Product Reviews (50)
Bose In-Ear Headphones
Strengths: Great sound. Great bass, but not over powering for to high end sounds.
Weakness: Silicone ear pieces fall out easily.
These headphones are the best headphones I've ever had. I used to have Vmoda headphones and wasn't satisfied. They broke in about 3 months, and they cost the same. I've had these for a year and they are still working perfectly. The sound quality is great, have to mess with the equalizer on your computer to make them sound to their best potential. Other than that I would say to buy these if you want to get the best sound quality for $100.
By salvatore89 - May 18, 2010
I give it an 8/10
Strengths: 1) Great sound quality for a midrange priced headphone 2) Can be worn rather comfortably for hours--a hard to accomplish feat for most In-Ear headphones.
Weakness: 1) Same comfortable design also allows headphones to fall out easily sometimes 2) Seems to have problems with high end treble
First off, the sound quality on these are very good. It is hard to imagine that it's coming from such a tiny package. On the other hand, there are times when you just wish and feel like the sound quality could explode to another level. But one must remember that on the spectrum of in-ear headphones and their prices, these are pretty much in the middle. I mean, there are the incredible $400-500 headphones that you could buy, and their are of course the $15-20 headphones you could buy at a CVS. And I feel like with these, you get what you pay for, and a bit more.
Now the fairest comparison of these headphones would probably be to the Shure E2Cs, another nice quality headphone for about the same price. I've tried my friend's Shure for a bit and I don't like them for one glaring reason:
Way too invasive! The foam on the Shure headphones feel like they go deep into your ear canal to ensure a snug fit, and I don't feel like it would be comfortable after awhile. Now if you are looking for noise cancellation abilities, your best bet would be the Shure headphones because they do that wonderfully--but I am not. Maybe I'm just the cautious type--but when I am out on the streets, riding the Metro, etc. I really want to be able to hear with some clarity what is going on around me. To me, it seems that noise cancellation at that level would be kind of dangerous when you are out and about. In terms of sound quality, I feel that the bose has more bass, but other than that, they are pretty comparable--maybe with a slight favor to bose.
I've done a lot of research, and read a lot of reviews, and two negatives with these headphones that I feel always come up are:
1) Too much bass, not enough range, not enough treble, sounds muddy: This is true--when the headphones are right out of the package! Like any quality headphones, they need a breaking in period--in my case, I think they really got nice in around a week of using them 3-4 hours a day. The bass mellowed out, and things got nice and crisp, with a nice range. Also, if you're gonna throw down $100 for a pair of headphones, learn to use the Equalizer! Seriously spend some time with the EQ, and adjust it back and forth to how you like your music. On my Ipod, I like it at the Piano setting with these headphones--I listen to a ride range of music, from alternative/rock to rap and they sound great on that setting.
2) Headphones fall out too easy: now this was a serious concern for me before I bought them. True, when I first got them, for a couple days they were constantly falling out. But after learning how use them in the best way for my ears, and playing around with the different size tips, they rarely fall out anymore. I think you have to get used to the way they sit in your ear--the bose design is to allow a lot of comfort so you can wear them for hours--it's not supposed to go very deep into your ear at all. Regardless, it is obvious that the size and shape of everyone's ears are different, and I think for some people, these headphones simply would not fit nicely.
In the end, you have to give these headphones some time for them to reach their true potential. Bose has a nice 30 day return policy, so if they don't work out after a few weeks, return them. I have to admit, at first I wasn't too impressed (probably because I was so hyped about getting them), but after a week or so and trying the Shures, I like them more and more everyday.
By Fompe - Feb 5, 2007
a lttle dissapointed
Strengths: great sound. excellent bass. very cool design. comfortable. they're Bose!
Weakness: Volume lower than expected. missing some highs. wrapping cord for case may cause shorts in the future.
