There is audio and then there is Bose audio. For the non audiophiles who are not familiar with the brand, Bose is an American company that specialises in audio equipment. Best known for its home audio systems and noice-cancelling headphones, they also produce professional audio products and automobile sound systems.
This iconic company was founded way back in 1964 by Amar Bose and it has come a long way since then to say the least. Did you know that its first product was the Bose 2201 launched in 1966. The product consisted of 22 speakers, mostly facing away from the listener, and was designed to be situated in a corner of the room. The product uses reflection of the walls to increase the size of the room. Sounds impressive? Wrong. This first Bose product was a failure and was discontinued after a few years. Amar Bose did get it right subsequently and the rest, as they say, was history.
There are many considerations when it comes to selecting and purchasing audio equipment and products. Here are some important ones that you should take note of the next time you go shopping for audio products.
This may sound pretty obvious because we are talking about audio products so sound quality should be right there at the top of the considerations right? Imagine buying a pair of headphones or speakers and finding out that your favourite song now sounds like an angry person singing it in a scratchy voice with no high or low frequencies. We appreciate sound quality more than we realise it and if an audio product does not measure up to what it is supposed to deliver, the end product is often very obvious. According to wikipedia, sound quality is an assessment of the accuracy, fidelity, or intelligibility of audio output from an electronic device.
Using speakers as an example, a good speaker with good high-frequency response will give you a silky, sparkling sheen to its sound. On the flip side, you will hear sounds that are too "hissy" or edgy from the not so good ones. Good speakers are supposed to deliver sparkle and detail without sounding shrill or tough to listen to. A simple tip when purchasing any audio equipment is to listen to a variety of music or songs that you are familiar with and watch out for natural and balanced tonal presentation. In layman terms, you should be able to hear the clear vocals, strong bass, instruments, as well as the treble.
When it comes to design, it is always something very subjective because beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Some folks prefer their speaks to look as simplistic as possible to achieve that minimalist look for their home while others prefer a futuristic pair of headphones or ear buds that make them look like they are in a hollywood movie. Regardless of their tastes, consumers nowadays have huge spectrum of designs to choose from when it comes to audio equipment and there is no reason you cannot find something that suits your style and preference when it comes to audio equipment that are available in the market.
Comfort on the other hand is less divisive and subjective. Most, if not all consumers, are looking for a comfortable pair of headphones or ear buds that they can use for prolonged hours, something that does not leave them with aching ears after a few hours of listening to their favourite tunes. Several factors come into play when we are talking about comfortable headphones and ear buds. Firstly, the headphones or ear buds have to be lightweight to reduce the burden on our heads and ears.
Customisation is also critical because it allows us to adjust the headphone band or choose the size of the ear tips that fit our ears the best. Last but not least, the material used for the ear pads also play a part when it comes to comfort. Always be sure to try out your new headphones or earphones where possible before purchase to ensure that it is a good and snug fit to avoid subsequent discomfort and disappointment.
A unique selling propostion is basically a factor that differentiates a product from other competitors or similar products. Examples of USP may include low cost, best quality or first-in-market. Here are some common examples of USPs for audio equipment that you may be familiar with:
Speakers: dynamic range, superior sound quality, high fidelity, wide frequency response
Headphones/Ear buds: superior comfort, best sound quality, eargonomic design, personalised fit
At the end of the day though, USPs are marketing speak that companies and marketers use to sell their products. It will be wise for consumers to see through these fancy marketing speak and purchase something that truly meets their needs and wants.
As with all purchases that we make, we want to make sure that we get the "bang for our buck". Was it money well spent? Depending on the product and the function that it serves, we always want to believe that our investment was well worth it. So in the case of audio equipment, how do we decide if the money was well spent? When we are talking about audio equipment, it really helps to differentiate the budget range from the premium ones because the more you spend, the higher the expectations. Again using speakers as an example, if you purchase a pair of speakers on a tight budget, you cannot expect top notch sound quality and dynamic range that fills a large house. Similarly, if you splash the cash on a high end speaker, you will expect superior sound quality and nothing but the best in terms of treble, bass and fidelity. In summary, this factor is all about managing our own expectations accordingly based on our budget.
With all that being said, here is a list of Bose products that we feel will elevate your audio experince to the next level. Please sit back and enjoy.
