Wireless headphones and conventional wired headphones have almost same similarities as Wireless Speakers have with their wired counterparts.
It means that you’ll not have to worry about, where your headphones’ wire is, all the time when all you want to do is to listen to some good music. Not some years ago, wireless headphones were criticized for their sound quality especially when compared to their wired cousins.
But now with some advanced tech and engineering, wireless headphones sound almost as perfect if not better than wired ones. One more thing I noted among many people is that they don’t care much about headphones’ design when choosing it. To make you familiar here are some of the common headphones design/shapes around us, from the fitting point of view.
(i) In-Ear Headphones/Earbuds
In-ear headphones and earbuds are actually 2 different types of headphones but have many similarities. Both of ’em stick inside your ears. That’s why most people treat them as 1 type.
Earbuds, also called earphones, are those that sit in your outer ear. On the other hand, in-ear headphones are actually placed inside the ear canal. Both of these types provide good noise isolation. Since they provide water and sweat resistance, they’re good for Gym work.
(ii) On-Ear Headphones
This type of headphones has normal earcups that sit ‘ON’ your ears. This type of headphones is compact, lightweight but less noise isolation.
(iii) Over/Around Ear Headphones
Over-ear headphones are the most popular ones around us. They give you the best sound quality among all 3 headphones’ design. Since its earcups are comparatively larger that’ll completely surround your ears, they provide a very good noise isolation. But these large earcups may get your ears heated up after some long music sessions.
We’ve to choose headphones with all of these 3 designs so that you can have your favourite headphones’ design in wireless option. So here it starts:
Best Wireless Headphones 2016
10. Plantronics BackBeat Fit — Check Latest Price
On Plantronics’ rich history on headsets, Here’s a little trivia for you.
A Plantronics’ headset was used to send Neil Armstrong’s first words back to Earth, from Moon. Apart from this, these lightweight headsets were also endorsed by Federal Aviation Authority as sole Air Traffic Controller’s providers.
But that as back 50 years ago. Back in the present, nowadays many manufacturers promised that they have best headphones for Gym and Sports or something like that. And these Special “Sports Headphones” will often cost you more than 150 bucks. Two earphones that I’ve included in this post are both good for Gym workout. Now, first, discuss Plantronics BackBeat Fit before going to Beats’ Powerbeats 2.
Its design is contradictory to some other headset like Jaybird Gear BlueBuds X and even Plantronics’ own BackBeat Go 2 Bluetooth. Because they won’t keep your ears, air tight and will cause some ambient noise to come from around. Its headband is rubbery. It has a loose strap, which may comfortable to you, but can cause irritation to some people. Its design somewhat resembles Bose’ S1E2 – loose-fitting with silicon ear tips – though former is a wired headphone.
To get it used during Gym sessions, Plantronics has used P2i coating on it – to make it sweat proof -, the same that was used on BackBeat Go 2, too. You can use it as a wireless headset – through its microphone – to make calls. It can be connected with up to 8 devices at a time. Unlike many other headphones, it has play/pause buttons and volume controls on the left earpiece. Though on the right side, there is power and phone button etc. If you have an iPhone, just hold that phone button and Siri will be activated.
On right earpiece, there is a micro USB port too, through which you can charge it. It takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge.
Since its ear tips don’t stick in the middle of your ears – forget about Noise Cancellation. It may be good for you while you’re an on a bicycle, bike or even running. It lets you hear noise from your surroundings. On sound quality Bass, Treble and Mids are nicely balanced, but it certainly lacks the thumping Bass of Beats’ Powerbeats2. Reason: It lacks low-end frequencies needed for Bass. One other complaint I have is a little bit low volume. Even at its max, the volume will be OK.
It has 8-hour battery life – better than Powerbeats 2′ despite being cheaper – while listening to music whereas 6 hours of talk time.
I must say that it is up to you while deciding between BackBeat Fit and Powerbeats2. If you love deep, thumping bass or Ear-shattering loud music, forget about it and probably go for Powerbeats2. But for someone who’s looking for balanced sound in a wireless sports headset, it is worth a try.
9. Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless – Best Wireless Earbuds for Sports — Check Best Deals
The original Powerbeats were quite successful. Well, Who’s – among us – not gonna buy wireless sports earphones promoted by NBA-star LeBron James. Beats also accredited James for this model too. But promotion is one thing ( at which Beats is pretty good) and performance is entirely another. That’s why as an audiophile you either love’em or hate’em. No way in-between. And here’s what we found about Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless.
The earphones come in five colors options like Cobalt blue, Pink, White etc. Its wired version comes in four color options. These earphones have same ear hooks like that of corded powerbeats too. These are meant to keep earphones fit around your ears. I got no problem whatsoever fitting these, but you can bend them according to your choice – in case, they don’t fit. Due to these hooks, earphone may not fully fit, yet they won’t fall – letting you hear surround noises. This is something beneficial while you’re cycling/running.
Just like most earbuds, you can use it as a headset. To make voice calls, there is an inline remote and microphone in its wire. You can also skip back/forth tracks and adjust the volume if you have an ios device. For Windows Phone/android users, there is the only volume adjust and answering a call feature.
Other than this, Powerbeats 2 has Bluetooth 4.0 and it uses micro-USB cable to charge. It has a battery life of 6 hours. Not great, but not bad either. Others like Plantronics’ Backbeat Fit is marginally better.
It is a feature which beats says, can give you an hour of non-stop playback through just 15 minutes of charging.
Unlike over-emphasized bass from most beats headphones, this headphone gives you cleaner and loud sound. Yes, it has a good amount of bass, but not as much over-ed. Obviously, it gives you less-stellar sound than Beats’ Studio Wireless. But to be frank, it would be cruelty for Earbuds to compared them with over/on-ear headphones.
That’s why I choose JayBird’s BlueBuds X and Plantronics Backbeat Fit to compare. BackBeat Fit sounds good but powerbeats 2 is louder and has deep bass. Unlike Powerbeats 2 and BackBeat Fit, BlueBuds X has a tight seal. That’s why they’re not as comfortable as other two.
One slight hiccup it has, that upon disconnected from Phone’ Bluetooth, it doesn’t get off automatically.
A sweat-proof – not waterproof – wireless earphones are handy. Like any beats product, it is expensive. That’s why I wanted to include BlueBuds X instead of it. But after finding out that it’s on more than 50 bucks discount on Amazon, I opted for it. If you’re someone looking for an earphone for gym work and sports – this one is for you.
8. Moto Pulse – Check Best Deals
In July 2015, along smartphones Motorola also introduced two headphones. On-Ear Moto Pulse is one of them, the other one is in-ear Moto Surround. While smartphones (Moto X, Moto G) easily stole the spotlight, these headphones a got positive response, despite Motorola being a new player in headphones market. We also noticed recently some manufacturers just make wireless versions of their existing wired headphones and charge up to $100 extra. But like its Android cousin Moto G (2015), Moto Pulse is too aimed to people who demand some solid performance while remaining on budget.
Without any doubt, Motorola has made little sacrifices to keep it sub-$60 range. So don’t expect its design to be something like Parrot’ Zik 2.0′. But I must admit that its design is well above what I expected in this range. Its headband is flexible and fabric-coated. For adaptability, its earcups slide along headband, you can move’em to find perfect and comfortable size. Each earpiece is labeled so that you can have the correct orientation.
Moto Pulse has all of its controls on the right side. First, there are four buttons – pause/play buttons, volume adjustment buttons and a power button. You can hold its power button to pair with other devices too. On its bottom side, the right earcup has microUSB port and built-in microphone. And since its earcup can be turned around to make flat, Moto Pulse is pretty compact too.
Again, at $60 you can’t ask too much. Its performance is not even closer to what high-end headphones like Sennheiser Momentum Wireless – but at the same time it is 6 times cheaper than Momentum too. So, as I was saying, don’t complain much for that price. Anyways let’s come back to the topic, Moto Pulse’ Sound is a little bit above average. While Bass is present, it certainly lacks its typical ‘oomph’. Mids and Highs are bogged down too. On the other hands, its call quality is very good.
