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Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Mar 11, 2020 at 09:32 am
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Test Methodology v1.4
6.8
Mixed Usage
7.5
Neutral Sound
6.4
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
5.8
Wireless Gaming
5.7
Wired Gaming
5.7
Phone Calls
Type Earbuds
Enclosure Semi-Open
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Bose SoundSport Free are truly wireless earbuds with a well-balanced sound profile. They've got a comfortable earbud fit with a semi-open design suitable for outdoor runners, but commuters won't appreciate the lack of noise isolating. Unfortunately, they're a lot bulkier than other truly wireless headphones we've tested so far. They also have a few bugs with their wireless connection and don't offer any customization options with their app.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

Alright for mixed usage. The Bose SoundSport Free are decently comfortable earbuds. Their-semi open design isn't ideal for commuters or the office as they don't really reduce noises like engine rumbles or chatter. However, they're better suited for outdoor runners who want to stay alert to their surroundings. With their well-balanced sound profile, they'll be great for most genres of audio. However, just like most truly wireless earbuds, their microphone will make your voice sound muffled and less detailed. These earbuds also aren't designed for gaming, so you might experience lag that can impact your gameplay.

7.5 Neutral Sound

Good for neutral listening. The Bose SoundSport Free are well-balanced and have a good amount of bass. Instruments and vocals also sound clear but a bit forward. However, their semi-open, in-ear design doesn't create a spacious and open soundstage, which might not be the most ideal audio reproduction for more neutral listeners.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
6.4 Commute/Travel

Not bad for commute and travel. The Bose SoundSport Free have weak noise isolation which won't be ideal for the loud environments involved in commuting. While decently comfortable, they have a stiff control scheme and a somewhat bulky design for a truly wireless earbud which slightly reduces their portability. Their battery life isn't great, either: at just under five hours of continuous playtime, you might not make it through long flights without giving them a charge.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.2 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. The Bose SoundSport Free are portable, truly wireless earbuds that you can take with you to the gym or outdoors. They've got a stable fit thanks to their stability fins, and their semi-open fit means that runners will be able to monitor their surroundings with ease. However, you might not have a lot of pocket space for the case, as it's a little bulky.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.1 Office

Mediocre for office use. The Bose SoundSport Free, while comfortable, have very poor noise isolation due to their semi-open ear design, so you'll hear most of your coworkers' chatter around you. On the plus side, they don't leak too much, so if you need to tune people out, you can turn up the volume. However, these earbuds have mediocre battery life and might not be able to get you through your work day without an additional charge.

See our Office recommendations
5.8 Wireless Gaming

Disappointing for wireless gaming. The Bose SoundSport Free are Bluetooth headphones that can't be used wirelessly on either the PS4 or Xbox One. While they can be used on PC via Bluetooth, these headphones aren't recommended for gaming due to their high latency and mediocre microphone.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.7 Wired Gaming

The Bose SoundSport Free are Bluetooth-only earbuds and can't be used wired.

5.7 Phone Calls

Disappointing for phone calls. The Bose SoundSport Free's microphone has poor recording quality, making your voice sound thin and muffled. While the mic doesn't have as much of a problem in quiet environments, if you're taking calls at the office or on a bus, it'll have trouble separating your voice from background noise, and you might not be understood by the other person on the line.

  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 6.4 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.1 Office
  • 5.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.7 Wired Gaming
  • 5.7 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Well-balanced sound profile.
  • Stable and comfortable fit.
  • Sturdy and durable build quality.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation, by design.
  • Bulky truly wireless design.
  • High latency.
  1. Update 2/4/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Design
Design
Style

