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Bose OE2i Audio Headphones - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 9, 2015

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Bose OE2i Audio Headphones - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/15/2015
Based on 621 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 3.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Traveling5.0   above average
iPhone5.0   above average
Audio4.8   above average
Compact4.8   average
Light4.8   above average
Travel4.8   above average
Comfortable4.7   average
Control4.7   above average
Weight4.7   average
iPod4.7   above average
Size4.6   above average
Music4.4   average
Noise4.4   above average
Sound4.4   average
Price4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Speaker4.2   above average
Range4.0   below average
Volume3.9   average
Design3.8   below average
Connector3.1   average
Cable2.9   below average
Plastic2.1   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"I NEVER write reviews on Amazon, but when I see negative reviews for this great product, I want to cringe."
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"Overall, well worth the $83 (I got it in one of Amazon's daily deals)."
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"I love Amazon."
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"You can of course get replacement cables from Bose, and you can find some on Amazon that say they are for the oe2.I have no problem with the build quality."
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"Purchased from Amazon, when on sale, and it has been a great investment."
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"These headphones go for about $150.00 in Quebec but Amazon had the best prices for these."
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Audio

Audio:
"Update June 2015: second audio cable has broken and Bose no longer sells replacements."
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"The audio also was the best quality among the headphones I have."
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"Very good clear audio quality a very good audio product as expected for this brand."
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"They don't do audio books well at all (especially if the book has sound effects)."
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"Sounds great out of the box.4) Its personal preference but when comes to audio quality these are the best sounding (overall mids, highs and lows)."
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Balance

Balance:
"I'm not a fan of bassy headphones, so the balance, as well as the treble booster in my iPhone's EQ balances everything out."
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"Its sounds is very clear wih a good balance."
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"They are a nice balance of highs, miss, and bass."
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"No overdriven bass, nice balance of highs and lows, and the music just breathes better."
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Cable

Cable:
"Weak connection at headphones cord."
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"Looks like the contact between the cord and the phone is not good."
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"The cable (which broke a couple of tisme under warranty) broke again, but now I was forced to pay $30 (!"
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"I had to replace it because the original cord broke."
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"Update June 2015: second audio cable has broken and Bose no longer sells replacements."
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"I just have one complain, the cable is very thin and it looks cheap but quality of sound it's great."
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"the ear covers detached and shredded, the cable attached to the headphone breaks easily due to the rigid attachment - exposed wires."
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"loves the cord, sound, size, and quality."
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"The case is neat and the cable detaches from the headphones which is a good feature as it is the most common weak point of all headphones."
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"While these headphones work very well with Apple products-finding an extension cable to plug into home theatre sound system was impossible."
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"The cable on my in-ear pair is frayed as well."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I've never liked on-the-ear headphones but these are very comfortable and have great sound compaired to other headphones I have owned."
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"I have used these headphones long enough now that I believe they are now well broken in, and I feel comfortable recommending them to a friend."
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"It sits perfectly In your ears, extremely comfortable that it's scary and has the sound quality of some of the most expensive headphones in the market."
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"For most people, the comfort of these phones is so great they're hard to match, though."
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"Sharp looking,the sound was very good, the fit was not comfortable after a few minutes of use I started to feel uncomfortable pain to tight on ears."
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"They may not be very durable (remains to be seen) but the comfort factor and the quite good sound quality sold me."
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"comfortable even after an hour, good clear sound."
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"Very comfortable to wear and great sound."
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"I love the Sennheisers--they just don't seem as built for comfortable long-term listening as do these Bose cans."
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"Excellent sound quality, lightweight and comfortable."
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"If you're a real world listener who is looking to step into a pair of headphones that are comfortable, portable, and will offer good sound across a wide variety of devices, then the BOSE OE2's are a fantastic option worth considering."
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Compact

Compact:
"Though the ability to fold into a more compact shape for storage was neat, it is quite unable to offset the serious technical flaws that these headphones have."
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"They are small and compact and excellent for traveling."
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"Folds up into a compact size and packs nicely in carrying case that comes with it! "
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"The full spectrum is not as crisp and even as it would be with high end speakers or headphones, but for lightweight, compact, portable headphones, I am more than satisfied."
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"great sound and super compact."
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"The Good The Bose OE2i Headphones are more compact than the original OE (on-ear) headphones."
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Connector

