If you’re a fan of Bose audio products, there is no shortage of news to report, as the company has unveiled several items recently.
Here’s a brief rundownNEW BOSE ON-EAR AUDIO HEADPHONES
Bose has introduced its next-generation of on-ear headphones: the OE2 and OE2i audio headphones. The OE2 and OE2i headphones deliver” demonstrably better” audio performance than their predecessors, and feature an updated look and design, according to Bose, which also promise a more comfortable fit.
The OE2i headphones come with an inline remote and microphone that lets owners interact with select Apple products, including the latest iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook, and MacBook Pro models. Users can easily control volume, tracks, and voice applications — and switch between music and calls on an iPhone. The OE2 headphones come with a standard audio cable. In every other way, the OE2i and OE2 headphones are identical, reproducing all genres of music accurately.
The OE2 and OE2i headphones feature an enhanced proprietary TriPort acoustic headphone structure. With redesigned and newly tuned earcup ports, audio reproduction is more balanced and natural. There is no manufactured “boost” across the frequency range; low notes are full and rich, and mid-high frequencies are smooth and clear.
The OE2 and OE2i headphones also feature a new design that’s smaller and lighter, with a slimmer profile. The headphone’s ear cushions, made from memory foam, conform to the user and combine with a redesigned headband for a better, more comfortable fit. Owners can listen for hours — commuting, working or playing — without the irritating pressure points caused by some conventional headphones.
The OE2 and OE2i headphones fold flat for easy storage and protection. With a simple swivel of the earcups, they collapse neatly for carrying in their included case.
The Bose OE2 and OE2i audio headphones (which are not noise canceling) can be used with nearly any audio source. They are available from Bose for $149.95 and $179.95, respectively. They replace the current Bose on-ear headphones, and are available in a choice of black or white.
Bose headphones are sold at select authorized Bose dealers, Bose retail stores, www.Bose.com, and toll free at 1-800-444-BOSE (2673). BOSE BLUETOOTH HEADSET SERIES 2
Bose has introduced the Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2, debuting new Bose technologies to make conversations remain clear and natural even in challenging environments, or when surrounding noise levels change suddenly. The Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 integrates Bose full-range audio and A2DP, and comes in right- and left-ear versions.
The Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 includes a proprietary dual microphone system to improve speech intelligibility far beyond that of conventional Bluetooth headsets, rejecting background noise and dramatically reducing the audible effects of wind. Bose proprietary signal processing further counteracts the unwanted sounds of a wide variety of places — gusty walkways, commuter rail platforms or airports. Regardless of the environment, the Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 ensures the user’s voice is better heard during calls, while background distractions are heard less.
The new internal antenna in the Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 is custom-designed to provide category-leading range performance. Acoustic artifacts — the “pops,” “clicks” and “buzzes” familiar to Bluetooth headset owners — are substantially reduced, and reception difficulty, even between a headset and a phone being carried in a pocket, is minimized.
Bose engineers have developed separate left- and right-side versions of the Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2, allowing consumers to choose the version they prefer, while enjoying the same easy access to controls.
Taking calls requires just one simple top-to-bottom pinching motion on the buttons, and clearly labeled LED indicators make it easy to check battery life and confirm the Bluetooth connection.
The Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 features Bose StayHear tips designed for long-wear comfort and stability, making it ideal for driving, commuting, working or multitasking at home. Made of soft, flexible silicone, the StayHear tips gently conform to the ear, eliminating irritation or the need to reposition.
The Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 is compatible with devices using the Bluetooth 2.1 (or earlier) specifications that support the Bluetooth hands-free or A2DP profiles. For consumers who want to maintain an active connection between their headset and two Bluetooth enabled devices, it includes multi-point functionality.
The Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 includes a portable zipper case, a one-foot USB cable, a power adapter with fold-flat prongs for easy packing, and three StayHear tips (small, medium, large) for a personal fit. It’s available from Bose for $149.95, and replaces the original Bose Bluetooth headset. The Bose Bluetooth headset Series 2 will be sold at select authorized Bose dealers, Bose retail stores, www.Bose.com, and toll free at 1-800-444-BOSE (2673). Bose Introduces Lifestyle 135 System and CineMate 1 SR System
Bose has introduced its first soundbar systems: the Lifestyle 135 home entertainment system and the CineMate 1 SR digital home theater speaker system.
The Lifestyle 135 system includes a media console for up to six HD sources (four HDMI inputs), an AM/FM tuner, and a dock for iPod or iPhone. The CineMate 1 SR system attaches directly to a TV with just one cable. And both feature a programmable remote that controls the system and nearly any connected source, from a Blu-ray Disc player to a cable box.
“Most conventional soundbars are bulky and hard-to-place, or thin but unable to deliver lifelike sound,” said Doug Lankford, Bose Director of Home Theater Product Marketing. “The new Lifestyle 135 and CineMate 1 SR systems deliver a powerful audio experience that defies their size and elegant design -- whether you’re watching a movie, playing a video game, or listening to music.”
The Lifestyle 135 system and CineMate 1 SR system represent the first Bose speakers to feature breakthrough PhaseGuide sound radiator technology, originally used in the company’s VideoWave entertainment system -- the industry’s first high-definition television that integrates a complete home theater sound system behind a 46” 1080p LCD display. Combined with proprietary TrueSpace digital processing circuitry, PhaseGuide technology transforms the listening experience: discrete sound can be heard in places where there are no speakers. Yet, it comes from a single array that measures just 2.4" high, 36.8" wide and 4.9" deep. The new Acoustimass module delivers low notes with cinematic impact.
Unlike conventional soundbars, the Lifestyle 135 and CineMate 1 SR systems have true placement flexibility: they can be positioned near the TV, wherever it is, and in two orientations -- without compromising audio performance.
Bose FlexMountTM automatic placement compensation senses whether the speaker has been placed horizontally on a table, or mounted vertically on a wall. It then automatically adjusts the sound, offering owners two choices for soundbar setup with the same assurance of spacious, natural sound.
The Lifestyle 135 home entertainment system and the CineMate 1 SR digital home theater speaker system are available for $2,499 and $1,499, respectively, and will be sold at authorized Bose dealers, Bose retail stores, www.Bose.com and toll free at 1-800-444-BOSE (2673). The Bose WB-135 Wall-Mount Kit is available separately as an accessory.
Some pricey options, but fans of Bose tend to be loyal. I’m curious to see how these items fare.