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Bose AE2 Around-Ear Audio Headphones Black by Review Summary ,  Sep 9, 2015

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Bose AE2 Around-Ear Audio Headphones, Black
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 936 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Balance5.0   above average
Travel5.0   above average
Video5.0   above average
Fit4.9   above average
Light4.9   above average
Design4.8   above average
Base4.7   above average
Comfortable4.7   average
Cushion4.7   above average
Vocal4.7   above average
Music4.4   average
Quality4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Weight4.4   average
Audio4.2   average
Noise4.2   average
Price4.1   below average
Range4.1   average
Treble4.0   average
Listening3.8   below average
Heavy3.4   average
Level3.4   below average
Cable3.3   below average
Packaging3.0   below average
Plastic2.9   average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"It was horrible, and I was tempted to return them to Amazon."
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"Had my eye on these headphones for awhile, and on Amazon Black Friday scored the best deal I've ever seen."
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"4 stars due to the fact that they only come with a bag for travel and storage, I bought a hard case on amazon and am well pleased."
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"Amazon on the other hand love the company ."
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"For the price (~$90 on Amazon when I bought them) I'd say you can't go wrong."
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"On that very day I ordered one from AMAZON as they were offering great discount on them."
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Balance

Balance:
"Anyways, these headphones provide very clear crisp sound, perfect balance of volume, and they're good at blocking out sound."
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"These headphones have a perfect balance of highs, lows, and mids."
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"These headphones have the perfect balance of bass and do not decrease the sound quality just like other headphones, *cough* Beats by Dre *cough*."
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"It had the perfect balance between the highs and mids and the perfect about of bass and treble."
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"Sound is a personal preference, but being a teenager of the sixties, I like my sound to able to be played loud with perfect balance."
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Base

Base:
"I find these to be very uncomfortable and hot on the ears, after awhile, also I think they sound a little flat , {maybe neutral base and treble, wise} Just not the same listening and comfort of the old ones."
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"The sound quality, the most important part, is great and not overly base heavy."
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"The sound is really great with a deep base."
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"These headphones are so comfortable that I have fallen asleep with them on and woken up wondering where my headphones have gone, these provide a satisfying listening experience for all types of music, if your music is primarily of the electronic type and enjoy hard hitting base, it may leave you wanting more."
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"Been hearing about the lack of base from other reviewers but i find that it handles the base quite good, not too much but just right."
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"Sound is clear with just the right amount of base."
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Cable

Cable:
"Had a short in thd cord after just a few uses...not that great soundwise either."
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"Comfortable with great sound, no battery required, and the cable can be swapped out if broken or if you want to add a microphone to it."
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"There are two issues 1) durability - cord from right ear could get damaged over time because there's no way to ensure it won't get entangled and 2) volume control is missing ...I thought my purchase involved earphones with volume control"
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"I thought they were ruined, but the cord plugged back into the headphones and worked just fine."
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"Also, what I dislike about the cable is the end that goes into the headphones."
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"The only downside is that the cord seemed to break right away, but that's okay because I was able to by a replacement for $8."
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"fits pretty much everyones head easily and covers most of parts of the ears, giving good noise reduction to outsideCable is bit long to carry it around everywhere, but works great with androids and iphoneswhats good about it is that you can always replace the cable."
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"Comfortable with great sound, no battery required, and the cable can be swapped out if broken or if you want to add a microphone to it."
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"There are two issues 1) durability - cord from right ear could get damaged over time because there's no way to ensure it won't get entangled and 2) volume control is missing ...I thought my purchase involved earphones with volume control"
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"not a big fan of the cord but comforting fit very well."
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"Liked how light weight they were, cord a little longer than I'd like."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"They aren't quite as good as my Quiet Comfort Noise Canceling headphones from 10 years ago (and not nearly as expensive!"
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"I've had the M50s for a year now, and they are good but not very comfortable and I always felt something was missing from the music, like it wasn't as good as I expected it to sound."
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"Not the clearest sounding headphones I've ever heard and the bass is for sure weak, however they are very comfortable and easy to listen to for long periods."
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"I challenge anyone to find a more comfortable pair of headphones for $130 (price i paid) or under."
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"The whole Grado line up sounds better than these, but those are not for everyone, by design they leak noise and don't isolate noise and on top of that the comfort levels on some of those is not the greatest."
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"The comfort level is good, not fantastic for me."
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"Bose is an amazing brand, he says they are very comfortable and the music sounds amazing in these headphones."
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"These headphones are really comfortable and sound great."
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"Great sound, comfortable."
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"Great sound, very comfortable."
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"Very comfortable and great sound."
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Cushion