I was so excited to get these headphones. i love Bose products so my expectations were very high. a friend of mine had just got some Sony headphone so we were anxious to compare the two.
i must say that to me, the Bose sounded way better. it was like night and day. the bass was awesome and they were very comfortable to wear. (i changed the medium plugs to the large) i almost had a hard time getting them out of my ears, which is good. also you could not hear the sound from the headphones from outside my ears. i ride the trains in new york a lot and it can be annoying when you can hear another person blasting their headphones.
the only problem i have is with the volume. my friends headphones would get much louder than mine. i tried the Bose on several different units and found this to be the case on every one. not that they don't go loud enough for normal listening. but you have to turn the unit up more which may decrease battery life faster.
also even though i love the bass and wouldn't change that at all. it seems that when compared to other headphones you don't have the crisp highs and "air" which gives a sense of separation. sometimes it was hard to decide which i preferred the crisp highs or the rich lows. but it basically depends on the song you're listening to and the quality of the recording. the other the other thing is the case. i think that wrapping the cord, and kind of having to stretch it a little to make it fit perfectly might end up causing the wire to short at the contact points in the future. but I'm hoping that's not the case and maybe this would actually prevent shorts by keeping them from getting all crunched up in my bag. just an observation. love the case though.
overall i love the Bose in ear headphones and wear them with pride. it really just comes down to quality. and the Bose has that in spades. so no matter what i'm listening to, i know I'm getting some of the best sound available.
By bigwallys - Dec 30, 2006
A MUST BUY FOR MUSIC LOVERS!
Strengths: Excellent BOSE quality sound, Extreme BASS response, Does not distort at high levels, Price!
Weakness: Does not offer Noise Cancelling, A bit bulky looking compared to most in-ear competitors
I was reading many reviews on the Bose in-ear headphones when they first came out. I am a die-hard Shure fan and at the time...had Shure e3c's. The Shure's are excellent quality as well, but lacks the sound quality in bass response. Also, as the volume increases there are obvious signs of distortion. I purchased the Bose in-ear from my local Bose store and was blown away at the demo, so I bought them. I was shocked at how well the Bose can respond to such highs and lows without distorting the sound. When the volume is increased, there is barely any sound coming from them on the outside if a friend is next to you. Unlike many others, these don't give surrounding people an idea of what you are listening to, which is perfect in libraries, etc. After comparing the Shure's to the Bose, I noticed a difference in size which isn't a big deal to me, but they are definitely larger. I spent $99.95 on the Bose which is half the price of the Shure e3c priced at $199.95. If you're looking for great HIGH quality sound for different genres of music...these Bose in-ear Headphones are definitely worth the price. After all, it lured me away from Shure which cannot top the sound of Bose.
By jambajon89 - Nov 30, 2006
Bose in-ear headphones
Strengths: These headphones fit really comfortably. The have great bass and don't fall out of your ears when you use them actively. I take mine jogging and they've been unlike anything I've tried.
The headphones have three different size tips to accomodate every user. It took me a about 10 minutes to figure out which ones I should use just because I didn't want them falling out and they feel so much more different than other headphones. They are the only only in-ear headphones I'v ever been able to take to the gym and not put away after 10 minutes. They sound great and I would highly reccomend them as a great substitute for any earphones on the market for MP3 players or laptops. Price point made me hesitate until I actually tried them out.
By Angel21817 - Nov 21, 2006
Bose Does it Again
Strengths: - Exceptionally smooth and refined sound quality with very good bass response. - Extremely comfortable and accommodating through use of various silicon ear tips; includes small, medium and large.
Weakness: - As others mentioned, slightly bulky looking but no less comfortable. - More importantly, slight chance of silicon tips becoming separated and lost due to design limitation.
After purchasing the Bose TriPortIE and using it all day I was immediately impressed with the higher level of sound quality. Typical of Bose, they always manage to deliver enormous range from small packages. I've owned their original Wave Radio for years and was always impressed especially with the clarity and bass response from such a small package.
That said, the only "fly in the ointment" I’ve found is the silicon tip design. Before purchasing mine I wasn't completely sure how they fastened to the earphones. Having played around with them for the better part of the day, I come to realize there is a potential for these to separate and become lost when removing the earphones from your ears.
In fact, it happened almost immediately after trying them out - glad I was home and not walking outside when it occurred as they would surely have been lost.
The problem stems from their fastening design. Each circular earphone has a small, tubular protrusion where the sound emanates from and points into your ear canal. About halfway along each protrusion is a slightly angled and molded plastic ridge encircling it. Correspondingly, each mating silicon earpiece has a colored (different for each size), stiffener (possibly made from denser silicon) or wedge molded inside each earpiece.
