Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones Quick Review
Back in January we reviewed the Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones. Now it’s time to review its cousin designed for people with active lifestyle – the Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones. Check out our review below.
Design and Construction
If the SoundTrue Ultra is discreet looking by sporting monotone colors, the SoundSport is the opposite with its flamboyant colors. It still has the black and white models but now includes brightly-colored options.
In the case of our review unit, it sports neon colors of blue and green. It also has red accents which make it more eye-catching.
The SoundSport’s design is different from most headphones as it has small holes in the body of the left and right buds. This allows you to hear your ambient sounds like traffic while you’re using it which makes it safer for running outdoors or biking.
It also has flexible silicone StayHear tips that come in three sizes. This allows the SoundSport to fit comfortably in your ears and help the buds stay in place during your activities.
Like the SoundTrue, it also has a similarly designed in-line microphone with controls for music playback. There’s also a clip that attaches to your clothes to prevent dangling. It even comes with its own sporty pouch with a metal carabiner.
When it comes to comfort, it doesn’t feel like you’re plugging your ear with a finger when you wear it. It’s like it’s floating just above your ears’ openings. It feels weird at first but it’s comfortable and doesn’t hurt when used for long periods.
Build-wise, it feels sturdy and well-made. Unlike the SoundTrue, this one is sweat- and weather-resistant so you don’t have to worry about getting it wet even when you’re running outside in the rain.
If you’re used to us saying that Bose audio devices produce well-balanced sound, well, the SoundSport isn’t, but in a good way. This one is more inclined towards bass favoring hip hop, RnB, club and party tracks. Bass quality is great with really deep yet clear lows that can deliver that satisfying rumbling without becoming too boomy.
Mids and highs are good with vocals coming out clear. However, it lacks a bit of detail in some mellow tracks. When we played Adele’s Hello, it sounds blanketed and lacks spaciousness. Rock music sometimes lacks that raspiness and crispness which is noticeable in guitar riffs and cymbals. It’s not that it’s bad in this side of the spectrum, it just feels contained.
Although the SoundSport doesn’t have noise-cancelling, it’s powerful enough to fill your ears with music. You will be able to hear external noise which can be a downside to some but this also makes the SoundSport safer to use outdoors as you can hear vehicles around you.
As for call quality, it’s good as the microphone picks up our voice well without having to speak louder than normal. Like the Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones we reviewed recently, the controls support either iOS or Android but not both. So if you’re planning to purchase one make sure that you pick the variant suitable for your device.
The Bose Soundsport is the kind of in-ear headphones with a personality. It’s built for people who have active lifestyle and a taste for bass-dominated music. It’s a perfect gym or running companion thanks to its sweat- and weather-resistant body and expressive colors. As for the price, it’s more affordable than the SoundTrue Ultra at Php6,500. Still a bit expensive but a good buy if you like how the Soundsport delivers sound and fit your lifestyle.
What we liked:
* Great bass performance
* Sweat and weather resistant
* Allows ambient noises for safer outdoor use
* Youthful colors
What we didn’t like:
* Mids and highs are not that crisp and spacious
* Not universally compatible on iOS and Android at the same time