The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are sports-oriented earbuds. They're the closed-back sibling of the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless, and although this design choice doesn't do much when it comes to blocking out background noise, their lack of noise isolation allows you to still stay aware of your surroundings without taking them out of your ears. Their stability fins also keep them steady in your ears during tough workouts. Overall, you can expect a versatile sound but not much in the way of customization.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are decent for neutral sound. These in-ears have a smooth and warm sound profile. Vocals and lead instruments sound present and clear, which is well-suited for content like podcasts or audiobooks. However, sibilants are a bit weak, and mixes lack a thumpy low-bass. Even though they have a companion app, it doesn't offer an EQ or presets to help you customize their sound. On the upside, once you achieve a good fit, they deliver bass and treble very consistently.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are okay for commute and travel. They have a comfortable fit, and their portable design makes it easy to bring them on the go. However, their 4.3-hour continuous battery life won't last through long flights without pausing to recharge them again. Also, they don't block out background noises like bus or plane engines or chatter from other passengers, which can be annoying during noisy trips.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are impressive for sports and fitness. These comfortable headphones have stability fins, which ensures that the buds don't fall out of your ears during runs in the park or sets at the gym. They have a well-built design that's easy to take with you on the move and are certified IPX4 for resistance against water splashes.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are acceptable for office use. They're comfortable, and they don't leak a lot of noise, so your music won't bother nearby coworkers. However, they struggle to block out background noises, which can be distracting. Also, their 4.3-hour continuous battery life won't be enough to get you through your workday without a recharge. They don't support multi-device pairing either, so you can only connect to one device at a time.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is likely too high to be suitable for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with either PlayStation or Xbox consoles.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are wireless only, so they aren't suitable for wired gaming.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are sub-par for phone calls. Speech recorded from their integrated mic sounds thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. The mic also has a hard time separating your voice from background noise, so you can get drowned out if you're talking while on a busy street. They can't block out much noise around you either, and while you can hear your own voice more clearly, it can also make it more difficult to hear the person on the other end of the line.
The Bose Sport Earbuds come in three color variants: 'Triple Black', 'Baltic Blue', and 'Glacier White'. We tested the 'Triple Black' variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. We expect the other color variants to perform similarly.
If you come across another variant of these headphones, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are sports-oriented truly wireless earbuds with a very comfortable and stable fit. Although they struggle to block out background noise, you may prefer this design choice to improve your spatial awareness when running outdoors. However, they lack sound customization features, like an EQ, and their continuous battery life is shorter than that of the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless.
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The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are better in-ears for sports than the Beats Fit Pro True Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, better built, and have a more stable in-ear fit. If you're an Apple user, you may prefer the Beats as they have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with Apple devices, and they support Spatial Audio on iOS devices for a more immersive audio experience. They also have an ANC system that can block out significantly more background noise.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless. The QuietComfort Earbuds have a better-balanced sound profile, a great ANC feature, and a better battery performance. However, the Sport are better for physical exercise as they're more comfortable and stable.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless and the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are both impressive for sports and fitness, but the Beats are better for mixed usage. The Beats have a longer continuous battery life. However, the Bose are better-built, more stable, and they leak less noise.
The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are marginally better headphones for sport and fitness than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. The Sport Earbuds have a more stable fit, so they're better suited for more intense workouts. They're also closed-back headphones, while the SoundSport Free are semi-open. However, the SoundSport Free have a more balanced, neutral sound profile.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either. The Bose are better for sports since they come with a few differently-sized stability fins and block out much less ambient sound, which is nice if you want to stay aware of your surroundings while you exercise. On the other hand, the Apple are equipped with a great ANC feature and have a longer continuous battery life as well as a case that holds a greater number of extra charges. Also, some listeners may prefer their more neutral sound profile.
The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless. The Jabra have longer continuous battery life, a better noise isolation performance, and leak less sound. They have a very thumpy and excited sound profile compared to the more neutral Bose, which some may prefer, but unlike the Bose, you can customize their sound using the parametric EQ and presets in their companion app. However, the Bose are more stable.
The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are marginally better headphones for sports and fitness than the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless. The Bose have a more stable in-ear fit. However, the Jabra have a more versatile overall performance, as their controls are easier to use and they have a better noise isolation performance. They have an excited sound profile with more bass than the Bose, and they're more customizable thanks to their graphic EQ and presets.
The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are marginally better for sports and fitness than the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless, however, the Jaybird are better for mixed usage. The Bose are more comfortable and more stable than the Jaybird. However, the Jaybird have a better noise isolation performance, leak less noise, and have a longer continuous battery life. Also, thanks to their parametric EQ and presets, they're more customizable than the Bose.
The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Sony Float Run Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, have better stability, and have a deeper bass extension than the Sony. However, the Sony have a longer continuous battery life and can better separate your voice from background noise during a call.
The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless. While both headphones are designed for sports, the Sport Earbuds are more comfortable and stable. They have a better-balanced sound profile and their carrying case holds two additional charges, which is nice. However, the Sport Open have a completely open-ear design that allows you to hear more ambient noise around you, which make them even more suitable for running outdoors.
The Bose Sport Earbuds have a simple and basic look with a small Bose logo on each bud. However, the buds stick out of your ears, and overall, they're a bit bulkier than other truly wireless headphones on the market, like the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless. If you're looking for another color scheme to match your style, they come in three color variants: 'Triple Black', 'Baltic Blue', and 'Glacier White'.
These buds have a comfortable fit. They don't weigh very much, and the ear tips don't enter your ear canal very deeply. Thanks to their stability fin design, they'll also stay put while you're moving. Unfortunately, the buds are a little bit bulky and stick out from your ear, which can be a bit annoying.
