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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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Isolation

While it's no secret that on-ears typically don't attenuate sound well, the Bose AE2s do nothing to buck this trend, as they seem to only block out a short swath of higher-end frequencies, and absolutely no bass at all. Most people don't think much about how important noise isolation is with headphones, and many ignore it altogether when they buy headphones. If you think that isolation is no big deal, consider the danger of NIHL.

Isolation Graph

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Leakage

Despite the fact that the Bose AE2s do not isolate well, they do a fair to average job of corralling their own sound. Still, if your tunes are bumping, you may find that it is possible to disturb those around you.

Click here for more information on our leakage test.

Maximum Usable Volume

The Bose AE2s can output a maximum level of 113.29dB before reaching the magic 3% level of acceptable distortion. Like always, we would like to remind you that you really should not be listening to your headphones this loud anyways.

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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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