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Bose Ie2 Audio Headphones by Review Summary ,  Jul 24, 2015

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Bose Ie2 Audio Headphones
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 1874 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 3.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Balance5.0   above average
Amazon4.8   above average
Jogging4.7   above average
Light4.7   above average
Weight4.7   average
Comfortable4.6   average
Response4.6   above average
Fit4.5   average
Quality4.5   average
Size4.5   above average
Sound4.5   average
Value4.5   below average
Music4.2   average
Design4.1   average
Price4.1   below average
Connector3.8   above average
Durability3.7   average
Warranty3.7   above average
Loud3.6   below average
Packaging3.5   below average
Rubber3.5   average
Shape3.5   below average
Cable3.4   average
Microphone3.4   below average
Noise3.4   below average
Clip3.3   average
Control2.8   mediocre
Plastic2.5   average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"On reading the reviews here at Amazon, I learned that other people had the same problem with the wires."
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"But, nonetheless, I had to inform Amazon users as well."
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"Also want to buy other products, soGood design and qualityI was like a very good buyWe are looking forward to good use and is going to use the sameThank you Amazon"
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"IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO PURCHASE WITH AMAZON."
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"There are quite a few brands on Amazon most of which work very well.2."
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"I would also suggest that once you figure out which size ear buds fit you the best, go ahead and order some spares from Amazon and keep them around because you will lose some of the tips periodically."
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Balance

Balance:
"There is no need to adjust the tone the balance is perfect."
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"The sound is as good as you're going to get, good balance, good base for the size of the earphones."
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"These bose are the best for this reason (low profile, best sound balance for the money)Don't waste your money with the Microphone Bose in ears...no reason to spend more than 90-100 on these things...buying them used is a good option too."
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"They do allow for a nice balance of sound from the phones vs sound from the outside."
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"Sure these have great sound, but here's what makes the difference: * Excellent balance across low, mid, and high tones."
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Cable

Cable:
"The only downside is that the cable is 2 inches too short in my opinion."
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"In both pair, the cord rubber degraded near the earpiece."
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"In this, my second pair, the cord rubber degraded near the plug."
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"Unfortunately, as I was running, the cable whipped around in the air at just the right angle to be caught up in my hands, causing it to rip in two."
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"I recently paid $20 to upgrade to the Sound Sport model is even better as they are sweatproof, the connection is better and the cord does not tangle as easily."
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"I did a research and read other comments and I notice is a common problem of this product because the plastic of the cable is kind of sticky."
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"good sound but the cord will eventually fall apart."
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"I had one pair for a couple of years now and while the sound unit itself was good, there was some degradation of the PVC cables right at the point where they connect to the sound unit which is why I had to purchase another pair."
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"Softer cable would be nice ..."
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"However, the cables get torn to heck far too easily."
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"Delicate (cable can stretch and break easily)."
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Clip

Clip:
"Very good sound qualityDurableComfortableDon't fall out when runningThe only real complaints I have are that the clip on the cord is pretty lame and the price is pretty steep."
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"I'm hearing notes in the music that I was missing with other ear buds, but the clip and the silicone ear pieces and how they are attached need to be reconsidered."
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"I HATE the ones that clip AROUND your ears and they start to hurt after awhile."
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"However, even those have their drawbacks, as the clips won't keep them in place for the best sound quality and the earbuds can still fall out of place during periods of high activity."
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"First ImpressionsUnboxing: I thought these were so hard to unbox because it required scissors to clip open all around the sides of the packaging (scissors and wires do not go together)."
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"To solve the problem, I purchased the EARBUDi clips (EARBUDi Clips)."
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"Produce great sound, love that you can clip them to your shirt when you are running so the cord doesn't bounce around or pull down on the ear buds, and the ear buds themselvse stay securly in your ear."
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"Very good sound qualityDurableComfortableDon't fall out when runningThe only real complaints I have are that the clip on the cord is pretty lame and the price is pretty steep."
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"The clip that prevents them from over-pulling is nice, but eventually fell off."
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"The reason for the 4 stars is: the sound quality is unsurpassed in my opinion; the included carrying case; the clip for clothing; and the price."
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"Also for those who enjoy running they stay in your ears and have a clip you can attach to your shirt to make it easy to workout and listen to music."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Over the years, I have a found many brands that I would rate as 4 stars as they succeed in most areas, but fail in some other area like comfort, sound or practical usage."
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"My loveSuper comfortable(most comfortable if ever had,Great sound but not the best (Kipsich sounded a bit better tho may be cause it had a tighter in ear fit),My hateThe cable tangles quite much."
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"One thing that takes some adjustment are the rubber ear thinginnies that should stabilize the speaker in your ear - its comfortable to me now, but felt weird at first"
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"The shape is comfortable to my ears, I usually have problems with headphones in the ear, but not in this case, the silicone works."
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"Such a shame these fail in every aspect, sound, quality, and comfort."
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"And those complaining about the comfort of other earbuds should look at the new design of the Bose as well as they are not your typical earbuds but much more comfortable and stay in your ears better then any earbuds I've tried so far.....Please do yourself a favor if you're thinking about buying these and pay the extra cash for the bose."
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"Great sound, strong bass, comfortable, portable."
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"I find them very comfortable as well."
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"Overall, I would highly recommend these over the over-the-ear variety for their portability, comfort and versatility (you can wear these to gym)."
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"Great quality and very comfortable as they bring 3 different sized buds."
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"The sound is great and very comfortable to wear."
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Connection

