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Bose® - SoundLink® Wireless Around-Ear Headphones II - White

Enjoy a better wireless experience with Bose® SoundLink® around-ear headphones II. Exclusive technology delivers deep, immersive sound at any volume. And a dual microphone system rejects noise and wind, so you'll be heard loud and clear. Switch seamlessly between 2 Bluetooth devices, and stay connected to both. And intuitive touch controls give you simple command of your music and calls.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Audio-only cable, USB cable
    • Carry case
    • Owner's manual
    • SoundLink Wireless Around-Ear Headphones II

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2551 out of 2634)

    Features


    Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

    Provides up to 15 hours of talk and playback time.

    Around-ear design

    Provides comfort during long listening sessions.

    Bose® technology

    Delivers your music with deep, immersive sound.

    Bluetooth connectivity

    Allows you to pair up to 2 Bluetooth-enabled devices simultaneously.

    Microphone with HD Voice

    Along with enhanced sidetone ensures clear, natural-sounding calls in windy or noisy settings.

    Enhanced EQ

    Offers quality sound, even at low volumes.

    Carrying case

    For easy portability and storage.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2634 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

    Pros

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bose Just Keeps Improving

      Posted
      TUBuckeye29
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Bottom Line: sound quality is great; Bluetooth range is great; battery life is great; build quality/comfort is great. I'm a long-time Bose consumer. The first product I ever bought from their line was the TriPort AE headphones. That was my introduction to high quality sound: I loved the balance along all sections (mids + highs + lows) and was pretty sure my life would be Bose and nothing else ever after. The bad news was that the physical quality of the TriPort headphones left a lot to be desired: the headband frame snapped and cracked within a year. I was young at the time, and careless: if I had kept the receipt I could have notified Bose and had them replaced (this was back before retailers started keeping online copies of receipts, and I had paid cash for the headphones). I duct-taped them and kept using for as long as I could: eventually the frame broke beyond comfortable usage and I had to dispose of them. I tried a couple other brands and didn't quite get the sound quality & comfort I hoped for. A few years later I opted for the Bose AE2 headphones. The build of the headset frame was much improved: far more flexible with more pivots; lighter in weight; softer padding material to make wearing them much more comfortable. It's six years later and I still have them & was using them on occasion until recently. Over the past year I became most interested in obtaining an ideal set of wireless headphones. I'd bought some in-ear Bluetooth models: these had focused on "extra bass" and had decent battery capacity for being so small, but the sound quality was not at all what I desired as an audiophile (frequently listening to classical music and classical + soft rock). I found a decent pair of Sony Bluetooth headphones that were not the "extra bass" version - these had nice sound and excellent battery life. But the sound quality still wasn't approaching what I'd been used to from Bose. So recently it came time for me to explore again and seek a new pair of Bluetooth headphones. I read about these and decided to buy and give them a shot. And am so glad I did. The most surprising thing is that the sound quality for these WIRELESS headphones exceeds the quality I'd been used to and pleased with from my previous versions of WIRED Bose headphones. These definitely match and probably even exceed the sound quality of my AE2 headphones. My favorite thing to do is use these late at night when watching TV: I was surprised by some sounds I heard while watching "Game of Thrones" using these headphones that I hadn't heard previously when using the 6.1 surround sound from my home receiver. While these are not noise-cancelling, the around-ear construction does manage to weaken exterior noises well enough. For me, if I choose to focus solely on the audio coming to the headset then outer noise is easily dismissed - but if I feel a need to then I can focus on outside noise and pick it up well enough. Additionally I did find that the B/T connection distance exceeded what I got from my other wireless earbuds & wireless Sony headphones: I don't have a mansion, mind you, but there are areas of my home where the other wireless sets would start to crackle/stutter when I got far enough away from the source- whereas I have not experienced this in those same areas with the SoundLink II. The other great thing is how lightweight and comfortable these headphones are. I still remember the day I put my TriPort headphones on and heard the distinct SNAP when the headband cracked from overuse. Bose has come a long way in terms of quality: these feel like a lot of care was put into their making and I feel comfortable that they will last a long time - as I can say for my AE2 set which I've had for nearly six years now. I do have a slight gripe that the SoundLink II don't have the same number of pivots as the AE2 model: so they can't be collapsed & shrunk down as much as the older model. But again I still feel confident that these aren't going to crack/snap on me - and that counts for a lot. Haven't had a chance to really put these through the paces in terms of battery life. Once bought I plugged these into a wall charger for an hr: the charger light was still blinking yellow (charging) but when I turned them on the voice prompt said they were fully charged. I've used for several days now and know they can go at least 12 hours between charges w/o loss of quality - I haven't used them longer than that yet & haven't heard/seen a low battery warning.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      All factors contribute to giving this product 5!!

