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Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Wireless Headphones - Black
- Crisp powerful sound from the best sounding wireless headphone in its class.Connectivity Technology:Wired/Wireless
- Advanced microphone system for clear calls in windy or noisy environments
- Up to 15 hours of playtime with rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Easy to use with state of the art interface, including voice prompts
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- Headphones dimensions 7.1” H x 5.5” W x 2.4” D (18 cm x 14 cm x 6 cm)
- Weight of headphones 0.3 lbs (152.6 g)
- Audio cable length 47.2” (120 cm)
- USB cable length 12” (30.5 cm)
- Carrying case dimensions 5” H x 5” W x 2.3” D (12.8 cm x 12.8 cm x 2.3 cm)
Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones – Black
Available in your choice of Black or White.
- Crisp powerful sound from the best sounding wireless headphone in its class
- Advanced microphone system for clear calls in windy or noisy environments
- Up to 15 hours of playtime with rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Easy to use with state of the art interface, including voice prompts
All music. No wires.
Cut the cord and set your music free with the first on-ear wireless headphones from Bose. The sound is powerful and clear, you can switch easily between music and calls with intuitive controls, and play for hours with a long-lasting rechargeable battery. They’re 40% lighter than comparable headphones for a comfortable fit. So it’s easier than ever for you to unplug and unwind.
Designed for you
The adjustable headband rests gently on your head, and earcups rotate for a personalized fit. Soft cushions cradle your ears, and all materials are lightweight and built to last. The earcups fold up to store in the compact carrying case. And there’s an extra cable, so you can plug in and listen if the battery runs out.
Hear and be heard
Phone conversations are clear with SoundLink on-ear headphones—even if you’re on a noisy or windy city street. Dual microphones reduce background noise to make sure your voice is heard. And you’ll hear your caller’s voice clearly, because Bose technologies automatically adjust your headphones’ volume as the noise around you changes.
Power to spare
With up to 15 hours of play time, you can listen to your favorite music, watch a movie, check out videos and still have plenty of power left. Get a full charge in just 1.5 hours by plugging the included USB cable into any mobile device with a powered port or wall charger. If the battery runs down, a quick 15-minute charge gives you another 2 hours.
Get a call while you’re listening to music or watching a video? Just touch a button on the right earcup and you’re instantly connected. Touch again to play, pause, skip and make calls. Roam up to 30 feet while connected to your smartphone and tablet at the same time. Voice prompts tell you battery life, connection status and who’s calling. So you can leave your smartphone in your pocket—or all the way across the room.
What’s in the box
- SoundLink on-ear headphones
- 47.2 in (120 cm) audio cable
- 12 in (30.5 cm) USB cable
- Carrying case
Better sound, unplugged
No wire, no hassles. It’s just you and your music.
Get ready for performance that raises the bar for Bluetooth headphones. Detailed and balanced sound you can enjoy everywhere you go. Bose TriPort technology works with Active EQ to deliver music as dynamic as our best wired headphones. You’ll hear the deepest lows to the clearest highs, without a wire in sight.
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Cut the cord and set your music free with Bose SoundLink on-ear wireless headphones. The sound is powerful and clear, you can switch easily between music and calls with intuitive controls, and play for hours with a long-lasting rechargeable battery. They're 40% lighter than comparable headphones for a comfortable fit. So it's easier than ever for you to unplug and unwind. Enjoy detailed and balanced sound that raises the bar for Bluetooth headphones. Bose TriPort technology works with Active EQ to deliver music as dynamic as their best wired headphones. You'll hear the deepest lows to the clearest highs, without a wire in sight. With up to 15 hours of play time, you can listen to your favorite music, watch a movie, check out videos and still have plenty of power left. Get a full charge in just 1.5 hours by plugging the included USB cable into any mobile device with a powered port or wall charger. If the battery runs down, a quick 15-minute charge gives you another 2 hours. The adjustable headband rests gently on your head, and earcups rotate for a personalized fit. Soft cushions cradle your ears, and all materials are lightweight and built to last. The earcups fold up to store in the compact carrying case. And there's an extra cable, so you can plug in and listen if the battery runs out. If you get a call while you're listening to music or watching a video, just touch a button on the right earcup and you're instantly connected. Touch again to play, pause, skip and make calls. Roam up to 30 feet while connected to your smartphone and tablet at the same time. Voice prompts tell you battery life, connection status and who's calling. Your phone conversations are clear with SoundLink on-ear headphones-even if you're on a noisy or windy city street. Dual microphones reduce background noise to make sure your voice is heard. And you'll hear your caller's voice clearly, because Bose technologies automatically adjust your headphones' volume as the noise around you changes.
