Bose AE2 vs. Beats Studio | SOUND SIGNATURE??

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What I will bring you in this review

For this article, I will outline the Bose AE2, and then compare and contrast them with the Beats Studio towards the end! 🙂

  1. Iterations of Beats by Dre
  2. Ratings/Price
  3. Specifications
  4. Summary
  5. Pros
  6. Cons
  7. Video Review
  8. Amp/DAC requirements
  9. Who these headphones benefit?
  10. Consensus/Conclusion
  11. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  12. Similarities & Differences
  13. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!


Wow. Okay. So before we even get into the specifics, let’s go over all the different versions of this headphone so we have a clear idea of what we’re getting into. This review will not cover any In-ear models. The models underlined in green are the only that have received overall positive reviews. I honestly wouldn’t even bother with the other models.

That said, if I’m missing anything, please let me know!

  1. Beats Studio Wired (Discontinued)
  2. Beats Studio 2.0 Wired Over-Ear (Circumaural)
  3. Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear (Decent)
  4. Beats Studio Wireless 2.0. (Decent)
  5. Beats Studio Wireless On-Ear (Supra-aural)
  6. Beats Pro Wired Over-Ear (Decent)
  7. Beats Executive Wired Over-Ear
  8. Beats EP Wired On-ear
  9. Monster Beats Solo (Discontinued)
  10. Beats Solo HD Wired On-Ear (Discontinued)
  11. Beats Solo HD “drenched in color” 2.0 (2013). Really? No.
  12. Beats Solo2 Wired On-Ear (Good)
  13. Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear (Better)
  14. Beats Mixr Wired On-Ear (Decent)

So for the purposes of this article, I will be comparing the AE2’s with the highest rated studio version which happens to be the Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear.

Bose AE2



  • Type: Closed back.
  • Fit: Circumaural.
  • Connector: mini-phone stereo 3.5mm.
  • Included Accessories: Carrying pouch.
  • Color: Black and Silver.
  • Weight: 5 oz.


A recurring issue with the Bose AE2 seems to be that the right or left ear will go out after some time. There are also complaints of distortion and one side being quieter than the other.

Aside from this, the Bose AE2 is a pretty exceptional headphone. Based on how good they are, I have a feeling there were some unlucky folks who happened to get a lemon, or a bad apple.


* = unanimous

  • *Phenomenal comfort. They also double as ear-muffs!
  •  Vocals sound good.
  •  Lightweight but durable.
  •  Portable.
  •  Decent noise isolation.
  •  Treble range is clear and not harsh or sibilant. What does Sibilant mean?
  •  You can hear little details in the music that were previously unheard.
  •  They do low bass pretty well, so if you’re into music that typically has a lot of rumble, these may work.


* = unanimous

  • *Headphones died anywhere from 1 months – 2 years. Left or right ear noticeably quieter than right/died/distortion.
  • *Bass is too low, and the sound overall is kind of hollowed out and average/bland/muddy.
  • *Cable or headphones themselves stopped working after 3 months/chord too thin, long and fragile.
  •  Came apart or cracked. Either the ear-cup cushions or the headphones themselves. Fragile build.
  •  Bad case. Hard to get out of the container. User had to use a knife.

Video Review

Amp/DAC requirements

These headphones do not require an Amp, but you may like them with:

  • FiiO E7
  • FiiO E11K

How to choose a headphone amp!

Who these headphones benefit?

Endorsed for:

  • Audiobooks/Kindle
  • EDM, as they seem to handle low bass pretty well. For the bass, you kind of feel the impact of the notes rather than actually hearing them if that makes any sense.
  • Flying
  • Hip-Hop
  • Indie
  • Classical
  • Podcasts/Radio shows
  • Daily commute/Office


Comfort is phenomenal. They’re also pretty lightweight and durable.  The sound is balanced and pretty crisp overall, but for the price you’re paying, it’s not quite worth it.

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

  • Do not use in light rain. User reported that the foam inside the ear-cups ballooned out. This should be obvious not to even think about using headphones in the rain, but people are quite special I suppose.
  • These are NOT noise cancelling headphones. They do a decent job of isolating sound though.
  • There is no volume control on the AE2.
  • The placement of the ear-cups greatly influences how the cans sound. For instance, if you push the headphones forward against the back of your ear, they sound a lot better.
  • They come with a removable cable and ear-pads.
  • Using high quality, lossless files will be most beneficial with this pair of headphones, and will make the difference between a good and bad experience. Good quality MP4’s, WAV files, FLAC and the like will all sound good with the AE2.
  • The carrying case could have been better.
  • Your ears may get hot after awhile.
  • These may need to be burned in for about 100 hours. Use a combination of pink noise, white noise, and music. The headphones will sound much better after this.

Similarities & Differences



  • Bass. The Beats Studio Wireless are a bass-heads headphone, but most people already know that. The AE2 by contrast is pretty bass light. Many folks complained that there simply isn’t enough to go around.
  • Noise cancelling. The Beats Studio Wireless are noise canceling while the AE2’s are not.
  • Weight. The Bose AE2’s are 5oz. compared to the 9.2 oz. of the Beats Studio Wireless.
  • Volume Control. The AE2’s have volume control while the Beats Studio Wireless does not.
  • Adapter. Neither include a 1/4″ adapter.
  • iPhone control. The Beats Studio Wireless comes with iPhone control while the AE2 does not.
  • Comfort. I would give the nod to
  • Overall Sound. The Beats Studio Wireless is your typical “V-shaped” sound. Heavy bass, recessed mid-range, and bright treble. However, I will say that Beats did improve this particular model; it doesn’t sound quite as ridiculous as far as bass is concerned. They toned it down some, while also making the headphone a little more balanced overall. By contrast, the AE2 is a very balanced headphone overall, and more so than the Studio Wireless. It’s a toned down, even listening experience. You’re more relaxed with the AE2. It’s not as intense or in your face like Beats is.

Final Word

Many people, even including those who liked the headphones, admitted that for the price, they aren’t quite worth the investment. For less than a Benjamin, it’s a solid buy. However, why bother when you can save money and invest in the absolute best option available? The Sony MDR V6 represents everything right in a headphone; it’s solid and durable, lightweight, compact, has a stunningly accurate and enjoyable sound signature, has a proven track record of longevity, can be used in and out of the studio, and the list goes on. It’s the benchmark for quality, and is the go to solution as far as affordable closed backs go.

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For bass emphasis in the closed back category, I believe that the M50 and HD25 are the two headphones to seriously consider. The HD25 will be more mid-range oriented, with a nice bass slam, while the M50 places more emphasis on bass, with less mid-range clarity. Both are pretty intense headphones. My #1 is the HD25, followed by the M50.


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Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Bose AE2 vs. Beats Studio Wireless comparison.

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