Bose has always been known for having high quality and amazing sounding earphones. And after using the Bose QC 35 I can say I've been spoiled with the amazing sound quality bose has to offer. So do the Bose SoundSport Wireless Earphones Hold up to the same standard? Lets find out.
So first you should know the SoundSports now come in 2 variations. You can get your base Bose SoundSport Wireless Earphones for $149 or you can get the Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless Headphones for $199 from amazon. Links to get them are in the description. So whats the difference between the standard version and the pulse version? Nothing much, except the pulse has a built in heart rate monitor! Full disclaimer here, I initially bought the Pulse Version for review as you can see from the box in the video, but I got the standard Wireless version instead… lucky me.
Ok enough complaining, inside of the box your going to get your ear phones, micro usb cable, a total of three different sized ear tips, a traveling case, and some documentation that you can use as tinder to start a fire incase of an emergency. The earphones themselves are very light weight, are made mostly out of plastic, and has a soft touch feel to them all around. They are also water and sweat resistant, so a little water wont do them any harm. The cable it self is thicker than other headphones ive reviewed, but dosnt transmit sound when you touch it or when it rubs against your shirt. Which is good. It also dosnt tangle up, which is also good.
Looking at the earbuds themselves we can see they are unique to say the least. They are Donald Trump Levels of HUGE. The ear tips are extremely soft silicon and feature ear fins. The ear fins do their best to keep the ear phones in place while youre working out. The inline controller on these earphones is also huge compared to other controllers found on other wireless earphones. The 3 buttons on the controller require a good amount of pressure to press and the button themselves tend to move while being pressed. Honestly its an odd sensation and I dislike this controller compared to the ones found on the Jaybird X3 or Powerbeats 3. The inline controller does have an NFC chip built in and makes pairing with your Android Device Super Easy.
So what do they sound like? First off you should know these earphones are not meant to go inside your ear canal… so they allow a lot of ambient noise to pass through. this is great for people who go running or cycling, but not so much for people who lift weights at the gym and want to block out the pop music that their commercial gym is blaring. If I have to hear Side to Side one more time I'm going to lose it. The Low and Mid range on these earphones sound great, but the bass is not as punchy as Powerbeats. I did noticed the Highs were little washed out, but thats probably done to avoid discomfort or ringing.
The battery life on these earphones depended on which model you get. If you get the ones with the heart monitor built in you can expect about 5 hours. If you get the one without the HR monitor you should expect 6 hours of battery life. keep in mind these earphones don't have any quick charge features like other earphones on the market, and they require 2 hours to charge up too 100% from Zero Percent. But like other bose headphones, the soundsports will tell you their battery percentage every time you turn them on.
Unlike Jaybird or Beats by Dre, Bose gives you a respectable carrying pouch. Its water resistant so you don't have to worry about your earphones getting wet if you bag gets splashed on. it also offers some protection from minor bumps.
So whats the verdict on these headphones? honestly I’m underwhelmed by the Bose SoundSport and heres why. First off the earbuds themselves are huge, tend to fall out and I always find myself having to adjust them when I'm working out. they kept falling out while i did my morning cardio on the treadmill. Also due to their design and the included ear tips you can only wear them one way. Another short coming of the Sound Sport is the battery life, having a maximum battery life of 6 hours means youre going to have to constantly charge these headphones. And the lack of quick charging means if you forget to charge these headphones the night before youre outof luck.
If youre in the market for a pair of $150 earphones i say either pick up a pair of Jaybird X3 or hold off for the Beats x. Ill have a review on those as soon as they come out. If youre in the market for a pair of $200 headphones then I say checkout the Powerbeats 3, those are my current daily drivers. Links to their reviews are in the description.