While sliding the silicon ear tips on, the inside leading edge of the stiffener is designed to "catch" the ridge of the earphone and retain it. The design shortcoming seems to be with the ridge height or stiffness of the colored silicon wedge. Either way, it doesn't require too much effort for these 2 pieces to separate. Especially when removing them during colder weather as each material have different coefficient of expansion.
Without getting too technical, let's just say if your ears and the plastic earphones are cold and the silicon is warmed within each ear canal, the silicon could stick to your skin and separate from the earphone during removal.
IMO, a better design would have been a silicon ear tip designed to capture the entire circular surface of each earphone, similar to those foam replaceable cushions that come with many inexpensive headsets. The foam stretches over each earpiece and remains on until it disintegrates and you are forced to replace it.
However, please don't let this deter you from buying the Bose TriPortIEs as this is not as big a liability as it may seem. I called and spoke with Bose today and gave them my observations and opinion and they were extremely receptive to my feedback. They responded by saying the product is relatively new and so design changes are always possible. Better still, Bose will replace any silicon ear tip free of charge the first year should it become lost and additional ear tips are available for about $5.
Final word, these are truly great earphones, slightly pricey but of excellent quality and materials. Most importantly, sound quality is far higher than expected with comfort levels way better than Shure's E2C and E3C which is even more expensive and I felt didn’t perform as well. I also felt the Shure design was too invasive and went intrusively too deep within each ear canal. While no product is perfect and many opinions may differ, I believe Bose has done a very credible job of reaching a good balance in sound reproduction, comfort and affordability.
By Anonymous - Dec 4, 2006
Bose in-ear headphones
Strengths: In-ear headphones amazing sound and comfortable fit. I can hear guitar-picking and vocals. Hard-driving bass pleasant.
Weakness: Zebra strip. Prefer all black. Easy for thief to ID and Bose due to color coding.
Best in-ear headphones ever purchased. You can hear sounds that are not reproduced on the standard iPod headphones. Well designed lanyard for activities like running and active sports. You need to buy these headphones as you will not find better at any price!!!!
This is what comes in the box: 1 pair of in-ear headphones with 49" (1.24 m) audio cable, 1 pair each of small, medium and large silicone tips, 1 lanyard, 1 clothing clip, and Carrying case
By T Bear - Sep 21, 2008
Another Amazing Bose Product
Strengths: Quality Sound, Extremely High Volume and Bass compared to other Products i have tried Personaly, and Price
Weakness: Thes are a little big, but still the design of these ear buds make up for that they look extremely cool when you wear them.
Mainly the only things i have to say are just think about it, Bose make Home Theatre Systems and basiclly anything else else that has to do with Sound Quality. So Headphones are much easier to design with that kind of expierence. Also Bose donates almost ALL of its profits into reasearching better and better products on the market. That is the main reason these great products are almost never discounted. For Comfortability of these ear buds best ive ever tried ive tried mostly all the apple headset, and some of the more exspenive Shure products. None Of these come even cole to the quality of comfortabilty, volume, bass, or even the design of these. I've had many ear buds that wouldnt fit right and would fall out of my ears and I would accidently step on them or etc, but with the 3 differant sized silicone tips and the design of how they go in your ear they stick in, and also because of this anyone near can usually never hear the sound from them. Just to test that theory i took mine to church turned it up almost full volume no one ever heard a thing. Even if you do a hard workout at the gym and these things and your head is rickiting these headphones they would rarely budge. So with this review I will recommend the ear buds to anyone, their a true qualty product of Bose.
By warmasterx55 - Jan 5, 2007
A good product with one big flaw
Strengths: Great sound with smooth highs and very nice base response.
Weakness: The silicone ear tips fall off WAY too easily
I bought these earphones about a week ago and have used them extensively since the purchase. I was surprised at the base response as well as the silky smooth midrange and highs. In my opinion, it would be hard to beat these at the price point offered in terms of audio fidelity.
My love affair with these earphones ended quickly because of the silicone ear tips that attach to the in-ear port. They have detached at least twice a day since I started using them and that design flaw alone keeps me from recommending this product to anyone.
A real shame. I am a huge fan of Bose and it pains me to see this lack of attention to detail.
By SpectreCGR - Jan 18, 2007
Love Em'! (Tip Redesign Coming!)
Strengths: Exceptional comfort and fit! Unique, non-symetrical, proprietary silicon tip design. Great sound. Can wear them all day with no ear fatigue. (I even fall asleep with them in from time-to-time!)
