Bose® AE2w Bluetooth® headphones

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Bose AE2w Bluetooth headphones

The Bose AE2w Bluetooth headphones feature a control module for taking calls and controlling your music.

Once you go wireless, you may never go back

Free your headphones from the tangle of wires. With the Bose® AE2w Bluetooth® headphones, you can enjoy music and videos without being tied down to your wireless device. With Bluetooth connectivity and built-in controls, the AE2w headphones make it easy to enjoy great-sounding music and clear phone conversations with your compatible smartphone — no wires required. It's perfect for listening to music on the go or watching a movie on your iPad® while lounging on the couch. And because the AE2w headphones employ Bose's TriPort® technology, you can be sure you'll get the clear, smooth sound that Bose is known for.

Clever design keeps you in control

The AE2w headphones feature a unique detachable Bluetooth module. This little device is the control center of your headphones. It feature a built-in microphone for phone calls, as well as easy-to-use push-button controls. The large multi-function button lets you answer calls, hang up, play and pause music, and skip tracks. And volume controls keep your music and calls dialed in, allowing you to hear every note and word clearly. The intuitive design makes it easy to know which button is which, so you'll be in complete control of your smartphone from the first time slip these lightweight, cushioned headphones over your ears.

Multi-device connection and wired listening

If you own two Bluetooth-compatible devices, you can connect the AE2w headphones to both simultaneously. If you're watching a video on your iPad®, you can still answer an incoming call from your smartphone, all wirelessly. Audio prompts will let you know when a call is coming in, as well as when the built-in battery is running low. Charge it up with your laptop using the included USB cable. Or if your battery dies and you're unable to charge, simply pop the Bluetooth control module out and plug in the included headphone cable. That way you can keep listening until you're able to recharge the battery.

From our Bose® AE2w Bluetooth® headphones review:

I was really impressed with the Bose® AE2w Bluetooth® headphones. I love their comfort, the easy-to-use controls, the wired option, and their natural midrange and wide soundstage. And I could definitely get used to the freedom that wireless connectivity offers.

— David Brown, Crutchfield A/V Writer

Product Highlights:

  • comfortable, lightweight, around-the-ear design
  • Bluetooth 2.1 and A2DP connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
  • detachable Bluetooth control module with built-in microphone, multi-function button, power button, and volume controls
  • can connect to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 7 hours of run time and 200 hours of standby time
  • includes optional 66" miniplug cable for wired use when battery is drained
  • LED lights and audio prompts for battery life, power, and Bluetooth connection status
  • TriPort® acoustic headphone structure for powerful bass and clearer sound
  • 36" USB cable for charging with your computer or compatible AC charging station
  • earcups fold flat for easy storage
  • drawstring carry bag
  • weight: 5.27 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Around-ear bluetooth headphones
  • 36" USB charging cable (terminated by a USB type-A connector on one end and a proprietary connector on other end)
  • 68" Headphone cable (use optional)
  • Cloth pouch
  • Instructions (English/ Spanish/ French/ German/ Fourteen other languages)
  • Pictorial quick setup guide
  • Important Safety Information
  • Warranty/On-line product registration information
  • Australia/ New Zealand warranty note

Features and Specs

General
Fit Style Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth Yes
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 5.27 ounces
Cord Length 68"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The Bose AE2w Bluetooth wireless headphones let you listen to music, or watch movies and videos, without being tethered by a cord to the source device. The headphone's around-the-ear design and TriPort technology lets you hear smoother audio throughout the entire frequency range from full lows to clear highs. The Bose AE2w audio headphones can enhance your listening experience at home and on the go from your favorite audio sources, including your portable digital music player and laptop computer.

Bluetooth Technology: The built-in Bluetooth technology lets you wirelessly make and receive phone calls from your Bluetooth-enabled phone. You can also listen to music from a Bluetooth-enabled audio device. The wireless operating range is approximately 33 feet. The AE2w headphones include the following profiles: HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, A2DP 1.2, and AVRCP 1.4.

TriPort Acoustic Structure: The AE2w headphones, with the proprietary TriPort acoustic headphone structure, allow you to enjoy deeper, richer lows from a compact headphone design. Active equalization in the control module also provides improved sound quality.