This is probably one of the oldest debate when it comes to whether you should hey headphones or earphones/ buds for listening to music. To put it simply, if you are looking for flexibility and portability with good audio output, then you should probably go for earphone or ear buds. However, if you really wish to feel the music and immerse yourself in it, headphones are normally the go-to choice amongst audiophiles.
Most headphones have a greater frequency range and better noise cancellation. Headphones also rank higher in terms of comfort for obvious reasons because they don't go into your ear canal per say. Noise isolation wise, earphones will have an edge because they are able to provide a better seal compared to headphones.
Now that we are clear (no pun intended), let us take a look at the headphones offered by Bose. If you are looking for a set of headphones that offers noise cancellation and blocks out all unwanted outside noise, then the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 is probably what you should be adding to your shopping cart. They are critically acclaimed for their powerful noise cancelling, astonishing sound and unrivalled voice pickup so you know you are getting top quality for your buck.
There is also the QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II if you are looking for something a little more affordable. These bad boys are engineered with renowned noise cancellation, and comes with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in, giving you instant access to a wide array of songs and playlists.
Last but not least, we also highly recommend the Bose SoundLink® around-ear wireless headphones II, which offers exceptional sound, a comfortable fit and uncompromised performance, every single time.
If headphones are not your thing, or if you find them too bulky and not as portable, no worries. Generally, ear buds definitely offer more portability and are more affordable compared to headphones. At the end of the day though, it is really more about your preference and your needs when it comes to deciding whether to get headphones or ear buds.
Earbuds vs Earphones
We may sometimes use these terms interchangeably but they are actually not the same thing. The main difference is that ear buds rest on the outside of the ear canal, otherwise known as the concha, while earphones are inserted into the ear canal. As such, there is a significant difference when it comes to comfort, durability and sound quality. Due to the fact that earphones enter the ear canal, they are able to block out more ambient noise and are less likely to fall out during a workout. You also do not need to listen to your music at a higher volume just to block out the surrounding noise. Ear buds, on the other hand, are a more logical choice if you require to hear ambient noise, such as navigating your way through busy streets while on the way to work on your bicycle. As always, it is about what you need and both have its advantages.
Bose also has a good offering of earbuds that offer superior comfort and good audio quality as well. Check out the Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds that not only look good, but they also offer the world’s most effective noise cancelling and high-fidelity audio. The Acoustic Noise Cancelling™ technology uses hidden microphones in the earbuds that monitor environmental sounds and then produce the opposite signal to cancel that noise. That's not all. These stylish earbuds also come with StayHear™ Max tips for extra comfort for prolonged use. These uber cool earbuds also come in soapstone white.
Apparently, it is not as simple as buying the first speaker or sound system that looks sleek, sexy and produces fantastic sound quality. There are a few considerations that you need to take into account before getting the right sound system for your home.
- Room size
- Placement of speakers in furniture
- Placement of speakers in the corner
- Walls and floors
- Decor of the room
- Speaker placement options
Of course, there are also the techie bits when it comes to buying a speaker of home sound system but the above space considerations will go a long way in getting you off in the right direction as you embark on your journey of getting the right speakers for your home.
Looking to add some oomph to your television audio at home and cannot afford the space for free-standing speakers? Then, look no further. Bose is renowned for their soundbars with their exceptional sound quality. Here are some of their flagship soundbars for your consideration if you wish to give your home entertainment system a boost. The Bose Smart Soundbar 700 is not called the world's best soundbar for nothing. Featuring an unmatched combination of sophisticated design and exceptional sound, this slim soundbar is packed with technologies that bring out the full power in every moment of your entertainment. This beauty of a soundbar also comes with built-in voice control from Google Assistant and Alexa.
Looking for something a little more affordable? Then, why not consider the Bose Soundbar 500? The Bose Soundbar 500 prides itself on being impossibly slim, but without compromising on the acoustic excellence that Bose is known for. It may be the slimmest soundbar yet from Bose, but you still get the same powerful accoustics.
Finally, we have the Lifestyle® 650 home entertainment system. Acoustics, checked. Aesthetics, checked. Craftsmanship, checked. Simplicity, checked. The Lifestyle 650 home entertainment system is everything you need for your home entertainment system, all packed into a five-speaker package. Get ready to be entertained.