Cushion:
"In small time span The cushion will get messed up and get uncomfortable to wear the headphone."
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"The earcups are made of leatherette and are very comfortable when they have cushion."
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"Some days i wonder if they bothered putting any decent technology in the AE2.I'm now looking to the ATH-M50x for my next upgrade because the ear cushions are supposedly more comfortable."
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"The ear cushions are so good that when I tried out the ATH-M50 on my head it felt really heavy and the ear cushions on the M50 were awful."
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"You are able to wear these for an entire day without experiencing discomfort and sometimes you may forget they are on your head, Ear cushions can be easily replaced as well as the cable."
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"Also, I find that they're very comfortable and don't slip off because of the shape and cushion on the top."
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Design

Design:
"The negatives:The packaging is really poorly designed."
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"It's a good product, sound quality and design is great."
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"For this particular product, Bose seems to focus more on design and comfort versus sound quality."
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"Excellent design!"
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"The over ear design is comfortable and it blocks out enough ambient noise to give you an immersive experience."
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"The fold flat design makes it easy to fit in a case and carry in my back pack."
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Fit

Fit:
"The sound is fine and they fit nicely but the major problem I had with these is that the fake leather padding is poorly made."
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"fits pretty much everyones head easily and covers most of parts of the ears, giving good noise reduction to outsideCable is bit long to carry it around everywhere, but works great with androids and iphoneswhats good about it is that you can always replace the cable."
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"comfort fit, better than OE model"
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"Excellent sound and comfortable fit around the ear."
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"Great reproduction and very comfortable to wear as they fit around the ears."
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"I picked this model because it fit my ears quite comfortably compared to the ATH-M50s."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"That being said, the cymbals in rock songs are sometimes disturbingly strong and listening to hip-hop or bass heavy songs with these are not as enjoyable."
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"I will say for bass heavy music they probably won't satisfy but that's not my thing."
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"These are good casual headphones and I would not recommend them for heavy use, like I do."
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"The M50's have a heavy loose bass to them that was not very accurate."
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"Give Bose credit because they replaced the broken set with these at a heavy discount, which is supposedly their new upgraded model."
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"They are not heavy or bulky, they are so light and comfortable."
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"The sound quality, the most important part, is great and not overly base heavy."
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"They are light so they don't weigh heavy on the head or ears and they have a long cord that is able to be detached from the head phones."
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"They sound great too, very real-to-life and not overly bass heavy."
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"They have a very nice balance and not just heavy on bass."
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Level

Level:
"While the sound is by no means gruesome, it is by no means spectacular, as one would think it should be, even at this very entry level price point."
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"The whole Grado line up sounds better than these, but those are not for everyone, by design they leak noise and don't isolate noise and on top of that the comfort levels on some of those is not the greatest."
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"The comfort level is good, not fantastic for me."
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"Bose replaced the headphones with new ones for $70.The day I bought these and plugged them in to my computer, I was a bit disappointed at the distortion level on the high end."
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"Setting the equalizer in iTunes to 'Bose speakers' gave me the sound I expected but the distortion level was still unacceptable."
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"They create an excellent seal that doesn't require uncomfortable level of vice-grip like pressure on the ears."
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"I like these headphones more than any of my other ones, including my Sony headphones, because the sound is the best, the comfort level is unmatched and the versatility is unlike any other headphones I have."
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"The sound is better on the OE2's, but this gets the job done with a level of comfort all its own."
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"Audiophiles would probably have much negative to say about all those headphones, but I think that they all have been good consumer level headphones."
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"Bass doesn't go strongly to subwoofer level, but it is always present and pleasant to listen to."
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Light

Light:
"COMFORT: This model is comfortable and light which is great...but it's not HEAVENLY comfortable."
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"Build Quality:because they are so light it is hard to judge build quality of these headphones."
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"They are very light and comfortable around the ears and don't clamp down too hard."
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"I can wear them for hours without the slightest discomfort, and they are also incredibly light, I barely feel them sitting on my head (which is really nice considering I'm recovering from a whiplash neck injury)."
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"good sound, light on the head and hides peripheral noise."
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"Thin and light with great sound"
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"They are not heavy or bulky, they are so light and comfortable."
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Listening

