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Bose TriPort Around Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 10/23/2015
Based on 155 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.2
Returned or considering to return: 5.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Listening5.0   above average
Music5.0   above average
Comfortable4.6   average
Weight4.4   average
Sound4.3   average
Light4.2   average
Noise4.2   average
Quality4.0   below average
Price3.8   below average
Fit3.3   below average
Fragile3.2   average
Plastic1.6   mediocre


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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"For all of you that complain please recommend one that is as light, as comfortable and sound just as good as these Triports."
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"The comparable on ear Triport model from Bose (I also have) are much less comfortable and I personally can only keep them on for about an hour before my ears are complaining of the physical discomfort."
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"Like shoes, it's hard to review something as a comfortable fit for everyone."
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"Still some of the best quality, most comfortable headphones out there."
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"Comfort is nice as I have worn them for long periods of time without any pain."
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"They are pretty comfortable and sound pretty decent."
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"They're pretty comfortable and I got several good years out of them."
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"I'm incredibly happy with the sound, product quality, and comfort."
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Fit

Fit:
"If you have a mammoth head or large ears, these may not fit you as well as they fit me."
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"Like shoes, it's hard to review something as a comfortable fit for everyone."
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"Not more comfortable than the V600s, but one of the only pairs I tried that fit me as well as the V600s."
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"They are very lightweight and especially nice fitting for women or those with smaller heads."
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"The treble is a bit rolled off but that makes for more comfortable long-period listening; I can get fatigued easily from sharp treble and these are quite comfortable sonically, and the physical fit is quite comfortable as well."
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"However, I would suggest that you try them on in an apple-store best-buy to make sure they fit you well."
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"They give your ears really good clearance, fit well, without a too tight spring crushing your skull or a not tight enough skill to remain on while sealing enough to get the base response."
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"Like shoes, it's hard to review something as a comfortable fit for everyone."
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Fragile

Fragile:
"i enjoy the sound these headphones give, but they are very fragile and have broken in several places, just from general use, fortunately not around the earpiece but i would still expect better for my money."
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"I learned the hard way that these headphones are fragile - my earpiece recently broke."
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"So yeah, I was a little disappointed how fragile they are, but very satisfied with their response."
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"The biggest complain of all reviewers is that these headphones are very fragile and easy to break."
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"As for being fragile, if you have any problems (I'm sure most minor damage is covered), just give BOSE a call and they will send you a brand new pair for free (just pay for shipping them there)."
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"But as they do sound very good with the music and movies that the majority of their target market listens to, they are a great buy if you can take good care of them physically, as they seem quite fragile."
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"i enjoy the sound these headphones give, but they are very fragile and have broken in several places, just from general use, fortunately not around the earpiece but i would still expect better for my money."
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"They are very fragile and break easily."
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"As for construction, I am sure Bose has comfort in mind but these are by no means fragile at all."
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"So yeah, I was a little disappointed how fragile they are, but very satisfied with their response."
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Light

Light:
"For all of you that complain please recommend one that is as light, as comfortable and sound just as good as these Triports."
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"Construction is light, weak and flimsy."
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"Feel Great, light, never hurt, a pleasure to wear."
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"I should also add that they are the most comfortable headphones I've ever used - very light and the cups don't make it seem like your head's in a vice."
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"Excellent sound and light weight so you can wear them all day (work)."
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"Pros:Ultra light, comfortable."
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"I really like my Bose around-ear headphones because they are very light weight and have great sound (to me)."
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"What I like about the Triports is their light weight, comfort (on my head anyway), and fairly good isolation from outside noise."
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Listening

Listening:
"I treat headphones like babies because I love listening to music."
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"Casual listening, pretty dang good, especially for $50."
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"OK, so I've had these headphones for about 9 years and overall had been satisfied with them for just casual listening."
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"these are so good, i can only describe it like i am actually there listening live! "
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"The treble is a bit rolled off but that makes for more comfortable long-period listening; I can get fatigued easily from sharp treble and these are quite comfortable sonically, and the physical fit is quite comfortable as well."
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Music

Music:
"I would say they are fairly balanced from bass, through mid, up to the highs - nothing dramatic about them but they are a pleasure to use and I have used them for just about every kind of music from power metal to opera and have never been disappointed."
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"I listen to music just about every night on my AE1 triports and they sound pretty awesome."
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"I treat headphones like babies because I love listening to music."
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"This is a great pair for audiophilia or if you're starting out as a music connaisseur."
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"I'm a frequent traveler for the military, and depend on the comfort of music and my books on audio when I travel."
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Noise