Connection:
"I recently paid $20 to upgrade to the Sound Sport model is even better as they are sweatproof, the connection is better and the cord does not tangle as easily."
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"Most fail either because they get drenched in sweat which is very corrosive (like sea water) causing connections to fail or they wick sweat into the speaker element and it becomes too water logged to function."
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"However either the quality of wire material or a design of the connection to a ear piece (dynamic) has broke in a bit over a year."
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"I bought these ones since my old ones got damaged on the connection cables on the earphones."
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"Then you begin to notice the little nuances in the music; the subtle language of the artist previous hidden from your senses, creating a brilliant emotional connection with the music, previously unrealized."
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"Most comfortable and best sounding earphones out there in the $50-100 range, one star off because the wire connecting to the earpiece easily becomes frayed after 6 month - 1 year of normal usage."
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"The cord frays at the ends of the ear buds and the connection end but the sound is great."
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"Very good quality, great durability, no problems, and very amazing sound clarity when connected to my Cell Phone."
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"Then you begin to notice the little nuances in the music; the subtle language of the artist previous hidden from your senses, creating a brilliant emotional connection with the music, previously unrealized."
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"I'm not worried about damaging the connection at all."
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Connector

Connector:
"I have problems with the 1 8 jack staying plugged in."
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"The first one I bought got broken when trying to unplug from a flight jack."
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"Review written by someone who is replacing a broken pair of Klipsch IMAGE S4 headphones (connector weakened from contant plugging unplugging into airplane systems, 2 - 8 flights per week).Pros: - Fuller sound; midtones more clear and bass less punchy than S4's."
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"But I also plug them into my computer, and any of those jacks are pretty far away, and these are the only earbuds I've had that that's been a problem for."
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"The headphone jack pops out of the phone way to easily to the point where it is very very annoying."
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"The only thing is that they are a bit fragile in the sense that the jack can bend pretty easily and the rubber on the wire was damaged on my first pair."
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"These functioned OK (and I especially liked they way they stayed in my ears when I did yard-work) but the jack lost clean contact with my personal stereo occasionally."
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"Conclusion:Newer ones are more durable (elbow at the connector) and the silcone buds snap into place, where as the older ones don't..so the buds different..not interchangeable."
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"I especially liked the fact that the connector itself (or plastic surrounding plug) was small and narrow."
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Control

Control:
"Wiring at the earbud base tends to wear thin and break - quality control and design robustness isn't as good as older models used to be (as far as hardware design goes)."
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"Great for running without the volume controls which always broke on previous headphones."
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"And something that wouldn't short out if it got some moisture on it (all it took for my Panasonic buds to quit working was one drop of sweat in the wrong place on the control unit).I tried some Sennheiser OCX 685i ear buds and Audio-Technica ATH-CP700BK ear buds and was very disappointed in both."
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"The only thing that's missing from these headphones are control buttons (play pause skip...) but there are other variant that have this feature."
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"I opted to get the kind w o the microphone and controls on the cord - just because I was worried about sweat getting in there and causing it to be unusable."
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"My Ipod touch (32 gb) was not compatible with the push button controls."
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"Great for running without the volume controls which always broke on previous headphones."
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"I have an iphone 5 and the earphones that came with it are really good, and they have a volume control that is very easy to access, but they just don't stay in my ear."
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"I ordered these instead of the ones with the fancy controls cause I've read that the controls would break easy."
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"The only reason we rated a 4 star was because this particular model would have been great if it had a volumne control."
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Cover

Cover:
"After daily use for gym and regular activities the plastic that covers the wiring degraded."
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"Overpriced, wire suject to peeling off cover, mid to highend jammed together, weak bass..."
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"The sweat also used to cover the old earbuds which made it hard to hear music."
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"I purchased this earphone as a replacement for an old Bose, as the cable plastic cover was damaged."
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"The device rep had me find the 4-digit serial number located under the plastic earphone cover and read it to him; he was able to retrieve the headphone info from that serial number."
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"First, the silicone ear insert speaker cover is VERY comfortable."
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"It's one thing to demand bass and quality from a giant can that covers your whole ear - to have it delivered in an earbud is amazing."
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"She also loves the small size covers."
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"The new stay-in-place earbud covers work beautifully."
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Design

