Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II Review

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Bose SoundTrue around-ear II

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Bose SoundTrue around-ear II Review

For the last few weeks, I’ve checked out the brand-new Bose SoundTrue around-ear II headphones.

Bose is among the leading names in premium audio devices. However, I see a lot of folks getting a pair of Beats or Skullcandy headphones nowadays. They are normally more affordable and known for their fashionable and active designs. With the SoundTrue variety, Bose is clearly trying to get a piece of the pie.

Design

The very first thing that will strike you when you pick up a pair is how light-weight these headphones are. Mind you, lightweight doesn’t mean cheap feeling. It still feels premium which is what you expect from Bose.

The black pair that I checked out looked fantastic and you also have a blue color option. From the pictures, that one too looks really stylish. Unlike other Bose headphones, the SoundTrue AEII looks to be more targetted at a younger urban public.

However, unlike its predecessor, the SoundTrue AEII is only available in these two colors. Seems a bit strange because the first Soundtrue AE is available in four different colors. Maybe more colors will become available in the future, who knows…

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The headphones include a removable cable that consists of an inline remote to manage the music playback on your phone. There’s likewise an incorporated microphone for taking calls.

Be careful when you buy this headphone, that you choose the correct one specific for your phone. Android or IOS. Although you can buy a separate cable for $29,95. Pretty steep price if you ask me. Especially because a lot of the competition provides multiple cables free of charge.  Why Bose didn’t provide two cables is a mystery to me…

The headband feels very comfortable and the cushions on the earcups are made from pleather, which in my opinion feel very soft and comfy. I can honestly say that the combination of lightweight and the super comfy headband/earcups makes this one of the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever had the pleasure to wear.

Although these are not active noise cancelling, the cushions are also good at keeping ambient sound out to a certain degree. I tested these out while on a bus and I could really enjoy my music without the need to really turn up the volume.

For optimum storage, the cups fold flat and the headband can also be folded.

Sound

The bass response is excellent and the sound is distinct and crisp on high volumes. However, I’m not an expert audiophile, but I noticed that the mids sounded a little muddled. Also, I did have an issue with the vocals. Depending on the song it is possible that the vocals are not clear and seem to become overpowered by the rest of the music.

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Not really recommended for music where vocals play an important part.  But I also had this issue when watching movies.  More than often I needed to turn on the subtitles just so I could follow the dialogue.

On a positive note, I really enjoyed listening to EDM. The great bass response really gives this kind of music the necessary kick it needs. Also, I never got hearing fatigue even after listening for several hours.

Extras & Prices

Extras are sparse and only consist of a thin manual and a soft travel case in the same color as the headphones. However, the case looks fairly good and is a cool addition.

Both the IOS as the Android version prices and availability can be checked on Amazon.

A sign of commitment from Bose to support these headphones for a long time to come is the possibility to buy spare parts directly from the Bose website. The following can be ordered:

  • Ear cushion kit
  • Inline remote & microphone cable for IOS devices (no Android spares??)
  • Carry case
  • 20-inch standard headphone cable.

Extras

To Wrap Things Up

There’s a lot to like about the SoundTrue around-ear II headphones. It’s a stylish and amazingly comfortable headphone and it sounds pretty nice, especially with EDM.  So if you’re into that, be sure to check these out! Still disappointed they didn’t provide a cable for both IOS and Android devices though…

16 thoughts on “Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones II Review”

  1. Hey Jurgen, great review!!
    Headphones look nice, pretty simply design and look like they’d be a good fit. Is frustrating about the specific cable needed for IOS or Android. Almost seems like they do it deliberately now just to get a few extra dollars out of us. Bit concerning to read about the clarity problems you found with reads to the music overpowering the dialogue. After all they are headphones, supposed to make things easier to listen to not harder. Thanks for the post.

    1. Hey Connor. Yeah, the thing about the cable is not something I want to see becoming a trend. Luckly there are lots of others that still provided various cables with their headphones. Let’s hope Bose will learn from this.

