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Bose OE Headphones $110 Shipped @ Costco

Ride_The_Sky 250 May 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM in Online Only (7)
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Costco has Bose OE headphones for $109.99 comes with hard carry case.
http://www.costco.com/Bose%C2%AE-...22706.html

This could be a good opportunity buy one without risk of having to pay restocking fee anywhere else, and try these to see if they are really worth 2 days' labor at minimum wage! (Thinking this way makes it easier to pass on over-priced stuff, but sometimes they are worth it..)

Same product is currently $140 at amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Bose-On-Ear...B002LK2QJK
It has 4 star average from 250 reviews.

Apparently these are "Old Ones" according to Amazon.
There is a newer models "OE2" costs $135 at various retailers online and BM.

OE is Over the Ear
AE is Around the Ear

My opinion:
I believe OE might be better for glass-wearers but AE should be more comfortable for most folks.
Also, AE might have cleaner highs while OE should be able to output better lows while maintaining clean enough highs.

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How are these compared to m50's?
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Quote from gingerbrown View Post :
How are these compared to m50's?
M50's are larger but they cost a lot less, currently $90 on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Techn...ds=ATH-M50 they don't fold flat which could be a big problem for those that carry briefcases or laptop bags. M50's fold into a little ball while OEs fold flatter.

On head-fi, they seem to prefer M50's over AE's, but there is no comparison for M50 to OE on the site. You can head over there and read more about OE's vs .... and tell us about your findings for a few reps. Wink
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are these OE or OE 2 ?
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Try to find response graphs at the Bose website. Go pull up their PDF product data sheets. See any measurements? Any real performance specs? Any idea why those don't exist?

Want to guess why no Bose products are THX certified?

Bose products measure and perform terribly. They do not sound like the real world, everything sounds artificial.

Bose knows they're routinely savaged by audiophiles and serious music listeners. Bose has never, ever responded to criticism. Well, other than to sue Consumer Reports for pointing out their products weren't much good.

And, Bose outspends all other competitors combined in that most important category of all... ADVERTISING
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Quote from bgammill View Post :
Try to find response graphs at the Bose website. Go pull up their PDF product data sheets. See any measurements? Any real performance specs? Any idea why those don't exist?

Want to guess why no Bose products are THX certified?

Bose products measure and perform terribly. They do not sound like the real world, everything sounds artificial.

Bose knows they're routinely savaged by audiophiles and serious music listeners. Bose has never, ever responded to criticism. Well, other than to sue Consumer Reports for pointing out their products weren't much good.

And, Bose outspends all other competitors combined in that most important category of all... ADVERTISING

Thanks for the bashing comment, I won't be offended since I don't care about Bose as a company but I would agree that they don't sound like real world, in fact they sound much cleaner to a level that makes them "unreal". Yes, they are overpriced, way overpriced, but they just have the fullness and richness to the sound they produce that you do not get from other products.
I mentioned in another thread that their NC headphones give me headache or pressure because their counter-noise system is very strong, but I guess people eventually get used to it.
The only Bose product I had a chance to use long term was Bose Wave, and that thing -despite being cheap to manufacture- sounded amazing. At low volumes it sounds like there is actually an orchestra playing next door.

Also, It is really odd that you endorse THX but then go on to say what bose best does is Advertising. THX is not taken seriously by a lot of audiophiles either, especially if it is not a movie theater paired with a move that's THX certified.

Anyway, maybe you actually owned a lot of Bose products and completely verify that bose is overpriced crap, or you are just going by what you think Bose is and assume it is like Monster cables, $1 product going for $50 because it is a "brand".
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Bose is generally accepted as having the best Noise Cancellation of all headphone mfgrs. Music quality is a different story though.

My opinion of Bose is very low. It is based on poor experience from having their auto products (forced upon me) as well as having seen their manufacturing facility (compared to other audio manufacturing facilities I've been in). Bose components are of remarkable low quality, sometimes shockingly so.

I think Bose does an admirable job of active circuit design for their headphones( in getting by with such poor source components), but thats it. Bose car and home audio I've been remarkably underwhelmed by in every experience I've been subjected to (save some older 901s which were actually pleasant). There is a reason why the saying 'No highs, no lows, must be Bose' is so prevalent.

Many people buying headphones don't care about sound quality though. Seems funny to write, but its true.
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