Reviewed on Feb 19, 2018 , Marc Henney, Jean-Christophe Lamontagne

Bose SoundSport Wireless
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
6.7
Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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7.5
Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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6.5
Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
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7.7
Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
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6.6
Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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5.5
Home Theater
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5.5
Gaming
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Test Results
Design 7.6
Sound 7.4
Isolation 4.5
Microphone 6.2
Active Features 6.7
Connectivity 3.2
Type : Earbuds
Enclosure : Semi-Open
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Bose SoundSport Wireless are good sports headphones. They're comfortable, compact and sufficiently breathable to take to the gym. They also have an above-average sound, a decent battery life, and a good wireless range. However, they don't block as much noise as other in-ear/earbuds which is not ideal for commuting, and their build quality is not as durable as some of the other Bose designs.

See our recommendations for the best Sports Headphones.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Lightweight, wireless design.
  • Above-average and balanced sound.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Flaws in build quality.
Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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7.6

Design

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Bose SoundSport Wireless Design Picture

The Bose SoundSport Wireless are well-designed wireless earbuds. They have a comfortable fit that's similar but a bit more open than the SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear, which makes them a bit more suitable for runners. They're lightweight and sufficiently stable for most sports. They're also decently built, but they're a little bulky and protrude out of your ears. Unfortunately, some units have been damaged by humidity and were not as sweatproof as expected, which is disappointing and their control scheme can be difficult to use due to the thick rubber coating.

Style
Bose SoundSport Wireless Design Picture 2

The Bose 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.

7.5 Comfort
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What it is: Adjustability and degrees of freedom, pressure, stiffness and weight.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used for long durations.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Bose SoundSport Wireless Comfort Picture
Weight : 0.05 lbs
Clamping Force
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What it is: The force that the headphones exert on your head, once you have them on. This is purely a measurement of the force applied, which does not take into account the earpad's surface area and the resulting pressure you will feel, on or around your ears.
When it matters: The tighter the headphones, the more force they put on your head. This can get uncomfortable or cause pain and soreness during long listening sessions.
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0 lbs

The Bose 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.

6.7 Controls
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What it is: The control scheme of the headphones, the number of functions provided, button layout and ergonomics as well as the quality of tactile feedback.
When it matters: If you want to control volume, pause your music or make phone calls without directly interacting with your audio device.
Bose SoundSport Wireless Controls Picture
Ease of use : Average
Feedback : Subpar
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
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What it is: Being able to mix audio channels directly on the headphones.
When it matters: This is most useful when using a separate chat software so that you can mix in-game audio and chat audio depending on your needs.
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N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through : N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The Bose 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.

9.0 Breathability
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What it is: How hot the headphones get when you wear them for an extended period of time.
When it matters: If you often have long listening sessions or use your headphones while doing physical activities like running or working out.
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Bose SoundSport Wireless Breathability After Picture
Avg.Temp.Difference : 1 C

The Bose SoundSport Wireless, like most in-ear/earbuds, are very breathable headphones. They trap a little bit of heat within the ear canal due to their design, which makes the notch of your ears a little warmer, but it's a very negligible rise in temperature that shouldn't make you sweat more than usual.

8.6 Portability
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What it is: The volume of space occupied by the headphones when folded into their most compact format.
When it matters: If you're often on the move and need to carry your headphones in a bag, purse , or pocket.
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Bose SoundSport Wireless Portability Picture
L : 2.44 "
W : 3.13 "
H : 0.85 "
Volume : 6.51 Cu. Inches
Stand required : N/A

The Bose SoundSport wireless are easy to carry around in a pocket bag or purse. They 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.

7.0 Case
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What it is: The provided carrying options to protect your headphones when transporting them.
When it matters: To prevent damaging your headphones, if you often carry them in your bag or pocket.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Bose SoundSport Wireless Case Picture
Type : Soft case
L : 3.54 "
W : 3.54 "
H : 1.38 "
Volume : 16.74 Cu. Inches

The Bose SoundSport come 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.

7.0 Build Quality
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What it is: Durability, material quality, cheap/expensive feel.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used by multiple users (classes/studios), by children, in tough conditions, on a daily basis, or for exercise.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Bose SoundSport Wireless Build Quality Picture

The Bose 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.

7.5 Stability
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What it is: How the headphones are designed to prevent them from slipping off your ears or falling off your head.
When it matters: If you plan on using the headphones while doing sports or other physical activities that requires a lot of movement.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Bose SoundSport Wireless Stability Picture

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, although they are not as stable as the Plantronics BackBeat Fit.

Cable
Bose SoundSport Wireless Cable Picture
Detachable : No
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

The Bose SoundSport Wireless come with a USB charging cable.

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7.4

Sound

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What it is: How accurately the audio is reproduced. The tests are performed with the headphones' most commonly used features enabled (noise-cancelling, wireless, etc.)
Bose SoundSport Wireless Frequency Response

The Bose SoundSport Wireless are a good sounding pair of semi-open earbuds. They have a very good and deep bass, an excellent mid-range, and a very good and well-balanced treble. They also perform quite consistently from person to person given a good fit/seal, and have low distortion. However, like most other earbuds, they don't have a large and out-of-head soundstage.