Overall, while Moto Pulse sound is decent it certainly lacks the richness you can found in above-$200 headphones. But it certainly won’t disappoint you.
Now, battery life might be the reason you’ll buy it. The reason is its advertised battery life of 18 hours – huge in this price.
Budget and Price play a huge role in what we buy. While SkullCandy Grind will give you good sound than Moto Pulse, it has fewer features than the latter and SkullCandy Grind isn’t wireless. As I earlier said Moto Pulse is for people who want in good On-Ear with bigger battery life in around $60.
7. JBL Synchros E40BT – Best Wireless On-Ears Under 100 Bucks — Check Best Deals
In the form of Synchros E40BT, JBL has shown us that it is not necessary for a person to splash out big cash for a good wireless on-ear headphone. While it may not give you sound like Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, JBL didn’t really choked the performance level of Synchros E40BT, despite maintain that low price.
Design and Build
It is an on-ear headphone. As you have known now, on-ear headphone reside outside your ears, without covering them. Its earcups are covered with silky leather to make your ears comfortable. For travel and other portability, you can fold these earcups. It is also available in 5 colors option like White, Purple, Blue etc. Apart from Black, all other colors will give you nice contrast from Silver Logo area.
One minor flaw in its earcups is that, when on head, you can’t mould them according to your needs. They are simply fixed. As a result you may feel uncomfortable. Overall, its build quality will not feel as premium as Beats Studio Wireless or Parrot’s Zik 2.0 etc, but that’s what it is – cheap
On right cup, just around its logo, there are different buttons like volume adjust, skip tracks and manage calls – on a touch panel. It has echo-cancellation-microphone in earcups for clearer voice calls. One more interesting button it has is – ShareMe button. It lets you share your content on another Synchros E40BT. It’s a good feature, only if you have another E40BT.
Battery life is very good 16-hours according to JBL and 24 hours of talk time. It will turn off after very few minutes of idling, this way reduce your battery loss. For low-battery, you can use it for wired playback through an aux cable.
For any sub-$100 wireless headphones, its sound is impressive. Clear and Crisp sound.. with solid middle-range/. But when compared to some pricier headphone, you may start to feel its sound inferiority – with pretty average bass. It doesn’t have high-end drivers. That’s why it would give you noisy music if you play it at loudest.
Its features may not feel as attractive as other premium headphones neither its design. But if you’re looking for a wireless on-ear headphone without sacrificing much sound quality, look no further. Just like Andrew Hayward (TechRadar) said: “If you really don’t want to spend more than 100 bucks on a pair of headphones, definitely take a long look right here.”
6. Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth — Check Best Deals
Bose’ SoundLink On-Ear came a year after its brother, SoundLink Around-Ear – formerly known as Bose AE2w. The around-ear model was criticized because it just had an extra Bluetooth capability to Bose’ AE2, nothing else! While SoundLink On-Ear is also a wireless version of Bose’s SoundTrue On-Ear wired headphone, it is not just a mere copy. It has some differences with being a bit larger and not having itself flat-folded. It is available in two colors. We’ll talk some more about SoundLink On-Ear’s design and feature in later paragraphs.
Its earcups are soft enough to stay on your ears for hours – without making them tired. As like other on-ear headphones, it has the advantage that you will have a full headphone without being ‘around your ears’ and as bulky as Over-ears. Although it is made from plastic. It isn’t that same ol’ cheap plastic. From its Build quality, I can definitely tell that It can withstand hardships of regular daily usage.
Somewhat loose headband!
Its headband as comfortable and adjustable enough to fit different sizes. But unlike Philips’ Fidelio M2BT, its headband doesn’t have that strong grip on the head. While it may feel comfortable to you, but this thing can cause it drop from yours, if you wear it while running. You can still use it when going to Gym. But don’t sweat that much on them. They’re not sweat proof.
As Like other headphones, it has remote control buttons on its right earcup, through which you can answer calls and skip back/forward music tracks. To improve voice calls quality, Bose has used a new two-way microphone system a new technology called Adaptive Audio Adjustment. What this technology does is changing volume level automatically based on your speech level and noise from your surroundings.
