Not a perfect fit for all ear types, including my own, but the Bose Soundsport Wireless lineup is very durable and sounds great.
Hey everyone, Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom. Trying to bring you guys the newest stuff on the market, Bose just released their Sound Sport Wireless Earphones geared towards fitness fans out there. They come in two colors, aqua which I have here, and then there’s the stealth all black model. I did personally pay for this at the retail price of $150, making these slightly cheaper than some of the premium models out there, but we’ll see how these go. As always, I’ll place my links up above, click my links and they will give you the most updated prices in real-time, and if you decide to buy, of course this will help support my channel.
I do admit, these are a bit bigger than what I anticipated, but looks are subjective. Although there’s audio ports exposed, Bose claims these to be water and sweat resistant, and from my testing, spraying water all over these, the SoundSports still works perfectly fine. Looking at the right earphone, there’s your power button up top, LED’s to indicate when this is fully charged or almost dead in regards to battery life, and a Bluetooth connection indicator.
On the bottom, there is a Micro-USB port for charging the SoundSport and Bose is claiming up to 6 hours of use which is somewhat in the mid-range when you’re comparing with other sport earphones on the market. At 50% volume, I was able to get 7 hours and 4 minutes.
BUILD QUALITY AND CONTROLS
Moving on with the physical build, the left earbud doesn’t have any physical buttons or features. Moving down the cord, it’s thick and feels very durable while still being very flexible. Tossing these into my bag without the included case, they never tangled and under abuse, they held up really well. There is an inline controller with volume up and down with the pause, play and song skipping feature, and this does work for both apple and android devices. The only thing, the buttons on here are very firm compared to any other earphones I’ve used. Also, when pressing the buttons, you do feel the button slide from side to side from time to time which was a bit unusual. It’s not a deal breaker and I do admit, you get used to it after your first use or two, but something I wanted to point out. Last, the inline controller does come with NFC or Near Field Communication built in which is very handy.
Tap your NFC compatible phone and the earphones pairs with your device automatically. Last, you can use this as a headset for phone calls and testing this with several friends, my voice is very clear, it does pick up some background noise, but at least my voice didn’t sound far away or distorted.
COMFORT WITH STAYHERE+
Bose features their super soft eartips called StayHere+. Three eartips are offered from small, medium to large, and of course the fit will be subjective, but for the most part, they stayed in the ear well but not the perfect secure hold I was looking for. The StayHere eartips are not in-ear earphones, they’re not snugged inside the ear canal but rests on the opening. You can still here your environment which is ideal of cyclists or runners to ensure you here someone coming up from behind you or hear traffic around you. They are very comfortable, however during vigorous activities, at least for my ears, the top earwing would pop out sometimes, and the earphones wouldn’t fall out, but I would periodically push that top ear wing back in. From my website and reviewing previous Bose products, most people find their general eartips to work really well though so I would still give them a shot. Regarding wire noise, when you are running the wires can bounce around or rub against you’re shirt, but the Sound Sports does very well not carrying any noise into the earphones. When music is going, you don’t hear the wire’s bouncing at all. Something to look out for when looking into earphones in general.
In Bose fashion, they still provide a very nice clean audio signature. It’s not loud and brash, but a sound signature that is easy to listen to at loud volumes and you won’t have hearing fatigue after you’re done using them. Bose is claiming to have a dynamic volume-optimized Equalizer, so the sound characteristics would change as you adjust volume up and down. Bass is punchy, fast and accurate. It’s not deep sub-bass, it doesn’t rumble like the Power Beats 2 or have a bass boosted signature like the Jaybird products. If you prefer that more accurate and clean audio signature, the Bose performs good. Regarding the mids, it’s clear, accurate once again, it isn’t bright at all nor is it recessed. It really performs right in the middle of the audio spectrum feeling unaltered.
The highs are distortion free and turning this up to much higher volumes, there’s no tinging or ear-ringing. I do admit, the top end doesn’t sound as detailed as I would have hoped. Top-hats, cymbal crashes and the likes were not as acute at louder volumes, sensing there some roll-off from Bose to keep the audio signature safe from going overboard. Regarding soundstage, there’s isn’t much there, but I’ve noticed most sport earphones I’ve reviewed, they don’t provide much of a soundstage anyways. The only brand that really provides a very expansive experience has been Jaybird. And last regarding wireless range, these worked perfectly. Walked from one side of the house to the other and downstairs, the signal never broke or degraded when going through several walls and the first floor ceiling.
Last, Bose introduced their own app when they released the Bose QC35 headphones, and the SoundSport here works with the same App. Just like the QC35’s experience, there isn’t much here. There’s a battery level indicator, volume adjustment, and if you go into Settings, you can adjust the Power-Down time period when the earphones are not in use, turn on or off the voice prompts, and manage your paired devices. Other than that, there’s no audio profiles, an app equalizer, or a music player built it.
So that’s everything on the new Bose SoundSport Wireless. I really do like them and the audio signature is very clean, the fit was good but not the greatest to me, however, they were very comfortable. Again folks, check out my links in the video description below for updated prices and be sure to Like and Subscribe if you haven’t. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at both the business and my personal pages. You guys take care, and I’ll see you on the next one.