Design:
"The Bose sound quality is very good and the design makes it so they do not fall out as easily as other types brands of earbuds."
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"Wiring at the earbud base tends to wear thin and break - quality control and design robustness isn't as good as older models used to be (as far as hardware design goes)."
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"I also find the rubber inserts uncomfortable and over designed."
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"The cord is an interesting twisted design that resists spinning, but they aren't quite as effective at preventing tangles as some other flat corded earphones I own."
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"The design of the rubber ear part is weird at first but innovative and defiantly a plus!"
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"Definitely being a stickler with buying good quality merchandise, I can say, Bose earbuds are a disappointment when constructing a design for durability."
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"Excellent sound and comfortable design"
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"Very good design."
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"They fit well and had a slick cool design."
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"Comfortable design."
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"cristal clear audio and a sick design."
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Durability

Durability:
"Coupled with the fact that the silicon piece of the ear bud comes off frequently in pockets or suitcases, the headphone's durability is rather irritating."
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"They work as expected but from durability point of view they are worst."
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"I only use these about 4 times a week to go run a few miles, so for them to only last 2 years for $100, is a bit disappointing and underwhelming for durability."
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"Definitely being a stickler with buying good quality merchandise, I can say, Bose earbuds are a disappointment when constructing a design for durability."
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"However, the quality durability is not the greatest."
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"I've seen some durability complaints in other reviews, but honestly, I go through about 3 headsets a year anyway."
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"She is very happy with them - sound quality, comfort, styling, durability."
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"Comfort, sound, and durability all in one neat little package."
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"Excellent sound but durability is bad."
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"Can't really speak to the durability because I take very good care of them and don't pull them out of my ears by the wires nor do I wind them up tight and I always put them back in their case when not in use."
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"I am happy to pay more money for greater longevity durability."
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Durable

Durable:
"i had the same pair of headphones for about 2 years after treating them like trash everyday they finally broke so i would say they're durable and they are the bet sounding earbuds ive ever heard and top a lot of other headphones out there."
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"The sound quality was not as good but they were a lot more durable."
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"Although touted as being of lasting, durable design mine broke under normal daily use within 7 months, this is storing and retrieving in denim jeans pockets and wrapping around an Ipod Nano and the occasional tug that accompanies their having been snagged on anything."
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"Talk about durable, these things survived 'moon dust' (a horrible infectious type of sand matter that does not go away and will find you everywhere)."
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"The competitors either had poor sound quality, were uncomfortable, had low volume, or weren't as durable."
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"I've also tried the wrap around earphones and they weren't durable or comfortable."
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"The sound quality is great, but it got 4 stars since it wasn't very durable."
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"These are pretty durable."
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"awesome, durable, great quality."
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"Everyone loves these and the material is durable and long lasting."
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"Perfectly comfortable, secure in the ear, great sound, durable, etc."
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Fit

Fit:
"Nicely fit in my ears, never fell off, good for workouts of any type."
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"Even child sized products are too big for me, but a friend had these and I tried them and couldn't believe how well they fit."
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"These fit on your ear (not in it) comfortably."
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"Normally, I cant wear in ear headphones because the fit is too uncomfortable and create headaches."
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"When I have been able to find ones that fit and stay, the sound is horrible or they are poor quality and die quickly."
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"I've always had a good experience with Bose speakers and products, but these are the worst fitting earbuds I've ever encountered."
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"These guys are small, fit neatly in any bag, and sound fantastic."
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"worked great had to buy better tips to fit in ear better."
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"They come with a little carrying case and three different sizes for the eartips, you have to try them out to find one that fits your ear the best."
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"I use them to run each day and they fit great and are very comfortable."
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"The sounds is wonderful and the fit is so nice, well, I'm totally spoiled now."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"Amazing lows for earbuds as well, the highs and mids are missing the frequencies that the THINKSOUNDS produced with precision in highs and mids."
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"The low frequency response is pretty good as is the high frequency response."
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"Most earbuds are great at high frequency and bad at low."
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"I did bough it from amazon finally because I had accumulated points in my credit card so I saved a few bucks :pI complete recommend this earphones for anyone who is looking for good sound, great bass, wide frequency, I can hear all instruments now."
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"Amazing lows for earbuds as well, the highs and mids are missing the frequencies that the THINKSOUNDS produced with precision in highs and mids."
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Jogging

Jogging:
"These are not that great for jogging, running, cardio work outs."
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"Best Headphones I've ever owned and would recommend highly to anyone who enjoys music while exercising, jogging or relaxing.. ."
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"Recommend for jogging, biking where you need to hear the environment."
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"Agreed with others saying that it also work great when you jogging running as well."
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"If you're looking for a pair of GYM or jogging headphones, I'd recommend the Monster's or Yubudz."
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"In theory, that means these headphones are good for jogging outside, and bad for the gym."
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Light

