Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Bluetooth Headphones (formerly Bose AE2w)

The Good The Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Bluetooth Headphones offer very good sound for Bluetooth, and they're arguably the most comfortable over-the-ear Bluetooth model. The control module is also well designed, with well-placed buttons that can be operated easily by feel alone.

The Bad Pretty pricey; protruding Bluetooth module looks a little strange; volume may not be loud enough for some people, depending on device used and type of file played.

The Bottom Line Despite a few question marks and a high price, the Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Bluetooth Headphones are a very good-sounding Bluetooth pair that's lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Sound 8.0
  • Value 7.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Expensive but impressive (for Bluetooth)

Editors' note: When this product was originally reviewed, it was called the Bose AE2w. Bose has since renamed it the Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. Anyone interested in this product should also check out the Bose SoundLink On-Ear Headphones, which were announced in the fall of 2014.

Bose has been surprisingly low-key about its first Bluetooth headphones, the AE2w. I'm not sure why that is, but the company didn't announce the AE2w headphones to the press when they were first launched and it hasn't been promoting them as much as its new in-ear QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, and its new smaller portable Bluetooth speaker, the SoundLink Mini.

Perhaps the reason for that is the AE2ws are a little strange. Why?

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $250
  • Brand Bose Corp.
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type Full-size
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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