These headphones look well-built and durable. They're a little bulkier than most truly wireless designs and come in a flashy yellow and blue color scheme that stands out. They also come in other colors, such as black and bright orange. If you're into collectibles, Bose offers a limited edition Ultraviolet variation, but it's only available through Amazon. The buds feel premium and sturdy in your hand, but once in your ears, the bulky design sticks out; this might not be ideal for everyone. They won't fit as discretely as the Jaybird Run Truly Wireless or the Samsung Gear IconX Truly Wireless, which is a little disappointing.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Bose SoundSport Free have the same earbud fit as previous Bose models like the Bose SoundSport Wireless and Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear, and they're quite comfortable. However, they're bulky earbuds. Since they're truly wireless, if you don't get the right tip for your ears, the weight of the buds can slightly pull on the stability fins and cause a looser or an unstable fit, which may ultimately feel less comfortable than previous models.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Poor
Feedback Mediocre
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The Bose SoundSport Free have a disappointing control scheme. They have physical buttons that provide all the essential functions: call/music, track-skipping, volume controls, and a dedicated pairing/Bluetooth button. Unfortunately, the buttons are very stiff, making them difficult to use. We had trouble turning the volume up and had to remove the earbud from our ears to physically push on the button for it to work. You'll get a click once the buttons are pressed but they're so rigid that it's easier to just switch tracks or change the volume directly on your smartphone, which isn't always practical when working out and could be a deal-breaker for some. If you prefer an easier-to-use control scheme, take a look at the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless.

8.9
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 1.1 C

Like most truly wireless designs, the Bose SoundSport Free earbuds are very breathable. They don't cover your ears and only trap a small amount of heat within the ear canal, which has a negligible effect when exercising.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 0.9 "
W 1.8 "
H 0.9 "
Volume 1.5 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These headphones are very portable despite their bulky design, and they'll easily fit into most pockets. However, if you carry them in their case, you'll lose a bit of portability as it's surprisingly bulky.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.8 "
W 1.5 "
H 1.2 "
Volume 6.9 Cu. Inches

The Bose SoundSport Free come with a decent hard charging case. It'll protect them against impacts and drops but its bulky size reduces their portability as it's larger than most other truly wireless headphones we've tested so far. It creates a pretty big bulge in most pockets and it feels a bit counter-intuitive for a truly wireless design, especially since it doesn't offer any special features like wireless charging available on the similarly-designed Altec Lansing True Evo Truly Wireless.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Bose SoundSport Free have a good build. They feel durable, sturdy, and dense; they should be able to withstand a few accidental drops. Even the case is pretty durable, though it's slightly heavy and bulky.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Bose SoundSport Free are decently stable earbuds. While their heavier and truly wireless design can make them more prone to falling out of your ears, Bose offers three differently sized stability tips, making it easier to find your right fit. However, if you don't get the right tip size for your ear they'll be considerably less stable than the Bose SoundSport In-Ear or the Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear.

Design
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In The Box

  • Bose SoundSport Free headphones
  • 3x Stability fin tips
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying case
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.46 db
Treble Amount
-1.85 db

The Bose SoundSport Free's sound profile is surprisingly well-balanced, making it well-suited for a variety of genres. However, fans of bass might find the lack of rumble disappointing.

8.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.29 dB

The Bose SoundSport Free's frequency response consistency is excellent. Assuming the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the earbuds, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use these earbuds.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.34 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
26.7 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.04 dB
Mid-Bass
0.4 dB
High-Bass
1.41 dB

The bass accuracy of these earbuds is excellent. Well-balanced and fairly smooth, the SoundSport Free's bass will be good for most genres of audio content. While the dip in the low-bass range will slightly muffle thumps and rumbles, the high-bass has a little bump, bringing a touch of warmth and fullness.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.78 dB
Low-Mid
-0.65 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.69 dB
High-Mid
-0.01 dB

The Bose SoundSport Free have remarkable mid accuracy. It's fairly smooth, although the dip in the mid-mid range may slightly push vocals and leads to the back of the mix.

8.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.63 dB
Low-Treble
-0.89 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.97 dB
High-Treble
-7.82 dB

The Bose SoundSport Free earbuds have good treble accuracy. The gentle slope isn't noticeable to all listeners in the low-treble range. However, the slight under-emphasize in the mid-treble can make notes here sound dark or lispy.

8.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.0 db
Dips
0.83 db

The peaks and dips performance of the SoundSport Free is impressive. There are a couple of small peaks in the bass range, which may overemphasize thumps and rumbles. However, a dip in the mid-range can make the mix sound slightly muddy and cluttered. Continuous peaks between the mid to treble range also bring a slight brightness to their sound.

