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Bose SoundTrue Headphones On-Ear Style Purple-Mint by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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Bose SoundTrue Headphones On-Ear Style, Purple/Mint
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 792 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 2.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Color5.0   above average
Compact5.0   average
Weight5.0   above average
Fit4.8   above average
Light4.8   above average
Travel4.8   above average
Comfortable4.6   average
Quality4.5   above average
Sound4.5   average
Music4.4   average
Noise4.4   above average
Size4.3   above average
Listening4.1   average
Price4.1   below average
Design4.0   average
Audio3.9   average
Amazon3.8   average
Microphone3.8   average
Volume3.8   average
Cable3.5   average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"I bought these during Amazon's big sales event and am pretty disappointed not with the product but with the price point compared to costco."
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"Very disappointed with Amazon."
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"Quite possibly the worst thing I've ever purchased on Amazon."
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"I got them on Amazon's sale day, they must have just been unloading junk."
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"Got an excellent deal on these during Amazon prime day, so I'll just gift them to someone during the holidays."
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"Obtained these on a great deal during Amazon Prime anniversary; We have been very happy with these headphones...The sound is clear and sits comfortably on our ears."
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"Bought it when Amazon has it on sale, and it has an awesome sound, awesome comfort and awesome looks!"
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"And finally got one and at a great price on Amazon"
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"I bought these during Amazon's big sales event and am pretty disappointed not with the product but with the price point compared to costco."
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Audio

Audio:
"However, after a few days of regular use the wire which connects the headphones to the jack became faulty causing the audio to break unless held at a specific angle."
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".....and I just assumed the audio quality would be stellar, as bose products genneraly are, well I recieved them, and I must admit, they truly make a very hansome appearence, in person, as well as the matching carry case and cable, once I pluged them into my Ipod Touch, I was extreemly dissapointed in the audio quality!"
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"My husband usually has the TV on, and in every headset I've ever used in the past (including the earbuds that come with the iPhone), it picks up on the TV audio and amplifies it - she complains that she can't hear me at all over all the noise."
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"I'm not an expert on audio quality, I just know that I need to be able to hear the details in my audio."
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"I'm not an audio expert, but to me, the Bose headphones are equally as good as the popular Dr dre Beats I recently bought for my grandson."
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"I laugh at myself when listening to audio books and I can hear the subtle sounds so well that I find myself looking behind me to see if someone is making the sounds in the room I am in!"
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"Apart from that the audio quality is very good."
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Cable

Cable:
"However, I noticed that the 3.5mm-2.5mm male to male cord was a little damaged so watch out if you buy it used."
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"So I started playing with it...before I made the return, or so I thought..I do not have much confidence in the thin cord, but I see thicker replacements can be had on Amazon (3.5 mm to 2.5 mm)."
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"These bottom line Bose really make me pause in my dislike for the company.5 stars from me, I will upgrade the cord and will not be returning them."
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"The mic on the cable isn't the best and most of my callers understood me but said I sounded like I was on a speaker phone with a loss of clarity."
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"My only complaint lies with the cable."
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"The cable is detachable (good) and has a nice mic and volume rocker on it (also good), but near the bottom at the male end I can't help but feel like the cable is very flimsy and prone to getting frayed even through general use."
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"The folding style and detachable cord are great, considering that I am generally pretty rough on headphones and those features should go a long way for portability and durability."
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"The cord is nice and long - super versatile to use because of this."
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"Extra long headphone cord is nice too."
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"I liked the fact that the cord is detachable."
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"The cable is detachable (good) and has a nice mic and volume rocker on it (also good), but near the bottom at the male end I can't help but feel like the cable is very flimsy and prone to getting frayed even through general use."
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Color

