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Bose On-Ear Headphones: On top of the market | StuffGeeksWant

Bose On-Ear HeadphonesThrough the joys of employee discounts, last year I picked up a pair of Shure SE420 earphones for just $180. WIth a retail price of $399, I thought this was quite a steal, and they were going to be best earphones I ever bought.

They sounded good, but when I listened to a friend’s pair of Bose On-Ear Headphones, which retail for $180, I felt robbed.

I can only imagine everyone giving 5-star reviews to the SE420′s is trying to justify the 4 bills they dropped on them, because for half price you can get a far better experience from the Bose.

To be fair, headphones are in a different category from earphones for a lot of people (larger, bulkier, less subtle), but man does Bose know what their doing when it comes to headphones.

I’ll be the first to admit that Bose’ multi-$1000 Lifestyle systems are a joke (you know, “no highs, no lows, must be Bose”), but the On-Ear headphones are banging. Bass sounds full and powerful like I’ve seldom heard in headphones at this price, and highs are clear and precise.

Suffice to say, I recently sold my gently used SE420′s to a friend for about what I paid for them, and used the proceeds to pick up my own Bose On-Ear headphones, which Amazon is selling for just $161.95.

Sure, the Bose On-Ear headphones has a lower overall rating on Amazon than the Shure SE420 earphones (4 stars to 4.5, but it has 5x as many reviews)… but don’t let that throw you off, just check out the 5-star rating the headphones have at Apple based on 100 reviews. Just don’t buy them from Apple: you’ll pay more, and you’ll pay tax.

Oh, a few other points: out of the box, the Bose On-Ear headphones are first-gen iPhone friendly (narrow headphone jack), fold nicely, come with a great carrying case, and deliver all-day comfort.

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  • Small Mini Laptops
    Nov 27

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