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I received my BOSE earphones roughly a week ago and they have been nothing but slightly disappointing.
The Bose in-ear Headphones are quite good in sound, but due to their lack of noise cancelling you rarely hear much of the music. It seems that to really enjoy the clarity of these headphones you must be locked away in a silent room or a library studying for finals, this is where you can really appreciate the clarity and base of the music and not when you're trying to hit a personal best running a 10K with the wind in your face. They are also pretty comfortable once you get used the to feeling of them.
The next thing BOSE need to seriously consider is the cable design. We don't want to see black and white like intertwined like that unless it's on a candy cane and we're off to see santa. Please re-think - they look horrible! In comparison with Sennheiser and Ultimate Ears, the BOSE in-ear headphones are relatively quiet too!
Overall, not a complete fail of an in-ear headphone but maybe take a look at the above mentioned before committing to BOSE. Especially when the cables are slightly better looking than BOSE!
A few weeks ago, I complained to my local IT department at work that I kept breaking my mobile headset for my iPhone. Three times I'd had it replaced, and I do look after it (honest!). I use my headset for work calls frequently as it allows me to keep my hands free for typing and so on, and really class it as an office (and home office) essential. I work for a telecoms provider, and they provided me with a Bose MIE2i mobile headset.
I'd heard of Bose, as there's a Bose shop in Leeds where I used to live, so I knew it wouldn't be a cheap headset, and I think you can tell - it's still in as new condition and I love it. Here's my review -
**Price and Availability**
The Bose MIE2i mobile headset is best bought online (you can pick it up at Amazon) though can be found in Bose shops if you are near one and specialist audio retailers. I was shocked to find the headset retails at around £115, obviously I didn't pay this, and to be honest I don't think I would, for personal use (my personal mobile only cost £80!). But for anyone working in a field where a high quality headset is required, they do say you get what you pay for.
The Bose MIE2i mobile headset comes in a fairly plain box with the Bose logo on it. Included is a very good instructional booklet, very easy to understand and clear.
Inside the box along with the Bose MIE2i mobile headset you get a carry case and some 'stay hear tips' which is a little plastic rest which sits in your ear and helps hold them in place and also helps block out external sounds.
I think the Bose MIE2i mobile headset looks great, fashioned in black and with black and chrome ear buds with the Bose logo on them. The inline mic and controls are very slim and also in black, and the whole headset feels well made and to a high standard.
Well all you need to do is obviously plug the Bose MIE2i mobile headset into the stereo jack on your phone, which should recognise it as a stereo headset.
For listening to mp3s / streamed video / internet radio the quality is excellent, plenty of bass to the songs and the top end is nice and clear so there's no fuzziness to voices. The stay hear tips are especially helpful for use in the gym - you can listen to music and there's no annoying falling out of your ear buds every few minutes whilst you run on the treadmill! There is also a volume control on the inline bar so you can adjust to suit.
For calls it's again very high quality though obviously the unit the caller is using does bear some weight on this, for a standard mobile to mobile call it's good quality though really I wouldn't say it's noticeably better than a standard iPhone headset.
I would say the Bose MIE2i mobile headset is a lot more sturdy than cheaper headsets and there's been no crackling as I remove the jack from the port (which you can get in cheaper headsets and it means curtains as it's the wires disconnecting in the jack), and even when they have been in my ears a long time (say on a conference call or a long journey) my ears don't feel hot or uncomfortable. Certainly you can tell the quality of build in the small things, there's no one huge 'wow' factor, that would be rather difficult to achieve in something as simple as a headset.
I am in two minds about the Bose MIE2i mobile headset - I do love it and it's made my working day much easier - but I am just not sure that it justifies the inflated cost. I am not sure if there are any other headsets out there to the same or similar quality at half the price (which would still be over £50!) and for that reason I'm going to give it a 4 out of 5. Undoubtedly it is a good headset and I can't knock any more off for the price, but I'm going to say that I'd only recommend it to serious music fans or people who have a business need to have such an expensive headset. Otherwise I think you'd be just as happy with an iPhone headset, even if you had to replace it yearly!