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Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II


Item # 018SLAEBTB

Take a glance around the Crutchfield offices, and you'll find plenty of us with Bose® headphones around our ears.

Take a glance around the Crutchfield offices, and you'll find plenty of us with Bose® headphones around our ears.

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About the Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II

Bose® comfort and sound, without the wires

Take a glance around the Crutchfield offices, and you'll find plenty of us with Bose® headphones around our ears. They're lightweight, well-cushioned, and feel "barely there" through entire work shifts. The Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II boast the same, super-relaxed fit, and give you the freedom of built-in Bluetooth®.

Bose® comfort and sound, without the wires

Take a glance around the Crutchfield offices, and you'll find plenty of us with Bose® headphones around our ears. They're lightweight, well-cushioned, and feel "barely there" through entire work shifts. The Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II boast the same, super-relaxed fit, and give you the freedom of built-in Bluetooth®.

man wearing SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones

Crutchfield Advisor Enrique enjoying the comfort and freedom of the Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II (phone not included).

Play music wirelessly from your compatible smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth audio sources. If your device has NFC pairing, you can even tap it to the right earcup to make a wireless connection. You'll hear clear, detailed sound without the worry of catching a cord on something as you move around.

Wireless sound with deep bass and crisp highs

Losing the cable doesn't mean you have to lose sound quality. Bose® TriPort® technology gives the SoundLink® wireless headphones clear and powerful sound for music, podcasts, and even movies. Watching video on your tablet or Bluetooth-compatible TV is more fun without the wires. And Bose® Active EQ ensures quality sound at lower volume — perfect for late-night viewing.

Crystal-clear, hands-free phone calls and LED controls

When someone calls, there's no need to fish your phone out of your pocket. The SoundLink® wireless headphones feature a built-in microphone, so you can make calls wirelessly with your smartphone. LED touch controls on the right earcup let you answer the phone, play and pause music, and raise or lower the volume.

Multi-device connection, extra-efficient charging, and wired listening

If you own two Bluetooth-compatible devices, you can connect the Bose® SoundLink® 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. Voice prompts alert you of incoming calls or when the built-in battery needs a recharge. A quick 15-minute charge can provide up to two hours of listening, or give it a full charge for 15 hours of use. Stuck without a computer or wall charger? If you run out of power, you can plug in the included cable and listen in wired mode until you can recharge the battery.


Product highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design helps keep out external noise
  • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
    • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible devices
  • built-in two-microphone system lets you make wireless calls with your smartphone
    • adaptive audio adjustment minimizes wind and other background noise
  • earcup buttons offer easy controls for music and calls
  • can connect to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously
  • Bose® Active EQ and TriPort® technology deliver clear, powerful sound, even at low volume
  • built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 15 hours of listening time
  • 15-minute quick charge offers two hours of listening time
  • includes miniplug cable for wired use when battery is drained
  • voice prompts provide information on battery life, device connection, and caller ID
  • USB cable included for charging with your computer or compatible AC charging station
  • fold flat for compact storage
  • carrying case included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 741158-0010

What's in the box:

  • Around-ear Bluetooth headphones (black)
  • 46" Audio cable (straight 3.5mm plug)
  • 13" Micro USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
  • Zippered storage case
  • Quick Start Guide (2 copies-multiple languages)
  • Bluetooth instructions
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information/Product Registration card
  • Australia warranty info

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More details on the Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II

Mark G.

Features & specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 2.98" x 3.864"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Version N/A
Single-earbud Operation ---
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
Voice Assistant Access
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Siri No
3.5mm Yes
1/4" No
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced No
2.5mm No
Other None
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 7.1 ounces
Cord Length 46"
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
The Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II replaces these items:

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Overview: The Bose SoundLink Wireless Around-ear Headphones II use Bluetooth technology, so you can listen to music, or watch movies and videos, without being tethered by a cord to the source device. The headphone's around-ear design and TriPort technology allow you hear smoother audio throughout the entire frequency range from full lows to clear highs. The SoundLink around-ear headphones can enhance your listening experience 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, and listen to music from a Bluetooth-enabled audio device. The wireless operating range is approximately 33 feet (10 meters).

Near Field Communications (NFC): The Bose SoundLink Wireless Around-ear Headphones II feature easy pairing with NFC technology. If your device supports Near Field Communications, you can pair the headphones by touching your device to the NFC touch point on the right earcup.

Memory: The headphones can remember up to eight paired devices, and can connect to two devices at the same time. When powered on, the headphones will try to pair with the two most recently connected devices. You can pause audio on one connected device and play audio on the other. If desired, you can clear the memory of all devices at once.

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

Around-ear Headphone Design: The SoundLink headphones feature a comfortable around-ear fit with pivoting, angled earcups with soft padded ear cushions and contoured headband. The headphones are lighter and more comfortable than comparable headphones to let you listen for hours.

Voice Prompts: The SoundLink around-ear headphones feature spoken voice prompts to help you with setup and everyday use. When pairing to the Bluetooth device, you'll hear "Ready to pair", and "Connected to <device name>". When you first power up the headphones, you'll hear the battery status expressed as a percentage. If desired, you can change the language of the voice prompts to any of 11 available languages. Voice prompts can be turned off, if preferred.

