Review: Bose SoundSport Pulse

Well playing lumps

Bose provides good sound, but disappoints regarding the battery life.

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Bose SoundSport Pulse
We think
Bose is known for good sound quality and does not disappoint in this aspect. The silicone earbuds are comfortable and fits snugly in the ear.
They are just too heavy, and they have a tendency to fall out of the ears. The heart rate monitor empties the battery too quickly.
Specs
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Wired remote control
  • Water and sweat proof
  • Weight: 23 grams
  • Battery: 5 hours
  • Price: –
  • Website: bose.com
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Bose is known for making some well-fitting, in-ear headphones that, in particular, perform well. Soundsport Pulse is no exception. The model builds further on the SoundSport Wireless, and has. as its name suggests, a heart rate monitor thrown in on the one side. It works well, and substitutes nicely for a smartwatch or a tracker.
The fit is good as always, if you are fond of silicone earbuds with wings, like me. They are comfortable, and do not sit too far into the ear, which means you can still hear the traffic or people around you. It is especially advantageous if you are jogging outdoors. Unfortunately, the wireless mechanics also mean that they have become a bit large and clumsy compared to the wired models. It is neither particularly nice looking nor practical, and on several occasions I experienced that they completely fell off my ears.

Sound quality

Fortunately, there are a lot of positive things to say about Soundsport Pulse. The sound quality is the highlight, and you get a pair that plays both loud and with a huge bottom. I like a little heavy bass, and Bose delivers this. Another smart thing I appreciated is the built-in voice messages. For example, when you turn on the headset, it tells you how much power there is. Unfortunately, this also quickly reveals how much the heart rate monitor drains the battery. I was going out for a run, and had 30% power left. That wasn’t enough to last an hour.

Conclusion

The Bose Soundsport Pulse is a good wireless training headset. However, a few things drag it in the wrong direction. The size means that it has a tendency to fall out of your ears, and the heart rate monitor drains the battery too quickly. In addition, the price is quite high. On the positive side, it plays incredibly well and is comfortable to wear. You can’t have it all.

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Panasonic’s headphones play well, and feel comfortable to wear.
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AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

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Jaybird Freedom F5

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The design is pretty, and the app that comes along with it is good. When you find the right earbuds, they fit well.
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Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition

Plenty of bass

Jabra’s earbuds stay where they are meant to be, and play both loud and deep.

Jabra delivers outstanding fit and excellent sound with plenty of bass. The heart rate monitor is also very good – especially at this price.
The heavy bass effects the treble. The tight fit in the ear can feel a little too insulating.

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As if glued stuck

Even an avid athlete will have trouble ripping the JBL out of the ears.

The fit is wonderfully well, if one likes the hoop around the ear. Price and battery life are also approved.
The remote control of the wire is a little big and complicated. The sound could do well with a little more bottom and bass.

Monster iSport Victory

These play really well

One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

The Monster offers surprisingly good sound, packaging taken into account. Moreover, the price is at the lower end.
If one has to say anything negative, it must be the design, which is perhaps not be the prettiest.

Plantronics Backbeat Fit

Fine Bluetooth hoop

Backbeat Fit is comfortable to wear and plays well.

The headset is comfortable to wear and plays well. It's an advantage that it doesn't sit too tightly in the ear so you can still hear the traffic.
It's annoying that Plantronics has taken away the armband for the mobile phone in favour of new colours and reflectors.
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