8.8 Bass
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What it is: Frequency Response from 20Hz-250Hz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on bass frequencies, such as those of kick drums and bass guitar.
Score components:
Bose SoundSport Wireless Bass
Std. Err.
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in bass frequency response (20Hz-250Hz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) bass performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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1.79 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
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What it is: The lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: Shows how extended the bass is.
Good value: <40Hz
Noticeable difference: 5Hz
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10 Hz
Low-Bass
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 20Hz-60Hz.
When it matters: Kick drums and low frequency effects get their 'thump' from this range. Mostly felt than heard.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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2.02 dB
Mid-Bass
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 60Hz-120Hz.
When it matters: Melodic bass instruments have most of their fundamental frequencies in this range. This is where the 'body' and 'punch' of the bass sits.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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1.83 dB
High-Bass
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 120Hz-250Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments get their warmth and full-ness from this range. When over-emphasized, mixes tend to get muddy and boomy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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1.96 dB

The Bose SoundSport Wireless have an excellent bass performance. Their low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 10Hz, which is great. It means these headphones are able to produce very deep thumps and rumbles. The entire bass response (low-bass, mid-bass, and high-bass) is virtually flat, but it is over our target by about 2dB. This results in a very well-balanced bass, with ample kick and punch, which is only slightly north of neutral.

9.0 Mid
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What it is: Frequency Response from 250Hz-2KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on mid-range frequencies. This is the case for the majority of audio content.
Score components:
Bose SoundSport Wireless Mid
Std. Err.
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in mid frequency response (250Hz-2.5KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) mid performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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1.27 dB
Low-Mid
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 250Hz-500Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments have their fundamentals or low harmonics in this range. Over-emphasis in this range sounds muddy and cluttered. Under-emphasis, thins out the vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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0.35 dB
Mid-Mid
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 500Hz-1KHz.
When it matters: This range is occupied mostly by upper harmonics. Over-emphasis sounds forward and boxy. Under-emphasis pushes instruments to the back of the mix.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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-1.77 dB
High-Mid
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 1KHz-2KHz.
When it matters: Most instruments, especially vocals, get their intensity and clarity from this range. Over-emphasis sounds honky and harsh, under-emphasis sounds weak and distant.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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0.21 dB

The mid-range of the Bose SoundSport Wireless is very good. Low-mid and high-mid are virtually flat and within 0.3dB of our target response, which is hard to beat. Mid-mid, however, is recessed by less than 2dB. The effect of this 2dB recess is very subtle, but it could nudge the vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix by giving a bit more emphasis to bass/kick instruments.

8.2 Treble
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What it is: Frequency Response from 2KHz-20KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on high-range frequencies, such as voice, cymbals, and any other material where brightness, brilliance and airiness is desired.
Score components:
Bose SoundSport Wireless Treble
Std. Err.
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What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in treble frequency response (2.5KHz-20KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) treble performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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3.19 dB
Low-Treble
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 2KHz-5KHz.
When it matters: Almost all instruments rely on this range for their presence, detail, and articulation. Over-emphasis can sound harsh and painful. Under-emphasis hurts the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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1.17 dB
Mid-Treble
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What it is: The average amount of over/under emphasis in frequency response from 5KHz-10KHz.
When it matters: This is the sibilance range. Cymbals, vocals, and lead instruments rely on this range for brightness and presence. Over-emphasis sounds piercing and painful, under-emphasis sounds dull and lispy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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-1.7 dB
High-Treble
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What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 10KHz-20KHz.
When it matters: This range gives brilliance and airiness to the sound. Over-emphasis sounds hissy, under-emphasis sounds closed-up and lifeless.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
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-5.76 dB

The treble range performance of the Bose is great. Low-treble is flat, neutral, and consistent. This ensures that vocals and lead instruments have well-balanced presence and articulation. Mid-treble and high-treble, however, are a bit less consistent, which could make the sibilances (S and T sounds) a bit uneven.

Raw Frequency Response
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What it is: The average uncompensated frequency response of the headphone. For in-ears and earbuds, this corresponds to the average of 5 measurements/re-seats on the dummy head (HMS). For over/on-ear headphones, this corresponds to the average of 5 measurements/re-seats on the HMS (Head Measurement System) for the mid and treble ranges, and 5 measurements/re-seats on 5 human subjects for the bass range.
When it matters: This is for those who want to see the raw and uncompensated frequency response of the headphone. Some of the more advanced users, are able to read and evaluate headphone frequency response in its raw form and without compensation. This will be especially useful to them if they have their own headphone compensation/target curve, which may differ from the compensation curve/target response used by RTINGS.com.
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8.9 Frequency Response Consistency
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What it is: The amount of deviation of each frequency response pass, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
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Bose SoundSport Wireless Consistency L Bose SoundSport Wireless Consistency R
Avg. Std. Deviation
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What it is: The average amount of deviation in frequency response of 5 re-seats, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
Good value: <0.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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0.23 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Bose Soundsport Wireless is very good across multiple users and re-seats, ensuring a consistent delivery of bass and treble. The maximum deviation in frequency response under 10KHz is less than 0.5dB, which is outstanding. This, however, is with the assumption that the user is able to achieve an air-tight seal by choosing an ear tip option that provides the best fit.

