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Bose MIE2 In-ear Headphones Review

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Tour & Design

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• Fancy striped cable.

• Odd sleeve shapes.

• Helix fins.

• Remote & Mic.

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Tour


The first thing you'll notice about the Bose MIE2s is they have a bit of a unique shape. Not only are their sleeves shaped like funnels, but they have little ribbery bits sticking out. Different companies have different proprietary names for this increasingly ubiquitous design flourish, but we're calling them helix fins because they're fin-shaped and fit underneath your helix.

 

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Aside from the helix finx, the ear buds themselves have a slightly odd shape. They're a bit bigger than we're used to, which we're sure gives them unique sonic qualities and makes them truly unique snowflakes.

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The headphones also have a small control pendant in-line you can use to control media playback or basic call functionality on your phone.

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The headphones dead-end in a typical 1/8-inch plug.

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Below you can see the headphones in our head and torso simulator, or as his manufacturers lovingly refer to him, HATS.

 

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In The Box


In the Bose MIE2s' box you'll find the headphones, a travelling case, five additional set of sleeves, and two 2.5mm adapters for cell phone compatibility.

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**Durability**     (*6.00**)*


The Bose MIE2 headphones aren't very durable. This isn't so much a fault of their own as it is a weakness of the in-ear design. The things are meant to be portable, and small bits of lightweight plastic and thin gauge cable don't tend to hold up very well to abuse. The areas in-ears tend to be the weakest are where the cable runs into the ear buds, plug, or any in-line accessories. Those regions typically have a thicker insulation around the cable. The thicker insulation keeps the cable from bending too sharply, which causes a great deal of wear and tear on the internal wiring. The Bose MIE2s don't have the most robust cord guards in these areas, which means you might want to think twice before just balling these things up and shoving them in your pocket. If you want to stretch out your MIE2s' lifespan, stow them away in their included case.

 

 

**Aesthetics**     (*6.00**)*


The MIE2s look fine for a set of in-ears. Their form factor doesn't leave much surface area to decorate, but Bose did a good enough job, putting some classy design fluorishes on the outside of the ear buds. Frankly though, there isn't a lot you can do to make a set of in-ears really grab the eye unless you a.) put a huge logo on the side that you've painstakingly marketed as a designer brand, or b.) encrust them with the finest jewels, or c.) encrust them with obnoxious flashing LEDs. Bose tends to favor option A, but the branding isn't big enough to be gaudy. Overall, they're attractive, but not gorgeous.

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  1. Tour & Design
  2. Sound Quality
  3. Isolation
  4. Comfort
  5. Usability
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  8. Sennheiser CX 680i Comparison
  9. Sennheiser CX 980 Comparison
  10. Conclusion
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