Bose SoundLink II Around Ear Wireless Headphones

Last updated date: October 6, 2020

DWYM Score

8.4

Bose SoundLink II Around Ear Wireless Headphones

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We looked at the top Headphones and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Headphones you should buy.

Editor's Note October 6, 2020:
Checkout The Best Headphones for a detailed review of all the top headphones.

Overall Take

You'll enjoy a wireless range of up to 30 feet with these headphones. The headphones are Bluetooth compatible and feature an advanced microphone system with HD voice. Users will appreciate the rechargeable lithium ion battery that allows the headphones to be used for as long as 15 hours without interruption.


In our analysis of 155 expert reviews, the Bose Bose SoundLink II Around Ear Wireless Headphones placed 11th when we looked at the top 25 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Freedom. Convenience. The big advantages of wireless headphones. But Bose gives you a better wireless experience all around. Deep, immersive sound at any volume. Clearer calls at both ends of the communication. Seamless switching between two connected Bluetooth devices, so you’ll never miss a call or that movie you’re watching. Once you hear them, we think you’ll agree they’re the best-sounding wireless headphones you’ll find anywhere. A combination of TriPort technology and Active EQ delivers sound that’s crisp and strong at any volume, so you can be truly moved by your music as you move with it. An advanced microphone system provides clear calls even in windy or noisy environments, while enhanced sidetone makes your voice sound clearer at the other end, too. Stay connected to and easily switch between two Bluetooth devices at a time. So, if you’re watching a movie on your iPad and a call comes in on your iPhone, the headphones will pause the video and answer the call. End the call, the movie resumes. Lighter and more comfortable than comparable wireless headphones, they’re also engineered with impact-resistant materials to stand up to your busy life. Earcup controls let you easily switch between calls and music on your smartphone, plus control music and other functions on various Apple, Samsung and Android devices. The headphones fold flat into the matching slim protective case for easy travel or storage when not in use.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.1
9 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
14,289 user reviews

What experts liked

Can be used wired or wirelessly. Built-in microphone with HD voice. Up to 15 hours of play time. Comes in black or white. Easily switch between 2 connected Bluetooth devices. Simple controls built into the headphones.
- BestReviews
It features deep, immersive sound, enhanced EQ best in class performance for wireless headphones. It also supports both wired and wireless connectivity technology for high quality results.
- Top Best Spec
The Bose SoundLink II are the brand's mid-range model, and offer high-fidelity audio as well as exceptional comfort, thanks in part to their light weight.
- Wiki EZ Vid
The best part of these headphones is the larger opening for your ear to fit into and remain pressure free for long periods of time,” one user explains, while another notes, “the soft cushioning around the ears is as soft as butter.”
- New York Mag
Bose has done a good job mixing a sleek, comfortable design with strong performance, which makes for an appealing product.
- CNET
These headphones can be paired to two devices at the same time, allowing you to switch between them with ease.
- Soundguys
Solid audio performance with rich bass and bright highs. Bose also includes a USB charging cable (which connects to the right ear) and an audio cable for wired, passive listening (which connects to the left).
- PC Magazine
They're comfortable for long listening sessions and have a well-balanced sound that delivers a good amount of bass that isn't overpowering.
- RTINGS.com
They're built with impact-resistant materials and use Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting wirelessly to your devices from up to 30 feet away.
- Android Central

What experts didn't like

Users with large ears may find these headphones to be a little uncomfortable.
- BestReviews
Last only 15 hours per charge. Not suited to very large ears.
- Wiki EZ Vid
If you listen to hip hop and electronica and crave more bass, this isn't going to be the headphone for you.
- CNET
Can start to feel a little warm over time. ActiveEQ doesn't make for the most neutral sound.
- Soundguys
DSP sculpts audio—not for purists. Cable lacks inline remote control.
- PC Magazine
Poor noise isolation. Plasticky build quality. High leakage.
- RTINGS.com

Our Expert Consultant

Calvin West   
Music and video producer

Calvin West, a music and video producer, recorded his first album at 19 and has been in the music business since. Currently based in Spain, where he has worked with artists and labels around the world providing services in music mixing, mastering and lyric video production.