      Posted
      DjRexy
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Sound- The sound on these new sound link ll are very exceptional. Even on the loudest option music even with heavy base is very crystal clear and does not sound distorted although i would not recommend leaving them on very long on that volume. Bass is light on the headphones so if you like that heavy base be aware you won't get that much out of these, but overall sound quality is amazing. Its like hearing music you heard countless times before but in a new way. Sounds you've never heard are audible its pretty awesome. Ergonomics- Very very and i emphasize again VERY comfortable pair of headphones. I'm a college student and most of my days if i'm not working consist of hrs of studying and these weighing in at less than a pound with very comfortable conforming soft ear cups that go around the ear. Even with my big ears and the cup not totaling enclosing my ears these still are so comfortable and hrs of music can be enjoyed. Battery life- 15 hrs of music but I've gone around 15 to 16 hrs without it dying on me. Even if that unfortunate even does happen it comes with a wire so one can enjoy music bluethoothlessly. Taking Calls- Crystal clear connection even with wind blowing. I have been told by countless people when i'm talking "Where are you?" I ask why? and there response goes something like because you sound so freaking clear. Bluetooth Connectivity- Allows up to 8 devices to be stored in memory and connects to 2 devices simultaneously, so to put into perspective. I'll be watching lecture on line and get a call from my phone and the transition is flawless. Price- Ouch they are costly coming in at 279 and 302 after tax depending on where you live. But hey your paying for quality not design (beats) Passive Noies Cancelation- which means around ear headphones actually create a great passive noise cancelation. Which in turn means you don't have to have music on so loud to enjoy disruption free music. Good for the ears too. Durability- hmm this one is yet to be determined but just in case I tell everyone to please do yourself a favor and purchase the best buy warranty in addition. All in all great headphones from all the ones i've had so far beats the Beats by dre in many ways but still there are some features that beats wins over bose and bose wins over beats. When it comes to quality and functionality I believe bose always wins over Beats. But there are still some great stuff out there such as audio technica. So if you looking for great bluetooth headphones that have all around attributes that give you a great music experience and want to block out noise so you will remain focused wait no more. Take the plunge.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally, bluetooth with superb quality is here

      Posted
      im4udevco
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I’ve been through quite a few Bluetooth headphones and have never really settled until now. My former-current headphones where the SOL Republic Tracks Air. When Bluetooth emerged, a lot of companies jumped on the band wagon going through stages of replicating hardwire connection sound. Apt-X technology came along but one of very few, if any go it right. It took Bose a while to come out with a headphone but when they finally did, the AE2-W was finally out the gate. I did listed to it, but it appeared to still lack that Bose quality and for over $300 bucks then, it was hard to spend that cash. Furthermore, the funny module on the side threw me off too. It was also flimsy. I waited and waited until finally, Bose released the ‘on-the-ear’ style. It sounded solid but after a while, my ears would hurt so I kept on waiting again. A few weeks ago, I got an email that Bose would release ‘over-the-ear’ version of the Bluetooth Soundlink 2. I purchased it and it now appeared that Bose finally nailed it. Out of the box, the headphones appear to be solid. Connecting the headphones was a breeze. It also had NFC capability which I loved. I quickly connected the device and started listening to a good reggae jazz. All of the elements where pronounced in its form. The quality was amazing and the fact that it had no noise canceling even makes it premium for me. For audiophiles, you can tell the difference. The next thing was that this thing is so comfortable, you can actually forget that this thing is on your ears. I wear glasses and was expecting the pads to interfere with it, but it appears that the headphones were not even there at all. It took Bose a long time to release a bluetooth headphone of this caliber, but I can see why it would take this long. I guessed they finally figured it out and it's solid and rocks.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Bose fan honest review

