Summary: I received these as a gift for Christmas of 2008. The earbuds are comfortable, fit well, and had very good frequency range and excellent bass for an earbud. However, they sadly started malfunctioning and only certain segments of the audio output are coming through the buds. This occurred after returning from an airline trip in my stowed luggage, but I cannot be sure what exactly caused the damage.
Excerpt: I have had a lot of good experience with this brand in the past, however, the Bose 40226 Headphones are not exceptional. The sound is above average compared to cheap ear plug variety types but they do not provide a comfortable fit despite the ability to change the different ear plug ins. The quality is below what I expect of Bose, perhaps because they provide better headphones than earphones. Overall, this is an average product but more expensive.
Excerpt: My experience with the Bose in-ear head phones has been mixed. First the good: The sound from these ear buds are great. They gave 3 different in-ear forms, which makes it easy to find the right size insert for just about any body. There is a very nice carrying case that protect the ear buds when not in use. Now the not-so-good: "The first pair I owned did not last very long. The cords are very, very, long and it is extremely easy to "kink" the fragile cords,...
Excerpt: After purchasing over the ear headphones and the wave music system from Bose I thought that I could not miss with this product from Bose, however I was left disappointed. While the quality of sound is exceptional as Bose products are known for, the practicality and reliability of this product did not live up to my expectations. They give you various size in ear inserts for use with them, but none of this inserts really fit my ear well at all.
Excerpt: The ear buds which are attachments are so bad!! I love the quality that BOSE always provided. I grew up with dreams of affording bose headphones all my life. so when I got a chance on getting them when I collected funds for that - I couldnt wait to goto a Bose store for them. The first time I hear the sound - it was like magic.. All the bass was so clear, all the voices were so amazing and my ears were soothed of happiness based on the quality that bose provided.
Excerpt: I bought these for my husband at Christmas, as he works an hour away and uses a van pool. Thus he does a lot of reading and listening to music, sermons, etc. He loves them, and I them for the quality of sound alone. They are so clear and perfect balance of bass, treble, etc. The only problem is when using them to work out, the ear bud piece falls out. EVERY time. On both of us. So I can't blame it on earshape.
Sometimes I just dangle them in the air and try to get my ear up near them
9 February 2011
Summary: The sound quality on these things is very good, of course, so congratulations there, but one does have to wonder if the Bose engineers ever tested them on actual live humans, as there are some serious design issues. First of all, the cords are unusually heavy and have a tendency to entangle themselves in snarls that take mariner-level knot expertise to unravel.
Summary: Pros: Bass response, Fit & Comfort Cons: High and Mid Range Response. They have descent bass and a comfortable fit. The sound if full and wide. But the highs & mids are fairly flat & kind of muddy sounding? You have various size silicone earpieces to help you get the best fit. These do not go inside your ear canal the silicone tips just rest on the rim of the canal.