The general consensus is that they are just grossly overpriced. What are the AE2s? $150? They sound like they should be priced around $40. They feel like they should be priced $30 (referring to build quality). I actually was bidding on a pair of AE1s that needed recabling but I ended up losing. Some idiot got them for like $80. Their speakers are a joke. Yeah, let's put 50 1" drivers in a cabinet. Cool. Also the loyal fanboys of Bose are really funny. I met one just recently.
My favorite saying is BOSE: Better Sound Through Marketing
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