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Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones

by 2014/12/10
Overview
Price

£129

Product Name

Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones

Positives

• Crisp, clear sounds
• Very rugged
• Comfortable
• weather sealed
• Extra ear tips

Negatives

• Little bit expensive

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Bottom Line

If you are all up for the improved ruggedness and stability over SoundTrue, then definitely opt for the SoundSport version but expect no improvement in sound quality.

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As the name suggests, the SoundSport in-ear headphones are meant to be used especially during heavy workouts. The main problem is that ordinary headphones suffer during a workout is sweat. It can enter the ear buds and seep on to the drivers which can destroy them rendering the entire thing useless. As disgusting as it sounds, it is a fact that most of the workout freaks experience. Not to forget, the sweat that sticks to the body causing the headphones to stink. Fortunately, we do not have to compromise build quality over sound quality because the Bose Soundsport in-ear headphones are durable, rugged and weather proof.

Bose SoundSport Construction and build

The first thing you will notice when you first hold these headphones in your hand is the brilliant colour. The Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones are available in three colours, Blue, Orange and Green. All three colours are bright and easily catch attention. The second thing that catches our eyes is the shark fin shaped ear phone bud. Since this shark fin has become quite common with Bose in-ear headphones, it is nothing new to talk about.

Bose Soundsport In-ear Headphones Stayhear tips

Bose Soundsport In-ear Headphones Earbud Closeup

As always, Bose has provided you with snug fitting earphone tips. The earbuds sit on the ear and the covers enter the ear canal a little, directing the audio. However they do not go deep into the ear canal like the Bose SoundTrue Ultra earphones. Due to this design, the SoundSport does not provide much in the way of noise isolation. Since, these headphones are intended to be used during workouts, the ear tips are made to stay fit in the ear rather than coming loose. Being a tight fit in the ear during a heavy workout, it is obvious that the sweat would enter the earphone buds and reach the drivers. However, the drivers are coated with hydrophobic fabric. The material properties are transparent to sound but also repel any fluid thus keeping your earphones safe.

Related: Best Bose Earphones: Buyer’s Guide

Bose Soundsport In-ear Headphones controls

Bose Soundsport In-ear Headphones with in-line controls

Bose also provides additional ear tips with different sizes to suit different users. Make sure that you use a proper sized ear tips to prevent the earbuds falling out once you start your workout. The cable has a coloured stripe twisting along its entire length and also has an inline microphone and control button to answer calls. There is an iOS version with additional button to change tracks and volume levels which is absent in the Android version. Make sure you purchase the appropriate version by ensuring which kind of phone/device you own.

Along with the earphones you also get a carry case which is circular in shape, much better looking as compared to the one that comes with SoundTrue in-ear headphones. The carry case has a matching colour to your headphones and can be opened using the zip that goes all around the circumference.

Related: Bose SoundTrue vs SoundSport review

Bose Soundsport In-ear case

Bose Soundsport In-ear Headphones With Carry Case

Sound Quality and performance

With the SoundSport and SoundTrue in-ear headphones, they both use identical internal drivers making the sound performance similar. You can find more about the sound quality in the SoundTrue in-ear headphones review.

Conclusion

The Bose SoundSport earbuds are the only real sports option from the company. They have excellent sports features and will stay put throughout heavy workouts. They are the least expensive option in the Bose line-up. However all Bose products are on the expensive side. They do not provide strong noise isolation, but many sports users will not require that, as it can be a safety issue. Overall they are a great product that provides comfort and a fairly balanced sound.

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Bose never disappoints when it comes to audio quality. These provide a high quality sound with nice full base and clear high frequencies.

Great stuff!! They don't bounce while you're running, great sound.

I've worn them while running in the rain, in a super hot sauna and they still work

They exhibit that great Bose quality and style, along with good bass and great mid range performance.

  • SoundSport in-ear headphones
  • 3 pairs StayHear tips (S, M, L)
  • Carry case
  • Extension cable
  • Clothing clip
  • Triport Audio
  • Natural flat response
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About The Author
Salil Tembe
Salil is an electronics engineer who loves to play around with the technology. He has a passion for expressing his love for technology through writing. Also, he firmly stands for open sourcing everything that makes our lives better, so that it can get even better.
  • Bob Chen
    2015/08/16 at 9:57 pm

    What are the main differences between the Bose Freestyle and Bose Soundsport? They seem to have the same features like weather proof design, but the Sounsport is more expensive. Thanks.

  • kriz
    2016/03/21 at 8:27 am
    Positives

    sweat-proof, ergonomic, comes with extension. Older version comes with touch sens arm-case by rebook. i love it so much

    Negatives

    volume control and mic broken after 2 years and the wire damaged by the metal clips. most probably this is the reason of mic's faulty.

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    Sound Quality85%
    Worth it?100%
    Ease of Use95%
    Features84%

    Perfect for sport. the only earplug my ears actually support. I changed my earphone in a trade in program which works pretty good worldwide.
    metal clip should be improved or just forget it. it destroyed the wire which caused a faulty in mic and volume control after 2 years

  • Christian
    2016/12/27 at 5:21 am
    Positives

    One of the most Comfortable earbuds I ever worn. The included carry case is light weight an include a key chain to attach to my pants

    Negatives

    The sound quality does not leave me impress for its price point. Doesn't sound bad nor great just indifferent. Part of the reason is due to the open design being the ears buds go directly in the ear canal for safety reasons for sports users sound does leak out. Many earbuds in this price range beats aside offer better sound quality. Also cord isn't flat so it's just asking to be tangled.

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    Sound Quality52%
    Worth it?76%
    Ease of Use100%
    Features69%

    This my mini review

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