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I could say lots of nice things about it -- battery length, comfort, ease of use, sound quality and they would all be true except for one deal-breaker -- these phones will "skip" when used with any kind of equalizer app on the iPhone. I can't say how they would perform on Android, or on any other iOS except for 8.1, but used with four different such apps they exhibited terrible skipping at some point in all songs played. Reference bluetooth devices did not do this on the same music, using the same apps and device.
If the phones were stronger musically you could get away with just using the default music player (which does not skip) but these are not up to that quality (with the apps they are great sonically, just like just about any other device).
I'm returning them and will hope the Beats entry, from Apple, coming out later this year will solve the bluetooth/Quality headphones problem (which is a real dilemma as nothing else I've tried comes close -- other than using wired phones with a bluetooth receiver).
Bose wrote me back (so nice customer service) and they were able to duplicate the problem. In the meantime I installed iOS 8.1.1 which did not help.
At the present I can not recommend this product to any iOS user.
Today I received the Beats Solo 2 Bluetooth headphones (the Verizon red model -- the only other model currently shipping is buying direct from Apple and is black. There will be a white and a blue model but I don't know when they will ship or who to buy them from).
I want to compare it to the Bose because it is very similar -- in many ways better, in some not as good. But it appears to be squarely positioned against the Bose and Bose doesn't appear to care about the issue I've mentioned above, which really makes it unsuitable for any Apple product user (I've since confirmed with Bose that this issue even happens using the standard music player, albeit not as frequently -- so unless you can tolerate your music skipping, it just isn't an option for any of us).
There are four essential factors in any headphone purchase: Sound quality, comfort, ease of use (including wireless features) and price. How important each are to you will determine how high a headphone set will rank against any other. I can only comment on rating these Bose against the Beats in each category and then you will have to determine how much each factor plays in your overall decision.
1) Sound Quality: Bose 6 of 10, Beats 9 of 10. I'm treating sound quality as that quality of bluetooth headphones in general. Wired phones will nearly always beat bluetooth, mostly due to the compression that is applied (some phones, like the Jabra, use other methods like Dolby and Aptx to get around this). You can also use EQ apps on your device to compensate. However, sound quality isn't all about frequency response, but also "presence" (again, something that Dolby engineering attempts to help with) that's somewhat equivalent to surround sound in speaker systems.
There is no question the Beats are better in both frequency response as well as presence. They rival expensive wired phones in fact, whereas the Bose are merely adequate in this regard. No amount of EQ can help the Bose, which suffer from a decided "deadness" no matter what music you are listening to. Remember, as always, that the louder you play your music the less sound quality matters (at loud volumes the bass and treble frequencies will overwhelm the mid-tones and in general just not sound as critical).
2) Comfort. Bose 10 of 10. Beats 7 of 10. The Bose phones are superbly comfortable, lightweight and feathery on your ears. The Beats are heavier and, while not uncomfortable at all, certainly make you aware you are wearing them (by contrast, I could wear the Bose whether I was listening to music or not and not really even notice). On the other hand (and this isn't related to comfort but is worth observing, the Bose seem a bit cheaper in construction, probably as a result of using more plastic (while the Beats are plastic there is a decided metal core to them that makes them feel more substantial than the Bose).
3) Ease of Operation. Bose 7 of 10. Beats 9 of 10. The controls on both are very similar, although I prefer the on/off of the Beats button compared to the manual switch of the Bose. The Bose announces the amount of power it has, along with what it is pairing to, and at first I thought this was great until I used the Beats and now I am appreciating the less cheesy and easier to see power display LEDs that light on the side (so that you can see the power without having to "hear" the power announced). The Bose case is more substantial but as a result it's harder to get the phones in (they *barely* fit) while the Beats case is elegant and easy to fit the phones in (but probably protects less, although the Beats feel like they could stand up to far more than the Bose phones could). Charging on both of these phones is great -- I love the fact there is no "flap" or otherwise protection for the insertion point of the charging cable (phones with these on nearly always are more fussy and trouble than what little protection they give).
The Beats also have a MUCH louder range than the Bose. I had to turn the Bose all the way up on a lot of my music, whereas just about halfway up on the Beats was plenty loud enough. I could see this as being a real issue for a lot of folks.
The Beats have a slight added advantage in that you can name the device to whatever you like, and this shows up in the pairing. I *love* this feature, as the Bose phones used to confuse me (if you have several Bose bluetooth products the names all start looking alike -- then again, you don't have to mess with this all that much once paired).