9.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.6
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.7
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.2

The Bose SoundSport Free have excellent stereo imaging. Their weighted group delay is very low and the entire response is well below the audibility threshold, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble. The left and right drivers of our unit were also well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

2.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
9.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.8

As producing an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage requires the pinna or outer ear to be activated by resonances, the SoundSport Free's in-ear design by-passes this altogether, resulting in a poor soundstage that both feels small and is localized more inside the listener's head. Their semi-open back design also makes its soundstage feel less wide than that of open-back earbuds.

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Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

These earbuds don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.271
WHD @ 100
0.199

The Bose SoundSport Free have decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. They tend to distort towards the mid to high treble, but this might not be noticeable to all listeners. Otherwise, these earbuds still fall within good limits, even at louder volumes.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Unknown
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

The Bose SoundSport Free's results are only valid for these test settings.

We weren't able to determine the firmware version. If you own the SoundSport Free and know where to find it, let us know in the discussion section below.

Isolation
2.1
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-4.66 dB
Bass
-0.08 dB
Mid
-2.38 dB
Treble
-11.63 dB

The noise isolation of these earbuds is bad. Due to their semi-open earbud design and lack of active noise cancelling, the SoundSport Free won't reduce a lot of noise. These aren't a great choice if you're looking to block out low sounds like bus or plane engines. In an office setting, they're also pretty poor at reducing chatter. However, outdoor joggers will appreciate the semi-open design as you'll be able to hear and keep you aware of your surroundings. For earbuds with active noise cancelling, check out the Bose QuietControl 30, or see our recommendations for the best noise cancelling earbuds.

7.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
36.15 dB

The Bose SoundSport Free have a good leakage performance. While your coworkers won't hear the words to whatever music you're blasting, they'll likely hear what's in the treble range, even in loud settings like a cafe, although it'll sound thin.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The Bose SoundSport Free have an integrated microphone.

5.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
285.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.29 dB
HFE
1758.66 Hz
Weighted THD
50.014
Gain
43.61 dB

The recording quality of this microphone is poor. Your voice will sound noticeably thin, significantly muffled and lacking in detail. To the other person on the line, you might not sound too understandable, either.

6.6
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
18.21 dB

The noise handling performance of the Bose SoundSport Free's integrated microphone is okay. This microphone is suitable for quiet and moderately noisy environments, but it may struggle to fully separate speech from ambient noise in louder situations, making it less than ideal for taking calls in an office or cafe.

Active Features
6.2
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.8 hrs
Additional Charges
2.0
Total Battery Life
14.4 hrs
Charge Time
1.9 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The Bose SoundSport Free has mediocre battery performance. They've got a continuous battery life of just under 5 hours, which might not be enough to make it through your work day. However, there are two additional charges in the case. When you're not using them and they're not in their case, they'll go into sleep mode after 20 minutes. Unfortunately, they don't have a quick charge mode like the Jaybird Run or the Beats BeatsX.

6.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Bose Connect
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Bose SoundSport Free uses the Bose Connect app. Its features are limited but they aren't bad. You've got a standby timer, battery data, and an in-app player. There's also a handy finder feature that gives you the last known location of your earbuds should you lose or misplace them. On the downside, there's no Equalizer, room effects, or alternate control options. There were also a few bugs when we first tried to pair our earbuds to the app, making it feel like the app was slightly less optimized for the truly wireless design. For sports headphones with an app that lets you EQ their sound, take a look at the Jaybird Run XT.

Connectivity
6.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
72 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
220 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
145 ms
Android Latency
152 ms

The SoundSport Free only connect to other devices via Bluetooth. They also don't support NFC or multi-device pairing. For truly wireless earbuds, their PC latency is quite high, making them less than ideal for playing video games or watching videos. In comparison, their latency isn't too bad on Android or iOS, and some apps seem to compensate for this, so your mileage may vary in regular use.