Light:
"These seemed to be the a great compromise, light and airy, but not in the ear canal, some said the quality of the sound was very good, others said not so good."
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"Light weight, clear and very good sound."
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"They are relatively light and very comfortable for the first 4 hours or so."
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"I love these headphones but after only one year of fairly light use, the wires frayed at the earpieces."
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"light weight , which cost the durability of these ear buds."
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"Outside that, the fit is wonderful and the weight is really light."
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Loud

Loud:
"Even at painfully loud volumes these headphones fail to do so."
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"The sound is just excellent (not so good with loud bass)."
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"I went in and enabled the EQ and I was still unable to find a comfortable volume that was not too loud and not too soft."
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"I get a better sound by ignoring the ear clips altogether and positioning the sound source directly facing my ear canal (and I thus don't have to have the music very loud, potentially risking hearing damage).I will give credit for the sound quality, which is very rich indeed."
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"IE2's Pros:Very balanced soundShorter cable (hate long cables, I use a nano watch to workout)Comfy ear piecesNice caseIE2's Cons:Not quite as loud as I'd likeOverall, its tough to go wrong with either pair.....I just preferred the Bose."
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"I compared them to my $20 set of sony headphones, and I literally laughed out loud at how crappy the sony head phones were."
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"Also they have great base and can go very loud."
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"sound is good but not loud enough."
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"FOR THE PRICE, MAYBE YOU CAN FIND SOMETHING BETTER, THE ONLY PLUS FOR ME ITS GIVE YOU A CLEAN BASS, WHICH I USE IT FOR LIVE GIGS AT CHURCH... BOSE IS RECOGNIZABLE FOR GOOD LOUD BASS AUDIO.."
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"Wether you play music low or loud with these headphones, the quality of the audio stays the same, amazing."
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"The rubber adapters never fall off like other brands do so i don't worry about losing the tips (even if u do you can order new tips very easily).No real need in my opinion for noise canceling version because these are loud enough and block some decent amount of noiseCon:the only con i can come up with for these is that the cord tangles easily when in a pocket (minor annoyance)"
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Material

Material:
"I hate to give this review of my favorite of all time wired earbuds, but I have to let Bose know that they have a materials problem with the silicone sheathing for these buds."
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"My biggest problem is what I can only call a materials construction weak point."
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"The Problem with these headphones is the materials used."
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"GREAT sound quality, crappy design materials."
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"Everyone loves these and the material is durable and long lasting."
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"The earpieces are made from a very soft material that never gets uncomfortable."
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"GREAT sound quality, crappy design materials."
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"The cord is the perfect length and the right material, the StayHear tips work great, and the clothing clip brings the whole thing together to make a pair of headphones that are super comfortable to wear and won't fall out of your ears!"
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"Pros:-Excellent build material construction quality: you won't find a pair of portable earbuds in this price range that feel this great-StayHear tips provide a secure fit and eliminate excess weight for heightened comfortCons:-Sound is very weak: bass is almost nonexistent, treble is piercing and shrill; there is no balance--treble will constantly override bass and leave the mids sounding muddy and unpleasant-Absolutely no isolation: the outside world is a very noisy place without this-Flat tone makes listening to complex music unappealingRecommended for: athletes or daily commuters who enjoy music with a relatively low degree of sonic complexity; these headphones are ideal for extended listening sessions, and the secure, comfortable fit will be welcomed by anyone participating in rigorous activity."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Also missing, a microphone to answer a phone call while listening to music."
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"Unfortunately, after a few trips to the gym, the mic and some of the buttons on the inline remote stopped working."
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"I opted to get the kind w o the microphone and controls on the cord - just because I was worried about sweat getting in there and causing it to be unusable."
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"Given the comfort and sound quality of the mie2i's, and acknowledging the negative reviews about the mic shorting out, I decided to splurge and buy the ie2's just for running."
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"The mic worked for my iPhone 5 with no issues and it was great to use to pause skip prev tracks as well."
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"Good price, like new, perfect sound - only I didn't realize there was no microphone on this version."
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"The mic doesnt work too well from my experience but daily usage for when i go running, ride the bus, and even my day at work i have no issue."
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"and the mic on them for calls is great as well!"
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"I should also add that the Bose customer service has been very good, and they even replaced a pair that were just out of warranty after the mic stopped working."
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"Although these ear-buds don't have a mic, I was not disappointed."
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Music

