Bluetooth Headphones Review

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Why Bluetooth Headphones?

If the noise outside of your music or movie is too loud, it's much easier to just crank up the volume. But that isn't good for your ears. So instead of damaging your eardrums, investing in Bluetooth headphones can save your hearing and create a better listening environment for you. And the best part is they are wireless so you won't have to get wrapped up in unwrapping any wires. These headphones remove and isolate outside noises so you can listen to music and watch movies at much lower volumes than normal.

Even if you don't have music to listen to but you want to block outside noise, many noise-cancellation headphones work so well that you can put them on and enjoy the silence. While these headphones offer refuge from a loud world, you need to pay attention to the specs so that you don't pay for silence at the expense of sound quality. Some Bluetooth headphones lose audio quality due to file compression. However, headphones such as the Parrot Zik, Logitech UE 9000 and Sony MDR-1RBT pump out such prominent sound that you may just end up feeling like a DJ. For more information on Bluetooth technology, check out our articles on Bluetooth stereo headphones.

Bluetooth Headphones: What to Look For

Many of the headphones we looked are powered by a rechargeable battery. The best Bluetooth headphones give you at least 10 hours of listening time on a full battery. Many offer unique styles that add some flavor to the design. To make the selection process easier for you, we have broken down exactly what you should look for in Bluetooth stereo headphones.

Performance
The first thing you should look for with Bluetooth headphones is sound quality. While it's only normal to want good-looking headphones, you shouldn't sacrifice substance for aesthetics. Frequency response is one major factor to consider. Headphones with a wide frequency response offer the best and most clear sound at high and low tones. You also want to look at the sensitivity and the headphones' overall sound quality. The best Bluetooth headphones have a good balance of strong bass and crisp middle and high frequencies. Wireless range is also important, so look for headphones that can work up to 30 feet away from your paired device.

Design
You want to make sure you find a set of Bluetooth headphones that can give you at least 10 hours of playing time before they need to be recharged. The best headphones can last up to 40 hours on one charge. You should look for headphones that fold into themselves. This makes it easy to carry them around and store them in your bag. One big thing we looked for is whether a set of headphones would play music while it's plugged in and charging, which can be useful if you enjoy watching movies on your laptop but find yourself losing battery life.

Features
There are a few different features you can look for when you want to purchase Bluetooth headphones. These include music controls on the outside of the unit. That way you won't have to pull out your MP3 player or phone to change the music or turn up the volume. These controls also let you answer or make phone calls if you pair your headphones with a smartphone.

Help & Support
After you purchase your new Bluetooth headphones, it's good to know that you have access to the manufacturer if you need help. You'll want to look for services such as email, telephone and chat support. This way, you can ask about warranty information or seek troubleshooting advice.

Having noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones can make all the difference when all you want to do is enjoy your music. Headphones that pair with a variety of devices are best, but it's more important to make sure they will keep out noise without sacrificing quality sound.

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Parrot Zik Logitech UE 9000 Sony MDR-1RBT Harman Harkar-BT Sennheiser 550-X Beats Wireless Sennheiser 500-X Sennheiser 450-X Creative WP-450 Nokia Purity Pro
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Performance
Performance Rating (Percentage) 100 100 90 90 85 85 80 80 75 65
Minimum Frequency Response 10Hz 20Hz 4Hz 16Hz 15Hz 20Hz 15Hz 15Hz 18Hz 20Hz
Maximum Frequency Response 20kHz 20kHz 80kHz 20kHz 22kHz 20kHz 22kHz 22kHz 22kHz 20kHz
Impedance 32 Ohms 32 Ohms 24 Ohms 32 Ohms 100 Ohms 33 Ohms 100 Ohms 100 Ohms 34 Ohms 32 Ohms
Sensitivity 110 dB 105 dB 105 dB 115 dB 107 dB 115 dB 107 dB 107 dB 107 dB 117 dB
Noise Reduction 25 dB 14 dB 18 dB 30 dB 25 dB 18 dB 25 dB 20 dB 18 dB 25 dB
Effective Range (Feet) 33 50 30 33 33 30 33 33 33 33
Design
Design Rating (Percentage) 100 90 90 80 85 80 85 75 75 70
Battery Life (Hours) 9 15 30 40 10 10 10 20 9 24
Battery Charge Time (Hours) 3 2 3 2 3 1 1 3 1 3
Weight (Ounces) 10 11.6 10.5 9.5 6.3 9.2 6.3 3.8 4 10
Driver Diameter 40 mm 40 mm 40 mm 40 mm 25.4 mm 40 mm 40 mm 25.4 mm 34 mm 40 mm
Foldable Headphones
Microphone
Surround Sound
 
Active Noise Cancellation
 
 
 
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Jawbone Sensor
         
Multiple Microphones
         
Features
Detachable Cable
Volume Control
Skip Tracks
One-Touch Pairing
Pause/Play Button
Bass Boost
 
    
iPhone App
         
Android App
         
Equalizer
         
Concert Hall Effect
         
Help & Support
Warranty (Years) 1 2 1 5 2 1 2 2 1 1
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