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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2010
I just got the MIE and it sounds great....i got the senhisser hd 595 and this one at once. i thought i would keep them both...but the bose is much better to hear, and it is multi functional with the mic...the hd 595 is open which allows sound to go in and out from the head phones....maybe the closed one is better, i dont know...but i am returning that one cause i am extremely impressed with the bose earbuds...once again great sound..oh the hd 595 cost me $150 and this bose cost me 130...so..i think bose is better...it also comes with numerous adjusting ear bud support. i wish amazon had a better description of the product...cause i was skeptical at first...but now super impressedd...its just a matter of whether you want to spend 130 on earbuds or not....and the price does provide quality...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2011
I've had lots of headphones and earphones over the years, and I've come to appreciate what Bose can do to reproduce music. I have two degrees in music, and my younger son who graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston recently, told me that Bose uses some non-standard tricks in their equipment, but the tricks work!

In my listening arsenal I have a pair of massive 40-year-old Sony studio headphones that I've refurbed a few times, the Bose QC3's, a Bose 3:2:1 system for one TV, an Onkyo 7.1 system for another TV, and several pairs of Apple earphones. These Bose earphones are terrific. They are the most comfortable headphones/earphones I've ever had, and that includes a very old pair of Sony on-ear phones that had those little earclip things on them. You can't buy them anymore, anyway!

The earbuds that are included with the iPhone 4 actually sound pretty good, if you can fit them to your ears, and you can manage to keep them in! I took a pair of those thin black foam earbud covers you can buy just about anywhere, and put them on. That helped somewhat. But, even just sitting at a desk, if I turned my head, one or both of the Apple buds would just fall out. That won't happen with the Bose. The silicon piece that fits into the curve of your ear is extremely soft and pliable, and you won't even notice it's there.

I'd recommend these phones to anybody!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2013
I just want to let everyone know that after a while you may have some problems. Shortly after my warranty was up, I noticed that the wire started to curl up on its own. Within about two months the plastic covering has separated from the wire in multiple places, including at the ear pieces. The left ear piece no longer works. When I notified Bose of the problem, they offered to let me buy another pair for half price. No thanks! The microphone also fell apart. In no way did I abuse this headset, always taking very good care, keeping them in a case when not in use and never allowing any stress on the wire. BTW, the sound was great and the fit was even beter. Too bad the build quality was so bad. See my uploaded picture.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2011
For the longest time, I put up with the headphones included with my iPhone Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic (NEWEST VERSION)[Retail Packaging]. Sure the sound wasn't great and after a while they began to hurt my ears, but still they were free. Additionally, I refused to give up the option to change tracks with an inline remote or to use the headphones as a headset for phone calls. I have been a longtime owner of the Bose Quiet Comfort 2's Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones. Their sound, especially the bass, is incredible and you truly feel immersed in the music. Not to mention, the noise canceling has made dorm-life and library studying bearable. However, walking around with the Quiet Comfort 2's on your head looks ridiculous as they are quite large, completely covering your ears. Also, walking around with noise canceling headphones gives the impression that you are in a fishbowl, even if the noise canceling feature is off. Further, using them to listen to music before falling asleep requires you to lay perfectly on your back. Any movement side to side pushes them off your ears or awkwardly pushes them into your head.

As such, I was looking to improve the sound quality of my everyday headphones, without sacrificing the various features I DID actually like about the Apple Earphones. Now, after using them Bose®MIE2i mobile headset for a number of months, I can say that I am completely satisfied with my purchase. The headphones sound great, even pumping out an impressive amount of bass. It was like to achieve that immersive feeling of my Quiet Comfort 2's without such bulk. Additionally, the unique "StayHear" tips which hook out of the earbud tips proved to be quite comfortable. As an added bonus, the StayHear tips actually hold the headphones in firmly allowing me to run without any issues. While the standard tips worked best for me, the headphones included 6 different sized/ shaped tips depending on user preference. This was a nice, albeit unneeded, feature. The only issue keeping me from a five star review is the location of the microphone and remote. The microphone hangs right around my jaw line, seemingly out of the path of my voice. Usually this isn't an issue, but when there is a lot of background noise or wind, I find that people have a hard time hearing me through the mic. Overall, though, I'm in love with these headphones and I regret that it took me this long for upgrade. (4/5 Stars)
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2011
These Bose MIE2i's are great. They are not perfect and even have a couple serious drawbacks. But in my case, it's actually the drawbacks that make them the perfect IEM's for me!

