Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones review: Ultracomfortable on-ear headphone gets a slight makeover

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The Good The Bose SoundTrue On-Ear headphones are lightweight, very comfortable, sound good, and fold up to fit into a very compact carrying case (included), which makes them very travel-friendly. You also get a detachable headphone cord and an Apple-friendly inline remote and microphone.

The Bad The fidelity comes up short on bass resonance.

The Bottom Line The Bose SoundTrue On-Ear is a very comfortable everyday-use headphone that sounds good and collapses into a very compact carrying case.

8.0 Overall
  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • Sound 7
  • Value 7

Bose's SoundTrue On-ear headphone is new for 2014 -- it's just not really new. Rather, it's the rebranded version of the company's popular OE2i headphone, which I consider one of the most -- if not the most -- comfortable on-ear headphone you can buy.

I'd like to tell you that Bose has improved the sound of the headphone, but alas, the changes are really just cosmetic, with this updated model ($179.95, £149.95 UK, AU$229 Australian) coming in new, more eye-catching colors that are perhaps designed to appeal to younger headphone shoppers.

Aside from being very comfortable for an on-ear model, what I've always liked about this model 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 headphone, though it does let some sound in (more than the SoundTrue Around-Ear ) and doesn't feature any sort of noise-cancelling circuitry like the Bose QuietComfort 25. Nor is it wireless like the SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth headphone , which retails for $250 (£219.95 UK, AU$329 Australian).