Saturday, September 10, 2005
"Cost Reduction" Headphones
Anyone who has tried the Bose Quiet Comfort 2 Headphones (reviewed here) appreciates the enormous difference they make in the quality of mobile audio. But if you're impressed by Bose's ability to cancel out noise, just look at how they have cancelled out gravity--the kind that normally forces down consumer electronics prices over time. With a very tight control of its channel, Bose has managed to sustain the $300 price tag and street price since I bought mine 6 years ago.
Fortunately, there are some inexpensive alternatives. Wealthy audiophiles should check out the just-as-good Solitude product ($200). Everyone else should do what I did--go to Staples or Walgreen's and buy this $35 product from Maxell. It's 90% as good as the Bose product, with the added benefit that when your batteries die 35,000 feet above a red state, the Maxell headphones stop cancelling noise but otherwise keep working.
Posted by David Cowan at 4:56 PM