Summary: These earphones have great sound quality. It was worth paying the price for the Bose name! I wear these when I go for bike rides and work out and they easily stay in my ears. Can even hear music and movies over the loud "roar" inside an airplane. Would highly recommend!
Excerpt: The Bose IE2 headphones are wonderful. I bought them a few years ago, and while I don't remember the exact price, it was in the $100+ range at Best Buy. I'm a Bose fan, and these headphone continue to make my loyal to the brand with their impeccable sound. (Side note: a selling point for me to get a Mazda when getting an SUV recently was that their sound system is Bose.) The different ear piece sizes are a big plus as well.
Summary: Bought these for my wife when they first hit the market exceptional sound not so exceptional wires,liked them enough to repurchase with the improved B&W wires. When I was shopping for in ear speaker system I was not ready to spend the money on myself,tried two other cheaper ear bud sets,they hurt,fell out,sounded bad.I spent the bucks,THESE WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC!
Summary: In the Box:
It comes with a simple book-style zipper case that can hold a media player and the phones well. It comes with six options for buds. It has S, M, L sizes with wings, and a S, M, L sizes without.
Went to the Bose store, had the girlfriend listen to the demo (they were for her,) she loved 'em, we bought 'em. Outstanding customer service in the store- Outstanding.
Pros: Bose Sound, Comfort, They stay in your ears like they were glued in
Cons: It seems as though the Bose sticker adds some cost.
Summary: I originally bought these because my earbuds had came apart on a flight from Canada to Hong Kong. I love the Bose home theater products I have at home and saw a Bose store in the airport and decided to buy them.
Initially I loved the sound quality but, as can be expected with Bose products, the price was quite high due to the name. The mids were clear and the highs weren't too peaky but the bass left room for desire.
Summary: There's a reason that I put the look in both sections. That black and white stripe design looks really good, but might take some getting used to for some.
In general, I can understand the slight "ewwww" response to Bose headphones, and owning two probably makes me seem like I don't belong here, but these earphones do actually break the classic trend. Time for a review.
Right, so the main bit of the review.
Pros: Comfortable (classic Bose), value for money, look
Summary: If you're looking into buying some Bose IE2s, save your money.
BUILD AND DESIGN:
The build on the IE2 is less-than-fantastic. They're all plastic, very light, and they feel fragile. I did, however, enjoy the design. The striped cables turned a few heads, and the chrome Bose logo tells everyone that they were expensive. The strange tips are a little hard to get into your ears, but they fit perfectly, and never fall out.
Summary: Update: Reduced design rating due to ever-tangling cable. The cable is MADE with some type of built-in twisting/tangling design flaw. Just holding the headphones in my hand, the cable wants to twist and turn and due to its material, it's never fully "straightened out" like most other headphone cables. Due to this, it's become unusable.
I've owned the original Bose IEs and now bought these IE2s. In comparing the two, the IE2s have improved on the sound of the original.
Summary: I have no idea why most of ppl in this forum seem to go against Bose headphones, I mean, they are not necessarily the best IEMs in this price range, but they are definitely the ones worth every penny you spend on them.
First of all, they are not 100% designed for Hi-Fi uses, if you are trying to compare them with UE18pro or IE80, then you are probably not on the right track.