Music:
"MIDS are where it's little bit muddy, vocals aren't clear as I was expecting, but for the price it isn't bad..The solution for the sound problem is that you just have to EQ in your music player little bit and it will be balanced.."
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"Even though the quality may not be as good on paper, I can hear my music clearer because of the snug fit."
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"This can be bad if the noise is annoying (like other-people's music at the gym)--I just pump up the volume to drown other sounds."
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"I love the sound quality and detail in the music that I previously missed."
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"I'm hearing notes in the music that I was missing with other ear buds, but the clip and the silicone ear pieces and how they are attached need to be reconsidered."
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"Ah well, I'll settle for looking a bit goofy with big headphones and great music quality and volume to looking cool and being frustrated disappointed."
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"Positive: I had 1 full year of being able to listen to clear, great music for one year."
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"With this, I can enjoy musics more joyful than ever as if I get a new ear."
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"The sound quality was great, it really is true that you can gear things in your music you couldn't hear before and the sound is amazingly clear."
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"Music is very clear and rich-sounding through these."
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"nice music... but...."
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Noise

Noise:
"Unfortunately I bought them to use while cycling and the wind noise is a real distraction."
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"I was hoping that they would drown out the airplane noise but they didn't work as well as my old pair of shures."
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"I'm strongly considering getting the QC20 (noise cancelling version of these), but you can't go wrong with a well sounding pair of headphones which don't need batteries."
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"While it is true that the sound reproduction is great, the noise isolation aspect if miserable."
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"Because these allow a lot of sound to escape and don't block outside noises very well, they are a complete FAIL in the work environment."
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"The downside, however, is that they do not block background noise as well as the types of earbuds that fill your ear canal."
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"The quality of the sound is good but you can hear outside noise to easily."
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"Not noise canceling so its perfect for me."
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"Nothing worked for keeping these in my ear comfortably, and blocking out at least some ambient noise."
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"Great sound reproduction and noise elimination."
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"The sound however is absolutely great; although I miss the noise reduction of things that is provided by other headphones."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Shame on you for having such misleading packaging and horrible return policy."
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"I thought for $99 i was getting a much better set of earphones both in quality and design, but was very dissatisfied after i opened my package."
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"Firstly try just replacing the silicon bud cap with one of the other two sizes that come in the packaging, After a few minutes of frustration trying to get the medium size that come on the buds to fit I replaced them with the smalls and they fit great."
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"Third place: Bose IE2 earbuds (sound quality a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10)Second place: Bang & Olufsen earbuds (sound quality 7 on scale of 1 to 10)Winner: Bose on-ear phones (sound quality 10 - or higher - on a scale of 1 to 10)Bose IE2 buds:Pros:Comfortable, like everybody says;No noise canceling - I don't want that outside, or even inside; I like to know what's going on around meCons:Need volume turned way up to hear all rangesStaticky at high volumeMediocre soundLot of sounds missingOlder model earbud pieces missing from package; everyone showed them included"
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"First off, I absolutely HATE hard plastic vacuum packaging."
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"When I first opened the packaging I was a bit frustrated because it's not the hassle free packaging that I truly appreciate."
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"Comfort, sound, and durability all in one neat little package."
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"Pleased with headphones packaging price and carrying case."
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"Though I assured them that I had just opened the package 9-1 2 months ago, the best they offered me was selling me another pair at $50!"
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"Nobady does big sound in small packages as well as Bose."
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"Packaging was good."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"I did a research and read other comments and I notice is a common problem of this product because the plastic of the cable is kind of sticky."
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"The plastic around where the ear piece starts degrades fast and exposes your wire and a little twist will break the connection."
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"After daily use for gym and regular activities the plastic that covers the wiring degraded."
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"Also the wire feels a bit short and the new ear clips meant to hold stay put in your ears is alright but this new enhancement made the plastic in the ear bud a bit bigger and it irritates or hangs out a little bit."
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"There are many reviewers complaining about the issues with the wires fraying near the plastic contacts on both ends."
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"The line is made of the type of plastic that doesn't tangle easily and the innovative ear pieces really work; they stay in your ears and don't hurt even if they are in for a long time."
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"I like to mention that these are the good in-ear headphones for the price..Made of plastic but, The comfort from headphones is just amazing."
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"These headphones sounded pretty good, but the plastic rubber coating on the wires deteriorated rapidly and after a little over a year, they are ruined, so the value with only a 1 yr warranty is awful."
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"I love these headphones, and they finally came up with excellent plastic earpieces which stay in and don't get lost!"
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"The device rep had me find the 4-digit serial number located under the plastic earphone cover and read it to him; he was able to retrieve the headphone info from that serial number."
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"None of the three sizes that are included fit me very well, and when i lost the one that was the best fir, i just decided pry the plastic pieces off of my skull candy and try to put them on."
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Plug