      Posted
      OrlandoSurfer

      I've been a Bose fan for 20+ years & owned a 1st gen iPod docking station speaker ... Now own a Soundlink II Wireless speaker & a Bose Solo 5 for my TV. I just purchased the Soundlink AE2 headphones this weekend & have used them for about 8 hours. Multi-BT connected to iPad & iPhone 6s. I've been reading reviews for weeks & have to be honest that I'm Bose biased. A few friends have Beats; 1 wireless & the other tethered ... Both like their products. The BT guy says he loves his. No complaints. Their online reviews are solid. Perception is this product has a better bass while Bose is a more engineered sound. Bose got a lot of high marks. Lots of comments about the engineered processing ... I guess I'm so used to the quality & sound that I like it. I'm also a fan of a variety of music genre from blues, country, folk, rock, hip hop, etc. & have found the sound has a "HD" type sound even at low volumes. Many people commenting they "can't believe the big sound" coming out of such a small speaker! I really was searching online for the best in class for a a wireless headset in the $150 - $300 range & kept coming back to Bose QC25 (tethered w/ ANC) or the Bose Soundlink AE2 Wireless ... Tough decision but ultimately the need for being wireless won out!! Pros: Quality Sound w/ a focus on engineering a quality produced sound w/ the high & low ranges covered. Great battery! Unwrapped & had 50% battery. So far, I've fully charged the battery once & have used them for a combined 8+ hours and still have 70% of my battery remaining. Great BT range! I've easily covered the house w/ no loss of signal or connection. Simple to use BT &/or NFC connections. I even connected the headphones using the included audio cord in case your BT battery dies - sounded fine. **HINT** Download & use the App which allows you to control multi-device connectivity feature w/ ease! Comfortable!! I wear glasses on occasion & wore them for a few hours while wearing the headphones - didn't even notice. Overall comfort is good ... Occasionally getting warm. Cons: Sound - it would really be nice to have an equalizer app which allowed the user to adjust the various ranges ... Especially in the 50-60 Hz, 200-500 Hz & 5-10 kHz. Volume - not enough!!! I get these are "Over-The-Ear" format headphones which naturally provide a higher quality & sound-blocking but the max volume is a few points light. I need to have my volume set at least 60% - 70% just to hear all the music. I've seen comments suggesting this is a BT wireless issue but clearly feel this is an issue. I expect more from Bose! This alone is the reason for my 4 out of 5 rating. Overall satisfied customer in Bose once again. Glad I made this decision but wonder if the QC25's might sound better overall.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Most practical non Noise-Cancelling headphones

      Posted
      JustWill312
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this because I wanted Bluetooth capability with cable backup capability and also capable to connect to multiple bluetooth devices. I have Bose's QC-24 noise-cancelling headphones, which I use primarily for travelling, but for local commute and to wear around work and home, this is the headphone I've been waiting for. The capability to pair to 8 devices is a major plus - where as most headphones only allows up to two, if at all. I'm not going to write a long review of the audio quality as I'm not an audiophile, but instead, I'll list all features Pros and Cons and a "Could be better section". Pros: * Pairs up to 8 devices * Switches between paired devices easily and no guessing (voice prompts is awesome) * No noticeable delay when watching videos using Bluetooth * Good sounds (I'm not an audiophile and have tinnitus on the left ear) * Microphone picks up my communication with Siri in normal tone (not sure how well, yet, for phone conversation) * Noise leaks is very minimum and only at higher volumes (to the point it hurts my ears) it becomes noticeable to the person next to me on the train Cons: * Buttons do not control camera * Using backup cable for headphone, the buttons on the headphone don't work for audio control * Connects to the last two devices after power on (pro for some people - but delays what I need to do slightly) * Synthetic leather smell of the ear cups - I can smell them when they're just hanging off my neck while not listenning to the headphone. Maybe they will dissipate over time * A bit on the expensive side, but this is what happens when no one can compare to your feature Could be better: Noise Cancelling - but that's not what I bought this for Things I haven't tested: Removing paired devices Microphone for phone calls When the battery is nearing zero, some headphones will nag you with "battery low" message over and over - I'll have to check on this later I notice phone calls have broken static-y voice from the person on the other end if I have two connected devices at the same time. The fix is to disconnect the bluetooth connection to the other device.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Crisp, Airy, Balanced Sound