9.1 Imaging
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What it is: Imaging qualities are inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'reproduce' them rather than 'create' them. They determine how accurately the objects are positioned in the stereo image, and how transparent the imaging is.
When it matters: When accurate positioning of the objects in the stereo image, and clear and transparent imaging is desired.
Bose SoundSport Wireless Group Delay Bose SoundSport Wireless Phase Response
Weighted Group Delay
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What it is: The average amount of group delay calculated based on a perceptual weighting filter. Group delay indicates how long it takes for each frequency to reach their maximum amplitude. This is a monaural quality and can be perceived even with one ear.
When it matters: Headphones with lower group delay have more transparent imaging and a tighter bass. Headphones with higher group delay in the bass range tend to have a wimpy and loose bass, and headphones with higher group delay in the treble range tend to have a less transparent imaging.
Good value: <0.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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0.16
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
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What it is: The Left/Right balance of our test unit, that is, the amount of amplitude difference between the left and right drivers. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When a properly balanced stereo image and low manufacturing tolerance is desired. A poor score indicates a noticeable difference in level between the left and right drivers.
Good value: <1.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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0.3
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
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What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the frequency response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance, is desired. A poor score indicates there may be 'holes' in the stereo image at certain frequencies.
Good value: <2
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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1.45
Weighted Phase Mismatch
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What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the phase response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance is desired. A poor score indicates there may be inaccuracies in the stereo image reproduction at certain frequencies.
Good value: <16
Noticeable difference: 3
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1.57

The imaging of the of the Bose Soundsport is excellent. Its group delay is among the lowest we have measured, suggesting a tigh bass and clear treble. Also, as shown in the graph, its group delay is consistently below our audibility threshold even in the high-treble region. This is in contrast to some other Bluetooth headphones we have measured, such as the Google Pixel Buds, which has high group delay in both the bass and treble ranges. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched, resulting in accurate and clear placement and localization of objects and instruments (footsteps, voices, drums) in the stereo image.

2.4 Soundstage
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What it is: Soundstage qualities are not inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'create' them rather than 'reproduce' them. They determine whether the sound is perceived to be coming from inside or in front of the head, how open and spacious the soundstage is, how much the headphones acoustically interact with the environment, and how strong the phantom center is.
When it matters: When an accurately produced, large and spacious soundstage, similar to that of a stereo loudspeaker setup is desired.
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
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What it is: The standard deviation of the PRTF (Pinna-related transfer function) of the headphones compared to a reference loudspeaker's PRTF at 30°. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: An accurate pinna activation is mainly responsible for how natural and speaker-like the soundstage is perceived to be. The less error in the shape of the PRTF, the more natrual and speaker-like the perception of the soundstage will be. High amounts of error may indicate a soundstage that is unnatural or odd.
Good value: <2.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
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What it is: The average amplitude of the PRTF (Pinna-related transfer function) of the headphones compared to that of a reference loudspeaker's PRTF at 30°. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: This value is responsible for the perceived size of the soundstage. The higher the value, the larger the perceived size of the soundstage. However, values above the reference (5.0dB) could result in a soundstage that is perceived as unnatural or odd.
Good value: >3.7
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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N/A
PRTF Distance
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What it is: The depth of the "10KHz notch" of the headphone's PRTF, which is caused by phase cancellations at the concha. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: This value is mainly responsible for the perceived distance and elevation of the soundstage. A small distance value may result in a soundstage that is perceived to be located inside the head. Larger values may help pull the soundstage out from inside of the head and bring it to the front.
Good value: >13
Noticeable difference: 1
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N/A
Openness
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What it is: How open the headphones are, and how open and spacious they sound. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test differentiates between acoustically and electronically produced crosstalk and only takes the acoustically generated crosstalk into account. This value is the inverse of the Noise Isolation test score, and could be indirectly related the acoustic impedance of the headphones.
When it matters: When a headphone with a sense of an open, and spacious soundstage is desired. A value of 10 indicates a fully open headphone, and a value of 0 indicates a fully closed headphone.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
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8.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
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What it is: How loud the headphones are, and how much they excite their environment acoustically. If the headphones are loud and open enough, the sound leaking from the headphones will be affected by the environment (reflections/reverb) before reflecting back into the open headphones and to the listener's ears. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This value is the inverse of the Leakage test score.
When it matters: Headphones with higher excitation values, similar to openness, tend to have soundstages that are perceived as more open and spacious.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
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2.5
Correlated Crosstalk
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What it is: How strong and solid the phantom center is. This is mostly a stereo quality and its effects on mono content are minimal. This test is sensitive to the phase of the crosstalk and whether it is produced acoustically or electronically.
When it matters: When a true reproduction of the stereo image is desired. A value of 0 indicates no crosstalk, or that the existing crosstalk is not correlated enough to affect the phantom center. A negative score means the crosstalk is out of phase with the original signal, resulting in a slightly wider stereo image at the expense of creating a 'hole' at the center of the stereo field. A positive score means the crosstalk is in phase and positively affecting the phantom center.
Good value: >1dB
Noticeable difference: 0.3dB
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0.01 dB

The soundstage of the Bose Soundsport Wireless is poor. One of the key factors in creating a good soundstage is activating the resonaces of the pinna (the outer ear). Since earbuds/in-ears don't interact with the pinna, their soundstage tends to be small and located inside the listener's head, as opposed to in-front like a loudspeaker. However, since the Soudsport are relatively open earbuds, their soundstage will feel more open and spacious than that of closed-back in-ears.