Weakness: A bit larger than some others (i don't care.) Silcon tips come off too easily, occassionally staying in my ear (though not hard to get out.)
Said it all above, but!!!
I just lost one of the wonderful-fitting silicon tips for these Bose earbus. Talked to a Bose rep who said that, yes, you can get a free set (1) of replacements (1-800-644-2673). After that, you are looking at $5 for a replacement set.
HOWEVER . . . a store rep told me that he just got an e-mail today (2/2/07) announcing that Bose is planning to start shipping new, re-designed tips that will keep the soft silicon ends, but will replace the inner rubber portion (the white, grey, or black section) with a more rigid material, providing a more secure "snap" as they affix to the plastic earbud housing. Hazzah!!!
By earwaqx - Feb 2, 2007
review for bose In-Ear Headphones (Ear Buds, 0.64 oz)
Strengths: Nice sound. Sound is bigger than normal earbud Multiple options for ear-bud size
Weakness: Price is so expensive
I bought this ear-bud from an authorized Bose seller. It has excellent sound and great sound quality, the cord is also long enough. The good point is this earbud comes with three different sizes of ead-bud, so you can pick what is suitable for you.
The price of this ear-bud is so expensive. I paid $100 for it and hoprfully it could last long enought time for my money.
I would liek to give it 4 star.
By woshihaoren - Oct 25, 2008
Fake in-ear headphones!
Weakness: poor quality
Fake in-ear headphones. The metal ring on one side of the headphone came off after opening the package, clip was missing. Booklet was a poor copy quality, like printer running out of in ink!
By kcli - Sep 2, 2009
Bose Ear Buds
Strengths: Remarkable clarity and comfort. A huge upgrade from regular ear buds.
Clarity and comfort. A bit pricy, but they are so much better than the ear buds that come with ipods that it is worth it. You realize how good the podcasts and music downloads really are when you have this piece of equipment.
By berman102 - Mar 24, 2008
Another quality product from Bose
Strengths: Good sound quality, good bass
Weakness: Some design limitation where the headphones may drop from the ears if not position right.
As always, Bose produces only quality products. Worth the money even though it is at the high end ($100). Really could tell the difference in sound quality. The only shortcoming is that the silicon ear tip tends to slip off, and can lose it if you are not careful.
By amtse - Dec 28, 2006
Bose stumbles with 1st entry into earbud arena
Strengths: Decent sound quality
Weakness: Buds fall out of ears way too easily, rubber tips fall off very easily, way to pricy for bad engineering.
Like many of you my search for the holy grail of ear buds continues. I have purchased literally dozens of ear buds in my quest, from $20 to $150, and had such high hopes for Bose's first entry into the ear bud category. While these earbuds have better than average sound, the frustration of trying to not only keep them in your ears, but keeping the gummy ear adapters on them is a lost cause. If you listen to music while sitting, and never take you earphones outside of a 5 feet radius then these may be fine for you. Otherwise save your money and get some Philips HE591's or HE592's. They are only $23 and sound better.
By MSteiner - Aug 9, 2007
good but quiet
Strengths: excellent sound quality, amazing bass
Weakness: not very loud
bought these over the shure ec2 as i didnt want total noise cancelling.found the quality to be great, especially the bass, but was hoping for a bit more amplification from my ipod as i like my music LOUD.Tried them through my stereo where i could crank them a lot louder and the sound quality remained abosolutely fantastic.they are very comfortable also, i hardly notice ive got them on, but a little disapointed for the lack of amplification on the ipod.but, maybe thats a good thing as im likely to give myself tinitus given half a chance.
By dingorella - Jan 13, 2007
Bose In Ear Headphones
Strengths: I was simply amazed at the quality of bass that these little headphones delivered.I thought the entire spectrum of sound was well-balanced.
Weakness: Well, they do cost $100 but so what-they sound like a million.
I have a Sony CD walkman that I use with these and they sound wonderful.Don't listen to the people that unjustly put these down.Listen and decide for yourself.If the bass is overpowering-well that is what the eq is for.I think it sounds best with the bass boost on.I also have a pair of the original Bose Triports and while they do deliver a lot of low end I found that the IE headphones produce a much more defined bass.You can really hear the TONE of the bass guitar.Sure, I have other headphones that produce more high-end sizzle but these were the ones that were on my ears today at 3 o'clock in the morning.
