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Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds

January 19, 2019 10:36 p.m.

Listen to music stress-free to get in the zone and stay focussed on work

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My Story:

I had drank another one of those sugary caffeine and vitamin B filled energy drinks. I kept going over my lecture notes over and over and it seemed like I was no longer retaining any new information. It was already many hours into the night and I still had not finished studying for my biochemistry final exam at 9:00 a.m. that same morning. It was worth a large part of my final grade in the class. This was the result of procrastination. There were many times throughout the semester where I should have been studying instead of mindlessly wasting time surfing or playing video games. It was 4 or 5 in the morning and I was tired and really needed to sleep. I had been awake already for 22+ hours. I had laid down for what felt like a minute, but I ended up sleeping for several hours and missing the exam entirely. I failed the course and procrastination had caught up with me. You can't outrun procrastination; it will always catch up with you eventually. Over the years, I had been trying to find tools to help me combat procrastination. I needed help so that I would no longer give up the things I wanted most for the things I wanted now. I've read some books and found that the books helped somewhat. One of the things that seemed to help me the most was listening to music that elevated my mood while I worked or studied. I would sometimes listen to nostalgic music and that would help me procrastinate less. I needed a comfortable pair of headphones/earphones that had good sound quality where I could listen to music for several hours with little to no discomfort. I eventually picked up a pair of the Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds.

How did this purchase improve my life?

I liked listening to music while I worked on the computer. It made work less stressful and less uncomfortable. I mostly listened to Classical music or anything on the soothing side that doesn't have lyrics. I find that lyrics can sometimes distract me from my work. Listening to music helps alleviate procrastination for me. I started off listening to music with a cheap pair of folding headphones, but they would snag and rip out a hair every now and again and that proved to be more irritating than painful. I tried a cheaper pair of Bluetooth earphones that were wireless in that they did not need to be plugged into the audio jack of my computer. However, the left and right earphones were connected by a wire that rested on my shoulders. Occasionally, I would turn my head and the connecting wire would pull on my shirt a little bit and it was a little annoying. Eventually, those earphones stopped pairing with my Bluetooth transmitter. Later, I put some more money in and invested in a nicer pair of headphones by Audio-Technica. They were quite nice and the sound quality was very good, but I would sometimes get overheated with them on and I even felt a little nauseous and dizzy after using them for awhile. The Audio-Technica headphones were also wired, so sometimes, if I turned to the right or left or just moved, I would snag the wire on something and it would pull them off one of my ears. I eventually gave them away. I finally got the Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds and it has been wonderful ever since. I can listen to music without getting nauseous or overheated and I never have to worry about snagging a wire. Using the wired Audio-Technica headphones one time, I had snagged the wire so badly that I ripped the Audio-Technica headphones off of my head. I don't have any of those problems now that I am using the Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds, so I have been very happy with this purchase and they have definitely made an improvement in my life.

How do I use this item?

I use a Bluetooth transmitter and I pair the Bose headphones with the transmitter. I have the Bluetooth transmitter plugged into a USB power source and the audio part of the transmitter is plugged into my computer via the audio out headphone jack. The earbuds stay in the included case when I am not using them. The case is used to charge the earbuds. As soon as I take them out of the case, they automatically turn on. I usually wait about 4-5 seconds for the left and right earbud to communicate with each other, then I turn the power switch to on on the Bluetooth transmitter. This normally completes the pairing process and music starts playing within seconds afterwards. I use the earphones to listen to music while sitting at my desk working. I sometimes listen to nostalgic music from when I was younger and it puts me in a better mood. When I am doing something that requires more intense focus, I tend to listen to music that does not have lyrics. Classical music is really good for that. I am currently listening to Nuvole Bianche by Ludivico Einaudi and Comptine d'Un Autre Ete by Yann Tiersen. I would normally sit comfortably at my desk and listen to the music. It helps me to get to work on whatever project it was that I was working on. Sometimes, I would end up working for several hours without realizing it because the music kept me so focussed on my work and the earbuds helped to block out some ambient noises. After I am finished using the earbuds, I would put them back in their case and they would begin charging. I have the case plugged in via the micro USB cable at the back of the case to a USB charger so that the case always has a full charge. The USB charger is plugged into the wall. Nuvole Bianche by Ludivico Einaudi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyY4IZ3JDFE Comptine d'Un Autre Ete by Yann Tiersen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2-1u8xvk54

Country of Origin

China

Other Notes:

This may be a deal-breaker for some people, but it concerns people who watch videos on their computer. For videos, there is a split second lag in the audio when you are watching videos on your computer or laptop. This causes the audio not to be synced up with the video you are watching. As far as I know, there is no fix for this. This is something that I've had to live with, but you won't notice this effect if you are using the Bose headphones to listen to music while working/studying or while working out. It was not a deal breaker for me, but it may be something to consider. I still love these headphones regardless. One fix is to buy an audio splitter and have a cheap pair of headphones to use to listen to videos. I seldom watch videos when I am working, unless it is a tutorial. In that case, I am not so bothered by using a wired pair of headphones. Another option is to open up the same video in two windows. Start the video in one browser window, then immediately start the same video in the other browser window. Then mute the second browser window and watch the video from the second browser window. This solution isn't very elegant, but it seems to work okay. These Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds aren't noise-cancelling, but because they are earbuds that go into your ear canal, they help reduce noise. After use, you can drop the earbuds into their appropriate slots in the case and they snap into place because the earbuds have magnets in them. On a full charge and when the case isn't plugged into a power source, it is good for 2-3 charges. I have not tested this charge capacity since I leave the case plugged into my computer all the time. These earbuds come in various color combinations, but I chose the orange/navy combination because it represented freshness, vibrancy, and nourishment to me. The orange pattern also reminded me of the pattern on bowling balls.

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