Plug:
"In this, my second pair, the cord rubber degraded near the plug."
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"On day, I dropped my iPad and it broke the ibeats plug."
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"But let me warn you before you purchase them...They never ever last me more than 6 months before they start to malfunction at the very part that goes plugs into the electronic device."
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"What is not good is that if you use them often, as I do, the wire at the plug in end breaks open exposing wires and ruining the expensive headphone set."
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"I use them for my iPod (I lost my plugs that came with the iPod), my smartphone (I hate the Bluetooth), and I use them for my laptop."
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"Like that it comes with a bunch of interchangeable ear plugs, so you can use the one that fits you best."
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"Great product, the ear plugs really stay in your ear."
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"I have William Wallace earholes that refuse to be filled with any plug, even if that plug delivers great sounds."
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"Absolute best audio from plugs I have ever heard."
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Price

Price:
"This is the second pair I have purchased after my 1st got ruined, but no other headphones were as good as these, so I decided to pony up the money and it was well worth it! "
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"MIDS are where it's little bit muddy, vocals aren't clear as I was expecting, but for the price it isn't bad..The solution for the sound problem is that you just have to EQ in your music player little bit and it will be balanced.."
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"They're not cheap, but they don't budge and they're comfortable even after keeping them in for hours."
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"Finally, after so many ear buds that were a disappointment I decided to spend the money for Bose."
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"I love the sound quality, but there's no way I'll keep throwing money into a black hole...and you shouldn't either; please steer clear of this."
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"A little pricey but if I count up the cost and frustration of all the lower priced one's I've had before I would have saved money and a great deal of angst had I bought these first."
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"Good price, like new, perfect sound - only I didn't realize there was no microphone on this version."
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"Price is well worth it as the sound quality is great and I need that for running."
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"Good product for the price."
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"The sound quality is also good for the price."
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"The price is high for these, but if they last another 3.5 years or so, it will be a good choice."
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Quality

Quality:
"I have bought this product at least a couple of time, and after a a year of normal use the aisolation of the wire broke, however the quality of the soon is very good and they are so confortable but to expensive"
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"My only negative is the texture of the wires are poor quality."
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"Wiring at the earbud base tends to wear thin and break - quality control and design robustness isn't as good as older models used to be (as far as hardware design goes)."
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"Love them, beware that once you use these no other product will give you this quality of sound."
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"I love the sound quality of these headphones but hate how the chord always seems to get screwed up after a year or so."
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"The sound isn't even all that good, same quality as some $20 ear pieces."
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"GREAT sound quality."
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"Price is well worth it as the sound quality is great and I need that for running."
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"Great sound but bad quality"
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"I have bought this product at least a couple of time, and after a a year of normal use the aisolation of the wire broke, however the quality of the soon is very good and they are so confortable but to expensive"
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"Great quality and very comfortable as they bring 3 different sized buds."
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Response

Response:
"I guess I'm more disappointed with Bose's response than I am the headphones, because they were awesome when they worked."
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"Incredible bass response, nice crisp highs."
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"The bass response is amazing for the little things."
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"Incredible fidelity and superior bass response! "
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"The low frequency response is pretty good as is the high frequency response."
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Rubber

Rubber:
"In both pair, the cord rubber degraded near the earpiece."
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"In this, my second pair, the cord rubber degraded near the plug."
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"The only thing is that they are a bit fragile in the sense that the jack can bend pretty easily and the rubber on the wire was damaged on my first pair."
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"I also find the rubber inserts uncomfortable and over designed."
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"The design of the rubber ear part is weird at first but innovative and defiantly a plus!"
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"The only thing that is a real issue is that pieces of the wires itself are cracking, showing exposed wire, but again, just use some rubber or electrical tape and it fixes the problem right up."
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"They fit great; soft rubber doesn't irritate the ear."
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"The only thing is that they are a bit fragile in the sense that the jack can bend pretty easily and the rubber on the wire was damaged on my first pair."
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"These headphones sounded pretty good, but the plastic rubber coating on the wires deteriorated rapidly and after a little over a year, they are ruined, so the value with only a 1 yr warranty is awful."
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"The soft rubber ear pieces are extremely comfortable and you hardly notice them in your ear."
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"Comfort:They are very comfortable to wear (i have smaller ears for someone my size 6 foot 4) but these coupled with the small rubber inserts fit perfectly."
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Shape

