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Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II: Bluetooth blissBose's 2nd-generation over-ear wireless headphone features strong performance in a lightweight, comfortable design.
What is the best selling wireless headphone available today? Well that's tough question to answer, but at least Bose is saying this is it. The SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphone II. Bose did have an earlier around ear wireless headphone, the AE2W. Which has a somewhat awkward looking Bluetooth dongle attached to it. But, as you can see, there are no dongles with this model. Everything is integrated, and the headphone comes in black or white for $279.99. As you might expect from a Bose headphone, it is a very comfortable fit and relatively lightweight design, with plush memory foam equipped ear cups The controls are integrated into the right ear cup and they're easy to operate by feel. The headphone folds flat to fit in its included carrying case which has a pocket to store the USB charging cable and a headphone cable to use in case the battery dies and you want to listen to the headphones in wired mode. That cable doesn't have an integrated microphone but the headphone does. It has dual mics in fact, and it works well as a wireless headset for making calls. Battery life is rated for 15 hours, which is quite descent and as a quick charge mode that gives you two hours of battery life's, with just 15 minutes of charging. Like I've said it's pretty hard to definitively declare a best sounding wireless headphone, because everybody ears and audio taste are different.. But what I will say is that this is one of the best sounding blue-tooth headphones currently available. The sound is clean and well balanced with ample, but not overpowering base. You're not gonna get that little bit of extra crispness and sparkle that you get from a really good pair of wired headphones, but Bowes tends to focus on delivering smooth pleasant sound. And these certainly fit that sound profile. The company sound like on ear bluetooth headphone also sounds good, but you get slightly fuller, more open sound with this model. For those waiting for Bose to do an active noise cancelling wireless headphone, this isn't it. But at least you get a decent amount of passive noise isolation from the around the ear design I'm David Carnet from cnet.com thanks for watching. [MUSIC]