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Review: Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II

Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II

Bose is one of the leading names in premium audio equipment, but I see a lot of folks picking up a pair of Beats or Skullcandy these days. They are usually cheaper and known for their colorful and funkier designs. The new SoundTrue range by Bose is clearly a response to that trend.

I tested the new Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II (there's also an on-ear variant) for a few weeks. While the sound and ergonomics are terrific, it's also a tad expensive than others on the shelf.

Design

The first thing that will strike you when you pick up a pair is how lightweight the headset is. It's incredibly light, and you can wear it for hours together without feeling any discomfort. Mind you, it's not flimsy and, of course, you wouldn't expect that from a Bose pair. The build quality is great and the design of the SoundTrue AEII is straightforward and neat. It's pretty easy to adjust the headphones, and they fold flat to store when not in use.

Similar to the headband, on the insides, the cups pack in a leatherette-coated padding making the headphones very comfortable. The cushions also provide isolation keeping ambient sound out to a great extent.

Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II

The navy blue pair that I reviewed looked great and is probably the best color variant amongst black, white, and mint blue. From the photos, the white one too looks very classy. The SoundTrue AEII are clearly more vibrant and youthful than what Bose has been selling as yet, but some would still prefer the classy black for this premium pair.

The headphones feature a detachable cable that includes an inline remote to control the music playback on your phone. There's also an integrated microphone for taking calls.

Sound

When it comes to Bose, that the headset would sound pretty good is a given really. This SoundTrue pair too did not disappoint. I listened to diverse genres of music, and the headphones sounded good across the board.

I'm not an audiophile, but I found that the mids sound a little muddled. The bass response is terrific and the sound is crisp and well-defined on high volumes, but when you are listening to vocal-heavy titles, it's a hit and miss. It's quite apparent while watching a movie or a video – the vocals are weaker than the background score for example. In gaming though, the extreme bass and the punch augments the experience.

Extras

Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II

The Bose SoundTrue around-ear II headphones come with a leatherette carrying case in the same color as the headphones. It looks quite nice and is a neat addition. The casing thought isn't very strong, so don't expect it to safeguard the headset in extreme storage.

Summary

Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II

There's a lot to like about the SoundTrue around-ear II headphones. It's one of the lightest and most comfortable options in its segment and are perfect for all-day listening. It's also a great set of cans – if not the best - when it comes to sound quality. However, all that comes at a price – a tad more than what you'd want to shell out for this.

