Last week I got all excited when I saw Bose released ear buds at under $100. After a great weekend at the casino, I decided to take some of my earnings and buy a pair. I went into Best Buy for the first time in almost a year, and remembered why I don’t shop retail for electronics. I can’t stand every 3 feet someone asking if they can help me or if I need a service plan for that item.
I got the headphones and headed over to Panera to sit down and take some unboxing pictures.
I put the ear buds in and plugged in my iPod. Typically I listen to alternative rock, and I have to say it sounded horrible. The bass would overload the ear buds and the sound quality went to crap.
For acoustic music and just guitar sounds, it was amazing, but once the bass kicked in, it was all downhill from there. I even got a cd out and attempted to listen to the music at it’s lossless format, still horrible. I downloaded an mp3 at 320VBR and still wasn’t impressed. There is nothing worth the price about these ear buds. They even feel like they are going to fall out of your ear at any moment.
I was quite surprised at the horrible quality of these ear buds, being a previous Bose customer of the Quiet Comfort 2 and SoundDock for iPod and highly impressed at the sound quality of those items.
The case it comes with is quite convenient for the ear buds, but with the sound quality so shitty I went back to Best Buy and returned them. I simply felt the quality of the new ear buds Apple is shipping were better then these.
All in all, I would say to stay away from these ear buds. I’ve never tried out a pair of the Shure ear buds, but I would put stock in the fact that they are better than these.
Check out all of the unboxing photos here.