Bose SIE2/SIE2i

The Good The Bose SIE2 and SIE2i earphones fit securely and comfortably, are sweat-resistant, and their "open" design has its appeal. They also offer pleasantly full bass and include a Reebok "fitness" armband for wearing your portable music device.

The Bad They're pricey. The included armband won't house the iPhone 5 or new iPod Touch, they let in sound, and no carrying case is included.

The Bottom Line While they're no bargain, the Bose SEI2 and SEI2i have an appealing, sweat-resistant design, are very comfortable to wear, and offer decent sound.

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

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Review

Sweet but expensive sports headphones

Hoping to tap into the somewhat underserved sports headphones market, Bose has introduced a couple of sporty in-ear models, the SIE2 and SIE2i, which are basically rugged, sweat-resistant versions of its popular IE2 earphones.

The new models come in orange and green and feature Bose's StayHear tips, which I can confirm do a good job of keeping the earphones securely in your ears. Not surprisingly, these new, more rugged models cost more, and their elevated price tags are my only serious gripes against them.

Design
According to Bose, these guys have "acoustic ports positioned to resist sweat and water and are covered with a hydrophobic cloth to keep moisture out while letting sound pass through." Also, the inline remote and microphone included with the step-up SIE2i has "watertight button housings and a hydrophobic acoustic windscreen to reduce the effects of wind noise and moisture." It's also worth mentioning that Bose has teamed up with Reebok to include a "fitness" armband, so you can strap your phone or digital music player to your arm. But since this product hit stores before the release of the iPhone 5, that armband won't work with the latest iPhone and iPod Touch, which have longer bodies, just with earlier iPhone/iPod Touch models and other smaller smartphones and MP3 players.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $150
  • Brand Bose Corp.
  • Type headset
  • Color orange
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type In-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm 4-pole
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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