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post #31 of 39
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Originally Posted by JFraser View Post
 

Bose AE2's are actually very good. For one thing, they're not cheap like a lot of people in these forums say, they're just really light, which is what makes people think they're made cheaply. 

True. Bose OE2/AE2 are made of ABS plastic and aren't cheap grade. they are really hard but light. watch on youtube, "skatenyc" 's rigorous tests.

post #32 of 39

I'll have to add here a comparison to the B&W P7 (gasp!). I have both. Surprisingly, the AE2s hold up well (to my ears) in a head to head with the P7s. There is a slight "purity" that comes through on the P7s and a bit more focus and punch in the bass, but the AE2s are no slouch. Plus the AE2s don't have the upper mid/lower treble harshness that sometimes bothers me on the P7s. I keep switching back and forth, and by damn they are closer than one might expect. Even though the Bose set is brighter, it doesn't fatigue me. Considering all that, plus the lightness and comfort...I'm almost ready to return the P7s.

 

I also have the DT990s and DT1350s. I wanted another closed option, hence the P7s. I also returned the NAD VISO HP50s because the fit was terrible for me (shallow ear pads).

 

I agree on the OE2s in that they are bass bloaty (plus the cord developed a short within the warranty period but I was too distracted by other things to send them in).


Edited by dlhen68 - 1/7/14 at 6:31am
post #33 of 39

I picked up a pair today at Target on clearance (~$100).  One thing for which I can never fault Bose is the comfort of their circumaural offerings.  Probably in the top 2 or 3 most comfortable headphones I've worn (I've tried the Triports, the AE2s, and the QC15s).  It's nice that they have replaceable cables and ear cushions.  With regard to sound quality, they're very...inoffensive.  Kind of reminds me of the short time I had with the Apple EarPods:  no glaring deficiencies.  Could use some tightening up here or there and a touch more clarity, but overall a pleasant listen.  Nicely balanced, decent bass impact, a slightly warm tilt.  I can see why they're popular; they don't really do anything very wrong.  I think they're a decent deal at $100, although a bit hard to swallow at $150.

post #34 of 39

no bashing from me... they are by far one of the most comfy cans I have ever tried and definitely the most comfy headphone I currently own.  Bose nailed the ergonomics on these.  They are also my most durable headphone by far.  I have fallen asleep on top of them countless times.  Wake up in the middle of the night ontop of them.

 

They are bassy but not overdone, with good deep extension.  Forward engaging upper mids.  Things get a little messy and grainy/congested above ~6500 Hz though, but I dont think its severe enough to be a serious flaw... more like a deficiency.  For their price point around $100-125, factoring in comfort and durability I think they could be a good choice.  They are definitely more fun than analytical.

post #35 of 39

I think these are the cans for you OP. Seems like you value comfort a lot. Bose are very comfratable, and have little to no clamping pressure. I would recommend other headphones, but since you wear glasses, I think Bose should be on your short list. The noise-cancelling from Bose is really top-notch. I've had my fair share of bad comfort headphone, which ultimately had to return due to the bad comfort. Comfort is in the 2 most important factors of a headphone. 

 

 

The sound quality part and build is where you will have the problem. Bose headphones are made from plastic material's which is disappointing in a $300 headphone. The sound quality may not be for you due to Bose's weak bass and lack of highs and lows. Sorry I had to include this, so you can't complain when you buy these, if you do buy these.

 

For the price of comfort and stability, I think bose are one of your better choices. You seem to not mind having a little overpriced for the sound quality, but I think that's find with you.

 

 

Good luck with the headphone you choose, regardless if it's Bose or not.

post #36 of 39

I picked up a used pair for $55.00 and I really like them.  They are my go to portables.  Like others have said, they are probably the most comfortable headphones that I own and the SQ is pretty good.  Not as good as my HD600s or HD580s but that's really not a fair comparison.

 

I don't understand all the hate on Bose either.  Maybe they are somewhat overpriced if you purchase them at full retail.  But then again, most any pair of reputable headphones are overpriced, IMO, if you purchase them at full retail.  If you can pick up a pair for $75.00 or less, you should find them as a good value.

post #37 of 39
Another very important point to highlight here is Bose's after sale customer support besides their build quality and comfort. They are miles ahead when it comes to spares replacement during the warranty period and sometimes they extend their wings even after the warranty expiry as a loyalty gesture,imho.

And btw,if the oe/ae are sold like between $75-$90 they are a must to own it for portability(oe series) comfy,build,after sales support and sq. But compared to cheapo colored plastic HPs(like its colored sound) bose are far better in every aspect and also have strong expertise in sound reproduction (from stereo speakers 901 to aviation headsets.).... Their noise cancellation technology is still hard to beat(s) and pose a real challenge to its contenders of same caliber which is evident in reviews and forums.
post #38 of 39
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Originally Posted by Boochie View Post
 

I picked up a used pair for $55.00 and I really like them.  They are my go to portables.  Like others have said, they are probably the most comfortable headphones that I own and the SQ is pretty good.  Not as good as my HD600s or HD580s but that's really not a fair comparison.

 

I don't understand all the hate on Bose either.  Maybe they are somewhat overpriced if you purchase them at full retail.  But then again, most any pair of reputable headphones are overpriced, IMO, if you purchase them at full retail.  If you can pick up a pair for $75.00 or less, you should find them as a good value.

To be honest... most of their cans have been really BAD sounding and the original AE1 was very fragile and easy to break at the headband adjustment sliders.  Their current AE2 however is a complete revamp and to bose credit, their engineering team did their homework and they have a very good product.  The AE2 is decent sounding (though not the greatest with its somewhat grainy texture above ~6500 Hz), superb durability using flexible/tough plastics.  Passive noise isolation on the AE2 is also very good.

 

Most of their cans are junk... but I give credit where its due on the AE2.  For $125-100 you certainly can do a lot worse.

post #39 of 39

Actually I got a really nice pair of Bose headphones (the old version that AE2 replaced) for $70 and they're insanely nice for the price. I have tried many others but this sale took a lot off of the price and they do work well. Just my opinion :P. I was thinking about returning them and getting the new AE2, I'm not sure though yet.

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