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Bose® AE2i audio headphones


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Our take on the Bose® AE2i audio headphones

Whether you're kicking back at home or listening on the go, the Bose® AE2i audio headphones provide superior sound, extraordinary comfort, and a stylish design. The Bose TriPort® acoustic headphone structure lets the AE2i faithfully reproduce deep, full bass, clear highs, and smooth sound throughout the entire audio spectrum. Their performance can uncover subtleties in your tunes you may have never noticed before, even with long-familiar tracks — the delicate swish of brushes on a brass cymbal, or the reverberations echoing off the back wall in a concert hall.

Engineered for performance. Designed for comfort.

Whether you're kicking back at home or listening on the go, the Bose® AE2i audio headphones provide superior sound, extraordinary comfort, and a stylish design. The Bose TriPort® acoustic headphone structure lets the AE2i faithfully reproduce deep, full bass, clear highs, and smooth sound throughout the entire audio spectrum. Their performance can uncover subtleties in your tunes you may have never noticed before, even with long-familiar tracks — the delicate swish of brushes on a brass cymbal, or the reverberations echoing off the back wall in a concert hall.

Take calls. Take control.

Bose designed the AE2i specifically to work with select Apple® products. A three-button remote control built into the cable lets you conveniently answer and end calls, control music playback, and raise or lower the volume without having to dig your player out of your pocket. You can even enjoy hands-free conversations on your iPhone®, thanks to the remote's built-in microphone. The microphone also lets you take advantage of the voice control feature found on many of the latest iPhone, iPod® and iPad® models. Just hold down the button and say your command.

Take 'em along wherever you roam

You'll love the lightweight, compact design. The earcups feature soft cushions that fit gently around your ears so you can enjoy hours of listening at a time. And the headphone cord attaches to just one earcup, so you won't have to deal with tangles. A handy fold-flat design with a collapsible headband makes it easy to store and transport your headphones in the supplied carry bag.

Product Highlights:

  • comfortable, lightweight, around-the-ear design
  • detachable headphone cable with inline remote and microphone for use with select Apple® products
    • 3-button remote lets you answer, end, and switch calls, turn volume up and down, and control music playback
    • built-in microphone allows hands-free iPhone conversations and Voice Control with select Apple products
  • TriPort® acoustic headphone structure for powerful bass and clearer sound
  • compact, fold-flat earcups and collapsible headband for greater portability
  • 67" cord with a 3.5mm male connector for your audio device
  • cloth carry bag
  • weight: 4.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Black/Silver Bose around-ear headphones
  • 67" Cable with an in-line iPod remote (terminated by an angled male 3.5mm mini-plug)
  • Cloth pouch
  • Owner's guide (English/ German/ Spanish/ French and 13 other languages)
  • Product registration and Warranty information

Bose® AE2i audio headphones Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

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Joe P from Staten Island on 5/9/2014

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Great Head phone

Pros: Sounds Great


Bose® AE2i audio headphones Reviews

Winston P from Memphis, TN on 5/5/2014

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have really enjoyed the Bose AE2i headphones. The sound is great and I can listen to my music effortlessly without having my hearing aids on. "Coolness Factor" means nothing to me, therefore I did not rate it.

Pros: Great sound. The types of music I enjoy range from big band (Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Steve Lawrence, etc), classical, gospel, some country, and occasionally 1950"s rock and they all sound great with these headphones.

Cons: At times they become a little uncomfortable after wearing them for long periods. Some time there is a little to much bass.

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shibone from crimora on 3/18/2014

Quality people + Quality products = Satisfied customers. That's Crutchfield. Of my other purchases at Crutchfield this was my first Bose product. When connecting to computer push wire in far enough but not too far and lay back and enjoy. They sound great

Pros: I'm not a geek so manufs. make it simple and Crutchfield does the rest

Cons: Just another wire

Great as always.

Too Clean on 12/2/2013

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Been ordering from Crutchfield for almost 20 years and I don't have anything but positive things to say about them. Saw the headphones went on sale and Crutchfield gladly refunded me the difference (60 days to do so). Class act as always.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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TerryK from New Port Richey, FL on 10/21/2013

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Bought these for my husband for his birthday and he loves them. He uses them at home and work to block out distracting noise

Pros: Good quality sound. Great over the ear fit, light weight..the description did not say noise reduction but my husband says they block out all the annoying distractions at work.

Cons: I have no cons

Great phones!

Royboy from Palm Springs, CA on 10/13/2013

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For the price, great quality all around. Light weight, easy to adjust, VERY easy to wear even for long periods. Lots of noise reduction, although this is not advertised as a feature of these lower priced Bose. Other headphones in this price range can't compete. The $30 extra for the volume and other controls definitely worth having. Detachable cord handy but I did lose mine and had to buy a replacement (my bad).

Pros: Sound quality, durability.