Connector:
"After six months of use and having gone through a free replacement by Bose for faulty wiring in the cable jack on the earphone, the replacement had the same problem."
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"Got our cord clipped or stuck on something and damaged our connector to the headset."
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"I would not feel comfortable folding them up, putting them in a jacket pocket and forgetting about them (without the case)."
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"The plastic very flimsy, and the headphone cable did not have the gold connectors on them like the older version did."
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"I straightened the cord, and adjusted it in the jack, and the problem persisted."
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"Poor design with earpiece jack that doesn't stay put as well."
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"My other headphones have stopped working after a while in one ear or the other; I get the wire stuck on turnstiles or doorknobs all the time and the nice thing about these is that the jack is on both ends so that when i get it caught on something, it detaches instead of having the whole thing fall off my head."
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"Sound is awesome and perfect compact fit to carry in a briefcase or jacket."
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"Next, I plug the cable into my ipod only to notice that Bose really went on the cheap - some nice NICKEL PLATED connectors instead of the gold plating on all the previous cables I've bought from Bose."
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"Also, as anticipated, the cable has shorted out, and I'm left trying to replace the Bose proprietary male male jack; a male male jack in itself is not so hard to find, but, of course, the Bose male male feeds are two different sizes."
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Control

Control:
"Unfortunately the control only allows you to adjust volume and to pause (which the description doesn't tell you)."
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"Wonderful sound for music, very comfortable and the iphone controls are great."
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"The iPod touch does not need as much of its volume control, but I can easily push it to around 75-80%."
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"Also, the control works perfectly in my Macbook, iPhone and iPod."
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"- OE2i is for the iphone, ipad, etc adds the mic and volume control on the extension wire which is a decent length more so than my apple ear buds that came with the iphone 5.- Sound is clear, and the bass is evident over the earbuds apple gives you, but at times it felt a LITTLE overpowering."
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"The cable with volume controls and mic work perfectly and don't tangle."
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Cushion

Cushion:
"There is also a cushion going across which lessens the discomfort of plastic pressing down on your head."
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"Sound is very clear and the ear pad cushions are very soft."
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"Memory foam cushion and easy on the ears."
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"I can tell you that they are the best headphones I have bought so far, with a good quality worth your money and not overpriced since you are getting a plus with the travel pouch and the comfort feeling of the ear cushions."
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"The cushion on the ear side is just great, you don't feel them on after a while and seems to blend to your ears, as well as blocks the external audio without the need of noise reduction."
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"The other attractive thing is that you can easily replace the cushions if the wear and if accidents may happen, that is an awesome thing, since you can rest assure that you can make like need when you want!"
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Design

Design:
"The design is not as good as the quality of the headphones."
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"A more compact pair I have also sounds great but the on-ear design clamps quite a bit and becomes uncomfortable after a few minutes."
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"Good sound quality, but not very nice design, especially when it is on your head, the two sides are too wide."
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"So some could call the sharper bend a design improvement, but it's at the cost of discomfort in long term use."
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"A more compact pair I have also sounds great but the on-ear design clamps quite a bit and becomes uncomfortable after a few minutes."
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"They do feel fragile but i guess thats the purpose of lightweight however nice design to fold ."
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"The headphones are very comfortable, but the on-ear design doesn't block out all external noise."
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"Its light-weight design makes it very comfortable to wear."
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"They're lightweight, very comfortable, and feature a fold-up design with an included carrying case, a detachable headphone cord, and an inline remote and microphone."
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"A more compact pair I have also sounds great but the on-ear design clamps quite a bit and becomes uncomfortable after a few minutes."
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Light

Light:
"Light weight, so doesnt irritate me for longer use; I love using it."
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"I have read reviews about these head phones being 'flimsy', that is not a good description, they are light weight so if you expect heavy this is not the pair for you."
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"Another great thing about these phones is how light they are on the ears."
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"Love this light weight headphones."
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"So comfortable and light that I sometimes forget I'm even wearing them."
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"light weight and good sound."
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"Travels really well and they are light and easy to use."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"-Microphone quality not that good."
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"Mic is very clear to everyone that I call."
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"It's a shame they are discontinued- they really provide a nice sound without the unnecessary in line microphone, at a nice price! "
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"They are very comfortable and the integrated buttons and mic work just like Apple headphones on my iPhone or Mac."
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"Im told built in mic sound great when using it to answer a call."
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"This headset works well and has the bonus of putting the microphone at a level closer to my mouth."
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Music