Color:
"The style is really cool and I love the colors, but at it's heart they are expensive headphones that I can only wear for about a half hour before they pinch my ears."
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"Love the color as well."
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"I am pretty happy with what I got...but there is great scope of improvement if they would follow to do.... Hopefully this review would make you decide if you wanna buy these or not...Pros~ Price is good and you get what you pay~ The purple mint color combination stands out and makes an impression for sure.~ Very portable~ Soft leather on ears, very confer table on ears~ Headband is smooth and settles perfectly for me~ The detachable cords are pretty strong and nice in color and quality~ Awesome sound quality the beats are very clear...does full justification to my MJ favs..Cons~ Buttons on the cords are very sensitive ( volume buttons I meant)~ The wires are visible on the ears cups...which are not so attractive..and little disappointing~ Leaks out sound...but I can't expect more at this price~ Can be used to the fullest only for Apple products...tried for Android...they did work but failed to do the Bose job"
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"I love the colors of this product, and they also adjust to fit my small head well."
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"Have been using bose headphones for a while now and along with the great sound quality I am happy to see the new color options!"
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I have noticed 2 points that you need to know; 1) no noise cancellation for this model 2) even if they're comfortable but if you used them for an hour, you would feel pain and discomfort."
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"Comfortable, light, not huge on, and great sound! "
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"They are super light and comfortable without feeling cheap or flimsy and as you would expect from Bose deliver great sound quality."
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"They are comfortable, but feel a bit flimsy."
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"Unfortunately, although the sound is great, the comfort is not."
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"I wasn't willing to spend a fortune because I'm not a DJ I just want good sound and comfort."
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"They were smaller than I expected but they are ridiculously comfortable and work really well! "
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"Very comfortable on my ears & a reasonable price."
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"The sound on these is fantastic and they are comfortable."
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"But after hearing the Bose at the store, and experiencing the excellent comfort, I decided to spend MORE than I had planned."
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"If you are looking for comfort, good quality, great sound, and something to take on trips, get these."
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Compact

Compact:
"Compact, comfortable,stylish, and GREAT SOUND!"
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"The volume buttons did not work (but I expected that).They are quite comfortable on the head and very compact when folded."
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"They were perfectly compact and easy to carry in our backpack."
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"Unlike the over-ear style, these are small and compact, and easily transportable in their case."
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"Great sound quality in a compact size."
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Design

Design:
"They are designed to fold as well as pivot...giving them a flimsy feeling to me."
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"I don't know if it is because the pressure of the ear pads is so tight and no air gets through is the cause of my discomfort or the sustained pressure of the headphones causes my ears to simply want to take them off, but there needs to be some more thought in the design to make it less uncomfortable."
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"Only drawback is they are designed for Apple - don't have a droid equivalent yet, so the volume control toggle on the headphones won't work unless you are using an Apple product...."
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"The sound quality is amazing and I love the design."
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"They are designed to fold as well as pivot...giving them a flimsy feeling to me."
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"Excellent design, works well with my tablet."
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"The Bose sound quality is rich across the frequency spectrum and the design of these headphones is far superior in material and comfort."
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"The outside packaging says that they're designed for iPhone, iPod, well all iproducts."
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Fit

Fit:
"I have very small ears & even the smallest earbuds don't fit too well."
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"Disappointed as they fit my head better than any other."
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"bought them for my husband, not a good fit on the ear, tried them once and they kept sliding off ear"
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"Fit well, great quality, daughter seems pleased with these.......can use with any device not just Apple."
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"FIT BEAUTIFULLY"
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"They were smaller than what we were expecting when they arrived He loves the way they sound and the way they fit."
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"Sure there are the higher price Bose headphones out there, and sure there are other great brands that probably out-perform these, but for me at a price point below my top budget of $150, these fit MY bill perfectly."
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"We both have fairly large heads and these headphones fit well."
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Light

Light:
"Comfortable, light, not huge on, and great sound! "
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"They are super light and comfortable without feeling cheap or flimsy and as you would expect from Bose deliver great sound quality."
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"bought as gift for my kid, totally worth, great sound quality, and simply light weight."
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"They are light, VERY comfortable on the air (almost a pillow like feeling), compact when folded, and come with a carry case ."
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"It is very light and easy on the ears."
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"The were extremely light and comfortable on the ear."
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"But the best part was it was light, which made it a to go choice for listening while travelling."
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Listening

Listening:
"The earpieces are not particularly big (they barely cover my husband's ears), so they would not be great for trying to cancel out sound while listening on, say, a plane."
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"Great sound even listening to the terrible mp3 sound"
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"As for the audio, it's really stunning - I am listening to Mahler's 6th on Spotify as I type this and I'm finding it hard to concentrate on anything but this music."
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"In summary VERY comfortable for long listening sessions, and hard to beat for flat un-emphasized frequency responseI also want to mention a couple of songs that helped me out in critical evaluation."
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"Great for stationary listening (ex."
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"First, I'm not an audiophile ... just a regular consumer who was looking for a good pair of headphones for when I travel and occasionally listening to music around the house."
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"But the best part was it was light, which made it a to go choice for listening while travelling."
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"Great light weight headphones for casual listening and light phone usage."
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"They are wonderful attaching to my roku 3 for movie listening."
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Loud