Around-Ear Headphone Design: The AE2w headphones feature a comfortable around-ear fit with pivoting, angled earcups. The Bose AE2w headphones feature soft cushions that provide an acoustic seal between the headphones and your head, enhancing both performance and comfort. The redesigned ear cushions feature softer materials for hours of comfortable listening.

Padded Adjustable Headband: The adjustable, cushioned headband has been redesigned to distribute weight more evenly across the top of the head. The sturdy design features soft cushion for added comfort. The adjustable headband allows approximately three inches of adjustment in length.

Control Module: The control module, found on the left earcup, lets you turn the unit on and off, and control volume and playback. It also contains a microphone for making phone calls, or talk to voice-recognition apps, such as Siri and Google Search. The Multifunction Button operates functions such as play/pause and track controls for music and video, plus switches between calls and other audio. It has LED and audio indicators for power, battery life, and Bluetooth connection status. The control module is removable, allowing you to use the headphones with the supplied audio cable.

Battery: The control module is powered by a Lithium-ion polymer rechargeable battery. The battery is charged in approximately 3 hours via the supplied 3' USB charging cable. A fully charged battery provides about 7 hours of operating time and 200 hours of standby time.

Audio Cable: When you want to save battery power, or the battery is exhausted, you can remove the control module and use the AE2w as a wired headphone. The included 68" audio cable connects to the left earcup using the same 2.5mm sub-mini jack as the control module. The 1-sided design gives you greater freedom of movement and less tangling. The audio cable is terminated with a 3.5mm mini-plug. No 1/4" plug adapter is included.

Fold-Flat Design: The AE2w's earcups can rotate to fold flat, allowing for easy storage and transport in the included cloth carry pouch.

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Bose® AE2w Bluetooth® headphones

Written By Don, Apple valley, CA on Sunday, August 31, 2014

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I wanted a pair of headphones that i could use at the Gym. Something that the wire wouldn't yank the headphones off my ears when it caught on something. My wife and I don't always agree on music selection on long trips, she can comfortably use them to listen to her own music, as I drive. I have several Bose products and have always had great luck with them.

Pros: Great sound quality (Bose!), easy to use controls (once you learn which button does what!), So cool not having a cord and being able to set my phone down instead of having it in my hand or pocket! Being able to answering calls.

Cons: As with any over the ear head phone, sweating during vigorous activity. Battery life could be longer ( same with any rechargeable device!), however they do last almost my entire weeks workout (4 days 1.5 hours a day).

Very Satisfied

Written By Sunshine, Odenton, MD on Saturday, July 12, 2014

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These were a gift for my husband. I have created a monster as he wears the headphones all the time. He wears them while on his computer, cell phone, ipad and nano. He says they are super comfortable and this is one of the best gifts ever.

Pros: Comfort, sound, quality

Cons: None

Bose headphone

Written By Andy, Chesapeake, Va on Friday, May 23, 2014

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Sound and comfort. Ease of use

Pros: Wireless

Cons: Battery life

The Best BT headphones

Written By Steve M, Boston, MA on Saturday, March 08, 2014

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I have several pairs of Bluetooth (BT) earbuds and headphones and the Bose AE2W's are the best I've used so far. They are extremely comfortable and the sound is pretty good for BT. Range has been pretty good but will break up a little when moving to another room. Overall pretty happy. A bit expensive though - I think $200 would have been a more reasonable price. And they only proved a storage bag. For the price, Bose should have included a case like the QC-15 case. I had to buy a case.

Pros: Comfort, sound and decent noise isolation. Decent BT range.

Cons: Price and seems a bit fragile. Just a bag and no hard case.

Bose

Written By BoddaGetta, Gurley, AL on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

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perfect. just what i was looking for.

Pros: love the direct wire when recharging, bluetooth module features, comfort

Cons: the bluetooth module fell out while i was carrying the headphones while hiking. backtracked 200 yards and found it in the leaves. whew!

Bose AE2w Bluetooth Headphones

Written By Chassweeney, Winter Springs, FL on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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I use it with my iPhone and tablet. It has great sound quality for the sound spectrum; very comfortable with padding on the top bar; works too well for telephone calls with every noise on the other end heard clearly; easy to pair right from the box

Pros: Sound, comfort, easy to pair with another Bluetooth device

Cons: Not perfectly soundproof, but if you listen to music loud enough, I guess it would provide better noise reduction.

