by Anthony Kershaw
I have odd ears. I must have. I’ve had a heck of a time finding in ear headphones that work for me and an even harder time finding over ear headphones that sound good for a reasonable price. I have a few prerequisites.
1. The best sound possible
3. They stay put during workouts
4. Works with iPhone — mic/answer/pause/track button
5. Reasonably priced — less than $100
6. Transportable — ever tried to fit a Stax into a briefcase?
7. Warrantied — I’m harder on headphones than I am on sunglasses!
How did the Bose mobiles fare?
They offer excellent sound. Bose gets lambasted by audiophiles. Bose is the Apple of the music world. Much of the disrespect is bloody well earned. I’ve heard some truly awful sound coming from speakers/docks that cost four times as much as they should. They look great but the substance and depth of sound is not always there. I call it ‘ziss, boom, bah!’ But, the Bose mobile’s have a very natural sound, well balanced, with some very nice instrumental and vocal timbre, especially from headphones of the in-ear variety. And best, they are non-fatiguing.
I did have a flirtation with the expensive Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones . They were good at some things but the sound was a little flaccid. For frequent flyers, yes, as a home, high end solution, probably not. But, at over CAD$400, much too expensive. The Bose in-ear headphones are a little over $100 and are by far the best value I have seen and heard from Bose.
They fit my ear canals well without burrowing in like Etymotics, and they stay in. Most others usually wiggle their way out, with the exception of the horrendous Apple buds. They always stay in, but who can stomach that sound for more than a phone call or two?
These Bose work perfectly with my iPhone. The mic/button is placed logically and mimics all the Apple mic/button functions, including pause, track forward and track back. Nice. They come with a nice leather pouch that will also house your MP3 player or smartphone. The package includes tips in three different sizes, lanyard, three 2.5 mm adapters, and a clothing clip. It’ll suit most needs.
Has my search ended? For in-ear, yes. If Bose would come up with better sounding, noise canceling over/on hear headphones for $250, then we may have something. Until then, the search continues. Grado, can you have a go?