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Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones

Several "truly wireless" headphones were released this year, and more are coming. So what makes Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones special? To me, it's the company's super-comfortable fit and their signature relaxed sound.

Bose SoundSport Free wireless headphones

The Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones have zero cables to get in the way of your workout.

The first 100% wire-free headphones from Bose®

Several "truly wireless" headphones were released this year, and more are coming. So what makes Bose® SoundSport® Free wireless headphones special? To me, it's the company's super-comfortable fit and their signature relaxed sound.

These headphones are called "truly wireless" because there's no cord connecting the headphones. One earbud stays in your right ear, the other in your left. Music plays wirelessly from your phone — through both earbuds — via Bluetooth.

"In-ears for people who don't like in-ears"

That's how I usually describe Bose in-ear headphones to folks who haven't tried them. It's thanks to their StayHear®+ Sport ear tips. Rather than stuffing them deep down your ear canal, these tips rest just inside your ears. 

My wife has tried other sports headphones, only to have to take them out mid-workout. But she has no trouble wearing her Bose sports headphones throughout her longer elliptical machine sessions. The StayHear+ Sport ear tips feel extra soft and avoid unpleasant pressure points, plus they have stability wings to keep them in place while you move. Three sizes are included here to help you get the right fit.

What happens if you lose one of the headphones?

It's the elephant in the room. Whenever I discuss this emerging category of truly wireless headphones with friends, the conversation always steers to how easily you could lose an earbud. Credit to Bose, they've met this concern head-on. First off, the StayHear+ Sport ear tips should help prevent the problem altogether — they're designed to stay in and stay put.

Still, if you misplace an earbud (or both), there's a helpful feature in the Bose Connect app — a free, optional download for Apple® and Android™ devices. Choose "Find My Headphones" and the app will track your SoundSport Free wireless headphones to the last location they were connected. Within Bluetooth range, the earbuds will play an audible tone, so you can find them behind the exercise bike or stuffed in a seat cushion. 

Keep it moving with the included charging case

The included carrying case banks up to 10 hours of power to recharge headphones.

The included carrying case banks up to 10 hours of power to recharge the two earbuds while they sit inside.

Workout and running headphones are useless if they're not ready to go when you are. These headphones offer five hours of smooth Bose sound on a single charge. When they need more juice, just snap the earbuds into the included charging case. I can actually palm this small case in my hand, but it packs enough power to recharge the SoundSport Free wireless headphones twice.

Just 15 minutes inside the case gives you 45 minutes of playback. 

Durable and sweat-resistant 

Another important trait for sports headphones: they have to handle your most grueling workouts. The SoundSport Free wireless headphones are rugged and sweat-resistant.

Easy on-ear controls

You can keep your phone safely tucked away during gym sessions. Controls on the right let you play and skip tracks and make phone calls wirelessly. There are three raised buttons that are easy and quick to figure out without having to look at them.   

Product Highlights:

  • 100% wire-free headphones
    • no connecting cord between left and right earbuds
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
  • clear, smooth sound with deep bass
  • free, optional Bose® Connect app for Apple and Android offers seamless toggling between multiple Bluetooth devices
  • use the app's "Find My Headphones" feature to track down a lost earbud
    • displays the location where the earbuds were last connected to your phone or device
    • earbud will play an audible tone if still charged and within Bluetooth range
  • IPX4 sweat- and weather-resistant
  • three sizes of soft silicone StayHear®+ Sports tips provide a comfortable fit
    • flexible wings keep earbuds secure during exercise
  • three-button remote on right earbud for music and volume controls
    • built-in microphone for taking calls
Charging Case and Battery Information:
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 5 hours of listening
  • voice prompts provide information on battery life, device connection, and caller ID
  • included carrying case banks up to 10 hours of power to wirelessly recharge headphones
    • 15 minutes inside case provides enough power for 45 minutes of listening
    • USB cable included for charging case
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Left wireless ear bud (Midnight Blue)
  • Right wireless ear bud (Midnight Blue)
  • 3 Pairs of StayHear+ Sport ear tips (1 pair installed)
  • Portable charging case
  • 12" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information/Registration

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These headphones are another home run for Bose! Terrific bass with good sound balance. So far I have not experienced any of the complaints I have seen in other reviews on this site.

Chuck, New York, NY

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Features and Specs

General
Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 1.113" x 0.963"
Noise-canceling No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity N/A dB
Impedance N/A
Weight 0.3 ounces
Cord Length N/A
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage Case
Charging Case Yes
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The Bose SoundSport Free in-ear headphones are truly wireless. There are no connecting wires whatsoever--just two independent ear buds that stay comfortably in place--allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket, bag, or on your desk. The lightweight SoundSport Free headphones weigh less than 1/2-ounce each, and come with 3 pairs of StayHear+ Sport eartips, a hard-shell charging case, and a USB charging cable.

Charging Case: The SoundSport Free charging case has its own 530 mAh rechargeable battery that will charge up your ear buds when you're not using them. When you place the ear buds in the case, the charging pins are aligned and they begin charging. Strong magnets hold the headphones in place on the contacts. Fully charged, the case provides up to two full charges, or approximately 10 hours of playback time. The charging case and the ear buds each require a 2-hour charge to reach full capacity. You can check the charge level of the case without opening it by viewing the 5-LED meter on the front. Dimensions: W: 4.1", H: 1.4", D: 1.9". Additional charging cases are available in black and navy blue.

StayHear+ Sport: Included with the SoundSport Free headphones are three pairs of StayHear+ Sport ear tips in small, medium, and large. The ear tips are designed to spread contact evenly within your ear canal to create a good seal, and to help hold them in place. The fin conforms naturally to the shape of the upper ridge of your ear to hold them into place so they don't fall out, even during a rigorous workout.

Bluetooth: Bose has engineered the SoundSport Free to give you the best Bluetooth signal strength and the best sound. The Bluetooth button on the top of the left earbud lets you easily pair the headphones to your device. The right earbud includes on-board volume, plus music playback and phone call controls through the multi-function button. You can pair up to seven devices with the headphones, but only connect and play audio from one device at a time. Bluetooth wireless range is approximately 30 feet.

Standby Mode: To conserve battery power, the SoundSport Free features a timer that automatically switches the headphones to standby mode when the audio has stopped and no buttons have been pressed for 20 minutes. To awaken the headphones, you can press the Bluetooth button on the left ear bud and any button on the right ear bud. The number of minutes can be adjusted or the Standby Timer can be disabled in the Bose Connect app.

Sweat/Weather Resistance: The headphones are rated IPX4, which means they are sweat and weather resistant. They are not designed to be submerged in water, so you should not wear them while showering or swimming. After a rigorous workout, the charging pins on the earbuds should be dried off with a dry, soft cotton swab to prevent rust.

Bose Connect App: The Bose Connect app is a valuable companion to the SoundSport Free in-ear headphones. It provides an easy way to pair your headphones to your phone or tablet. If you misplace one or both of your ear buds, the app's Find My Buds feature helps you locate them. Music Share lets you share your music with a friend (who also owns a pair of Bose wireless headphones). The app lets you name your headphones, select the language of your voice prompts, or turn off voice prompts altogether. The app also allows you to keep your headphones up to date with software updates when they become available. The Bose Connect app is compatible with iOS (9.0 or later) and Android (5.0 and up) devices.

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