• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    quality suffers

    • Written by from San Antonio

    When I first got these, I thought they were great - great sound, nice features, very comfortable. After about a year, though, the wire started to fray where it entered the ear piece. It was out of warranty but we called Bose anyway - they offered us a discount on a new pair, but nothing else. There was no way I was going to buy another pair of the same poorly made product so it could fall apart in another year. I'm not a Bose hater and I like some of their other products I have owned, but I will never again buy Bose headphones.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with the Apple 5S case ...

    • Written by from Edmond

    ... The mini plug is too large to insert into the jack through the opening in the Apple 5S case. The 5S must be removed from the case to be able to use these headphones.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad quality

    • Written by from Hatfield

    I am having the MIE2i for little more than a year now. Until now I was a huge fan of Bose products. I have not put this to the maximum or I would say have used this one for may be once or twice a week since then. I have never missed to put this back to the case after use. Strangely, the cable of the headset is almost torn and ruptured across the length. I am living in India and don't know how to react to this kind of a scenario.

    If this is going to be the quality of Bose products, then a strong no for all...


    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful sound BUT does not fit Apple iPhone 5s case

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I have been using this wonderful headset for 2 years and was very disappointed to find out that it does not fit the Apple iPhone 5s case. Bose, please rework this one!

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy

    • Written by from Lexington

    These headphones sound great but the wire going into the headphones are so thin that they frayed within about 7 months of use. When you first get them you can tell that the wiring is extremely cheap and low quality. And definitely do not get them for gym use as they will fray even quicker!!

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bose Control switch on cord falls apart with use

    • Written by from Green Cove Springs

    It's a shame that the tiny flimsy rubber coverings on the in-line control switch comes off (rips) with time under nornal use, making the volume controls useless, and exposing the switch cavity. I have two pairs of the Bose earphones. Both sets failed, and need I say how expensive they are? I am not buying these again.

    55 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate this headset

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    This headset sounds wonderful if you are in a silent room, an anechoic chamber perhaps, however if you happen to be anywhere there is even a tiny bit of ambient noise then they simply do not work and the signature Bose sound is lost. The fit of the ear pads is terrible. I have average sized ears and not one of the supplied ear pads fit securely or comfortably in my ears. The button also often fails. I am on my second pair of ear buds after the first failed mysteriously. Bose customer service is wonderful unfortunately the headphones are not.

    10 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable fell apart 3 months after warranty expired.

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    These sounded ok for the short period of time that I had them. Just a few months after the warranty expired, the cable where it connects to the ear piece started to break apart. The model I had was the IE2's which are the same as the MIE2i from a construction standpoint so watch out for these as well. When I brought them in to the Bose store to have them look at them they said the the warranty expired 3 months ago and that I could replace them for $50. I would recommend looking at another product, this will fall apart in a very short period of time.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it!

    • Written by from Waterford

    Here is my review of these headphones from just about every aspect:
    1) The sound quality was well below par, I thought Bose sound was supposed to be awesome =>NOT! No bass, ok mids and highs after tweaking my sound settings in the iPhone.They sounded a 100% better when I would push (not cram) them in my ear just a little. I tried every ear gel that came with this headset none worked for me.
    2) Speaking of the ear gels, non of them would stay in my ear. The best ones were the hook type, but even those felt like they wanted to fall out and did fall out.
    3) The case was too big and had no compartments to keep the ear gels in. Everything would fall out when you opened the case if you weren't careful.
    4) Cord was too short.
    5) Volume level was too low. I had to turn my iPhone up over 3/4 to get the same level as my SkullCandy 50/50.
    1)I did like the position of the volume/music control below your ear. I put the cord under my shirt. Some headsets have this control in the middle of your chest, hard to access.
    3)I like the right angle plug.
    In conclusion I feel these should have been much better. With the price and the Bose name I thought for sure these would be a winner, I was wrong!

    23 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for workouts

    • Written by from Jamaica

    If you plan on using these to work out with then you must reconsider. Any amount of moisture will destroy the volume/track controls. For $130 you can buy something more durable. I've replaced mine twice already. Sound not noticeably good either.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    review for Bose® MIE2i Mobile Headset

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    Amazing sound, just like any Bose product. But for the first time I regret buying this. Only that after my 1st workout both the volume control and the mic packed up. After this episode, i exchange five times at the Bose store, and all of then repeat the same problem. I'm very disappointed with this Bose headset. My adivice, dont spend 30 bucks for the mic and volume control, buy the headphone that is 100$ and has the same great sound!

    24 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but fail

    • Written by from Christchurch

    I have now gone through 4 yes 4 pairs of these in 6 months. In every case the remote unit failed. They sound superb but what's the point if the controls don't work?

    Gone back to my old Sennheiser set. they don't sound as good but at least they work!