Loud:
"If you are person like me who wants to listen to loud music, but hate that loud outward noise, then these on-ear headphones are just NOT for you!"
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"Being hard of hearing and only using Apple headphones this was a nice change but it was loud and other people can hear my music."
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"I never like anyone to be able to hear music that I'm listening to, but this isn't a problem, since I can turn the volume up fairly loud before anyone can hear."
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"Also if you turn the music up sort of loud other people will be able to hear your music."
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"I have to turn my music up kinda loud to really enjoy the sound."
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"Loud and clear"
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Microphone

Microphone:
"The mic on the cable isn't the best and most of my callers understood me but said I sounded like I was on a speaker phone with a loss of clarity."
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"The other brands were either uncomfortable or the sound was muffled or the mic was crackly."
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"Everyone knows how awesome Bose speakers and headphones sound - but what I wasn't expecting was the superior call quality when using the microphone."
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"I have other expensive headphones with microphones - and they never pan out for use as the other caller says it's too hard to hear me when I talk - that my voice sounds muffled, etc."
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"The inline mic works great and is a must for me as my cell rings a lot for work and it's great if I happen to be wearing these at the time."
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"The microphone delivers clear responses during his meetings."
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"The cable is detachable (good) and has a nice mic and volume rocker on it (also good), but near the bottom at the male end I can't help but feel like the cable is very flimsy and prone to getting frayed even through general use."
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"The mic is pretty good too, I have used them for phone calls and even talk softly at night and the person can always hear me clearly."
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"The inline mic is a great feature but for me, it was way too close to the headphone to be used easily."
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Music

Music:
"If you are person like me who wants to listen to loud music, but hate that loud outward noise, then these on-ear headphones are just NOT for you!"
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"I was unable to control the volume of my music."
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"For anyone looking to drown out the noise with music, the on-ear version will be somewhat disappointing."
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"As for the audio, it's really stunning - I am listening to Mahler's 6th on Spotify as I type this and I'm finding it hard to concentrate on anything but this music."
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"--Sound leakage is minimal so people near you can hear music only when turned up very high, They don't perform as well in this respect as good over-ear phones however."
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"It does reduce the external noise to a certain level which is decent enough to listen to Music or watch movie."
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"Being hard of hearing and only using Apple headphones this was a nice change but it was loud and other people can hear my music."
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"Maybe I should've gone all the way and gotten noise-cancelling ones but these ones do a decent job when playing music at a medium level."
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"Great sound for music but wouldn't work for my IPhone calls!"
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"I used them at work to listen to music as well as videos."
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Noise

Noise:
"If you are person like me who wants to listen to loud music, but hate that loud outward noise, then these on-ear headphones are just NOT for you!"
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"A lot of reviewers complain that these dont hold in sound or outside noises?"
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"I had the noise canceling ones (Beats executive) and it was annoying to constantly have to change batteries."
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"Noise canceling option of Bose only gives mediocre sound and I think these already do a good enough job helping me focus at a Starbucks."
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"As an example, if I have a small fan running in my room, these still sound very good and at less than 50% volume make it hard to hear other outside noise, including conversation."
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"For anyone looking to drown out the noise with music, the on-ear version will be somewhat disappointing."
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"Cancels out noise and sound great."
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"These less expensive version sound great, but definitely are not noise cancelling without something playing."
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"It does reduce the external noise to a certain level which is decent enough to listen to Music or watch movie."
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"Can't hear any noise at all and I love that about them."
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"These are not noise canceling, but the way the earphones cover your ears makes them do a good job of canceling noise anyway."
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Noise-cancellation

