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6 people found this helpful
on 26 June 2014
Maybe it's me, but these buds just didn't sit right in my ears. I tried all 3 tips and made sure I was putting them in the right way round, but they just felt loose. Sure enough, a sharp tug on the lead popped one out far too easily - so these were a no-no straight away for exercising or running. It also caused (as witnessed by those around me) a fair amount of noise leakage - so not much good for the morning commute on public transport (unless you want people to hear your appalling taste in music).
Ok, they are not sold as "isolating" buds, but a better fit would certainly help in that regard. They are also not noise-cancelling, and partially due to the loose fit I had to ramp the volume right up to cope with the sound of traffic while walking to work; again, a more snug fit would have helped. There are plenty of earbuds out there which will solve both those problems at a fraction of the cost of these - I know, I've tried plenty.
So why spend £115 on these? Are you just paying for the name? Well, they ARE beautifully designed - tangle-free cable, in-line control in a sensible place, and a nice carry case are all pluses. The sound is also good. Very good - not tinny at the top end, but with a pullback on the bass; an excellent acoustic spread which suits all the genres I tried with it, along with audiobooks and podcasts. But, for me, that was all while sat at home listening in comfort, and I have got far better large headphones for that purpose. These are supposed to be used out and about and, for me, the fact that the sound reproduction was excellent was lost due to the loose fit, invasive background noise, etc.
Some people obviously love them, and good for them. The quality is undoubtedly there, as you would expect from Bose. But I was really disappointed, and find it difficult to recommend them at this price.
Then again, maybe I HAVE just got funny-shaped ears?