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor build quality

    • Written by from Virginia beach

    I got these the other day i wore them one time at the gym and the mic stopped working. They do in fact sound really good, and the fit about as comfy as any thing ive ever used before, but the fact that the control box sits on the cord and is in no way sealed from moisture is ridiculous. if any water touches the cord it runs right into the control box, for such a high quality product it just seems silly to build it so poorly.
    My last pair of Shure heaphones had substantial wires they felt robust, like it would take some real effort to pull the wires apart, these bose had wires so thin and no reinforcement at places where the wires connected, they just seemed destined to break so I would warn anyone who plans to use these for any sort of active lifestyle, they are flimsy, and in not water resistant in the least bit. My shure actually went through the washer and dryer and came out working good as new. I didnt expect them to work after but it just goes to show the amount of thought that goes into the design, where as these bose cant handle a tiny drop.

    21 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted a day!

    • Written by from Odessa

    I was hesitant to buy such expensive headphones but sometimes it's a worthwhile investment. Or so I thought with these Bose headphones. The three button control has stopped working completely within 24 hours of purchasing them. Voice control began to turn on randomly, disturbing my listening experience. Soon enough, the volume control stopped working altogether. The sound is quite clear with crisp bass and round enough treble but the entire purpose of buying these for your iPhone is the three button mic control. I don't care if it's a bad pair or batch. For the price, there shouldn't be a single defective pair! Maybe I'll try Bose again one day but I'll go with the C5's instead.

    17 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    First Review Ever! - you need to know

    • Written by from Valrico

    This is the first review I have ever written for a product! I will start with the pros but there are definitely some cons. PROS - without a doubt, the most comfortable headphones I have worn, they do not fall out and fit very well. The sound quality is well above average and carry a really nice bass. CONS - I am a triathlete and BOSE needs to stop marketing this for active wear. I am actually on my 2nd (soon to be 3rd) set. The mic/volume control has gone out twice. While i still have the sound, I have zero control over volume etc. Lastly and most aggravating, the phone drops into voice control constantly. If you have no intentions of running or biking, than these are awesome. Do not buy these if you are active and plan on using it for runs or biking.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate this product!

    • Written by from San Jose

    I've bought 2 pairs of these. The 1st pair started losing sound in one of the ear-buds and when I went to the Bose store they told me they couldn't fix it so they replaced them. My 2nd pair, I've used them for less than a year and I have the same problem. I'm going to return them and switch to a better brand b/c this is hella annoying.

    17 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    After 3 mile- 30 minutes later- skipping, repeat, NO controls

    • Written by from San Diego

    FIT= Awesome...
    QUALITY= Totally junk...

    Running 10K and half way in controls died, skipping, repeating songs, and fast forwarding all at same time. Had to disconnect to finish run. What a disappointment. Trying Bowers & Wilkins C5, so far AWESOME FIT, SOUND, QUALITY...

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of $$

    • Written by from Marlboro

    First off, if you want noise cancelling headphones, this isn't it. I already knew that when purchasing them, but then quickly realized that unless I am at a quiet place, the great sound coming from it is quite useless, as you can barely enjoy the music in a loud setting.

    Secondly, I've had TWO pairs break down on me within three months. YES, TWO pairs, both times with the mic/remote, and my iphone goes crazy everytime these are plugged in, shuffling through songs every few seconds, and changing volume on its own. It also activates voice control on its own on several occassions, though the mic is completely broken. They are currently out of stock with the company, so I am still waiting to get my second pair replaced.

    18 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shocked in the ear

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I exchanged my first pair 3 weeks after owning them because the left ear bud shocked me a few times. My second pair is doing the same thing after about 2 weeks. I will be returning them and going with a different brand.

    They are only used in an office environment with my iPhone 4 and the cord is not bent or frayed at all. Very odd.

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable fit, but very thin bass response

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    This Bose headset is comfortable to wear and it stays in place in your ear. But I want to tell you, the reproduced bass frequencies are not just low, attenuated or muted -- it's like, by design, they just don't exist.

    I bought the MIE2i at my local Bose retail shop, and upon returning them a couple days later for refund, I asked one of the Bose employees about this issue of such thin bass response and he admitted that, in his experience selling many of them, it is a problem across the the whole line of MIE2i headsets. He agreed, candidly, that this is more than just a subjective issue of low "perceived bass," but that for very many of the MIE2i headsets there is quite nearly NO bass response.

    If I were you, I wouldn't get my hopes up that you'll purchase one of the Bose units with intact bass response -- I would just spend my money elsewhere. I decided to take a chance on Apple's own upgraded in-ear headphones, and after four months of daily use I am still quite happy with them -- sound (the overall musicality, including bass), fit and durability are all great.

    28 of 44 people found this useful