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Bose® SoundSport® Pulse wireless in-ear

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Our take on the Bose® SoundSport® Pulse wireless in-ear

Many of us here at Crutchfield think of Bose® sports headphones as part of our gym essentials. They deliver powerful sound that fuels long workouts and offer the comfort to last through them. And the Bose® SoundSport® Pulse wireless headphones take it one step further — they feature a built-in heart rate sensor. These in-ear headphones play music wirelessly via Bluetooth®, while also feeding real-time heart-rate information to your phone or smartwatch. This allows you to track and monitor your progress and intensity.

Move to the beat

Bose SoundSport Pulse

The Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones feature an in-ear heart rate sensor for real-time workout data.

Many of us here at Crutchfield think of Bose® sports headphones as part of our gym essentials. They deliver powerful sound that fuels long workouts and offer the comfort to last through them. And the Bose® SoundSport® Pulse wireless headphones take it one step further — they feature a built-in heart rate sensor. These in-ear headphones play music wirelessly via Bluetooth®, while also feeding real-time heart-rate information to your phone or smartwatch. This allows you to track and monitor your progress and intensity.

The sensor is compatible with the Bose® Connect app for Apple® and Android™, along with many top fitness apps like MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, and more. 

Passing the comfort test

In general, I find Bose makes some of the most comfortable in-ear headphones thanks to their StayHear® tips. For these headphones, they had to use slightly larger StayHear®+ Pulse tips to accomodate the in-ear sensor, so I had to try them out. They still felt super-soft and rested snugly outside the ear canal, and the stability loops kept them in place while I moved around. There are also three sizes included to help you find a good fit. The extra weight of the sensor, battery, and other internal circuitry is distributed well, and they felt only a little heavier than the Bose SoundSport wireless.

Durable and sweat-resistant

You don't have to worry about the SoundSport® Pulse headphones as you run in the rain or work up a sweat in the gym. They are rugged and water-resistant. And you can keep your phone safely tucked away — the in-line remote next to the right ear can control music and phone calls wirelessly. 

Product Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
  • PerformTek® in-ear pulse sensor for heart rate monitoring
    • sends real-time information to Bose® Connect app for Apple® and Android™
    • also compatible with popular fitness apps including MapMyRun, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and Runtastic
  • three-button remote for music and volume controls
  • built-in microphone for taking calls with a smartphone
  • clear, powerful sound with deep bass
  • sweat- and weather-resistant
  • three sizes of proprietary StayHear® Pulse tips provide a comfortable, secure fit during exercise
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 5 hours of listening
  • USB charging cable
  • matching carrying case with carabiner clip
  • clothing clip
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-ear Bluetooth wireless headphones with 21" connecting cable and in/line remote/mic (red/black)
  • 3 Pairs of StayHear ear tips (1 pair installed)
  • 13" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Black neoprene zippered storage case
  • Owner's Guide
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Global support info

Great sounding headphones and easy to pair. Stays in ear without issue and tracks heart rate easily. Loving these so far!

Teresa, White Plains, NY


Bose® SoundSport® Pulse wireless in-ear Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

Great sound

Teresa from White Plains, NY on 1/2/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sounding headphones and easy to pair. Stays in ear without issue and tracks heart rate easily. Loving these so far!

Pros: Great sound, easy to pair, long battery life.

Cons: None so far.

They stay in your ear!

Crutchfield customer from Lihue, HI on 9/10/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Finally an earphone that stays in when I run! Don't even have to touch it at all, doesn't pop out or slowly creep out as I move. Love them! And the sound is fantastic also, it's Bose, I wasn't worried about that anyway. The volume buttons are easy to use and I like the voice that comes on to tell you that you're connected and the battery level. Great purchase, get some for you, you'll love them!



Pleasantly Surprised

Steven from Lafayette, LA on 4/13/2017

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I had low expectations of these for several reasons. Number one, I am not a fan of Bose products. Long ago, I liked them, but since the 90's, their product is subpar and the lack of technical specifications is off putting.Number two, my previous experience tells me audio quality suffers tremendously when going wireless, especially with Bluetooth. Still, I needed wireless after nearly strangling myself at the gym with wired ear buds that have a twelve foot cord. Number three was the unusual shape of these made me think I would run into fitment issues. Bose has upped their quality with this set. The implementation of Bluetooth sounds indistinguishable from wired. Sound quality is amazing. I can go to every room in my house without my phone or other device and they stay connected. It is a full rich balanced tone with nothing overemphasized. One thing I did notice is the bass, not ridiculous thumping bass/ beat machine/ drums, but bass guitar is very identifiable in a very pleasing way that sounds more real, as if you are really there. Fit was confusing at first but in summary, put them in, then rotate one quarter of a turn towards the rear and they lock in. They stay in well enough to endure head banging thrashing. They sound great with every genre of music and will reveal details about a poor recording, low bit rate, or poor master. You need to pair the headphones as well as the heart rate monitor as two separate devices in your Bluetooth settings.

Pros: Sound quality, range, quick charging, caribiner case

Cons: Instructions somewhat ambiguous

Bose® SoundSport® Pulse wireless in-ear

Peter from Blue Bell, PA on 4/7/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

At first I found the earpiece a little bulky but got used to it. The sound quality as always with Bose is great. I work out on a stair climber that does does have a heart rate option so this unit fits in perfect. It is extremely accurate. Highly recommend.