8.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
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What it is: The subtle, unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired, though its effect is not as noticable as frequency response.
Score components:
Bose SoundSport Wireless Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
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What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 90dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: <0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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0.333
Weighted THD @ 100
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What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 100dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at loud listening levels.
Good value: <0.300
Noticeable difference: 0.1
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1.453

The total harmonic distortion performance of the Bose is very good. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is within good limits. However, the amount of THD in the low-bass region is slightly elevated. This suggests that the Bose may struggle with producing sub-bass frequencies at extremely loud volumes. This is normal for a relatively open earbud design, but also means that they may not be the best headphones for EQ-ing if you are planning on adding a lot of sub-bass to them. Also, the spikes in THD around 300HZ and 2.5KHz, could make the sound of those frequencies rather harsh and brittle.

4.5

Isolation

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The Bose 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, make 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.

2.9 Noise Isolation
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What it is: How much outside noise is blocked out by putting the headphones on.
When it matters: If the headphones are going to be used in a noisy envinronment (airplane, subway, etc.)
Score components:
Bose SoundSport Wireless Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
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What it is: The overall amount of environmental noise reduction in dB.
When it matters: In loud envinronments like planes, trains, offices, etc.
Good value: <-20dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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-6.62 dB
Bass
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What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the bass range (20Hz-250Hz).
When it matters: When the outside noise is bass-heavy, like in airplanes.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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-0.08 dB
Mid
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What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the mid-range (250Hz-2.5KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is mid-heavy, like in an office.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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-5.24 dB
Treble
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What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the treble range (2.5KHz-20KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is treble-heavy. Although uncommon, areas with sharp sounds fall under this category.
Good value: <-30dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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-16.03 dB
Self-Noise
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What it is: The amount of noise created by the active electronics of the headphones (if applicable), measured from 300Hz-20KHz. Applies mostly to wireless and noise-cancelling headphones.
When it matters: If too loud, it could become distracting when listening to quiet material like podcasts and audiobooks.
Good value: <16dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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24.57 dB

The noise isolation of the Bose Soundsport Wireless is poor. This is expected due to their earbud design. The Bose don't isolate at all in the bass range. In the treble range, where the bulk of speech sits, they provide only 5dB of isolation, which is poor. In the treble range, where S and T sounds are located, the Soundsport provide about 16dB of reduction in noise, which is about average. If you would like to be able to hear your surrounding while listening to music or an audiobook, then an open earbud like the SoundSport Wireless is a suitable option.

7.8 Leakage
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What it is: The amount of sound bleeding out of the headphones.
When it matters: When the listener doesn't want people around them (in office, recording studio, etc.) to hear what is being listened to.
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Bose SoundSport Wireless Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
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What it is: The amount of sound leakage heard 1 foot away from the user, while the user is listening to a 100dB SPL signal.
When it matters: When you don't want people hear what you are listening to.
Good value: <35dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
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35.03 dB

The sound leakage of the Bose Soundsport wireless is good. As a rule of thump, closed-back in-ears leak the least, and open-back over-ears leak the most. Earbuds sit kind of in between, which is also the case with the Soundsport. Their leakage is present only in the treble range, meaning sounds leaking out of the Bose will mostly consist of S and T sounds (speech, cymbals) and will be very thin. However, the overall level of the leakage is moderately loud, so if you blast your music/podcast in a quiet environment, chances are people around you would hear some of the leakage.

6.2

Microphone

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What it is: The microphone section shows the quality of speech capture and transmission by the mic, as well as how well the microphone under test handles noisy environments.
When it matters: For your speech to be transmitted to and understood properly by the listener, the microphone needs to have a good recording quality. If the environment the microphone is being used in is noisy, a microphone with a good noise handling performance would be needed as well.
Score components:
Integrated
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What it is: The microphone integrated in the ear cup or ear bud of a wireless headphone.
When it matters: For calls, gaming and voice over IP software or for any other use of the microphone.
Good value: Yes
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Yes
In-line
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What it is: The microphone inside the in-line remote of audio cables for wired and wireless headsets.
When it matters: In-line microphone are usually better than integrated mics. If you need better recording quality and noise handling for calls, gaming and voice over IP software then use the audio cable of your wired or wireless headphone if it has an inline microphone.
Good value: Yes
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No
Boom
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What it is: A typically better microphone, that's also adjustable and extends so that the mic is closer to your mouth.
When it matters: Much better recording quality and noise handling than in-line or integrated mics. Primarily used for gaming and voice over IP software.
Good value: Yes
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No
Detachable Boom
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What it is: A boom mic that is detachable from the headset.
When it matters: If you want to use your headphone outdoors without the bulk and hassle of the Boom mic.
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N/A

The overall microphone performance of the Bose Soundsport Wireless is mediocre. Recorded speech with the integrated mic of the Bose will sound rather thin and muffled, but still intelligible in a quiet environment. In noisy situations, however, the Soundsport will have a tough time separating speech from ambient noise in moderately loud environments, such as a busy street.