Shape:
"The shape is comfortable to my ears, I usually have problems with headphones in the ear, but not in this case, the silicone works."
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"I thought I wouldn't like the new elf curve insert shape, but I was wrong."
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"Maybe it is the shape of my ears, but they are just not that comfortable."
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"My ears are a weird shape and most in ear buds never work and usually fall out."
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"Due to the earphones shape, I did not feel confident with using the regular buds."
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"The shape and fit are functional superior in designed for the ear than most, thanks in part to the small flaps and the oblate cone shape that keep the angle directed properly and securely."
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"My experience trying to find headphones made it quite clear that I have an ear shape that is at least a couple standard deviations from the mean, and I went through at least four other brands, trying to find a pair that didn't fall out of my ears when I went running."
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"They don't go deep in, but the shape of the part that goes into the canal, as well as the part that clings to your outer ear, make these far and away the best I have ever used."
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"These headphones fit in your ears very well with the design that basically uses the shape of your ear to hold them in place."
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"They are so comfy and the shape of the buds allow for hours of comfortable listening, without them falling out of my ears."
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Size

Size:
"At home, I wear the over-the-ear Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Collapsible High-End Headphone for Professional Monitoring, which makes small earphones sound extremely inadequate and raising the bar."
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"I wouldn't say they're more effective for running than small ear buds, but definitely more comfortable."
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"When I first put these headphones in I felt discomfort with all three sizes after about 10 minutes of use."
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"The ear pieces do not fit as well as I would like I wish they had a slightly smaller size."
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"Firstly try just replacing the silicon bud cap with one of the other two sizes that come in the packaging, After a few minutes of frustration trying to get the medium size that come on the buds to fit I replaced them with the smalls and they fit great."
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"These guys are small, fit neatly in any bag, and sound fantastic."
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"These headphones really sound great considering their size."
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"I do have big ears but the medium size is what has had me most comfortable."
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"it comes with medium but once i switched to small they fit perfect and sometimes you forget they are in."
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"stay in your ear and are extremely comfortable once you put in the right size."
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Sound

Sound:
"No, they don't sound as good, but good enough, and I never had an issue with less-expensive units because of wear and tear, but mainly because the quality of sound."
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"Not only do they sound great but when they have worn out-even outside of warranty-Bose has replaced them for free."
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"Great sound but faulty construction, I'm afraid."
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"Great sound, but I wish they would fix this problem."
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"MIDS are where it's little bit muddy, vocals aren't clear as I was expecting, but for the price it isn't bad..The solution for the sound problem is that you just have to EQ in your music player little bit and it will be balanced.."
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"I had one pair for a couple of years now and while the sound unit itself was good, there was some degradation of the PVC cables right at the point where they connect to the sound unit which is why I had to purchase another pair."
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"GREAT sound quality."
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"Good price, like new, perfect sound - only I didn't realize there was no microphone on this version."
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"Light weight, clear and very good sound."
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"Price is well worth it as the sound quality is great and I need that for running."
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"The ear buds still sound as good as the day I got them."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"This particular series of earbuds is prone to failure once sweat from your ears penetrates the speaker part of the earbud."
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"One thing that takes some adjustment are the rubber ear thinginnies that should stabilize the speaker in your ear - its comfortable to me now, but felt weird at first"
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"I've always had a good experience with Bose speakers and products, but these are the worst fitting earbuds I've ever encountered."
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"Most fail either because they get drenched in sweat which is very corrosive (like sea water) causing connections to fail or they wick sweat into the speaker element and it becomes too water logged to function."
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"allowing you to hear stuff you seem not able to pick up on when listening using conventional speakers."
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"I do not find that these have muddied base, etc that many Bose haters complain about, and Bose products like their companion PC speakers definately have."
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"Really, they sounded so good, that they spoiled me so that I had to upgrade my speaker system too!"
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"The first time I used this headphones I was amazed by the sound coming out of those little speakers."
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"I love Bose product own Bose SoundDock Speaker, Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker, Bose AE2 audio headphones and Bose IE2 Audio Headphones."
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"One thing that takes some adjustment are the rubber ear thinginnies that should stabilize the speaker in your ear - its comfortable to me now, but felt weird at first"
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"I've always had a good experience with Bose speakers and products, but these are the worst fitting earbuds I've ever encountered."
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Sport

Sport:
"I had recently broke a pair of cheapo $15 Sony sports headphones that I had been using at the gym and was in the market for a new pair."
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"They are the best fitting and sounding sport headphones on the market."
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"I have tried several different pair of sport earbuds and the like, and these are far-and-away the best for several reasons: 1."
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"A decent sound quality from middle range sound frequencies, especially when they are isolated (i. e. chamber music, solo instruments, vocal), but poor output response when the sound is saturated (i. e. a large orchestra, rock music).On the good side I have to mention that the StayHear silicone tips indeed provide with good in-ear stability in active sports."
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"I have a pair of v-moda buds that were advertised for sport use, but found they are only good for about 45 minutes before they start causing my iPhone to skip around due to the sweat goofing up their circuits."
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"takes a while to put onoverall, it's a nice pair of sports earbuds for those joggers if you can get over how cheap it looks."
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Tone

