Our Verdict 
A good buy; definitely worth a try if you want over-ears for inside and out
Honest, detailed midrange
comfortable and compact to wear
quiet to bystanders
Slight colouration to upper bass, upper treble can be provoked by harsh tunes
Reviewed on

These Bose headphones set themselves apart with their deliberately compact and stylish design. The tediously titled ‘Around Ears' are something of a rarity in being full, over-ear hi-fi cans that you can take out and wear in public without, frankly, looking rather silly.  Bose technology to the foreAnd part of their compact design – as well as their performance – is due to Bose's clever ‘Triport' technology: essentially, as the name suggests, three small ports on each ear enclosure, and an equalised tonal balance that creates, the company claims, a rich performance that you would normally get only from bigger headphones.

And, as a pair of cans you might use on the train, they work remarkably well. They're incredibly comfortable to wear, don't leak much sound – unlike the open-backed designs here – and offer an accomplished performance with a generous midrange, reasonable detail and acceptable lashings of deep yet punchy bass.

Our only minor problem is with a slight lack of purity to the upper bass and a treble that can be pushed to harshness on occasions.

If you're looking for over-ear cans with which you can take to the streets, this isn't a bad place to start looking.

See all our headphone Best Buys

More after the break

Follow whathifi.com on Twitter

Join whathifi.com on Facebook



Where to buy View all »

Bose Around-ear
Free delivery on all orders over £20
Free Delivery on orders over £50. 5 Year Guarantee on TVs and 2 Year Guarantee on Electricals. Free Next Day Click and Collect from John Lewis and selected Waitrose.
Multi award winning authorised retailer trading 40+ years. Huge stocks & fast delivery. We’ll BEAT any price with buy now pay later options.
Great Offers available at PC World. Order online & Collect in store today Great products at low prices available today