By roberthurt - Jan 6, 2007
Strengths: Lightweight, crystal clear sound
Great product. I have been using daily with my Sirius radio and have had no problems. Easy to carry, great sound, extremely comfortable. Best I have ever used. Definitely worth the price.
By jnt3 - Jan 8, 2007
Strengths: The sound is good and they are comfortable
Weakness: The silicone tips DO NOT stay on for anything! I have lost SO many! Luckily I call Bose to complain and they send me new tips, but it doesn't improve the quality of the product.
Don't waste your money on these! Yeah - they sound nice. But ladies especially, you can't put them in your purse! If you do...you'll be searching 5 minutes for the ear tip that has fallen off and gotten lost in the abyss.
Save your money and buy $10 earphones. I wish I did.
By schubeda - Jun 28, 2007
Strengths: The right ear works great.
Weakness: The left ear doesnt at all
Ordering on line from Abe of Maine was very convenient but defective products must be returned to the manufacturer if the package is opened. Of course you cannot know if the earphones are defective until you open the package. The manufacturer has a delightful recording telling me to send it back and hope for the best.
By OldPol - Dec 7, 2007
These sound fantastic
Strengths: Great sound, very comfortable.
Weakness: They look a little clunky, price is a little high, never discounted.
These sound fantastic, the sound from my ipod is greatly improved as compared to the basic headphones provided by Apple. Bose provides 3 sets of earpieces, small, medium and large, so you should be able to find a size that fits you properly, I find these very comfortable to wear, they do not fall out as my I have found problematic with other in the ear headphones in the past. Bose includes a nice case to store the headphones.
On the down side, I think these headphones look a little clunky, they are definitely larger than most other in the ear style headphones on the market. The price is pretty much on the high end and discounts from Bose are hard to come by.
By fox25 - Jan 1, 2007
Counterfeit Bose Earphones
Strengths: None: Bose Earphones were counterfeit
Weakness: The fact that the earphones were not Bose but actually counterfeit.
Worst online shopping experience ever after having bought BOSE earphones that were, in fact, fake. BOSE verified that the item was counterfeit, which was obvious almost immediately after taking them out of the well-produced fake packaging. PriceGrabber did nothing to rectify the situation, although if I had registered, I might only be out $15.
By brunocerous - May 28, 2012
Strengths: Quality Product
I was a bit hesitant to buy from this merchant because there were few ratings. They were great. Great price, brand new earbuds that sounded Bose great. Would buy from them again.
By anonymous; - Aug 27, 2011
Strengths: Snug fit to block out external sounds. Excellent sound.
Weakness: They can bother my ears if i wear them for too long. And they tend to wiggle out if I'm snacking while wearing them. Better grip than cheaper ones though.
I got these as a X-mas gift. Although they do not get very loud the sound quality is excellent. Most of my previous headphones have been mid range price, Sony types. They sounded good untill i got the Bose. What a difference! You get what you pay for.
By anonymous; - Jun 26, 2010
Strengths: Sound clarity, comfortable, good bass (not overpowering)
Did some research before hand and narrowed it down to these or a pair of Shures. Happy with my choice. Crisp BOSE sound, similar to their home systems. Very Comfortable
By anonymous; - Sep 18, 2009
Strengths: Comfort. Excellent sound quality. Bose excellent customer service. Reasonable sound isolation.
Weakness: Stupid silicon ear bud, ugly as...
I have owned a pair of these for over 2 years now. The original pair developed a fault at the connector and suffered from the silicon tips dropping off at the slightest provocation. I had these replace with the same model, and these developed the same fault. My third pair (second replacement) I have had for over 1 year. I wear them for approximately 14 hours a day:
3 hour commute to work with iPod (now iPhone)
unplug from iPod and plug into computer
work 8 hours
unplug from computer and plug into iPod
commute 3 hours home.
They have never given me any problems with my ears (spots or sores). Often I forget I have them on as I sometimes just wear them to cut out the noise in the office with nothing playing through them.
They are not the best looking earphones around, and still have the stupid rubber bits on the end, which get damaged. Bose used to replace these for free, but now charge. I have seen a few people with the wrong size tips on with the bud sticking out of the ear... very amusing.
