Bose Readies In-Ear Headphones, Headsets

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Framingham, Mass. - Bose launched three new in-ear stereo headphones, two designed for use with music-enabled cellphones and all sold with new proprietary StayHear tip options for a better fit.

Bose has included ear-tip options with its in-ear products in the past, but the new proprietary StayHear tips were designed for a more secure fit. They're designed with soft silicone and a rounded profile to fit inside the bowl of the ear while conforming to the shape of the ear's upper ridge. Three sizes are included.

The new products also offer a more sophisticated application of proprietary Bose TriPort acoustic headphone design to deliver more natural sound with better detail and definition and with improved clarity of high frequencies and vocals, Bose said.

The $99.95 IE2 audio headphones, as well as the $129.95 MIE2 and $129.95 MIE2i in-ear headsets for music-playing cellphones, come with 3.5 mm adapter, but the MIE2 adds a 2.5 mm adapter option for compatibility with additional mobile phones.

The MIE2 and MIE2i mobile headsets feature an in-line microphone and one-touch answer/end button to switch from music to calls and back. The MIE2 is compatible with many mobile phones, including all iPhone models and many BlackBerry devices, but the MIE2i adds in-line remote control of volume and track up/down for the iPhone, iPod, iPad and MacBook Pro. Its in-line microphone also provides access to select Apple voice applications in the latest generation iPhones and iPods.

 Although consumers could use the in-line controls of the MIE2 headset to navigate music remotely on select cellphones, the controls are primarily meant to function as answer/end button for calls, a spokesman told TWICE.

The Bose IE2 headphones and MIE2 mobile headset will be available August 23 to replace current models. The Bose MIE2i mobile headset will be available in October. All come with the optional StayHear tips as well as with Bose's original ear tips for a more traditional fit and look. They will be sold available at select Bose dealers, Bose retail stores,

, and Bose's toll-free number at 1-800-444-BOSE (2673).


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