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Best Bose headphones I have ever experienced,
This review is from: Bose IE2 Audio Headphones (Electronics)
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Bose is well known in the music industry, mainly because they spend so much money on advertising and self promotion. This is why many non audiophiles purchase Bose. The price is a little higher and everyone kind of assumes "Bose is the best" so they save up their money and get whatever new product they have to offer, thinking it is the best, when many times you can get the same or better quality from other products for much less money. I'm sure some reading this will disagree with me, but this is my opinion and the opinion of many others in the audiophile community.
I say all this because I want to let you know that the Bose IE2 earphones are amazing. They are not just another over hyped Bose product. These earphones provide crisp, clear sound at all volume levels, and the fidelity was better than expected at this price range. I normally prefer over the ear (supra aural) type headphones, my favorite being Grado, a company that doesn't advertise but relies on word of mouth to promote their products (Basically the opposite of Bose). But over the ear headphones aren't realistic in all situations, like working out, or lying down, or when there is limited space. The IE2 headphones really shine because of the StayHear tips that go into your outer ear, keeping them secure even during vigorous movement.
The bass is ample, and doesn't cloud the overall sound as many modern earphones do. The highs are crisp and well balanced and it is always a pleasure to listen to music with these earphones.
A handy clip is provided to relieve strain on the speaker cable, which is relatively thick and sturdy. Overall build quality is good and after a couple months of use, I have not noticed any problems at al, and fully expect these earphones to last a long time.
Yes, I have heard better in-ear phones. Yes, they cost much more money. Expect to pay $200+ for anything that sounds as good as these. If you need earphones that will stay in your ear, just get these. Even $600 earphones will fall out when running if you don't get a perfect fit with the included tips.
So although I will never buy a Bose Wave radio or Sound Dock, I do wholeheartedly recommend these earphones. I was and continue to be pleasantly surprised each time I use them.
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2013 12:08:40 PM PST
D.L. Aghabekian says:
I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that your review cinched the decision for me as to whether or not I should spend the money on these ear buds. I've had very mixed experiences with Bose, and while I absolutely adore the old pair of AE2 over-ear style headphones I've had for years, I've heard that their quality standards aren't exactly consistent between different types of products. I need something for the gym, as my AE2's have had their padded cups eaten away by my sweat, and you've convinced me this is the best option. Thanks for your balanced and anti-fanboy review!
Posted on Jan 12, 2013 5:28:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 12, 2013 5:29:37 AM PST
Glen K. Peterson says:
An audiophile friend of mine once joked that BOSE stood for "Better Off with Something Else" and though their small systems tend to have great sound FOR THEIR SIZE, his phrase seems generally right and it has stuck with me. A cheap pair of Sennheiser headphones wedged inside Peltor hearing protector ear muffs sound much better than the BOSE noise-cancelling headphones and block at least twice as much outside sound - especially bass. But these ear buds are an exception to the BOSE rule - they sound incredible!
I had Sennheiser MX-400 ear buds before and with heavy EQ, they sounded pretty good. My standard flat EQ reference has been an old high-quality stereo system, but the BOSE headphones without EQ sound even better than either one! Crisp, clean highs, powerful lows... Well balanced... And extremely clear. It's like a layer of cling film has been removed from my music! I could definitely use these for audio mixing and for correcting the EQ on recordings.
Thanks for your review, it helped me make the decision to bu these headphones.
Posted on Jan 14, 2013 1:32:54 AM PST
Op. 133 says:
Would you say these are comfortable for sleeping on your side with? And how would you compare them to Shure 215's? Thanks!
Posted on Jan 26, 2013 5:58:54 PM PST
Rachel Chen Leong says:
Posted on Jan 27, 2014 11:19:51 PM PST
C. Ouellette says:
What would you recommend over Bose in the portable speaker category? I see you don't care for their compact speaker options. Is it over price, sound, both, or something else? And what is a good alternative for the SoundLink Mini (which seems to lead in the Bluetooth compact speaker satisfaction ratings) or over a larger speaker like their docks and Wave systems?
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