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Having been incredibly impressed by the Bose system in my Dad's Audi, I decided that Bose were the way to go for quality headphones. First things first, I am not a true audiophile. However I do know what makes a headphone good or bad. I also knew that I shouldn't expect decent quality to come cheap. However I managed to find these Bose in ear headphones, brand new and in their unopened, original packaging, for £35 as a Buy It Now on eBay. Needless to say, with the good impression I had of Bose from the Audi, I snapped them up right away.
Initial impressions were good, but not spectacular. The build quality seemed reasonable, and the sound quality was unlike anything I'd heard before (mind you in retrospect, having come from the standard Apple headphones, that's like saying brussel sprouts are great, only after you've spent a lifetime eating just your own excrement). At the time, I believed they were the best headphones ever. A year onwards, I'm a lot more cynical. Yes, they do have good sound quality, but the brand new retail price, which I believe is around £80 for the updated version, is not reflective of this. For the £35 I paid, they produce a good quality sound, but I would not pay £80 for them. At that price range, you're much better off with the Shure SE215s. What's more, if you plump for the latest version with an iPhone mic and remote, they cost £120, and at that price, you'd be far better off saving up another £30 and getting the Bowers & Wilkins C5s, which I believe are one of the best in ear headphones money can buy. But right now, I'm reviewing these Bose ones, so back to them. In short, if you pay full price for them, be prepared to be disappointed by the sound quality, but if, like me, you managed to get an eBay bargain for anything under £50 for some BNIB ones, then you're in for a treat.
They are also very comfortable to wear. The rubber tips don't quite go into your ear canal, and therefore don't completely block out ambient sound, but they're perfect for everyday use. There are different sized tips bundled, and it won't take long to find the perfect fit.
Now, the build quality. For a premium product, at a premium price, I'm disappointed. I know I didn't pay the premium price, but even so I expect headphones to last. After 6 months, the left earbud stopped working. Obviously this is over the maximum time eBay allow for returns, so I went to Bose for advice, as they have a one year warranty on their products. Turns out, because I didn't get them from a Bose approved retailer, I can't have them replaced, despite them being unfit for purpose after just 6 months. The only way to replace them is to blow £100 odd on a new set. Also, while they did work, the rubber tips would not stay on no matter how well I thought I'd attached them. Bose have rectified this and produced a new design of rubber tip which stays in much better, and also is available with a fin that fits into the contour of your ear, perfect for when you're exercising. But I do not recommend using these for exercising, as they seem too fragile to withstand more than a couple of runs.
In short, I'd say that they're good, but could be much better. If you're going to pay retail price for these, I laugh at you. If you are lucky enough to find them for under £50 brand new, then you're in for a treat, at this price I believe they're the best sounding in ears you'll get. However, the build quality is poor for a premium brand like Bose. I have recently got hold of the later model to try out, and see if they are any better. I will report back when I have the answers.
These in ear headphones are the first from well known audio technology company bose. and although comfortable they have a few flaws that stop them from being a 5 star review. The headphones come with a black leather carrier case thats not only looks good but keeps your headphones untangled and clean.
Performance: A lot of people look for a good amounty of bass and good quality bass for in ear headphones and these certainly have plenty of that but the headphones themselves are a little on the quite side meaning you have to turn up the volume on your music device. The overall sound quality is good for the price but as with any brand leader you will be mostly paying for the logo that says bose on the side. These headphones also are not very good at blocking out any surrounding sound which meant i had to turn up the volume when there is noise in public places.
Build: The silicon ear buds fit nicely in your ear and are comfortable for the most part but after a prolonged period of listening to music they do tend to strain your ears a bit. I have had these headphones for almost half a year now though and the buds have fallen off countless times since then. I have always been able to find them and put them back on for now but if you can't it will set you back £3.50, not much but considering the price you pay in the first place it shouldn't be an expense you have to pay. Also the buds are like dirt magnets and i have to use the headphone jack to try and scrape out some of the mess on a regular basis.
these headphones are good for sound quality but you can get the same sort of quality for a cheaper price tag simply because they don't have a bose logo on them. The money would be worth paying if they were of superior quality but they have just a few flaws that stop them from being excellent.
