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Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones review: A sweat-resistant, earbud-style headphone that’s ultracomfortable and stays in your ears

Over the years, Bose has had a few different variations of its in-ear headphones — and a few too many model names to choose from — but now it’s condensed the line to include only the “open” ear-bud style SoundSport In-Ear and SoundTrue Ultra , its first noise-isolating in-ear headphone. You can still find the SoundTrue In-Ear and special-edition Freestyle — essentially the SoundSport with a different paint job — kicking around at a good discount. But both of those models are on the way out.

With the new changes to the line, we thought it a good time to update our reviews of Bose’s in-ear models. All the “open” in-ear models sound the same with the exception of the powered, active noise-canceling QuietComfort 20 , which costs considerably more.

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The SoundSport’s color options.

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The SoundSport In-Ear is priced at $130 (¬£115 or AU$180) with an inline remote/microphone and $100 without it. The Apple iOS version with the remote is available in several sporty colors but the Android version has a more limited color selection, as does the less-expensive “audio-only” model. As Bose introduces new colors and tweaks the included accessories, you tend to find the older colors available at a discount online. (Note: The green model in our review is actually an image of the older green model, and it’s available for less than the current green model).

Floating ‘buds

As with all of Bose’s earbud-style headphones, this is the in-ear headphone for people who don’t like to have eartips jammed into their ears. The buds are designed to sit loosely in your ears, but they’re held in place by Bose’s StayHear tips, which feature a soft silicon wing-like design and come in three different sizes.

I really like the fit — the medium-size Stay-Hear tips worked well with my ears and kept the buds locked in, even when I was running. I think most people will find these earphones very comfortable, but because of their open design, they do let a lot of ambient sound in, so they’re not good for noisy environments (The QuietComfort 20 cancels out incoming sound but costs $300).

Bose’s original SoundTrue In-Ear has a 45.2-inch (115 cm) cable. It’s a medium-length cable that feels long enough without being too long. In contrast, the SoundSport’s seemingly durable cable is 42 inches, or about 3 inches shorter. It’s designed to be a little shorter because you don’t want to have too much cord dangling down when you’re doing most forms of athletic activity.

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The inline remote.

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The SoundTrue In-Ear isn’t sweat-resistant but the SoundSport (and FreeStyle) are. Bose says: “The SoundSport in-ear headphones feature a weather- and sweat-resistant design, which provides improved durability and splash-resistance — but they should not be submerged in water or used for swimming.”

In the past, Bose did sport versions of this headphone that came with an armband and a very short cord, plus an extension cable. It wasn’t the best option for people who didn’t like to use an armband case (it’s never great to use an extension cable). This current model keeps things simple with the 42-inch cable. There’s no armband accessory anymore, but the SoundSport In-Ear comes with a round neoprene carrying case (plus a carabiner) while the SoundTrue In-Ear and Freestyle ship with a larger, rectangular case.

It’s also worth pointing out that inline remote’s design is well done, with the tactile buttons easy to operate by feel. Call quality was also good, and this headphone works well as a headset, though the Ultra works even better thanks to its noise-isolating design.

The headphones, like all of Bose’s current in-ear headphones, have a straight plug rather than an L-shaped plug that, in theory, should be more sturdy. The straight plug is compact, so it’s designed to work with most cell-phone cases.

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The SoundSport In-ear comes in multiple color options for iOS devices.

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Performance

As far as I can tell, Bose uses the same drivers in all of its open earbud-style headphones, so despite their different names, they all sound the same. However, the SoundTrue Ultra has a completely different driver.

The sound is decent, though you can get in the same price range — including the bit more expensive Ultra — that sound better and offer better noise isolation. Bose does a good job making smooth-sounding that are pretty well balanced with good bass performance. While the midrange is also pretty decent, we weren’t that enamored of the treble detail (it’s merely OK). The treble is a touch harsh, compressing the range between softer and louder sounds, and isn’t able to bring out the subtleties in music quite as well as one might hope.

That said, all of Bose’s open in-ear make most music genres sound reasonably good, which is why I like to call them “safe” . Most people outside of audiophiles should be pleased with the sound quality.

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The included carrying case.

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By comparison, the SoundTrue Ultra is a cleaner-sounding with a little more depth and clarity to it. The noise isolating design also helps deliver more immersive sound, particularly in environments with some ambient noise. That said, if you bike or run and want to be able to hear traffic around you for safety reasons, Bose’s open-bud design would probably be the better choice.

Some people have complained that the Ultra’s volume level isn’t high enough for them. Its top volume is about 10 to 20 percent lower than a lot of in-ears on the market. Since this is the company’s first true in-ear , I believe that as a precaution Bose set the top volume a little lower to prevent people from damaging their ears (the volume was loud enough for me). But if you’ve already had some hearing loss, it’s possible the Ultras may not play quite loud enough for you.

