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I bought this headphone at the Apple store , the same time I bought my iPhone 4. It was my wife who came up with the idea to buy a headphone. She knew my lifetime habit to hear music while doing my homework or studying until late. But since we have our lovely one years old daughter, I simply have to tolerate not to play music loudly or else it will wake the baby up. I don't like to use earphones because I can't stand the feeling of having something plugged in to my ear and also the awkward feeling of always adjusting the earpiece position. So the headphone idea seems to be a win win solution for everyone.
I have to admit that never before in my life I have ever thought of buying an expensive headphone. Let alone buying one. But that day, there was this guy who work at the Apple store asked me to try a headphone that connected to a display iPhone 4 in the store. Before I do so, seeing italic printed brand name "BOSE" at the outside of each ear-cup was enough to convince me that this product is not for me because the price must be meteoric high.
So I put the headphone on & start choosing a song from the iPhone 4 song library. I remember it was Usher's song "DJ got us falling in love" that I played. And I can tell you from that very first moment, the Bose on-Ear Headphones got me immediately falling in love to it. I was just amazed with the stunning sound quality that I heard. I have heard the song possibly a hundred times prior to that day, but never ever before I hear it as clearly as what I hear with this headphone. Believe it or not, I can even hear some effects and instruments on that song that seem non-existing before. Even better is the sound of the bass it produces which I can usually hear the same quality coming from a very expensive home theatre sound system.
It's been more than a year since I bought my Bose on-Ear Headphones for £115. Until this day, it lives up to my expectation and also have proven it's worth the price I paid. Even with a very often daily usage like i did, the headphone still feels as good as when I first bought it. the ear covering part that made from soft leather feels good when I put them on. The built up product design itself speaks of its true class with a very modern yet sophisticated black and silver colors combination
This headphone can be folded by flipping both of the ear-cup inside which will make it smaller. And with the weight only 147 grams which is very light, makes it suitable to bring with in a traveling. For me, it's even categorized as a 'must bring stuff' in a traveling because it provides me both great music and also relaxation. If I need to get some sleep in a long trip, usually I just put the headphone covering my ears without any music on and all that noise just gone. Thus i can get some quality sleeping time. That's why i'm amused by what is written in the the user manual in which they warned their customer that this product doesn't reduce noise. luckily enough for me, it's always been very effective in reducing noises.
I always regard BOSE highly as one of the leading brands in audio and sound system products. Who doesn't anyway? This is the company that always set the standard for a sound system and audio products. And in the Bose on-Ear Headphones product, they show once again why the brand BOSE is synonymous to high quality product. It has brought a new level of musical experience that I never felt before. I must warn you though, once you hear music using this headphone, then any other cheaper product will never sounds good in your ears anymore. You have to try it yourself to feel what i have experienced because something are too difficult to be written in words.
So if you are looking for a headphone that provides you not only high quality sound but also prestige in using it, then I can assure you that the Bose on-Ear Headphones is the right one for you. I love it and I am sure you'll love it as well.
Ive had these for around 6 years now, along with the Bose cd system. Both of them, along with all other Bose products (so i hear) share the same qualities- excellent build and great sound quality.
The headphones themselves are very comfortable, plenty of adjustment room and the pads last well, even though theyve pretty much started to be flat by now they can be replaced cheaply enough.
I use the headphones alot and they do have amazing sound quality. The bass notes especially are outstanding. When switching between these and cheaper models there really isnt any comparison, they are well worth the price. Songs you may have listened to for years will take on a whole new level, you'll be able to hear new instrument parts that you may have missed on cheaper headphones.
Bose as a company are regarded as one of the best in sound systems and i know why. You have to try them to believe it.
Being a music lover and a commuter/terrace dweller is not always easy (mainly for those in your vicinity). Having neighbours who like to play their music very loudly (keeping me awake at night) and being the sort of person who finds myself tutting at fellow commuters when I can hear every word of what they're listening to, I didn't want to repeat these supposed 'crimes'!!
Though retailing at £115 ish these were highly rated by Which? and being not as clunky as cheaper alternatives I decided to give these a bash.
As I've already said, many headphones offering this amount of sound-nulling tend to be very large, and with memories of the heavy-weight around ear versions we were forced to wear at school when playing the keyboard, I wanted something a bit more... discrete.
