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Bose TriPort Around Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.9 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews

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  • Acoustic equalization - Innovative Bose technology that fine-tunes the frequency response of the headphones so you can experience rich, clear sound
  • Adjustable headband - Up to three inches of adjustment in headband length
  • TriPort ear cushions - Ergonomic design ensures maximum audio performance and comfortable fit
  • 5 Foot Long extension cord - Additional cable for more freedom of movement and increased accessibility to audio sources
  • Carrying bag - Provides an easy way to bring your headphones wherever you go
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Technical Details

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  • lightweight

Product Description

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Product Description

Get high-performance sound in a cool lightweight package with these Bose® Slate Gray Triport® headphones. Enjoy the full audio spectrum, highs and lows, whether you're plugged into your computer or a portable media player. Features: ergonomic and comfortable lightweight design; soft over-ear cushions; swivel ear-cups; acoustic equalization for delivering audio nuances and intricacies; thin adjustable headband.

From the Manufacturer

Our most affordable headphones offer proof that high-performance sound can come in a very lightweight package. TriPort headphones deliver the full spectrum of your music whether you're plugged into a computer or on the go with a portable media device. Their ergonomic design keeps them remarkably comfortable and lightweight, even as proprietary Bose headphone technology reveals the rich acoustical landscape of your music.

Bose sound. To go

With Bose technology, you don’t have to compromise the quality of your audio just because you’re listening through a pair of headphones. Our acoustic equalization techniques deliver the rich nuances of your music that conventional headphones often lose. You hear the intricate notes of an acoustic guitar, the full range of vocals and even the beat of a drum with greater clarity and impact. TriPort® headphone technology faithfully reproduces deep, full low notes without requiring the artificial bass boost function found on many portable players.

Comfortable fit included

Advanced ergonomics and lightweight design define the stylish TriPort headphones. Soft ear cushions gently fit around your ear for comfortable listening. A thin, adjustable headband has several head size settings and the earcups swivel for a better fit. An additional benefit of Bose TriPort headphone technology is that it helps reduce headphone size without sacrificing performance, resulting in a total weight of only five ounces.

TriPort headphones put it all together: high-performance sound, comfortable fit and stylish design in one affordable audio experience.

What's in the box

1 pair of headphones, Extension cord, 1/4" stereo phone adapter, 1 headphone plug, Drawstring carry bag.


Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 10.3 x 4.5 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 5 ounces
Shipping Weight 12.8 ounces
Manufacturer Bose
ASIN B00009MK3T
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number 34894
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #984 in Electronics > Headphones > Over-Ear Headphones
#16,248 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#16,935 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com May 7, 2003

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By D. A. Deku on August 20, 2005
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These dont sound bad...They just are not worth even close to 150 bucks. Trust me and all the last review, there are much better headphones for alot cheaper.

In the Under $50 range, Id get Koss KSC75, or Sennheiser HD-201

In the $50 range, id get the Sennheiser PX-100s, or koss PortaPros.

In the $50-$100 range, Id get Grado Sr-60s/80s, Sennheiser HD-280, Shure E2s, or Sony MDR-V6

$100-$150 range Id get Etymotic ER6is, Beyer DT770, and Grado 125.

The bose like I said have only ok sound, and not nearly good enough to spend 150 dollars on. You may go to Best Buy and hear these and say "Wow these sound great", but thats probably after you have had ipod, cd player, and other mp3 players stock buds that came with them. Trust me...Dont buy these.
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I skipped all the reviews about how fragile these were and went out and bought some anyway. One of the reasons I bought these over anything else is that they are light. I hate big and bulky headphones. My primary usage for these headphones is an Ipod. From my understanding, certain more expensive large headphones have problems producing loud volumes in portable devices. These headphones have no such problems.

It was hard to go and purchase these. So many people think BOSE makes junk and just believe what they hear and just keep spreading it around. Go out and try the products for yourself first. I almost skipped them because I almost wanted to believe BOSE made stuff that wasn't any good.

Anyway, I tried these and they brought new life to my music. Everything sounded so much better than my Sony Fontopia headphones. Such an amazing difference. I also quite frequently prefer using these headphones with my ONKYO receiver to watch DTS movies. This is over $1000 home theater speakers.

Now onto the bad news. Yes, they ARE fragile. Very fragile. Within 4 months the plastic piece holding the ear piece broke and now if I want to listen to them I have to hold them up to my head like one of those old telephones. Ok, I don't do that, but I was so dissappointed all day. Not only that but I lost my receipt and couldn't return them or get a replacement. I was wrong. The nice people at BOSE let me send them back for a replacement. That's good service! No phone calls, no waiting on hold. All done by email in a matter of days.

Stupid me thought I couldn't get a replacement so I went out and got some Sennheiser HD 580's for a little bit more. I was expecting them to be blown away by them but they were honestly just a tad better to my ears and are built MUCH better.
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Bose is able to mass-market and heavily advertise their products, while superior headphone companies (e.g., Beyerdynamic, AKG, Sennheiser, and Grado) do not have that luxury. This means that Bose can get away with selling a $50 product for three times that amount. It's probably worthy of 3 stars if it were sold much cheaper, but I have to take off a star for price inflation.

The best thing to do for people on a $100-150 budget for quality headphones is to shop around, and defintiely to check out forums like Head-Fi.org where users share their views.
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I've heard quite a few good headphones, Grado 125, Sennheiser 580, Beyerdynamic 770, Audio-Technica a900, AKG k271, the list goes on, and I've got to say the Triport is one of the worst vales in the audio industry. $150 for bloated one note midbass that doesn't extend very far at all, piercing grainy treble that doesn't extend and a scooped out midrange that obscures details. I swear the frequency curve on this thing must look like an M.

The Triport's tendency to break is well known, leaving them little more that expensive bolos.

If it cost $40, it may be a decent deal, but I wouldn't buy it. I'd either get the Sennheiser hd-280 for $90 or the $30 koss ksc-35, both are better deals and sound much better IMO.
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Just awful headphones for the money. Boomy one-note bass, mids are harsh and start to roll off towards the top of the spectrum. Treble is rolled off slightly too. Isolation is not as great as the marketed hype. My DT770 trounce them from an isolation standpoint, as do my Shure e2c. Fragile headband snaps after a week of delicate use.

For under $150 there are many better headphones:

AKG K240s-55 / K501

Koss KSC75

Sennheiser HD201, HD580, HD100, HD280

Grado SR60/80/125

Alessandro MS1

Shure e2c / e3c

Sony MDRV6, MDR-7506

Potential buyers... surf over to [...] . Run a "Search" for "triport". 100's of disapointed user impressions there.
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But for 150 there are way too many other better cans, as previously suggested. In fact, there are better cans at 50 bucks too lol!
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Before you buy these phones, ask yourself, have you ever heard of the following companies? Grado, Sennheiser, AKG, Beyerdynamic, Etymotic, Shure. These companies are all mid to high-end headphone manufacturers that offer products that are significantly better (in sound and in durability) than anything Bose has and for less money as well. You have simply not heard of most of them because they have very few customers outside of professional sound engineers and serious audio enthusiasts. Do a google search for any of them and find more information for yourself. I made the mistake of puchasing Bose once and after I heard a pair of Grado SR-80, I sold the Bose on Ebay immediatly. Many people purchase Bose thinking they are the only options available for higher-end headphones and frankly, they sound terrible for the price. Please do your wallet a favor and do some sound research before purchasing.[...]
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