Cons: none

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Jayesh from Irvine CA on 7/13/2013

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As I expected these headphones are excellent. Feel very comfortable and of course sound quality is excellent. Build quality seems ok so I expect these to last a long time.

Pros: Great sound, feel comfortable


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DAE from Gibsonia, Pa. on 3/31/2013

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better sound than Beats by far!



Vocals disappeared after 2 weeks, only background sound

Mouli from Burbank, CA on 8/1/2012

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I used it for 2 weeks and then suddenly the vocals disappeared. I used to hear it really mild on the background with the music playing loud. I was really disappointed. Have been using a QuietComfort for 2 years now. THose are the BEST hands down!

Pros: Light

Cons: Noise Cancellation

Awesome sound

Dave S from Oregon on 2/8/2012

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Awesome sound as expected from Bose. Controls work great with an iPhone. Great idea to have replaceable cord, instead of tossing headphones if something happens to it, or the plug. Upgraded to the AE2i because of issues with a pair of wireless phones. Glad I did. As always outstanding customer support from Crutchfield. They sent my new AE2i's same day I called, sent back other pair with the driver when he delivered my new ones. 100% SATISFIED THX

Pros: Sound, durability, quality and price. You get what you expect and pay for.

Cons: Haven't found any yet!!!

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KennyS from Keene, NH on 2/3/2012

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I am very impressed with these headphones! I know Bose has a great reputation for high quality sound, and this holds true with these headphones. I can easily zone out for an hour listening to my ipod with these on my head. Each song I hear is a new experience because of the new sounds I can pick while wearing my new product.

Pros: Great sound quality, very comfortable. Worth the money.

Cons: Cord is a little longer than usual. The bass isn't very strong if that's what you're looking for.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3" x 3.875"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 4.9 ounces
Cord Length 67"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Bose AE2i (around-ear) audio headphones let you hear smoother audio throughout the entire frequency range from full lows to clear highs. The Bose AE2i 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.

TriPort Acoustic Structure: The Bose AE2i headphones, with enhanced, proprietary TriPort acoustic headphone structure, deliver sound reproduction that many conventional headphones can't match. The TriPort technology allows you to enjoy deeper, richer lows from a compact headphone design. The TriPort design helps produce a quality audio performance from these light-weight, Around-Ear headphones.

Bose Acoustic Equalization: Bose acoustic equalization fine-tunes the frequency response of the around-ear headphones for exceptional audio performance for low, mid, and high frequencies.

Around-Ear Headphone Design: The Bose AE2i headphones feature a comfortable around-ear fit with pivoting, angled earcups. The Bose AE2i headphones feature soft cushions that provide an acoustic seal between the headphones and the user's head, enhancing both performance and comfort. The improved ear cushions, in both design and materials, give you a softer more comfortable feel. As a result, AE2i headphones can provide hours of comfortable listening.

Note: The AE2i do not offer active noise reduction.

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.

Detachable, Single Audio Cable: The 67" audio cable attaches on the left earcup for greater freedom of movement and less tangling; it detaches for convenient storage. The cable is terminated by an angled male 3.5mm connector which plugs into your audio device. The end that plugs into the headphones is a male 2.5mm connector.

Note: The headphones do not include a 1/4" headphone adapter.

In-Line Remote Control: The cable included with the AE2i headphones has an in-line remote control and microphone compatible with select Apple devices. The in-line remote provides basic music playback functions for your compatible iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The in-line microphone supports hands-free communication for your iPhone and initiates Voice Control on your compatible Apple device.

  • Music Playback Controls: Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip/Previous Track, Volume Up/Down, Voice Control
  • Hands-Free Phone Control: Answer/End Call, Decline Call, Call Waiting, Volume Up/Down

iPod/iPhone/iPad Compatibility Chart: The Bose AE2i headphones are "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and support the following models and functions (as of 12/29/2011).

iPod Model Generation Tested Version Audio Output In-Line Remote In-Line Mic
3.5mm Connector Audio Playback Playback Controls Answer/End Call Voice Control Hands-Free Communication
Shuffle 1st n/a Y Y N N N N
2nd n/a Y Y N N N N
3rd n/a Y Y Y N N N
4th n/a Y Y Y N N N
dock connector 3rd 2.0.2 Y Y N N N N
4th 3.1.1 Y Y N N N N
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 1.4.1 Y Y N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y Y N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y N N N N
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y N Y N
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y N N N N
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y N Y N
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y N Y N
6th 1.1 PC Y Y Y N Y N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y N N N N
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y N
3rd 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
4th 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y N N N N
3G 4.2.1 Y Y N N N N
3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 1 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N
2 5.0.1 Y Y Y N Y N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Fold-Flat Design: The Bose AE2i headphones rotate to fold flat, allowing for easy storage and transport in the included carry pouch.

Note: Only folds flat one way.

Drawstring Cloth Pouch: The Bose Around-Ear headphones come supplied with a drawstring cloth pouch for storing or transporting the headphones.

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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Apr 09, 2014 ]  Staff