Bose Sport Earbuds Review
Are you looking for wireless in-ear headphones for sports? Find out now if the Bose Sport earbuds are right for you!
The Bose Sport Earbuds convince as sports headphones with a good sound. The strong bass motivates top performance, and the stable hold in the ears ensures the necessary security. Anyone looking for high-quality, sporty true wireless headphones is well served with the Bose Sport Earbuds.
- Enthusiastic delivery
- Balanced presentation
- Rock-solid wireless connection
- Active EQ
- Slight connection issues
- Music lacks subtlety and refinement
- No ANC
- No Bluetooth multipoint
Bose offers a wide range of wireless in-ear headphones. With the well-known QuietComfort Earbuds, you have one of the best ANC models among the wireless in-ears on offer. Can the brand with the Bose Sport Earbuds now also impress in the sports sector? We tried it out!
The sound – Pleasant sound with a strong bass
At first glance, it is clear that Bose designed the Sport Earbuds for use during workouts. However, the sound character also fits: You will immediately feel the strong bass even at low volumes. The so-called Active EQ process ensures this that Bose developed for this purpose. This way, you protect your ears and still let them be driven by the beat while exercising.
The Bluetooth In-Ears play this advantage, of course, especially with bass-heavy songs such as Pray For Me by Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend. No matter how loud you listen, the low notes are consistently dominant on this and similar tracks. On the positive side, despite its constant presence, the bass never overlaps the other aspects of the song.
With Hurt by Johnny Cash, the headphones manage to clearly display the two guitars separately, and Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen also pleases with a pleasant sound. Overall, the headphones’ sound is not only very suitable for training but is also convincing in all other situations.
If, in addition to your favorite Spotify or Tidal playlist, you also occasionally listen to a podcast or an audiobook, you can do so easily with the Bose Sport Earbuds. The headphones sound pleasant here, and voices are always easy to understand, even at high volumes.
Practice: The Bose Sport earbuds fit perfectly!
The in-ears from Bose are pure Bluetooth headphones and therefore require an integrated battery. Once fully charged, the headphones last up to five hours. This is not a great value for in-ears without noise cancellation, but it is a good value. In most cases, this should be long enough for your average workout.
In addition to the batteries in the headphones, the Bose Sport Earbuds also have a charging case, as is usual for true wireless headphones. As a result, the headphones can be fully charged up to two times without relying on electricity. Mobile, the headphones offer a total of 15 hours of battery life and are therefore also suitable for longer trips. If your phone has headphones, the runtime is reduced by about a quarter. With the quick charge function, you can charge the earphones for 15 minutes and then use them for up to two hours.
Stable construction for a secure hold
Sports headphones with an in-ear design need a firm fit in the ear. Otherwise, they fall out with every rapid movement. So, in addition to the rubber pieces in the ear canal, Bose uses supporting brackets clamped inside the auricle. Once you’ve got the hang of it (literally), the Sport Earbuds are always astonishingly secure.
Bose supplies rubber attachments in three different sizes for this. This guarantees the right fit for your ear. The low weight also ensures that the in-ears do not squeeze uncomfortably even when worn for long periods.
The initial setup works without any problems, and the headphones can be paired with the smartphone immediately via the Bose Connect app ( iOS and Android ). Via Bluetooth 5.1, this connection is always stable with both Android and Apple devices. In addition, the headphones are protected against splash water under the IPX4 standard so that you don’t have to worry about rain or sweaty training sessions in the sun.
Operation and setting options
The playback of the Bose Sport Earbuds can be controlled via the touch fields on the left and right earbuds. So you can stop, start and skip songs. Particularly noteworthy is the ability to change the volume by swiping over the right touch field. This works reliably even with a light touch. Unfortunately, with many comparable products from the competition, you have to take your cell phone out of your pocket.
You can set up an additional, individual shortcut via the app. Otherwise, the Bose app is unfortunately not that extensive. Moreover, once the headphones have been paired and renamed, the app hardly offers any setting options – especially no sound settings. Nevertheless, it helps check the battery level and install software updates if necessary.
Design – well made, but the large charging case.
Bose uses a similar design for all models with its True Wireless headphones. Like the QuietComfort, the back of the Sport Earbuds is quite wide. This makes a sporty, elegant impression and doesn’t look too bulky either. However, the charging case is a bit large and will hardly find space in the trouser pocket of tight sports trousers. The headphones are available in blue, white, and black.
Bose Sport Earbuds in the test – our conclusion
The Bose Sport Earbuds do exactly what sports headphones are supposed to do. They offer a strong, driving bass, long battery life, and sit securely in the ears. Unfortunately, there is no active noise suppression, but the connectivity with the smartphone and the convenient operation is impressive. The only downside is the sparse setting options.
Bose Sport Earbuds give you very high-quality sports headphones with a great sound. However, if you are looking for headphones with noise-canceling, you should take a closer look at the Bose QuietComfort. For Apple users, the AirPods Pro is among the best ANC in-ears on the market.