5.6 Recording Quality
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What it is: Microphone recording quality shows how natural, neutral, extended and intelligible speech would be with the device under test, in a quiet environment.
When it matters: A microphone with a good recording quality ensures that the person listening to you would hear a full, clear, and easily understandable speech. Therefore, it is important whenever a good quality of speech transmission and intelligibility is needed.
Score components:
Bose SoundSport Wireless Microphone Frequency Response
Recorded Speech
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What it is: Actual audio recording of the headphone's microphone, recorded while placed on the dummy head, with speech being played back through the dummy head's mouth simulator.
When it matters: When a clean, full, and intelligible speech transmission is required.
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LFE
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What it is: Low-frequency extension shows how deep the bass response of the microphone is, and therefore, how deep and full your voice would sound to the listener. It is the lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: LFE is not a big factor in speech intelligibility and even speech recorded with a mic that has an LFE of 500Hz could still be easily understood. Therefore, it is mostly important if you are concerned with how deep and full your voice would be heard.
Good value: <150Hz
Noticeable difference: 30Hz
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285.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
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What it is: Frequency Response Standard Deviation shows how accurately and balanced sound is captured by the microphone at each frequency. FR Std. Dev. is calculated between LFE and HFE, and the rest of the spectrum is ignored.
When it matters: A good frequency response is desired when a natural and neutral speech quality is desired. As opposed to HFE which is more a metric for speech intelligibility, frequency response could be considered as a metric for a natural and neutral sound.
Good value: >3.5dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5dB
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2.58 dB
HFE
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What it is: High-frequency extension is the highest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response. It shows how extended the treble response of the microphone is.
When it matters: HFE is one the most important factors in speech intelligibility. The higher the HFE, the brighter, more open, and more extended the speech quality will be which makes it a lot easier to understand by the listener.
Good value: >8KHz
Noticeable difference: 1KHz
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2248.0 Hz
Weighted THD
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What it is: The unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies, which cause deformation of an output signal compared to its input.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired, though its effect is not as noticable as frequency response.
Good value: <1.5
Noticeable difference: 1.0
:
38.586
Gain
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What it is: Shows how much louder the microphone can go above our reference loudness level. The gain value is reported relative to our reference level, which is 94dB at a distance of 5cm from the mouth.
When it matters: A microphone with a high gain is important when the input signal (speech) is very quiet. For example when whispering, or talking on the phone in a library.
Good value: >18dB
Noticeable difference: 3dB
:
38.69 dB

The recording quality of the SoundSport's integrated mic is sub-par. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 285Hz means speech transmitted/recorded with the Soundsport will sound thin. Also, the HFE of 2.2KHz results in a muffled and airless speech transmission. This will have a subtle but negative effect on the intelligibility of the transmitted speech.

6.7 Noise Handling
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What it is: How well the microphone is able to separate speech from background noise, so that the transmission would include more voice and less noise.
When it matters: When a clean and intelligible speech transmission is desired in a noisy situation like talking on the phone on a busy street or on the bus.
Score components:
Bose SoundSport Wireless SpNR
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
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What it is: Speech to Noise Ratio is the difference in level between speech and background noise as heard by the listener
When it matters: If the microphone is going to be used in a noisy environment, it is important for it to be able to separate the speech from background noise, so the voice would be easily audible and understandable.
Good value: >24dB
Noticeable difference: 3dB
:
18.78 dB

The noise handling capabilitis of the Bose Soundsport Wireless' mic is okay. They achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 19dB, which is average, but better than most Bluetooth headphones we have measured. Nevertheless, the integrated microphone of the Bose is suitable only to quiet environments and they will struggle to separate speech from background noise in moderate and loud environments.

6.7

Active Features

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What it is: Headphones with active components that require a battery. This includes noise cancelling and wireless headphones that actively reduce noise or transmit audio via a wireless connection.
When it matters: How suitable the power and wireless specifications of an active headphone will be, depending on your listening habits. The range and/or discharge time of the active headphone you select will be important if you're often on the move or have long uninterrupted listening sessions.
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The Bose 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.

6.7 Battery
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What it is: The power source of your headphones. All headphones with active features have a battery that will deplete over time.
When it matters: To continue using the active features of your headphones. Some models lose features or switch off completely when the battery is drained, which limits what you can do with them until the next charge.
Battery Type
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What it is: The type of battery that the headphones use. Usually AAA or embedded, Li-ion rechargeable batteries.
When it matters: When your headphones run out of power. Rechargeable batteries usually charge via the headphones Micro-USB port whereas AAA batteries have to be replaced or charged with an external device.
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Rechargable
Battery Life
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What it is: The amount of time it takes for a headphones' battery to be completely drained. Battery life will vary depending on the active features used and volume level.
When it matters: For active headphones that connect wirelessly, have noise cancellation or other audio-enhancing features, that cease to work once the battery is dead.
Good value: >10hrs
Noticeable difference: 0.5hrs
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5.9 hrs
Charge Time
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What it is: The amount of time your active headphones have to be connected to a power source to charge from 0 to a 100%. However, charging time will vary depending on your power source.
When it matters: To be able to use the active features of your headphones. Especially, wireless ones that completely switch off and need to be recharged when the battery is dead.
Good value: 2h or less
Noticeable difference: 0.25h
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1.5 hrs
Power Saving Feature
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What it is: A feature that turns off the headphones, after a set time, when they're not in use.
When it matters: To prolong battery life when the headphones are not being used, or if you forget to manually turn off your headphones.
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Yes
Audio while charging
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What it is: Some active headphones remain usable while charging. They continue to stream audio and do not disable other active features.
When it matters: This makes sure that your headphones's battery are not being drained when your relatively close to a power source. However, this means wireless headphones will need a wired connection to the power source during the charging process.
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No
Passive Playback
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What it is: Active headphones that still work when all their active features are turned off or out of power.
When it matters: If you run out of power and do not have spare AA/AAA batteries or access to a power source to recharge your headphones.
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No