Update 07/03/2018: Firmware 1.4.5 considerably reduces the latency for the Bose SoundSport Free. They still won't be the ideal headphones for videos, but they're within the comparable range for the most Bluetooth headphones.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These earbuds can only connect wirelessly via Bluetooth.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The SoundSport Free don't have a wired option. If you want a similarly-designed wired earbud, check out the Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear or the wired Bose SoundSport In-Ear.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These earbuds aren't compatible with the PS4. If you have a Bluetooth-enabled PC, you'll only be able to use these earbuds via Bluetooth. However, they'll likely have noticeable lag and it could ruin your gaming experience.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

The Sony SoundSport Free aren't compatible with the Xbox One.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB

The Bose SoundSport Free have a charging case that delivers up to 10 hours of extra battery life. It charges using a USB connection. However, this case doesn't offer any inputs.

Compared to other headphones

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The Bose SoundSport Free are the first truly wireless headphones from Bose and are one of the best sounding wireless earbuds we've tested. They have a good and well-balanced sound quality and a sturdy and durable design. However, they're not as portable as some of the other truly wireless designs. They also have a few bugs when using their companion app and their somewhat high latency makes them poorly suited for watching videos. See our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds and the best Bluetooth earbuds.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless
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The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. They have a great ANC feature that blocks ambient noise and their case is noticeably smaller and more portable. The Bose are bigger and have an earbud design, and aren't quite closed-backs, meaning you'll be able to monitor your surroundings, which is great for outdoor runners. The SoundSport also sound a bit more neutral with a more accurate bass performance.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
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The Jabra Elite 65t are a slightly better truly wireless headphone than the Bose SoundSport Free, but not by much. The Jabras have a more reliable wireless connection that supports Bluetooth 5.0. They also have better isolation performance that's more suitable for noisy environments, thanks to their in-ear fit. You can also customize the sound of the Jabra but not the Bose, and they're a bit more compact to carry around thanks to their smaller case. The Bose, on the other hand, have a much more comfortable earbud fit. They also sound better balanced and feel more durable and better-built than the Jabra Elites. Their case is also sturdier, despite being a bit bulky to carry around.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless
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The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless will be better every day truly headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free due to their isolation performance. The Sony have a decent ANC system and will block ambient noise well, especially if you have a good fit. Their battery life is also better and their app offers more control and customization options. On the other hand, the SoundSport Free has an open-back design that will be great for running outside and staying aware of your surroundings. They also have a more neutral default sound, but can’t be EQ’ed inside their app.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless
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The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are a bit more versatile than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless thanks to their smaller and closed-back design. They isolate more noise than the semi-open Bose and they have a more typical in-ear fit. On the other hand, the Bose SoundSport Free are one of the most neutral sounding truly wireless headphones we've tested so far, but their design is quite bulky and doesn't have volume control.

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The Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless and Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless are both sports-oriented truly wireless earbuds each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The Bose have a more neutral, immersive sound but also don't isolate noise as well due to their open-back design. While the Jabra do a better job at isolating the chatter of a busy gym, their sound profile isn't quite as well-balanced out-of-the-box. Their battery life is better, though, and their charging case is a lot less bulky.

Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless
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The Beats Powerbeats Pro are slightly better headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. The Beats have an easier to use control scheme, and their ear-hook design is more stable for sports. Additionally, they have a noticeably better battery life on a single charge and have better wireless range. On the other hand, some may prefer the earbud fit of the Bose, which doesn’t enter your ear canal as deeply. Also, even if their case is quite bulkier, it's easier to carry around than the Beats’ case. The Bose are open-back headphones, which mean they barely isolate against ambient noise, but even the closed-back Powerbeats aren’t great in that regard.

Bose SoundSport Wireless
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The Bose SoundSport Wireless and the Bose SoundSport Free have about the same performance in a slightly different format. The Free are truly wireless earbuds that are a bit better for working out since they do not have a cable to hinder your movements. The Free also have a slightly better-balanced sound and a longer total battery life than the SoundSport Wireless. On the other hand, the SoundSport Wireless last a bit longer on a single charge. They also have a slightly more reliable wireless connection with less perceived latency.

Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless
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The Jabra Elite Active 65t are a slightly better truly wireless headphones overall than the Bose SoundSport Free. The Bose have a more comfortable earbud design. They also sound a lot more balanced out of the box than the Jabras. However, the Active 65t have a better noise isolation and leakage performance than the Bose, which makes them more suitable for commuting and the office. The Jabra also have easier to use controls and a more customizable app, which gives you access to an EQ so you can tweak their sound to your liking.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
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If sound quality is your biggest criteria, the Bose SoundSport Free are the better headphones. They have a good audio reproduction and are versatile for a wide variety of music genres. They will also sound a bit more open due to their semi-open design. However, this means they don’t isolate ambient noise well like the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and will leak significantly more. The Bose companion app also doesn’t offer any sort of customization options and the buds’ control-scheme is hard to use, while the touch-sensitive area of the Sennheisers is easy to use and responsive.

Jabra Elite Sport Truly Wireless
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The Bose SoundSport Free and the Jabra Elite Sport have about the same performance overall. The Bose have a more comfortable earbud fit that you can wear for a lot longer than the Jabra. They also have a much better default sound but do not have an EQ like the Jabra. On the upside, the Jabra Sport have a more rugged design, better controls, and a more compact case that will easily fit into your pockets, unlike the Bose. They also have more customizable options and more sports-optimized app that gives workout data. The Jabra are slightly better sports headphones overall and isolate better in noisy conditions, but do not sound as good as the Bose even with a good EQ.

Apple EarPods
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The Bose SoundSport Free are better headphones than the Apple EarPods. They are truly wireless, which is very convenient and portable, and have a great audio reproduction that is accurate and well-balanced. The SoundSport Free are also better-built and don’t feel as plasticky as the EarPods. On the other hand, you don’t have to manage battery life with the wired EarPods and their design is very comfortable if you can find the right fit. They have a better microphone for calls and their wired connection doesn’t have any latency, which is great for watching videos. If you’re looking for casual, everyday in-ears, the EarPods are a decent option and might offer better value, but for sports or critical listening, the Bose SoundSport Free will be better.

JBL Reflect Flow True Wireless
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The JBL Reflect Flow True Wireless are better headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. They have much better noise isolation than the Bose, which are semi-open headphones that lets you to hear your surroundings, making them great for outdoor runners. The battery life of the SoundSport is significantly worse, but they have an auto-off feature to help you conserve battery. They do sound good, though, suitable for most genres and don't have any hint of sharpness or sibilance in the treble.

Klipsch T5 True Wireless
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The Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless are better than the Klipsch T5 True Wireless. The Bose have a more neutral sounding sound profile while the T5 have an excited, V-shaped sound profile. The Bose are also more comfortable thanks to their earbud-like design, while the T5 enter your ear canal very deep. However, the Bose are semi-open, which means their noise isolation is practically nonexistent.

Sony WF-SP700N Truly Wireless
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The Bose SoundSport Free are a better truly wireless headset than the Sony WF-SP700N. The Sony are noise cancelling in-ears, so they do a little better in noisy situations, although the ANC of the Sonys is not that strong. They also have a customizable sound, which the Bose do not. On the upside, the Bose have a more comfortable earbud fit, a better-balanced sound that caters to a lot more tracks, and a more durable build quality. They also last longer on a single charge and have a longer cumulative battery life. Both headphones are equally poor for watching videos and with latency-sensitive content.

Jaybird Run Truly Wireless
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The Jaybird Run are a slightly better headset than the Bose SoundSport Free. The Run have a more compact and portable design than the Free. They also have a customizable app that lets you EQ their sound profile to your liking, unlike the Bose. On the upside, the Bose have a better build quality that feels more durable than the Run. They also have an earbud fit that most will prefer over the fit of the Jaybird Run. Lastly, the Bose sound a lot better out of the box than the Jaybirds, although they do not have an EQ so you won't be able to edit their sound quality like with the Jaybird Run.

Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless
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For most users, the Bose SoundSport Free will be a better option than the Jaybird Run XT thanks to their more comfortable fit and their good out-of-the-box sound quality. They also feel better-built than the XT. On the other hand, the Jaybird headphones are slightly more stable, which is great for sports. They also have a good isolation performance, which can be useful for commuting, making them slightly more versatile. You also get access to an EQ inside their companion app, which Bose is lacking. They also take noticeably less time to fully charge. You’ll have better range with the XT, but their latency is also noticeably higher than the Bose SoundSport Free.

Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless
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The Jaybird Vista are better sports headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. Their control scheme is easy to use and their stability fins offer a more secure fit than the bulky Bose. The Vista offer a slightly better battery life too, on top of having a great app. On the other hand, the Bose will be a better option for running outside due to their semi-open design, which is useful to stay aware of your surroundings. The wireless range is noticeably better on the Jaybird Vista.

B&O PLAY Beoplay E8 Truly Wireless 2018
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The B&O PLAY E8 are a better truly wireless headset than the Bose SoundSport Free. The E8 have a more compact and premium looking design than the Bose. They also have a smaller case that's easier to carry around and a better control scheme, although it can be a little confusing at first. The E8 also have a customizable sound thanks to their app support, better isolation than the Bose due to their in-ear fit, and a slightly better battery performance with a faster charge time. On the other hand, the Bose have an earbud fit that some will prefer over the fit of the E8. The Bose also have a better-balanced sound out of the box, which may not even require an EQ for most tracks.

Raycon E50 Truly Wireless
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The Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the Raycon E50 Truly Wireless. They're more comfortable thanks to their earbud-like design and are noticeably better-built. They also have a great audio reproduction quality, being one of the better sounding earbuds. They are also semi-open, which is good if you want to work out while still being able to monitor your surroundings. On the other hand, the Raycon E50 are more suitable for bass fans and are Bluetooth 5.0.

Sony WF-1000X Truly Wireless
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The Sony WF-1000X are a slightly better truly wireless option than the Bose SoundSport Free, but not by much. The WF-1000X have an in-ear fit and isolate much better in noisy conditions which makes them a bit more versatile for commuting and different environments. They also have a more polished and premium looking design and come with a great case, but do not feel as durable as the Bose. The SoundSport Free, on the other hand, have a much better balanced sound quality that does not need an EQ for most listeners. They also have a more comfortable earbud fit that you can wear much longer than the Sonys. Their open fit is also a bit more suitable for outdoor runners since it lets you monitor your environment for traffic and obstacles, but also blocks a lot less ambient noise.

JBL UA True Wireless Flash
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The JBL UA True Wireless Flash are better headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless for most. They are more versatile thanks to their closed-back design that isolates well against ambient noise. They’ll be a better option for commuting, but as sports headphones, it comes to preference. Outside runners might prefer the semi-open design of the Bose to stay aware of their surroundings. Their earbud design is also a bit more comfortable, and they have better sound quality and a slightly better battery. On the other hand, you’ll get better range with the Under Armour Flash and they have a better microphone for calls. Their case is also more portable and sturdier, on top of being waterproof.

Google Pixel Buds Wireless
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The Bose SoundSport Free are better earbuds than the Google PixelBuds. The SoundSport Free sound a lot more balanced than the Pixel Buds, despite having a semi-open fit they still pack a lot of bass and cater well to all genres, unlike the PixelBuds. They're also a bit more comfortable than the thanks to their softer earbud tips and their build quality feels a bit more durable than that of the google headphones. On the upside, the Pixel Buds have a longer cumulative battery life and since their fit is adjustable they will be a bit more suitable for all ear shapes and sizes.

Samsung Gear IconX Truly Wireless
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The Samsung Gear IconX are a better truly wireless headset than the Bose SoundSport Free. The Gear IconX have more features that make them more suitable for sports than the Free. They have a customizable app with a built-in coach to keep track of your workout progress. They're also a lot more portable than the Bose and have 4GBs of onboard storage, which makes them a bit more suitable when running and working out, since you do not have to carry around your phone. On the other hand, the Bose have an earbud fit that most will find a bit more comfortable than the in-ear fit of the Gear IconX. The Bose also have better-balanced sound quality, a slightly sturdier design, and longer battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless
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If sound is the thing you care about the most, then the Bose SoundSport Free are a better option than the Samsung Galaxy Buds. Their frequency response is more neutral with a good amount of bass, which is great for their semi-open design. However, this also means they don’t isolate against ambient noise as well as the closed-back Galaxy Buds. You also get more battery life from a single charge from the Galaxy headphones, and get slight customization options.

