Bose SoundSport Free Review and Test

Bose SoundSport Free

Excellent sound, miserable execution

Bose arrives late for the party and disappointing with technical difficulties.


Despite an open design, Bose plays excellent. The silicone plugs fit well in the ear.


Delay on the sound makes them useless for video. The weight and the design make them hang strange out of the ear.


I love Bosse’s wing-shaped silicone plugs that lay soft and firm in the ear so the music can flow freely. For the same reason, I really looked forward to Bose’s first attempt on a pair of completely wireless headphones, which just use the same design. They are quite big and primarily made for sports, as the name suggests. Unfortunately I was very disappointed.

Starting with the positive, Soundsport Free is firmly in the ears. Of course, they are far out and weigh a little more than other comparable products, but the wing does their job and I did not experience them falling out at any time.

Outstanding sound

Another positive and very important point is the sound quality. The design is open, so you can expect the side man to listen by train and bus. This could also mean that the sound was flat as it does not form the same seal in the ear as most other Truly Wireless headphones use. That is not the case. There is still plenty of bass here, and Soundsport Free plays both deep, high and detailed. I will almost go as far as to say that it’s the best-performing Truly Wireless plugs I’ve listened to so far.

Technical problems

Unfortunately, the rose stops there. The first annoyance is the giant case. Like the plugs, it’s too big and does not fit well in your pocket. At the same time it does not hold more than 10 extra hours is too bad. My biggest appeal is to find a completely different place.

That is how it feels with 1-1.5 second delay of the sound from the phone. This is obviously not noticeable when listening to music only, but every time you adjust the volume or watch video you notice how it takes a little while before the sound hits the ear canal. I have been able to read that others have experienced the same problem, and that Bose has tried to fix it with more firmware updates. They have not yet succeeded, and it will eventually be the deal breaker that I can not recommend Soundsport Free, despite excellent sound quality. It’s a pity and I hope Bose will fix it up.


Bose Soundsport Free is unfortunately a malfunctioned product, which may play well, but at the same time it hits quite skewed on some important points. The design of the plugs and the case could be more elegant, but it is not a definitive deal breaker. However, it is the delay of the sound from phone to plug, which is particularly annoying when watching video. The fact that despite this, plays outstandingly, here is only a poor comfort that can not outweigh the bad sides.

Bose Soundsport Free Characteristics

  • Open headphones
  • Bluetooth
  • Sweat and rain protection (IPX4)
  • Weight: 18 grams
  • Battery: 5 hours, 10 extra in case
  • Web:

Price: $270, –

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