AE2 Ear cups look promising and comfortable altogether

Not all Bose products hold high quality status; especially when we are comparing them against other well established brands within the home theater and entertainment industry. I reviewed the Bose AE2 headphones only to realize that they are better than selected Sennheiser headphones, the Sony MDR V6 and V-Modas in particular. It is a bold statement to make when company loyalists are so jumpy these days, but I am sure that you will agree to me by the end of this enlightening post.

It has been a little over a week with Bose AE2 headphones, which eventually led me to conclude that they are not as bad as some people portray them. I don’t know about other online retailers but Amazon’s sales page for these headphones does have a small percentage of negative feedback. Some people are complaining about the price tag (hey, it’s Bose; don’t expect them to sell out short on their brand name), and how the AE2s are not better than Numarks etc.[spacer height=”20px”]

Bose AE2 Headphone Review for Serious Audiophiles:[spacer height=”20px”]

Then again, I don’t get paid by Bose or any other company for writing reviews. I wish I did, but it doesn’t work that way. It is hard for a reviewer to actually maintain an unbiased tone and get through with product evaluation, no matter how good or bad it is. Normally, I spend 10 – 12 hours a week with headphones and earphones. This little ritual has been going on for years now – so I know what a flat sounding pair of headphones actually “sounds” like.

Box Packaging still shot of the AE2 Bose

Honestly, Bose AE2 does not sound flat at all. They are “fun and light”, and if you have burned them properly, which I know a lot of people don’t do with any audio product, you are in for a remarkable listening experience.

The proper way to burn in any home theater accessory, headphones or earphones is to play a huge selection of soundtracks for 20 – 40 hours at moderately higher volume setting. Bose products are no different when it comes to cooking them/ burning them before the actual evaluation period begins.[spacer height=”20px”]

Good Stuff about Bose AE2 Headphones (Black):[spacer height=”20px”]

  • Moderate and consistent bass level. Does not need special equalizer presets to reduce bass.[spacer height=”20px”]
  • Crisp, clear and pleasant sound.[spacer height=”20px”]
  • Very lightweight when compared to other brands, especially the ones with heavy duty gaming headsets.[spacer height=”20px”]
  • Ear cups have a very comfortable profile. After 10 – 15 minutes of wearing the AE2 Headphones, you won’t even feel them on your head, or around your ears for that matter.[spacer height=”20px”]
  • Box packaging includes a handy Bose carrying bag, original accessories and etc.[spacer height=”20px”]

From the AE2 headphone packaging, to the moment you wear them for the first time, everything is worth remembering. I have read numerous reviews where people bash Bose (maybe it is because of the company’s high price for products). Lack of competitive pricing does lead a few good buyers astray, which is why Bose seriously needs to consider its price plan for all the products out there.[spacer height=”20px”]

Stylish headphone profile, isnt it

Bad Stuff about the AE2 Bose Headphones:[spacer height=”20px”]

  • Width wise, the headband which covers the top of your head from one ear to another is a little thin.[spacer height=”20px”]
  • Also at times when you have been listening to music or watching movies, the headband tends to leave an impression on your hair. I think this is because of the extra tight/ secure grip over the head.[spacer height=”20px”]

Why Bose AE2 Headphones are better than Sennheiser HD 518, Sony MDR V6 and V-Modas:[spacer height=”20px”]

Sennheiser rolls out good quality headphones, but the term “quality” carries different meaning to everyone out there. Let’s say, you are into Techno and Dubstep genre with a side of extra high bass notes; you’ll end up loving Sennheiser or V-Moda or Sony MD series headphones.

When I tested the V-Modas and Sony headphones, I initially like their bass output. However, there came a point when the V-Modas started irritating the crap out of my ears. I tried to reduce the bass levels through EQ settings on my laptop, but it had little or no impact on the headphones bass output – probably because the V-Moda Crossfade LPs already had a by-default high bass profile.

This carrying pouch comes with Bose AE2

On the same note, Vmoda does get a fair amount of positive reviews by people at Amazon. I think it is because of bass and acoustic performance of these headphones. They have a solid build and nice visual appeal too, but these things don’t last forever when you realize that once you have bought expensive headphones, you’re gonna have to bear with them or enjoy them for 2 – 3 years.

I had to get rid of the V-Moda and Sennheiser HD line after consecutive trade ins. Sennheiser HD 518 is not recommended by me because of the sound leak level. If you are in an office environment, or sitting with an elderly family member, the HD 518’s sound will disturb people around you. Even when the volume is at low setting, the Treble effect can be heard from a few feet distance, which is not very cool.

Finally when I compare the overall Sony MDR V-6 aesthetics against Bose AE2 headphones, I have to admit that Sony weighs a lot more. The V6 are heavy; the cord is very thick and it becomes a hassle to manage these headphones during sticky summer days. When you are perspiring and don’t want you to boil your ears within 15 – 20 minutes of putting on the headphones, Sony MDR V6 should be at the end of your list.[spacer height=”20px”]

Bose AE2 Headphones – Comfortable, Decent and Durable:[spacer height=”20px”]

After evaluating the aforementioned headphones and the AE2, I ended up liking the latter. The sound levels, as stated earlier, are natural; they are light and carry a bearable degree of bass notes. Same goes for comfort level because these headphones carry a lightweight profile, so you don’t feel a lot of pressure on your ears. The AE2 ear cups isolate noise fairly well, while at the same time, they don’t leak a lot of sound.[spacer height=”20px”]

Conclusion:[spacer height=”20px”]

Bose AE2 headphones are perfect for middle aged and enthusiast level gamers. They are my go-to headphones whenever I feel like listening to Miles, GrooveShark, personal cover recordings, Timberland, techno tracks and remixes.

These headphones are a great match for people working in offices and cubicles due to a low key approach. Compatible with iDevices, Android phones and standard PCs/ Laptops; such factors make the AE2 leave a long lasting positive impression on end users.[spacer height=”20px”]

Word from Bose:[spacer height=”20px”]

Immerse yourself in your music with the improved audio performance of Bose AE2 headphones. You’ll hear smoother audio throughout the entire frequency range, from full lows to clear highs. AE2 headphones can enhance your listening at home and on the go from your favorite audio sources, including portable players and laptops.