Music:
"The problem is that their sounds like there is a veil over the music."
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"Not to mention the sound; I'm not an audiophile, but I do appreciate good music, and these really help me hear the music the way it's meant to be heard."
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"Some folks will put on some cans and lock themselves in a closet, turn the lights off, close their eyes and hold their breath to try and find a flaw in the cans or the music then complain about the cans themselves, never admitting they are listening to low quality music files or using substandard equipment."
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"If you use these headphones long enough, the cord will start to create annoying twitches in your music, which you fix by finding what many reviewers here call the goldilocks zone."
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"I'm OK with it because I always store them in the case when I am not using them but the true disappointment was when I plugged them in to start playing some music."
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"After 70+ hours listening to many different types of music, i'm very disappointed with their sound."
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"If you primarily listen to music released before 1995, you'll love these headphones."
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"Sounds like live music and easy to wear for extended periods."
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"This is a really nice little set of headphones - I usually use them when I'm at my computer - usually for YouTube versions of my favorites, often for music or even movies - I forget they're on my head because they're so comfortable."
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"Wonderful sound for music, very comfortable and the iphone controls are great."
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"Music Quality5 5 These headphones can be used to listen to all sort of music and have a nice sound quality."
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Noise

Noise:
"Only thing missing is noise cancellation but that is much more expensive."
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"Its not bulky and perfect fit for your ears with a descent noise cancellation."
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"I know they don't technically noise cancel but they are quiet well padded and with music at a low volume, they do a good job of cutting down on background (annoying coworker) noise, plus - there are no batteries to have to recharge."
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"Those that talk about noise cancelling missing the point, I hope they realize this effects the overall sound by selectively reducing many frequencies that can never accurately be replaced."
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"I really like them, I bought them for school to block out excess noise that my apple ones couldn't and I'm really satisfied!"
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"However, the slight muting effect of the noise cancellation is somewhat annoying when it isn't necessary."
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"They block out outside noise and are perfect for the plane."
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"Great at noise cancelling."
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"The fit perfectly over your ears and cancel out most outside noises."
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"Great headphones, the noise cancellation is awesome."
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"They are not noise cancelling but he used them on a flight to Scotland and said they were fantastic."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Packaging- They were wrapped in plastic- which I hate!"
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"It's mostly plastic, poorly constructed, and doesn't sound as good as the older version."
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"I'd expect something more than cheap plastic with weak joints and a very very thin cord."
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"I was quite worried about the build quality of the AKG, as the plastic felt rather cheap and despite the proclaimed frequency response range, I felt rather missing some base."
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"Some complain here because the Bose are made of plastic and not 4 inch thick titanium that would survive an airplane wreck."
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"The plastic very flimsy, and the headphone cable did not have the gold connectors on them like the older version did."
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"Bose OE2i has a very good sound, good bass, though the plastic feels kind of cheap, it seems durable."
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"It is not fair to compare the two because even in terms of design the OE2's were manufactured with the mindset of portability and so the nice plastic opposed to metal accents from the original OE's (which made the item heavier and bulkier mind you) was used."
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"The construction is light weight plastic and they fold up into a nice traveling case which is included."
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"I actually find that the lightweight plastic is one of the reasons that this headphones is comfortable and easy to be carried around."
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"What's more, the lightweight plastic just does not hold to your head as well as the original, heavier model; I find they too easily slide out of position, which is annoying."
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Portable

Portable:
"Portable easy to carry and great full bodied sound."
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"If you're a real world listener who is looking to step into a pair of headphones that are comfortable, portable, and will offer good sound across a wide variety of devices, then the BOSE OE2's are a fantastic option worth considering."
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"I love that they fold up into a portable size."
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"These are also foldable, and make them a great portable companion for trips."
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"The full spectrum is not as crisp and even as it would be with high end speakers or headphones, but for lightweight, compact, portable headphones, I am more than satisfied."
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Price

Price:
"To top it off, something most headphones at 3X the price are missing."
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"You won't get loud, boomy bass with these and at times the mids are a tad muddled, but overall you will get a good, balanced, even loud sound reproduction that is hard to get these days for this price."
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"Comfort4 5 These are very comfortable pair of headphones but these have very small ear cups and may start irritating your ears in 4-5 hoursAffordability3 5 These headphones are affordable compared to the beats and other brands out there but if you don't have a big budget these are the headphones to go for"
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"I just have one complain, the cable is very thin and it looks cheap but quality of sound it's great."
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"I've used a couple of cheap headphones but not satisfied, so i decided its time to upgrade."
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"However, the sound isn't amazing enough to justify full retail price, but if you can get a deal on them I wouldn't hesitate."
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"very good for the price"
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"Great sound at a great price."
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"If by contrast, you're an audiophile who is looking to get the best sound quality that you can get for the money, than the OE2's probably aren't for you."
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"At this price range, I am pretty happy with what I got! "
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"I'm very pleased with the high quality and low price of these earphones."
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Quality