I have been a loyal bose customer for over 10 years, and these headphones have their pro's and cons, Pro's are that they are great sounding headphones for all types of music, classical, techno, rock, pop, anything you could think of, they have great bass, but not so much that you loose the mids and the highs tho! The cons in my case were the build quality and the ear buds themselves, ive had 8 pairs in the last 3 years, the build quality is awfully poor for the price, personally my problem was the connection between the wire and the headphone itself, it keeps cutting out and only playing music through one side, and also the buds after good use become slack and fall off easily! TO CONCLUDE - great headphones for sound, however the build quality is not worth the money, buy the newer bose in ear headphones with the hooks on the buds, little more expensive, but ive had them since they were released and no problems!
I've had these for about 7 years now and during that time they have been thoroughly mistreated. Today, they still sound good as new and are in perfect working order which I think is pretty impressive.
The sound from these earphones is good for an in ear set, certainly far better than the earphones bundled with mp3 players. The bass is particularly impressive which is nice considering this is usually a very weak area for in ears but this does come at a price. With these earphones the bass does tend to overpower the mids and highs so if you're interested in earphones to listen to classical music or something else with a lot of range then these earphones aren't for you. If however you like metal or D n B then these will probably be right up your street. At this price range you're not going to get a set of earphones that do everything amazingly so get some that do you're favourite kind of music well.
I do however have some pretty big issues with the earbuds which seem to fall off at the slightest knock, always at the most convenient times. The amount of times I have had to apologetically retrieve one of them form under someone else's seat on the bus must be in the 100s. One good thing though is that if you do lose them Bose will send you new ones for free.
These earphones can go very loud; maybe that's what they mean by noise cancelling as they certainly don't exclude that much sound. The included carry case is very useful too.
Overall, you're probably paying a bit for the name but they are very reliable. If it wasn't for the earbud issues I'd definitely buy again but with that, I'm not so sure
These earphones were a gift, a colleague (sound engineer) thought that my Sennheiser in-ear earphones weren't good enough for me so he got me these...I'm not ungrateful, I was very grateful indeed. They advertise these earphones as being an all rounder as far as quality and comfortability are concerned. Here follows my verdict...
BUILT & COMFORTABILITY, straight out of the box I thought they looked good and the carry case was defiantly a bonus to protect these expensive pair but after some use I was disappointed with how easily the buds became un-attached from the speaker. They have an anti-tagle slider that leads down to the 3.5mm jack (standard for MP3 players)...but the housing around it is a little cumbersome and large. They are comfortable whilst they are in your ear though, so it's not all bad.
SOUND QUALITY, is not what I would expect from this level of product. Yes they are better than the bog standard factory included earphones but they are also significantly more expensive. The bass is good but as a whole the output isn't as good as some of the price range competitors. I feel that the improvement from a pair a 1/3rd of the price is minimal, I feel you are paying for the name. The bass is the main feature of these s if you like that then they might be worth a try but if you like a treble, mid-range and bass balance these are a no no.
They sell themselves on the NOISE ISOLATION but really what I constitute as noise must be different to BOSE. I could hear the child on the bus and for that matter the low end rumble of the bus itself, If this is why you are buying these earphones I would suggest looking elsewhere.
IN SUMMARY, they are a good earphone and this review would have read very differently if they were £30-£40 but the fact is they are £69 and I just could not justify paying that price. Yes they are comfortable and the bass is very good but the buds are loose and the overall sound balance is something i'd expect from a much cheaper earphone.
I got my set last year and I would recommend these to anyone.
All the headphones I had before only lasted a few month and I would be buying a new pair. I have had these for nearly a year and they are as good now as they were new.
The looks of the headphones are very nice. Classic back with a silver mesh affect on the outside of the ear piece. The cable is a barber pole style affect with back and white twining all the way down.
The ear piece is where the technology comes in and cancels out the back ground noise.
The ear piece is a small, rigid plastic tube speaker that when in your ear is in your ear canal and not reason on the outside. Now this would be uncomfortable on its own of course so the plastic speak is covered be a soft silicone ear piece that when in the ear fits perfectly and seals the speaker in your ear. This cancels the background noise like sound proofing in a studio, keeps the sound in and background sound out.
When you buy the headphones the silicone piece comes in 3 sizes large, medium & small, so fits every ear. The piece is easy to change as it just clips on and off the headphone.
The silicone piece is great and makes the product work but the 1 down side that I have with these headphones is that the silicone piece can easily fall off the clip and once its gone its hard to find again. Replacements are cheap but it's a pain.
The headphones are expensive at £80 a set. But they are amazing and WELL worth it.
Perfect for every day use, but come into its own on a train, plane etc.....