If mine died today, I would replace them immediately with the same. I have not many other manufacturers and models, but am more than happy with these as they are, thank you
By anonymous; - Jul 1, 2009
Unfortunately not worth the money
Strengths: Sound is very good overall. SIlicone tips feel good in the ear.
Weakness: Poor construction, some unfortunate design flaws
These were a gift and I expected so much more. The sound was very good. I bought them because of the Bose name brand. I needed these for working out and to use at work. When I lie down on a bench to exercise, they fall out of my ear. The main problem with these is the flimsy cord used to attach the wires to the plug. There seems to be a design flaw there that needs to be addressed,. They shorted out almost as the warranty expired. For something marketed as good for workouts, running, etc, there should be a better design to protect the cord from damage. I'm in the market for a new set to replace these. I'll have to look beyond Bose.
By anonymous; - May 28, 2009
Strengths: All round general purpose
The headphones are right on the money ($100.00). The sound dollar ratio is correct. After finding the right size ear piece(medium -right, large left?)I went ahead and applied a small amount of super glue to the buds and to this day they haven't fallen off.
By anonymous; - May 11, 2009
Bose In-Ear Headphones
Strengths: Great sound - Very comfortable to wear. I like the clip you attach to the wire and then to your shirt/jacket, helps keep the pull off your ears.
Weakness: Long cord. Black and white zebra looking - would have been better all black. $99.00 price tag.
Very comfortable - even under a ski or motorcycle helmet. Seems like a lot of money for ear buds but they sound great and fit great. If they last like most Bose equipment - will have them for many, many years.
By anonymous; - Mar 12, 2009
Strengths: Bose In-Ear headphones have great bass that you can feel, fits really nice to the ear and very neat design overall.
After so many positive reviews that I’ve read about Bose In-Ear Headphones I decided to get one myself. And when I plugged it in to my Nokia 6300 the sound exceeded my expectation remember that 6300 is not a music phone but the sound coming out from Bose was amazing, I felt like I was inside a room filled with solid sound. I’m very satisfied with the product.
I’ve even compared it with 3 different ear plugs, Sony Ericsson that came from my W880i, my Sennheiser MX series, and Philips Head phone. The verdict, my Bose In-Ear Headphones stood out from the rest. The sounds coming out from them justifies it's price...
By anonymous; - Feb 11, 2009
B.O.S.E = buy other sound equipment.
Strengths: better than stock buds, full bass.
Weakness: these are in ear phones that dont go in the ear. poor sound quality at this price.
ok, im gonna keep this brief, these earphones are not terrible, but they are fairly poor in concept and design along with sound that is a bit lacking.
let me explain, these earphones are apparently designed as in ear phones AKA canal phones. now the concept behind this design is that the phones go deep inside your ears and create a seal, this blocks out outside noise and the user can experience all the quality and clarity and a lower volume than normal.
now this is very important and well these earphones dont really do the job they were designed for, they dont create a good seal, in fact your lucky if you get a seal at all, this results in the feeling that they will fall out if you attempt to even walk quickly, along with a sound that isnt up to the price standards.
now onto the most important aspect, sound. now the sound isnt all that bad, it seems bose knew they didnt get it quite right as far as the design goes so they actually have boosted the bass so you wont miss it, and for this reason there is just too much bass, its bloated and really takes away from the clarity you would expect at this price point. the midrange is a little lost and its certainly veiled over by that big bass line. again the high notes are there but really dont tingle like balanced armature phones in this price range or just above.
i brought these earphones when i had little experience in portable audio, i asked the store clerk why they cost so much and he simply said...''Its bose, its the best and theres not much else to say, if you want the best there it is.''
this was so uplifting and i did indeed crave a good setup. boy was i dissapointed, take my advice, if your going to buy earphones that are this expensive please do have a little look around, visit sites like headfi.org and other headphone websites, here is where you get many opinions on what is best, what is value for money and user experiences.
i will say it again, these are not terrible and are easily a step up over stock earbuds but are they overpriced?...absolutely yes!! there are some earphones in the same price range i would recommend over the bose all day long, headphones can get very very expensive, i own the shure se530 ( look em up to see what they cost ), so these earphones are not exactly all that expensive, they are middle of the road quality and heres a few i think will serve you much better than these cheap sounding horrible fitting earphones:
Etymotic ER6i - these lack big bass but are much more professional, much more accurate, and offer the clarity and quality you expect at this price, not only that, they also do the job intended, these isolate outside noise and seal excellent creating a world of your own in your head.