      Posted
      adl320
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      In short, if you value clean, clear, distortion-free music tight, controlled, not muddy bass, you can't go wrong with Bose Soundlink...And yes, they produce great, crisp bass. Read on: I just picked up these Bose headphones after a little research. I was looking for a descent pair of wireless headphones. Cords are just driving me crazy and I absolutely HATE earbuds. I lost my Klipsch buds so the search was on. I currently own a well-played Sennheiser over-the-ear corded model which I've owned for years and are great cans. I like detail in my music. The Sennheisers deliver and I wanted a similar experience in a new wireless pair. These Bose Soundlink headphones are proving to be great. If you value crisp notes, airy and balanced sound, these deliver. If you enjoy hearing the DETAILS in your music, I believe these will work for you. I was about to pick up a pair of Beats (I know, I know) Solo 3s. Not bashing on Beats, but the overall sound was muddy to me. Bass was good and volume was certainly higher but overall, I thought the Bose sounded much clearer. Now, about that bass bit. I've read reviews that bass is lacking in the Bose. Actually, I find the base to be quite nicely balanced. I listen to a very diverse genre of music. I just played "9" by Drake which starts with a nice 808 drop. The Soundlinks handled it well with a nice tight kick, snare combo as well. But here's the thing. I've run them in wireless mode and plugged into my iPhone 7. They sound good. But, I also own a $30 headphone amp made inside an Altoids tin. Look it up - Altoids Headphone Amp. They will change how you listen to headphones, if you want to sit and listen. To produce crisp highs, tight deep lows, you actually need plenty of clean power driving your headphones. The puny amp in most mobile devices just isn't up to the task. Plugged into the headphone amp, the Bose units came alive. You will actually damage speakers faster trying to over drive them without enough power than with ample power. In short, if you value clean, clear, distortion-free music tight, controlled, not muddy bass, you can't go wrong with Bose Soundlink. I'm very happy to have a descent pair of quality wireless headphones, finally. And, the option to use them corded with my headphone amp for a little something extra when in the office and not mobile.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Most practical non Noise-Cancelling headphone

      Posted
      Louis24x7
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this because I wanted Bluetooth capability with cable backup capability and also capable to connect to multiple bluetooth devices. I have Bose's QC-24 noise-cancelling headphones, which I use primarily for travelling, but for local commute and to wear around work and home, this is the headphone I've been waiting for. The capability to pair to 8 devices is a major plus - where as most headphones only allows up to two, if at all. I'm not going to write a long review, but more of listing the Pros and Cons and a "Could be better section": Pros: * Pairs up to 8 devices * Switches between paired devices easily and no guessing (voice prompts is awesome) * No noticeable delay when watching videos using Bluetooth * Good sounds (I'm not an audiophile and have tinnitus on the left ear) * Microphone picks up my communication with Siri in normal tone (not sure how well, yet, for phone conversation) * Noise leaks is very minimum and only at higher volumes (to the point it hurts my ears) it becomes noticeable to the person next to me on the train Cons: * Buttons do not control camera * Using backup cable for headphone, the buttons on the headphone don't work for audio control * Connects to the last two devices after power on (pro for some people - but delays what I need to do slightly) * Synthetic leather smell of the ear cups - I can smell them when they're just hanging off my neck while not listenning to the headphone. Maybe they will dissipate over time * A bit on the expensive side, but this is what happens when no one can compare to your feature Could be better: Noise Cancelling - but that's not what I bought this for Things I haven't tested: Removing paired devices Microphone for phone calls When the battery is nearing zero, some headphones will nag you with "battery low" message over and over - I'll have to check on this later

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bose got it right!

      Posted
      NgtHawk

      Ok, I've purchased 4 top wireless headphones to decided what worked best for me. Everyone will have a different option but here's mine! When I heard, Best Buy had lowered the price of the Bose SoundLink (on ear) Headphones, I thought I'd give them another try. They were, $219. However, when I got there, I saw that they had the Beats Solo Wireless for an amazing, $179 price tag. These were originally priced at ridiculous $300. I bought the Beats, instead. I was surprised at how well balanced the sound was. And, of course they are very stylish. However, the pressure against my head was too strong and I couldn't wear them very long. At $40 cheaper than the Bose, I really wanted to like these! I held onto the Beats (for another week) but purchased the Bose SoundLink (on ear) Great sound. Great balance. Bass levels a little but subdued but ok. Although they are much light, I just couldnt get use to the cushions on my ear. I returned them for the SoundLink2 (Over ear) model that was on sale at $249. Amazing!! Perfect opening for your ears, light pressure against the head but still feels very secure. Slightly better bass with the closed design and the clarity you expect from Bose. The only negative: What's with their 9" charging cord they provide!? WTH! What are you suppose to do with That!? Dangle your headset from a wall or lay them on the floor, next to a socket? Come on, Bose! One last thing: I even tried the Beats Studio Wireless. The most expense pair on this list. A $379 pair on sale at $279. Clearly the worst sound and I was not impressed with the so called, Noise Canceling feature at all! It's also an over the ear design but the ear opening is much smaller than the Bose so they may still press against your ear. I packed those for return after 3 hours! lol Botton line! I have a very critical ear and you won't be sorry with the SoundLink2! Well constructed. Well designed! Bose got it right!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about treble quality, comfort, usability and sound. Editors are less positive about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 85/100 = Very good quality.
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