Review: Bose IE2 Audio Headphones

The Bose IE2 In-Ear Audio Headphones are the latest Bose in-ear headphones designed to provide enhanced sound quality, comfort and durability. Bose claim that a new design, in conjunction with Bose’s TriPort structure, provides greater sound clarity and definition throughout the music spectrum. They say the result is a richer listening experience for the user. As well as this, the new Bose StayHear silicone tips give greater stability and a more fitted earphone that will stay put even during rigorous exercise. Finally, Bose claim that the build materials have been improved so that the Bose IE2 Audio Headphones are far more durable and sturdy than previous models. That’s an awful lot of big claims for a reasonably priced headphone set, so do Bose deliver on their claims? Key Specs for Bose IE2 Audio Headphones RRP: $99.95 Year Of Release: 2004 Battery Powered? No Wireless? No Noise Canceling? No Weight: 0.04 lbs Bose IE2 Audio Headphones: The Pros Stability: A big problem with many in-ear headphones is that they refuse to stay in place when the user is on the go or exercising. Bose claim to have solved this long standing problem with the IE2 headphones. They’ve adapted their StayHear design of silicone tips that are specifically designed to stay put once inserted into the ear. In addition to this, the Bose IE2 headphones include three different sized tips to suit all ear sizes. The result is an in-ear headphone set that will remain in place during all but the most zealous exercise. Sound Quality: The Bose IE2 Audio headphones are quite surprising in this regard. It is not often that you come across a small, in-ear set of headphones that can produce sounds you would expect to hear from an earcup set of headphones. The new design and the Bose TriPort headphone structure work in tandem to great effect in producing a crisp, rich sound that doesn’t struggle with deep bass notes or high frequencies. The IE2 headphones also far surpass expectations when playing at high volumes. Many in-ear headphones struggle to retain good quality sound when pushed up to very high volumes, but the IE2 copes admirably. Comfort: It’s a fact – Bose make comfortable headphones, and the IE2 Audio Headphones are no different. The silicone tips come in three sizes, so you can pick the size that best suits you. Unlike many other in-ear headphones, the IE2 headphones not only stay in place but are genuinely comfortable to wear. The design also features a new ridge which sits in perfectly against the upper ear, providing even more support. Durability: A pleasant surprise, but Bose have taken the time to not only improve the audio experience for the user and the comfort level of the headphones, but the reliability and durability of the IE2 headphones as well. Many headphones that are popular with exercise enthusiasts often complain that their headphones do not last long due to frequent heavy use, so Bose have addressed the issue with new materials. The result is a set of headphones that provide real durability and long lasting potential. Bose IE2 Audio Headphones: The Cons Noise Cancellation: Although the Bose IE2 Audio Headphones are in-ear headphones, they do not go deep into the ear. While many users find this to be a much more comfortable experience, it does not go hand in hand with noise cancellation. No in-ear headphones are going to match the abilities of most earcup noise cancellation headphones, but many do a better job than the IE2 headphones. This will not be a problem for most people, as in-ear headphones are not renowned for their noise cancellation anyway, but some people may be disappointed to find out that the IE2 headphones provide very little noise cancellation even compared to other in-ear headphones. Branding: For many people, in-ear headphones are headphones that really go deep into the ear. The Bose IE2 Audio Headphones are marketed as in-ear headphones, and the name IE even suggests in-ear. It is not unreasonable to assume that headphones with a brand name of in-ear would be a true in-ear product. As mentioned above, the Bose IE2 are not deep in-ear headphones. While they do provide greater stability and excellent audio, the name might lead some people to purchase without realising that these are not deep in-ear headphones. This does not detract from the quality of the IE2 headphones, but it could lead to some confusion, and in turn, disappointment. Are the Bose IE2 Audio Headphones Worth Buying? If you are looking for a deep in-ear set of headphones that provide some level noise cancellation, then the Bose IE2 Audio Headphones will leave you feeling dissatisfied. Despite the name and possible inferences you might take from it, the IE2 headphones are not designed for that market. They are designed for consumers looking for a powerful audio sound, superb stability in the ear and a sturdy, durable build that will last some time. As a mid-range priced set of headphones, there is plenty of competition to the Bose IE2 headphones, but for price and performance they take some beating.


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