4) Price. Bose 9 of 10. Beats 5 of 10. No question that right now (in particular with the Bose sale price -- normally $250 they are going for around $219 as I write this) the Bose beats the heck out of the Beats ($300 because they were *just* introduced -- while Beats in general are pricey they are sure to come down as we enter the holiday season, although likely still not lower than the Bose).
Now, given that we iOS users really can't use the Bose most of this is moot, but IF Bose had (or does some time in the future) fixed this issue I'm still not sure I wouldn't go for the Beats. But that's me -- sound quality is paramount to me, at least as good as I can get in a wireless product, and the Beats has kind of spoiled me in this regard. I don't mind the added price, and while the comfort of the Bose is *really* nice I also don't listen to more than an hour or so at a time, so it isn't huge (some folks have recommended stretching the Beats out for better comfort and we'll try that to see if it makes any difference). For those of you on Android or other devices you will have to make your own decisions as to how important all these factors are to you -- but for sure I'd at least try the Beats out to see what you think (and just in case you believe I am making snap judgements here, I have auditioned over the last six months nearly every bluetooth headphone, headset and ear buds there are and while I may not be any expert I at least have a pretty good idea how these things all shape up and compare.
Oh, and while I didn't rate this (because for me it's a null factor) there is one additional intangible or at least highly subjective criteria -- design. The Beats are, no question about it, the most stylish headphones you can buy, no matter what the model. The Bose bluetooth here isn't bad looking, but it also doesn't look nearly as cool (for one thing the color design draws attention to the thickness of the ear pieces). If style is important to you, Beats are definitely way out in front.
And for those of you looking for other solutions for your listening needs, I'd highly recommend the Bose Soundtrue Ear Buds -- they are wired (natch) but they are my favorite solution for sports and outdoor listening (and I auditioned many, many other solutions to this). I use them with a portable bluetooth receiver about the size of a pack of gum, bought here on Amazon for less than $20, and they are great as long as you use them with an EQ app (but there are a lot of times I don't feel like sticking something in my ear).
Sound quality was just a bit better then the on-ear version, probably because the ear cups are exactly like the QC25 where they are angled inside. They don't have noise cancelation but reduce outside noise well since they cover your ears. In my opinion the new SoundLink around-ear headphones are the ones to get.
I was looking for a small, portable, good looking and good sounding On-Ear or "mini Around the Ear" Bluetooth Headphones to use for music on the Bus and while I do Fitness, and eventually at home, so I have bought a few ones to compare.
Jabra Revo Wireless
Bose Soundlink On-Ear
Philips Fidelio M1BT
= All the best and portable enough Bluetooth headphones available at the moment.
I've compared them for many weeks, with my Xperia Z1 Compact (APTX support) + Neutron as Music Player, and with my PC (which gets Bluetooth+APTX through an Azio BTD-V401 Dongle and a Sennheiser BTD 500 Dongle, which I also wanted to compare. See my other reviews for that. Or simply avoid the Azio!) + MusicBee as player.
I've used many different musical genres, mostly MP3 of different qualities, some Flac, and some CDs.
I've tested each headphone at first without EQ, then with EQ to see how much can their lacks and excesses be compensated with EQ.
Very quickly I understood that the Bose and the Philips were clear winners.
It was more difficult, to be honest, to chose between them two.
Although the Fidelio sounded better, with more detail and soundstage, crispier highs, and a wonderful fat vibrant bass, the Bose also sounded very good and had other advantages.
I initially declared Bose as winner, because of their better portability, better comfort, slightly better range, and their ability to connect with two devices at same time (= Multipoint).
But somehow I have then missed the Fidelio, so when the M2BT came out here in EU, I decided to try them. And I just could not let them go anymore.
Not only they even slightly improved the original sound of the M1BT, but also added Multipoint, NFC, and softer ear-pads.
The Bose are still more comfortable and more portable and have some other advantages, and sound very good, but in this moment they are for me N°2 for "best mix of portability and sound", and one of the best overall among more than 20 BT Headphones tested. Not bad at all.
EDIT: it seems that the Bose Soundlink On-Ear have compatibility problems with iOS devices, which cause intermittent connectivity and skipping music. It is not clear to me if this problem happens always to all iOS users or just on some units, but given this risk I would suggest to buy them only where you can return them in case of problems. Like here in Amazon.
I am waiting for an answer from Bose about this. For now I only know they are aware of it and are searching for a solution which could be applied via firmware update.
Android and Windows users are not affected by this issue.
So, the comparison:
Bose Soundlink On-Ear.
Light, small and foldable. You can even keep them in the pocket of your jacket.
Elegant form and small dimension = Look good and discrete on the head
Fit tightly enough to do fitness, and still feel gently and soft on the ears for many hours.
