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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.
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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
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Great Fidelity, Excellent PerformancePosted
I was hoping the SoundSport headphone would be great, and I wasn’t disappointed. Sound fidelity is excellent across the volume spectrum. The comfort of the earbuds is very good, and they stay right where they belong during exercise, too. SOUND I use these with an iPhone 6s Plus without special sound equalization. Bass is present at all volume levels without overpowering the higher frequencies. I don’t categorize myself as an audiophile, but I’m extremely pleased with the performance of these headphones. They also work wonderfully for phone calls. BLUETOOTH & BATTERY The Bluetooth performance is great. It pairs easily and immediately with my phone and my laptop, and they can be connected concurrently. I didn’t perform scientific tests, but battery life is excellent. They play a solid 8 hours and take less than an hour to recharge. And they didn’t impact my phone’s battery life significantly, either. Perhaps 10% extra drain during the day. And I also appreciate that these headphones sync perfectly with video playback. Some earlier Bluetooth headphones I used had a slight audio delay which made watching videos awkward especially during dialog scenes. COMFORT The SoundSport headphones are really comfortable. The tapered earbud shape should fit any ear very well, and they made me almost forget I was using them even for extended periods. The ear hook is soft and virtually undetectable, but it helps hold the earbuds securely during just about any exercise or activity. And the cable that rests on your neck has a clip to attach the headphones to your collar. This thoughtful feature makes using just one earbud easy without the weight of the unused one eventually pulling on the one in your ear. BUILD QUALITY They are built solidly and appear to be very durable. They’re also surprisingly light. The inline controls require a firm press and provide perfect tactile feedback. The headphones come with a standard Micro USB cable but no charging adapter. I use a multi-port charging block, and it works great. BOSE CONNECT MOBILE APP Bose offers iOS and Android apps to help manage the Bluetooth connections and firmware updates for the headphones. This makes these tasks a breeze. It even includes basic audio playback controls with a classy interface. The app is another really thoughtful feature for using the headphones. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED The Bose SoundSport headphones are great, and I highly recommend them. They might not be the least expensive option available, but when sound and quality matter, I argue that these are an excellent value.
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Better than BeatsPosted
I originally owned a pair of LG Tone Pro wireless headphones that lasted me about two years before I just grew tired of the way my music sounded in them and gifted them to my daughter. I stopped by Best Buy earlier this week and decided to get the Powerbeats 2 Wireless headphones, mainly because I wanted to see what all the hype was about Beats. My first disappointment was how cheaply made the Powerbeats felt, particularly where the power and charging cable buttons were located. Then came the sound, and I am being completely honest in this review-there was absolutely no difference between them and my prior LG Tone Pro headset, which was a lot cheaper than the Beats. I even had my boyfriend try them who owns several Bose and Samsung products and is a huge fan of quality sound, speakers, etc. I saw the excitement on his face turn to disappointment as soon as he placed the buds in his ears. He kept reading the manual and making adjustments before finally taking them off and stating, "wow these suck"! So it wasn't just me. So I read reviews on several products before deciding to try the new Bose Soundsport, which by the way, 95% of the reviews on here are so spot on and accurate that I pretty much knew how to use them right out of the box! The entire experience was seamless. The first thing I did was charge them to 100% which just took minutes. Then I downloaded the app and followed instructions. The app connected the Bluetooth to my phone without me having to change anything in my settings! Then came the listening, and when I tell you I was blown away, I literally, was in awe! The rich, vibrant, full sound coming from this tiny headset was amazing, and this was without tweaking anything in my sound settings on my phone! I couldn't wait to let my boyfriend hear them. When he finally did, I couldn't get them back from him. He is now wanting a pair for himself. We even tried out voice calls and the sound was crystal clear from the other side of the house. These are worth every penny, and I did get the 2 yr. replacement plan, because it was a very reasonable price for what you gain in return like a prior reviewer wrote. Don't waste money and time on other products making return trips to the store. These headphones will not disappoint. They are very comfortable to wear. The clarity, bass, and rich full tones are more than enough to fill my workout and working around the house and yard needs. Hope this helps!
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Music on the go, no compromisePosted
I have always had an affinity for Bose, with experience from their 901 speakers and bookshelf monitors, to headphones. Until now, I did not believe I could have great sounding ear buds without bulky awkward ear pieces that need to be constantly readjusted if you run, jump or even walk briskly. I regularly use small ear buds to avoid this dynamic if I am going to be moving around, so I have been conditioned to accept flat lows, pitchy highs, and waxed string soup can mid-range produced every millimeter of driver I can jam into each ear. I also have wireless headsets that produce better sound on the rare occasion they stay in place. I recently broke down and picked up a pair of Sound Sport headphones hoping not to be disappointed. Although they look as bulky as some of the other BT sets I have, I was surprised when I picked them up. They are very light, weighing in at only eight tenths of an ounce. The layout is simple, a single power button and a covered micro USB port are located on the right earpiece. A short distance down the cord is the microphone and volume toggle control, the latter is rubber covered and big enough to manipulate with gloves on. Using them out of the box is intuitive with straight forward BT connection or NFC coding in the volume control. When turned on the headphones have a voice guide that tells you the battery charge percentage and indicates the device it is paired. Although it was not really necessary, I downloaded the Bose Connect app to my phone just to see what it did. I discovered that the app allowed me to rename the headphones so don't have to play Where's Waldo in the Bluetooth device list. It also let me update the device firmware with a single click, connect all my other BT devices in a single effort, and set a time for the headphones to shut down when no input is received. These are all relatively simple things to either do, or take for granted with regular headphones. Nonetheless, thank you Bose for making these things stupid easy! I know I got carried away above with tangential matters, so I'll just cut to the chase. This is the first set of in the ear headphones with external bodies that stay in my ears. The external masses are minimized to the point that they don't cantilever out of place. The ear seals are good, with little ear canal pressure. External sound isolation isn't as good as some body in the ear headphones, but that's a low price to pay because I don't have to take them out due to discomfort with extended use. The track forward/back/pause, call answer/end/ignore, and volume are all accessed with multiple presses of the easy to grasp volume control. Despite the absence of sound cancellation or more full external sound isolation, these headphones are fantastic. They may not be the loudest I've used, but the overall sound quality makes these my go to head phones. Bass reproduction is solid and full with no clipping, a characteristic many in the ear units lack. Highs are very clean without any pitchiness in transitions, or tinniness when pushed. The one aspect that I appreciate beyond the user interface, ergonomics, and the low and high frequency reproduction is for the lack of a better word, range. Not mid-range, it's far bigger than that. These headphones manage to create space. The sounds reproduced are so clear that it feels like you are in a room with loudspeakers, or in a studio with monitors. How this is possible is beyond me, but they lose the feeling of confined sound I've gotten used to with sound compromised ear buds. I can tell you what I hear all day, but you have to hear it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. Are these headphones perfect? No. The battery life seems a little short, in my experience under 8 hours. I don't care, because I appreciated listening to the music, not just using it as a distraction.
