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Bose AE2 review - Musical ramblings

T3 India | Updated on August 03, 2011

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Bose is better known for its noise-cancelling headphones, but if you can't afford them and still have a taste (or ear in this case) for the good things in life, then the AE2 might be more up your alley.

An update to the older TriPort model, these cans don't provide active noise-cancellation, but the large earcups cover the ears well enough to keep ambient noise out. The pair uses a two-tone black and silver finish, and despite the large size, is surprisingly lightweight. The cord is detachable and connects only to a single earcup – an improvement over its predecessor's design. This makes the AE2 extremely convenient and hassle-free to wear.

Another advantage of a removable cord is that in case it sees some wear and tear, you just need to change the cable and be done with it. The earcups can even be folded while travelling – there's a cloth pouch included in the pack.

The padded headband is adjustable to ensure a good fit over noggins of any size and shape, while the leather-clad earcups are quite comfortable and combined with the light weight, make for comfortable listening over long periods of time.

In terms of sound quality, the AE2 doesn't disappoint at all. Sound is reproduced faithfully, and is quite detailed and crisp. The headphones are quite versatile and work well for music, movies and gaming – enhancing the entertainment quotient well. The bass is well-defined and punchy, though sometimes the music sounds a tad harsh especially if the quality of recording isn't great and you have sensitive ears. Other than that, the AE2 is well worth a listen.

Love: Comfortable fit, very good sound quality

Hate: Sound can be a bit harsh sometimes

Rs 8,100

Published on May 04, 2011

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