Since Bragi kicked off their crowdfunding campaign for true wireless earbuds, I frequently heard about many companies announcing their first pairs. Samsung has already announced their 2nd gen of Gear IconX and Apple Airpods at first seemed to be a weird erring but acctually a new research suggested that AirPods brought in 98 percent customer satisfaction. Though all these wireless earbuds have their drawbacks, and the best pairs may sound good and have solid connection but they encounter other issues like battery life, fit and firmware fault.
Bose’s SoundSport Free, the company’s first completely wireless sports earphones, isn’t without a flaw, but it may just be the best sport wireless earbuds currently out there.
Like the Bose SoundSport wireless, it is water-resistant and sounds great, but this model isn’t cheap, it costs $50 compared to the “wire wireless” version at $249. By design they have the same open seal style, which mean the eartips don’t enter into the ear canal and you can still hear the ambient sound. Thank to the Bose’s StayHear+ eartips, which don’t give the tight seal but help secure the earbuds in your ears.
This model is equipped with a special sport version of the StayHear tips that’s the same as the StayHear tips included with Bose SoundSport Wireless. Rival wireless earbuds — such as Apple Airpods – don’t use eartips and Jabra Elite Sport Wireless – silicon jacket, Sony WF-1000X – earhooks and The Dash Pro -eartips — give you a variety of fit. But but this headphone, you can find the most stable, comfortable fit while you are running.
The earbud itsefl looks somewhat bulky, but you won’t feel heavy on your ears as it looks. Because of becoming “true wireless” aside from hardware, Bluetooth module the battery pack makes the housing are larger than usual.
The Bose true wireless earbuds are sweat- and water-resistant, but they don’t have touch control like the Dash Pro. There is a 3-button remote control on the right earpiece that lets you adjust volume, stop/play music and answer and make calls. The mutiple button also provides access to your phone’s Siri or your Google Assistant. It offer decent call quality with an integrated dual-microphone array located on the right earbud, and note that call audio will be heard in the right earbud not from the both sides.
The SoundSport Wireless keep the solid connection with your phones in the range of p30 ft (9 m) and their battery is rated at 5 hours, which is a standard for this type of small headphone. But they come with a simple charging case that has a built-in battery for on-the-go charging. That battery case provides up to 10 hours of battery life.
It is a perfect pair for your exercise, especially for running, in which the comfort and secure fit are your priority. You definitely find how easy to put them on and set for your next workout.
The sound quality is good, but if you want something more, clearer and more detailed Erato Apollo 7 would be an alternative. And I hope it could offer more dynamic sound and crisp bass. Interestingly, the sounding profile is similar to the SoundSport Wireless with plenty of bass and the warm midrange. Since it’s open design, listening outdoors the sound will be more preferable.
It has been years since the first pair of totally wireless earbuds were introduced, they’ve become mature products and the SoundSport Free reaches the fit and comfort level that work for the vast majority of people who need a pair of wireless earbuds for sports.
The SoundSport Free’ highlights:
- Available in two colors at launch (black, midnight blue)
- Price: $249
- 5 hours of battery life
- Water- and sweat-resistant
- Works with Bose’s free Connect app for Android and iOS devices to track the earbuds’ location and manage connections
- Charging case provides additional 10 hours of battery.
Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds
- Most comfortable wireless earbuds
- Fit securely in your ears
- Best sounding wireless earbuds
- Solid Bluetooth connection
- Bulky earpieces
- Battery isn't great
- Open design lets the ambient sound leak in