The overall sound is impressive, considering how small they are, and the absence of APTX.
The "tone" or quality of the sound is pleasantly "fresh", like I prefer, and still they're balanced enough not to miss any part of the spectrum. Neither too warm nor too cold.
The Highs are well represented and never "ear-hurting".
The mids/vocals are not so warm like in the Revo, but are still near and present.
The basses are actually surprising for something so little. They are not vibrant like the Fidelio, but still strong and punchy enough to make you move the head while listening to your favorite Techno theme, especially after some EQ.
The soundstage is not thrilling, but is quite ok for such a small and on-ear headphone.
The detail is also quite good.
You can turn them on and off very quickly due to the analogical lever.
They have got voice prompts which tell you "connecting to...", the state of the battery, and more.
You can connect them to two devices at same time! This means, you can listen to music on your PC, and still be able to receive a phone call from your mobile phone. The music on the PC is automatically stopped when you receive a call, but on my experience you still have to close the music player on the PC or there are interferences. Occasionally I even had to disconnect the Headphones from the PC to avoid clips while talking. Not a big deal. After all, it's an exclusive extra. But it should be improved with a new firmware.
Firmware can be updated via USB
Nice semi-rigid carrying case
one single button to pause the music and go to the next/previous track. Not the best solution. Three clicks for the previous track is a bit annoying.
They have no APTX. I am convinced that the APTX would give them more detail.
They require a mini jack if you want to use them with a cable. The cable is anyway included.
The speakers cannot turn 90° in flat position. This allow the Bose to fold smaller in the pocket of your jacket, but makes them thicker than the Fidelio in a backpack, especially once in their carrying case.
The carrying case also compresses them a bit. If you leave them in the case for some days you will find that the soft pads are pressed. Do not panic, it is memory foam, give them a while and they come back normal. Anyway, Bose, this should be improved.
The two LED on the back of the right speaker cannot be disabled, but at least do not blink.
They are expensive.
Philips Fidelio M1BT:
They look very good. Elegant. And although bigger than the Bose, still discrete enough.
The buttons are practical: a click on the right speaker to pause/resume. A lever for volume up/down. A click on the lever for the next track, two for the previous track.
They fit tightly and are still comfortable enough.
The overall sound is surprisingly good, actually excellent. A bit warmer and punchy than the Bose, and still very well balanced.
The Highs were crispier and more detailed, just more balanced by the warm mids and vibrant bass, so that on a first listening they do not stand out as much as on the Bose.
The mids are very nice, warm and soft.
The basses are wonderful. They are warm and vibrant. The best among these five Headphones. It is not a matter of quantity but of quality. I can say so: the Bose and the Revo can make you move the head, but only the Fidelio make you smile when the bass line comes... Specially the Sub-Bass ist the best among all BT Headphones I've tested, close to the one of the UE9000, with a wonderful warm gentle rumble, but also with enough Punch.
The Soundstage is better than in the Bose, making them sound a bit more spacious and open, a bit less "right near the ear".
They are also more detailed than the Bose, probably thanks to the APTX (Unfortunately I could not test them without APTX).
Simple soft bag instead of a carrying case. There is no chance that you can put them quickly in the bag without taking the bag off the backpack first.
Blinking led on the right speaker, which cannot be deactivated
Not foldable (but the speakers can be turned of 90° making them at least thinner than the Bose). I just cannot imagine a valid reason to make bluetooth headphones which are not foldable, but well, nothing is perfect.
TOO slow to turn off (very long click needed). This is annoying. Often I thought that I had already turned them off, and they were still on.
Cheaper than the Bose but still not exactly cheap, and the new model (M2BT), which adds NTFC and supposedly goes even deeper in the bass frequencies, costs as much as the Bose.
EDIT: a quick note about the Fidelio M2BT: it is the same as the M1BT, plus NFC, Multipoint, softer Ear-pads, different color (black over dark blue), different material for the head-band (textile instead of leather), a slightly improved Soundstage due to a different DSP, and a wider Frequency response which is not clearly noticeable on a first listening because it goes way beyond the frequencies we can normally ear. Still, this wider frequencies somehow indirectly improves the sound, giving some more sub-bass and more clarity in the highs.
One negative aspect of the M2BT is that on some units the Multipoint causes connectivity problems. In this case anyway, differently than for the Bose, they can be solved resetting the Headphones a couple of times.
So, why did the other three lose the competition?
JABRA REVO WIRELESS
They are beautiful, I liked their mix of discrete Olive and lively subtle Orange lines. But I prefer the Bose for discretion and the Fidelio for elegance.
They sound warm, yes, but somehow a bit muffled. Probably because they lack highs and a bit upper mids.