      Dialogue is indeed not a strong point. They are great for EDM, but if you want crystal clear vocals, there are better options out there…

      Cheers!
      Jurgen

  2. Thanks for the review! I’ve been in the market for a new pair of headphones since my recent pair broke. I was looking for a quality pair, and your article helped me find it. Thank you! I liked the way that you went over all aspects of its design, quality, and sound to make sure that our purchase is worth it. Thanks again for the article!

  3. Bose has always been one of my very favorite sound producers whether its indoor speakers car audio or headphones the sound quality is always crystal clear. I really like that they are lightweight and come in a variety of different colors. I love that you mentioned these are great for EDM because that’s my favorite kind of music.

  4. I’ve been looking for a good new pair of over ear headphones. Do the Bose compare well to others such as beats by dre or skull candy? Based on your review they seem like good head phones. Also Are they a good value compared to other head phones, or can I find a pair of similar quality for a better value?
    Thanks!

    1. Hey Mac,
      I can’t make a comparison with Beats or SkullCandy atm, because I have not tested any of these headphones. The thing with the Soundtrue II is that the bass overwhelms the midrange a bit. This is where most of the vocals and instruments sit. This is not a problem if you like EDM or Hip-hop. It seems that the first gen SounTrue is still being sold on Amazon, wich does not seem to have these issues. So maybe worth trying out.

      About the value. It is important to realise that you are also paying for the brand. If you don’t care about brands, then I suggest you take a look at my review of the Superlux HD661. It doesn’t have the cool branding, but the sound quality is one of the best I’ve heard for portable headphones. They’re not as comfortable as the Bose, so…

      Cheers!
      Jurgen

  5. Hi Jurgen, these headphones look great and seem to be very well-priced. As a true Bose fan, I have the Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones, which I bought a few years ago. The quality and build are amazing, and what I particularly like is the noise cancelling feature, especially when using them on a flight.

  6. Hi Jurgen,

    I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of Bose. I was looking for headphones to replace my old Sony MDR-CD580’s, which lasted me… ~12 years or so. Pretty good innings, but then the jack for the headphone cable had a spring break or something so the cable falls out.

    Anyway, I got stuck choosing between HyperX Cloud and HyperX Cloud 2. What I’m looking for this time is a good headset that I can use for gaming as well as for music, videos etc. and has a mic for gaming, Skype, all that stuff. A set good for speaking as well as listening.

    HyperX is a brand owned by Kingston, a tech company I normally associate with RAM modules but I think they have a good name. I wondered if you had any impressions of them or their headphones? Maybe you could check them out and review something of theirs as they seem up your street.

    I confess that in the end I went for the white HyperX Clouds… I read reviews of the Cloud 2s and watched videos but I went for the originals. I still wonder if I did the right thing, but they’re pretty good. I’d still go for them over these Bose ones too, which look nice but aren’t what I’m looking for this time.

    You have a stylish site by the way. I really like it and your review style! (And I probably got carried away and wrote too much, haha.) I’m still keeping an eye out for other headphones so I’ll bookmark this site and check back 🙂

    1. Hi Robert,

      Thanks for your very informative post. I’m not really a gamer, so that’s the reason why I primarily review and talk about headphones. But I will make a note of it and I’ll see if I can incorporate reviewing headsets in the future. Thanks for the suggestion!

      There’s no such thing as writing too much 😉

  7. These are nice looking headphones. I appreciate you describing the comfort of the ear cups, that’s a big seling point for me. Nothing worse than headphones that make your ears ache!
    Do you think you could mess with the settings on your phone to increase the output of the vocals? I’ve done that before on my television; I also find that hearing the dialogue over the musical score or sound effects can be difficult. Changing the settings definitely helped!

    1. Hey Dara, you could always try to increase the midrange frequencies a bit with an equalizer app on your phone. It will always be a compromise because the sound will be affected by this. But it’s worth the try of course.

      If clear mids is what you’re looking for, then may I suggest taking a look at the Audio-Technica ATH-M30X. I’ve written an article about it, which you can find here .

  8. Great information!

    I have recently been looking into purchasing a set of headphones for my son …

    I had no idea there was so much to headphones …

    I guess this is why I couldn’t understand why some cost $300+ and other $15 …

    Maybe because I am not an audiophile …

    Thanks for the information!

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