BOSEbuild Headphones

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Build-it-yourself Bluetooth® headphones that allow kids to explore the world of sound and hearing

Assembling BOSEbuild Headphones

Exploring a world of sound and hearing

With the BOSEbuild Headphones, your child will embark on a journey of discovery into the world of sound and hearing. Starting with simple, hands-on experiments, they progress through hours of app-based games and activities. Along the way they develop a deeper understanding of how our ears work, why we have two of them, and importantly, how to keep them working.

What they'll learn:

Sound waves


Hearing and sound perception

Healthy listening

Building headphones, piece by piece.

Making things is a creative, challenging, inspiring act. That’s why the BOSEbuild Headphones don’t come as a finished product — they come in pieces. As kids assemble and personalize their headphones, they develop an appreciation for how headphones are made and how they work. The companion app leads them through each interactive step with clear animated instructions. It even shows them how to customize the look with colored lights and design inserts.

Girl building BOSEbuild Headphones
Boy using BOSEbuild Headphones

Durable, high-performing headphones.

The end result of all this exploration and discovery is a set of durable, high-performance Bluetooth headphones designed specifically for kids. They are comfortable, provide Bose-quality sound, and employ Smart Volume Limiting to promote safer listening for kids. These headphones are sure to make their ears happy!


"It’s good to get kids interested in some of the STEM that is really out there. It’s a hands-on way for them to understand how things work and yet a very resourceful item that they can use longer term."

"So much of what we use on a daily basis is very high tech and most people don’t understand how it works... So I think it’s cool that you are taking a product that is very high tech but putting it together in a way that people can actually understand what’s going on inside the box."

I thought it was very clever and it seems like a really great opportunity to teach kids. I wish I had the opportunity to have toys like this when I was a kid.

"I am a scientist myself and I love that kinda thing brought down to a level that kids can understand. I think it will be a fantastic toy and a great experience for the kids build something like that."



  • Headphones:8.0" H x 5.75" W x 3.37" D (0.55 lbs), sized for children 8 – 18


  • Bluetooth (v4.2) with smart volume limiting
  • Wireless range up to 30 ft (9 m)
  • 2.5 mm analog input (2.5 mm to 3.5 mm audio cable included)

Additional details

Requires a mobile device (for discovery and build activities):

  • Any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 10 or newer

Compatible with the following devices (for music listening):

  • Wireless: Any device with Bluetooth 3.0 or higher (including Android devices, laptops, etc.)
  • Wired: Any device with a 3.5mm audio output


  • 3.7V Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
  • 15 hours music playback
  • 8 hours music playback with LED lights on
  • Adjustable auto-off timer


  • Activity booklet
  • 18 design inserts
  • Ear pucks
  • 2 trim rings
  • 2 ear cushions
  • 2 yokes
  • Headband
  • Headband cushion
  • USB charging cable
  • Audio cable
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to build, great sound quality. Love them!!! I bought these a few days ago and they arrived just on time. Super easy to build, and great sound quality! They work like any other Bose product. Will keep forever❤️❤️❤️
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun My kids love putting the headphones together. Easy app, only a little hard to sync with my iMac
Date published: 2018-12-20
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What’s the recommended age for this product?

The BOSEbuild Headphones are designed for kids 8 to 14.

Can my child complete this product without help?

Yes. The companion app provides easy, step-by-step instructions through a series of hands-on activities so kids ages 8+ can complete the experience and build the headphones all by themselves. There is no soldering, coding, or difficult assembly steps — rest assured that no previous technical expertise is needed.

What size are the headphones?

The BOSEbuild Headphones are sized to fit children 8 – 18 comfortably. Younger kids may find them too large and adults may find them too small.

What activities are included in the product?

The companion app guides users on a journey through 17 different activities exploring the topics of microphones, sound, hearing, and binaural audio. This includes animated instructions for the assembly of the headphones as well as multiple games and several instructional videos.

What does the app do?

The free companion app guides kids through fun activities and explorations into the world of sound, microphones, hearing, and more. It includes simple, step-by-step instructions for each activity, explanations of what they experience at each step, as well as handy tips and videos. Kids will discover that actions they take in the app directly affect the physical product and vice versa.

Does the app include advertising?

No, the BOSEbuild Listen app contains no advertising nor does it offer any in-app purchases.

What mobile device do I need?

The BOSEbuild Listen app works with any Apple mobile device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) running iOS 10 or higher. For a complete list of devices, please click here. Note: Once the headphones are fully assembled, any mobile device (Android, Kindle, etc.,) or computer that has a Bluetooth connection can be used to pair to the finished headphones.

How long does it take to go through all the activities and build the headphones?

Generally, kids can complete the activities and assemble their headphones in a couple of hours. Because some parts are more open ended, they could spend many hours engaged in the various activities provided in the app.

Do the headphones provide Bose-quality sound?

Yes. When fully assembled, you have high-performance Bluetooth headphones that provide the quality sound you’ve come to expect from Bose.

What is Smart Volume Limiting?

BOSEbuild Headphones monitor volume and exposure time over a 24-hour period and dynamically adjust the output volume of the headphones downward to help promote safer listening levels.

How long does the battery last?

The battery will last up to 15 hours when listening to music and up to 8 hours when the lights are also on. Light brightness and music level will impact how long the battery lasts for each individual.

Is this a product my child can use over and over again?

Yes, kids can return to the app and engage in its activities at any time. They can also take their headphones apart and reassemble them. Additionally, they can customize the appearance of the headphones over and over again. And the headphones themselves are durable enough to be used over and over for a long time.

Do these headphones work on an airplane?

Yes. The BOSEbuild Headphones can be used either via the Bluetooth connection (to a personal device) or with the included audio cable to connect to the aircraft’s media system. Note, these headphones do not have active noise cancellation, but being around-the-ear style headphones, they do passively block out some noise for more enjoyable listening in loud environments.

Are the Headphones durable?

The headphones are durable and designed to be enjoyed by your child for a long time. They pass the same internal Bose standards for quality and reliability that other Bose products go through.

Can these headphones be used for gaming?

Sometimes. They can be connected to mobile devices and computers via Bluetooth to support gaming activities on those platforms. The headphones include a 3.5mm Aux cable (audio cable) that allow them to be connected to gaming consoles or PCs. However, the microphone only works with a Bluetooth connection, so in-game chat features would not be supported when using the audio cable.

Can you change the appearance of the headphones?

Absolutely. The headphones come with colored lights in each earcup, so kids can select and change the color of their headphones as often as they’d like. They can also change the design inserts in the same locations to create a unique look all their own.

Can the colors “dance” with the music?

Yes, kids can make the colored LED lights on their headphones dance with the beat of the music. They can even customize and continue to change the colors that are assigned to low, medium, and high tones to further experiment and customize their headphones.

Is everything included in the box?

All the parts your child needs to build the headphones are included in the box; no tools are required. The only item you need to provide is the Apple device to run the app.

Do you offer a manufacturer’s warranty?

Yes, the BOSEbuild Headphones come with a 1-year limited warranty.


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