Product Type: Bose headphones
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Bose In-Ear Headphones
Member Name: DanB7290
Bose In-Ear Headphones
Advantages: Great sound and call quality, comfortable
Disadvantages: Cable still not durable enough, not exactly cheap.
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.
Summary: Not cheap, not massively durable, but otherwise good.
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