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Very good but not comfortable. comparing to Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones
on February 7, 2013
First, let me start by saying..I am still very old school. I like brick and mortar stores and like to play with an item before deciding. Since there really wasnt a place i could check this out in person (plus the box doesnt lend itself to open w/out making it a total open box buy) I really did my research and read all the reviews.
here is my take.. and please note.. I will be comparing them to the Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones since I also own these (wifes). Someone stoled my MIE2i a few weeks ago so was needing to get my own.
I was really debating going ahead and getting the Bose SIE2i sports and these. I am not a fan of the in ear, clogging up your inner ear and then popping out while you sweat. What I like about these two models is that they both have that little groove thing that goes inside your ear.
So lets start off with design:
I really like the flat cord, it is great. Doesnt seem to tangle as the rounded ones. I was looking for a cloth type (Yurbuds, but didn't like the fit) as I want something sturdy but always hate jacking around with the fact I have to untangle before each use. I did two rounds of tests on putting each one in the pouch and then removing them out of them. The Bose ones did tangle one time but nothing crazy while i didnt get any tangles with the other. So that is a plus. It is long enough and no complaints about it. The Bose is shorter for the simple fact that it is supposed to be used w an arm band that comes with it (a joke for any male with a decent arm). The Bose comes with an extender however and actually adds about 3-4 inches that the regular cord on the iSport.
L-Shape male plug-in adapter:
Seems to be more sturdier and I can see why this design would be better than just a straight adapter. Wont be as easy to get damaged. Seems to me that if you drop your phone, it wouldn't just pop off as it would probably keep the phone and just dangle. The extra support on the finish also makes it more durable for those type of situations. You could make a case for the extender of the Bose since if that ever gets damaged, all you do is buy a replacement for that piece as opposed to new headset.
Speaker/Microphone and controls for Iphone:
The placement is on the left side of your ear and seems sturdy. I cant really tell where the mic is and that a little evident on the calls I placed. I made a few calls to compare the quality and asked which one sounded better and they agreed that the Bose sounded clearer. Bare in mind, that they both said both sounded good, but both chose the Bose as being clearer. I was going to do a self test but you can really become biased while testing so will let their ears be the judge. the Bose has the controls right smack in the middle of where the left and right wires seperate which I really dislike. doesnt give much slack to say if you had someone near you and you wanted to share a song with them for a few seconds and taking off just one and keeping the other in. This is about 11 inches difference.
I played with all three that came in and I agree with the previous poster. the small pop off too easily and the medium are a little tight. Also, i didnt think the "wings" were as long and went inside the ear as good as the Bose. Comfort wise.. I have to give them a 3. they are definately better than others I have tried, but Bose is king on their design. they seem to be a little too thick. perhaps its the material they use as these are made of more of a rubber feeling than the ones Bose uses as those are silicone feeling. Just comparing both of these, you can easily tell that there is less material on the Bose and therefore night and day as far as comfort. After about 15-20 minutes, I could tell the discomfort was there. Of course, this is because you are thinking about it and its not like I need an advil for the pain, but you get my point. If you want comfort, the Bose is the way to go. One note. When pulling these out. I did experience a couple of times the actual rubber thing stay in my ear and come off the earbud on the iSport. So definately more snug..just at the expense of comfort.
These arent the best sound that you would get from some of the others that range in the 150+ range, but good enough. I will admit, I am not someone who is going to listen to every detail and talk about the high's and low's and how rich the bass is. I can however tell you that they do provide a louder sound than the Bose and actually a little more bass. The high is not as detailed either. As for ambient noise. I sat by my computer and started off very low so I could hear the fan of my computer. I quickly went up until I could hear it just barely and then not at all. I did this with the Bose first. I then switched to the Monster's and it was way louder and I had to drop the volume down a few settings to start hearing the fan. I think the fact that these are a little thicker, they do tend to block out more outside noise than the Bose. Also, to me, there was more bass on these than on the Bose.
the pouch it comes with is nice. The Bose didnt come with them so that was a minus on their part. The non sport did, but it was more of a carrying case. btw, if you looking to go cheap and get the MIE2i, and you plan on running, gym type activities, I suggest not and go for the sport version. The MIE2i started having issues with the mic and i would have to press the button to get people to hear me. it was like if I was on mute every time a call came in. Maybe it was a setting (I never read the manual), but something I never did when I first got them.
When it comes to design, sound, I think the iSport do beat out the SIE2i. but when it comes to comfort, there is no way you can get any better than the SIE2i. As I mentioned before. I am a brick and mortar guy and had I tried these at the store, I may have not bought them. However, since I bought online, I will give myself a few days to get "comfortable" with how comfortable they fit in my ear. If I simply cant get over the fact that they are too snug feeling, I will return and continue to just borrow my wifes.
Also, keep in mind, these two are sport editions and there for sweat resistant. I dont think you could accidently wash the Bose without damage but these are said that they are washable. There are other cheaper alternatives but if you are going to be using them with your phone, these are the two best options in my opinion. Any others may end up having a short on the microphone and buttons so be careful.
For my gym and running activities, I do highly recommend. I plan to continue to use my other cheaper ones when I go to office/driving or at home watching videos.
For the price (got them for $86 total), I think they are well worth it. I just would rather not spend another $150 on the the Bose SIE2i for a "his" pair. If they were remotely closer in price, say $20 dollars, I would really consider getting the Bose. Bose really needs to get rid of the armband thing.