Noise:
"For an iPod, laptop, or any other non-audiophile music source, these headphones do a great job of filling in missing sound and filtering out certain types of noise."
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"They make such a good seal that it actually works as a weak form of passive noise reduction."
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"Keep in mind that at 60+ on your stereo speakers = painful if not deafening noise levels."
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"and in my own opinion this bose model is the best model without any noise cancleing settings."
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"What I like about the Triports is their light weight, comfort (on my head anyway), and fairly good isolation from outside noise."
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"They make a nice seal around the ears that really reduces outside noise and this has the added advantage of not needing the top bar pressed against your hair to make them stay on your head."
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"They are comfortable, non-exhausting to the ears, very easy to drive, very nice natural noise reduction (better than the Beyer's), perfect for good quality PC and handheld use, perfect for eliminating surrounding noise at work."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"I did however get a free replacement several years ago as the plastic frame broke."
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"I am VERY careful with my gear (especially headphones this pricey) and broke the plastic where the metal adjustment band connects simply by adjusting them."
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"So basically, Bose wants to charge me $60 (half the price of the headphones) for the flimsy plastic Y swival that connects the right side earpiece to the band?"
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"When I went to use them a few days ago, the plastic just above the Y swivel on the right side broke apart."
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"The head band is a very thin flimsy plastic that will break as a result of normal usage."
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"However, the plastic piece on the adjuster ends of the headphones broke within 1 year."
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"Cons:Easier to break than a plastic Easter egg, and I'm willing to bet the cord will only take one tug before disconnecting."
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"They are thin plastic cups with no attempt at hiding their sonic secret; the speakers are angled in the cups."
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"It's the headband that is so poorly manufactured, as the plastic snaps very easily, making them virtually unusable."
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"Being a design student, I can see where plastic gives you a weight advantage, but it doesn't seem like the Bose engineers did much testing with these."
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"My less than perfect rating is for the kinda cheesy-looking plastic and foamy headband."
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Price

Price:
"So basically, Bose wants to charge me $60 (half the price of the headphones) for the flimsy plastic Y swival that connects the right side earpiece to the band?"
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"BOSE made their wave radio, a good product, and decided to sell all kinds of other audio products at an absurd inverse of the price quality ratio."
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"The only downside to these headphones is the relatively high price but I think you get quite a bit for the money."
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"I cannot understand for the price, and the quality, why they would make this horrible mistake, making them almost impractical."
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"It is true that these are not the best quality headsets for the price (sound and construction)."
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"It doesn't matter how good the sound is - when you spend this kind of money, it's nice to know you can enjoy looking at an item, too."
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"I paid $140 for these and considered it money very well spent."
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"The price was great for the condition."
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"I got mine for super cheap ($45) and am happy with them."
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"The Bose were well worth the money for me."
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"The sound is good but the price and the build quality don't create a compelling value for me."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not only do they sound superior to the Bose Triports but they are made like a quality product should be."
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"I was deeply disappointed in the quality of construction and in their lack of concern for their defective product."
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"It's pretty remarkable how symmetric the damage is, but that just speaks to the low quality- they will wear out."
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"BOSE made their wave radio, a good product, and decided to sell all kinds of other audio products at an absurd inverse of the price quality ratio."
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"This is the reason to buy them, not durability or sound quality, although they are passable in both of these categories."
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"It's hard to describe the sound quality in words."
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"It's a well known fact that most quality headphones need time to 'break in', much like a new car needs running in."
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"I've had them for almost a year now and the quality of sound is just as good as when I first got them, they haven't blown out like most cheap earphones do."
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"Pros:-Fantastic quality sound-Treble, bass, and mids all come through very well and can be distinctly heard-Comfortable over the ear fit-Long chord-Durable speakersI've always thought that Bose speakers were over hyped and broke much too easily, so I didn't think that the headphones would be that great; I was wrong."
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"Still some of the best quality, most comfortable headphones out there."
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"Now... the sound quality is fine (nothing spectacular though.."
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Sound

Sound:
"I got over it pretty quickly just because the sound is so great ( and I have subwoofers in my car =D ), but I was disappointed to find out I could blast the bass."
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"Deducted 1 star because they could be more robust, but I cant complain about the sound."
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"But with that said, I am not going to slam Bose or flat out say they do not sound good, because they do."
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"When they worked, the sound wasn't all that inspiring and bass was very disappointing."
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"ok, the major problem that i have heard about bose is that it recreates the sound so that you don't get the original sound that the artist intended."
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"Not only do they sound superior to the Bose Triports but they are made like a quality product should be."
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"Really good sound."
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"BTW I use them mostly for MP3 playing and the sound is still great."
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"I recently became aware of headphone amps (better late than.....) and discovered that they can make a significant difference to the power of headphones so I'm going to get an amp shortly and I am very confident that it will make these phones sound even better."
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"If you treat them as I have and are looking for a balanced sound then you just can't go wrong."
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"The sound is just very, very good."
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Weight

Weight:
"Most of the products this size and weight are only semi-circumaural - meaning that they are very uncomfortable on people with average size ears, because they sit on top of part of the ear."
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"Yea sure, they are lightweight and all but their build quality is terrible..not one to last."
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"Excellent sound and light weight so you can wear them all day (work)."
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"They are very lightweight and especially nice fitting for women or those with smaller heads."
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"They are very lightweight and quite comfortable, and as I mentioned earlier are smaller than you would expect for a pair of circumural headphones."
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"I really like my Bose around-ear headphones because they are very light weight and have great sound (to me)."
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"What I like about the Triports is their light weight, comfort (on my head anyway), and fairly good isolation from outside noise."
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iPod

iPod:
"They are easily powered by an ipod."
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"But if you want something you can plug right into your phone or iPod or Zune, these are a really good choice, and they sound great to my ears paired with my Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Unlocked Phone with U. S. 3G, 3.2 MP Camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 8 GB MicroSD Card--U. S. Version with Warranty (Black)."
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"I thought these were pretty good when I first got them - but that was upgrading from iPod headphones."
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"I use mine mostly at work with my ipod and they have proven to be perfect."
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"Heard these phone with an ipod over x-mas, I'm AM an audiofile, sound OK... should sound AMAZING at $140."
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