Bose recently released their first wireless earbuds aimed at active listeners, the Bose SoundSport, which are Bluetooth and waterproof/sweat-proof. This model is not completely wireless and has a short cable.
In the search for the best Bluetooth wireless in-ear headphones of 2018 you may end up with several options such as Monster Adidas Sport Adistar and JayBird Freedom. Unfortunately, most Bluetooth headphones don’t sound great. Plus, battery life and size are major issues that Bluetooth headphones makers are still trying to improve. This is where Bose enters the picture.
There are a lot more Bluetooth headphones out there that have many different features and designs. Of course they don’t all sound, fit or perform the same. It can be difficult to find the perfect pair for you.
Just like every pair of Bluetooth headphones, Bose SoundSport wireless earbuds have a drawback: They look strangely large on the ear. On the bright side, these earbuds are lightweight and extremely comfortable. If you are looking for the best wireless earbuds for sports, this pair will makes the top of the list along with the with other contenders like Beats Powerbeats2, Monster Adidas Sport Adistar and JayBird X2.
Design and Features
If you are a more visual person, here is a very detailed review of the Bose SoundSport, from Jim’s Review Room:
It is common for Bluetooth earbuds to be charged via micro-USB port and on the earbud. While charging you can’t use the earbuds. Bose took a different approach by installing this port on the inline-remote which is very convenient as the carrying case doubles as a charger when you’re on the go. The portable charing case provides 3 full charges, but unfortunately this accessory is not included with the purchase of the earbuds.
The cable is rugged and sturdy with an inline-remote. You can’t adjust the length of the cord and because the material used to make the cord is sturdy, it may cause a little noise from cable bouncing as you run.
The Bose Soundsport wireless earbuds fit well, sitting evenly and comfortably in your ear. Wing eartips keep them in place externally, while the earbuds don’t fit too tightly inside the ear which gives a relaxed fit. This allows some ambient sound to come in keeping you safe and aware of your surroundings.
An inline-remote located near the right earbud allows you to adjust volume, navigate tracks and take calls with ease.
Supported near-field communication (NFC) allows you to quickly pair with the headphones by simply tapping a button. The earbuds maintain a stable connection within 33 feet.
Just like all Bluetooth headphones, Bose SoundSport don’t offer rumbling bass because of their non-sealed design. They also sound less clear and dynamic than other wired models like the SoundTrue Sport wired earbuds which are in the same price range. This is not abnormal for sport headphones, but the treble is held back and they have a natural, warm mid-range.
According to CNET reviews, the headphones perform best outdoors rather than indoors. Compared to other popular sets like Jaybird Freedom, Bose SoundSport fall behind but not by much.
Like the wired model, which was rated one of the best sports earbuds over $100 for many years, this Wireless model fits in the ear with a non-sealed design. The Bose StayHear eartips are designed to improve this shortcoming by giving users a snug fit and eliminating external noise.
- Exeptionally comfortable
- Great sound for sports headphones
- Automatically turn off
- Large earpieces
- Decent battery
- Microphonic noises
Portable charging station and carrying case (not included with purchase of earbuds)
Here are some highlights of the SoundSport Wireless Earbuds
- Price: Check current price on Amazon
- Play time: 6 hours
- Available in four colors: black, aqua, red and citron
- Auto-power off feature
- Additional portable charging case (sold separately)
- Companion app: Bose’s free Connect
- Connectivity: NFC