Shure se210 - these are balanced armature phones similar to the etymotic's above, only these offer a more balanced and fun sound, not quite as accurate but they do sound a little fuller and seem to offer a bit more texture.
Ultimate ears super fi 3 - these are a little big and ugly, but they are very well known for offering a good quality sound, if sound is the most important aspect to you then you must consider these.
Future sonics atrio m5 - these are a smidgen more expensive than the above phones but if you like bass and good quality sound these are 100% worth the money, dont spite yourself for a few extra quid these give brilliant tight bass without hurting the other frequency ranges.
By anonymous; - Feb 9, 2009
Bose are pretty good, but not good enough
Strengths: Everything involving sound quality, feel, and reduction of other sounds
Weakness: the earphones always fall out
The Bose in-ear heaphones are very good, as expected from Bose.
However, on thing completely killed them for me. The ear tips always fall off just from taking them out of your pocket. I've already gone through the three starter ear tips, and I've only had them for three days.
I really like everything else, but the ear tips are too anoying to deal with.
If you want to gat some headphones, don't go with these Bose.
By anonymous; - Jan 22, 2009
Bose In-Ear Headphones
Strengths: Long cord, Can be worn for long periods of time, Decent sound
Weakness: Shorting out
These are great headphones. I've read several reviews and a good deal of the complaints are valid - the tips do fall off (you can get free replacements) and if you don't have the right size tip on they may fall out easily. Simply finding the right size tip solved the problem for me. However a significant problem is that after long use you may experience a short in the wire/plug connection. I am now on my second pair due to this issue. Outside of this they are a great pair of headphones. Hope this is helpful.
By anonymous; - Jan 6, 2009
Sounds great, but uncomfortable fit!
Strengths: Great sound, full resonation.
Weakness: uncomfortable fit.
No complaints on the quality of these earbuds, the sound is awesome, but the fit is terrible. Even with the smallest bud cover, I am constantly having to adjust the bud in my ear to get the best sound. You can forget trying to jog or run with these earbuds. It's hard enough to just walk or even stand still. At these prices, and the Bose reputation, I'm somewhat disappinted.
By anonymous; - Nov 8, 2008
still after a month a great deal.
Strengths: great in-ear headphones. great price delivered in less than 2 days and authentic bose.
Weakness: nothing. the headphones are a little tricky to keep them in your ears. thats it.
a great deal with these earphones. great bose sound. i did not get the free extra tips when i registered so it may be because they are older? still paying 45$ less is totally worth it.
By writingtreewalking - Oct 26, 2008
Best earbuds I have owned!
Strengths: The sound is great, they are more confortable then triditional earbuds, and they come with a nice carrying case. Comes with 3 different sizes for a good fit.
When I received these I compared them to earbuds that came with my Inno satellite radio and to ones that came with a Jabra bluetooth set, and there is a noticable improvement to the sound. I can wear them much longer without my ears being unconfortable.
By maddogchaos - Oct 19, 2008
Strengths: Having the longer cord is a plus.
Weakness: Reaplacable ear pieces were kind of a hassle. I lost one the first week I had it. They fall off very easily.
I thought the Ear Buds were just OK. I did not notice much of a difference in quality of sound than from the manufacture ear plugs that came with my IPOD.
By rickago - Oct 1, 2008
Bose In Ear Headphones
Strengths: Sound quality
Weakness: Poor ear fit and weak wiring
This in ear headphones were the best sounding by far until after 2 weeks the wiring conector became bad. I had to wiggle the wire to hear both sides. Finally sent back for refund and currently looking for something else
By anonymous; - Jun 3, 2008
Bose in-ear headphone
Strengths: Good sound quality
Weakness: Not the best fit in the ear
I bought the set to use it with my iPod while riding my motorcycle. The sound quality is very good, but the earbud can easily slide out and they don't provide noise isolation.
