Bose Bluetooth Headphone Series 2 with iPhone 6

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  1. DwainTR macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I'm planning to buy a Bluetooth headphone to use with my iPhone.

    I made a research and checked a few brands and finally decided to buy Bose headphone. The Jawbone Era is also very good though.

    My left ear is deaf since my childhood so I've always listened to music with my only right ear. I'm mono :)

    I also want to listen to my music library with the bluetooth headphone I buy while outside and walking around in the street.

    Can any Bose Bluetooth headphone owner compare the music sound quality of this product with the regular iPhone wired headphone? Are they around the same? Or which one is better?

    My second question is about the plastic EarPods. Do they reduce the noise coming from outside while listening to the music? Can I listen to the music even in a noisy area?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    Highly recommend you try the SOL Republic Air bluetooth headphones. Best sound of any bluetooth headphones I have tried and rival many wired sets. Plus they have about a 12 hour battery life.
     
  3. DwainTR thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. boltjames macrumors 68040

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    You have two things working against you.

    Bluetooth is not capable of delivering the same fidelity of music as a wired headphones can. Wireless technology introduces interference, smaller band with, hiss, etc.

    These devices are designed for phone calls so they punctuate the mid-range sound significantly while compromising what you would call treble and bass. They can playback music, but it is not designed for it.

    BJ
     
  5. DwainTR thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are right about that thank you very much.

    Today I've found out the same thing. So now I'm leaning on buying a wired headphone. But I don't know what would be the best choice.

    I saw a JBL headphone today. It was great but now it comes to choose the type of the headphone. In ear or over head style... I'm getting confused day by day :))
     
  6. hellomisterjedi macrumors newbie

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    Width, my friend. Width. But I'm with you on everything else. ;)
     
  7. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I can't comment on the mono bluetooth headsets but I've been using a Sony MW-600 bluetooth headphone adapter in conjunction with my B&W P5 headphones and I cannot distinguish any difference between that and connecting the headphones directly into my iPhone or iPad.
     
  8. boltjames macrumors 68040

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    Siri, sometimes she makes a mistake.

    BJ

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    I stopped using Bluetooth audio in my BMW because the hard-wired connection between iPod and the audio system is vastly superior sonically to the iPhone and Bluetooth. Same for every headphone I have ever owned. Wired connections aren't incumbered by battery life, interference, hiss, and bandwidth limitations.

    BJ
     
  9. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I can appreciate the battery life issue although with the MW-600 adapter I've not had any problems with that. As for interference, hiss and bandwidth issues I've never had them.

    At the end of the day I rather use bluetooth when I'm out and about walking or using public transport like the Tube when going to work for two reasons. One I lessen the risk of being mugged for my phone as its safely out of view in my pocket and two I reduced the risk of dropping or banging my phone on something.

    The Bluetooth adapter allows me to play, pause and skip without taking my phone out. Like I said I cannot detect any reduction in audio quality. Whilst I do appreciate getting the best sound possible I'm by no means an audiophile and the Bluetooth adapter does a great job in my mind.
     
  10. Cptnodegard macrumors 6502

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    Bose generally isn't a good choice for pure audio quality for the price. They don't have budget headphones, so you're likely to find a lot of people who praise their headphones for sounding good, without comparing them to other headphones in the same price range. I have yet to see them win any tests against proper competitors, however.

    What Bose does do well is noise cancellation. I've had a few Bose headphones without noise cancellation, and the sound quality basically worked too much against them. However, I have both an old pair of QuietComfort 3 and the brand new QuietComfort 25 (both from Bose), both modified with Bluetooth, which I use daily. While the sound quality isn't anything to write home about, the noise cancellation you get in them combined with the fact my primary listening content is audio books makes them my go-to headphones.

    As for Bluetooth audio quality, it depends a lot on the equipment. A good Bluetooth receiver will be able to deliver decent audio, though obviously you get better with wired headphones. There's also gear out there that supports the apt-X codec which makes for much better Bluetooth audio, but Apple devices don't support this without an external adapter AFAIK, and the headphones would need to support it as well.

    If you're going with Bluetooth, look into apt-X for iOS. For wired, you should be able to find places that let you test headphones, and decide for yourself.
     

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