Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nandagopal Ra­jan

Bose Cor­po­ra­tion is shift­ing gears, real­is­ing that the mo­bile is surely be­com­ing the pre­ferred en­ter­tain­ment source for most peo­ple who will be buy­ing their au­dio equip­ment. The new AE2w head­phone is a tes­ta­ment to this fact.

The AE2 has been one of Bose’s pop­u­lar head­phones for the past cou­ple of years, pri­mar­ily due to the qual­ity of the hard­ware and su­pe­ri­or­ity of the au­dio. The AE2w takes this legacy for­ward by mak­ing this de­vice Blue­tooth in step with the times. The Blue­tooth is added with the help of a small pro­tru­sion out­side the left ear cup.

This pro­tru­sion al­lows you to switch on and pair the Blue­tooth as well as con­trol the vol­ume. There is a mi­cro­phone some­where there so that you can make calls when paired to the phone. This bit is ac­tu­ally plugged to the head­phone with a 3.5mm jack and can come off in a sec­ond. This also means you can con­vert the AE2w to the tra­di­tional wired AE2 in a sec­ond.

Long hours of lis­ten­ing is not much of an is­sue with this de­vice as the ear cups are made of sup­ple leather and you also don’t feel heat in­side them af­ter an al­bum or two.

With Bose the sound qual­ity is al­ways spec­tac­u­larly good. This one sounds the same when it is wire­less or wired and that is quite an achieve­ment. We could hardly make out any loss in au­dio qual­ity, if at all there was any. This su­perb au­dio qual­ity is also on show while you are mak­ing calls.

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