Pros Lightweight, sound quality beyond words.
Cons None that I can observe
Summary At first sight you might feel that its over priced.... May be it is! Who cares... I had first seen this product at best buy . I found it really light on my head and sound quality was spectacular. The next day I ordered online. The sound quality is substantially better than the normal IPOD earphones that are provided along with the IPOD. You can hear distictly so many sounds that you would have never known existed. I would give it a perfect 10 on 10. I just like their tagline--Lifelike sound. and their product gives that. Its just like the whole orchestra is playing right in front of you. If you love music, this product is for you. If you have only 100$ as the budget, then wait for sometime, make money and then go for this product.
Pros Better than free headphones?
Cons bulky, bad ergonomics, extremely over priced,
The bose OE has very bad ergonomics, the sound is just a bit better than senheisser PX 100 but not as good as any sennheiser over 60 (the third part from the retail price for these BOSE OE).
Ergonomics, difficult to fold difficult to extend, don't know why but they have an angle when they are over your ears imposible to accommodate what make them even more uncomfortable, the size is huge in comparision with the PX 100 which are a truth portable and also the BOSE OE make you look ... very strange.
Sound, the sound is good if you compare them with a US 10 dollars headphones or the ones that came with your mp3 player, the sound is just a bit better if you compare them with sennheiser px 100 (much much more comfortale and portable and at US35 they rock) and the BOSE OE are bad sounding if compared to any sennheiser over US60.
CONCLUSION : The BOSE OE definitively don't worth the price payed.
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Pros Very comfy for extended wear; Sound that fills my head with sound and whether it be bass of a Rap song or the amazing rifts of Rock, this set seems to hit it right.
Cons The cord could be made of something else (sounds like a freight train if you scratch it with your fingernails)... Then again, it doesn't really tangle which is nice. Some cannot justify the price.
Summary I must say, I love these headphones. They were very much worth the price and I impress everyone I let listen to these. I heard them at target and compared them to the around ear option and a pair of Sony MDX's as well as some cheap Coby's (crap).
You really can't compare these with anything under 100$ I'm sorry, there is nothing that can compare lower than that.
Basically, if you are an audiophile at heart and you want some moderately expensive headphones, these are your match. They have an excellent ability to go down low low and have very nice highs. I heard things that I had not heard in some of my favorite songs before. Truly I tell you that these will inspire you to hear true sound from Bose.
If you think you have heard it all, you haven't, try these. They are at Circuit City and Target has a place to try them in most of their store.
Pros Comfort, Bass, Customer Support
Cons Cables seem week and fragile (New design offered 12/04/07)
Summary Ok, I'm no pro but I have good hearing and I love music. I will say these speakers sound amazing. Are there better out there? I'm sure you'll find tech specs or better monitors out there but these sound awesome on a portable. Most often times these headphones are compared to ones that are made for hi-fi home stereo or DJ setups. Bose OE's recomended useage is for portable audio/video players. Most of the time, even here at CNET Bose OE are compared with larger more for home use monitors like Grado that are not meant for ipods or mp3 players or portability.
With that said Bose has always been about elegance and quality. One of the aspects of Bose products people dont give credit too is their ability to create an "Efficient" sound environment. This can mean alot of things, but first thing that comes to mind is power consumption... the more efficient the longer your batteries last!! While some cheap monitors will sound distorted at high volumes as a result of being over powered, others are hollow an weak as the are under driven. The ability to create deep rich sound with ear shaking bass at lower levels is amazing! I also own Shure SE310's and at almost $300 bucks they can not reproduce this as good. I love my Shure's and they serve their purpose and sound amazing, but consider what your using them for. Comfort, no cord hassle, portability, quality, fashion, etc. The Bose OE fit the bill! For readers thinking of buying these take note that you will rarely see a review criticizing comfort.
With the prices set for todays electronics its hard to find a real bargin. There's always something undesirable to find when you spend hundreds of dollars. Bose doesn't disappoint when it comes to quality a price. I challenge anyone to name a better on-ear headphone that adds quality, sound, efficiency, comfort, customer support, warranty, cable options, etc. for $180. Not to mention the statement they make when your wearing them. So many people say "oooo wow you have Bose headphones".
Bose does not disappoint as they do what they advertise! The only thing negative for me is the cables. They seem a bit fragile. But I called Bose CS and inquired about this and I was informed that a new design would be available on 12/04/07. This new design would be more compatable with the iPhone and players with less than forgiving connecting setups along with a more rugged design.
If you love your music and dont want or cant spend $200-$1000... The Bose OE Tri-Port's look, feel, and sound like you did!Updated
About the new cable option available, at the time of inquire the support agent offerd to place an order for these part#'s "FREE" of charge!!
Pros great headphone would keep buying this headphone sound quality is amazing, takes a while for the speakers to break in,so you get the best quality, comfortable fit, cable is strong.
Cons after a long time the ear cushions begin to deteriorate due to the leather, but are worth replacing ear cushion.
Summary would recommend to people investing in a pair of good headphones truly amazing pair of headphone.