Pros Designed for secure fit and comfort
Good quality cord construction & tangle-free cord treatment
Comes with six ear bud tips (3-StayHear, 3-traditional)
Unique, distinguished look
Great for working out
Good sound quality upgrade over default ear buds
Cons Can be uncomfortable for some people
Sound quality not on par with price
Summary There are few music lovers who have not heard of the Bose brand. For the majority of us who are exposed to the Bose brand, we often hold many contrasting opinions when it comes to the value of their headphones. While Bose command a somewhat premium price for their premium products, Bose lowered its entry point to their line of premium headphones by introducing the Triport In-Ear headphones at a "bargain" price about $99. However, it was disappointing that the In-Ear headphones received mixed reviews and were generally popular only with those who are already sold on the Bose brand. Thankfully, Bose is a company who is an adaptable and innovative company, where their ingenuity brought us the second generation of In-Ear headphones, aptly named Bose IE2.
There are literally hundreds of ear buds on the market at any given time, but unfortunately many of them are a carbon copy of the previous one or pay a heavy price. The first thing you will notice about IE2s is the striking design. These ear buds are equipped with Bose StayHear tips that look like hooks that rest in your ear rather than inserted into the canal. The unique design change to the ear bud isn't just for cosmetics, but also built for comfort by spreading pressure evenly on the ear while keeping a secure fit. On paper it was absolutely genius, but in my testing I find them to be awkward and uncomfortable in my ears despite hours of trying and fitting with all six included ear buds. I do believe many people will find these to be very comfortable especially since they do not insert directly into the ear canal, but I just didn't have much luck with them.
Because these buds are not inserted into the ear canal, Bose IE2 does not offer any kind of noise suppression. They are mostly open air ear buds so using them on public transit will compromise your listening experience greatly. While the bass is normally full and powerful in a quiet environment, lower frequencies are usually the first to go on a noisy subway or bus. As a result, the bass on these ear buds sound incredibly weak in a noisy setting unless the volume is cranked to a painfully damaging level. However, I do highly recommend open-air headphones for jogging or walking on the streets because they are much safer than closed ear buds. You will still be able to hear vehicles whizzing pass by, helping you to stay alert during your run.
The sound quality is fairly good on the Bose IE2, offering good balanced sound on all ranges. The highs can be slightly muddled with some music but those pitches are still balanced and distinguished. The mid and low notes are very rich and full, giving these ear buds a warm encompassing sound. They may not be the best sounding headphones in this price range but they do offer premium level sound especially upgrading from standard mp3 player ear buds.
The cord and plug design is as striking as the ear buds themselves. The white/black zebra cords is a signature design ported from the first Bose In-Ear headphones and the plug is a 45-degree angled plug with gold plating. The cords are also coated with some treatment that in combination with a somewhat short cord length makes the IE2 tangle resistant. The cord also has a holographic identifier tag to make sure the product is genuine Bose and a clothing clip for securing the cord.
Overall, these headphones are for road warriors and joggers who want a secure, open air fit with good quality sound. They will not satisfy commuters or audiophiles because of the lack of noise isolation or highest sound quality, but for the price, it is a great choice for an active lifestyle.
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I hope this helps.
Pros Very comfortable and secure fit. Sound quality among the best I have heard at this price for a non-noise-isolating in ear headphone.
Cons Does not block external noise - which could be a pro for some.
Summary I use these every day to listen to my iPod to and from work and I can definitely say these are a significant upgrade for anyone using standard earbuds, with very good sound quality and a very comfortable fit. Brings out subtle details in music and improves bass response with a much more balanced sound. Most Bose products are arguably over-priced relative to the competition, but this is an exception. As noted these are not noise-isolating, which I actually prefer. In their category I think they are one of the best in-ear headphones out there. Highly recommended!
Pros I have used Bose for about 5 years; I listen to music constantly and these are the most comfortable and best-sounding in-ears I have found.
Cons In 5 years I have had to replace my headphones five times. The plastic sheathing on the wire cracks and splits very quickly at the junctures with other elements. The newer ones which I bought 9 months ago have cracks at the Y-junction and at the bast of
Summary If the wire quality were better, I would be a lifelong devotee even with a higher price tag, but as it stands I'm looking for others with comparable sound and comfort.
Pros sound is good, fit is good, light and great for working out.
Cons gets painful in ears after a period of time (for me about 30 mins) sound quality could be much better
Summary if ur gonna spend a 100 dollars on earphones...DONT! save up a bit more and buy other bose headphones (the ones that go around ur ears AE2) the ones i want to buy after i try selling these ones :P
Pros Comfortable, can sound ok if you can hear them
Cons You cannot hear them on a city street, subway or anywhere there is ambient noise.
Summary The reviews really downplay the fact that in a subway or city street you cannot hear the music at all. They could sound like a pair of $30k nautilus speakers but it wouldn't matter. The openness is way to open. Even in quiet I find the sound to be very harsh, low end weak an mids non existent. Just get a $20 pair of skull candy at least you can hear them.