Product Type: Bose headphones
Newest Review: ... 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 f... more
C-, Must Try Harder
Bose Triport In-Ear Headphones
Member Name: DanB7290
Bose Triport In-Ear Headphones
Advantages: Good sound quality, comfortable
Disadvantages: Poor build quality, not worth the full RRP.
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.
Summary: Great as an eBay bargain, but at this price point, there is much better out there.
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