The Bose Soundsport Free sounds as if the audio is coming from inside your head! I’m am not exaggerating! =D But damn they’re huge! Might look great on you though.
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Hey everyone, Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom. After reviewing the Sony WF-1000x truly wireless earphones, they still haven’t fixed my syncing issue, and after reading the comments from my fans, they were still having the same problem. So I went ahead and moved on, and bought these. These are the Bose Soundsport Free’s, they’re also truly wireless earphones. I personally paid $250 at the time of this review. As always, I’ll place our affiliate links up above, click on those links and they’ll give you the most updated prices in real time. You never know when these things might go on sale.
The Soundsport Free’s looks practically identical to the SoundSports, just without the wires. Both sides are covered with a glossy plastic that fades from black to a deep golden-brown or bronze. It’s subtle, but it surely makes the earphones look quite premium. On the sides, they’re rubberized giving them a nice grippiness when you’re pulling them off.
They’re also IPX4 rated meaning they can withstand water splashes and rain if you’re caught out there. With our testing of splashing water on this, the SoundSports are still functioning perfectly fine.
The SoundSports are ultra comfortable because of the super soft StayHear+ Eartips. This has been Bose’s unique design for awhile and it works for most people. I label them as being ultra comfortable because they’re not in-ear earphones. This means the eartips don’t go into the ear canal. This is perfect if you have sensitive ears and don’t mind losing passive noise isolation. You do get the safety of hearing your environment while running or walking. On the opposite end, because they’re not blocking out noise, again, no passive noise isolation, you do lose a little bit of audio immersion. And at higher volumes, these do sound leak a good bit. It’s a trade-off that you’ll need to take into consideration.
They did stay in my ears quite well, better than my Jaybird Runs. Not the best as they do weigh a bit more than most of the competition at 14grams on each earbud per bose. But, the flanged eartips again does very well preventing them from falling out. The only issue, they stick out like a mofo when you look straight on. This is completely subjective, but at least on me, they look too funky for my taste.
BUTTONS & FEATURES
Taking a closer look at the SoundSport Frees, Bose skipped a power button on these earphones. When you pull them from the case they automatically turned on. For media and call control, everything is on the right earphone. Volume up and down on either side. In the middle is Bose’s multifunction button. With a single tap, you can pause and play music, while double and triple presses, you would skip songs forward and backwards. Holding it down for one second brings up either Siri or Google Assistant.
If a phone call comes in, you can press the Multi-Function button once to answer. We tested the call quality at the office and outdoors, and they came across very clear. I was actually a bit surprised by how good they were. With most of the competitors I’ve tested, either headphones, wired earphones and such, they do pick up a good bit of background noise, but the SoundSport Free’s did very well and kept a lot of the ambient noise to a minimum.
On the left earphone, there is one button, which allows you to quickly switch between up to seven devices, yes, you can pair up to seven devices at the same time. The only issue I noticed, the buttons are quite hard to press. I can find them easily, but pressing them takes a lot more effort than the competitors out there. Firm presses are needed to adjust these things.
Finally, included with the earphones is this exceptional case. Its made of a durable matte black plastic, and keeps the earphones safe. Something that’s helpful and really cool, the connecting pins are magnetic, securing the earphones in place without any buttons or snaps. It helps align the earbuds, and most importantly, less chance of these falling out of my case when I open them. The case itself also doubles as a charger, providing two additional full charges when the earphones are docked. Pressing on the button to open the case also shows you five white LED indicator lights giving you an idea of how much battery life the earphones or case has.
Bose claims you can get 5 hours worth of use, putting the Soundsport Free’s at the top end of the competition, matched only by Apple’s Airpods. In my battery test playing music at 50 percent volume from full to dead, the earphones made it 4 hours and 42 minutes, with a ten-minute low-battery warning – pretty darn good for truly-wireless earphones. They also offer quick charging, with 15 minutes on the charger, it provides 45 minutes of use. To fully charge this thing, it takes about 2hrs.
