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Bose On-Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 193 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 2.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Music4.8   above average
Price4.7   above average
Light4.6   average
Comfortable4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Design4.3   average
Quality4.2   average
Noise4.1   average
Audio4.0   average
Cable2.1   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"I would still give it a 4 stars for the lousy service from the seller kept sending me the wrong audio cable for missing item."
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"I was actually a bit disappointed with the audio quality of the Bose, especially after hearing the Grados."
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"If comfort is your most important concern, and you can compromise on audio quality and don't mind the cost, then these cans will probably make you happy."
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"I need a light forget I'm wearing headphones for work as I need to wear them quite a lot for audio work and the audio I hear is clear and they are so comfortable that you do forget you're wearing them."
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"I own a pair of Bose IE2 Audio Headphones and love them, Bose Acoustimas systems for me was always a pinnacle of portable speaker system."
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"I listen to audio books, and this has worked out very well for me."
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"I've owned these for about a year and at first I thought i was crazy spending almost $200 on headphones but what can i say i love my music and i always love to get the best possible audio experience to enjoy the sounds...That being said these headphones sounded amazing from the beginning i completely fell in love with my music all over again..i will say that these arent the best for air travel since the background plane noise can be heard even while watching a movie or playing music but then again these arent noise cancelling so that is another product to look into if you travel by air frequently."
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Cable

Cable:
"In late 2008 my headphone cord broke (at the thin wire connecting to the right earbud, you can see it in the product shot) and Bose replaced mine for $80."
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"I would still give it a 4 stars for the lousy service from the seller kept sending me the wrong audio cable for missing item."
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"I like how the cord is changeable in the event it gets damaged or if you want to add a longer cord."
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"Really like how the cord connects toward the base of the headphones, have broken many pairs of headphones because I cut the cord by accident."
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"The only way it works is if I move the cable that's attached to the cup but it gets pretty old fast having to do that constantly."
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"Included are two gold tip cables, 16 & 43.And an especially nice storage travel case."
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"The only issue I had with this is the headphone cord, which lost sound once, but I got that easily replaced for a mere $5."
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"I love the gold connectors and the detachable cable."
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"Great sounds, best ass bass and everything work just fine, but expection of one thing bother me , its the cable core too easy to break, i purchased 2 of thier produce, THE BOSE ON EAR and THE BOSE QC3 whitch the one cost 350$,but that cable still look so cheap!"
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"They are comfortable but my ears did begin to feel a bit uncomfortable after 2-3 hours."
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"Because in the end, no matter how nice the sound is, but if it is not comfortable to be used for a long time, then what is the point."
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"If comfort is your most important concern, and you can compromise on audio quality and don't mind the cost, then these cans will probably make you happy."
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"I can confirm what several others have written: these are extremely comfortable, overpriced headphones that do not hold up very well."
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"The wire is extremely thin and shoddy, and I get the sense that Bose put all its engineering skill into the comfort, not the durability, of these phones."
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"BEST priced truly noise cancellation, comfortable headphones."
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"They sounded pretty good and we're comfortable."
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"It breaks too easily, and the cloth surrounding the cup, while comfortable, was not the strongest (the cloth began to come undone in late 2011)."
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"I need a light forget I'm wearing headphones for work as I need to wear them quite a lot for audio work and the audio I hear is clear and they are so comfortable that you do forget you're wearing them."
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"These head-phones are simply amazing - comfortable, great looking and a sound that blows you away."
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Design

Design:
"This is still a great product and the compact design looks nice, but I wouldn't recommend these because they design makes them useless for using for over an hour at a time."
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"I also appreciate the carrying case, as it is a very slim design, but offers great protection for the headphones in their collapsed state."
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"The Bose Mobile On-Ear Headset continues that trend with great sound quality, great design and comfort on your head."
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"Cons:Maybe price, but you can get them for 120, which is great for the qualityThe hinges seam like they are a little wimpy, but they have held up well thus farOn ear design is not for everybodyNot the very most stylish item, though by no means unattractiveHonestly, these are segment leading on ear headphones in my opinion, and i would recommend them to anybody who likes good sound quality."
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"Pros:On the ear design is as comfortable as they come, great seal to your ear, i wear them for hours on end."
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"Else, please design a set of headphones that can function for more than a year or so."
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Fit

Fit:
"These Bose fit the bill and the best part of all I got them for only $40 in the pawn shop!"
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"An added bonus is that they are relatively small and that they fold together, so you can easily fit them into the lovely case that comes with the headphones."
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"The ear buds and over-ear headphones always hurt, but these on-ear headphones fit nicely ON the ear -- they don't cup the ear so if you don't like pressure on your ears be careful of purchasing these."
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"The fit is so comfortable."
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"In addition, I prefer the on-ear fit and they are very comfortable."
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Light