The Bose 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.

6.5 App Support
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What it is: The additional app provided to enhance your listening experience. They typically deliver a set of practical features that give you more control over the sound, noise cancelling and effects that the headphones produce.
When it matters: An app with a lot of features allows you to customize your listening experience to suit your taste and preferences. For example, additions like an equalizer can give you more bass or treble and room effects can simulate a bigger Soundstage in closed back headphones.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Bose SoundSport Wireless App Picture
App Name : Bose Connect
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
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What it is: Parametric, graphic or preset sound profiles that slightly alter the frequency response.
When it matters: If you want to tailor, your listening experience. Depending on what you're listening to you may want more or less bass for some tracks or more mid-range for vocals-heavy audio.
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No
ANC control
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What it is: Control over the Active noise canceling technology. This could be either a simple on/off button, and adjustable slider or even adaptive self-regulating noise cancellation.
When it matters: If you're in an environment where you need to monitor your surroundings or completely isolate yourself from ambient noise.
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No
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
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What it is: Room effects that enhance the audio quality to make it more immersive.
When it matters: If you want to further tweak your listening experience. Adding room effects, can simulate a more spacious Soundstage or deliver a surround sound-like feel.
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No
Playback control
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What it is: An in-app player that gives you access to play/stop, track skipping or volume controls directly with the app.
When it matters: It's a shortcut that allows you to control your audio without leaving the application.
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Yes
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

The Bose Soundsport Wireless use the same app as the QuietComfort 35 and SoundLink Around-Ear 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.

SoundSport Wireless Auto-Off Timer

3.2

Connectivity

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What it is: The inputs and outputs of wired and wireless headphones, as well as their latency performance and range.
When it matters: To know how compatible your Bluetooth device, console or PC will be with your wired or wireless headset.
Score components:
  • 10% Bluetooth
  • 32% Wired
  • 10% Base/Dock
  • 22% Wireless Range
  • 25% Latency

The Bose Soundsport Wireless are Bluetooth-only headphones with no audio cable or base/dock. They do not support multi-pairing like other Bose headphones but do have a limited memory of previous synced devices for auto-pairing when you turn them on. On the upside, they support NFC, which makes them a bit easier to pair with smartphones and they have a great range for a wireless in-ear/earbud. Unfortunately, they also have quite a bit of latency which is noticeable when watching movies or gaming.

8.0 Bluetooth
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What it is: Bluetooth support for wireless headphones.
When it matters: To connect wirelessly to Bluetooth sources like your phone, tablet, console, PC and TV.
Score components:
  • 79% Multi-Device Pairing
  • 20% NFC
  • 0% PS4 Compatible
  • 0% Xbox One Compatible
Bluetooth Version : 4.0
Multi-Device Pairing
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What it is: A Bluetooth profile that's allows some headphones to be simultaneously connected to multiple Bluetooth sources.
When it matters: To quickly switch between your Bluetooth sources. For example switching from your phone to your home or work PC.
Good value: 2 devices.
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No
NFC
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What it is: Near Field Communication technology that allows you to quickly, pair your headphones with your Bluetooth and NFC-enabled device.
When it matters: This makes pairing with an NFC-enabled device a lot easier than the typical and often tedious hold-to-pair procedure that most wireless headphones have.
Good value: Yes
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Yes
PS4 Compatible
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What it is: Bluetooth compatibility with the PlayStation 4.
When it matters: To connect your headphones wirelessly with your PS4.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
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No
Xbox One Compatible
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What it is: Bluetooth compatibility with the Xbox One.
When it matters: To connect your headphones wirelessly with your Xbox one.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
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No

The Bose Soundsport Wireless do not have multi-device pairing, like the Bose QuietComfort 35 or SoundLink Around-Ear II. On the upside, they support NFC which makes it easier to pair with smartphones.

