54 of 64 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Bose IE2 audio headphones (Electronics)
First, when I shop for new tech gear, I spend a ridiculous amount of time looking through reviews, searching out the best prices, and asking for feedback from people who have personal experience with the product. After going through all that and deciding on these earbuds, all I can say is, "Wow!" For those who don't want to read any further, these earbuds are incredible. I plugged them into my iPod, my laptop, and my Evo 4G, and they are every bit as amazing as the stories I read/heard.
So how did I arrive at my decision? I spent a great deal of time researching the Sennheiser CX-300 (for the value), the Shure S4 (for the slightly lower cost alternative), and these Bose IE2 earbuds. I wanted earbuds so that I could jog with them, listen to them on the go, and for an inconspicuous alternative to laptop speakers in the library.
The Sennheiser are nice and inexpensive in comparison. I owned a pair of these a few years ago. I remember them being nice, but I make a little more money now and I wanted something nicer. But if you are on a budget, Sennheiser really delivers with the CX-300. You get more than what you pay for with those. Even so, I jumped up to deciding between the Shure S4 and the Bose IE2. I wanted a more refined audio experience.
The Shure S4 had impeccable reviews. People love them. And they were averaging about $25 less than the Bose. I tried them out, and they sound fantastic. They were a huge jump up over any other earbuds I have ever owned, and that is quite a few. The bass sounded a little forced, like they were working too hard, but they were very nice. Then fate stepped in, and the price of the Bose IE2 dropped $10. Now the price gap was closed, and I had to give the Bose a shot. I am so glad that I did! These earbuds are awesome. The five-star reviews here are spot on, in my opinion. Once you find the in-ear piece that fits your ear, you are off and running. I have heard things in my music and video that I have never heard before. I was actually distracted by all the previously unheard sounds. The bass is wonderfully represented, and the sound is so clear. I could not be happier with my purchase, and if you are on the fence, come over to this side.
A note about the negative experiences with the earbuds in these reviews (and this is just something that I tell myself anytime I purchase a defective product). Anytime I have had a purchase not work out due to some major flaw or defect, an email or phone call to the company's customer service department has always resulted in my overall satisfaction.
If you end up with these earbuds, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.