Noise-cancellation:
"My father is in radio and has always been very pleased with his QC noise-cancelling headphones."
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"Maybe I should've gone all the way and gotten noise-cancelling ones but these ones do a decent job when playing music at a medium level."
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"Bass is subdued compared to the Bose noise-cancelling models, but the sound was pleasing and crystal clear."
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"I have Bose's Quiet Comfort 2 noise-cancelling headphones and really like them, but I wanted something more compact for travel and or use in the house when I don't need the noise-cancelling option."
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"IF you want noise-canceling, another good thing about Bose noise-canceling is you can listen to music with the headphones, even when the noise-canceling feature runs out of juice (Beats, you can't use without battery at all).Edit: I should also point out that consumers do complain of the squeeze feeling, and I can see that if you wear it for an extended period of time."
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Portable

Portable:
"Great for today's portables."
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"Small and easily portable in the zippered case."
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"Great sound quality from a portable headphone."
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"The Bose look nice, they fold into a very portable size, and come with a nice case, but the sound quality is nowhere near what I was expecting."
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"So much smaller and softer than noise canceling headphones and so much more comfortable than earbuds, these are a nice, portable alternative when traveling, and a nice choice for someone who has never worn any kind of head earphones but who would like to listen to the radio or to a book in privacy! "
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Price

Price:
"Isolation 4 5Overall I would give this headphone a 3.5-4 stars they are great for bassy music like rap edm and pop stuff I listen to for about $120 they are kinda iffy I wouldn't really recommend them but I bought these for $70 used so if you can find it around this price then yeah I would recommend them."
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"I am pretty happy with what I got...but there is great scope of improvement if they would follow to do.... Hopefully this review would make you decide if you wanna buy these or not...Pros~ Price is good and you get what you pay~ The purple mint color combination stands out and makes an impression for sure.~ Very portable~ Soft leather on ears, very confer table on ears~ Headband is smooth and settles perfectly for me~ The detachable cords are pretty strong and nice in color and quality~ Awesome sound quality the beats are very clear...does full justification to my MJ favs..Cons~ Buttons on the cords are very sensitive ( volume buttons I meant)~ The wires are visible on the ears cups...which are not so attractive..and little disappointing~ Leaks out sound...but I can't expect more at this price~ Can be used to the fullest only for Apple products...tried for Android...they did work but failed to do the Bose job"
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"These headphones are not only very good but they're also cheap for Bose's quality."
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"Great sound for the money but not very comfortable on the head."
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"Cheap headphones, feel flimsy and sound quality sucks."
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"I bought these during Amazon's big sales event and am pretty disappointed not with the product but with the price point compared to costco."
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"Great sound for a great price"
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"Very comfortable on my ears & a reasonable price."
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"Sure there are the higher price Bose headphones out there, and sure there are other great brands that probably out-perform these, but for me at a price point below my top budget of $150, these fit MY bill perfectly."
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"I got this head phone on a very good black Friday deal of $59 .However for the price point Vs Quality this is one of the best on ear head phones i would say."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality is good but not as amazing as I expected."
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"For the price paid, the sound quality did not seem exceptionally good."
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"These headphones are not only very good but they're also cheap for Bose's quality."
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"Cheap headphones, feel flimsy and sound quality sucks."
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"I don't find that very good quality for a set of $99 earphones to only last a year."
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"Unfortunately, I have to say that I was quite disappointed about the sound quality of these headphones."
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"Fit well, great quality, daughter seems pleased with these.......can use with any device not just Apple."
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"Quality is really good, sound is great."
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"The sound quality is really good."
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"The quality that these are built are too good."
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"bought as gift for my kid, totally worth, great sound quality, and simply light weight."
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Size

Size:
"I normally prefer over ear headphones but I wanted something small to wear in public instead of earbuds which are uncomfortable for me."
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"Size - The headphones are not bulky, easy to carry around and they fold into the small case that makes it easy to pack them anywhere."
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"Was not comfortable for my ear size...."
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"Yes, I know people complain about the length of the cable, but it's a small issue compared to the good sound quality coming from my iPhone and its ability to block out other sounds from the gym where I exercise."
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"I think Bose made a mistake in not adding a bit more size adjustment at the large end."
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"Size is perfect, too."
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"These are really cute and small but they squeeze my ears to the point that I can barely make it through a movie due to how uncomfortable they are."
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"These are also very small so I don't feel ridiculous walking around with them on like I do with my Senheissers."
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"They're a little small, but was at a GREAT price, and they sound as good as the Beats by Dre."
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"Small and easily portable in the zippered case."
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Sound