It doesn’t have AptX, which is a disappointment considering it’s not an entry-level headphone either. But AptX is somehow not very popular. Because to get it done your cell phone have to be AptX-enabled. By the way, its EQ makes up for that pretty much by delivery very dynamic range of music. You can listen to it in wired mode, in case battery goes down. When you use cable, Bluetooth automatically turns off, so saving your battery. And also, it has no connectivity issues – be it an Android or IOS device.
I have SoundLink to compare with Beats’ Studio Wireless and Solo2 wireless. But to be honest, Studio Wireless is not a direct competitor considering it’s more expensive. As I expected, it gives you trademark Bose’ sound – everything balanced and plentiful clarity. The only area where Solo2 won was wired listening.
Like Fidelio M2BT, SOundLink On-Ear also put emphasis on natural rich bass rather than artificial boosting. For this purpose, it has Bose’ proprietary Triport technology.
Above average Battery life
It has the 15 hours of battery timing. Beats’ Solo 2 Wireless – which is little less expensive – has 12 hours of battery life. you can get a full charge in just 1.5 hours by plugging the included USB cable. A quick 15-minute charge can give 2 hours of music play.
They may not be the best around. But overall ,Bose SoundLink On-Ear Headphones present a pretty much decent overall package in high-end headphones market. If you’re looking for a premium on-ear headphone, you can definitely consider it.
5. Philips Fidelio M2BT — Check Best Deals
Philips Fidelio M2BT is the successor of Fidelio M1BT which was, in turn, wireless version of Fidelio M1. Since the last model, Philips have addressed some major issues encountered in M1BT like “recessed sound” and muted treble etc. Costing more than 300 bucks, Fidelio M2BT are high-end On-Ear headphones aimed specially for outdoor uses.
According to Philips: Its outer headband has material that is “uniquely rib-woven from toughened fibers, giving the required balance between flexibility, strength and durability.” Its headband tension is somewhat strong, which is good since being an on-ear headphone means it can be difficult to secure on the head – while you’re running or in the gym.
Its leather ear pads feature memory foam, which is not very great considering its price. Its earcups’ softness will remind you of Bowers & Wilkins’ P5 On-Ear if you’ve ever owned it. Another good thing I found with its design is its noise isolation, which means they are perfect for Gym workout sessions.
Right there is its Right earcup, are its controls. In both earcups, there are two microphones – promising to give you better voice calls.
Other goodies in this wireless On-Ear are Bluetooth 4.0, 40mm neodymium drivers, NFC tap-to-pair and yes, AptX too. NFC tap-to-pair is easiest of all the connectivity options. Just hold up your phone near it and you’re done. Of course, your smartphone will have an NFC-enabled one. Next one is AptX. As I’ve told earlier, AptX is an improved codec, which provides much greater audio sound then our traditional Bluetooth codec, known as SBC. In laymen terms, AptX really improved the audio quality of your wireless headphones. Other than this, it has also got AAC for IOS devices.
It doesn’t have a remote control or mic. All is inside the headphones. It has a flicky controller that lets you take calls and change the volume on an Android phone, or control music too, on an iOS device. However, these remote control and mic will only work wireless, not when the cable is attached.
In this headphone, Philips has used a new type of DSP which is supposed to give you much “more open and alive and three-dimensional sound”. And it showed in our testings. Its signature shot is natural and balanced sound, with just a little touch-up in Bass. About Bass, here’s a thing I would like to say:
Most headphones, nowadays, just Boost up the Bass artificially. Let’s take, for example, Beats’ Studio Wireless. Although it has less Bass boosting than old Beats. It still sometimes look artificially-boosted bass, the same happens with B&O’ BeoPlay H8.
This is definitely not the case with this headphone. Instead of boosting, they render Bass frequencies better. Bass in this headphone is wide, extended, deep, solid, with a wonderful Sub-Bass and a very nice punch.
Now, talk about other aspects such as Highs, Detail, Presence and Mids etc. M2BT have more warmth, life and presence in the Mids than most of current Bluetooth headphones. With AptX, no issue for detail and clarity but if you’re using a non-AptX phone, sound quality will be little lower. Among on-ears I have used/read, Fidelio M2BT has the best soundstage. Being an On-Ear, Noise Cancellation not at its best, but still good.
