When Bose announced it was releasing its new series of wireless headphones, I was genuinely excited. While I really enjoyed the audio (and noise cancellation) on the Bose QuietComfort 35, a wireless in-ear sports earphones was something i would use more when working out in the gym or running outdoors.
Along with the QC35, I had the chance to try out the SoundSport wireless headphones. And if you lead an active lifestyle and is looking for something with rich powerful bass, you should definitely read on.
Right out of the box, you will get a pair of SoundSport wireless headphones, 3 pairs of Bose StayHear+ sport ear tips, a USB charging cable, a cable clip and a carry case. The headphones come in 3 colors: Citron (green on white), Aqua and Black. The carry case comes attached with a carabiner clip, though i doubt it’s wise to attach such an expensive pair of headphones on your bag ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
The headphones do look huge on the outside but the earbuds fits well in the ears with the help of the StayHear+ sports eartip. It features a behind the neck cable design with an in-line remote control for basic music and voice controls for your phone. The headphones are weather-resistant (Bose is not revealing its IPX rating if any) and comes with a 6 hour play time (i found it to be closer to be 5 hours in real life usage) on a 2-hour charge.
While some other earphones place the power/Bluetooth button on the remote control itself, Bose has placed this button on the right earbud instead – which might be a little inconvenient to locate if you’re trying to turn it on when inserted into your ears. Pairing was straightforward and fast, simply long hold the Bluetooth button till it is in pairing mode and select the earphones on your mobile device to connect. There is also an NFC pairing option for Android users which would give you a little more convenience when pairing.
While the SoundSport wireless headphones do not come with any noise cancellation function, the Bose StayHear+ ear tips do provide a fair amount of noise isolation when inserted properly. The tips are really soft which made it really comfortable when wore over a long period of time. Again, i do have to say that the fit of an in-ear headphones are pretty subjective and if possible, it’s best to try it on personally at the store before making a purchase decision. The included cable clip also allows you to tighten the headphones around your head to provide a tighter fit.
As with the Bose QC35, i felt that the audio on the SoundSport wireless headphones didn’t disappoint. I tend to prefer headphones with strong deep bass as it motivates me better during my workouts and the SoundSport wireless headphones clearly deliver on that. Bass is deep and tight on Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and the highs and mids are very pronounced on a slower number like Versace on the Floor (yeah, i’m looping Bruno Mars these days). Overall, bass is deep, vocals are clear and even at very high volume, the audio doesn’t break and at your everyday listening level, the audio is very well balanced.
With the introduction of the QC35 and the SoundSport wireless earphones, Bose has its target market clearly defined. Whether you’re the frequent traveller or active gym-goer, both headphones are pretty compelling audio options for your mobile lifestyle.
While the SoundSport is not exactly cheap at S$239, they are considered to be pretty reasonable priced for a Bose product. If you’re looking for something that is great sounding, comfortable, wireless and sweatproof, the SoundSport Wireless Headphones are truly worth a listen.
The Bose SoundSport wireless headphones retail in Singapore for S$239. You may purchase it directly from the Atlas online store here.