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What it is: The type and compatibility of audio cables for wired and wireless headphones.
When it matters: For all devices with a regular audio jack (line-out) and also compatibility of the in-line remote/boom microphone with consoles and Personal computers.
Score components:
  • 13% Analog
  • 9% USB
  • 26% PS4 Compatible
  • 26% Xbox One Compatible
  • 26% PC Compatible
Cable Tested : N/A
Analog
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What it is: A regular 1/8" TRS audio jack or a 1/4 or 1/16 TRS with a 1/8 TRS adapter.
When it matters: For all devices with a line out.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
USB
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What it is: A USB or USB adapter to connect to your devices for audio and microphone.
When it matters: A digital USB adapter usually offers a slight advantages over a regular audio jack, like a DAC, and amplifier module or software support and compatibility with PCs. However it may not be as compatible with consoles.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
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What it is: PS4 compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your PS4
Good value: Audio + Microphone
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N/A
Xbox One Compatible
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What it is: Xbox One compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your Xbox One
Good value: Audio + Microphone
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N/A
PC Compatible
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What it is: PC compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your PC.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
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N/A

The Bose SoundSport Wireless have no wired option. If you want a similarly designed in-ear but wired then check out the Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear or the wired Bose SoundSport In-Ear.

0 Base/Dock
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What it is: The base station, dock or dongle transmitter of wireless headphones that receive data/audio via a proprietary frequency range.
When it matters: Knowing the inputs and outputs of the base/dock/dongle as well as its compatibility with consoles and Personal Computers. Also whether the base supports dock charging to easily recharge the headphones without any cables.
Score components:
  • 4% Optical Input
  • 22% Line In
  • 4% Line Out
  • 22% USB Input
  • 4% RCA Input
  • 9% PS4 Compatible
  • 9% Xbox One Compatible
  • 9% PC Compatible
  • 2% Power Supply
  • 13% Dock Charging
Wireless Type
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What it is: The type of wireless connection used by the base station/dock to communicate with the headphones.
When it matters: For latency and range. For example Radio frequency has low latency but mediocre range when obstructed and proprietary docks have their own 2.x GHz or 5 GHz frequency which varies in performance.
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N/A
Optical Input
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What it is: Optical input for audio.
When it matters: Optical can carry a bit more data at faster speeds than typical wired connection which allows for more high quality, lossless audio.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
Line In
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What it is: The regular wired input via a 1/8" TRS audio jack.
When it matters: For any device that has a line out for audio transmission.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
Line Out
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What it is: A regular 1/8TRS audio jack output.
When it matters: If you need to share the audio source with other devices. A line out lets you connect other headphones or speakers to the dock/base station.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
USB Input
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What it is: A digital USB input instead of a typical 1/8 TRS line-in.
When it matters: A USB connection can provide both an audio input and power to the Dock or Base station.
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N/A
RCA Input
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What it is: Audio input using via an RCA connectors.
When it matters: Provides better stereo audio to the dock/base that's then transmitted to the headphones.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
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What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with the PlayStation 4.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
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N/A
Xbox One Compatible
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What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with the Xbox One.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
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N/A
PC Compatible
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What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with your Personal Computer.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
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N/A
Power Supply
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What it is: The connector type of the power source.
When it matters: The accessibility of the power source. For example a power supply with USB/USB-C connects to multiple devices, PC , PS4, Xbox One or even with your regular phone charger whereas a A/C adapter is less common.
Good value: USB/USB-C
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N/A
Dock Charging
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What it is: Charging the headphones via the dock/base station instead of a charging cable.
When it matters: It makes charging your headphones easier and gives you a sport to store your headphones when they are not in use.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A

The Bose SoundSport Wireless do not have a dock. If you want a headphone that's versatile and has a dock, try the SteelSeries Arctis 7. However, it won't be as compact and easy-to-carry around on your person.

8.0 Wireless Range
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What it is: Headphones that offer a cable-free listening experience over a wireless network, typically via Bluetooth or radio frequency.
When it matters: If you don't want to be limited by the length of an audio cable. This means having the freedom to move around in your home or office with a much greater range than an audio cable could provide, especially, if the Bluetooth source is heavy or difficult to carry.
Score components:
Obstructed Range
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What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in an indoor environment. Although, the obstructed wireless range will slightly depend on your home or office layout.
Good value: >35ft
Noticeable difference: 5ft
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41 ft
Line of Sight Range
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What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when in direct line of sight of the Bluetooth device.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in a large and open environment.
Good value: 170ft or more
Noticeable difference: 10ft
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99 ft

The Bose SoundSport Wireless 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.

2.6 Latency
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What it is: How long it takes for audio to play through your headphones once the audio signal has been sent from a source.
When it matters: When gaming or watching movies. High latency means you will hear the audio much later than the images you see on screen.
Score components:
Default Latency
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What it is: The Base RF latency or the default sub-band coding (SBC) of most Bluetooth headphones.
When it matters: When watching videos a high latency can cause sync issues between the images you see and the audio you hear.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
189 ms
aptX Latency
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What it is: An audio coding algorithm (Codec) that improves bit rate efficiency. It reduces latency and improves sound quality over Bluetooth.
When it matters: For better sound quality if your often streaming music over Bluetooth. Also it slightly improves latency when watching videos with wireless headphones.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 15ms
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N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
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What it is: Low latency variation of aptX that significantly reduces sync issues between video and sound when using Bluetooth headphones.
When it matters: When watching videos or gaming latency is a lot more noticeable than just listening to music.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 5ms
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N/A

These headphones have quite a bit of latency which is not ideal for watching movies and a lot of video content. It's not more than most typical Bluetooth headphones but it won't be suitable for gaming and movies.