A relatively thin adjustable - and crucially, padded - band of black plastic is capped by an ear cup on each end, which is able to move on a silver pivot bearing the 'Bose' brand. Soft black padding sits inside pivoted plastic moulding and a retractable (and detachable) audio cable is wound into the left hand earphone. While being clearly designed to be as compact as possible (and as light - at less than 150g), function is not sacrificed, with two cables provided of 0.4 and 1.1m.
All of this can be folded flat for ease of storage inside a stylish semi-hard box case.
Of course, no head phones with a band are really THAT stylish, so you probably don't want to wear these before going on a hot date (cue messed up hair)...
Sound is clean and crisp whatever the volume or the pitch; the base is good and you can happily listen to your music with the volume turned up without risking an ABSO (although, to be honest, I'm not sure you'd want to be using them with the volume fully turned up: a sure-fire way to guarantee tinnitus).
I've had mine for about six months and as yet, have experienced no problems with them. The pivot system them allows the earphones to mould to your head shape and for them to be folded flat, seems relatively robust.
Well padded and lightweight, while the comfort level is very good in comparison to its equivalents, things can still get a bit warm on a hot day....
I've never really had what I would call 'expensive' headphones before. £30 a pair was probably the most that I'd spent, but I knew that I wasn't really getting the best out of my music. I use headphones in one of two ways, either through an iPod or through my laptop and in either case I like to be completely immersed in the sound. I want to shut the world out and enjoy the detail of what it is that I'm listening to. I also want, if possible, to ensure that when I'm in public, I don't irritate anybody at the same time.
These Bose on-ear headphones will set you back around £120. That's probably quite a lot of money to the average listener but given that it's not unusual for me to be using them for five or six hours a day, it's not a sum of money that I can begrudge. They're marketed towards users of MP3 players. Indeed, they're heavily promoted in all the Apple stores and I would say that they're a perfect complement to mobile music.
They're nicely presented. For starters, you get a sleek, branded zip-up case that's durable and looks 'good quality'. The phones look smart, with branded ear pieces finished in silver and a simple black band. True, they don't have the instant grab of Skull Candy but that means that they're fairly subtle and refined; you can wear them in a business suit or in jeans without looking out of place. Although worn 'on ear' the earpieces collapse in on themselves via a funky swivelled hinge, such that the entire set can be folded down to a small size and slotted into the case, if required. It has to be said that the phones fold down so easily and so compactly that the case actually takes up unnecessary room. You're also supplied with two detachable cables, one that's 115cm long and one that's 40cm long (both with 3.5mm jack as standard). This is very useful. Clearly, the 40cm cable is intended for an MP3 player, where you don't want to hang yourself on the move, whereas the longer cable is better for home use. The other advantage with this system is that if the cable does get caught up somewhere, the tugging motion simply pulls the lead out of the socket, instead of damaging the cable.
The headphones are pretty comfortable. The earpieces are nicely padded and the headband is adjustable enough to cater for all shapes and sizes. I only find two minor problems. Firstly, the soft leather surrounds are very snug but can make my ears a little hot, particularly in the summer, along with unwanted 'sweaty ears'. Secondly, the material underneath the headband (that comes in contact with your head) seems to irritate the top of my head after prolonged usage. Removing the headphones and rubbing the hair/skin seems to cure it but it's briefly quite unpleasant. This is probably just my scalp. I always was a bit weird. These things aside, these are the first headphones that I have owned that I can actually sleep in, well, for a time anyway. Needless to say, this type of headphone is not suitable for those who spend hours getting their hair just right as the band will flatten any kind of style except for, well, flat hair.
The sound quality is very good. Bass is rich, deep and clean (although not in the league of the next model up where, for another £150 you can get truly awesome bass). You can listen to these headphones at a significant volume and the bass is not distorted or disrupted in any way (notwithstanding the impact that the quality of the music file might have.) This works particularly well for my genre of choice, club music, notably more vocal, commercial trance that seems to benefit from the Bose's capabilities to work with the highly synthesised sound. Notably, you can also really detect the differences between music recorded in different ways. There's a raw, unpolished quality to live recordings or music mixed on vinyl (where you can pick out the grainy sound of the needle on the record) compared to music engineered entirely through digital means. Pop music, classical music and easy listening also work well here, particularly very 'triumphant' classical pieces that enjoy the attention to detail that the Bose headphones offer. Unlike the next model up, these are at least slightly refined and built for both power and detail.
