Originally Posted by kramer5150
Good choice. and it kind of pains me to say this a one time bose-basher. I never cared for the original triport, and if you search from 6-7 years ago you can probably dig up my old commentary on that.
But the AE2 I think is a smoother broader spectral presentation with less "one-note" bass bloated sound that I think plagued the original triport. The AE2 is still bass boosted, but its much better mixed into the overall spectrum of sound. The AE2 is still $$$ though in that I think its overall sonic quality very closely matches the $15 KSC75 and $35 portapro. What you are paying for though is the overall confort, build quality, durability and passive noise isolation. When you factor all those elements into the AE2 I think its priced decently well. Although speed, detail resolution and spectral accuracy is NOT what these are about. Its more about their groovy coloration and "character", plugging directly into your player, soundcard or other lossy format and enjoying the tunes.
They are great hulu movie stream and youtube cans... where their lack of detail resolution + overall comfort work in their favor.
You're not going to get around sweaty ears. Thats just how it goes with pleather earcupads. It would be nice if Bose offered perhaps as an option felt/velour or fabric earpad cushions. One things for sure the SOFT memory foam padding on these is unmatched.
I dont know what other cans you have used but there is nothing bass boosted about the AE2. If anything, they lack bass, which I much prefer because I get enjoyment with every genre instead of just hiphop/dance. Everything sounds good. The original tri ports, now THOSE things were boosted to hell. The OE2 also has alot more bass than the AE2.
I mostly use with my android phone using poweramp with the bass and treble boost on. Still not bass heavy at all, but great all around sound. If I use my ipod, it sounds a little louder but not as full sounding.
As far as the other person who said their ears got warm, I have never had that problem happen. Then again, I live in NYC and its freezing here. I'll get back to you in the summer lol. As far as indoor, I have worn them for hours without any problems or my ears being warm.
I got my pair for 60 dollars from bose when I broke my original OE after 2 and a half years. I love that quality about Bose customer service, its usually no questions asked. Spend 150 one time for a set of cans, and basically for life it will cost you 60 dollars everytime u want a new pair, and you will always be upgraded to a new version if it is out. I was even offered the QC3 for around 220-230 if I remember correct. Those are 350 retail.
Edited by ITALIANNYC - 1/13/13 at 2:48pm