Many, many, many, people hate on Bose headphones turn around and claim they're an audiophile and blab about how great they are. It seems the first thing an audiophile has to do to prove how audophilic they are is to bash Bose.
So, I just want to share my story on the Bose Headphones I have and the cost at which I acquired them, relating to how they've worked out for me. I am not an audiophile, but at the cost and relative ease w/ which I acquired them go ahead and state an alternative if you strongly feel I've erred in my acquisitions over time.
Bose Sound in-ear headphones: Paid sub $100 off the shelf at Target (3 or 4 years ago)
-->Since then I've acquired several more as gifts around $50.
-->Great day by day beaters, goes great w/ my cellphone. They're durable and have taken a beating. I take these everywhere w/ me and use them on a near daily basis. ZERO problems.
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Bose Sound Gym Headphones: I forgot what these where called but I don't believe they're being sold anymore. Anyhow, I paid ~$150 3/4 years ago off the shelf at Target. Essentially they're the same as the soundsport but have an extension making them twice as long and supposedly more d
urable for gym use.
-->Doesn't really count but I do have a pair. Same as above, after 3+ years I am getting some fraying on the end of the extension cable. Bose no longer stocks those apparently, so sucks for me. But these where my gym headphones, I overpaid for them (they were available for ~$100 at some point that same year). Tbf they've been through a lot and had all sorts of things dropped on them.
(They're in the background of this photo)
Bose Sound Link 1 Portable Speaker: I paid about ~$80 for these off the shelf at Target maybe 2.5 years ago.
-->Replaced by a 2 version since then. Probably cheaper now.
-->I bring it to work and run them non-stop for 40+ hours.
-->Routinely left in the car at below freezing temperatures.
-->Works just fine, decent Bluetooth radius. Mostly listen to Octane on Sirius XM.
-->The sound quality is okay, but at the cost what do you expect.
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Bose QC 15: The stuff of Legends. I paid ~$90 for them on sale at Target, nearly 4 years ago.
-->You've all heard about them but my expirence has been a durable pair of headphones that gets' the job done ;-)
(No pictures, that don't include me, too lazy to go take one).
Bose QC 20: Paid about $150 3+ years ago, off the shelf at Target. TBF, it was a price match. Also, I had a $50 gift card and it ended up costing me $100 out of pocket.
-->Still used for studying to this day. I actually prefer them over the QC 15's.
Okay, so it should be obvious by now. That, I personally have had a great experience w/ the Bose line of headphones. Furthermore, I prefer Target over Wal-Mart/Best Buy/etc. ;-)
--Anyhow, when knocking on Bose one point that is consistently made is CO$T. Which I disagree w/. No one acquires anything at full cost. So, be realistic when making comparisons.
--Ease to acquire: Just pop into your local retailer and there it's yours. Most of them price-match so no problems there.
--Cost: No they aren't dirt cheap, but they shouldn't bankrupt you either.
Just bought the SoundSport in-ear headphones – Samsung and Android™ devices
--> Cost me $50 from Best Buy. I just showed them the Target version (for the Apple one which is at sale). They didn't know the difference and priced matched it. Should be good, mostly use it at work and the inline mic will be a great addition.