Pros: Sound & Heart Rate Monitor

Cons: Cost

Bose Soundsport Pulse wireless in-ear

Crutchfield customer from Westerville, OH on 2/26/2017

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Great sound, stays in ears while running hard, and pulse feature works great with the Runkeeper app.

Pros: Sound Stays put in ear Pulse range percent feature

Cons: High price

Bose® SoundSport® Pulse wireless in-ear

Kim from Fort Wayne IN on 1/21/2017

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First off, the fit is superb for working out at the gym. Sound quality is outstanding. I had Dr Dre Beats 2 before, the Bose is far superior in every way.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth Yes
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response N/A
Sensitivity N/A dB
Impedance N/A
Weight 0.9 ounces
Cord Length 21"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless in-ear headphones deliver full, balanced sound and comfort for any activity. Designed for workouts, the headphones are sweat- and weather-resistant, and will stay in place during vigorous exercise. The SoundSport Pulse Wireless headphones feature a built-in heart rate sensor, Bluetooth and NFC, and work with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Heart Rate Sensor: The built-in heart rate sensor from PerformTek accurately tracks your heart beat directly from your ear. Using the free Bose Connect app, you can monitor your heart rate as you walk, run, workout, or rest. The sensor is located in the left ear bud, so you must keep it securely in place to get an accurate reading. The heart rate sensor is also compatible with other popular fitness apps, such as MapMyRun, Runkeeper, Endomondo, and Runtastic.

Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth lets you connect your devices wirelessly so you're not tethered to your phone. You can pair (and unpair) the headphones to an NFC-enabled Android device by touching the device to the NFC touchpoint on the in-line remote. The headphones are powered by a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that charges in approximately 2 hours via the supplied Micro USB cable. A fully charged battery provides approximately 5 hours of playback. Music playback is not possible during charging.

Bose Connect: The Bose Connect app makes it easy to connect to your Bluetooth devices, and switch between them whenever you desire. It improves your wireless experience by helping you pair your headphones to multiple devices by a simple swipe. You can also get software updates, product tips, and personalized settings from the app. You can also view your heart rate data directly on the app. The free Bose Connect app is available for download from the Apple App store for devices running iOS 9.0 or later, and from Google Play for devices running Android 4.3 and up.

In-Line Remote Control/Microphone: The SoundSport Pulse Wireless in-ear headphones have a 21" connecting cable between the ear buds with an in-line 3-button remote control and microphone below the right ear bud. The remote and mic are compatible with both iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and Android devices. The Multi-function button will control play/pause, skip forward/backward, fast forward/rewind, and volume up/down. It can also answer/end a phone call, decline a call, answer or decline a second call, switch between two calls, create a conference call, activate voice control, and mute/unmute a call.

StayHear+ Pulse Tips: The SoundSport Pulse Wireless earbud headphones come with Bose's proprietary StayHear+ Pulse silicone ear-tips in three sizes (Small, Medium, and Large) to help assure a more accurate fit that's comfortable and stable. StayHear+ Pulse silicone ear-tips have cutouts to accommodate the heart rate sensor. The special design helps them stay in your ears during exercise and other active sports. Advanced materials and design allow the tips to nestle inside the bowl of the ear, while also naturally conforming to the ear's upper ridge. StayHear+ Pulse tips also are designed to remain more securely on the headphone itself. Overall, they provide a better on-the-go listening experience.

Lightweight Carrying Case: The Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless in-ear headphones come with a lightweight, durable neoprene carrying case to help protect the headphones while you travel and hold your keys or cash during your workout. The case has a carabiner so you can clip it to your clothing.

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Why did you buy this?

I needed a new Workout Headphones and after I did my research Bose is on top of the list. [ AMANTE  Sep 12, 2018 ]
Bose has a great reputation already. The device seems to have all the features I would like, so keeping it consistent made it easy [ AnnaLee  Aug 24, 2018 ]
Love Bose. Trust them. [ JOSEPH M  Jul 15, 2018 ]
I needed some sport earbuds, and these have great reviews and were on sale! [ John T.  Jun 03, 2018 ]
I used these head phones for a workout from my friend and had to get some for myself! Great audio and they stay in your ear. [ DUSTIN  Apr 17, 2018 ]
Sound quality [ Emmanuel  Nov 23, 2017 ]
Very comfy and sounds great [ GLEN  Sep 18, 2017 ]
I have various bose products and have always been satisfied with their products. [ Gina  Jun 28, 2017 ]
look nice,i never try this yet, but to know BOSE no comment!!!!! [ ulysses  Nov 30, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

They are great love them [ Susan  Mar 20, 2017 ]
Doesn't cancel out the noise 100%. Pretty safe to hear traffic while running. I find them to be the best headphones on the market. Extremely comfortable [ ROBERT M  Mar 20, 2017 ]
These don't seal out sound around you. [ Scott  Mar 20, 2017 ]
The in-ear headphones block a lot of noise, but they aren't completely soundproof at the volume I listen. You could probably block traffic noise with a little more volume. [ Carol  Mar 20, 2017 ]