The Bose SoundSport Wireless offer an above-average sound and a good wireless design. They're comfortable and stable enough to use at the gym. Additionally, the slightly open tips allow runners to monitor their environment. Sadly, this also means they don't block much ambient noise.
- Comfortable and stable fit.
- Lightweight, wireless design.
- Above-average and balanced sound.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Flaws in build quality.
The SoundSport Wireless are stylish well-designed headphones. They have a comfortable earbud fit that's similar but a bit more open than the SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear. They're lightweight and sufficiently stable to use while exercising or running. They're decently built, but they're a little bulky and protrude out of your ears. Sadly, some units have been damaged by humidity and were not as sweatproof as expected, which is disappointing.
The SoundSport Wireless have a sleek sporty aesthetic. They come in a variety of bright color schemes to suit your taste, including a less flashy all-black model. The headphones look premium and well-designed, but the earbuds are larger than most typical in-ear headphones. They're a little bulky and protrude out of your ears, once you have them on, which is a little disappointing.
The SoundSport have a comfortable earbud tip design. They don't fully enter the ear canal, removing the pain that some listeners often experience with in-ear headphones. Also, these Stayhere+ tips are a bit more comfortable and open than the Stayhere+ tips of the SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear and the QuietComfort 20. Unfortunately, they sometimes move around while walking, which causes slight discomfort and frustration especially, when it affects the audio.
The SoundSport Wireless have an above-average control scheme that lacks good tactile feedback. They provide call/music, track skipping, and volume controls. The buttons are fairly large and heavily rubberized to make them sweat proof. Sadly, this also makes the buttons hard to push, especially the volume controls.
These headphones have a stable wireless design. The Stayhere+ tips fit well within the contours of your ears and won't easily fall out while running or exercising. They're not as stable as some in-ear models with an ear-hook design, but they will comfortably maintain their fit during casual listening sessions or at the gym. Also, the wireless design means, they're less likely to be yanked out of your ears because the audio cable got hooked on something.
The SoundSport wireless that are easy to carry around in a pocket bag or purse. Their in-ear buds are a little larger than regular in-ear models, but the cable is not too long or thick and doesn't take too much space. This makes them very portable even if they're a little larger than some other wireless in-ear headphones.
Comes with the same small, circular soft pouch as the wired SoundSport In-Ear. It's a decent case that will shield your headphones from scratches and everyday wear and tear. However, the soft fabric will not protect the headphones from water damage or heavy physical stress.
The SoundSport have an above average build quality. The earbuds are dense and made of a tough plastic that won't get damaged by a couple of drops. The audio cable has a decent thickness, and the in-line control module is coated with a layer of rubber to make them sweat proof. Sadly, the cable isn't flat or additionally rubberized to be more durable. They're also not as sweat-proof as expected and may get damaged by regular exposure to humidity, which is disappointing.
The SoundSport Wireless have a good and balanced sound but a poor soundstage. They reproduce instruments and vocals clearly, and their bass packs enough punch to please fans of bass-heavy music. They also don't sound too sharp, which is an issue some listeners have with in-ear/earbud headphones. Sadly, because these earbuds a have relatively closed back design their soundstage is limited and makes them not the best headphones for critical listening.
Very good Bass Range performance. Unlike the SoundSport In-Ear, these earbuds have a tighter seal and therefore, noticeably more low-bass. However, the overall response is rather elevated, which is especially noticeable in the excessive low-end thumps.
Excellent Mid Range performance. Low-mid is virtually flat and unremarkable. Also, there's a small dip around 700Hz, as well as a general underemphasis in high-mid. However, since these deviations are only with-in a couple of dBs, their effect is quite subtle.
Average Treble Range performance. Low-treble performance is excellent. Treble performance is also quite good and consistent, although there's a 5dB dip centering around 9KHz. This dulls out the sibilances (the sharp T and S sounds), which could be desired if you find most other earphones too sibilant and piercing.
Poor Soundstage. Due to their earbud design, these headphones don't interact with the pinna at all, and therefore their sound may be perceived to be located inside the listener's head. However, they are noticeably open sounding. They are not nearly as open as the wired SoundSport In-Ear, but a lot more open than the QuietComfort20 and SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear.
Good Imaging. Phase error is low, although the Bass phase shift may be on the high side. Additionally, the drivers of our test unit were quite well matched, which is a key factor in accurate imaging.
Very good distortion restuls. At 90dB SPL these headphones perform quite well. At 100dB SPL, there is a general rise in the overall amount of harmonic distortion, but it remains within good values.
The SoundSport Wireless only isolate passively. They're less open than the wired model, and their tip design is similar the SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear. However, they have a looser seal than the Soundtrue, which combined with the already weak passive isolation makes these headphones not ideal for commuting. Runners will be able to hear traffic while running, but frequent commuters may prefer a more isolating design like the QuietComfort 20 or the SoundTrue In-Ear. On the upside, they don't leak much.
Poor isolation. As opposed to most in-ears that provide extreme amounts of passive isolation, these earbuds have a more open seal and provide minimal isolation. They offer no isolation below 400Hz, and above that, they only achieve 15dB of isolation, which is rather poor.
Above average leakage. These earbuds have a relatively open seal, and they leak more than closed, tightly-sealed in-ears. These headphones barely leak below 2KHz. Also the profile of the leakage that happens above that frequency is quite narrow, so despite its relatively high volume, won't be bothersome to people around you in most situations.
The SoundSport wireless have a decent wireless range considering their small size but a mediocre battery life. They also have an app, but it doesn't do much except provide basic playback controls. On the upside, the short charge time and auto off timer make them just above-average for active features.
The Soundsport have a better wireless range than most of the other in-ear headphones we've tested so far. They maintained a strong wireless connection up to 40ft when the Bluetooth source was in another room. This makes them a good wireless option to use in a moderately large office or at home without needing to carry your Bluetooth source on you at all times. Unfortunately, they're not the easiest to pair, especially, if you often switch devices. However, the vocal feedback when pairing the headphones is quite good it even states the name of the device you're connected to.
The Soundsport Wireless have a mediocre-at-best battery life that's decent for a wireless in-ear headphone. However, it's not sufficient for long road trips or extended use throughout the day. You also can't use them while charging. On the upside, they take about 1.5 hours to fully charge, which is relatively short compared to full sized headphones. They also have an auto-off timer to save power.
The Soundsport wireless use the same app as the QC 35 and Soundlink AE II which looks sleek and stylish but only provides a disappointingly small list of features. You get an auto-off timer you can set at different intervals, a bare bones in-app media player and the battery level status but no equalizer, room effects or any other experience-enhancing features that would set this app apart from the others.
In the box
- Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
- Earbud tips (x3)
- USB charging cable
- Carrying case