They have alright touch-sensitive controls. The right earbud handles everything call and music related, while the left earbud has no commands by default, but you can remap them via the companion app. While you get some audio feedback when connected, the touch-sensitive buttons aren't very clicky, so you can accidentally change a setting while adjusting them in your ear. If you're looking for sports earbuds with a better control scheme, take a look at the Jabra Elite 7 Active True Wireless.
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They're outstandingly portable. Like most truly wireless earbuds, they're small and can easily fit in most pockets. Their portable charging case is a bit bulky, but it can still fit easily in your bag.
The charging case is decent. It's made of hard plastic and locks and unlocks to help keep the buds secure. There are also magnets inside the case to hold the earbuds in place while they charge and a 5-light LED battery indicator to keep track of their battery level.
The Bose Sport Earbuds have impressive build quality. They're mostly made of plastic, which feels solid and durable, and their silicone ear tips are flexible. They're also rated IPX4 for resistance against splashes of water. Overall, they feel sturdy enough to survive accidental damage without too much of an issue.
These earbuds are amazingly stable. They feel more stable than the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless, thanks to their stability fin design, which helps keep them in place in your ear. They won't fall out of your ears during casual listening sessions or while working out at the gym.
These buds have a smooth and warm sound profile. While they're lacking a touch of low-bass, which can be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy music genres like EDM, their neutral, balanced mid-range makes them suitable for lots of audio content, especially vocal-centric content like podcasts or audiobooks. However, they lack sound customization features to help you adjust their sound to your liking.
In addition, these buds have an always-on 'Active EQ'. This EQ is designed to boost bass and treble based on volume to mitigate the effects of equal-loudness contours. When listening to audio at high volumes, you'll perceive more bass and treble than mid. Conversely, at low listening volumes, you'll perceive less bass and treble. Keep in mind that this effect is perception-based, and not created by the headphones. The Active EQ effectively counters this issue by adjusting the bass and treble of the frequency response according to the volume you're using.
These headphones have impressive mid accuracy. Most of the range is quite balanced and neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and present. However, the overemphasized high-mid makes them harsh. In songs like Britney Spears' Oops!...I Did It Again, female vocals at the beginning of the second verse sound bright and a bit honky.
These headphones have decent treble accuracy. Low-treble is overemphasized, so vocals and lead instruments are a little harsh or piercing. The underemphasized mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals slightly weak and distant too.
These earbuds have decent peaks and dips performance. While they're missing a touch of low-bass, the peak across the bass range adds punch and boom to the mix. The dip in the mid-mids nudges vocals and lead instruments toward the back of the mix, while the peak in the high-mids and low-treble can make those same instruments sound honky or harsh. The mid-treble is uneven, resulting in sibilants that are both piercing and lispy.
They have excellent imaging. Bose generally has good quality control and ergonomics when it comes to imaging. Most of their traditionally designed headphones have well-matched drivers, ensuring that the stereo image is stable and balanced. Our unit's L/R drivers are also very well-matched, so sounds like footsteps or voices are accurately placed.
The Bose Sport Earbuds have a terrible passive soundstage performance, which is normal from in-ear headphones. By design, they don't interact with the outer ear, which is one of the key components in creating a speaker-like and out-of-body soundstage. As a result, audio seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed all around you. Also, they have a closed-back enclosure, so their soundstage doesn't sound as spacious as open-back headphones.
These are the settings we used to test the Bose Sport Earbuds. Our results are only valid when using these settings.
While Bose advertises an 'Active EQ' feature, we don't consider this an EQ because you can't turn it off.
These buds have poor noise isolation performance. Unlike the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, they're not designed to isolate you against bass-heavy noises like bus or plane engines. They also struggle to block background voices or the hum from nearby AC units. However, you still may prefer this, as you can stay aware of your surroundings when running outdoors.
These headphones have a very good leakage performance. They leak a bit of audio, but it's mostly thin-sounding. If you want to crank up your audio to a high volume, people around you can hear a small part of it, even in a moderately noisy environment like an office.
The integrated microphone has poor noise handling performance. The microphone struggles to separate your voice from moderate background noise like a busy street. If you need to take an important call, it's best to do so from a quieter environment to be heard clearly.
These buds have a mediocre battery performance. The manufacturer advertises them to last five hours continuously, but we measured just over four, which won't be enough to get you through long days on the go. On the upside, their carrying case holds an extra two charges, which is handy in a pinch. If you forget to turn them off, they also have an auto-off timer to conserve battery life when not in use. If you're looking for wireless sports headphones with longer battery life, check out the Sony Float Run Wireless.
The Bose Music app is decent. It lets you remap the controls on the left earbud to hear the battery level or skip to the next track. You can also turn on or off the volume touch controls as well as the 'In-ear Detection' feature, which automatically answers your calls when you insert the right bud, and automatically plays/pauses your music when your insert/remove the right bud. However, even though the buds have an 'Active EQ' feature, you can't turn off this feature, and app itself lacks a true equalizer, so you can't customize the buds' sound.
The Bose Sport Earbuds have a fair Bluetooth performance. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. Their latency on PCs is also high, which can cause lip sync issues when streaming video. That said, their latency is a lot lower on iOS and Android devices, ensuring that your audio and visuals stay in sync. Keep in mind that some apps and devices compensate for latency differently.
You can use these headphones wirelessly with full audio and mic compatibility via Bluetooth-enabled PCs. However, they aren't compatible with PCs using any other connection.
These buds come with a portable charging case that holds two additional charges. It has only one input, which is a USB-C port, so you can charge the case. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Qi Wireless charging.