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Bose SoundSport Bluetooth Headset Review

8.3Expert Score

The Bose SoundSport Bluetooth Headset is an excellent-sounding wireless headphone with an incredibly reliable connection. They can easily withstand the abuses of working out, but many casual listeners will turn away from them due to their open design and poor fit.

  • Designed for abuse
  • Fantastic, well-balanced audio
  • Adequate battery life
  • Earbuds are uncomfortable and protrude
  • Extremely poor ambient noise isolation
  •  Reasonably expensive

Detailed Review of Bose SoundSport Bluetooth Headset


Detailed overview of Bose SoundSport Bluetooth Headset

If you are looking for a pair of wireless running headphones, the Bose Soundsport Free is still worth taking into consideration. In terms of construction quality, dependability, and battery life, true wireless earbuds have advanced significantly, and today’s selection of truly wireless headphones has gotten to the point where we can finally recommend them to most people who value the comfort and portability that these headphones provide. Although the form factor has undergone some significant improvements, some true wireless headphones still represent a mixed bag of compromises, succeeding in some areas while falling short in others. The latter group includes the Bose SoundSport Free wireless earbuds, which have excellent sound and build quality but a few drawbacks you should pay close attention to.


Performance of Bose SoundSport Bluetooth Headset

Having said that, the Bose SoundSport Bluetooth Headset has excellent audio quality. The presentation is casual and unhurried overall, with a light warm tilt. The low-end extension of the bass provides a good impact without affecting the mids. Long listening sessions become much easier thanks to the slightly rolled-off highs and the absence of sibilance. Simply put, these headphones sound fantastic—at least when you wear them in a peaceful setting. Unfortunately, once you step outside, the sound quality is irrelevant as the open design lets in so much outside noise that you would never be able to fully appreciate the warmth and detail of the SoundSport Free’s audio. With these headphones in your ears, you can have a full conversation as there is absolutely no noise isolation. Unlike the Sony WF-1000X or Libratone Q-Adapt In-Ear, Bose does not currently offer listeners the option to block out external noise.

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Design of Bose SoundSport Bluetooth Headset

There is no denying the size of the Bose SoundSport Free earbuds. We have never seen a pair of truly wireless earbuds with larger driver housings. This combined with the fact that they stand out significantly makes for a frustrating user experience. The wing tips that come with the Bose SoundSport Free aid in keeping the headphones in our ears, but they also sit loosely and could be easily knocked out if we were not careful. You can imagine how serious this can become when you consider how many times we came dangerously close to dropping an earbud on the train simply because we were removing our scarf or messenger bag. Bose’s decision to make the SoundSport Free an open pair of earphones, meaning they let outside noise in, is the cause of this loose fit. Especially if you are running in the street and want to be aware of your surroundings, the Bose SoundSport Free makes excellent workout headphones. If you should have noise isolation as you travel frequently or become easily distracted by conversations going on around you, you would need to look elsewhere.


SensorHeart Rate Sensor
Battery LifeUp to 5 hours
ResistanceIPX4 rating water and sweat resistant
FeaturesEasy NFC Pairing, Track Lost Earbuds, StayHear+ Tips, StayHear+ Sport tips,  StayHear+ Pulse tips
AdditionalCharging Case

The Bose SoundSport Wireless headsets are excellent headphones for use while exercising. They are portable and wireless so you can take them with you wherever you go. They fit runners with a stable and semi-open fit that enables them to keep an eye on their surroundings. They are a great choice if they fit your ears and if you are looking for wireless headphones that can withstand the rigors of exercise. The open design of the SoundSport Free, however, means you would hear everything from the outside environment if you do not exercise and value any kind of noise isolation. So what are you waiting for? You should try these wireless headsets from Bose to experience its other positive features.

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