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Bose AE2 On-ear Headphone Review

The Bose AE2s aren’t a bad entry-level bet, but you can definitely do better.

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Design

Both the Monster Beats and the Bose AE2s have a design seen everywhere on city streets, so it's a bit difficult to tell which one we like better. The Beats are a little more durable, but you'll just have to decide which style you like better.

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Frequency Response

The Beats take this one, but really, the two frequency responses aren't terribly different. Both have underemphasis problems but the Beats have louder bass.

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Distortion

Due to the fact that the Beats have an active noise cancellation system, they have a noticeable level of distortion at any volume level. If you're looking for pristine audio, don't grab the Beats.

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Tracking

The Bose AE2s, despite their erratic tracking response, have a better score here, as the Beats have terrible tracking.

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Isolation

Neither set of headphones attenuate much noise. The Beats block out more low-frequency noise, but not much.

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Comfort

Both the Beats and the Bose AE2s are very comfortable, and this one is a bit hard to gauge, but we'll probably side with the Bose AE2s on this one: they're super light and they don't grip your head too tightly.

Verdict

We'd stick with the Bose AE2s here; they don't have too much of a performance dropoff from the Beats, and certainly not enough to justify shelling out double the cash to get the much-hyped Monster over-ears.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Sound Quality
  4. Isolation
  5. Comfort
  6. Usability
  7. Beyerdynamic DTX 300 p Comparison
  8. Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Comparison
  9. Eytmotic mc5 Comparison
  10. Monster Beats Comparison
  11. Conclusion
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