Before we get into the Bose AE2 vs. Bose OE2, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this comparison
Today I will quickly outline the Similarities & Differences between these two bad boys, and then give a recommendation towards the end. 🙂
Similarities & Differences
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
I got a chance to try out the Bose AE2, and I have to say I was rather impressed. You already know that Bose headphones are some of the most comfortable in the business, and for me only rank behind Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic.
The AE2 presents a fantastically balanced sound signature, with no extra emphasis on any particular frequency. I found the bass to have impact, without becoming muddy or overblown. There’s a rise in the mid-range at around 1k, and it does a nice job of bringing out vocals and instruments.
I would describe the overall sound as pleasant, and with the treble there’s a peak but it’s not harsh or invading at all. It’s a crisp sound, but could actually be a bit brighter by my estimation.
Durability wise, these guys are built very well. I wouldn’t throw them across the room like I can with my Sennheiser HD25, but I could see them holding up for a long time given proper care. Learn more: Sennheiser HD25 Review.
By now you may be wondering how the OE2 stacks up. Let’s find out!
Similarities & Differences
Treble. Both have a somewhat rolled off, darker sounding treble. It’s pleasant, but lacks some sparkle evident in other headphones.
Fit. Perhaps the biggest difference is fit. The Bose OE2 is “On-Ear (Supra-Aural), while the Bose AE2 is Around Ear (Circumaural).
Comfort. Comfort wise, the AE2 is light years better than the OE2. As with most Supra Aural models, comfort is great at first. After about an hour though, they will inevitably start to hurt your ears as the padding becomes acclimated and has a chance to compress.
Bass. The OE2’s are louder and have more bass, while the AE2’s bass is more controlled, balanced, and natural sounding. The AE2’s aren’t quite bass lean or light, but they are not a bass oriented headphone by any means.
Sound isolation. The AE2 will do better in this regard due to it’s Circumaural fit.
Overall sound. The AE2 is definitely a more balanced headphone overall, while the OE2 is a more fun sound by contrast, with more bass but a somewhat recessed mid-range.
If you’re looking for a good Wireless, Bluetooth, Noise Cancelling headphone, the Bose QC35 is the solution. How do noise cancelling headphones work? It’s got an extremely balanced sound, with a pleasant treble, tight bass with impact, and a clear mid-range. It’s not an audiophile headphone, and you aren’t going to get the clarity and instrument separation that you would with a true studio headphone, but it’s a great sound nonetheless. It’s also very durable, lightweight, and extremely comfortable. Interested in learning more?
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