To be honest, its Highs aren’t up to the mark, they could be a bit more detailed and present – much like Plantronics’ BackBeat Pro. They sound excellent with cable. Detail is also better. Its battery is advertised at 10 hours. Maybe you can go up to 12 hours – like me. This much battery may not be game-changer, but it’s not that bad either.
What others say!
If you’re truly keen on Bluetooth, this is one of the very best options at the price. Good looks, decent comfort and a design that lets you use them while exercising all give the M2BT great versatility. – Trusted Reviews.
4. Sony MDR-ZX770BT — Check Best Deals
Like Motorola, Sony doesn’t have a long history of headphones market. Though it had the iconic Walkman series, headphones and especially wireless are a completely different niche. That’s why Sony is doing a bit of try-and-test method. In 2015 alone Sony released four Wireless Over-Ear headphones – MDR-ZX770BN, MDR-ZX770BT, MDR-ZX330BT and DR-AS600BT. the latter two are entry-level and ZX770BN is mid-ranger with Bluetooth plus Noise Cancellation and ZX770BT, which I am reviewing, is somewhere in-between.
Frankly, design wise ZX770BT didn’t carry Sony’premium looking gadgets. Even wire MDR-1A looked premium and comfortable. In other words, its quality is above par but not extraordinary. That doesn’t mean it looks awful etc. It just means it doesn’t have a much gorgeous design as Sony’ gadgets often have. In fact, its blue color version which I used made a perfect blend with the black color of its earcups. Its earcups have a plastic coating around them, that add a touch to their beauty. These earcups have a good amount of padding and are also leather-coated.
On its left earcup, you’ll find a Power button which also acts like a Bluetooth pairing button upon holding. beside this 2-in-1 button, there is an LED indicator and on the bottom, there is Micro USB cable. Even if you’ve messed up its settings, there is a Reset Button on the front side. Alongside is microphone – in case you want to answer your phone calls.
On its right earcup, you’ll volume adjustment button plus a ‘3-in-1’ button. Push that button that it’ll either play/pause song or will answer a call – depending what you’re doing at that time. Apart from it, this button can be moved sideways – to skip a track back and forth. I actually loved that features because instead of two or three buttons for various tasks, you’ll just have to use one button.
By default, its audio quality to set to traditional SBC Bluetooth protocol. You can switch to AAC or AptX protocol – if your smartphone is AptX enabled. For NFC, you will have to tap your NFC-enabled smartphone to its right earcup. For wide frequency response, it has 40 mm wide drivers.
If you’re a person who listens to sound across multiple genres, then I’m damn sure you’ll like it. Because Sony’s MDR- ZX770BT is capable of giving you a well-balanced sound. Mids and Highs are well-represented, treble and clarity is there too – and none of these is exaggerated. You’ll miss that Beats-esque thumping Bass. In fact, its Bass is even lower than other headphones too – let alone Beats. So Bass lovers, stay away.
Its battery timing is about 17 hours – which is actually quite good, in my opinion. You can also use it with supplied cable in case your battery drains out. When using with wire, you’ll get an extended frequency response (8 – 22,000 Hz) rather than traditional 20 – 20,000 Hz frequency response when playing audio wireless. Its talk time is also up to 17 hours.
What Others Say
These headphones will receive well-deserved accolades for its stellar battery life, comfort and premium design. Even the smallest details, like the button interface, are thoughtfully implemented – says Cameron Faulkner from TechRadar.
It’s not for purists and neither for Bass lovers. But Forget Bass and it can be a Budget alternative for Beats Studio Wireless. What I like most about it, is its Build and Design – though, personally speaking, the design didn’t impress me that much.
3. Parrot Zik 2.0: Most Advanced Wireless Headphones — Check Best Deals
“Parrot can make a case for its Ziks being the Porsche of Bluetooth headphones” David Carnoy (Cnet) on Original Parrot Zik.