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An Overview On Headphones

Headphones are huge right now. Music fans, gaming buffs and podcast aficionados spent more than $9.5 billion dollars on them in 2016, and that number is projected to balloon to $13.8 billion in the next seven years.

There are multiple styles of headphones. Earbuds, on-ear and over-ear headphones are the three most popular types, and they’re all available in wired and wireless versions. If you’re intimidated by the number of options you’re seeing online or in the electronics aisle, there are a number of ways to narrow down the choices and find the best headphones for your needs.

“The most important factor to consider when shopping for headphones is the environment it’s going to be used in,” says music and video producer Calvin West.

Will you use the headphones at the gym, at home or on the train? If you’ll be outdoors a lot, or wearing the headphones on the bus while you commute to work, consider headphones with noise-canceling properties, West suggests.

Earbuds, or in-ear headphones, sit just inside your ear canal. Soft silicone tips fit snugly inside your ears, and some models come with different sizes for a customized fit. Other models have secure-fit tips that create a stronger seal in your ear canal so they stay put.

Earbuds are available in standard wired versions, wireless versions (which connect around the back of your neck with a small wire but do not need to connect to your device with a wire), and true wireless versions where both earbuds operate independently with no wires at all.

On-ear headphones, which are sometimes called supra-aural headphones, are larger, with soft ear cups made from real or synthetic leather. They sit on top of your ears and allow more sound in while you’re listening, which makes them great for times when you want to listen to music without completely canceling out surrounding sounds. They’re also more lightweight and portable than heftier, full-coverage over-ear headphones.

Over-ear headphones enclose your entire ear in soft ear cups. They’re the largest headphone option, and they boast advanced features like noise cancellation and higher sound quality than other types of headphones. They’re great for wearing indoors while you’re focused on work, playing video games or enjoying high-definition sound on your smart TV. They tend to be a bit bulky to take with you when you’re commuting or traveling, but the total noise cancellation option makes them great for long flights.

Some over-ear headphone models have active noise cancellation as well as ambient sound modes for different listening scenarios. Other types of over-ear headphones come with a transmitter that connects to your home audio or entertainment system for a more robust digital listening experience.

The Headphones Buying Guide

  • If you’re picking out new headphones, the first order of business is choosing between wired and wireless. Wired headphones are generally more reliable, since they don’t rely on a Bluetooth connection to connect you to your music, but wireless technology is quickly catching up. You can get more bang for your buck in terms of sound quality with wired headphones, too, and you’ll never have to worry about your wired headphones running out of battery. However, the freedom of wireless headphones outweighs their downsides for many people, and high-end styles have up to 20 hours of battery life per charge.
  • Next up: What activities will you be doing while you wear your headphones? Gym-goers will benefit from earbud styles. Their cone-shaped silicone tips fit securely in your ears, staying in place during active sweat sessions. Plus, the in-line mic and volume control help you answer calls or switch songs without fumbling with your phone. If you’re relying on headphones to help you focus while working from home or enjoying your favorite music, a pair of plush over-ear headphones can provide premium sound and comfort with active noise cancellation.
  • How portable do you need your headphones to be? Earbuds are lightweight and fit into a purse, pocket or briefcase, but wireless and true wireless versions are easier to lose. If you’re not planning on taking your headphones far from home, on-ear or over-ear options make more sense; you can enjoy their superior sound quality without worrying about hefting them around.
  • If you’re going to drop your hard-earned cash on headphones, you’ll want to take steps to care for them to keep the music playing. Wired headphones need cable care; you’ll want to wind up the cable and secure it with a twist tie or velcro rope while not in use. Make sure you don’t leave your headphones in areas where it becomes extremely hot or cold (like inside your car during chilly winter nights or hot summer days). Those temperatures can damage the internal audio components.
  • Keeping your headphones clean also contributes to their life span. Earbud-style headphones need special attention since wax buildup can affect sound quality and hygiene. Removing the silicone ear tips, rinsing them with warm water, and drying them with a soft cloth should be part of their regular maintenance. All types of headphones should be wiped with a damp, clean cloth and dried if they’re exposed to excessive sweat or moisture. Make sure to keep your charging port clear of crumbs and debris for reliable charging, and store on-ear and over-ear headphones in a hard case when they’re not in use.