With a sound-isolating in-ear like the Ultra, you also get some cord noise when the cord rubs against your clothes. The open design of the SoundTrue, SoundSport, and Freestyle In-Ears eliminates the cord noise but lets ambient noise in.

In other words, the SoundSport In-Ear probably isn’t a you should wear on a plane or in the New York City subway, although I see plenty of people wearing them in those environs.

Conclusion

I’ve always recommended Bose’s “open” in-ear headphones to people who want an in-ear headphone but don’t want to have to jam a tip into their ear canal. For the type of design they have, they deliver very good sound, and their comfort level is hard to match thanks to the StayHear tips, these headphones’ secret sauce.

A lot of people are waiting for a wireless version of SoundSport In-Ear. I think we can assume Bose is working on just such a model, but until it arrives, the SoundSport In-Ear remains a safe choice for people looking for a pair of very comfortable in-ear headphones that sounds decent and stays securely in your ears.

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TL;DR – The wired soundsport pros filled a niche that somehow no longer exits. Earbuds that rest in your ear, but also have a wingtip. Plug style headphones are uncomfortable to many, and even cause headaches. I want my soundsports back ūüôĀ

My girlfriend and I have been using the wired Bose Soundsports for years. I sleep with earbuds in, and as a result constantly break them. So when bose stopped selling them, and the reselling began it broke my heart. Currently on amazon you they resell for 100-500 dollars, for a product that originally cost $30. They can be found on ebay for 40 dollars, but inevitably only work in 1 ear. My girlfriend is dreading the day hers break, because to buy a functional pair of them that also work with android will cost her 500 dollars, and she’ll likely pay it. That’s how good these headphones are to us.

There seem to be 2 general types of earbud being produced the airpod generation 1 that simple rest in your ear and slip out easily. And the more popular and common earplug design. So popular that apple abandoned their previous design philosophy when sound isolation became a priority.

The earplug version creates a seal with your ear, isolating sound, and also trapping pressure inside your ear canal. For many people myself included this is incredibly uncomfortable. I have never found a pair of plug style earbuds that didnt give me a migraine after an hour of use.

The resting style is my prefered choice, but it too is flawed. Both with wired, and wireless versions they fall out of ears very easily. When I sleep with them I wake up and have to search the bed to find them.

There is an easy solution to this that almost noone seems to be using. Wingtips. However for some reason the industry has seems to unly use wingtips on earbuds that already have plug style design. Creating a double layer of security that is barely necessary. Rest style earbuds that need wingtips the most are almost non-existent, at least by my search. What few there are, are crude rubber addons that slip about and feel incredibly cheap.

In my search for a pair of headphones to replace the Bose Soundsports I only found 1 pair that was attempting to replicate the style, and it was a poor imitation that slipped off easily.

In the age of wireless earbuds and charging cases it is astonishing to me that not a single company seems to be filling this niche. It solves all the problems of the resting style earbuds, without the headaches associated with plug earbuds (for some). Given the resale value of the original wired bose soundsports I think its obvious there is a niche to be filled, and dear god do I wish some company would fill it. I am not a headphone snob in anyway. I break wired earbuds constantly so buy very cheap, and also have never spent more than 40 bucks on a pair of wireless earbuds. I just want something that will stay in my ear, and not give me migraines dammit.

Thank you for coming to my long winded rant about this. It’s been bothering me for years and I can’t believe no one else has picked up the ball.

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I had Bose Sound Sport headphones and liked them for sound, comfort and price. The power button was worn out and I wanted to replace the kit, the upgrade price was good and I bought other products to upgrade without any problems. When I put in the upgraded kit I thought it was a sound problem so I put in my originals and they were so much better that I would never be happy with the upgraded model. I contacted the company about the return, which I did, and I’m waiting …

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759 Review

40 Karma

900 02 The earbuds I bought were refurbished so I bought an extended warranty. So glad I did. I bought it in September 2020. I listened to music or on my phone. I just started listening to audiobooks on the walk and in class. And the battery does not hold, when it is turned off, it says that it is 100% charged, I go for a walk and only lasts for 30 minutes. Now, after some research, I see comments about the battery, it made me try a new charger first and see if that’s the case. Company‚Ķ

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I know Bose products and what I can expect from them. When I received my Bose headphones only twice, they were 100% charged and 80% on average. Usually nothing terrible, but the discharge is also very random. Sometimes they last two hours, and sometimes I only get 30 minutes from them. Everything happens in the gym, and this headset is for the soul. The sound is unobtrusive, and the cable is annoying because it constantly clings to clothes when moving. Bose SoundSport wireless headphones are now my spare…

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Wayne M. Martin

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I really liked my previous set of Bose Soundport headphones. The sound quality was amazing and surpassed every other headphone I’ve tried. They also held relatively well in my ears. The monthly earbuds I tried held securely in my ears – obviously I have very small ears, but these were better than the others.