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Slightly improved design. Hugely worsened sound.,
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This review is from: Bose OE2 audio headphones - Black (Electronics)
After 3-4 years of constant use, it is time to retire my Bose OE1's. They survived 8 cable replacements, dozens of drops and cord pullouts, stuffed in bags and worn around my neck. I definitely got my money's worth so I was thrilled to see a new model.
Most components of the OE2's appear to be 10% scaled down but otherwise the same sturdy plastic. The swivel hinge has been redesigned and is more robust. They now also "click" solidly into their open position and are significantly lighter; 3.4oz vs 4.6oz.
The cable jack has also been improved. The old model required a male-female cable and the free end hung down and brushed against my neck. On the new model, a male-male cord plugs directly into the earcup. This is more comfortable and also should make it cheaper to replace cables when they inevitably wear out from use.
However the most important factor is sound quality. I am not an audiophile and not very picky, but when switching from the old to the new model, I noticed the sound quality drop dramatically. It became muffled, like a placing a pillow over a speaker. On the same volume setting, the music is significantly quieter and "further away". Instruments blend together and sound muddy. Side by side, the new OE2 simply sound terrible.
When listening to audio-books, I even struggle to understand words that are perfectly clear on my OE1's. This is unacceptably bad on a $150 item. After 20+ hours of use it has not improved at all. It could be that they require a longer break-in period but the change would have to be extreme for them to approach the quality of the OE1's.
A new model should improve on the old. These improve in small ways on everything except what matters most; making your audio content sound clear and beautiful. I am very disappointed and I will likely be returning mine.
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 6:34:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2012 9:19:59 PM PDT
Agreed except the part where you said "sturdy" plastic. I have had OE1 for a year and I was excited to check out OE2 at my local Best Buy. Sure they reduced the weight by making it out of cheap plastic which looks VERY breakable. In fact, I like the design better than the old model, but the sound quality was worsened. Overall, if it wasn't worsened than the old model, then it wasn't, however, I know it hasn't gotten any better in terms of sound quality.
Posted on Dec 19, 2011 8:55:56 PM PST
Are you sure you didn't get a bad pair? For words in audio books to be difficult to understand, that sounds like a defect. I agree that it shouldn't be a break-in issue, either.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 11:26:03 PM PST
S. Kahn says:
I suppose it's possible, however both ears were equally bad. I've returned them, and on the recommendation of another reviewer, got a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P5's which I'm very happy with.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 6:50:50 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
I also think you might have gotten a bad pair. I tried these in a store and they sounded great.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2012 1:36:16 AM PST
Dominic Ruiz says:
how do the p5's compare to the oe1 headphones ?
Posted on Jul 25, 2012 11:54:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 6, 2012 5:55:46 PM PDT
Martin Gercsak says:
I had the OE1 and to me the OE2 sounds better.
Posted on Dec 4, 2012 6:59:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012 7:03:09 AM PST
Rahul N says:
I couldn't agree more. I traded my old ones for this new pair with Bose because the old ones had the cord broke on it. I have them for over 3 years and loved them totally. I got these pairs in exchange, I seriously I was disappointed. First I thought may be I got a faulty pair so I had them returned and got another pair, and the same problem. They sound like a 20$ headphone you would buy at a truck stop. Seriously when you do the sound comparison these don't even get close to the old ones in any way. If you are Bose product lover, please find yourself a pair of the old headphone rather than wasting money on these, this time Bose didn't get it right at all. I hope they come with a next generation of these soon and get good test sounds engineer who are not deaf.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 12:05:16 AM PST
Martin Gercsak says:
If they sound like $20 headphones then they probably are. There are lots of fakes out there which often happens when you outsource your production to China. Go to a Bose outlet and listen to them. The OE2 is way better than the OE1. I had the originals, both from Amazon.
Posted on Nov 26, 2013 10:35:20 AM PST
are you sure you had problem with listeing to audio book with oe2. That is highly impossible
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