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Bose Freestyle Earbuds, Ice Blue - Wired
- Colorful designs to suit your style
- Deep, clear sound, so you'll love the music you love even more
- Comfortable fit no matter how long your playlist is
- Built heavy-duty to stand up to your active life
- Easily switch from calls to music with inline Mic/remote
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|Item Dimensions||6 x 45.25 x 7.5 in||1 x 8 x 1 in||1 x 0.88 x 48 in||12 x 9 x 4 in||6 x 1.63 x 9.12 in||42 x 0.75 x 1 in|
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The inline microphone and remote let you switch easily between calls and music, and allow even more control when used with select iPhone, iPad and iPod models. Plus the matching carrying case makes it easy to put away anytime and take with you anywhere. Bose® FreeStyle™ earbuds. Your friends will notice the look – and you'll notice the sound. Listen for yourself.
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The design improvements are found in a couple of different areas. First, I always thought the cable length for the MIE2 and MIE2i earbuds was just about right but the SIE2 and SIE2i had cords that were way too short. They came with extenders but that made the entire cable length way too long. I would always get my knee looped into the cord when exercising but, without the extender, I could only use my iPod shuffle so that I could clip it higher up on my shirt instead of my phone in my pocket. The cable length for the Freestyle earbuds is just right. It's long enough so I can use my iPhone in my pocket, my notebook sitting on my lap or on a desk in front of me, my iPad at about arm's length, or my iPod shuffle clipped up on my shirt.
The second improvement is with the placement of the in-line controller. The SIE2i earbuds put their controller where the left and right earbud wires met. It would always flip around on me so I would have to look down to use the controls, that defeats part of the purpose in using in-line controls. I should be able to blindly use the controls so that I can keep my eyes on my walking path or whatever else I'm doing. I can easily do that with the Freestyle's as their controller has been moved to the wire for the right earbud. I am right-handed but I can easily find the controller and use it without looking down. Even if I do look down, I can't actually see the controller. My left-handed fiance isn't reporting any issues finding the controller with her Freestyle earbuds either.
Lastly, Bose made the Freestyle earbuds sweat and weather resistant just like the SIE2 and SIE2i models. So you can use them when working out without worrying about sweat or other moisture ruining them, that was a common issue with the MIE2 and MIE2i earbuds.
I'm more of a fan of the color styles implemented with the SIE2/SIE2i earbuds than the two Freestyle models. The Freestyles will definitely stand out from the standard black or white headphone crowd, that's for sure. I prefer the graphite and blue SIE2i earbuds, in terms of looks, over these. The Freestyles are a little loud for my taste. However, their design is more refined than the SIE2i models. The Freestyles also come with a matching earbud case and not an armband that fits only one phone (either an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5). The design improvements, inclusion of a usable case, the continued use of a sweat and weather resistant design, and a $20 lower price makes these a much better purchase. They cost the same as the MIE2i earbuds, are $30 more than the standard IE2 earbuds (and well worth the extra cost), and $20 less than the SIE2i ($20 more than the SIE2 models). The Freestyles are pretty much in the middle of Bose's earbud price tier and they are worth it. Anyone looking for a nice pair of earbuds to use while exercising should definitely consider these as with anyone looking for a nice set of earbuds. They are extremely comfortable, water resistant, and feature an improved design while carrying over solid audio quality.
-Nice zip up Bose box to keep them stored in. (I do have to ask why it was so big.) I would rather it be closer to the size of the headphones for pocket portability.
-They feel nice, come over as well built and look stylish. (Long term and more use may move well built to cons. But for now it is a pro.)
-The inline controller works well and just like other smart phone ear buds I have used.
-They include a clip to use to assist with keeping them in place during physical use.
-Cost. For $115.38 which is the current price, I feel cheated as a customer and wish I went with a different brand.
-Sound quality. I realize Bose is not known for a deep bass or a "thump" and rather for a smooth and crystal clear detailed sound, however, these almost seemed to be void of any at all which was disappointing. (And as some others have pointed out, when you have ZERO bass, you should expect nothing less.) I was just hoping for a mix. A little bass but still the crystal clear detailed sound.
-None of the ear pieces seemed to be what I needed or maybe could benefit from a better design. The included ear pieces did a fine job of keeping the earbuds in my ears and they did feel very nice and light, however, I got a much fuller, cleaner and more depth full sound by adding slight pressure to my earbud with my fingers. Since I will not be walking around or using them with my fingers putting pressure on the ear buds, I think some investigation needs to be done to get that fuller sound without applying any pressure.
Sorry to say, my $20-30 Samsung OEM earbuds outperformed the BOSE hands down in sound quality. The Bose won hands down in terms of looks, fit and build design. Shame I could not combine the quality I have with Samsung to the design of the Bose. I wish I would have tried other earbuds such as the Audio Technica line up. Took a risk based on reviews and the advertisement of quality and was surely disappointed! Win some lose some.
These headphones hold a special place in my heart. I have the kind of ears that in-ear headphones do not stay in. Even with minor jostling from turning my head or slowly walking and headphones would come flying out of my ears. Over the ear headphones are just not a comfortable option for getting your sweat on in the gym or on a run, so I've been desperate to find in-ears that actually stay in. I tried some skull candy's that wrap around the ear and those were fine, though the wrap around would get uncomfortable after 30-40 minutes. Then I tried Yurbuds, and thought I was really on to something. Your buds are in-ears with little attachments that enter into your ear-hole and were actually pretty great at staying in my ear on trail runs and at the gym. The problem was that after a few months, they attachment would get loose with all the sweat/wax that normal wear had exposed them to and eventually I would lose them and be left with normal in-ear headphones again that fall out.
These Bose headphones stay put! the attachment technology is great. And the sound quality is amazing (bass comes through nicely, volume goes very high without distortion, making them great for planes as well), just as Bose products are known to have. They also have a little blue slider that makes tangled headphones virtually a non-issue. Been using these for 3-4 months (at least 5 hours per day, at least 3-4 hours of getting sweaty per week) and no issues.
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