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by Leo Jakobson | September 03, 2015
High-end audio maker Bose has introduced new wireless, around-ear headphones, the SoundLink II. 

Features include a 15-hour battery, intuitive controls and simple pairing with the latest Bluetooth technology, and easy switching between music and phone. Another update is the ability to simultaneously pair with two devices -- for example, an iPad you're watching a video on and your phone.

Of course, with Bose, sound comes first. The SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II uses active equalization technology and new volume-optimized equalization, so your music is detailed and real at any volume -- so there are no manufactured boosts and what you hear is as close as possible to the recording.

"We've never adjusted how a piece of music will sound when it's reproduced because it's not our music," said Bernice Cramer, general manager of Bose Wireless Headphones, in a statement. "It's the artist's music and it's your music, and our job is to make it sound as good as it can. We believe when you give up wires, you shouldn't have to compromise audio performance or convenience."

Bose also worked on phone clarity with an advanced microphone system featuring high definition voice and the ability to adapt to the environment, adjusting volume as the user moves between a noisy and a quiet environment.

Voice prompts -- available in 11 different languages -- let the user know who's calling, which device they are connected to, and the amount of battery life left. 

Tough yet lightweight, the Soundlink II weighs just 7 ounces. Its design was based on the QuietComfort 25 noise cancelling headphones, and features the same impact-resistant, glass-filled nylon and corrosion-resistant stainless steel, as well as soft ear cushions and a fold-flat design. 

The Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II come in black or white, and retail for $279.95. The original Bose SoundLink on-ear wireless headphones remain available, with a retail price of $249.95. They are available from Incentive Concepts.