the in-line remote are more squishy compared to the more tactile-feeling buttons of the wired SoundSport earbuds. Those are all really minor though. These are above and beyond the most comfortable wireless earbuds I have used that are able to stay secure. I've used them in the rain and they've survived so they are very durable and live up to Bose's claims of being weather resistant. Their Bluetooth range is great, they are easy to pair and use, and their sound quality has improved over the wired editions. They aren't quite as loud as the older wired ones and are a bit heavier but that's about it. Anyone looking to upgrade their SoundSport earbuds to wireless models or people wanting a pair of Bluetooth earbuds for general everyday or exercising purposes should definitely consider these. I've gone through multiple models from different brands and returned them all. I'll definitely be keeping these as my everyday, go-to earbuds.
I would recommend this to a friend
Active lifestyle and hate cords? Buy these.Posted
Disclosure, I was sent these earbuds for free in return for an honest review. To begin, these came to me at just the right time. I had been doing alot of weight training and cardio training recently trying to get back into shape. I found that every corded set of earbuds got in the way. On the treadmill, I had a cord limiting movement. Lifting dumbells, I'd have a cord getting stuck between dumbells while re-racking them. Bench press, the phone would fall out of my pocket in the middle of a lift making things dangerous. I would also try to run the wire up the inside of my shirt so it would not be in the way, but then it would be stretched so the earbuds would end up being pulled out of my head. I was at the point where it was more cumbersome dealing with the 3.5 jack wire than concentrating on lifting and running. Needless to say, I was very excited about trying these out. I've never owned wireless earbuds but I've used many different types of wireless with varying results in quality. Upon opening the box they came in the first thing I noticed was the packaging Top of the line, fold out box that would make any electronics enthusiast drool. The earbuds are placed neatly on top and all the info, charger, replacement buds and carrying case below. The rubberized feeling of these earbuds and weight of them show that they are built with quality and comfort in mind. They feel great to the touch. I charged them up as recommended by Bose before using them. The way the rubber buds are designed to curve to the inside of your ear keeps them in place without worrying about them flying out during a run. They did not slide out at all while sweating. I haven't used them in the rain yet, but they are supposed to stand up to water to a certain extent. There is also a small clip on the back to clip to the back of your shirt to prevent the cord from flopping around the back of your head. The sound quality on these is great. I used a popular streaming music service that rhymes with modify and it sounded incredible! It has a caller ID that plays your ringtone, speaks you the name of the person calling (if you have them saved in your device) or the number. You can then decide if you want to answer the call or not a great feature! Battery life was better than expected. On a full charge I played music and podcasts for 4 hours non stop and it went down to 80%. Impressive. You charge them by USB in one of the buds. The charging cord could've been a bit longer, but I understand they want it all to fit in the carrying case. I would recommend these to anyone who has an active lifestyle and doesn't want to be tied down by cords in the gym, running or doing any outdoor activities. I just saw the MSRP from BOSE and I'll say if your looking for a bluetooth earbud setup, these are absolutely worth it!
I would recommend this to a friend
Good sound and stays in the earsPosted
Holding the box containing the Bose SoundSport bluetooth in-ear headphones, I immediately had three questions. First, what could be in this box to make it so heavy? Second, what was the model number for this product? And third, given the box said "Made for iPod Iphone Ipad," would the product work with my Android devices? Small print on the box quickly answered my third question: "The Android robot is reproduced . . . ." I had missed the picture of the Android robot, a nonverbal sign that the product was compatible with Android products. I never did find a model number on the box or in any of the printed matter in the box. Even when I went to the website to register, only two SoundSport products were listed: iOS models and Samsung Galaxy models. I chose the latter and registered successfully. I looked for an online copy of the product manual, but there was none. This is apparently a bleeding-edge device. As for what made the box so heavy, it was simply the box itself. Probably the nicest, most glamorous, sturdiest box for any product I had ever purchased. Inside, the earphones sat on a tray, and underneath the tray were a carrying case, short USB cable for charging, a set of small and large "StayHear tips" in case the medium-sized tips already on the headphones were not an adequate fit, and some literature (including instructions). The basic instructions, if they hadn't appeared in 18 languages, were so simple that they could have been printed on an index card. Instead, they were spread over three pages: 1. Press and hold until [Bluetooth symbol] indicator blinks blue. [A picture showed the button to push and the display.] 2. Select Bose SoundSport [Picture of a cell phone]. 