Could it be that Bose is trying to get hipper as it heads into its sixth decade of making products?
That's what it seems like if you examine some of its latest moves, which include putting a fresh, more modern face with bolder colors on some of its established headphone models that have been in the line for a number of years.
The SoundTrue Around-ear headphone is the rebranded version of the company's popularand headphones. It carries a US list price of $179.95, or £149.95 in the UK, and AU$229.00 in Australia. While I'd like to tell you that Bose has made these headphones sound even better, the changes are mostly cosmetic, with this new model coming in new, more eye-catching colors that are perhaps designed to appeal to younger headphone shoppers.
Bose's around-ear headphones -- or over-ear as these types of cans are often called -- have always been known for being relatively lightweight and very comfortable, and this model is one of the most comfortable full-size headphones you can buy. (I'm also a fan of the.) The design hasn't changed much over the years, though this new version folds flat and comes with a new, nicer carrying case.
While it's not as compact as its sibling, the, it's still a pretty good travel headphone, even if it doesn't feature the noise-canceling circuitry of . It also doesn't include the wireless Bluetooth component of the , which lists for $249.95 or $70 more (the two models are identical aside from the Bluetooth module).