That was largely due to its mouth-watering design. This time, Parrot have thrown up, an even more sexy pair of Headphones to us – in the form of Parrot Zik 2.0 – now these are the perks of having a designer, as good as Philippe Starck, in your firm. While there wasn’t any major problem with Original Zik, except that it tended to make low-bit-rate-audio from bad to worse and. Anyways, it was released more than 3 years ago. So in order to stir things up, Parrot decided to launch 2nd-gen feature-packed Zik.
The moment Original Zik released, its engineer began working on its next version. Reason: “Ground up to address users’ feedback,” says Parrot.
One of the first changes you’d see in it (if you’ve previously owned Original one) is less weight. Parrot switch from iron to aluminium and also did some minor tweaks. The result, almost 20% lighter Headphones. This may not seem a big deal, but it is. Because no matter how excellent sound and good comfort any Headphones (like Original) have if they are heavy you’re gonna feel tired after wearing them for some time. No to forget its new inside-spacious ear-cups.
It is available in six color options. It is pleather-coated with brand-name on the top side. Unlike soft-plastic finish of Original Zik, this headphone has a leather finish, making it feel premium. You can adjust its sidearms, but not as much as in – let’s say Bose QuietComfort 25. Other things that are different than Original Zik are thinner earcups. To enhance Noise cancellation, each ear cup has external microphones-filled accents. Left ear cup contains its battery.
Power Button Location:
One problem I discovered – and others too – with its design is the location of the power button. It’s on the back side of headphone where you, usually, place your thumb while wearing/removing them. There is a probability that you might press it accidentally more than once.
Like in previous Zik, no shortage of features here. Hold up the headphone and you’ll find touch controls on the right earpiece. These controls let you skip tracks back/forth, answer a call, volume adjust and pause music etc. – all that with a finger swipe. Controls are responsive, but not as much as was in Original Zik. Touch controls are good, but some people – like me – can accidentally touch there while placing it on their head. It can result in pause music or something else. To be honest, that thing neutralizes its advantages.
Then we have its companion app.
Companion App Is A Must!
Its app is essential for Zik 2.0 to work. This thing really sucks. Because that defies the plug-n-play nature of wireless headphones – that made them so popular. Because you cannot use it without the app – even if you want to. But that doesn’t mean all is bad in this app. In fact, it has many good things like following:
- It can tweak EQ settings and turn on/off touch controls.
- You can switch between its noise cancellation levels through your smartphone’ screen – street mode for little noise isolation and max it up for complete silence.
- It shows Battery life and other indicators every time your smartphone detects a Zik 2.0
- Smart Audio Tuning – a feature which uses tags from your Audio file and automatically uses suitable presets for it.
- Of course, you can make your own presets – thanks to “Producer Mode”, and share it with your friends too.
Rest of features
You can download free Zik 2.0 app from Play Store or iTunes. For cleaner sound and better noise cancellation than before, Parrot has used higher-grade DAC (digital-to-analog converter). It also has 8 microphones for making ‘HD’ voice calls – to use it as a headset. If that doesn’t make you wow, here is NFC tap-to-pair technology and bone-conduction sensor – for better voice calls. This headphone also detects when you put it off from your head – so it can pause music. You can turn it off from the app, but I found it pretty cool. Al last, it has an airplane mode to turn on/off from the App.
Yes, one noticeable shortcoming is no AptX. In case you don’t know, AptX is an improvement from Bluetooth technology for better Bluetooth streaming. We would love AptX feature, but if you ask me, it is definitely not a deal breaker.
Performance wise, Zik 2.0 didn’t stand out as much as Original Zik – even after having improved sound quality.
Reason: Just as it has improved from its previous version likewise other manufacturers have improved too – like Beats Studio Wireless and Sennheiser Momentum Wireless etc.
It actually sounded better than Beats Studio Wireless – which has Noise Cancellation too – with its deep bass and dynamic plus clear sound. But overall Momentum Wireless is better among three – with a smooth sound.
Still-Mediocre battery Life
One area where Zik 2.0 didn’t improve from its predecessor is its battery life. Battery life is 6 hours if/when Active Noise Cancellation is activated. Play it with Street mode and Flight mode and you’ll get a bump in battery life – approx.18 hours with flight mode. But this mode activated from app only, it causes noise cancellation from the wired connection – in this way, enhances battery life. But even after these improvements, its 18-hour battery life looks ordinary when compared to Sennheiser Momentum’s 25-hour battery.
You’ll need Zik 2.0 app for play music in it. Therefore you’ll need a smartphone/tablet for it to work. That thing is not a huge barrier in 2016, but stabs the plug-n-plug nature of wireless headphones right in chest. And it is somewhat pricey too. If you can live with these, go on. Most Advanced Wireless Headphones are waiting for Ya!
2. Beats Studio Wireless — Check Best Deals
Some people don’t rate Beats’ Headphones that much. Some go even further and hate’em. According to them, Beats is more about style than substance. That viewpoint solidified even further when Apple Inc. brought it in 2014. So, this headphone is a perfect example that not all is bad in Beats.
Upon looking, we’ll found blame you if you confuse it with Beats Studio (2013). Because they are nearly identical to each other – nearly. One of two main things that differentiate it, with its older sibling is Bluetooth option. Another one is the price. Yes, it is $80 more expensive than 2013 wired-model.
If/when you a Beats headphones, one area where you should be satisfied is design. Reason: Even Beats’ haters praise their headphones design and premium plus gorgeous looks. As this headphone come in six different color options, what did I like was its matte black version. Here’s what I say about its finish.
Despite being high-end headphones, they are almost made of plastic. How they still feel luxurious? Well, their finishes definitely help them ,in this regard.
There is a common problem arises in some headphone that their headbands’ screw loose themselves and fell apart. How Beats’ solved this problem? Answer: By having no screw in its headband. Well, there are actually two screws in joints of its headband, joining it with its earpieces. You’ll saw them when you fold its headband.
It’s spongy and foamy earcups, covered in leatherette, will surely soothe your ears. Its left earcup has 2-in-1 answer call/end + music playback button. In fact, you can skip your tracks using this button too. Tap in once to play/pause music, twice to skip to next song and thrice to skip back one song. Below this button, we have a volume adjustment button.
On average, I’m pretty much satisfied with its design, feel and looks, keeping in mind that – since it is glossy – it will attract fingerprints.
Open up the box, and you’ll get two cables – one have inline remote and microphone, other don’t – both in red color – one micro USB cable and a microfiber Cloth for cleaning ( Remember? I said it’ll catch your fingerprints). Its inline remote will probably not work on Non-apple devices.
Beats’ Acoustic Engine and Dual-Mode Noise Cancellation
Beats have said that this headphone features a new Software called Beats Acoustic Engine. What’s so special about this software then, right?
Well, according to Beats, this software uses an improved DSP( Digital Signal Processor) to give you the signature sound of Beats – perfect for Bass-heavy genres like Hip Hop. Apart from that, this headphone also equipped with what Beats calls: Dual-mode “Adaptive” Active Noise Cancellation. One mode is for balanced noise cancellation while another one is max level: when you want to cut yourself out from this world. But one strange thing about this max mode is that you can’t play music in this mode.
Auto On/off button that works only in…
Is there anyone who usually forget to shut off power button and noise cancellation button after listening?
Well I do, and to help those people – like me – this headphone features an auto On/off button. But there is a single flaw in this on/off feature. It only works in Wire mode. In Bluetooth mode, leave them connected and the battery will be sucked.
Needless to say, that being a Beats’ headphone its emphasis on Bass. But that doesn’t mean it gives you Bass only. Unlike other Beats’ headphones, it gives a very well-balanced sound. In fact, it sounds better than Phiaton Chord MS 530, which was also originally priced around $350. As you increase your volume, its treble and High’s aggression increases. Add some touch of rich midrange and notch-up treble to that, and you’ll get a very decent sound.
In our testing, you can make its battery last approx. 12 hours in wireless mode and add another 8 hours when using a 3.5 mm Jack instead.
Though, its sound quality won’t win any awards – it still shows that there is much more in Beat’s headphones other than exaggerated Bass. Of course, it’s pricey. So if you’re on a budget, then go to Sony ZX770 BT. But hey, that’s what Beats Studio Wireless are: “A pricey Bluetooth headphone with premium sound” just as Cnet says.
1. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 – Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones — Check Best Deals
The first generation of Sennheiser Momentum Wireless hit the floor in 2013. Although it was very well-received among through its style plus performance combo, one area where it was criticized was its comfort level. Many people reported for tired ears after long continuous sessions. In this 2nd-generation, Sennheiser made some tweaks or did some addition. So we gonna find what those additions are:
Design and Comfort:
For a first time user, its design is almost perfect. Even Hardcore headphone users will not find too many flaws in it. There are some changes from previous models. For example, its headband now has joints on both side – in the middle of each – which makes it collapsible, which in turn gives you better portability options. As I said earlier that there were some cons in previous model’ comfort level. That was largely due to small earcups, which make ear-fit a problem.
So in the 2nd generation, all of Sennheiser’ headphones – wireless or not – come with large earcups. These large earcups are thick too. Apart from being large and soft, they won’t bite off ears with their grip. That being said, I understand it’s easier for you to conclude that this headphone is much more comfortable than its previous model.
And I also need to mention that these earcups won’t let your ears overly warm.Basic design remains same. One exception is the new L-shaped plug in 2.0 – which is capable of being used with a phone which covered by a protective case. The inner part of earcups is shinier – making them easy to wear. As the case with other wireless headphones, you’ll find music and power control button on its right earcup. The power button also acts like a pairing button. It can remember up to eight pairing devices. You can also connect it through NFC – if your phone permits you to do so. It is available in three color options.
One of the first features you’ll find in this headphone pair is (I mean are) its voice-based prompted asked by a lovely female voice. Now what this lady tells you is when your headphones are powered on/off, paired with any smartphone (regardless whether its ‘droid, IOS or Windows Phone) or even when its battery is low.
As it is an Over-Ear headphone, one area for which you shouldn’t worry, is its Noise Reduction Capabilities. Over-ear headphones cover all of our ears, that’s why making ambient noise difficult interfere in your music. For additional Noise cancellation, momentum 2.0 uses Sennheiser’s own NoiseGard technology. In my experience, there aren’t many headphones, that can bring your more effective noise isolation. If, in a very rare case, you don’t want to use its Noise cancellation, you can’t do it anyway.
As far as sound quality is considered, it is arguably the warmest and sound-rich headphones are there is the market. No matter what genre you listen to, it won’t disappoint you. Momentum 2.0 has carried the signature sound of original momentum, with refinement level, we’re not used to – especially among Bluetooth Headphones.
First of all, we’ll talk about its treble, because that was the feature which was dim in original momentum. It resulted in a closed soundstage, which in turn, reduced speed and clarity in music. Momentum 2.0 is more in-line with music. Though treble level isn’t very high – which would be bad too – it’s just at the right amount.
Middle notes are clear, despite having strong bass. But let me tell you that you won’t get any beats-like thumping bass level in it. But one good thing about momentum 2.0′ bass is that it is deep without being brute. Its sub-Bass level is impressive too. It would feel like you have a dedicated small sub-Woofer. Clarity and Detail level for every vocal is present. It can be bit sharp of first timers/ soft music-lovers but you’ll surely get used to it.
You can also use this headphones pair as a wired one which will actually increase its loudness level. In short, you can except a pretty good sound, for all genres from it.
As the case with other headphones that have wireless connectivity options, range plays a critical role. This headphones pair can easily give you good signal strength up to 35 metres. To have good sound quality despite having that much distance, we have AptX in it.
Momentum 2.0 has a very impressive 22 hours battery life – can sometimes go to 25 hours if the volume level is kept low – when Noise Cancellation is activated. You can play it in passive Mode through wire – in case battery drains out. One thing should be noted here is that passive mode is the wire-only feature, you can’t use it in Wireless mode.
At almost $500, it’s more than 100 bucks costlier than Beats Studio Wireless and Parrot’s Zik 2.0 (both of which aren’t cheap either). In the end, if you want to decide between these, your sound preference may play an important role. Zik 2.0 emphasis much more on its design, Beats has good design too plus typical Beats’ Bass and – at last – Momentum 2.0 has best sound quality overall.