With some EQ and a bit of Reverb this improves, but they never sounded lively and open enough to me, having tried the other ones which sound brighter.
They've got less punch than the Fidelio on the bass, more or less on pair with the Bose. With maybe (and I liked this) a tiny bit more rumble than the Bose. To give you an idea, I enjoyed more watching a film with the Revo than with the Bose, because the Revo had more this warm rumble effect of cinema speakers.
The touch controls are cool but also a pain in the A. EVERY SINGLE TIME that I wanted to reach the central button to pause the music I finished turning the volume up or down. Same story for changing track.
The bag is a joke. Period.
They are a bit more comfortable than the Fidelio on long-term, but do not fit tight enough to do fitness.
They have got NFC, yes, but no APTX. If you really need NFC (but, why?) you could have a look to the new Fidelio M2BT.
The improvement given by the Dolby App is only while using that App as a music player (which has got no folder browser. I do not know you, but I like to organize my music in folders), and it does not bring the Revo to the level of the Fidelio for soundstage and detail, or of the Bose for freshness and balance.
They have a wonderful orange cable covered in Fabric, with a Mic to use them as Headset also in cable mode. This is, I must admit, a nice point. I really liked the cable :D
they look EXTREMELY AWFUL and make your head seem like a Rugby Ball in horizontal position like the kid of Family Guy.
They sound sterile. Boring. The sound is quite detailed (APTX), clear, and fresh, even if with not much soundstage. But it is "cold", unemotional. And it completely lacks punch. Hearing Techno with them is like reading a recipe when you are hungry.
They are the more portable, and have a removable battery. This means, you can buy an extra battery and be sure to never stay out of charge.
The buttons are practical. The carrying case too.
They are very light and comfortable, and still tight enough to do fitness.
The good is that at least in EU you can find them cheaper than any of the others if you buy them from the Outlet of Sennheiser. 109 Euro!!!
Last and least, Sony MDR-10RBT:
They look cheap. The "silver" plastic is very bad taste. They are also too big to go around.
They are Around the Ear, which makes them the most comfortable of the five on long term, and also gives them a good Soundstage, although for some reason the sound of these Sony tends to come from behind. This is for me very disturbing. The sound should come mostly from the front, or from everywhere like if you are in the middle.
Also, they do not fit tightly enough, and according to how you move your head they leak sound and you lose basses.
The overall sound is dark and dull. Too much upper bass and low mid.
Bass is relatively strong but muffled, not lively, not clean.
They have APTX, but Sony ships them with the APTX disabled as default. To enable it you must press a combination of buttons till the led blinks three times. In my tests the led did not blink the way Sony declared, and I could only confirm the APTX via notifications on my Phone.
The best thing on these headphones is the carrying bag. Robust, a bit rigid, you can manage to slip the headphones in the bag in the middle of a crowded backpack.
Another good thing on the Sony are the buttons. Two buttons for the volume, one lever for pause/next track/previous track. IMO the best solution together with the five buttons of the Sennheiser.
So..., making a list:
2) Bose and Revo
3) Sony (n°1 for quantity, n°5 for quality)
Detail and Soundstage:
2) Bose and Sennheiser
3) Sony (would be at the first place for Room if the sound would not come from behind)
4) Sony and Revo (Sony because of the better bag and flat turning speakers even if bigger dimensions, Revo because foldable).
1) Bose and Fidelio
4) no. Sorry. Sennheiser just NO. The designer should be ashamed...
1) Sony and Bose (more or less 15 hours)
2) Fidelio, Jabra and Sennheiser (more or less 10 Hours, with Sennheiser giving the chance to buy an extra battery as reserve)
1) Sony (because Around the Ear)
2) Bose and Sennheiser
3) Revo and Fidelio (specially the new M2BT)
1) Bose and Sony
2) Fidelio and Revo
1) Bose and Fidelio (clear winners for the double connectivity)
Then the others are more or less the same, each with little pros and cons.
EDIT: In the last months I have tested many more Headphones (more than 30). Some of them portable enough to be in this review.
But I just cannot make such a huge review, so I have opened a Thread on Head-Fi, which actually became very successful. It is called "Huge Comparison of [almost] all the best Bluetooth Headphones". If you visit us there, we will be pleased to help you finding the right BT Headphone for you.
Here I can only say that my favourite "portable BT Headphone" is now the AKG Y45BT. And my favourite main BT Headphone is the Audio Technica ATH-WS99BT.
If you want to know why, visit my Thread, and ask :D
Well, I hope this was helpful to you, and feel free to ask for what else you would like to know, or to comment if you have found some other very good sounding and very portable BT Headphone!