36 Comments
  • for that money,you can get a pair of better headophones from akg,audiotechnica,beyerdinamic,sennheiser.bose was always way too expensive for what it gives in the sound quality...
  • True. Where is pepperdotnet?
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50X will be my choice
  • I love mine. Great closed cans.
  • Audio-Technica ATH-A900x / ATH-AD900x are much better than the ATH-M50x ;)
  • Sennheiser hd 558 will be mine! Wish i had the money..happy with my hd 215 for now!
  • Sound Magic E10 in ear headphones. Wonderful headphones, read the reviews. Only about £30.
  • I have those headphones... I also have Audio-Technica ATH-WS55X... And E10 are wonderful... The bass is just great, it's not over powered... They are clear but after using Audio-Technicas I realized that they (E10) weren't clear enough to let to listen to everything in a song and that the highs were a little too high, they are great headphones but they are designed for Electronica, bass centric music while the Audio-Technicas give more of a balanced sound and are great for all kinds of music... Don't get me wrong, SoundMAGIC E10 are really great headphones for the cost, and comparing them to something that costs £75 might be considered stupid... Xiaomi has their Piston line of In-Ear headphones, they might not be available everywhere in the world but I feel they are better for what they cost... They are cheaper than E10 and sound kinda better than E10... So if you're looking for cheap and great headphones you might want to check out Xiaomi ones... If they aren't available then E10 is the one to buy!
  • Bose really do have silly names for their products.
  • You mentioned white and mint colors. Are those colors supposed to be coming in the future? Or is that a mix up with original SoundTrues? https://www.bose.com/products/headphones/over_ear_headphones/soundtrue-a... http://www.amazon.com/Bose-SoundTrue-Headphones-Around-Ear-Style/dp/B00I...
  • Bose and premium do not go together. Maybe Bose and marketing. Take notes Microsoft.
  • Have you even owned any Bose speakers? I think they sound pretty good. And I have heard many different headphones.
  • Yes, I have owned. They sound fine until you know better.
  • Bose does a lot of trickery to make all range drivers reproduce all ranges of sound which sound great to the untrained ear. This allows them to reproduce big sound from seemingly impossibly small speakers. But match them up against speakers with tweets, mids, and subs and they don't even rate. Remember one all range speaker will never create all sounds well. In something portable like Bluetooth systems designed for portability are fine. But for true listening at home, you will want to avoid Bose.
  • Bose get bashed a ton, but all in all, they really are pretty decent.
  • I have a pair of Bose wireless similar to the ones shown here. They work well with Cortana, taking calls with built in mic and reading texts. And the music quality is spot on.
  • I've had the original Bose AE2 for a couple of years now and they are the best I've ever owned. A lot better than Beats. I used to have Sennheisers back in the day and these are better.
  • I have owned a pair of AE2 for almost four years and a Lumia 920 owner for three years. Brilliant earphones and extremely comfortable, my biggest challenge lies in the inability for windows phone to give them the punch they deserve. I get far better quality sound and kick when using the AE2 on an iphone or Samsung. We are getting the 950 in December in South Africa, I really hope Windows ups the ante when it comes to the sound quality their phones can deliver #LumiaSouthAfrica
  • Bose was always awesome and it will remain that way.
  • lol fools. bose,beats,etc... they may give what appears to be good results but for the money they charge there are headphones available that are a 100 times better.
  • There is the price in stupid Indian money and not in Euro?
  • Not far from today the amount in EUR is gonna equal the amount in US $...
  • Who cares about the stupid Euro? Soon it will be overrun by immigrants and the Euro is anyway dropping in value, have fun!
  • olimex, the Population of India is 1.3 Billion, and the population of Europe is 742 Million. I'd say that's almost a possible two to one ratio in favor of Indian currency. This might be a reason that MS is paying a bit of attention to the Indian market.
  • But how much of that population is living in poverty and can't afford overpriced gadgets? 
  • It's in Indian money because the author lives in India. Get it, stupid?
  • Lots of love here...
  • Bose AE2 are really great, very comfortable you nearly forget that you wear them after a while :) Great natural sound , better than Beats Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The new Soundtrue AE2 sounds a little bit better than the old model, compared them in store with my L830 They sound richer and more powerful Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I need a nice pair of headphones.
  • I think Bose is more like a wannebe premium brand with premium prices already.
  • Does it run Windows? ;) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Anyone recommend a good pair of over the ear Bluetooth headphones? Currently I have beats but that need replacing as battery doesnt last long anymore. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I owned a pair of the Bose AE which was the model prior to sound true. Then after 4 years my dog chewed them up. So I upgraded to sound true (the ones this review is replacing, amazon ASIN: B00IUICOUS). Any way, they are the most comfortable headphones I've owned, most important for is how light they are. When you game 3-6 hours weight definitely plays a role in comfort and these are never uncomfortable, even on an all nighter.
  • Bose still makes better earphones than most others in the game. "I'm not an audiophile, but I found that the mids sound a little muddled. The bass response is terrific and the sound is crisp and well-defined on high volumes, but when you are listening to vocal-heavy titles, it's a hit and miss. It's quite apparent while watching a movie or a video – the vocals are weaker than the background score for example. In gaming though, the extreme bass and the punch augments the experience." Welp you sure do sound like an autophile right there Abhishek. lol.  Personally, of the two pairs I've owned, nothing about the sound was muddled to me. I'm curious if you've ever listened to the Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Bluetooth Headphones.  I'm trying to get rid of as many wires as possible.
  • I prefer Sony MDR7506 Professional Headphones. They're designed to be used in a studio environment and produce very rich, nuanced, meaty sound.  It’s really cool headphones!