29 November-5 December 2013 #683

Rock on


Bose's dominance in the premium headphone market will remain unchallenged for a long time to come with the recent launch of the AE2w Wireless Headphone. Stylish, lightweight, and (finally) wireless, these superb-sounding and gorgeous-looking headphones will have audiophiles the world over nodding their heads in rhythmic approval.

Sibling to Bose’s AE2i and AE2 headphones (both wired), the AE2w retains their excellent sound without the hassle of unruly wires. Be it music, movies, documentaries, or TV shows, AE2w handles them with ease to produce noticeably richer and more natural sounding audio, which really has to be heard to be believed. The gadget continues with Bose’s hallmark of deep smooth bass, and crystal clear audio.

The AE2w’s sleek design brilliantly complements its excellent sound. The black metallic casing oozes class, it is cushioned around-ear fit, and weighing in at a mere 150 grams, the headphone allows for hours of extremely comfortable listening. The AE2w utilises Bluetooth technology to wirelessly connect to your device. The rather straightforward Bluetooth pairing is done via the module on the left side of the headphone, which also houses a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and a microphone to take calls. With a range of 30 feet, your days of wireless freedom have truly arrived. The AE2w is capable of connecting simultaneously to two devices, which is handy especially when you are watching a movie on your laptop/tablet and you happen to receive a call on your phone. The seamless transition from your movie to your call, then back to your movie is truly practical.

The AE2w is also superbly backed up by its built-in rechargeable battery which lasts approximately eight hours of intensive use on full charge. If you happen to run out of juice, then you also have the option of removing the Bluetooth module and connecting a traditional 3.5mm audio jack.

Bose’s legendary sound has never come cheap and priced at approximately Rs 30,000, the AE2w is no different. The headphones certainly seem a tad expensive, but that is perfectly understandable given the quality and convenience it offers.

Yantrick’s verdict: Bose is famed for its awesome sounding audio products and with the AE2w, the American company has definitely set the bar high.