The Bose name is synonymous with high quality sound and I think its fair to say that many of us having been waiting for quite a while for a sport version from them. Thankfully, the SoundSport In-Ear have arrived and they are a great first step into the sport market, but we wanted to get a little deeper with this review. We wanted to judge them not only on whether the sound produced lives up to the Bose name, but also how well they perform in action.
Unpacking and What’s Included
The SoundSport come in a very nicely designed package giving you an already premium quality feel before you even get inside. The StayHear tips on the ends of the line are a one size its all, so you don’t actually need to worry about going through a ton of them and trying to find the right size. I can say this actually works quite well and they fit properly across numerous folks on the team. Most headphones have separate in-ear tips and secure mechanisms and they are rigid so you need to select what fits properly whereas Bose has taken a more flexible approach which allows them to fit a larger number of people and it also means less in the package to deal with. The next thing that’s included is a very light and fairly durable case to store your headphones in. It also has a karabiner attached which allows you to clip it to a bag or equipment. The case isn’t hard shelled so this won’t prevent your headphones from getting smashed, but definitely will keep them from getting nicked or damaged.
Performance and Sound
So let’s get this out of the way first and talk about what everyone asks about, the sound quality. These are not the QuietComfort over the ear headphones you may know and love and let’s face it, they don’t need to be and Bose has a non sport in-ear model if you really want that. In this case though, we found the sound rich and deep and the bass was plentiful making the audio quality top notch. Unlike other headphones where I find myself cranking up the volume, I found I could keep the SoundSport in the mid ranges and get plenty from them. The inline microphone and controls work well and manage your device really well, we used ours with an iPhone 6 and experienced no issues controlling the audio or with reception.
On the performance side, we took these on a ton of runs and through varying degrees of weather including some just ridiculous downpours. The SoundSport stood up to the task and I’m half surprised they don’t just call these things waterproof. I never once had an outage caused by the weather or experienced any discomfort. As for actual in-run performance, they have never fallen out of my ears and this is true regardless of the length of the run or the pace. The other thing I noticed was a lack of post run ear pain. It’s a weird thing, but many headphones with in-ear security tend to make your inner ear tender and give you some residual ache. The flexibility of the SoundSport seems to resolve this which is a major plus.
I was supremely impressed by the SoundSport and I think Bose has really knocked it out of the park here. The price point is solid for a high performing wired headphone and for the performance and sound lives up to the Bose name. I am really looking forward to them doing a wireless version of this headphone as the wireless SoundLink on-ears are really solid as well, so this tech would be welcome on the in-ears.
The Bose SoundSport In-Ear headphones are available in five different color options and you can find them at all major electronic stores and also direct from Bose for $129.95.