I’m generally a fan of Bose equipment; I’m very satisfied with Bose QC headphones and a wireless speaker, and recommend them highly. But I’m writing this somewhat negative review of the Hearphones because as I write this, it’s hard to find reviews.
If you are looking for ‘phones that amplify all the sounds around you, these are great. But my application is different.
It’s hard for me to pick out a companion’s conversation in a crowded venue, like a restaurant or trade show. The Hearphones have a feature that’s supposed to only amplify a focused area in front of you, using directional microphones. It did not work for me. This setting did indeed knock down a lot of the background sound, but replaced it with an irritating low-medium frequency hiss and did nothing to amplify the sound in front of me. In fact, it was startling just how bad this worked. There was SOME amplification of sounds 15 feet in front of me, but not of someone 2 feet in front of me. I really wanted these to work and I tried all adjustments.
Lest you think this is purely a negative review, it is not. There are two great things about the Hearphones. First, if you want all sounds to be amplified in a 360 degree arc, they work great. Second, Bose offers a 30-day hassle free money back guarantee. I returned mine and it indeed was no hassle. Your results might be different than mine. There’s a video review on YouTube from a lady who likes these ‘phones.