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Excellent and Best Workout HeadponesPosted
I've had these headphones for about two weeks. They replaced my older samsung headphones that I had previously owned for a couple years till I wore them out. Durability: They have held up incredibly well and show no signs of wear yet even though i have used more than 5 to 6 hours everyday. Sound: I own some Samsung Level Pro headphones, Definitive Speakers at Home Theater Systems, high end sound in my car and I've listened to many different headphones. I'd easily say that these have excellent sound quality. Loudness: These headphones definitely put out loud volume without any clarity/detail loss in the sound quality. At loud volumes people around shouldn't be too bothered by the noise because they do a pretty good job of directing the sound into your ear. Bass: is as good as you can get with such a small speaker and comfortable fit. If you're all about bass than go get some over the ear headphones. Overall: well balanced sound at all ends of the frequency scale. No loss in clarity at higher volumes. These won't blow your mind with high quality audio (they're tiny little speakers...they're going to have limitations obviously) Comfort: This is probably the biggest selling point for me. While other headphones can be very uncomfortable while lying on your ear, these feel great. You can literally lie your head on top of the headphone and you'll only feel slight pressure inside your ear, but nothing that is painful. While sitting/standing/walking/running these barely feel like they're in your ear. They're the most comfortable headphones I've ever used and sit very naturally in your ear. I'd have to say that the comfort and secureness of these headphones are alone worth the price. This is excellent headphone from Bose and you will be amazed with build and quality.
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Super comfortable and great soundingPosted
* Comfort/Fit: I have always had a problem with in-ear headphones. Most of them hurt my ears either immediately or eventually. Apple's EarPods are the only headphones that I've been able to religiously use without comfort problems. These SoundSport headphones changed all of that! They fit in my ears perfectly right away and felt fantastic. They come with 3 different sized ear pieces that are really easy to remove and replace. I tried the smaller ones and felt like the headphones would fall out of my ears. The middle felt just right. I didn't try the largest one. I went to the gym every day for about 10 days with these. These are called SoundSport so I'm sure they're made to withstand sporty type activities. I didn't get to play any actual sports in them but I did plenty at the gym. Weight lifting. Kettle bells. Elliptical. Biking. Running. Every day for at least an hour and never had any issues with these headphones even feeling like they might slip out of my ears. I honestly forgot they were in by the end of most of my workouts. * Sound Quality: I'm sure the bar was set pretty low since most of my headphone experience has come from Apple EarPods, but I could definitely hear a difference right away. There was bass that never existed in my old headphones. Things sounded clear and great. I'm no super audiophile or anything (definitely wasn't listening to lossless music with them or anything), but I'm sure these are pretty top notch sounding headphones at their price point. I listened to mostly podcasts but threw on some music from time to time just to get a good feeling for how they sounded. I didn't test the microphone on a phone call or anything. * Connection: Connecting to my iPhone was painless. Instructions are included if you need them and as soon as I connected, I was prompted to download a companion app. The app's features were pretty limited but it did allow me to rename my headphones, which I thought was a nice touch. There was also a place to pair other devices but I didn't do this. I assume it's pretty simple. The power button is in a nice place to easily press while the headphones are in your ear. You are greeted with a voice that tells you your battery percentage as well as the name of the device you're connected with. This little detail was very nice to me. It reminded me about how long until I had to charge the battery and I imagine the device name is great when you have a couple devices connected to the same headphones. * Battery: After my first full charge, I was able to go 8 days at the gym before the headphones died completely. Each day at the gym was about 1-1.5 hours. So Bose's own 6 hour battery claim was even lower than what I experienced. It would probably average out if I did a more scientific test. Bottom line, the battery life was great for such a small device. The audible battery meter when turning them on helped me remember to charge them. * Storage: A small-ish, round case with a zipper kept the headphones safe when not in use. I didn't really take the case out with me (I just wore the headphones clipped to my shirt on the way to the gym) but the case was nice to keep them while they weren't being used. Nothing super special here. Just a case. * Conclusion: Overall, these are great headphones and I'll be using them at the gym every day for a long time. I really can't say much else.
I would recommend this to a friend