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First Look: Bose's ultracomfortable on-ear headphone gets a slight makeover
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First Look: Bose's ultracomfortable on-ear headphone gets a slight makeover

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The rebranded version of Bose's OE2i now comes in some flashier color options.

This is the Bose SoundTrue on-ear headphones, the rebranded version of the company's popular OE2i headphone. It carries the list price of $179.95. But cost around $150 online. I'm David Carnoy and I'd like to tell you that Bose has improved the sound of the headphones, but alas the changes are really just cosmetic. With this new model coming in new more eye-catching colors, they're perhaps designed to appeal to a younger headphone shopper. Bose also makes a larger around-ear sound True model. And both of these headphones are among the most comfortable in their categories. Their sound is good, too. But you can find competing models that deliver arguable better sound for the money. Aside from being very comfortable for an on-ear model, what I've always liked about this headphone is how light it is and how it folds up into a very small case that fits easily in your bag when traveling. It's a great travel headphones. Though it does let some sound in and doesn't feature any kind of noise cancelling circuitry of Bose's quite comfort model. As for features, the headphones cord is detachable and that cord has an integrated three button remote and microphone for making cellphone calls. This is an Apple friendly model so not all the remote features will work with Android and Windows phones. As I said, this headphone sounds good and delivers smooth, generally well balanced, fairly open sound. This is a pleasant headphone to listen to but not necessarily an exciting one. And it doesn't offer the refined detail that a more expensive model like the Beyerdynamic 51P offers. Nor is it as forward or aggressive as the Beats Solo 2, which pushes the bass and treble more. All that said, it's what I like to call a safe headphone in that it makes most music and most music sources sound decent. So I think that as long as you're not expecting audio file grade sound quality, most people should be pretty pleased with the sound. At around $150 I wouldn't call this a bargain. But it does offer an excellent combination of comfort and decent sound. And a lightweight foldable design that travels well. I'm David Conroy, and that's the Bose SoundTrue On-Ear. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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