JBL FreeX Truly Wireless
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The JBL Free X are overall better truly wireless in-ears than the Bose SoundSport Free. The JBL Free X have a less bulky design and a more portable charging case. They also isolate significantly more noise than the open-backed Bose, which makes the JBL Free X a better choice for commuters or office workers. However, the Bose are better for critical listeners, since they sound better, are slightly more comfortable, and have a longer battery life.

Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019
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The Bose SoundSport Free are better headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 2019. Their semi-open design doesn’t isolate any noise like the AirPods, but their sound quality is superior and more accurate. You also get a better control scheme with volume control. However, they take a lot of time to charge for truly wireless earbuds and they have a fairly short wireless range. Their case is also very bulky and doesn’t support wireless charging like the AirPods’. On the other hand, the SoundSport Free are more stable for sports and will also let you monitor your surroundings.

B&O PLAY Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019
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The B&O PLAY E8 2.0 are better truly wireless headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free. The E8 have a more compact and premium looking design than the Bose. They also have a smaller case that's easier to carry around and a better control scheme, although it can be a little confusing at first. The E8 also have a customizable sound thanks to their app support, better isolation than the Bose due to their closed-back in-ear fit, and a slightly better battery performance with a faster charge time. On the other hand, the Bose have an earbud fit that some will find more comfortable than the fit of the E8. The Bose also have a better-balanced sound out of the box, which may not even require an EQ for most tracks.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017
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The Bose SoundSport Free are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Apple AirPods. The Bose have a more stable fit for sports. They also have a better-balanced sound quality that delivers a lot more bass than the AirPods. The AirPods, on the other hand, have a better wireless performance with a more stable connection and a lot less latency when watching videos, especially on iOS devices. They also have a longer cumulative battery life at more than 24hrs when you include the additional recharges from the case.

B&O PLAY E8 3.0 True Wireless
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The B&O PLAY E8 3.0 True Wireless are similar to the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. While the Bose are smaller, they also have worse controls. If you want a more neutral sound, the Bose are relatively more consistent in sound reproduction. However, you can't customize the Bose's sound, unlike the E8 who have a ToneTouch EQ in their app.

AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction
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The Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless are more traditional truly wireless Bluetooth in-ears than the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction. They'll do a much better job at blocking out background noise, and will deliver a more traditional sound as they don't use bone conduction. The Aeropex, on the other hand, will be more comfortable if you don't like the fit of in-ears, have much better controls, and don't block any external noise if you want to stay aware of your surroundings.

Jabra Elite 65e Wireless
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The Jabra Elite 65e are slightly better wireless earbuds than the Bose SoundSport Free, but not by much. The Bose have a slightly more compact design for sports. They also have a better-balanced sound quality that most will prefer over that of the Elite 65e although you can not EQ them. The Elite 65e, on the other hand, are noise cancelling so they do a little better in noisy conditions. They also have a much better microphone for making calls and a customizable app that gives them more options than the Bose. They also last longer on a single charge, although the Bose have a longer battery life overall when you include their charging case.

Altec Lansing True Evo Truly Wireless
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The Bose SoundSport Free are better truly wireless headphones than the Altec Lansing True Evo, especially if you care about sound quality. They have a more neutral sound and have a more comfortable and durable build. You get volume controls, which you don’t have on the True Evo, and their battery life is longer. However, the Altec Lansings have a better and more portable case, and since they are closed-back, they isolate more than the semi-open design of the Bose.

Fitbit Flyer Wireless
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If you prefer the compact format of a truly wireless design, then the Bose SoundSport Free will be a better choice; however, if you want a typical wireless in-ear for sports go for the Fitbit Flyer instead. The Bose have a better sound quality than the Fitbit Flyer. They're also a bit more comfortable to wear thanks to their earbud design. The Bose are also a bit more portable, thanks to their truly wireless design, although their case is rather bulky. On the other hand, the Flyers have a more isolating in-ear fit, which makes them more suitable for noisy environments and commutes. They're also more stable thanks to their multiple tips and stability fins sizes. They also have a longer battery life on a single charge.

Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks Truly Wireless
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The Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless are better sounding earbuds than the Monster Clarity 101 AirLinks Truly Wireless. The Bose have a well-balanced sound profile compared to the Monsters. However, the Bose have a semi-open back design so they don't isolate noise well, unlike the closed-back Monster.

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