Bluetooth headphones look just like an unnecessary expensive feature product. When you can be subject to the noble glory of something like the BareDaynamic DT-880, then why spend 19,000 on a pair of average voice bluetooth in-year?
Despite its reservations, however, I went ahead and bought myself Bose SoundSport Wireless Set last year. My argument was simple: I travel 2-3 hours every day and the train is a big problem (they can be caught, and then cracked later) in the train. I had iPhone 8 as well and since Apple dug headphone jack, making a Bluetooth set was an easy choice.
Now I really liked SoundSport Wireless It was not the best-looking set there, but it was good enough and good to go everyday. My biggest issue with the set was that its battery life was a continuous source of frustration. The problem was not only of battery life, but it is a matter of constant concern that I went out of charge.
Did I charge my headphones before I went? Will this last me through this captivating podcast? It makes my listening experience colorful.
When Bose announced SoundSport Free, I felt very bad. The set came with a charging case – which meant that I would not have to worry about charging – and it was actually a wireless set. There were virtually no wires, not even between two earbuds.
This is the right upgrade, right? In many ways, yes. However, a serious flaw has put me completely into SoundSport Free.
Construction & Design: 7/10
In terms of build and design, freer feels more solid than its predecessor. Ear tips are very soft and Bose’s ear tips are always as comfortable. The fit is very good and the set is so comfortable that for a long time, it was easy to forget that there was something in my ears.
However, it is prudent to add that the fit is not for everyone. Those who tried to set up some of them did not get ear buds to remain anchors.
I want to add that the set is quite bulbous. Earbands stick to your ears like pop-corn and the case is so big that you can not keep it comfortably in a pocket. When they are so intuitive, then I do not feel like putting earbuds in my ears, when I was not using them, but I prefer a pocketable case for the current design of Bose.
The case doubles as a charging pod and earbuds are magnetically settled in the slots. The button that opens the case doubles as the trigger of a series of indicator lights which shows how much the case is charging. Inside the case, white LEDs will tell you when the earbuds are charging.
With the old set, the buttons are once again a painful point, but they are still improving on their predecessors. You get Connect / Power button on the left earbud and Play / Pause buttons on Volume and Right earbud. It’s fine, except for the fact that the buttons are extremely harsh.
Buttons are so stringent, in fact, that I’m ignoring them and every time I am pulling my phone out, I wanted to switch tracks or adjust the volume. This partially defeats the purpose of actually having a wireless headset in the first place.
The button on the case is equally disappointing and unless you press it hard, it usually does not open.
If you are familiar with Bose audio products and you are happy with them, then you will be happy with SoundSport Free. If you are not, you do not like them because they do not do something different in the sound department.
I found the audio quality of the set sufficiently good for non-critical hearing, when it was distracted by other things, it was good. For example, to listen to jogging or commute, it’s great. Ear tips do not separate the noise and you are quite aware of the surroundings, but it also helps to hide the set’s deficiencies in the audio department.
Although paying close attention to the audio, I noticed that the bass got bounce and the vocal would have to move slightly. Again, while jogging or traveling, you have not really noticed it, but when you get Rs 19,000 for any audio product Listening to the violin of Dmitry Sankowski is not advisable to sit comfortably in your bedroom.
Overall, I think the set creates a good balance between isolation, so that you know about your surroundings and get enough audio quality.
Talk about jogging and commuting, so I’m running with my dog and with my set in my ears, Mumbai’s local trains have left. I have never felt like they have fallen out and lost. Set stubbornly hung in my ears and did not go once. I’d appreciate it.
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