Bluetooth headsets are now offering quality sound, thanks to optimizations made to the wireless connection in recent years. Here are the ten best models according to the tests of lab 01net.com.
The headphones of your smartphone or your tablet do not suit you?Replace with a real helmet! And if you do not want to have strings attached, choose a wireless model. There are excellent references from 180 euros.With Bluetooth, they either connect to most mobile devices in the market and even laptops . In addition, some models have buttons to control volume and playback or take a phone call. Unlike remotes wireframe models, Bluetooth technology allows you to use the commands regardless of the system (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, Mac OS X …).
Circum aural or supra aural?
In the wide range of models, one of the most important criteria for the types of earphone: circum aural or supra aural. The supra aural headphones are less bulky because the headphones are smaller. Accordingly: the pads rest on the ear, which may be less comfortable and less insulating than models circum aural, the pads surround the ear. To better isolate the noise, some manufacturers incorporate in their helmets a system of active noise reduction, which often proves effective and valuable when using public transport such as train, plane or subway.
Warning to autonomy
Noise reduction and Bluetooth transmission both require a power supply.Helmets, therefore, boarded a rechargeable battery, typically through a USB cable. We must, therefore, consider autonomy if one wants to use the headset for long hours. Fortunately, many models reach or exceed 20 hours of continuous use.
Here are the top 10 best models according to tests performed lab 01net.com September 2016:
10. Samsung Level On Wireless
This supra-aural Samsung headset with earphones slightly larger than normal to cover most ears. It is so well insulated and comfort is all the better. To go for a walk and enjoy 30 hours of non-stop music without being disturbed by noise, the Level One Wireless is a good companion thanks to its satisfactory noise reduction. We also liked the touch control panel located on the right earpiece.
Overall rating: 6.49 / 10 | manufacturer Price: 250 €
9. Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT
Affordable, lightweight and comfortable, the ATH-SR5BT helmet is characterized by its battery life, which exceeds 50 hours. If it is comfortable to wear, we do not recommend to lovers of big bass. For others, it will be enough to make a correction with the equalizer of the mobile device to obtain a pleasant sound.
Overall rating: 6.66 / 10 | manufacturer Price 199 €
8. Noontec Zoro II Wireless
Sold 150 euros on some commercial sites, the Zoro II Wireless is positioned as a serious competitor Solo2 Wireless Beats. Stylish, it offers good sound quality and especially excellent endurance (over 40 hours). His only weakness is his lack of isolation from outside noise, which can be an advantage (you can hear a car coming) or bad (it takes up the volume to block noise) when used outdoors.
Overall rating: 6.94 / 10 | manufacturer Price: 140 €
7. Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless
This wireless headphones Bowers & