The Shopping Guide for Buying Bluetooth Headphones
Wireless Bluetooth headphones are a relatively new technology, as Bluetooth was introduced in the late 90s. Until a few years ago, many tech experts weren't impressed with the wireless Bluetooth headphones in the market but now with advanced and improved Bluetooth technology, wireless headphones market is booming. The demand for wireless headphones is at an all time high, now that more phones and other gadgets are eliminating their audio jacks. There are tons of good wireless headphones out there and they all have distinct features to offer. So we have put together a few tips to consider when you are buying one. We have also compiled a list of the top wireless headphones in the market as of 2019.
What You Need to Know Before You Purchase Your Headphones
Sound Quality and Audio Codec
The mode of connection of wireless headphones is bluetooth. However in earlier years, most bluetooth headphones were not of good quality. This has changed with the new upgrade in audio codec. Audio codec is basically a software that encodes audio at one end and decodes it in the other end, and both the headphones and the device are required to have the codec.
The latest and what’s considered the best is the AptX HD but this software requires specific hardware for it to run. Unfortunately it is found only on newer phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and later models. Alternatively the AptX is also a good codec and is supported by most android devices. Take note of the audio codec that runs on the headphones and on the device you want it to connect to before making a purchase.
Battery life span of any device is crucial and for wireless headphones it is even more important. You wouldn't want your headphone’s battery to die while you are using it and there is nothing more annoying than charging your headphone when you want to use it. Different brands offer different battery life span and it’s your prerogative to choose what suits you best. Nevertheless one thing to note is when buying a headphone a manufacturer specification in regards to battery life reflects the optimal condition. So if the specs read 10 hour battery life, cut back an hour or two for a more realistic evaluation. Also bear in mind this number will drop during the course of the headphone's life.
Price is the ultimate deciding factor specially when it comes to wireless headphones. They come with a pretty big receipt, specially the ones that are of good quality and famed brands. By now, you’ve come to understand that the points mentioned above are the reason for these headphones to be expensive. However, we have compiled two list for you today, one is for top quality headphones and the other is top quality budget headphones.
Top 5 Bluetooth Headphones on the Market in 2019
The Sony WH headphone is a phenomenal headphone with one of the best specs in the game. No wonder it is a favorite! This top-notch wireless headphone has an ambient mode called “Quick Attention Mode” which allows you to hear your surroundings and converse with people without removing your headphones. It also has Digital Noise cancellation system which automatically adjust to your surroundings and cancels noise. The Sony WH has a touch sensor allowing ease of shuffle between songs and volume control, you can use the Sony app to control as well. It boasts a 30 hour playback and quick charge technology, a 10 minute charge can give you a good 5 hours playback. At Rs.26,990 it is definitely not a cheap headphone but worth every penny.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
Need a headphone that delivers outstanding sound quality and works perfectly with calls? These Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are what you’re looking for! They have always been known for their superior audio quality, this model however adds MANY more features we think you will love. For starters, Bose runs Bluetooth 5.0 V which means wider range and more devices to connect with. It has an unrivalled 4 adaptive microphone system that isolates your voice from the surrounding noise. The Noise Cancellation System has not one, not two, but eleven different levels that you can choose from. It also has touch control over the side which eliminates the need of getting your phone each time you want to skip tracks and control volume. Thanks to its lightweight headband and angled ear cups, you feel nothing but comfort putting this on. Battery lifetime is good at 20 hours of playback. This outstanding headphone retails for Rs.34,499.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0
A new and cool headphone from Sennheiser is in the market and it is awesome! The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3.0 is a luxurious wireless Bluetooth headphone that utilizes signature proprietary drivers to deliver powerful crystal clear sound and a satisfying bass. The Active noise cancellation, NoiseGard, gives you a full isolation from noise and let you focus on what you are listening to. It runs on Bluetooth 4.0 which allows for freedom of movement and NFC is utilized for quick pairing. Battery life is great at 19 hours of playback with noisegard active noise cancellation engaged and up to 25 hours of playback of battery life without noisegard. The design not only looks premium but also feels comfortable to put on with the leatherette covered ear pads. This deluxe headphone is on discount at the price of Rs.7,490.
The Audio Technica has one of the best battery life in this industry! This headphone packs a whopping 40 hours of playback on a full charge, making it one of the very few that offer this kind of battery life. This wireless headphone comes with a proprietary 45 mm large aperture drives that deliver high clarity over extended frequency range and accurate bass response. It runs on Bluetooth 5.0 which provides wider range, richer content and better device connectivity. It supports touch control and access to voice assist, there are built in mics into the ear cup allowing calls as well. The headphone band is made of high grade plastic and over ear is well padded for comfort. The design has a bit of retro vibes but very comfortable and easy to use. This powerhouse of a headphone costs Rs.12,949 only.
Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless
We saved the best for last! The Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless headphones is a high end Bluetooth headphone that delivers optimum sound quality on account of its TESLA technology and Qualcomm which in turn enhances top class Bluetooth transmission. The sound adapts to the users hearing thanks to integrated sound personalization and thus, you will always hear perfect sound no matter what device you use. The MIY app allows you to personalize a sound profile that suits you, adjust the sensitivity of the touchpad, track your daily listening habits and more. The soft headband is made from alcantara and aluminum details giving a high end feel and finish to the overall design. This device may not be for everyone but if you enjoy the finer things in life, you might want to take a look at this headphone. Beyerdynamic comes with a huge price tag of Rs.58,999.
Top 5 Budget Bluetooth Headphones to Buy in 2019
Mi Super Bass Wireless Headphones
This new headphone from MI captured our interest! It has many cool features that may capture yours too. The MI Super Bass headphones utilizes Bluetooth 5.0, the latest in the industry, and that gives you greater range and improved latency speed. It has 40 mm “dynamic” drivers that ensures you have a good listening experience and deep bass. It supports calls as it has built in mics and also works with voice assistant for ease of use. MI headphones boasts a decent 20 hours playback of battery and can work as a wired headphone in case you are out of battery. The design looks sleek and the earcups are adjustable to your ears. Overall it is comfortable to put on and looks premium. MI headphones retails at Rs.1,652.
JBL Infinity Glide 500 Wireless Headphone
When you think of a budget friendly yet top performing headphones, the JBL Glide 500 comes to mind. Why, you say? For starters, it has dual equalizer mode for normal and full bass output modes that you can navigate depending on what you’re listening to. The battery lasts for 20 hours under optimum audio settings. It also supports quick charging, a 10 minute charge gives you two hours of playback. It features hands free calling and voice assistant integration of both Google and Siri. The design is so beautiful and comfortable due to lightweight soft cushion cups, it’s also folds flat for maximum portability. It also has physical buttons for power and volume control. This headphone retails for Rs.1,699.
Boult Audio ProBass Q Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
The Boult Audio ProBass is a good wireless headphone with a mic that not only lets you hear your music but also attend calls. It boasts a high quality sound and extra bass that allows for good entertainment at all times. It is lightweight, adjustable and comfortable to wear for long hours. Which brings us to the battery life, a full charge of the headphone lasts 48 hours of playback! This is the longest playback in this category and in the aforementioned list. You get a detachable cable just in case you run out of battery and need immediate use of the headphone. It has a good range of 10 meters thanks to the Bluetooth 4.2 V. If you are looking for a good headphone that is also very affordable, then this can be yours for Rs.1,499.
Leaf Bass Wireless Headphones
If you are looking for a headphone that packs a lot of features at an affordable price, then we introduce you to Leaf. Leaf bass wireless Bluetooth headphones comes with a hi-fi mic for good calling experience utilizing bluetooth 4.1 for wide range connectivity. As for battery life, it can go for 10 hours of continuous music playtime and a whopping 200 hours of standby time. It is super comfortable and sweat proof which makes it ideal for workout sessions. With its ergonomic design, you can be assured that most of the noise surrounding you is cancelled so you can have the best experience. The in-line controls helps you skip track, control volume or attend calls when necessary. This headphone is the ultimate buy with the price of Rs.999.
Envent Boombud ET-BTHD001-BK
Envent Boombud features voice clarity technology for calls and voice dialing and thanks to its latest Bluetooth technology, you can connect 2 smart devices to the headphone at the same time. This unique attribute lets you interchange between the two devices, if you happen to be watching a movie on one device and get a call on your phone, you can just pick up your call and your movie is paused. You don't even have to see your phone to know who is calling as there is a PA feature that tells you the number of your incoming calls. As for the battery life, it has 10 hours of playback and a whopping 200 hours of standby time on a single charge. It is comfortable to put on with soft breathable ear cups and adjustable headband. This headphone retails at Rs.1,499.
Shop according to your need
A great pair of headphones that commands a premium price will most likely also be one that's built to last, but if you're not someone who uses their headset often, buying an expensive pair can be a bit of a waste. On the other hand, going for the cheapest option is also not a good choice as an inferior quality set will have to be replaced fairly soon. Take all the specs and price into consideration, then weigh in your specific needs and you will have a winner.