In the box

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  • Bose SoundSport  Wireless Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x3)
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying case
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

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The Bose SoundSport Wireless are good sports headphones with an above-average sound and a comfortable earbud fit. They're compact and have a good wireless range, but their build quality is not as durable as some of the other wireless in-ear/earbuds we've reviewed.

Beats BeatsX

The BeatsX are as versatile as the Soundsport Wireless and good all-around wireless in-ears but are not truly wireless like the AirPods or the Soundsport Free. They also have the W1 chip, which makes their latency and range surprisingly good but isn't optimized for Android users. 

Jaybird Freedom

 

The Jaybird Freedom are a more lightweight and portable than the Soundsport Wireless. They're also good for sports and have a better, more customizable app. However, their battery performance is not as good as the SoundSport wireless, and the charging clip can be a bit bulky and cumbersome.

Apple AirPods

The Apple AirPods are truly wireless headphones with a decent sound and good active features. However, they're more optimized for iOS so there are a few missing features on Android. Unfortunately, although they're better built and have a more stylish design, they're a lot less stable than the soundsport Wireless due to their one-size-fits-all design.

Bose SoundSport Free

The SoundSport Free are the first truly wireless headphones from Bose. They have the same comfortable fit of the SoundSport Wireless, a good, well-balanced sound quality, and a sturdy, durable design. Unfortunately, they have a few bugs with their wireless connection and one of the worst latency performances we've measured. They're a bit better for sports than the SoundSport Wireless but they're also considerably more expensive and significantly worse for watching videos.

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6.7Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
The Bose SoundSport Wireless are decent mixed usage headphones. They're geared for sports with their compact wireless design but do not isolate enough for loud environments, which makes them a little less suitable for commuting. On the upside, they have a good wireless range, a comfortable earbud fit that you can wear for hours and a well-balanced sound that's good enough for most listeners.
7.5Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
Good for critical listening. They have an above-average sound with a good amount of bass that doesn't overpower the instruments and vocals in the mid and treble range. They also have a semi-open fit which gives them a slightly better soundstage than most typical in-ear/earbuds, but they will not sound like speakers in a room which might not be ideal for more critical listeners. On the upside, their sound quality should be good enough for most.
6.5Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
Average for commute and travel. They're compact and comfortable but have weak noise isolation which won't be ideal for the loud environments involved in commuting.
7.7Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
The Bose SoundSport Wireless are good headphones for sports use. They're wireless and compact enough to carry around wherever you go. They have a stable and semi-open fit that allows runners to monitor their surroundings.
6.6Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
Decent for office use. They don't leak much so you can play your music at higher volumes but they also do not isolate much so you will hear some of the ambient chatter in a lively office.
5.5Home Theater
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Score components:
Mediocre at best for home theater. They're comfortable and have a well-balanced sound suitable for watching movies. Unfortunately, they have a bit too much latency which causes sync issues when watching videos.
5.5Gaming
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Score components:
Below-average for gaming. They have a mediocre-at-best microphone, and a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming. Their companion app is also not as customizable as most gaming-oriented software.
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Questions & Answers

6 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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I own the Bose SoundSport In-Ear that come with the standard StayHear tips. I know the SoundSport Wireless come with the StayHear+ tips, which looks much bigger in the photos. Do you know if the standard StayHear tips will fit on the SoundSport Wireless? and does it decrease the sound quality? Thank you

We were successfully able to connect the standard StayHear tips of the SoundSport In-Ear to the SoundSport Wireless. The StayHear tips are also easily interchangeable with the SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear and QuietComfort 20's StayHear+ tips. However, they alter the frequency response.

We tested the SoundSport Wireless with the SoundSport In-Ear’s StayHear tips, and as shown on the frequency response graph there's a significant reduction in bass. This set up had even less than the SoundSport In-Ear. Also putting the StayHear+ tips on the SoundSport In-Ear increases their normal bass response but slightly decreases their mid-range.

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I have had people inform me that the microphone picks up the tiniest sounds and makes them sound quite loud when I am on calls. Did you experience this, and how did you solve for it?
We haven't had any unusual experiences with the microphone on Soundsport Wireless while making calls.
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Is the latency value of the SBC codec? I want to know the latency at the AAC codec on iOS devices. Is there a change in the frequency characteristics of this earphone depending on the size of the volume?
Yes, the current base latency value is that of the SBC codec. We have yet to find a reliable Bluetooth dongle that supports AAC and also works with our test bench. Therefore we cannot yet comment if the sound quality of these headphones will be significantly better.
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I want to know the effect of Volume-optimized EQ of this earphone
We haven't noticed any notable change in the frequency response of these headphones, by changing the level of the test signal between 100dB SPL and 70dB SPL.
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Have you had any experience with these headphones dropping a Bluetooth connection while on the phone? It has happened sporadically in the past but has exponentially gotten worse.
Our Soundsport wireless maintained a stable connection while on call below 35ft. Above 35ft and up to 41ft the connection dropped in and out. However, we did notice the connection was less stable if you accidentally cover the right earbud with your hand or an item of clothing. We would suggest contacting the manufacturer for further assistance if the issue persists.
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what is the driver size for the Bose soundsport wireless
We don't know, and Bose doesn't seem to report it either.
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