Im not the sort of person that uses headphones on a regular basis. Most of the music i listen to comes from my home sound system or in the car. I pretty much only use my headphones when im travelling, either for work or for leisure. When i travel for work - it tends to be on a loud noisy commuters train or the London nderground. When i travel for leisure it tends to be on a noisy airplane. Both are situations where you encounter a lot of background noise which is whre my beloved bose headphones come in.
Previous to owning these i would just use my standard headphones that came with my ipod. Whilst these were perfectly suitable for short term use i found it quite irritating that unless i had the music turned up full volume i could still hear all the conversaions and noises going on around me. Fast forward to my birthday where i received these as a gift which is great as i would normally never dream of spending £70 on headphones.
I can honestly say they are one of the best presents i have had. One of the best features of these headphones is that they cancel out a huge amount of the noise around you, you still hear the odd thing but very little! You also cannot deny that the sound quality out of these headphones is stunning - very clear. I dont have my headphones on full volume but you dont need too to appreciate them.
They look really sleek and stylish and come with a good little case to keep them in so that they dont get damaged. They also come with 3 sets of ear buds to go over the headphone - small, medium and large so whatever your ear size these can fir comfortably.
The only negative i have about these is that i personally find the ear buds a little flimsy - the do fall off when you take them out so you need to be careful or you may loose one. One of mine has also started to tear but i have had them for a while now.
With regards to price - as i didnt purchase them i cannot comment on how much they were. I do know that they are very expensive for headphones but i can honestly say i feel that they are worth every penny. (i believe that they are around £75-£80ish).
I would not usually buy this style of headphones for myself, I usually prefer the headphones that loop round the ear so they stay in place. So when I got these headphones as a gift I was a little bit unsure as to whether they would be useful or not.
The main concern when trying out a new pair of headphones is how good the sound quality is. Let me tell you the quality of the sound produced by these headphones certainly lives up to the Bose name. It is superb, at high volumes there is little 'hiss' which is impressive. When using this set of headphones in a busy street or area background noise is almost completely eliminated which is a plus point.
As a runner i get annoyed when my headphones continually fall out when running, why i prefer wrap round the ear style, however this set of head phones does a great job of staying in the ear even when the are exerted to some extreme forces.
Over all i believe that these bose headphones are a great set of headphones and would recommend them to anybody
I bought these earphones with the intention of using them for the gym because, quite frankly, there's nothing worse than listening to a sweaty, heavy breathing guy on the cross trainer next to you is there? I understood they weren't noise cancelling so I wouldn't banish the noises of the sweaty man next to me forever.
The day they were delivered, the first thing I noticed is the odd shape of them. They have what looks like a tiny speaker on the end which when you put the earphones in, sits facing outward. If you cover these up, it takes all the bass away, very strange. I think they must use the air around the earphones to create the bass. Speaking of the bass, it is fantastic. Every now and again, you can hear an annoying rattle which comes from an extremely heavy bassy track.
The earphones comes with three different sizes of bud for the different user. The large fits in my ears perfectly for the gym and gives a very snug feel. One thing that I have found infuriating though is that the buds come off far too easily. I have already lost a rubber bud. These are replaceable though via a famous auction site for a few notes. I find the medium size rattles around in my ear a bit but some will find this size fits perfectly.
Overall, the earphones are great, they have their downfalls but not enough in my eyes to warrant not buying them. But then...after all, I bought them to banish the sweaty man didn't I!!!
I have had these ear phones for the past 5 months now, and I wouldn't trade them for the world!
At First I was a bit disappointed with the sound quality, they are a bit on the heavy side when it comes to bass.
but a bit of fiddling with the sound settings on my mobile(use them on my Nokia N95 8GB) soon sorted that out.
They come with a nice leather case, I would suggest you use it. because I don't, every morning I have a lot of untangling to do.
Another annoying thing is the rubber ear pieces, They slip of easily I've lost all the sizes (comes in pairs of S, M & L)except the large ones. these are also pretty costly to replace, £3.50 a pair.
It's also best to have high quality music on your device, at least 128kbps anything less sounds awful with these.
I would recommend these ear phones if you have £70 to spare or just love listening to high quality music.
Thanks for reading my review
Listening to music troughout the day on an iPod requires a good set of earphones for it to be truly satisfying. Some people are content with standard headphones that simply do the job they were designed to do, but others would prefer to have the comfort and far superior sound quality that in-ear headphones provide. I am one of those people.