3. Play music. And it really was that simple. I was listening to music on my phone within a minute. If the three steps weren't simple enough, the SoundSport also has a voice assist that talks you through the connection process. A fourth page of the instruction booklet said "Enhance your headphones with the Bose Connect app." The inside of the box said "The Bose Connect app unlocks current and future headphone features." Wanting all available features, I went to Google Play and grabbed the app. Opening the app, I saw the device listed as Bose SoundSport, and there was a link to a User Manual. It turned out that the manual was for the Soundlink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones, but it seemed that nearly all of the features of the Soundlink applied to the SoundSport, so the detailed tips, FAQs, and troubleshooting information appear to be useful. It would be nice, however, to have an actual manual for the SoundSport wireless device. There were some pictures on the other side of the fold-out, printed instructions that demonstrated how to change the StayHear tips, use the inline remote, and interpret the battery state by the color of the light on the headphone. The inline remote has three buttons: volume increase at the top, volume decrease at the bottom, and a multi-function button in the middle. A single click of the middle button opens or closes the phone connection. When I executed a single button click, a dialog box came up, asking whether I wanted to use Google app or S-Voice. I chose Always Google app and then asked by voice for a call to one of my contacts. After connecting I left my phone in one room and walked through two doors to a distant room in the house to have a conversation through the built-in microphone on the inline remote. The sound quality was a little fuzzy, but we had no trouble hearing and understanding each other through the headset. Now, when you are listening to music, the middle button on the inline remote is supposed to play or pause on one press, skip ahead one song on two presses, and skip back one song. However, apparently my choice to use the Google app was still in effect. I found that I was able to ask for songs, pause them, and skip around by voice commands. However, I have not found a way to disable the Google app. Even explicitly turning off "launch by default" in the app with the Android application manager didn't stop the Bose SoundSport middle button click from asking whether I wanted to use the Google app or S-Voice to complete the command. So it might not be possible to easily go back and forth between voice commands and simple button press commands. The buttons on the inline remote, by the way, have to be pressed very firmly to engage, which makes it extremely unlikely they will be pressed accidentally. I understand that the sound quality of headphones is very important to audiophiles. I am probably not the best person to report on the sound quality of the Bose SoundSport, because I have found that I cannot reliably distinguish among uncompressed wav files, 128kbps mp3s, and 320kbps mp3s. You should keep that in mind when you read what I have to say about the sound quality of the Bose SoundSport. I have owned very cheap earbuds and moderately priced earbuds, and I can tell the difference. To me, the Bose SoundSport sounds at least as good as my moderately-priced earbuds, clear and rich for bass, mid-range, and higher frequencies. I have never owned expensive audiophile-grade in-ear headphones, however, so I cannot say how the SoundSport compares. I can report that the sound is not as good as my over-the-ear studio headphones, but who would expect this for in-ear headphones designed for working out? Far more important qualities in workout headphones are their sturdiness, and—most importantly—how well they stay in my ears. There is nothing more frustrating to me during a long run than having my headphones continually falling out of my ears. I've tried both sports headphones with in-ear anchors and around-the-ear loops, and all of them eventually fell out during runs. I had some doubts about the Bose SoundSport because they felt a little heavy, seemed to stick out quite a bit, and the StayHear tips did not feel like they were anchoring the earphones firmly. Still, actual performance is what counts, not perception. Unfortunately I got my Bose headphones shortly after I hurt my knee during a Memorial Day run, so I didn't want to rush out and pound the pavement to see how well they stayed in my ears. But I devised what might have been an even better test: how well they stayed in while I bounced on my mini-trampoline. And the good news is, after 20 minutes of vigorous bouncing in which I shook my head from side to side many times, the phones were still in. The Bose SoundSport therefore passed my most important test of a sports headphone: whether they stay in your ears during sport activities.
I would recommend this to a friend
These headphones can be summed up with one word...AMAZING! They fit the description of everything I would want when looking for wireless headphones. First of all, they are bluetooth. Gone are the days of connecting a wired set of headphones to the jack on my phone. One of my next favorite features is the sound quality. I have several Bose products and I must say my expectations were high for this product. Bose did not let me down. The headphones are sweat/water resistant which is a plus when working out. They also are very comfortable and seem to fit easily on my ear. I wear them for long periods of time and they never irritate my ears like some headsets have done in the past. The left and right earpieces are connected together by a single wire. The wire has a small clip in the middle to latch the headphones to your shirt collar to assist them in staying in place as well as to make sure they do not fall off your neck when not in use. When you turn the headset on it immediately tells you the amount of battery life left as well as the name of the device the headset is paired to. Bose also has an app available for download called Bose Connect. This app will allow you to look up information about the headset as well as update it and control it. I hope Bose installs more features into the app as time goes on such as an equalizer. This device has a total of four buttons. The power button is on the right earbud along with a battery light and a bluetooth indicator light. On the wire between the earbuds, closer to the right side, there are three additional buttons. These buttons include volume up, down, and mute. The mute button also serves to answer phone calls and end phone calls. The headset has a built in microphone for taking your calls while wearing it. The mute button also changes the song, pushing it twice in a row advances to the next song, while pushing it three times goes back to the previous song. The box came with a USB charging cable as well as a carrying case for the headphones that also has a clip for attaching it to a bag. There are also additional earpieces. The headphones come preinstalled with medium earbuds, but they are interchangeable for small or large as well. All in all, operation of the headset is simple and easy to learn. I love this headset and I can see myself using it for a very long time.