Listening:
"I find these to be very uncomfortable and hot on the ears, after awhile, also I think they sound a little flat , {maybe neutral base and treble, wise} Just not the same listening and comfort of the old ones."
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"I wanted to like these, but no matter how long I tried listening to them, they disappointed."
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"bass is bit less but good for listening soft music, not recommended for hard music."
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"They're good for $20 bucks but don't hold a candle to these $150's... (Made that mistake) So unless you want $20 headphones with $20 sound...ONE negative that I would think might annoy some people is that if you're listening on pretty high volume and you're in a library or church, or funeral or something the sound output might be slightly noticeable to some people."
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"This may sound confusing, but what was happening was that as I was listening to music, the sound would completely fade from one ear and only be put out by the other."
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"Listening to music is just not as good without them."
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"If you can wait for a sale then get it, you will enjoy much better sound while listening to music on your phone, or watching a movie on your Roku or computer."
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"Very comfortable for listening to music watching movies for long periods of time."
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"These are great for movies, indie music, and general listening."
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"Having that being said I enjoy listening to the Bose headphones but the price that I purchased the it was a great reasonably priced deal."
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"Super great for listening to Classical music."
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Music

Music:
"Funny as it is to say but, I find that a lot of my music library is hard to listen to now."
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"It's kind of annoying when you have you music device in your pocket and you see the cord hanging out and almost touching the ground because of how long it is."
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"I will say for bass heavy music they probably won't satisfy but that's not my thing."
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"bass is bit less but good for listening soft music, not recommended for hard music."
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"I've had the M50s for a year now, and they are good but not very comfortable and I always felt something was missing from the music, like it wasn't as good as I expected it to sound."
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"Bose is an amazing brand, he says they are very comfortable and the music sounds amazing in these headphones."
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"Great headphones, great price, great music."
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"It played music wonderfully but needs some work on the bass."
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"I would recommend these to any fan of music and sound in general."
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"If you can wait for a sale then get it, you will enjoy much better sound while listening to music on your phone, or watching a movie on your Roku or computer."
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Noise

Noise:
"They aren't quite as good as my Quiet Comfort Noise Canceling headphones from 10 years ago (and not nearly as expensive!"
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"I used to have the QuietComfort noise canceling headphones by Bose but that eventually broke after many years."
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"For regular use i suggest this headphone and if you can compromise with very little outside noise you can save $$$ money instead of buying a Bose noise cancellation headphone."
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"These are not a noise canceling pair which is a negative although that is made up for with the massive sound these headphone produce."
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"Pros: ComfortDetachable cordGood soundLightCons:Sound could be a bit better for its pricePassive noise cancelling isn't as good due to it's buildPrice."
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"The whole Grado line up sounds better than these, but those are not for everyone, by design they leak noise and don't isolate noise and on top of that the comfort levels on some of those is not the greatest."
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"fits pretty much everyones head easily and covers most of parts of the ears, giving good noise reduction to outsideCable is bit long to carry it around everywhere, but works great with androids and iphoneswhats good about it is that you can always replace the cable."
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"Great for noise reduction."
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"These are just as good as the Bose noise reduction headsets and you don't have to worry about leaving them turned on."
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"They are not noise cancelling, but sound reproduction and ambient noise dampening qualities are good."
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"I'm not an audio-geek by nature , so I am not going to comment on the sound quality or noise isolation....but I just had to comment that these are definitely one of the most comfortable sets of headphones that I have owned."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"These expensive headphones came packaged in a horrible hermetically sealed plastic."
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"Admittedly, my out-of-the-box user experience was bad - they come packaged in one of the worst blister-pack coffins you've ever encountered."
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"So I was ready to give these a sub-par review just based on the annoying packaging and fragile build...Then I actually used them...Fantastic."
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"These are attractive, light units but they don't inspire much confidence in their ruggedness, and trying to pry this HORRIBLE packaging from around them is not to be taken lightly."
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"In other words, I sent what I can only assume to be a fully functional set of headphones where the problem was only with the cord that had not been included in the package to Bose."
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"The negatives:The packaging is really poorly designed."
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"Good Value, package looked like it was on the battlefield in Syria."
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"Packaged very well so not to worry about the product and it was here on time."
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"But, all in all, these are a great package for what they are running for right now."
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"My greatest lament is tossing the packaging when I bought them."
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"Well made and the package arrived very fast."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"I accidentally misplaced this plastic and it kinda bothers me a little."
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"The headband is a skinny, flimsy piece of plastic wrapped around a thin metal band."
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"These expensive headphones came packaged in a horrible hermetically sealed plastic."
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"The one problem I had with them is they use plastic ear pieces, that while very comfortable, don't block any background noise."
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"In the first pair, the plastic broke from normal wear."
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"The plastic does get scratched easily and the Bose logo is painted on and can be easily be rubbed off."
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"They are built well, but are made of all plastic."
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"It too is very comfortable, but it has a piece of thin plastic that can be moved around."
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"They may look like they're made of cheap plastic but you'll be astonished on how good of quality they are and how they feel."
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"The design is really incredible, high quality plastic joints and a flexible metal band and great hinges that's all there is to it."
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Portable

