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Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II


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Our take on the Bose® SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II

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

What's in the Box:

  • Around-ear Bluetooth headphones (white)
  • 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

The Bose over the ear sound link 2 are the best thing since sliced bread. Bought them for my son. After listening to them for a brief moment, I got the biggest best hug ever. Thank you so very much for creating these spectacular Bluetooth head phones.

Robert, Guyton, GA


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Features and Specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 2.98" x 3.864"
Noise-canceling No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 7.1 ounces
Cord Length 46"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage Case
Charging Case No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


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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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Brand, Bose [ michael  Sep 07, 2018 ]
Quality [ B  Jun 24, 2018 ]
fifty-dollar price drop [ Derek  May 16, 2018 ]
Because they are Bose and all the reviews confirm what Bose is about. [ Charles  Dec 30, 2017 ]
Clear and concise information presented about the product and easy to evaluate product summary. Reviews also helpful and provide user insights that supersede advertising hyperboles. [ joseph  Dec 18, 2017 ]
Great sound quality!! [ BRIAN  Dec 17, 2017 ]
great reviews [ glenn  Dec 16, 2017 ]
Bose product and great reviews. [ Dennis  Dec 04, 2017 ]
because of their reputation as well as their advances in sound electronics Bose is a great company with excellent sound engineers [ leo  Dec 02, 2017 ]
Reviews I read and price they were on sale [ ALAN R  Dec 02, 2017 ]
I have owned bose around-ear headphones in the past. Tried them at the Target store and they sounded great but were out of stock. Family members have used Crutchfield in the past. Thanks. [ Richard G.  Nov 27, 2017 ]
Christmas gift [ BARBARA  Nov 27, 2017 ]
Love the Bose product [ Tom  Nov 27, 2017 ]
Liked the reviews [ Kenneth  Nov 25, 2017 ]
i have over the ear bose headphones but no Bluetooth connection. looking to upgrade [ lee  Nov 25, 2017 ]
I've been a Bose customer for years, so when my wife said she wanted non-noise canceling, wireless, around-ear head-phones, this was really the only choice. [ Matthew  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Best price for Bose wireless headphones. [ Lawrence  Nov 19, 2017 ]
more for quiet listening after upgrade to iPhone 7 Plus of course, they're heavier than the earbuds but still comfortable for a movie length [ Richard O.  Sep 16, 2017 ]
Great quality [ Wanda Ramos  Sep 12, 2017 ]
Have owned Bose over-the-ear headphones before...great sound, comfortable, and durable. [ Larry  Aug 22, 2017 ]
Good reviews, name brand. [ Robert  Jul 18, 2017 ]
I have a bose wireless speaker [ ANTONIO  Jul 07, 2017 ]
Had the old model. Liked the fit/sound/weight. Now that they have streamlined it by integrating Bluetooth/microphone (v. the plug-in used on older model) it seems like a good choice for gym once again. Just enough soundproof to muffle their overhead music and clanging weights without wasting power on noise dampening. The quick charge seems like a feature that I'll likely use. Bought the insurance figuring they'll never last two years of gym use, travel, etc. [ Kevin  Jun 20, 2017 ]
Bose has the absolute best sound! [ Jesus  May 22, 2017 ]
Klipsch headphones not so good. Might as well try the people's choice. [ DAVID  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Quality headphones and love ordering from Crutchfield [ DR. RICHARD  Mar 08, 2017 ]
reduce noise and the music sounds great. [ Cecil  Feb 14, 2017 ]
Researched these headphones for the last month. They came highly recommend by the Crutchfield advisors and many people I spoke with that own a pair of the Soundlink headphones. [ BRYAN  Dec 12, 2016 ]