By Ziv2liv - May 10, 2008
Strengths: very comfortable. great sound quality
Weakness: tips come off too easily
i loved the feel of these headphones as soon as i put them in my ears. the traditional soft earbud shapes start to hurt my ears after a while and i have not experienced any discomfort with the bose design. i lost one of the tips as i was pulling the headphones out of my coat pocket. i didn't even realize it until the next time i wanted to use them. bose did send me replacement tips. i think i will go ahead and purchase another replacement set to have on hand. i hope bose does a redesign in this area. i also purchased the extension wire, not knowing what to expect with the headphones. the extension is probably 6' long! i am not sure when i will ever need such a long extension but for the extra $10 i paid, i was surprised at what i received.
By chloe7473 - Jan 18, 2008
Bose In-Ear Headphones
Strengths: Great sound quality and very comfortable.
Weakness: The ear bud can slip off of the earphone and can easily be lost if not handled with care.
If these headphones are gently taken care of, then they are the best.
If you like to work out for a long period of time and sweat, then the ear buds will slip out of the ear canal.
Overall, these are still some of the best earphones I have listened to.
By anonymous; - Dec 9, 2007
i loved,i will never changed
Strengths: very clear sound,very comfortyble,you can used all day,another quality products from bose,,,,,,
very very clear sound,much better than i think before i buy it,wire not curly like others,better than shure c3,loud,one little think;if you have i pod sounds not so good than sony mp3 my wife have i pod so i plugd in but is not so loud with i pod i use sony mp3 and sound great little trouble with treble but handled good
By anonymous; - Jul 16, 2007
Awesome Upgrade for your Ipod
Strengths: Base response and music clarity
Weakness: None so far
These are awesom! I have had them for 6 weeks, and love them. The base response is so fantastic, I can put my Ipod EQ on treble boost and get the best of both worlds.
Highly recommended upgrade.
By anonymous; - Jan 25, 2007
Bose In-Ear Headphones
Strengths: Perfect sound transmission. Compact and comfortable.
Weakness: No weaknesses I can yet discern.
The Bose name signifies a quality product. This will not disappoint. We have the larger sound-cancelling headphones and satisfaction with that product led us to this one. The former is wonderful on airplanes and good for zoning out...these are wonderful for a mobile world.
By galefb - Dec 17, 2006
excelent clarity and large balanced frequency spectrum
Strengths: crystal real sound, very good bass
At Best Buy I tried the On-ear headphones and I was so impressed of the quality of the sound that kept me thinking of them few days. Quite expensive the on ear ones, so I thought I'd better get in in-ear ones. I couldn't try them at the store, it's a health hazard thing, so I decided to get them and try 'em at home. Man!... I couldn't believe how real everything can sound! I listen to different types of music, and the best one to test the headphones is the classical music. As I said, these headphones are incredibly soo good, you have to try 'em!
By anonymous; - Dec 5, 2006
Bose In Ear Headphones
Strengths: Sound, comfort, looks
I've tried the Shures and the Bose have way better sound and comfort. The sound was full and bass was very good without drowning the highs. The sound was very balanced. The price is reasonable for the quality and technology that they put into designing these. The comfort is great. They stay put and don't fall out as many others, yet are extremely comfortable.
By anonymous; - Nov 27, 2006
Bose strikes again
Strengths: Ease of use and Bose Sound quality
Weakness: Loose fit in ear
I bought these after trying them at a Bose store the day they came out!! I needed them for walking on city streets as they do let you hear sounds of automobiles and other sounds. My sound islolating cut out too much ambiant sound. They work great walking or on a tread mill. I think they might not stay in ear if you jog or run. I would buy them again and the quality is outstanding. The case they come with is excellent though I wish they had a way of attaching to belt or ipod case.
By anonymous; - Nov 14, 2006
Strengths: A strong Electronic Company
Weakness: The old addage "No highs no lowa it must be Bose" is some what true. Where it has interesting low frequency volumn, they have no perceivable detail, better earphones can be had for less.
The fit is not that good given the three types of molds. None fit me well at all. I have bought components from other companies that fit my Sony phones beautifully.
By anonymous; - Nov 9, 2006
Bose In-Ear Headphones
Bose In-Ear Headphones are high end in-ear headphones from one of the most respected names in sound. Unlike most earbuds, the Bose In-Ear headphones are designed with soft silicone tips that rest gently in the outer bowls of the ears, not the pressure-sensitive ear canals. Additionally, these removable silicone tips come in three different sizes (small, medium, large) for a more tailored...
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Bose in-ear Headphones
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