Great Headphones

Written By DeanR, Midland, TX on Friday, January 17, 2014

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The headphones are very comfortable, I can wear them for hours without a problem. Sound quality is good, not great, but didn't expect them to be audiophile. The module plug in is a bit flimsy wouldn't recommend removing it too much, feels like it could break off. Works well when on a call.

Pros: Very light and comfortable.

Cons: Sound quality is not great and module plug could be made better. Not sure why Bose didn't build the electronics into the earpiece. A case would have been nice, instead of a cheap bag.

Great choice

Written By Jose A, Leesburg, VA on Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Definitely Bose = quality - I bought this headphones based on the ratings I read on the internet. I'm not disappointed at all. Maybe a little pricie, but if you are looking for comfort, freedom (bluetooth), lightweight, and excellent sound...stop looking for something else, Bose is the way to go. Connected to my iPad, iPhone and iMac in seconds, right out of the box.

Pros: Sound, comfort, no wires, quality, lightweight, ability to change to wire when the battery dies (while traveling) and connectivity.

Cons: Carrying bag instead of a case...quality out-weight the lack of a carrying case. A bit pricie, but worth it considering everything I mentioned above.

Bose AE2w Bluetooth head phone

Written By Reginald W, San Jose, CA on Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Sound quality very very good. A little bulky but lite and comfortable.

Pros: Very good sound quality.

Cons: Bulky looking.

Not Bad Could be better

Written By Rock N Ron, Meriden,Ct on Thursday, October 03, 2013

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I would expect more from Bose but again this is their first Bluetooth wireless headphones they made. They have to add some VOLUME first then up the BASS and you might have something there. The separation sounds great but lacks the punch that drives the speaker. Maybe the next version will do better.

Pros: Light weight,Bose name tag and wireless.

Cons: Lacks Volume and Bass output not enough drive through all the levels of sounds.

Bose Bluetooth AE2w headphones

Written By John R, Del Valle Texas on Friday, August 23, 2013

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Very pleased with this headphone. Can walk up to 50 feet and still hear sound clearly.

Pros: comfortable fit. Great sound. Can do other things around the house and still hear TV or Radio

I like

Written By SamJam, Detroit on Monday, July 22, 2013

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They are light weight. Sound great. No wires!

Pros: Light weight

Cons: Hot in summer

Bose AE2w Bluetooth Headphones

Written By Jeremyaaron, Auburn,Ma on Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Wow Bose had made another incredible product. The sound is as incredible as the company. I will probably buy a second set. Keep up the awesome work Bose. And Crutchfield keep bringing us amazing products.

Pros: All

Cons: None

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Bose® AE2w Bluetooth® headphones

Bose offers wireless listening and controls with their first stereo Bluetooth headphones. How do they measure up? David Brown gave them a listen to find out.

