Bose In-Ear Headphones mini-review
Fairly recently, I set out on a mission to get a pair of decent sounding headphones. These new ones were going to be in the price range of $50-$100, and they were going to replace my ratty old Apple earbuds. After trying out a $50 Sony pair and returning them, I settled on the $100 Bose In-ear headphones. Read on for a mini-review.
For anyone interested, the Sony pair were the MDR-EX71SLAs. The reason for my return was that on those earbuds, the left side was shorter (by a lot) than the right and that made them a pain to use. Other than that, they were fine, I just couldn’t stand them personally.
On to the Bose In-Ear Headphones. These are relatively new from Bose. Unlike the QuietComforts, these actually let a bit of outside noise in. This is actually better if you’re someone who wears your headphones out in public, as you’ll actually hear that bus coming straight towards you, giving you time to swerve out of the way. And just because they let some noise in doesn’t mean they’re bad. Before, with my old buds, I had to really crank of the volume on my iPod to be able to listen on the plane, with these, I just keep it at a reasonable volume and can hear just fine.
With the headphones, you get 3 different silicone earbuds (S, M, and L) that fit onto the plastic piece of the headphone. Here’s where my only complaint is, these buds seem to fall off a lot more than they should. In fact, I’ve already lost one of my buds, but I just swapped it out with a different sized one. It’s not a major flaw, and supposedly Bose is coming out with a “fix”, in this case new silicone inserts, that will be made available free of charge to all current owners (source). Clearly, with headphones, the most important thing is sound quality.
While I’m no audiophile, I can tell you that I heard a definite improvement over my old Apple buds. Other than that, they’re just nice looking headphones and I couldn’t be happier with them. You can find them online, at many retail stores, including Bose and Apple stores for $100.
Oh, I wanted to give it a rating: 4/5, mainly because of my complaint regarding the silicone buds falling out.