Bose SoundSport Review

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If you like to get out and be active and want a pair of comfortable headphones that you can take with you to the gym to help keep you pumped throughout your workout, then you will want to consider the Bose SoundSport earbuds. They offer great sound and some noise cancelation so you can focus on your workout and tune out the rest of the hustle and bustle of the gym. They are sweat resistant, so you aren’t going to have to deal with the moisture damage because you pushed yourself extra hard and started to sweat more than usual. There are some downfalls to the headphones, they might not be the most reliable and the noise canceling technology isn’t the best, but all and all they are pretty good and customers seem to really like them.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Great sound

Comfortable

Strong wireless performance

Sweat-resistant

Inline remote

Cons

Poor battery life

Not great noise cancelation

Activities

Whether you are searching for a good pair of earbuds to wear at the gym, for a marathon run, long bike ride, or solely for a long commute, the Bose SoundSport's have you covered. They are super comfortable and offer a great sound, and best of all, they are wireless, allowing you to take them almost anywhere for any activity with ease.

These headphones have noise canceling technology, which makes them ideal for those long commutes where you just want to tune out the rest world and focus on your music. Some reviewers mentioned that the noise canceling aspect of the product doesn't work as well as they would have hoped so if you're really looking for this feature you might want to choose a different, more reliable product.

One of the better aspects of these earbuds, however, is that they make an excellent companion to the gym or any other workouts. They are sweat resistant, and they stay in your ears reasonably well. You aren't going to have to worry about the buds falling out of your ears halfway through your workout, slowing down your momentum and distracting you from the task at hand. The fact that they are sweat resistant makes it helpful, so you won't have to worry about them getting damaged from the moisture as you push yourself to the limits.

Features

The Bose SoundSport's come packed with a lot of great features that you can take advantage of when you're out and about, making your life a little better and a little easier.

As mentioned above, they are sweat resistant, so you won't have to worry about them getting damaged the more you sweat. On that note, they are also weather resistant, so if you get caught in the rain, you are not going to have any problems with keeping them in good standing. Of course, you won't want to take them swimming or submerge them in water as that is not something that they can handle.

The earbuds feature noise canceling technology that can help you tune out the world around you. Since the ear tips are not ones that get shoved into your ears; instead they sit comfortably in your ears, they cannot shut out all the ambient noise so they may not work as well as some other products on the market with this features. It does do an OK job at tuning everything out, but it can definitely use some work.

One great feature that you can take advantage of, especially if you are an Android user, is the NFC connection option. If you have a phone that has NFC, you can simply touch the headphones to your device to pair them. Easy as that.

If you use the Bose Connect app to update your headphones, you will get a cool new feature that will help you locate the earbuds if you happen to misplace them. Bose teamed up with Tile to help you locate your headphones when you can't find them. Of course, you'll have to download the Tile app as well and follow the instructions in the app so you can activate your SoundSports, allowing you to keep tabs on them so you'll never be without your music.

Some of the basic features that you can expect with most wireless headsets these days is an inline remote and microphone. There is a little remote located on the cord that connects the two earpieces that allows you to control your music. You can skip tracks, rewind, and adjust the volume all with a press of a button. This remote also houses the microphone, allowing you to take phone calls without the hassle of taking your phone out of your pocket. Additionally, since there is a microphone, you can easily use your Google Assistant or Siri right from your headphones.

Sound Quality

The Bose SoundSport headphones have a fairly decent sound quality, which makes customers happy. They offer you a powerful bass that can help get you motivated when heading out for a long run or when you're hitting the gym. Some reviewers stated that it might feel a bit aggressive when you're sitting in a quiet room, but since they are more for those who like to get up and go, that does not seem to be much of a problem.

Reviewers have stated that these earbuds make most music sound enjoyable, which is perfect for the average Joe looking for something to wear for their everyday listening purposes. However, if you are an audiophile, they might not be the best option for you.

As mentioned above, the integrated noise cancelation technology isn't the greatest and can definitely use some improvement. Since the earpieces don't sit down into your ears as snuggly as some others do, they more sit loosely in your ears and are held in place by a hook; they cannot filter out all of the ambient noise. If you want a product that is going to be able to shut out all the hustle and bustle around you, then these might not be the best option for you. Yes, they will do a decent job and filter out a lot of the noise, but they don't do a stellar job.

Connectivity

The Bose SoundSport's are wireless headphones, and as such, they connect to your media player through a Bluetooth connection. You will be able to easily connect your earbuds to any device that has Bluetooth capabilities, which nowadays is most products.