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Yes...it connects to the iMac, Jambox and Logitech UE boom. [ Jose  Mar 28, 2014 ]
Yes just connected to your Mac to it like any other bluetooth device it sounds great enjoy!!!! [ YOLANDA  Mar 26, 2014 ]
Yes, you can. [ CAROL  Mar 26, 2014 ]
Greetings Shawn G, I just tested mine using my iMac as it will pair up but however when I tried to play music with my iTunes i'll hear some playback but it sounds choppy now I'm not sure if it's just mine because my apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse are linked up to my iMac as well they may be the case why my headphones may have that choppy broken sound but you may have a better luck on yours but don't let this stop you from purchasing these headphones they are awesome and have excellent sound quality you get Enough Bass with great Mids & Highs also keep in mind these aren't noise canceling but they do cover up the background noise very well and not to mention better quality compared to beats headphones or other comparable units, and these work very well with my iPad mini, Macbook air, iPod nano (7th Gen) I hope you'll consider purchasing a pair as well you won't regret that excellent BOSE sound Best Regards :-) [ VINCE  Mar 26, 2014 ]
Greetings Shawn G, I just tested mine just now on my iMac it'll pair up but it won't play music through it freely it'll skip and break up I don't know if it may because that I'm running an apple bluetooth wireless mouse and bluetooth wireless keyboard but it most certainly had worked perfectly on my iPad mini and macbook air and iPod nano 7th generation w/ bluetooth feature built in but please don't let this stop you from purchasing these headphones they rock and the sound is great with good bass response and beautiful mids and enough highs now at the beginning before my purchase I was on the fence about purchasing these pair of headphones because i've tried the other similar model to this but wired those other pair had underwhelming and not very exciting sound quality bass was lacking terribly but this bluetooth set is much better due to the fact that bose has it's own special proprietary sound processor built in within that bluetooth module! I hope you'll consider purchasing yours you won't regret the sound quality :-) Best Regards [ VINCE  Mar 26, 2014 ]
Yes, all you have to do to check is look on the settings to be sure bluetooth is turned on. Then the headphones scan for bluetooth and once paired, they will appear on the bluetooth menu every time (you will see Bose AE2w on the list of available bluetooth devices). Blutooth is pretty far-reaching, too. These really are great earphones. [ Diana  Mar 26, 2014 ]
I do not have an iMac but it shows to have Bluetooth , should work just fine. I use it with an iPad and an iPhone and it works great [ Eldon  Mar 26, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Sony HT-CT260 will allow you to stream Bluetooth audio to the sound bar, but not from it, so it will not work with Bluetooth headphones. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Mar 11, 2014 ]  Staff
Yes [ Leslie  Mar 09, 2014 ]
Thanks [ Leslie  Mar 09, 2014 ]
if it is a Bluetooth transmitter it should pair with these headphones. [ GEORGIOS  Mar 08, 2014 ]
If your tv has Bluetooth capability, then these headphones should connect. I don't have a Sony tv so I'm not sure if the Sony transmitter will work. Crutchfield should be able to assist with your question. They are good source of information. [ ENEYDA  Feb 24, 2014 ]
I tried these headphones out myself but did not like them as they did not appear to be noise-cancelling which is what i want when on a plane. For using with a TV, i would think the TV must be capable of receiving a blu-ray signal to connect. [ JOHN M  Feb 24, 2014 ]
They work great on my iPhone and iPad. I haven't tried them on my Sony TV. [ SAM  Feb 24, 2014 ]
The rs180 probably has a better sound and a longer range, but it will not do Bluetooth . The wireless transmitter has to be plugged into the source . The Bose AE2w will connect to two devices, I use it with my iPad and iPhone. When a call comes the music stops and you can answer the phone, when you hang up the music continues. [ Eldon  Feb 04, 2014 ]
hmmm, I have not had the RS180. But these are comfortable, seem to have excellent sound quality and I am totally happy with them. [ Diana  Feb 04, 2014 ]
Yes these Bose headphones can be paired to any Bluetooth device. They are great. I have my headphones paired with my phone, Samsung 3 tablet, ipod as well as my kindle fire tablet. [ ENEYDA  Jan 20, 2014 ]
If the other devices are Bluetooth compatible. I have mine paired to my desktop computer and my Android cell phone. [ TIMOTHY J  Jan 20, 2014 ]
we have it paired to a droid phone & galaxy tablet. [ STANLEY  Jan 20, 2014 ]
I don't know...all I have is apple products. You may want to contact tech support [ Jose  Jan 20, 2014 ]
AHH I LOVE WIRELESS HEADPHONE,S MOST BOSE WIRELESS HEADPHONE,S ARE COMPATABLE IF THEY ARE BOSE ALSO I SUGGEST YOU TRY NOISE CANCELING HEADPHONE,S THER GREAT ON THE TRAIN PLAIN OR JUST TO GET RID OF THE NOISE [ ROBERT P  Jan 27, 2014 ]
I have a pair of Bose 'wired" AE2 headphones and just tried the wireless module on them and it worked fine. [ TIMOTHY J  Jan 20, 2014 ]
We did not try that approach and returned out units after the first use. I thought we could both be hooked up at the same time to our PC on the plane so that we both could watch a movie at the same time. This did not work. Other other Bose headsets are better so we returned the wireless version. [ JOHN M  Jan 20, 2014 ]
Not sure...tech support may have the answer... [ Jose  Jan 20, 2014 ]