Very cool, mine was with 1.6.
I think they sound much better than the beats. bigger sound stage, more realistic sounding mids. Not a as dark as the beats.
Also I wouldn't call the Ae2s overpriced. They sound very nice and are some of the most comfy headphones I've ever tried. Also they are very low profile. The thing I like about bose is that they do all the little things right in my opinion. Just not audiophile sound quality. (in my opinion they make up for it by the general convenience of their headphones)
I've never heard AE2s but I have experience with their noise canceling headphones only.