Controls: The power switch and 3-button controls, found on the right earcup, let you turn the unit on and off, and control volume and playback. The dual microphones reduce background noise, so your voice can be clearly heard, even in noisy or windy conditions. The Multi-function button operates functions such as play/pause and track controls for music and video, plus switches between calls and other audio. The lighted Bluetooth and Battery indicators let you know the status of the wireless connection and battery power.

Battery: The Bose SoundLink around-ear headphones are powered by a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The battery charges in approximately 2 hours via the supplied 13" USB charging cable. A fully charged battery provides about 15 hours of operating time. A 15-minute Quick Charge will give you enough power for 2 hours of playback time.

Audio Cable: When you want to save battery power, or if the battery is exhausted, you can plug in the supplied 46" cable. The 1-sided design gives you greater freedom of movement and less tangling. The audio cable is terminated with a straight 3.5mm mini-plug.

Fold Flat Design: The SoundLink's earcups can be swiveled 90°, allowing you to fold them flat for storage in the supplied zippered case.

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7 questions already asked

Can I use this to listen to tv how do I know if it's compatible?
[ Sadiq  Jul 20, 2021 ]
1 answer
Hello. I have been able to use these headphones with my Apple TV, which supports Bluetooth connectivity. I would have to assume that it could work on Bluetooth compatible tv's. However, that will depend entirely in the tv in question. Hope this helps!
[ Alberto  Jul 20, 2021 ]
Can these be used for working out?
[ Erick  Aug 11, 2019 ]
2 answers
The answer is YES! Besides being extremely comfortable they also provide a firm fit which allows for freedom of movement. I have used these while exercising and have not experienced any slippage or movement of any kind. Hope this proves beneficial.
[ GREGORY S  Aug 11, 2019 ]
Unfortunately, these are not appropriate headphones for vigorous work outs. They would be okay for a light walk, but they would not do well with sweat.
[ Glen  Aug 11, 2019 ]
Can you change the battery ? it is a rechargeable Lithium (Soundlink 11 Bluetooth)
[ Kenneth  Apr 09, 2019 ]
2 answers
The battery is rechargeable. I regularly get over the advertised 8 hours of use per charge. Love them.
[ Alejandro  May 05, 2019 ]
I have never attempted to remove the battery. I have been recharging the battery since September 2017. The battery is doing well and holds its charge well.
[ Curtis  Apr 09, 2019 ]
Is this a noise cancelling headset?
[ DAVID  Feb 15, 2019 ]
5 answers
No, these are not noise cancelling headphones. Those would be the excellent Bose Model QC35 or the newer (and more expensive 700's).
[ Glen  Aug 11, 2019 ]
I don't know what you mean noise cancellation
[ john  Feb 16, 2019 ]
No, this model does not have noise cancelling. Other Bose models do have this feature.
[ KEITH L  Feb 15, 2019 ]
No. Quiet Comfort are the noise canceling.
[ Grant  Feb 15, 2019 ]
No it is not
[ Curtis  Feb 15, 2019 ]
Can the ear cups be removed for washing?
[ jerry  Mar 09, 2017 ]
4 answers
Yes, they snap right off and back on.
[ jon  Mar 12, 2017 ]
Yes- they are easily removable but does take a bit more work to put them back in to position.
[ Melinda Kim  Mar 11, 2017 ]
I see on the BOSE website that the ear cups are available to purchase for 24.95. Thus, I'll assume they are removable however the cleaning/maintenance instructions just state to wipe with a soft dry cloth.
[ DANIEL S  Mar 11, 2017 ]
I'm sorry I cannot answer this question. Perhaps you should direct that question to the folks at Bose. I'd like to know the answer myself.
[ DANIEL S  Mar 10, 2017 ]
Can this be used with a TV?
[ Bev  Nov 30, 2016 ]
7 answers
If your TV or sounder is capable of transmitting bluetooth, then yes, these would be compatible for using with your TV.
[ Glen  Aug 11, 2019 ]
Only of the TV is blue tooth capable, but Bose states their will be a delay. I don't notice it.
[ Alejandro  May 05, 2019 ]
I'm sorry, I don't know. My husband uses them with his laptop and iPod.
[ TRACY  Dec 01, 2016 ]
it could be depending on your TV. If the TV supports Bluetooth accessories and pairing then you should be able to pair them. You should read your TV manual because this headphone can connect to anything... I haven't tried it directly on TV but I use Sony STR-DN1060 receiver and be able to connect to it and able to hear the sound in Transmitter mode only...
[ Vincent  Nov 30, 2016 ]
Yes it can as long as the Tv has a Bluetooth connectivity option
[ Ahmed  Nov 30, 2016 ]
Only if the tv can output a bluetooth signal.
[ Ed  Nov 30, 2016 ]
I am using it with mine. HOwever, I have a bluetooth transmitter plugged into my audio receivers' headphone jack and the TV is plugged into the AV receiver. If you have a headphone output on your TV you could likely just get a transmitter like I did, plug it in to the TV and pair them up!
[ DANIEL S  Nov 30, 2016 ]
Connect wireless headphone to receiver?
[ David  Nov 29, 2015 ]
3 answers
Only if the receiver is Bluetooth capable.
[ Alejandro  May 05, 2019 ]
on your head phone do you offer a money back guarantee, if they break
[ cynthia  Feb 22, 2016 ]
As far as I know, yes. My husband uses the cord with his laptop. I got a wireless unit so he could walk around the house with it on connected to either his iPod or Android phone. I wish I could be more helpful.
[ TRACY  Nov 30, 2015 ]

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