Bose SoundSport Wireless Neckband Headphones Review
My quest for the perfect set of headphones continues! Most recently, I’ve been using the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones for my runs and workouts. I was excited to give these a try since they are advertised as the “workout” headphones. So as you can imagine, my hopes were set high! So here’s the breakdown when it comes to design, sound quality, battery life, and price.
First off, the design. When I first put the headphones in my ears, I felt like they stuck out of my ear quite a bit and felt bulky. However, they’re super light and don’t feel heavy. And when I looked in the mirror, the headphones didn’t look like they were bulging out as much as I felt they were. Also, the extended flexible wing helps to provide support and stability; making it a comfortable fit. Whenever I’m breaking in a new pair of headphones, my ears usually hurt and feel sore after the first couple uses as my ears adjust to them. To my surprise, my ears felt great after an hour-long run the first time I tried these Bose headphones.
The sound quality. The tips’ flexible shape helps create a seal in your ear, which is supposed to enhance the audio performance. I found this true to a certain extent. When compared to Beats Powerbeats 3 wireless headphones, Bose takes home the trophy for the quality of sound. When listening to music and audiobooks, the sound was clearer with the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones. However, outside noise was also more transparent. So whenever a car drove by, I heard it more vividly when wearing Bose. To block outside noise, you’ll need to crank up the volume. The bottom line, if I’m working out in an area where it’s fairly quiet, I go for my Bose headphones.
So the sound quality is great, but what about battery life? Unfortunately, this is the category that is weakest, especially when compared to the PowerBeats 3. Bose claims that the battery life is 6 hours per full charge and I do get close to this amount. However, the PowerBeats 3 just about doubles this amount… Even so, I’m able to use my Bose headphones for a few workout sessions before having to charge them and know they won’t die on me midway through my run. After all, I need my motivational music to get through my workout!
I’d give the design an 8/10, the sound quality a 9/10, and the battery life about a 5/10. So overall, I’d say the value is at 7.5/10. Whether you use these to workout or in your home, the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones are a great choice!
Overall, these are a nice pair of headphones for what you’re paying. They retail for $130 new or you can buy a refurbished pair from us (button below).