AN EAR­FUL AND MORE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS -

Last year, the Bose AE2 set new bench­marks in high-end head­phones. This year Bose wants to recre­ate the magic with the OE2. Though much more com­pact than its pre­de­ces­sor, the OE2 does not in any way limit it­self as far as the mu­sic qual­ity is con­cerned.

We did not find any­thing that ac­tu­ally pushes up the qual­ity of the au­dio—any­way a tough ask with the kind of stan­dards Bose sets it­self—but the ear cups are def­i­nitely softer and smaller. While the OE2 does not cover your ears, the mem­ory foam cush­ion on the cups cut out all ex­ter­nal noise. So with the cups on, you see peo­ple talk­ing in mute even though you haven’t switched on the mu­sic. The head­band is ad­justable and fits per­fectly with­out your feel­ing a halo on your scalp. The fold-flat de­sign of the head­set makes it easy to pack and carry around.

As al­ways the sound is su­perb and you can ac­tu­ally make out the dif­fer­ence that Bose’s Tri­port Tech­nol­ogy brings to the head­set when you try it with any other high-end com­peti­tor. Bose lets you hear notes which you never knew ex­isted and for that it does not mat­ter if you are trav­el­ling in a metro or hav­ing your morn­ing cuppa at home.

But then you have to earn ev­ery note you hear on a Bose for the small lit­tle OE2 costs 8,100. Cer­tainly not mu­sic to most ears.

—TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RAJAN AND PIC­TURES BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

BOSE OE2 Price: 8,100

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