Quality:
"I just have one complain, the cable is very thin and it looks cheap but quality of sound it's great."
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"Based on your priority if you want to compromise on sound quality (relative though if you like bass, you might like beats) and comfort for sturdiness the Beats are also good."
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"The design is not as good as the quality of the headphones."
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"It sits perfectly In your ears, extremely comfortable that it's scary and has the sound quality of some of the most expensive headphones in the market."
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"Not the best quality I ever heard but certainly not the worst."
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"BOSEBOSEIE2BOSE OE2Headset very disappointed, poor sound quality, completely not sense one o'clock BOSE feel at home multimedia, BOSE sound all the Bluetooth series of speakers, headphones also IE2 etc., but this BOSE OE2 totally let me down, bass poor to not , with online comments not the same thing, are suspected of care."
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"arrived on time, great headphones, love that they fold and come with a pouch, very good quality"
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"Excellent quality, excellent sound."
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"Quality product, highly recommend."
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"Excellent sound quality, lightweight and comfortable."
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"If by contrast, you're an audiophile who is looking to get the best sound quality that you can get for the money, than the OE2's probably aren't for you."
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Range

Range:
"I don't say high-quality sound because they seem to boost some tonal ranges - quiet scenes are a tad too quiet and loud scenes are a tad too loud."
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"I had a pair of the Klipsch One 's which were about the same size but didn't quite fold up as small so they were more difficult to fit into my briefcase, but more importantly the were missing something in the sound range."
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"I was quite worried about the build quality of the AKG, as the plastic felt rather cheap and despite the proclaimed frequency response range, I felt rather missing some base."
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"At this price range, I am pretty happy with what I got! "
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"I had beautiful floor speakers with 12 woofers, mid range, and tweeters and no, headphones will never match that kind of sound."
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"But, i'm pretty sure most of our hearing range is completely effed from going to too many rage against the machine concerts to where it wont make a difference at this point."
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"Bose sometimes gets the reputation of concentrating on mid-ranges, but only the very young have ears with sufficient dynamic range to appreciate greater range than Bose produces."
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Size

Size:
"They're both on the large size, and therefore not the best for watching television movies in a reclining position."
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"Comfort4 5 These are very comfortable pair of headphones but these have very small ear cups and may start irritating your ears in 4-5 hoursAffordability3 5 These headphones are affordable compared to the beats and other brands out there but if you don't have a big budget these are the headphones to go for"
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"I had a pair of the Klipsch One 's which were about the same size but didn't quite fold up as small so they were more difficult to fit into my briefcase, but more importantly the were missing something in the sound range."
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"I really like that these have a pretty small profile, as I hate feeling like I'm walking around with giant cans on my head."
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"Certainly, there are numorous better headphones out there, for Bose, you are paying for 'great sound in small equipment', you are not paying for the 'best sound'."
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"It's very comfortable to wear on the head for large and small head sizes, lightweight, solid sound, though she thinks it's not as full as the others we have tried."
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"They are small and compact and excellent for traveling."
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"Great headphones Small but loud"
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"Folds up into a compact size and packs nicely in carrying case that comes with it! "
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"loves the cord, sound, size, and quality."
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Sound

Sound:
"Sound when they did work was mediocre."
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"If you're into newer stuff, you might feel these cans don't sound that great."
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"You won't get loud, boomy bass with these and at times the mids are a tad muddled, but overall you will get a good, balanced, even loud sound reproduction that is hard to get these days for this price."
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"He previously used the In Ear Bose earbuds, which sound fantastic, but unfortunately they don't drown out the screamers."
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"I've never liked on-the-ear headphones but these are very comfortable and have great sound compaired to other headphones I have owned."
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"I do not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants great sound without sacrificing portability."
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"good sound while the lasted which was about 1.5 years with moderate use."
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"Excellent quality, excellent sound."
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"comfortable even after an hour, good clear sound."
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"Very comfortable to wear and great sound."
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"With these OE2's being smaller, I will admit that I had my doubts they could sound great based on my knowledge of Bose."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"(Thought I could trust the Bose Name)Same problem as everyone else Im reading about here:the flimsy wire going into the earcup speaker gets internally pulled away somewhereinside the housing, and GOOD FRIGGIN LUCK tryin to find the bad spot in the wireso you haven't a snowball's chance in Hell of repairing it."
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"This made me think of earlier days, when music was an important part of growing up, when we listened to music with turntables, stereo receivers, and great speakers, and reminded me of what I had been missing."
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"I had beautiful floor speakers with 12 woofers, mid range, and tweeters and no, headphones will never match that kind of sound."
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"I had my laptop speakers on max to get decent volume."
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"I really appreciate the quality they get from small speakers."
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"I'd love have those speakers again, but I doubt my neighbors would appreciate the thudding base of the drums."
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"While listening to music on my iPhone I can easily receive telephone calls, the phone speaker on the cord works great."
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Travel