BLUETOOTH RANGE TEST
Bluetooth range was also phenomenal. With my iPhone and the office Pixel XL, I found them to get around 68 to 72 linear feet of distance before cutting out.
FIND MY BUDS
Last but not least, finally, I ran across truly wireless earphones that has a “Find my Buds” feature. I know the Apple Airpods now has theirs but it’s rare that I run across Truly Wireless earphones that offer some piece of mind. Simply launch the Bose Connect app, tap the “find my buds” tab, and you will get a specific map pin to each earphone’s last Bluetooth-paired location. Furthermore, you can have them emit a high pitched tone, so if they’re in the grass or just under a bed, you’ll hear exactly where they are. To clarify, they don’t have GPS, so if they’ve been moved, you won’t be able to see their current location. Since I’m showing you the app, some other features you can adjust are an auto-shutoff timer, voice prompts, and language settings. Other than that, the Bose App is really plain jane and doesn’t offer much.
Alright folks, let’s move on to what might be the most important part of the review, besides how it looks on me… is the audio test. Let me start off by saying, these sound flipping great. Balance, clarity, and fidelity are the keywords here. The Soundsport Free’s provide a high-resolution sound that’s also accurate to the music. These do get loud enough – I found myself often listening at about 60 percent volume, but would sometimes bump them up to 75 or 80 percent during those really intense songs. I listened to EDM and hip-hop to classic rock and folk; even retrowave, – you guys gotta look that up – they all sounded great. Genre’s I would say that really shined were classic rock and pop music.
Bass was present and punchy for such small earphones. They didn’t sound bass boosted like the Jaybird Run’s, which I’ll admit I loved. I like some moderate bass in my audio, but for Bose, it was just a cleaner sound, it didn’t sound synthetic, no distortion, full-bodied and just enough for most genre’s of music to be enjoyed. If you ever listen to their Bose QC35 ANC headphones, it’s a similar characteristic.
Now the mid-range is where the SoundSport Free’s really shines. Through the mid-ranges, where you hear most instruments, like guitars, strings, and woodwinds, as well as vocals, resolution, and detail was very much apparent. All sounds were distinguishable and crisp without being recessed. In electronic music, those bright resonating notes that provide a feeling of energy and excitement are reproduced with fidelity and precision. Vocals were pushed forward which I love and most of my viewers enjoy as well, allowing you to hear them clearly and with separation.
At moderate volumes, detail and articulation filled out the higher frequencies. The treble was not sharp but does get to a point where you can appreciate the cymbal crashes, to the higher pitched 808’s on EDM and pop music. At the highest volumes, there was some slight loss in definition to prevent raspiness or ear-tinging. But overall, they provided a fantastic audio experience without any listening fatigue – I was able to wear them through an entire battery cycle with no problems.
This last part here, this is a unique situation. The fans who have been following me know I love an open soundstage. With the Soundsport Free, it does absolutely great with audio separation, such as left and right audio channel, hearing vocals in the forefront and the drums further back.
There is a soundstage but it isn’t as wide as expected. But, and a big but, the audio is perceived as though it’s coming from the center of your head. Yes, in the center. Sounds crazy, but it’s as though you’re sitting right in front of the artist or maybe standing pretty close to a speaker. It’s a different level of immersion, a different type of immersion that’s not experienced too often, but it’s an experience regardless. I would say, it’s something you gotta try with your old earphones, and they to try these on and see and feel the difference. It’s quite unique.
One last thing, I know Sony was getting a lot of heat in my previous review. One of the reasons was due to the WF1000X’s having a delay when watching video, it was the same here with Sound Sports. There’s a second delay when you’re watching an actor speak to the time you hear it in the earphones. This might be an issue across all Truly Wireless Earphones because they have to sync with each other to play at the same time, either or, just wanted to give you a heads up.
Overall, the Bose Soundsport Free truly wireless earphones are a solid product, they sounded phenomenal, although they looked huge as crap, but again, looks are subjective. Just to quickly end this review, if they look good to you, definitely give these a try. I’m Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom and I’m here to help you make that purchase decision. You guys take care, I’ll see you on the next one.
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