Tech Talk: Bose SIE2i Earphones a perfect fit for runners

Posted on January 4, 2013
Bose SEI2 Sport Headphones with Reebok flexible armband

Photo – Bose: Bose SEI2 Sport Headphones with Reebok flexible armband

Bose makes great over the ear, noise-cancelling headphones, and their IE2 earphones offer a comfortable fit with great sound.  Their newest earphones, the SIE2i Sport Headphones, offer the same fit options as the original IE2’s, but with several additions.

According to Bose, the SIE2i earphones have “acoustic ports positioned to resist sweat and water and are covered with a hydrophobic cloth to keep moisture out while letting sound pass through.”

Sounds good to me.

Bose SEI2i Headphones with in-line microphone and volume, and StayHear ear tips

Photo – Bose: Bose SEI2i Headphones with in-line microphone and volume, and StayHear ear tips

The inline remote control and microphone on the SEI2i earphones features watertight housings for the buttons and a ”hydrophobic acoustic windscreen to reduce the effects of wind noise and moisture.

What all this means is that the Bose SIE2i earphones, although they’re not noise-cancelling, are perfect for runners to wear while running in the rain. Bose says they’re “Engineered for exercise”. Actually, anyone working out will appreciate the comfortable fit that keeps the earphones in place, without jamming your ear canal full of speaker. You don’t have to worry about the earphones when you’re sweating either because they’re built for people who exercise.

You can wear these earphones all day with none of that itchy/achy ear you get from jamming earphones in your ears for a few hours. I think it’s a good thing that they’re not noise-cancelling because a runner should be able to hear traffic or noise around them while out and about, for safety’s sake.

Bose SIE2 headphones in green and orange - showing StayHear ear tips

Photo – Bose: Bose SIE2 headphones in green and orange – showing StayHear ear tips

The Bose SIE2i Earphones fit right into the Cymba Cavity, right above the Crus of helix, with the bottom of the enclosure resting on the Antitragus in both the left and right Auricle.

Huh?

They fit comfortably in your ears! The Bose patented StayHear ear tips come in three sizes, S,M and L, and they’re designed to fit very comfortably in your ear while still keeping moisture out. If you’re used to jamming earphones deep into your ear canal to keep them in place while you exercise, these Bose SEI2i earphones will take a little getting used to. They feel like they might fall out because they’re not jammed in, but they stay quite nicely in place when exercising.Huh?

The sound is great. It doesn’t have a heavy, bassy sound, but typical of all Bose speaker products, it’s “pleasantly full” and crystal clear – even when outside. When you crank the volume up it doesn’t distort, even though your eyeballs might be vibrating from the high volume. I listened to a wide variety of musical genres through these earphones, and the sound was terrific for every type of music I played – from AC/DC to Bach. I found the level of bass and treble very comfortable for all the types of music I listened to.

The SEI2i sport earphones also come with a Reebok flexible armband to keep your precious music player safe.  It ‘s made of a comfortable, stretchy fabric that’s breathable and has a touch sensitive window for easy access to the device. It not only holds your music player, but it stores your earphones and even your keys.

Bose SIE2 Headphones

Photo – Bose: Bose SIE2 Headphones

The SEI2i sport earphones come in two colours – orange and green, and the Reebok armbands come in the same colours. While my test version of the SEI2i has a Reebok fitness armband that won’t hold either my iPhone 5 or new iPod Touch, they are available. It comes with an extension cable and a clothing clip to help keep the cable under control when exercising.

They’re a tad expensive, at a suggested retail price of $169.99 CAD for the SIE2i sport earphones, and $139.99 CAD for the SIE2 sport headphones without the in-line remote and microphone.

PROS: Great sound; super comfortable fit; in-line microphone and volume controls; comfortable Reebok armband.

CONS: A bit pricy; as of this writing you need to contact Bose to get a different armband to fit an iPhone 5.

TO SUM IT UP:  My experience with Bose is that they build quality products, with great sound. These SEI2i Sport headphones are no exception; they’re lightweight, moisture resistant, comfortable to wear and provide terrific clear, resonant sound, If you’re a runner or like to have earphones in while exercising you should have a look at these earphones.

Murray Hill is lead tech writer at communicatto.com. You can reach Murray by email at murray@communicatto.com or on Twitter at @MurrayDHill

About Murray Hill

Murray Hill has been a freelance columnist appearing regularly in some of the most prominent Canadian newspapers since 1974. He began writing about technology over twenty-four years ago and he still maintains the belief that there's a gadget or gizmo for every situation and application. His fascination with technology and gadgets has endured for over fifty years, and has led to many familial discussions about the the difference between the words "need" and "want" when referring to tech. Based in Saskatoon, connect with Murray at: murray@communicatto.com Author's Note: I write a column on a single product, rather than comparing products. I do this because what I write is my personal opinion on a particular product. Sometimes I get something sent to me automatically, but mostly I ask manufacturers for a particular product to review. I usually have these products for a period of a few weeks to a few months, then they are returned. I get to keep some products - usually the ones that would cost more to ship back than they are worth - and most of those items get given away. I do get an honorarium from Communicatto for writing, but get no compensation from manufacturers or the firms representing them - so nobody buys my opinion! I also try to use photos and graphics provided, mostly because I'm a terrible photographer!

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