Bose Soundsport Wireless Review
The Bose soundsport wireless are one of 2 new fitness in ears fresh from Bose, also available in a pulse monitoring version which we will be reviewing at a later date.
We are reviewing the latest design of these wireless in ears, please note that some users had problems when the soundsport wireless were first released in the summer of 2016 with sweat ingress damaging the ear tips. Bose fixed this problem & issued an updated version from August 2016, so all current soundsport’s are the new version which is good news.
Straight off the bat, the first thing that struck us about the bose soundsport wireless was the price! Bose are well known for making premium headphones that pretty much suck out pricing wise & have a big loading due to buying into the Bose branding – but the soundsport wireless are actually priced to compete with the other decent fitness headphones on the market…. it’s refreshing to see no ‘bose tax’ here.
Inside the box you get the usual bundle of bits which seems the norm for wireless in ears these days, included are a nice little soft pouch which has a small caribiner built in, 2 pairs of extra silicone ear tips with built in wing tips (so a total of 3 sets), and a micro USB cable for charging.
Battery life is rated by Bose as being 6 hours, with a charge time from empty of 2 hours. We actually got a little better than this in use, and at least the bose soundsport wireless can be charged by directly plugging in a micro USB cable which is easy to manage – we had no problems with using them over a week or so of occasional use which is great.
The bose soundsport wireless are pretty chunky looking, with a decent quality plastic construction that is pretty conservative. They are lacking those higher quality design touches that you see on the more expensive products in the Bose lineup (like the QC30 noise cancelling in ears we saw recently) but they look like they have been designed to ‘do the job’ rather than look pretty.
Aiming for the fitness & exercise market as they are, our first impression was that there was no way that these chunky in ears would stay in place whilst running – but we were properly wrong. Once you tweak the size with the supplied tips, the combine silicone tip & wing combination give a really comfortable & stable fit. We had no issues with security whilst running or working out, and the light control unit didn’t pull or tug at the pieces at all.
The bose soundsport wireless are rated as IPX4, so that means sweat & water resistant but cannot be submersed in water (so not for swimmers – but gym users & runners are sorted). The first release of these had a few issues with that rating, but this has been resolved & anyone picking up a pair of these in ears after August 2016 will get the newly updated version.
Bose Soundsport Wireless – Sound quality & Performance
So – on to the main event for the Bose soundsport review – how do they sound?
No surprises from the sound profile – bose headphones seem to consistently deliver a pretty polite sound, and there is no change here with the soundsport in ears. It feels like there has been a bit of an effort to boost the bass a little more than normal (for bose), maybe to line the sound profile up better for ‘motivational’ use when working out – but really we would have liked even more in your face action for exercising.
Bass lines have decent control & impact, with the mids & highs showing a little control & delicacy with nice detail. Everything we listened to came across as very balanced with no harshness or glaring flaws, and there was a decent level of noise isolation from the silicone tips.
The bose soundsport wireless deliver a nicely tuned inoffensive sound profile which falls pretty much halfway in between the ‘maximum attack’ of the much more in your face beats powerbeats 3 and the more sound quality oriented Sennheiser Momentum In ears, finding a middle ground that will appeal to the majority.
If you are an iPhone 7 user & have been hunting around for something better than airpods, these would be a decent choice.
- Feature Set 82%
- Build Quality 85%
- Sound Quality 80%
- Value for Money 92%
- Overall Rating 85%
Bose Soundsport Wireless Review – Final Thoughts
The bose soundsport wireless in ears surprised us on a few levels – they offer great quality for the price & the fit is super secure & comfortable for running & gym use. If you are looking to get into ‘Bose’, are into your exercise but don’t fancy the ‘maximum attack levels’ of the more intense Beats Powerbeats 3, then these are a pretty strong contender for best wireless sports earbuds at the moment.
Price at time of review: UK £149 / US $149