Excellent review! You are man after my own heart with such a detailed review and the photos - I do the same thing!
I have been waiting for some decent BT headphones for quite a long time. When I went into Verizon last Thursday to buy the new Note 3 (which is awesome, btw) I noticed that Bose finally put out a set.
I know most audiophile types pan the Bose 'colored' sound, but I love them. However, a quick look at the headphones and they were pretty ugly with a stupid looking protrusion for the controls.
Anyway, your review was great, I like the emphasis on the low end because I'm a bass head and love the thump. I do have a large head so I worry about ear fatigue if they are too tight. I had that with the Bose on-ear models they made a while back and ended up going with a set of the QC-15's. Truth be told, I've been waiting for the next generation of the Bose QC series to be BT.
I think when Amazon final get's the SMS phones I'll give them a try as I can always return if they are uncomfortable. The packing says, "Passive noise-cancellation" - is that just the dampened sound from the on-ear padding?
Also, can you review or detail that music app some more? I'm an app junkie and already own a couple paid music apps and have at least four standalone music apps on my player (not to mention the five streaming services). Can you detail what makes this app so good, what the converter engine essentially does? I have large CD collection that I've ripped a fair amount of but I didn't do it in the highest bit rate. Truth be told, my hearing is pretty bad from a hearing loss suffered in the military. I have chronic tinnitus and they ring ALL the time so being able to enjoy subtle improvements from high end phones or apps is unrealistic, but I can still hear and enjoy quality. Music is the single biggest thing I use my phone for so I like have the best quality I can enjoy.
Thanks for taking the time and answering my questions.