Bose OE

The Good The Bose OE headphones have a compact design, extra-comfortable cushy foam earpieces, full sound, and they fold up for compact storage in their included carrying case. Additionally, Bose offers a 30-day home trial.

The Bad While they're cheaper than Bose's noise-canceling models, they're still fairly pricey.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a good value in Bose headphones, the company's OE (On-Ear) models makes a strong case--even if they're not cheap.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

Bose OE

Editors' note (December 2, 2011): The product reviewed here, the Bose OE Headphones, has since been replaced by two updated models: the Bose OE2 Headphones and the Bose OE2i Headset. After testing those new models, we've lowered the ratings of this one from 8.0 to 7.3.

Editors' note: Since this review was first published, Bose has shorted the name of this product to "Bose OE." Readers interested in this model should also check out the sibling Bose AE2 headphones, which utilize an around-the-ear design.

With a potent blend of quality products and what seems like an almost ubiquitous marketing campaign, Bose had managed to persuade thousands of people to spend large sums of money on the company's QuietComfort 3 and QuietComfort 2 noise-canceling headphones. While those models are mainstays in the business-class section of any aircraft, not everyone can afford business class--or wants to pay upward of $300 for a pair of headphones. So, Bose has come up with a model simply called the On-Ear, which borrows many of the design elements of the QuietComfort 3 but leaves out the active noise canceling and retails for a more palatable $180.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Bose Corp.
  • Type headphones
  • Color black
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type Full-size
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
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