Light:
"- Although Bose was thoughtful enough to give two audio cords of differing length, these cords feel pretty light and flimsy."
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"I have sennheisers which are excellent and an expensive set of German made headphones but needed something small, light and that sounded good."
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"This is perfect for traveling, very light and compact."
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"- Comfortable and very light."
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"Pros:- Great sound for a small light package."
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"The only reason you want to buy these headphones is if you want light weight, comfortable headphones with great sound for being mobile like walking around, doing errands, commuting, travelling or going to the gym."
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Music

Music:
"I probably wouldn't use these headphones in a library at loud volumes, but anywhere else and nobody should be bothered by your awesome or horrible taste in music."
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"I wear them all day at work, either with music or without since they dampen noise very effectively."
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"We use them for our home music studio and they work great also on electric drum sets to damper the actual drum pad sound and provide rich audio."
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"I enjoy using this headphone to listen to music but after some time the ear pad cushion started peeling off."
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"I didnt know music could sound so good."
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"- Not noise cancelling headphones but the seal that these headphones make with your ears is enough to keep out an impressive amount of sound while your music is playing."
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Noise

Noise:
"Unfortunately, I didn't like the back-pressure associated with the noise canceling feature."
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"No batteries, fair noise reduction (not great), outstanding sound and compact size."
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"The On-ears sound better than both the Bose QC-2 and QC-3, both of which I own, but you expect that because you compromise a little on sound quality for noise cancellation with the QC-2 and QC-3."
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"The one downside to some may be that the OE's arent noise canceling headphones."
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"BEST priced truly noise cancellation, comfortable headphones."
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"The passive noise blocking on them is quite good."
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"I wear them all day at work, either with music or without since they dampen noise very effectively."
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").They do a great job with noise cancellation (I'm not sure they would be up to plane level noise but they work around the house at work) and their sound works for me."
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"Also the seal is good enough that the noise does not bleed out much."
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Price

Price:
"The one complaint that I do have in these headphones is the cheap quality of the cables."
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"Not only could I not get this relatively simple and likely inexpensive problem repaired either by Bose or an independent repair shop, when I contacted Bose directly I received only excuses."
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"Electronically it's nice headphones for the money."
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"great product at a great economical price"
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"So for less than a third of the price I'm very happy with these."
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"The padding on them wore out horribly though so had to buy a new pair (they are expensive if you buy them from bose, but they have cheap models elsewhere).Overall, would recommend these headphones if you have the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"It's hard to put a finger on why, but there seemed to be something cheaper in the quality of the outer silver part, as well as the mechanism that facilitates the extension of the earphones (one of the plastic pieces that clamps the meshy head portion broke off after about a week of wear).I was hoping to reclaim the quality of the great Bose product I once owned, but that dream was not fulfilled with this pair."
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"After years of having read rave reviews concerning Bose products, I finally decided to order one of their On-Ear Headphones, and have been greatly disappointed with their quality."
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"The one complaint that I do have in these headphones is the cheap quality of the cables."
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"I do not find anything wrong with the build quality."
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"I am no audiophile by any means so maybe some die hard ones can find fault in the quality but I cannot and I don't think the average listener will be able to either."
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"If comfort is your most important concern, and you can compromise on audio quality and don't mind the cost, then these cans will probably make you happy."
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"It's another product from communist China, so good quality materials isn't really expected to begin with."
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"It's hard to put a finger on why, but there seemed to be something cheaper in the quality of the outer silver part, as well as the mechanism that facilitates the extension of the earphones (one of the plastic pieces that clamps the meshy head portion broke off after about a week of wear).I was hoping to reclaim the quality of the great Bose product I once owned, but that dream was not fulfilled with this pair."
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"The sound is great, after some effort, but the construction material is of the poorest quality imaginable."
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"Obviously the bass suffers somewhat, but for a pair of headphones that came with a phone the quality is really good."
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Size

Size:
"No batteries, fair noise reduction (not great), outstanding sound and compact size."
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"I have sennheisers which are excellent and an expensive set of German made headphones but needed something small, light and that sounded good."
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"They are very comfortable and also highly adjustable for almost any size head and that is why I chose them -- that and they sounded pretty good in the store."
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"- Folds up into a small portable footprint with a nice sturdy carrying case for traveling and storing."
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"Pros:- Great sound for a small light package."
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"An added bonus is that they are relatively small and that they fold together, so you can easily fit them into the lovely case that comes with the headphones."
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Sound

Sound:
"However, over the years either the parts have begun to degrade or I have simply grown accustomed to the sound, as I am no longer impressed by what I hear."
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"They don't sound as good as they used to, but still sound good."
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"Bose has replaced this with OE2 but I have read some reviews that they do not sound as good as OE."
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"I was disappointed with the sound so I let the drivers break in over 10 hours just to see what it would do."
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"The buds in the hot summer are making your ears sweat and hard to put on..Overall the sound is good not perfect but quite good."
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"Sound is well balanced."
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"The sound was good, but the leather was peeling off the headband."
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"The sound is great, after some effort, but the construction material is of the poorest quality imaginable."
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"Most of my audio sounds tinny through the Bose on-ears whereas the earbuds produce clear, distinct sound in the mids and highs."
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"It does still sound great."
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