I have tried probably every type of IEM (In-Ear Monitor) that is out there. Okay, I've tried a whole bunch of them - Klipsh, Shure, Denon, Altec Lansing, UE, to name a few. The isolation and the sound quality of most medium to high-end IEM's ($100 - $300) is really good. Great isolation and really high fidelity with audiophile quality. I'm a huge fan of bass so I like hearing that thumping bass. But I'm just one of those people that cannot tolerate IEM's. After just about an hour of listening my ears begin to really become uncomfortable. They begin to itch really bad like there is some bug making a nest in there. Then they begin to hurt. I also notice that if I ignore these sensations (as much as possible) and continue to use them for long periods of time, my ears go into overdrive creating wax. It's like it's some sort of protective thing going on.

So I had resigned myself to being able to only use over-ear or on-ear headphones. The stock buds that come with most mp3 players and phones just don't stay in your ear well enough to be useful for much of anything. But I still needed/wanted something to use for working out, bike riding, or just something to use at work when I didn't want to be walking around with a huge pair of Bose QC 15's on my head. I recently just jumped on the iPhone4 bandwagon. Once again I tried several sets in IEMs in the vain hope my ears could suddenly tolerate them. No way. So then I noticed that Bose had made their IEM's with dedicated Apple controls so I thought I'd give them a try and I was pleasantly surprised on a couple levels.

The 'problem' with the Bose IEMs is that they have no isolation like most IEMs available today. And as such the audio quality suffers. You don't get that pounding bass that you 'feel' in your chest like you do with most normal IEMs. This is too bad because you can tell that the audio quality is really quite good and if there was better isolation then the experience would be fantastic. One minor caveat to this statement is that highs seem rather shrill to me. I think that probably because of the lack of isolation, Bose boosts the levels in an attempt to compensate. Unfortunately, most music today is so poorly recorded that clipping on the high end is rampant already so boosting these frequencies is a bad thing. But this might also have something to do with my personal hearing which is very bad. I suffer chronic tinnitus and hypersensitivity on certain frequencies from military service. So take this with a grain of salt.

But there's a couple major upsides to this lack of isolation. First, they don't get uncomfortable at all. These phones sit in my ears but do not completely block the canal and I do not get that itching or pain that I get from IEMs. Also, the lack of isolation is good from the standpoint that you can use them in situations where you really do need to be aware of what's going on around you, like riding a bicycle in traffic or using them at work. If a co-worker says something to you, you can hear it depending upon your volume of course. This is good for me as I have to hear announcements on the paging system.

The iPhone controller works fine. It's kinda small and has no markings but it works fine. The middle button is recessed slight from the top and bottom which makes discerning which button is which easy. It's located up on the right side. I guess they wanted it to blend in and not stand out, which is funny considering the obnoxious wire color scheme. I just got back from the gym and when I walked past the full length mirror had to laugh at how much they stood out with the black and white twist color scheme. Hopefully future models will offer either black OR white! There is also a small plastic clip for attaching the cord to a shirt to help with stabilization. There is no cord movement noise transmitted to the ear which is a plus.

So the things that for many would make these a bad choice make them a perfect choice for someone like me with specific criteria.

Other considerations:

Construction: They seem extremely well made. The cord is a good thickness and seems very sturdy and should last with care. The buds are the same way, very well made and look sturdy. The package comes with a very nice zippered padded soft case that has some rigidity that is roomy and should provide good protection in normal conditions. It would likely not do so in a harsh environment such as a backpack filled with heavy books and what not. An update to this review is with this padded case. The size is perfect. You can roll up the headphones around your fingers and easily put them into the case. Also, the case just happens to fit the iPhone 4 perfectly (without the headphones of course). I don't know if this was by design but it's great at the gym. After I remove the headphones and plug them into the phone I put the iPhone into the case and zip it up. This provides the iPhone with great protection from sweat and other bumps when working out. Good job Bose!

