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Bose Around-Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Bose

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  • Quality Bose sound from a comfortable, lightweight, around-ear headphone design
  • Proprietary acoustic headphone technology delivers tonally balanced audio from lightweight earcups
  • Bose acoustic equalization fine-tunes the frequency response for exceptional audio performance
  • Ideal for use with portable players, laptops, home stereos, etc.
  • Includes 1/4-inch stereo plug adapter and drawstring carry bag

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Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Noise-Cancelling-Feature

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000MMWT9Q
  • Item model number: 42244
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 11, 2006

Product Description

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Product Description

Bose around-ear headphones can be used with portable media players, computers, or home stereo. Bose technologies help deliver remarkable audio clarity and tonal range you might not expect from headphones this lightweight and comfortable.

Amazon.com

Enhance your personal listening experience with acclaimed Bose around-ear headphones. Use them with your portable media players, computers, orhome stereo--you'll notice the difference the moment you slip them on. Bose technologies help deliver remarkable audio clarity and tonal range you might not expect from headphones this lightweight and comfortable.

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Enhance your personal listening experience.

Hear the Difference

With Bose technology you don't have to compromise sound quality when listening through headphones. These around-ear headphones feature TriPort acoustic headphone structure--available only from Bose--to provide full-range sound from lightweight earcups. Deep low notes are faithfully reproduced without the artificial bass boost found on many audio devices. Highs and mids remain clear and distinct. Additional Bose acoustic equalization techniques help bring out audio details conventional headphones often fail to replicate.

Comfortable Fit

Bose around-ear headphones are also ergonomically designed so you can wear them easily for extended periods of time. Weighing just five ounces, they're so light and comfortable you may even forget you have them on. The soft-cushioned earcups gently surround your ears and swivel for a better fit. You can also adjust the sleek headband up to three inches in length.

Carry Bag Included

Slip your phones into the included drawstring carry bag for easy transport.

What's in the Box

Bose Around-Ear Headphones With Attached 5-Foot Audio Cable, 1/4-Inch Stereo Plug Adapter, Drawstring Carry Bag


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

These headphones are very comfortable and offer good sound Quality.
K. John Egelhaaf
I have purchased one pair of headphones and another was given to me as a gift, and both broke in a span of 6 months.
A. Silva
The plastic end where the headband connects to the earphones is very cheap.
OwlSays

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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The Bose® around-ear headphone set is the base model in their line-up, but is in the middle price range of such sets from most other brands. Some would say you are paying a premium for the brand name here, and they would be right. The sound is good, though not great. This unit is cheaply constructed and has some qualities of low end headsets. Because of the questionable durability, these will definitely be good enough for personal use but may not be durable enough for true portable listening over time.

PRICING, QUALITY, PERFORMANCE

Only Bose could produce an entry level set of headphones in the $140 price range. The average sound quality means that demanding and experienced users will most likely find the sound to be mediocre. Those who are not audiophiles will find little to complain about in the sound quality without points of comparison given the brand name. And these will certainly sound better than your average entry level set. Then again, your average entry level set will cost one fifth of the price of these. So it's still not a fair comparison.

Still, the main knock on this set is the durability and build quality which leave much to be desired. Good thing Bose has a great warrantee and reputation because there is a pretty good chance you are going to have to make use of it.

This unit is not terrible by any means. Some people may rail against this unit more than it deserves because of the high price and Bose name. That's understandable.

But to be fair this set will meet the needs of some.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By J. Keeling on September 26, 2007
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These headphones are light and comfortable. Sound reproduction is outstanding. You will hear instruments and supporting vocals you did not know were on your CD or iPod. The around-the-ear design filters out all but the loudest background noise enhancing your listening enjoyment. But, you have probably heard all that. Try these out at a local Best Buy or Target. You will not be disappointed. Cost? You get what you pay for.
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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful By D.B. Spalding on April 23, 2007
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As I've posted elsewhere, these are my favorite choice for quality listening. They don't tire your ears out (like plugs) and they isolate you from all but the most intrusive environmental distractions. Superb bass response.

2009 update:

In 2006 I was sent a replacement for a broken model that had faulty headband design. So far's I know, the current model has the redesigned, sturdier component.

2010 update:

After regular use in the office, the ear pads of one of my pairs has begun to wear. Replacement earcups should be cheap, right? THINK AGAIN. Bose wants $35 for a set of these simple, cheap earcups. Combine that with the superior sound that you can get for equivalently priced 'phones (start with Grado), and the high price that Bose commands begins to pale by comparison. At one time, the Bose Triport (now called "around-ear") headphones were a very light and crisp sounding value proposition, but in this day of excellent on-ear or around-ear phones, as well as terrific in-ear monitors (IEMs), $149 for these is just too much money. Same with the Bose Triport IEMs (which I also own), for their MSRP, you can buy Shure SE110s or Etymotic Research HF5s, or (a spiffy newcomer) Thinksound TS01s or the more balanced Thinksound Rains for half the price.

Whether you want over the ear escape, or in-ear convenience, you can do better for less money.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Cannon on August 16, 2007
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You'll hear things in your music that you didn't even know were there before. The only down side is that modern compression of music can distort it, and the headphones are so good that you hear it. That's the music's problem though, not the headphones. Just great! Worth every penny.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ed R. on November 23, 2007
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I have owned many different headphones over the years, but nothing beats this set of Bose. Besides being lightweight and a perfect fit over the ears, the reproduction of highs and lows are unparalleled with anything else on the market. And as a side benefit, even though this item wasn't advertised as one which deadens outside sound, it definitely does. Even at this price, this is a great value. I recommend it to anyone in the market.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sandfire on December 4, 2007
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I just recently decided to spend the extra money and get around the ear headphones. I have been let down every time with every earbud that I could find. None would ever fit in my ear and the ones I managed to squeeze in would start to hurt after a few minutes. This set of headphones has fantastic sound quality. I can hear light background sounds that I never heard before. Another big quality they have is comfort. They are so soft and light, I forget I am wearing them. I recommend these to anyone who doesnt mind spending $140.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Robert Reta on September 5, 2008
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I have owned two of these headphones (got one as a present) and they both broke on me. They also broke at the same place, the plastic that keeps the ear cup attached just snaps in half. I take GREAT care of my expensive stuff and still had both of them fall apart on me.

Stay away. They sound good but the build quality needs a lot of improvement.
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