This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Bose IE2 Headphones
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Bose IE2 Headphones

2:33 /

While we've heard earphones that sound better for the money, Bose has improved its in-ear headphones so they fit--and sound better--than its previous in-ear model.

-Hi, I'm David Carnoy and I'm going to give you a quick video tour of the Bose IE2 earphones. As their name implies, these are the second generation of Bose's in-ear headphones. Truth be told, we weren't all that impressed with the first iteration of this model, which some users complain didn't fit securely in the ears. But the company's made some tweaks to the design, and we generally like the results. There are actually 3 versions of these guys, with 2 featuring a built-in mic for cellphone use. However, the sound and the design of the earphones themselves are the same for all 3 models. The first thing you should know is that these aren't noise-cancelling headphones. You don't jam a foam or rubber tip into your ear effectively cutting off much of the sound from the outside world. A silicone cover directs the sound into your ear canal, but the tip isn't pushed all the way inside. As a result, you don't get that tight seal like you do with a noise-isolating earphone. But the upside is your ear canal does get some breathing room. Part of the reason why the earphones fit more securely is Bose's new "Stay Hear" silicone tips, which have little wings that, in Bose's words, "nestle inside the bowl of your ear while also naturally conforming to the ear's upper ridge." While this style of earphone may not appeal to everyone, I like their open quality and found them comfortable to wear for long stretches without feeling the need to adjust them or take them off. That said, you'll definitely hear more street noise than if you were using a noise-isolation earphone. Bose has improved the sound by adding an additional port that helps bulk up the bass, which we found pleasantly full though not incredibly deep. That bass is probably the best thing about these guys. While the detail is decent, we thought the treble was a little on the harsh side, compressing the range between softer and louder sounds. In other words, these headphones don't really bring out the subtleties in your music quite as well as we might have hoped from a $100 set of earphones. We've heard earphones in the price class that sound better and even cost slightly less. These are comfortable and they do sound pretty decent. However, if you're someone who likes that nice, tight, snug fit of noise-isolating earphones, these guys might not cut it for you. But if you're someone who prefers your ear canals to have a little breathing room, you're more apt to really like these guys. Either way, the company does have a 30-day money back guarantee. So, you can always try them and return them if they fit or the sound doesn't appeal to your taste. I'm David Carnoy, and those are the Bose IE2 in-ear Headphones.

New releases

The G-Tech G-Speed Studio R is...
2:37 October 1, 2014
CNET editor Dong Ngo got totally startled by the G-Tech G-Speed Studio R Thunderbolt 2 storage device, but...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 061: Underskin digital...
27:32 October 1, 2014
On today's show, we check out a new digital tattoo prototype that goes under your skin, a virtual reality...
Play video
Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2...
1:55 October 1, 2014
On the outside, the $300 P5 Series 2 looks almost identical to its predecessor, but B&W has upgraded its sound...
Play video
Golden iPads, larger Nexus phone...
2:43 October 1, 2014
Hype for Apple's next iPad grows with reports of a gold model, Google's Nexus 6 may stretch in size, and Microsoft...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,559: The Tetris...
29:21 October 1, 2014
Today we start off with a pumpkin spice Oreo cookie taste test, come up with better plotlines for the Tetris...
Play video
TiVo Roamio OTA: great cord-cutting...
1:48 October 1, 2014
TiVo Roamio OTA is an excellent DVR but its monthly fee structure makes it too expensive for people cutting...
Play video
The LG Unify cuts corners, but...
2:13 October 1, 2014
The $130 LG Unify offers strong battery life and a flexible subscription plan, but little else.
Play video
Cracking Open: Apple iPhone 6
3:58 October 1, 2014
Bill Detwiler cracks open the iPhone 6 and shows you how Apple made the phone easier to open and repair.
Play video