Travel:
"However, they are not so easily available for people who live outside of the US or travel a great deal for a living."
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"Travels really well and they are light and easy to use."
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"perfect for travel..sound quality great"
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"Extra credit for portability and the nice travel case."
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"I have the noise canceling Bose for travel which are great."
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"These are a great set of headphones for travel."
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Traveling

Traveling:
"They are small and compact and excellent for traveling."
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"They collapse and come with a carrying case which is nice for traveling."
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"They are not cheap, but at least you know you spend your money right, and besides, they are great for traveling"
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"They are great for traveling!"
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"Really good for traveling!"
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Volume

Volume:
"I know they don't technically noise cancel but they are quiet well padded and with music at a low volume, they do a good job of cutting down on background (annoying coworker) noise, plus - there are no batteries to have to recharge."
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"I wish I would have did more research and invested more money, I need more volume, I am very disappointed, I guess I have to do my research"
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"Unfortunately the control only allows you to adjust volume and to pause (which the description doesn't tell you)."
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"The sound isn't terrible at lower volumes, but it's definitely not great either."
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"They are not as loud as the Beats, but the sound quality is remarkable and therefore make up for the lack of volume power."
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"I had my laptop speakers on max to get decent volume."
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"The iPod touch does not need as much of its volume control, but I can easily push it to around 75-80%."
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"They reproduce great sound at lower volume levels also."
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"- OE2i is for the iphone, ipad, etc adds the mic and volume control on the extension wire which is a decent length more so than my apple ear buds that came with the iphone 5.- Sound is clear, and the bass is evident over the earbuds apple gives you, but at times it felt a LITTLE overpowering."
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Weight

Weight:
"Light weight, so doesnt irritate me for longer use; I love using it."
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"I have read reviews about these head phones being 'flimsy', that is not a good description, they are light weight so if you expect heavy this is not the pair for you."
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"They are incredibly lightweight, so you don't easily get tired of wearing them."
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"Excellent sound quality, lightweight and comfortable."
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"Love this light weight headphones."
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"Great sound, super comfortable, and lightweight!"
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"light weight and good sound."
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"They do feel fragile but i guess thats the purpose of lightweight however nice design to fold ."
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iPad

iPad:
"I bought these headphones to go along with a new iPad Air 2 and they are absolutely amazingly!"
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"These are great for my iPad and iPhone."
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"Perfect Sound using with my Ipad and Iphone!"
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"These headphones are much smaller and lighter than my original Noise Cancelling Bose headphones, and they work equally well with my iPad or iPod Touch 4 and 5."
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"I love these, I can watch something on my iPad or listen to music without disturbing hubby or the other people around me when I go for chemo."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"I'm not a fan of bassy headphones, so the balance, as well as the treble booster in my iPhone's EQ balances everything out."
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"Works great with my T-coil using my iPhone 6+ to make or take calls and to listen to music or movies hands free."
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"These are great for my iPad and iPhone."
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"Perfect Sound using with my Ipad and Iphone!"
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"Wonderful sound for music, very comfortable and the iphone controls are great."
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iPod

iPod:
"I've owned Sony's and Panasonics and whatever came with the ipod and was never really satisfied with the sound quality so I decided to be kind to myself and purchase a good, if somewhat expensive pair of headphones and I've not been disappointed in these."
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"Fortunately a couple weeks later I was helping my daughter buy a protective case for her iPod at a local store, and amazingly stumbled across two pairs of the Bose OE2 that were (for reasons unknown) on display with the iPhone cases instead of with the other headphones, which were in an entirely different part of the store."
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"i love these so comfortable excellent for my iPod and yet very affordable"
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"I have begun listening to my music with the equalizer on the iPod set to flat, and am very pleased with the sound."
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"really nice effect and it is very comfortableand its line is perfect to the iphone or ipod."
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"It is light ease of use, integrated with IPhone & IPOD."
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