In May of this year (2008) I bought myself a pair of Sennheiser CX300's after being reccommended them by a relative. They were by far the best headphones I had used because of the comfort, noise reduction, sound quality and overall satisfaction. I could easily wear them for hours listening to music and not feel like they were digging into my ear. Mainly because they were well designed. Almost immediately after purchasing the headphones, my father purchased a bose iPod docking station which came with these headphones free. Naturally I wanted to compare them to see if they were any better.
I never really did get to test them because I always used my own pair. But recently, my Sennheiser headphones packed in after just 6 months. I don't quite know why, but I'm not particularly bothered. I'll get a new pair. But in the time between them breaking and me getting a new pair, I have been using the Bose in-ear headphones.
In May when I tried them, I was very impressed. They seemed large and looked a bit ugly. But now I've grown to like them somewhat. I still think they're big and ugly, but let's face it, they're a very nice fit. they come with adjustable rubber moulds, so people with little ears can use them, and people with large ears can use them. the rubber is very soft and doesn't irritate your ear at all, just moulds itself around the natural shape of your ear. Very comfy. I'm not too keen on the design of them though. The black and white cable is far from aesthetic and as mentioned before, the earpiece itself is large.
Soundwise, I'm mildly impressed. Comparing to what I have used, they are much better than Apple headphones, but still not a patch on Sennheiser, something which you wouldn't expect from such an accredited sound company as Bose. The actual audio playback sounds distant, as if you're standing in the middle of a large hall with speakers situated around the perimeter of the room. The Sennheisers gave the impression that the music was playing from right in the centre of your head. Like sitting in a cupboard surrounded by speakers. It was right there. I'm not too keen on the clarity of the playback either, it just doesn't seem as crisp as the CX300's. I've been using them for a week now and they still fail to win me over.
The price of them seems considerably steeper than the CX300's too, probably a good job they came free with the docking station. Seriously, if you want a good pair of headphones, for an acceptable price, that are comfortable and crystal clear - buy the CX300 headphones from Sennheiser. The Bose headphones are decent, but there are better out there.
I'm not a big fan of in-ear headphones that have strange flappy or squashy silicon bits to make things a nicer fit. In fact I find that I prefer to use things like the normal basic earphones that come as standard with an iPod.
Well if you are as fussy as me about your earphone comfort don't be afraid to give these a try. They fit fantastically, don't give any strange sensations in your ear and the sound quality is far superior to any other earphones that I have tried.
I was a bit sceptical about trying them but as soon as I had I wasn't going to be returning to my iPod earphones. That said, eventually I had to, as the Bose do seem to have a bit of a flaw. As you would expect to find with cheap giveaway earphones, the wires near the connector can break and cause the sound to break up if you're not holding the cable in the exact right position. This happened to me after about 6 months of using them regularly but not treating them badly.
Bose are aware of this problem however and do offer a replacement service for those that encounter the problem. One other service Bose offer is that they will send you replacements for the silicone tips that fit on the end, so no worries if you lose them.
The Bose Headphones are simply amazing. These are my first expensive pair of headphones and just wow.
When you do get a pair of headphones which are of this caliber you will find yourself waiting for those moments when its quiet and you can put these in your ears and enjoy the music and every last note.
However these headphones are not perfect one of the biggest flaws i find is that when they are placed in your ear, yes they are comfortable but they dont block any sound i can understand that they are not sound reducing headphones but i would hope that some sound is blocked.
A problem i occur is that the wires above connection jack seems to get damaged easily so i have had to replace the headphones a few times.
Also this isnt a con for me but the headphones do have too much bass, personally i like it but others may not.
The headphones do come with a carry case which is very nice and overall i would recomend these headphones.
Ok, this site havent picked this up but there is an old type and a newer version of these earphones, I have tried both.
The old type, which have a plain black cable and small aprox 3" by 1.5" carry case, are not really very good, they work, but the sound quality isnt any greater then something you would get with say a sony set. -but you do get a good base, its just very quiet overall.
The new type, have a black and white cable and a little blob along the lower part of the wire (I have been told this is where a microchip goes so the sound quality can be improved). These new types are noticably better, I doubt I will ever ever go back to using my old sony ones, these have an excellent sound. Its much louder then the original par and has a far clearer sound overall too. The interchangeable earphones dont fly off as easily as there is a special "lip" to hold it in place.
I would recommend these to anyone who can afford them, they are a massive quality boost compared to the tinny inner-ear earphones from other makes, just treat them with care- they come with a decent sized case, use it! the last thing you want is a pair or earphones trodden on or damaged!