I had a pair of the old Bose Triport headphones that I wore mostly while working out (I know cans at the gym…not too cool but I hate earbuds and they are pretty small and light for over the ear phones). Anways…after 3 years of use in the gym I busted out the plug and tried to solder on a new one which proved to be very tough because of the enamel coated wires (rather than rubber insulation) I called up Bose and they said that they don’t make that model anymore but for 60 instead of 150 I could get a pair of their new AE2 headphones. At first I was pretty annoyed that I had to pay $60 when all i needed was a new cord but went for it. The new headphones seem to be a slight improvement on the old ones and have one thing i’d like to see much more of…the cord has a plug on both sides. My sennheiser HD600′s have this feature and Its nice to be able to easily replace the cord.
I guess To make this post a bit more relevant I’ll turn it into a mini-review of sorts
First Impression/Out of the Box:
-The build quality is very good, all of the injection molded parts have a nice finish.
-The pads on the earphones are a nice soft leathery fabric.
-The comfortable top support has some neoprene-like padding which keeps the headphones in place comfortably and without too much bulk.
-Headphone cord now plugs in on both ends….which to me is a HUGE improvement
-Headphone cord now only comes out of one side of the phones…also a nice touch
-Sound quality is good, lots of clarity in the highs
-I didnt’ take a reading from test tons on my condenser mic but I would guess that the spl vs frequency graph would be a little heavy on the bass response but not so much its annoying. It is a pet peeve of mine when cheap speakers have way too much bass and not enough highs
-These headphones do not sound as good as my sennheiser HD600 headphones or others in that category, however most headphones that sound better require a headphone amplifier and are quite bulky, and probably open to boot.
Conclusion: These make a great every day headphone, the lightweight, comfort, and low profile shape make them great for listening at work without a lot of fatigue also the sound is good with a lot of details in the highs, though maybe a bit more bass than would naturally be there (can be adjusted in an equalizer if it really bothers you, but i’d guess most would like it). Also these are incredibly efficient so they sound great powered by smaller MP3 players and devices…no need for a headphone amplifier.