Portable:
"Its comfortable paddings, long and thin cable all add up to a very lightweight and portable headphones that will be pleasant to wear."
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"These fit in all my paraphernalia - iPhone, Walkman Portable CD and Sony MP3 player jacks, as well as our truck system."
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"Hard to put my finger on what exactly...Anyway, I started searching for m50 portable alternatives and of course all the audiophiles recommended headphones bigger, clunkier, and more expensive than the m50s."
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"Not only does the bass sound great without compromising the quality of the mid and low sounds (I'm looking at you, Skullcandy), but the headphones are extremely portable, bendable, manipulatable, comfortable, and just plain durable."
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"These are the perfect headphones for me (as a student) because I was looking for ones that were portable wearable in public, comfortable for hours on end and isolated noise well."
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Price

Price:
"Not good at all for a product of this price."
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"Not the best I've ever heard but seemed a good compromise between price and sound quality."
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"They are worth the regular price, but I have never been able to justify the expense until now."
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"Could not be more happy with the price (black friday was half off) and the quality."
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"I was very disappointed because i felt that at the high price i paid for them that they should sound better than stock earbuds."
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"Had I paid list price (at the time ~$160) I think I would have been disappointed."
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"The plastic part looks cheap but still looks good after one year."
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"Great headphones, great price, great music."
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"It is decent for the price, but the sound quality between beats and these headphones are significant."
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"The Bose AE2 offers good sound quality for the price, it has flat sound in my opinion, songs are not tampered with at all, unlike beats or something."
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"Not the best I've ever heard but seemed a good compromise between price and sound quality."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality is not as good as the Q series."
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"Not the best I've ever heard but seemed a good compromise between price and sound quality."
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"There may be newer models out, but you can't go wrong with these for comfort, sound quality and durability."
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"Could not be more happy with the price (black friday was half off) and the quality."
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"Sound quality is not the best as BOSE is know for."
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"Really really confortable, but unfortunately the bass quality isn't as good as i was waiting."
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"Excellent sound quality as promised."
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"Great Sound quality."
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"As for sound quality, the audio is very clear."
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"It is decent for the price, but the sound quality between beats and these headphones are significant."
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"The Bose AE2 offers good sound quality for the price, it has flat sound in my opinion, songs are not tampered with at all, unlike beats or something."
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Range

Range:
"Very disappointed in the bass range and overall sound of the AE2."
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"The most frequent complaint I've heard about Bose is that they fail to accentuate or deaccentuate certain frequency ranges."
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"Bottom line is there are much better options out there in this price range, and frankly it's really dissapointing that these cost what they cost."
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"The Sennheisers I've seen in this price range have this same problem."
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"Enjoy the full range of singing highs and rich sonorous lows with Bose."
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"Bass is deep without sounding overdone, mid and high ranges are great."
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"Nothing in this price range beats it in comfort."
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"I was expecting more from BOSE at least for the price range, it needs to be perfect."
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"It sound really good on high and mid range but it clearly lacks the punch on lows."
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Setting

Setting:
"Unacceptable in an office setting, so they went back to the store."
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"The Bose cannot be beat at comfort and sound quality using this setting on Apple music app!"
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"**Update**So last night after messing with the settings on my phone, I found a new area of settings and after messing with those, I found the most perfect setting for my Note 2 Bose AE2 combo."
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"Depending on the song and the setting, I can get the AE2's to sound nearly perfect."
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"These headphones are extremely clear and again, depending on the setting, the bass and treble is just the right amount for what I like."
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"When playing some Michael Jackson, I turn my setting to bass boost and the AE2's sound great."
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Size