As mentioned above, the Bose SoundSport's have an NFC feature that Android users can take advantage of, as long as their device also has access to NFC. This makes connecting the earbuds infinitely easier. You just have to tap the headphones to your device, and you are good to go. No need to go into your phone's settings and find and pair your device, just tap and go.

One of the downfalls to the headphones, however, is that they don't have the ability to connect to your phone through a wired connection like some other wireless products offer. There is no way to connect a 3.5mm AUX cord into the buds for listening when your battery dies.

Comfort

Something that most customers can agree on is that the Bose SoundSport's are super comfortable. The earpieces as big and bulky, but they fit surprisingly well. They are not meant to sit deeply in your ears like some other similar products; they sit loosely in your ears and stay put thanks to the ear hooks. They do come with different sized ear tips so you can make sure that you get something that will fit best in your ears for optimal comfort.

The buds don't look like will be able to stay in your ears very well, especially if you're working out, but they do. The Stay-Hear tips keep the earbuds snuggly in your ear so you can go hard at the gym without fear of them falling out and coming loose, giving you some much-needed comfort while you're on the go.

Style

The Bose SoundSport's are wireless earbuds that sit in your ear. They aren't true wireless, however, as they do have a cord that connects to the two earpieces together. The cable is durable and is about 42 inches long. It's a little shorter than average, but that is because you don't want a lot of extra wire dangling and bouncing around on your neck or getting caught on something while you're going hard at the gym.

The earbuds themselves are a little on the large side, and some customers aren't very impressed by the size of them. The buds house the battery and drivers so you can expect them to be a little on the big side. They may be big, but they are comfortable and work well.

You can get the headphones in a couple of different colors so you can be sure to find something that works for you. You can choose from aqua, black, citron, or power red.

Durability

There are mixed reviews about the lifespan of the SoundSport's. The cable that connects to earpieces is thick and robust, so you won't have to worry about that snapping easy and falling apart. But there are some other problems that consumers have experienced that can cause frustration.

The inline remote isn't the most reliable and some reviewers have stated that they started to fall apart and stop working, making it so they couldn't control their volume from the headphones anymore. Other customers reported that after a couple of months, the Bose logo had worn off and the then eventually the glue that sits on the plastic and rubber started to get loose.

The biggest gripe, however, is with the battery life. This is typical of products that have rechargeable batteries. After some time they will stop holding a charge as long, and the overall battery life will start to shorten. After a while they will stop holding a charge altogether, making them unusable since you cannot connect them through an AUX cable.

Ease of Use

The Bose SoundSports are super easy to use. They connect to your phone through a Bluetooth connection. You just have to press and hold the power button until it tells you it's waiting for pairing. From there, you open your phone's Bluetooth settings and select the headphones, and you are good to go. This is only something you should have to do the first time you pair them. The headphones will remember your device, and as long as it is in range and turned on, they should connect automatically in the future.

Things become much easier if you have a device that has NFC features. You only have to tap your headphones to your device, and you are good to go. No need to mess with the phones settings or press buttons on the headphones. Just tap and go.

The inline remote is also really easy to use. It is very instinctual. You press the up or down buttons to control the volume, hold them in to skip tracks. The middle button on the remote is used to answer and hang up phone calls and is also the power and sync buttons.

Power Source

The headphones are powered by a rechargeable battery that charges with a standard USB charging cable. You do get a charger with the purchase of the earbuds, but since it uses the standard cord, you can easily replace it if you need to.

The Bose SoundSport's take about two hours to get a full charge but they only have approximately a 6-hour battery life off a full charge. This is very discouraging to make customers who would have liked to have seen that a little longer. Since the battery is small and is in the earpieces, you cannot expect it to last as long as something with a bigger battery.

Value

The Bose SoundSport's have a moderate price tag for a pair of higher-end headphones like these, although they are still a little on the pricey side. The biggest problem with them is that they are not always the most durable, so paying this price for the headphones frustrates many consumers. There are people who absolutely love them and would gladly pay this price for the earbuds, but then again, there are some who would disagree.

Bottom Line

If you lead an active lifestyle and are looking for a pair of headphones to keep you company while you are heading to the gym, then you have come to the right place. These headphones are going to give you a great sound that will help you get pumped up for the workout ahead of you. They are super comfortable and will stay put, even when you are going hard. The Bose SoundSport's come packed full of great features that you can take advantage of, making them an excellent choice for just about anyone.