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This review is from: Bose® MIE2i Mobile Headset (Wireless Phone Accessory)These are the sixth or seventh set of earbuds I've had for a succession of iPods and iPhones. I'm slightly hard of hearing, and I've gone for the 'phones that get best reviews for sound. Before these, the best I've had were the Klipsch s4i; those produce great sound, and good noise isolation, but I had to jam them so far into the ear canal that they got uncomfortable after a short while, or if I were sweating.
The Bose 'phones don't get quite so far into the bass as the Klipsch, but nothing I've ever tried beats them for clarity of overall sound. Nothing else even comes close. I find myself hearing lyrics clearly for the first time; the overall crispness and balance is absolutely amazing. I don't miss the pounding bass at all.
And I've decided, after wearing these for a couple of days, that noise isolation is over-rated. Sure, I can hear what's going on around me, but the same holds true when I hear music live, or listen over a speaker system. With the clarity of sound that Bose delivers, my attention is focussed on the music, even in a coffee shop where there are people talking at neighboring tables. I've even found that I can listen comfortably at significantly lower volumes and still distinguish the words and hear every riff and arpeggio distinctly.
And speaking of comfort. Wow! When I first put these on, I was sure that they were going to fall out, because I wasn't able to jam them into my ear canal. Didn't happen. These ear pieces sit most lightly, and they never budge! (I did find that the large tips fit my ears better and feel more secure than the medium tips that are on the ear pieces coming out of the box.) I can wear these for hours, and I feel no discomfort whatever. And because I'm listening at lower volumes, and the 'phones are not isolating me from my environment, I don't even have to take them out when I'm dealing with a cashier at a store or getting a grocery list from my wife.
Construction quality seems superb; the cables are thick and fairly stiff, so they don't tend to tangle. The "Stay Hear" tips clip into place, so that I can be virtually certain that I won't have the problem I've had with other earbuds (especially the Apple In-Ear units) that the tip stays in my ear when I pull the bud out.
The MIE2i handles the iPhone functions just fine, although, like with most iPhone headsets, it takes some practice to feel the inline controls with precision, so that you don't stop the music accidentally when you just meant to change the volume; double-clicking is just as sensitive and tricky as it is on other iPhone sets. Clarity at both ends is excellent, and the stiffness of the cables keeps the mike from rubbing on my clothes and generating noise.
The only negative thing I have to say about the Bose is that they are glaringly ugly. The cables are a bizarre black-and-white swirl; combine that unfortunate design decision with the fact that the shape of the buds and the stiffness of the cable causes the cables to stick out from your ear further than most earbuds, and the whole thing calls attention to itself and looks more than a little ridiculous. [Update: The cables relax over time, and though I still think that a uniform black (or white) would be more attractive, the buds don't seem nearly as ugly as they did when I first wrote the review. BTW, they are really, really durable; I use them all the time, and they are still sound and work just as well as they did when I bought them nearly three years ago.]
Still, if you're looking for great sound and awesome comfort in a pair of earbuds that you're likely to be using for a long time, look no further than the Bose MIE2i. Worth every penny.
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Initial post: May 30, 2011 7:33:06 PM PDT
Dude. If there were Oscars for the best product review, you win! Thanks for such detail. You really sold me on these!
Posted on Dec 14, 2011 7:41:39 PM PST
I was also sold to this review. It's so well written, except that much is to my personal disagreement, after I got mine. I regretted the purchase and had to make a return, unfortunately. For comfort and sound quality, they can be to a large extent subjective. But superb build quality? I don't seem to understand that part at all. Sorry.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2011 7:57:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2011 8:01:11 PM PST
Richard Blumberg says:
Sorry your experience didn't match mine. All i can say is that i use these every day, and don't treat them particularly gently, and they've stood up to that for over a year. Even the clip still works perfectly, and i've broken or lost the clip on every other pair of earbuds I've owned. The only thing i'd change in my review is that i'd take back the complaint that the 'phones are "glaringly ugly"; maybe I've just gotten used to them, but they don't seem ugly to me any more.
Posted on Jun 24, 2012 4:22:49 PM PDT
I totally agree with this review and I would also give these earbuds 5 stars.
I have used mine for almost 4 months. Nothing comes close for clarity or comfort.
Don't bother with noise cancellation headsets - bulky, need batteries and these are just as good !!
Unlike the bilky headsets you find yourself using these always!
And, the iPhone contol from these are great.
I don't think they are that ugly. I don't mind the black and white swirly cable, but I agree they could do better.
Today I placed an order for another - for my wife, who is VERY picky!Bose® MIE2i Mobile Headset
Posted on Jun 26, 2012 6:42:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 26, 2012 6:45:39 AM PDT
La Sylphide says:
Excellent review. I'm not an audiophile so may not notice whatever faults there may be, but as a casual listener, hearing my jazz recordings through these 'phones has been like hearing the music for the first time. There are textures that are completely lost using cheapy listening devices; it's particularly fun hearing the bass, which, unless it's a featured solo, usually can't even be heard at all. Charles Mingus rules!
And I particularly want to emphasize the comfort of the ear pieces. I was pretty skeptical when they came out of the box, but after figuring out how to use them (which took a while lol), I hardly know I'm wearing them. My ears are small and those flat disc types that Apple uses (and which are beyond crummy sounding anyway), just don't fit at all. Cylinders are easier to fit, but they've sometimes left abrasions inside my ear, which isn't a good thing. The Bose fit perfectly (they have the medium size installed, and come with smaller and larger for those who need a different size), and stay put.
A little on the expensive side, but well worth it for the comfort and excellent sound.
Posted on Oct 6, 2012 6:50:08 PM PDT
Marek Marcinkowski says:
Funny! Ending sounds like a advertisement. But a very excellent review!
Posted on Nov 30, 2012 10:25:26 AM PST
Excellent review. Everything you said is true. An excellent set of earbuds.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2013 9:04:55 PM PDT
Peugeot Bob says:
Hi Richard, thanks for the great report on the bose earbuds. I was just about ready to buy them until near the bottom you said they stick out pretty far. Is it just the cable (and come to think of it is the cable stiff) or does the whole bud stick out. The reason I ask is that the PRIMARY use is for skiing and I use a full coverage helmet which tends to mash the earbuds into my ear kinda painfully so I go for the slimmest profile I can find. Original Apple and Sony buds work fine in this respect. However I wanted to upgrade the sound quality. What-a-ya think. Thanks, Bob Pfischner, Pittsburgh, Pa P.S. I hate the kind that jam down the ear canal.
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