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This is the second pair that I've bought, and reviewed. I've gone for the set with the microphone this time, for use with mobile phones.
If you've seen my other review (see Bose Triport headphones), you'll know I wasn't completely impressed by them. While the sound quality was pretty impressive, the build quality was not, and after just 6 months the left hand side stopped working altogether.
Despite this, I bought another pair fairly recently. I thought perhaps I'd just got a dud pair, so gave Bose a second chance. Like the previous pair I bought, these were an eBay bargain. Brand new, in unopened packaging, for under £50 delivered, which is a bit of a way off what you'll pay for the replacement for this model, the MIE2i, which have an RRP of £120.
Firstly, you don't need me to tell you how good the sound quality is. It's what you would expect from Bose and then some. A friend of mine is a true audiophile, owning headphones and speaker systems costing more than most of the cars I've ever bought. He says no audiophile would buy a Bose product, as they're too overpriced and use clever marketing to make people believe they are the best, whereas in fact they are no better than products at a quarter of the price. While I did agree that they are quite expensive, I think Bose products are pretty good, and so plumped for these, and I've not been disappointed. That said, I do think I would be disappointed if I paid £120 for them. This is a comment I made about the non microphone model as well, but it is interesting to note that I found this version to have slightly improved quality sound. Maybe it is just my perception was altered by the non mic model being poor in other areas, or possibly different EQ settings, maybe it's just me going crazy, or maybe I'm right.
The quality of the microphone is pretty good, the caller's voice is very clear through the headphones, and my better half said that she couldn't tell that I was on a headset, which is good as usually she can never hear me on other headsets.
Now I come to the major downside that I experienced on both these and the previous, non microphone pair. The cables just aren't soldered in properly. After a few days, the right hand side has become intermittent, any amount of stress placed on the cable causes that side headphone to cut out. Again, not what you'd expect from Bose, or maybe it is, but their clever marketing would make you believe otherwise. As this happened before, with my non microphone pair of in ear Bose headphones, which apart from the mic were identical, I would say this is a design flaw in the product rather than Bose not being very good in general. I'm not exactly hard on these headphones, after the previous pair, I won't even use them in wet weather, let alone on the bike or in the gym. When I am cycling to and from University, they are kept in the carry case provided, which coincidentally is the perfect size for an iPhone 4S, but would be a little on the bulky side to keep in your pocket.
Another fault I've found is that the rubber tips, which are essential to have on there, fall off far too easily. I do believe Bose will sell you some with an improved design, however at Bose prices. But, you'll get them in bulk from eBay for as little as a fiver, so I won't mark the product down too much here.
In conclusion, I'd say that generally they're very good. If only the Bose engineers had paid a little more attention in school when learning to use a soldering iron, then the cables might not break so easily and I'd now be rating this 5 stars.
Bose is well known for being, perhaps, the best in the sound market. Their products are deemed to have the best quality and high fidelity sound detail, that even the most demanding artists constitute a big part of their consumers.
Those reasons and the fact I needed some earphones because the previous I had broke, drove me to look for a good product that met my standards. Then I decided to acquire the bose in ear. I liked the idea of having the Bose quality in a more portable and affordable way. I have always liked in-ear earphones since to me they are more comfortable than the on ear ones. So I guess that was another factor why I got these.
The sound quality is superb, as I was expecting. Nevertheless, I was a bit let down for the design of the ear tips which are a bit weird to my opinion. I do not really get why they have such a peculiar shape, on their website they even talk about it as if it was really well designed for your ears and so forth, but it does not fit well at all. Unlike the ones on the other in-ear tips which actually seal your ear cancelling the exterior sound at the same time.
Something I did like is the cable, mine is black and white which I guess it was a limited edition and it looks very cool. Another plus is the plug, and cable that feel sturdy which means that they will last a long time, not like cheaper earphones.
Generally I like them, and if you do not mind the tips design, then they will be perfect for you, since the sound being extraordinary will make you love your favourites songs even more.
You may have read my review on the Shure headphones I have had. Basically the replacement pair I had sent to me have given up the ghost and although their customer care was excellent I dont trust the quality of their products any longer. I have since opted for the Bose In-ear headphones and very much hope these last a little longer! Although they have an RRP of around £90 i bought mine for £43.95 from Amazon and am so far impressed with them.
The sound quality of these Bose headphones is excellent. They compare favourably to the Shure headphones I recently reviewed and are aesthetically pleasing. These bud-style headphones have soft silicone tips for comfort whilst wearing them and I can happily have them in use for hours on end without any soreness. The tips are angled to fit perfectly into your ears and fit snuggly due to their composition. There are three sizes of tips included in the pack and they are each colour-coded.
More about the aesthetics I think as these are great looking ear-buds! They have Bose stamped proudly on the edge of the earpieces and this could be a good or bad thing because on one hand you are showing people you can afford these high-end 'buds and on the other you are advertising the fact you have an expensive product on you. I am sure you are all aware of the thefts of i-pods due to people walking round with the very distinctive white headphones and the branding of these 'buds could pose similar problems. I no longer have my nice little job working for the NHS and so only use these at home as opposed to work and home so this isnt an issue for me. Personally I dont use headphones whilst walking down the street as I think it is dangerous. The number of pedestrians walking into the road with headphones on is uncanny!