Sound:
"My only complaint (which is why I took a star off) is that the headphones leak sound pretty bad especially if you turn the volume up."
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"The sound quality is good but not as amazing as I expected."
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"For the price paid, the sound quality did not seem exceptionally good."
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"Unfortunately, the sound is flat, weak and lacking in roundness and depth."
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"I was proven wrong these sound way better then the around the ear set and they do a great job of blockIng outside noise."
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"I am pretty happy with what I got...but there is great scope of improvement if they would follow to do.... Hopefully this review would make you decide if you wanna buy these or not...Pros~ Price is good and you get what you pay~ The purple mint color combination stands out and makes an impression for sure.~ Very portable~ Soft leather on ears, very confer table on ears~ Headband is smooth and settles perfectly for me~ The detachable cords are pretty strong and nice in color and quality~ Awesome sound quality the beats are very clear...does full justification to my MJ favs..Cons~ Buttons on the cords are very sensitive ( volume buttons I meant)~ The wires are visible on the ears cups...which are not so attractive..and little disappointing~ Leaks out sound...but I can't expect more at this price~ Can be used to the fullest only for Apple products...tried for Android...they did work but failed to do the Bose job"
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"Always love Bose products as their sound is always excellent."
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"Cancels out noise and sound great."
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"Great sound"
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"Compact, comfortable,stylish, and GREAT SOUND!"
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"The sound quality is really good."
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Travel

Travel:
"I usually use earbuds when I travel, but hate them as they are always falling out and have not yet found a pair that actually stay in ... and they're uncomfortable for me!"
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"I'm a huge fan of Bose products, the sound is clean and full and these are durable enough for travel and use in day public situations."
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"First, I'm not an audiophile ... just a regular consumer who was looking for a good pair of headphones for when I travel and occasionally listening to music around the house."
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"I was please to receive this and found it folds up and has its own travel case."
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"These were perfect for our plane travel."
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"Perfect for me to go travel with."
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Volume

Volume:
"When I ask her to lower the volume, she says that then she can't hear as well."
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"I see that other reviewers report that the sound leaks...but I do not use the volume high enough to cause others a problem."
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"I was unable to control the volume of my music."
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"One criticism which can't be ignored though: as you raise the volume, these become a high quality set of *speakers*.They don't hold sound in and are not good for privacy."
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"As an example, if I have a small fan running in my room, these still sound very good and at less than 50% volume make it hard to hear other outside noise, including conversation."
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"This little toy doesn't have a terrific harmonic distortion rating at higher volumes, yet the Bose headphones made it sound better than any others that I own, including a pair of SONY studio monitor phones."
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"Crystal clear sound, really high volume."
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"My only complaint (which is why I took a star off) is that the headphones leak sound pretty bad especially if you turn the volume up."
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"I use a amp with these the nx1 topping and makes it little louder and I do recommend amp with these because you need to turn it up the volume more then regular headphones and I think they feel more accurate with them."
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"I never like anyone to be able to hear music that I'm listening to, but this isn't a problem, since I can turn the volume up fairly loud before anyone can hear."
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"The cable is detachable (good) and has a nice mic and volume rocker on it (also good), but near the bottom at the male end I can't help but feel like the cable is very flimsy and prone to getting frayed even through general use."
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Weight

Weight:
"bought as gift for my kid, totally worth, great sound quality, and simply light weight."
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"But the same flexibility, combined with the great pads...add the lite weight, makes it super comfortable on my head."
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"Great set of lightweight headphones with great sound."
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"Very light-weight and comfortable for long use."
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"They are extremely lightweight and the ear cushions are extremely comfortable around the ears."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"As a bonus, the cord is longer than your typical iPhone earbuds, so it's not as easy for the headphones to be yanked off your head or out of the device when it falls on to the airplane floor or when you want to tuck your device into a pocket or purse while listening to it."
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"My husband usually has the TV on, and in every headset I've ever used in the past (including the earbuds that come with the iPhone), it picks up on the TV audio and amplifies it - she complains that she can't hear me at all over all the noise."
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"Great sound for music but wouldn't work for my IPhone calls!"
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"The outside packaging says that they're designed for iPhone, iPod, well all iproducts."
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"Perfect for my iPad and iPhone."
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"I tried out on my iPhone 5s Pandora and the sound is good."
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"I gave them to a family member with an iPhone, who appreciates them and thinks they're terrific."
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