Style: This area is a huge disappointment. Bose usually makes pretty good looking stuff. These are the exception. They chose to go with a black and white cord color which just looks stupid. I guess maybe they thought they were being clever and would appeal to those who want white or black only. They totally missed the mark though. In my opinion, this just looks stupid. Also, the part of the bud that sticks out of your ear has a huge chrome Bose strip on it which I guess is supposed to make it scream, "Hey everyone, look at me, I'm wearing Bose!" Again, they missed the mark. Unless you're the type that needs to make sure everyone knows what brand of product you are wearing, this isn't for you. I'm a 50-year-old guy so I don't care what I look like. But if you have style considerations, you might want to look elsewhere unless Bling is your thing!

Sound: The sound is definitely pretty good. Like I said, they lose a lot of bass because of the lack of seal but they still get the job done. As with ALL Apple products, the sound quality of the source unit is suspect at best so it's not a huge deal anyway.

Comfort: Here is where these shine. I can wear them for hours and forget they are there. Then have these new stay-in arms that keep the buds stable and in your ear without causing discomfort. This is probably the single biggest reason to buy these, at least for me. This alone bumps these from 3 star to 4 star.

Price/value: As with all Bose products, they are overpriced. You can get a lot of IEM for the price of these. They are certainly not prohibitively priced and in my case because the do what the others did not or could not, they were worth the price.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2011
these things are amazing, sounds like a surround stereo is in my ears.

and the fit is even better, i like how it comes with 4 diff sizes and the carry case is a nice touch.

plus it works perfectly with all my apple stuff, 2 click skip, 3 click go back, hold down for voice control. AMAZING SOUND
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2011
I have used many earbuds, including Apple, V-Moda, Sony, iBeats by Monster, Klipsch, Shure, and others. These have the best sound quality of any I have ever used near this price. They are also lightweight and the most comfortable earbuds I have ever used. They don't require you to block your entire ear canal, so you don't get the achy ear issues, and I can still hear myself talk when using them for calls.

The design is unique and will work well with anyone's style. I especially appreciate the included case, which houses my iPhone as well as the earbuds.

Thank you Bose!
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2011
Within the last 2 months, I have had 2 pair of the Bose MIE2i headphones, neither of which worked properly. I got the first pair, used them for about 3 days while I worked out (no damage could have came from my workouts) and the in-line device started to fail. At first the pause/play/skip button would not work. After about 2 days, the pause/play/skip button started working again, but now neither volume button worked. I called Bose and they replaced my headphones. However it took over 3 weeks for the new heaphones to come in.

When the 2nd pair came in, the same thing happened. I used them for about 3 days, and the volume buttons stopped working again.

The earphones themself are excellent. Great sound quality, and the special earbuds provide supberb comfort while always maintaining an excellent fit in the ear.

With all this being said, however, I rate them a 1/5. If an expensive product does not perform the basic functions, they cannot be rated any higher. I read other reviews and only 1 other person has claimed the same thing, so take this review for whatever its worth. In my personal experience, however, they have not worked.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is my 3rd set of Bose in-ear earbuds. Every generation gets better- very natural sound, no matter what genre of music I listen to. Plenty of bass without being "thumpy" (those kind make you tired very quickly). But much more bass than the previous model. The 3-button control has several settings that allow you to control your ipod/iphone (including phone calls)by multiple clicks and holds. Volume buttons (2 of the 3 buttons)are responsive and easy to use. The new soft"wing" on each bud really keeps the bud stable in your ears! You have to really want to remove them- they won't fall out like the older model, and stay put (greatly helping the bass). Bose includes a set of the original silicone bud covers as well as the new "wing" ones in case you prefer them (don't know why you would...). I've never been a huge fan of in-ear headphones- until now. The imaging is superb and I don't miss larger over-the-ear phones at all, but these aren't active noise-isolating, if that is important to you.
Unless you've listened to your iphone/ipod with these earbuds, you likely don't know what your device is truly capable of. Definitely worth the money.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2011
I got these for use on the airplane on my bike and in the gym. Turns out that over a period of time the switch just starts going haywire, skipping songs, starting and stopping and activating voice control at random. The microphone is hit or miss also, people complain about the static when I use this for calls and sometimes they just can't hear me at all. Could be that sweat from the active wear has gotten into the switch and ruined it, but come on people. The copy on the Bose web site says "Advanced design, durable materials for lasting quality; StayHear® tips for greater stability during exercise and other activities; Hours of comfortable on-the-go listening". If you are going to market it as an active wear product, perhaps it should be able to perform as such. Right now I am sending them back.
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