My coworker has it. He told me is really good. [ Jose  Dec 08, 2016 ]
Good product at good price and I trust Crutchfield. [ joel  Dec 02, 2016 ]
Because they were recommended to me by my Son as a "Good idea for Dad's Christmas." [ Heather M.  Dec 01, 2016 ]
I bought a pair for my son last year, and he is always complimenting how well they work. [ LEONARD  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Great sound, ease of use. Plus it's Bose? [ Sean  Nov 28, 2016 ]
Music lover [ DHANUMJAYA  Nov 20, 2016 ]
Lightweight, long battery life [ Barbara  Sep 15, 2016 ]
wanted the best headphones! [ kevin  Jul 03, 2016 ]
GIFT [ JASON E  Jun 14, 2016 ]
Trust this brand [ L  Jun 02, 2016 ]
Trust this brand 100% [ Marino  May 28, 2016 ]
Quality, reputation of brand [ Sterling  May 25, 2016 ]
High reviews on the Internet. [ Hector  May 23, 2016 ]
Good company, good reviews and fits my needs. [ Howard  Apr 24, 2016 ]
Best sound [ ROBERTO  Mar 20, 2016 ]
Bose reputation and customer reviews. [ Conrad  Mar 16, 2016 ]
price and options [ Barry  Mar 02, 2016 ]
Bose name, wireless, good sound quality. [ I ANNA  Feb 14, 2016 ] wanted bluetooth wireless headphones. We both have Bose noise cancelling headphones and love them. [ DANIEL  Feb 02, 2016 ]
because no need cable [ J  Jan 30, 2016 ]
I have owned multiple Bose systems before. I just bought a car that links with Pandora on my smartphone. I enjoy the music so much that I wanted something to listen to it while at work. After checking several sites I settled on this Bose headphone. I ordered it from Crutchfield because I had a sizable rewards points balance. [ Christopher  Jan 02, 2016 ]
Quality of sound and performance and wireless connectivity [ Miguel Angel  Dec 31, 2015 ]
Reviewed multiple wireless headphones and this stood out as the best. [ Samuel  Dec 16, 2015 ]
Online expert and user reviews [ Gordon  Dec 07, 2015 ]
I didn't want to pay the extra for the noise-cancelling headphones, and I have a Bose wireless speaker which I love and sounds great; so I thought I'd try another item of theirs. [ GERALD  Feb 18, 2018 ]
I have other Bose products and I really love the sound that they provide. [ Tim  Dec 07, 2017 ]
It replaces an earlier model of Bose headphones I've owned and enjoyed for 7 years or more. I also own the Bose A20 Aviation headset that I bought to replace the Bose A10. As a pilot I've logged over 5000 hours between these two headsets. I wouldn't buy anything else. [ Douglas  Dec 01, 2017 ]
Looked at reviews. [ SHANE  Nov 23, 2017 ]
I love the color and the brand [ Elsa  Apr 05, 2017 ]
Excellent sound and real value for the money. [ JOEL  Aug 11, 2016 ]
Trying a new brand out [ Matthew  Jun 05, 2016 ]
I research a lot and I find this Bose Sound Link around-ear wireless headphone II is my choice but NOT is NUMBER ONE. [ Philip  May 12, 2016 ]
These headphones are no wires and Bose has a reputation for great sounding headphones. [ SHAIVIUS  Apr 25, 2016 ]
listen to TV shows without interrupting others. - Bose has excellent quality products which I have many other Bose headphones such as QuietComfort 3, QuietComfort 25, and various earphones. [ Billy  Feb 01, 2016 ]
Husband Christmas present. His hearing is deteriorating and this bluetooth will help him hear tv, news, music with grreater clarity. Bose has an excellent reputation for clear sound. Selected white to distinguish it from other headsets. [ Lucretia Marlen  Dec 23, 2015 ]
My son wanted a pair of around-ear Bluetooth headphones for Christmas. He originally asked for Beats Studio Wireless so I asked him to try my Bose QC15's to see how he liked the fit. So he then decided he would rather have the Bose SoundLink Wireless II's rather than the Beats and honestly I would rather spend my money on Bose products rather than Beats products which I have not liked in the past. [ PTC4WW  Dec 11, 2015 ]

3 questions already asked

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 ]
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 ]
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 ]