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Form Over Function,
This review is from: Bose OE2 Audio Headphones White (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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I'm a self-proclaimed headphone junkie and can never get enough when it comes to auditioning new pairs of them. I listen to music constantly and sound quality is very important to me.
These headphones have many pros, the biggest being the design. Even though they are small, they feel sturdy and well made. The ear cups swivel and turn in so the headphones fold up and become surprisingly small. The cord is also detachable making storage simple. The convenient, zippered carrying case make them perfect for traveling. Another plus is that they are very comfortable to wear. The ear cushions are very soft and there is also a nice cushion on the head band. These things, along with the headphones being so light, allow them to be worn comfortably for hours.
Unfortunately, the one and only con for them is the most important one for me, the sound quality. I made sure I gave them a thorough burning in before really putting them to the test. After 70+ hours listening to many different types of music, i'm very disappointed with their sound. The bass and mids are muddy and the highs are subdued; it's like there's a veil over the music. I've listened to them side by side with other headphones that I have, some more expensive and some nearly 1/3 the cost, and the Bose OE2 comes in dead last. Some of the headphones I've compared them to are Sennheiser's HD448 and PX100, and The Creative Aurvana Live!. Both the Sennheiser 448 and the Creative Aurvana have much better detail and soundstage than the Bose OE2. The Sennheiser PX100 also has better clarity but the OE2 does have a wider range of bass. All of these headphones are much cheaper than the Bose OE2, as low as 1/3 the cost.
Even though the Bose OE2 headphones are attractive and comfortable, the sound quality and price make them a poor choice.