Size:
"Now I assume if I was mixing tracks for a living I wouldn't use these and would notice all the small things audiophiles complain about, but for something to use to listen to HipHop, Indie, etc."
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"The only small problem I have is that I think they should come with the hard case like the even more expensive BOSE headphones do."
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"You can adjust the size to fit your head and it cups my ears nicely which was an important feature for me for comfort."
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"High quality and small size make for a winning combination."
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"I felt the OE2 ear pads were slightly small and somewhat tight on my ears, but they are not uncomfortable by any means."
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"Some small things I really enjoy:- You can unplug the cord so there's no worry about bending the connection during transport."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound quality is not as good as the Q series."
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"Not the best I've ever heard but seemed a good compromise between price and sound quality."
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"However, the sound leakage is unbearable."
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"There may be newer models out, but you can't go wrong with these for comfort, sound quality and durability."
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"These lasted one month and right side just stopped working... no sound, no stereo, no good."
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"Very disappointed in the bass range and overall sound of the AE2."
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"Excellent sound quality as promised."
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"Bose is an amazing brand, he says they are very comfortable and the music sounds amazing in these headphones."
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"They sound fantastic with the balanced stage."
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"Great Sound quality."
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"Sounds you never new existed in songs can be easily distinguished, and every instrument and voice is clear and equalized."
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Travel

Travel:
"I know it's a personal taste thing and that people who travel with them might find that to be a great feature."
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"Thus great for airplane travel."
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"I am not much of an audiophile but this headphones is great for easy listening and perfect for travel."
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"I travel a lot and these headphones make the trips easier!"
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"The original AEs may have been a little more comfortable, but for the purpose of travel headphones, these do the job great."
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Treble

Treble:
"I find these to be very uncomfortable and hot on the ears, after awhile, also I think they sound a little flat , {maybe neutral base and treble, wise} Just not the same listening and comfort of the old ones."
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"Like they were missing an adequate amount of bass and the treble seemed very 'tinny'."
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"The older version - the treble is different and not as good plain' - EQ your treble and it can be great."
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"They sound really great good bass and treble and lightweight"
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"It had the perfect balance between the highs and mids and the perfect about of bass and treble."
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"The treble is sweet and acoustic guitars sound beautiful on these."
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"The bass is fantastic however that said these are more of a treble set of headphones."
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"Like they were missing an adequate amount of bass and the treble seemed very 'tinny'."
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Value

Value:
"However, at even their discounted selling prices of somewhere between $80 - $130, it's really terrible value."
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"As for value, it's hard to say."
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"For the price, I consider them a good value - new or used."
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"Great value, terrific product!"
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"I really don't want to spend $300 for a pair of headphones but really value a good sound in my ears."
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"Good Value, package looked like it was on the battlefield in Syria."
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"its fun value for money."
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Video

Video:
"Very comfortable for listening to music watching movies for long periods of time."
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"The surround effect while watching videos is amazing !"
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"These are great for movies, indie music, and general listening."
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"These headphones duplicate movie sounds and effects wonderfully."
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"These are good to listen to music but not for watching movies."
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Weight

Weight:
"extremely lightweight and super comfy, but mediocre sound quality."
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"Despite looking quite nice, they also felt cheap, and kind of flimsy due to the lack of weight."
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"The headphones produce a slightly better than good sound but not great, are very lightweight and comfortable but nothing fancy about them."
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"The M50's by comparison were heavier bulky and extremely uncomfortable compared to the Bose which are very lightweight and soft padded."
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"My major factor in deciding for these were the sound isolation properties (good, not great) and the comfort (they are very lightweight, nicely padded and are easy to forget that you have them on, unless you are in hot weather) - I tend to wear them for 3 hr stretches and have not noted a decrease in comfort after that time."
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"But the drawback is that they seem to weigh a ton, and the cord is extremely thick and heavy."
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"I chose these because they are lightweight and comfortable."
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"They sound really great good bass and treble and lightweight"
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"These headphones are very comfortable and lightweight."
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"Bose AE2 is the most lightweight and comfortable over-ear headphones I have ever owned."
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"The materials on this headset are plastic but this also helps keep the weight down and also adds to comfort factor."
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iPod

iPod:
"I have a feeling that most of the negative reviews are coming from people who got these headphones, immediately plugged them into their iPod, listened, and then were disappointed."
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"Actually, I should of gone with my initial gut feeling of not buying them because after only six hours of listening to my Ipod they are dead!"
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"Conclusion:If you're not a die-hard audiophile, but rather just the average music lover with a library full of lossy music in your iPod, these are a great pair of headphones for the money."
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"So before picking up on these AE2's I went to the closest Best Buy and the Navy Exchange with my iPOD and a playlist of various music from which to test out all the new options available."
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"Works perfectly with my Bose Ipod Sound dock and iPhone."
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"They have a 90 degree connector, making them great for use with iPods."
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"The cord is long which works perfect since I have my Ipod in my back pocket."
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