Overall I am extremely pleased with these Bose headphones....for now. I am just wondering how long it takes for the seemingly good quality to show signs of wear and tear. My bet is on the connection between the 'buds' and the wire to be the first weakness. Here's hoping their customer service is as good as Shure!
I have owned these headphones for 2 and a half years and in that time I have been a very proud owner indeed. The main difference to a cheaper alternative is a better build quality overall, better quality, thicker wiring and the sound quality which i'm sure is the reason I bought them is superb.
I bought these headphones direct from a Bose shop and was impressed with the service and advice given from the moment I walked in. The headphones came with three different size removable silicon feel ear pieces so that all users can find a pair that fits. They also came with a soft case and a special lanyard to hold the ear phone onto clothing to make them better supported in your ears.
I have found the bass and treble to be extremely clear and well defined and they are easily the best headphones I have ever owned. I really good product that justifies the price and makes the original headphones that came with my ipod seem terrible in comparison.
The only downside is that the earbuds are easy to lose but can be found on ebay for about £2 so they are easily replaced.
Overall a great product that is worth the price and makes music great to listen too.
I have quite a few different speakers and travel speakers and headphones, and as many headphones that I have, these Bose headphones are my pride and joy, I got these 3 months ago and to be honest with you the way I treat my headphones I needed a pair that could deal with my rough handlings and if that meant paying out a bit extra then so be it.
Bose headphones are a well respected and a well-trusted company providing products with amazing sound quality, with Bose only dealing with sound and really excelling in it, they are the first company you think of when you want great sound.
Bose in-ear headphones are the only in-ear headphones with the rich audio and comfortable design you've come to expect from Bose.
I have had many in-ear headphones (still have a few of them) and they are a good fit in the ear, they feel secure and they don't shift around or feel like they are going to fall out and deliver good sound, but with these Bose in-ear headphones the ear-buds seem to feel a lot better when in, and the sound blows all the others out the water. Once you put them in your ear you really could forget they are in (if it wasn't for the fact that you also can't hear anything from the outside world, well, so close to nothing that you might believe you have gone deaf) so designing these Bose in-ear headphones the way they have they have added a natural noise cancelation to there product, somehow Bose have designed these specific headphones to sit in your ear for long periods of time with absolutely no discomfort to your ear or the surrounding area, the music is a lot clearer and more crisp than most other in-ear headphones allowing the music to really open up in your ear without blowing your ear drums.
These Bose in-ear headphones are black with translucent silicone head attached to the main part of the head; there are an extra 3 different size silicon heads in the box, which are small, medium and large.
A black cable measuring at 1.24m, which is a decent length for any type of activity.
You get a little clip that allows you to clip the cable to your clothing so your cable isn't hanging loose for you to get tangled up in and rip from your ears.
You also get a lanyard, which is a rope, or cord that holds items either in a pouch or just attached around your neck.
And to nicely top it all off you get a carrying case so your headphones can be stored away so they don't get damaged and can last that little bit longer.
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Like I said these headphones are my pride and joy and I use these Headphones a lot, along side my Philips in-ear headphones, just to be clear there is no comparison with the sound between the Philips and the Bose, the Bose win hands down.
I have to be honest; I don't use the carrying case just because I cant be bothered putting them in every time even though I know it would keep them in better condition.
I also make sure I have my Philips near by as a stand by headphones as a back up if you will. But so far I have not needed them unless someone wants to borrow my headphones then I let them use my Philips ones. My Bose cost me £80 I'm not going to just let you borrow them, but I will if you put a deposit till I get them back...say £79.99
Now as these headphones were Bose, I was confident they would be the best yet, and for the price they should have been.
Thankfully, they have sound quality that is unsurpassed by anything else on the market. As Bose make only ausio equipment they have clearly found a knack for doing do. The music is crisp and warm, but be warned if you don't couple the headphones with the right mp3 then you won't benefit from them.
As for the looks, they are very attractive. All shiny black plastic and silvery metals. Even the translucent rubbery bud is quite attractive. Comfortable too. It adjusts itself to the shape of your ear meaning the sound has less places to escape from giving you a better 'audio experience'... not my words, those used by the salesman. However, I advise you not to share your shiny new headphones with everyone because the headphones go rather deep into your ear. As such I have been wary about letting anybody use them for fear of hygeine.
The little rubbery buds that actually go into your ear have a habit of vanishing. If you are like me and put your heaphones in your pocket with your iPod then you will need to invest in spares which can be bought from Bose. At £3-4 this isn't cheap, but then nor are the heaphones they fit onto.
Finally the durability, I have had mine for over three months now which, for me at least, is very impressive. Normally within three months my headphones have either fallen apart or stopped making any sound whatsoever.
Overall, if you have the money to spend, a good mp3 player and love music I strongly suggest you at least consider these headphones. I will say however that although there are more expensive Bose headphones that promise even better sound quality don't be taken in. After about £60 the difference in sound quality as you go up the price range is negligible.