These are very sociable headphones. On a train or Tube you can have your music at a high level without being detected by anyone else. Indeed, at 75% maximum volume (quite significant) you can only hear any sound leaking if the room is entirely silent. Needless to say, this also means that the sound insulation and noise cancelling qualities are excellent too, meaning that outside noise has little impact on the experience (again, once you reach a certain volume). I regularly wander the streets of London, headphones intact and the music remains largely undisturbed by traffic or other disturbances. At home, I really can't comfortably take them above about 33% of the maximum before it's too loud and it's timely to remind any potential purchaser that there is some risk of damaging your ears here. The sound is very immersive and for your favourite tunes it's hard to resist taking the volume up higher and higher but I do find that I can easily get a headache after prolonged usage.
There's a downside, however, and that's the reliability. Since September 2008, I've had four pairs. Yes, that's more than one every three months. The headphones seem extremely fragile and for reasons that I've not completely figured out, the cable and/or jack point seem to fail fairly easily. I purchased mine from the Apple Store and can't commend their after-sales service enough; they just swap them over (with receipt) for a new pair every time. But the fact that the phones fail so easily seems to be a major problem and I can only imagine the heartache incurred at a less reputable dealer, who might insist that you claim on the manufacturer's warranty. At any price, this is a problem, but when you've forked out £120 it does rather grate on your nerves.
But I'm prepared (at the moment) to forgive this in the face of excellent sound quality and performance. I enjoy music now more than ever and that's partly thanks to having these babies with me wherever and whenever the mood takes me. On ear headphones can attract strange looks (my silhouette occasionally resembles the new Cybermen) but I find in-ear headphones so uncomfortable that, frankly, I couldn't care less.
Recommended on the basis of performance and design but, whatever you do, buy them from the Apple store where, if things go wrong, you won't get any arguments.
These headphones are simply fantastic and I have had them since christmas. I orginally tried them in the Apple store where they had all of their iPod's lined up with a Bose On-Ear pair of headphones. When I first tried them I just found them umbelivable. Never have I head such good quality, Apple's slogan for them is "Hear what you've been missing" and I really did. The quality really is fantastic and far better than any other pair of headphones that I have tried.
The price may be the only factor that puts you off, but it shoudln't because I got these for £120 from the Apple store and have never regretted it since. The Bose On-Ear headphones even come with a very smart carry case which does add to the quality of the headphones and is a stylish way to take them around. They are very comfortable to wear and deliver unrivalled audio quality. They also effectivly noise council by reducing the sound from the surrounding area. I found this to be a very useful feature when in a loud enviroment because it really does make a difference and helps protect your ears also.
There is a cable supplied which is about one meter in length and it simply attaches to the left of the headphones. The headphones are also fully adjustable by adjusting the length at the top making it suitable for almost all head sizes and shapes. The padding at the top also realy helps with the comfort of this phone. Overall I would through rally recommend that you first try these headphones and from that see whether you like them. They are definately worth the money, I hope this was useful and thank you for reading!
Bose has fantastic brand equity; unfortunately this often means brands stops innovating and start concerning themselves with profit margins.
I am happy to report in particular instance this is simply not true, the product has an unmistakable feel of quality about it. The headphones come in a Bose carry case, which is a thoughtful consideration (it allows you to take your headphones anywhere without worrying about damage). The Headphones are light weight, but just heavy enough to be reassuring! The quality of plastic used in the construction is fantastic and the hinges feel sturdy.
The design of the 'on ear' headphones is far superior to the 'around ear' headphones also available from Bose; of course the sound quality is sublime. The difference between these and regular in ear headphones has to be experienced to be believed! The richness of sound adds depth to any record.
The cable is one metre long and attaches to only the left cup, this means the cable very rarely tangles (which is worth the £115 alone)!
In summary Bose have excelled in this product light weight, high quality and classy design, expensive maybe but well worth it!