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Great sound quality and comfortable fitPosted
PROs + Sound quality: Obviously, as you would expect from Bose, sound quality is superb. Bass is deep and rich, while mids and highs come through crystal clear. The earbuds are also "noise-cancelling" and help conceal the sounds around you, allowing you to focus on the music. While these earbuds are marketed for working out, I find myself enjoying the rich sound around the house and at the office. + Easy controls: A simple tap of the power button the right earbuds bring the the SoundSports to life. A pleasant female voice announces the battery level and the device the earbuds are connected to. Hold the button down for a second to turn the earbuds off. The inline remote allows you to adjust the volume with the top and bottom bottoms, while a single press of the middle button plays and pauses your music. Holding down the middle button summons Siri on my iPhone. And similar to Apple Earpods, double-clicking the middle button skips forward a track while triple-clicking the middle button rewinds a track. + Ear stabilizers: The included earbud tips come in small, medium and large. The small, soft "wings" fit comfortably within the folds of your ear to help keep them in place while you workout. + Clip: You can tie up the extra slack in the wire by using the included clip. This allows you fit the cord up against your head comfortably to prevent the inline remove from flopping around while you're working out. + App enabled: You can install the Bose Connect app on your smartphone that allows you to set the language, name, and auto-off time period. However, there are no sound quality adjustments available in the app at this time, but this may be because many smartphones already include sound adjustments in the phone's settings. + Range: I had my phone sitting in the middle of my 1st floor and was able to get about 20-30 feet away from it on the 2nd floor with minimal breakups. CONs - Extended wear: While the earbuds are comfortable, after about an hour I noticed that my ears felt like they needed to "pop" by yawning, similar to when you climb altitude on an airplane. My ears also started to feel fatigued by the weight of the earbuds. So while these earbuds would be ideal for a 30-60 minutes run or gym routine, you may not find them ideal for extended wear while at work. - Running: The earbuds do a fairly good job of staying in place while running, but I did notice that the sweatier I got, the more these earbuds wanted to slide around my ear and eventually work loose. Thankfully, with the ear stabilizers, you do have plenty of time to gently push the earbuds back in before they work loose completely. For more intense workouts like CrossFit, you may find they come loose more frequently. Overall, the Bose SoundSport earbuds provide excellent sound quality and easy to use controls. While they may not be perfect for intense workouts, they are still ideal for running, the elliptical, or even doing chores around the house.
I would recommend this to a friend
Again, Cant go wrong with Bose!Posted
So a week ago I bought the JayBird freedoms and I was not pleased with the bass and the stupid controller that was on the side never mind the stupid charger pack... I found out these Bose Bluetooth Sound Sports came out today and WOW! The JayBirds cost $199 for how they look and average sound. for $149.99 mind you $50 less you get these gems! Ya they look bulky but thats because the bass is actually there!! They are lightweight even though they look big and fiit right in! Sound: Bass sounds very nice and clean. You can customize the EQ with your settings either on your phone or Ipod to get that extra boost or extra highs but right out of the box they sound fantastic! I have listened to Heavy Bass like Radio Active from Imagine Dragons, To Bob Marley to Pink Floyd and man the sound and clarity is just amazing!! Yes Bob Marley we are Jamming!!" Connectivity: My Jaybird Freedoms had a few hiccups with the bluetooth when I first started but the Bose is just smooth with no issues! Feel: The first few minutes they might feel awkward but after a few minutes you forget they are there. They come with a S,M,L fits that can detach and attach from the buds. They don't wiggle and has a clip in the back just incase you don't want the wires to bounce it can attach to your shirt. Extras: So for $199 for the Freedoms I got too many accessories and a cheap case for all of them but none for the headphones... Bose gives you a very nice clip on case that they can fit in. For an extra $50 I got the Charge Rubber Case! This case is sweeeet!!! Below is a short description "The built-in battery extends listening time up to 18 hours. The case’s compact, durable design protects your headphones as they charge, so you can just toss it in your bag and go. Running short on time? Just a quick 15-minute charge gives you up to 1 hour of play time. The case reaches a full charge in less than 2 hours, then when fully charged automatically shuts off for safety." Conclusions: If you want stylish bluetooth headphones for $200 get the Jaybirds. For $200 you can get these buds and the charging case for the same price! Again they sound amazing and there going to be a huge hit once people realize how awesome they sound!!!!! Plus they have 6 hrs of battery compared to the 4 and 4 from Jaybirds.