These Bose In-Ear Headphones where my first taste of what premium earphones sounded like. For years I had been using the bog standard white Apple Earphones that come supplied with the iPod's / iPhone. The diffrence in sound quality, is, in short, amazing. Almost instantly I started hearing parts of the music I have never heard before, whether it be a subtle pluck of a guitar string, or other discreet elements. With these earphones the music sounds richer and deeper, with greater clarity. In the grand scheme of things, these headphones could be considered to be 'mid-range', there are far, far worse, and there are a few that are surposedly better, however, with a much greater price tag. For the average user, weather it be in an iPod, Mobile phone, Computer, these are a must-have. They're not too expensive in comparision to others on the market, come equipped with a leather carrying case, 3 sizes of removeable earbuds (One is bound to fit you), and ofcourse, the renound Bose quality. Purchase, and enjoy!
Amazing! To sum up in one word! My father bought these for me while on a visit to new york he has always been a fan of Bose and always bosted about them. You don't truly appreciate this until you try their products yourself. They are the most comfortable set of in-ear headphones I have ever owned, they're designed to mold to your ear and fit perfectly. Supplied with additional size heads they suit anybody. I had an Ipod and hated the ear the headphones that came with it and the grainy quality they gave. The sound quality of the Bose ones however are absolutly fantastic and without a doubt the best that in-ear Headphones have to offer. Every detail is picked up and made crystal clear. These are a deffinate must have if you can afford the luxury.
I do however have one niggle about these. I personally found that the wire itself gathered a few splits which didn't compromise the sound quality at all untill several months down the line when I found that the wire had a break in it near the plug. I changed the plug and took a small amount of the wire out and they were like new again. Doing this did not change the sound quality at all! I think this was due me putting them in my bag going to and from college and not spending the time to put them back in thier case. Other than that one off problem it is hard to describe just how fantastic they are!
These Bose in ear headphones provide an amazing quality of sound especially in relation to bass levels. Literally the bass hurts your head the first time you listen to your favourite tracks, and it feels like your earwax is being gradually dislodged after each beat. After a couple of uses, your ears become completely used to the bass levels and then all other headphones seem completely inferior. The headphones also offer a large range and high quality of low, medium and high sound, which will boast the experience of listening to your favourite albums.
Styling wise, the headphones are attractive, with the silver on black colour scheme providing a contemporary but prestigious appearance. The white and black wire is an unusual design but seems to combine the styling of the ipod headphones with the sleek black or standard Bose headphones.
The in ear component of the headphones is very unique and has a greater resemblance to high end ear plugs for musicians. The buds insert directly into the ear and fit snugly after you have found the most comfortable position for you, and this dramatically boosts the noise reduction qualities. There are three different sizes of in ear buds although it is often the case that you need as size right in the middle of small and medium for example. However i feel that the soft silicone buds mean that the fit of the headphones can easily be personalised as the shape can be varied depending on an individuals ear size and shape. Sometimes the headphones are loosened easily and it can be a chore to try and wedge them back in, but in general they do remain in your ear during exercise or whilst commuting.
For those looking for high quality in ear headphones, Bose is clearly the brand to chose. They are a highly trusted and well known brand who are often referred to as being the top manufacturer in their market. If you have never used in ear headphones, you are definitely missing out. the importance of noise reduction, comfort and quality, all of which are lacked in standard ipod headphones for example are all key features that in ear headphone designers look to focus on. With this product i feel that, although at a cost of around £80, these consumer needs have been achieved to a high standard, and consequently I would recommend these headphones to all.
First thing to mention is they come with Rubber ear pieces which are replaceable in three different sizes. Small, Medium and Large, to fit your ear. Which you might not think is important but it makes such a difference. It ensures the actual speaker part of the headphone sits in the right place inside your ear, to get the best sound, but also means you have comfort and none of that rubbish of them constantly falling out.
They are soooooooooooo comfortable!
But the best feature is the sound quality. I swear, ive never heard such a range and amazing bass levels from any headphones, even over-the-ear Sony DJ headphones weren't as good as these. They're amazing. Sometimes i think the sound is better through these than my £300 Mission floorstanders. They cut out most external sound and just immerse you in the sound.
I have to let you know about them. They are amazing. You've never heard music before until you've listened to it through these headphones. Get them, your ears will thank you!
Bought these headphones to go with my ipod touch as the headphones provided with the ipod would not stay in my year. I chose Bose because of their trusted brand, and have had several products from them before, which are of really high quality. These headphones seem a little expensive, but they are worth it, the depth and clarity of sound is amazing, and to some extent, it does block background noise out also. Headphones come in a neat little leather case which compliments the quality feel, and also provides somewhere to store ( rather than wrapping them round the ipod ). They also come with interchangeable earpieces ( small / medium / large ) so they will fit any ear comfortably. My only criticism of the earphones are the silicon earpieces that do not always stay in your ear 100% of the time, and sometimes come detached from the headphones themselves, which can be a little irritating, and also can lead to them being lost, although there are now several companies offering replacement earpieces, this is still a little bit of a pain, but not enough to put you off.