Tone:
"The design usually means thumpy bass right in your ears ruining the sound quality, or just not getting good quality on all the tones in music."
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"The sound is balanced and all the tones are clear even at high volumes."
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"Very warm, melodic, beautiful tones, rounded, detailed."
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"I am hard of hearing so the headphones improve my listening experience with clarity and clear tones and I enjoy using them when my husband is sleeping in order to not disturb his rest."
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"There is no need to adjust the tone the balance is perfect."
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"You can really hear the bass and real-soft tones very well."
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Travel

Travel:
"Over-the-ear headphones work well, but are too bulky to travel with regularly in my opinion."
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"excellent sound and easy to travel with."
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"These headphones are fantastic for travel or for working out."
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"They can in a nice little case to put them in that is easy to travel with."
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"For what its worth, my husband travels for work and wanted a pair of nice headphones that were discreet and looked nice enough while he was wearing a suit."
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Treble

Treble:
"If you like bass then you are going to love it,unfortunately treble performance is weak."
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"The EM are very good, very flat sounding, with space around the instruments, but they lack warmth and they don't image as well as the RHA, they aren't as detailed, particularly in the treble (cymbals), they definitely have less bass."
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"Pros:-Excellent build material construction quality: you won't find a pair of portable earbuds in this price range that feel this great-StayHear tips provide a secure fit and eliminate excess weight for heightened comfortCons:-Sound is very weak: bass is almost nonexistent, treble is piercing and shrill; there is no balance--treble will constantly override bass and leave the mids sounding muddy and unpleasant-Absolutely no isolation: the outside world is a very noisy place without this-Flat tone makes listening to complex music unappealingRecommended for: athletes or daily commuters who enjoy music with a relatively low degree of sonic complexity; these headphones are ideal for extended listening sessions, and the secure, comfortable fit will be welcomed by anyone participating in rigorous activity."
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"The mids are decent, although somewhat muddy, and the the trebles are very piercing, shrill and generally unpleasant to hear."
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"a bit disappointing on the treble, but excellent bass."
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"the sound is poor , basses are not clear , there is a huge lack of treble ."
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"They capture bass, treble, and the mid-ranges beautifully."
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"If you like bass then you are going to love it,unfortunately treble performance is weak."
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"the sound is awesome, good bass, good treble, and it blocks out the irrelevant gym chatter."
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"Rich bass, crystal clear treble, clarity that is the best I have heard on earbuds."
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"Good bass, bright treble, pleasant mid-range."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"These headphones sounded pretty good, but the plastic rubber coating on the wires deteriorated rapidly and after a little over a year, they are ruined, so the value with only a 1 yr warranty is awful."
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"The only negative would be that the coating over the wires does not last well and peels and cracks at about the same time the warranty expires, but this is an issue that most bose users are aware of."
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"Unfortunately that happened after the warranty expired, so no replacement now."
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"The customer service and warranty is phenomenal and they have replaced each product that has broken in under the 12 month timeframe."
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"Actually those were replaced 3 times all under bose warranty, there seems to be a problem with the wire, but thats ok becuase the customer service is great, if these headphones break just call them up, theres hardly any wait, and you always speak to what sounds like and I think is an American representative, right away."
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"I have taken it very easy on this unit, and yes, it is out of warranty, but I expect Bose equipment to be the best in class, and this is definitely not the case."
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"Also it was hassle free to set up the 1 year warranty that comes along with the headphones"
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"Once they are broken in, I can only expect them to sound better, but right out of the box, they are 5 5 sound wise, 5 5 build quality, 5 5 comfort, 5 5 warranty."
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"I should also add that the Bose customer service has been very good, and they even replaced a pair that were just out of warranty after the mic stopped working."
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"It comes with a 1 year warranty which is nice..."
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Weight

Weight:
"Pros:-Excellent build material construction quality: you won't find a pair of portable earbuds in this price range that feel this great-StayHear tips provide a secure fit and eliminate excess weight for heightened comfortCons:-Sound is very weak: bass is almost nonexistent, treble is piercing and shrill; there is no balance--treble will constantly override bass and leave the mids sounding muddy and unpleasant-Absolutely no isolation: the outside world is a very noisy place without this-Flat tone makes listening to complex music unappealingRecommended for: athletes or daily commuters who enjoy music with a relatively low degree of sonic complexity; these headphones are ideal for extended listening sessions, and the secure, comfortable fit will be welcomed by anyone participating in rigorous activity."
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"Light weight, clear and very good sound."
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"Oh, they are also so lightweight and comfortable in the ear you won't even notice them after a few minutes."
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"Use these for the gym, walking the dog, cleaning the kitchen, plane flights, and anything else where lightweight, great sounding headphones are needed for music consumption."
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"light weight , which cost the durability of these ear buds."
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"I routinely use them in runs, as well as weight lifting and I don't have any issues with them becoming dislodged...ever, thats right ever."
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