...For the reaming I'm gonna get.
First let me tell you I got them for $80 BNIB and I have a 2 year protection plan on them, should they be a POS at least they are covered. Are they overpriced at 149? I'm not sure they are honestly when I compare them to other offerings in that price range and factor in comfort and other things (customer service, etc).
So, I am not an audiophile but I DO CARE about what I am hearing and I am very analytical. I listen to music through headphones or IEMs at least 5-6 hours a day at work. I'm a software developer... so I get caught up in *all* the details and I'm pretty much an IEM / headphone geek.
Anyways - I needed something really comfortable and it needed to be fun... but still mostly accurate. I wanted them for work because my A151's seal too well and I hear nothing else but music when they are on. By boss has taken to throwing markers at me to get my attention. Full sized cans give me too much bass-head (dents in my hair) So I needed an supra-aural headphone that still sealed reasonably well.
I used the sound signatiure of my 151's as a reference point.
I tried a lot of consumer grade portable headphones and the only ones that felt like I could wear for a long time was the Bose OE2's. The klipch one's felt nice but the cups were awkward. The bass felt too out of place. I thought the beats were comfy but the bass was horribly bloated and I've heard suspect reviews about the Solo's durability.
I thought long and hard about the Skullcandy Aviators. REAL long and hard (heh)... in the end they still felt like a POS even though they were comfortable. I do think they sounded nice but felt like they lacked bass. I also felt like they had a big sound stage but everything was recessed and the bass had to be turned down so it wouldn't cover the rest of the spectrum. I also got the sense the chrome would flake off without much use. They do have a life warranty but like I said, I needed it for work and they were simply too gaudy to sit at my desk with them on.
I had to consider the OE2's. They felt great... but all the guys at head-fi would think I'm a loser... this is the **** that goes through my head. Stupid right?
I felt like I was taking a huge gamble because I did my research. I know nobody here likes Bose. I know Joker rated the AE2's a 7/10 on sound... but said they had an odd sound stage. He's also rated a few other headphones that I know I like and have had experience with. I happen to think the AE2's feel great but look cheap so I wouldn't buy them.
Honestly guys... OE2's - they sound pretty good. Compared to my A151's I'd say they sound slightly warmer with a smaller but more three dimensional sound stage.
I am by no means qualified. That said I feel as though when I listen to the OE2's, compared with my A151, the sound is very similar only the A151 feels like I am watching a band on a stage, and the OE2's make me feel like I'm in a small concert hall. I don't know which my preference is, I do enjoy my A151's a lot and I thought everything I tried that strayed too far from them was rubbish.
I listen to Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, Dubstep, DnB.
I'd really like someone here who is more qualified than I to review the OE2's. I'm at least curious to see how far off the mark I am. Based off other things I've heard, I'd give them a 7/10 on sound. 9/10 comfort.
The cable is pretty nice and detachable as well.
Like I said I brought my own lube.
Edited by localredhead - 11/29/11 at 12:11am