shelling out big bucks for bose earbuds

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    Jul 25, 2007 7:57 AM GMT
    This is sort of a spinoff of a previous thread but this one does not involve freakishly large ears. I was wondering if its worth buying expensive bose earbuds and if anyone has had any good experience with them. I figure I always listen to music while working out or jogging or snowboarding or whatever, but is the sound quality really worth the 100+ pricetag? If anyone has had experience with bose please let me know.
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    Jul 25, 2007 1:20 PM GMT
    I listened to a pair of bose from a lady at work. They sounded great but I dont like the wires just hanging down in front of me. I have 2 pair of Aiwa head phones that go behind your head, sport style or something and they only have a wire coming from one side. They sound awesome and I love em....most importantly they are like $20-25. cant beat it.
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    Jul 25, 2007 2:38 PM GMT
    I sampled the Bose earbuds and found the sound quality lacking. Bose tends to sound great with classical/opera/vocals and rather flat and lifeless if you listen to much else.

    Aside from actual fit, one of the challenges I have had with headphones is that the different manufacturers (specifically with higher end 'phones) try to tune the frequency response to match a pre-determined profile. That may or may not mesh with whatever music you happen to listen to.

    Check out these:
    http://www.koss.com/koss/kossweb.nsf/p?openform&pc^sc^KSC75

    You can buy them at a Radio Shack, they are often on sale for less than $20, and after they are broken in, the sound quality will amaze you - with almost any kind of music. Better yet, if you hate them, you can just return them.

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    Jul 25, 2007 2:47 PM GMT
    Along these lines, has anyone replaced their iPod lately? The earbuds that come with are TOTAL CRAP soundwise compared to the previous generations...
    I agree on the BOSE fron with Italmusc, any vocal-centric music lacks the clarity of classical or dance music. It's a bit of a letdown. I got a set for my SO and we neither of us use them now...
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    Jul 25, 2007 3:22 PM GMT
    The earbuds with the iPod are designed to be crap so you will have to buy (hopefully from Apple) replacement ones that are better and more comfortable.
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    Jul 25, 2007 4:20 PM GMT
    I replaced my iPod with an iPhone last week, and the headsets are total crap. I've got a pair of Shure earbuds:

    http://www.shure.com/PersonalAudio/Products/Earphones/SEModels/us_pa_SE210_content

    They were definitely worth the money, terrific particularly on airplanes. And they're really durable as well. (Note, if you get an iPhone you'll need to buy an adaptor to use Shure or Bose headsets.)
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    Jul 25, 2007 4:20 PM GMT
    The earlier iPod buds were definitely better, when they were marked L and R. The latest are ambi-use (either ear). Compared to the older buds, these are USELESS, like the old headphones that came with walkman wannabes...
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    Jul 25, 2007 5:17 PM GMT
    I heard about shure but damn thats one big price tag. Bose is now probably out of the question. I'll try out the Koss italmuscle recommended. Thanks for the input.
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    Jul 25, 2007 9:36 PM GMT
    I've seen the same SURE buds that I bought for the BF (at $99) at SAMS warehouse for $45.
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    Jul 25, 2007 10:14 PM GMT
    My dad is a retired electronics engeineer so I grew up with steros, TV sets, designing my own circuit boards, and my hobby was shouting into mics connected to ocilloscopes... And when I was in college, Calc and physics (Newton and electromagnects) were my favorite courses, my side job was wiring people's stereos and TV's for $,and a small time local night club DJ..

    That being said, I have REALLY BAD THINGS to say about BOSE, a company founded by MIT grad DR BOSE from India... Bad products AND terrible company ethics...

    1. BOSE makes comparatively bad products. It is the only company which requires al their dealers to give their sale persons 10% commission, while all other manufactures SUGGEST 6%.

    2. BOSE will requires all their dealers to dislpay thier suround products AWAY from other brands AND only use thier own demonstration material on BOSE stands, which only sound good on BOSE systems. This is to avoid direct comparison. Direct comparison is vital as the human hearing is heavily afected by psychoacoustics and colored by memory and favor a product that produces louder sound with artificially hyped mid bas and mid highs. Superior products need challenging material to show off the ability to reproduce all spectrum of sound (lowest lows and highest highs with low distortion and no dips and hypes in frequency response.)

    4. BOSE is also known to send out employees pretending to be sales persons around their demonstrations to hype the "wow" factor in stores.

    3. BOSE invest $ in advertizement with quotes from "critics" of paied employees or people who knows nothing about audio or electronics. Just because someone writes for the Boston Globe does not mean this person is either an electronics engineer or musician.

    4. Objective testing of BOSE products were poor and BOSE, being the unethical company, SUES all of them. That include Comsumer Reports, where the lawsuit was persued by BOSE for years all the way to the Supreme Court and then thrown out... You never see objective testing of BOSE products in specialized electronics publications... Ever think why?

    5. BOSE is a very mean and litigatious comapny, who sues everyone it does not like, including the Comsumer Electronics ORganization, or such as suing Cambridge SoundWorks for using the term "LifeStyle" in their advertizements.

    6. The anti noise ear phones BOSE sold to the government was deemed poor at doing the designed tasks and had to be replaced by another government contractor as the parts BOSE used in thier porducts wer all out of date and not made anymore...

    Do your research on BOSE products. I tis expensive and poorly made.

    There is a saying: BOSE is for thoes who don't know...

    WHATEVER PRODUCT YOU WANT TO INVEST, OTHER MANUFACUTRES MAKE BETTER AND CHEAPER THAN BOSE.
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    Jul 26, 2007 12:07 AM GMT
    I bought one of those Bose wave radios for my wife's art studio, and she absolutely loves it. It puts out a remarkably big sound for such a small form factor. That said, I would never consider Bose for more serious audio purchases.

    As for expensive earbuds, I shelled out ~$150 for a pair of Etymotic earbuds (model ER6i, if I recall correctly), and they have no bass response at all. Their only redeeming quality is that the little rubber flange dealies block out most external noise, so they're great for listening to music while vacuuming or mowing fields on the tractor.
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    Jul 26, 2007 5:02 AM GMT
    I've had in Apple headphones, Bose and SHURE. For the price I'd go with SHURE. No qestions. Lots of earbud options with each pair (9 to be exact, 3 sizes in 3 materials), and unlike the Apple 'phones you can order replacements. I also like thme because they a nice, sturdy cord. Only think is the angled plug.

    And remember that sound qulaity is only as good as the quality of the music you are playing. (128-bit MP3 vs. 256-bit AAC for example)
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    Jul 26, 2007 5:04 AM GMT
    God I wish you could edit posts here. I butcherecd the spelling on that post.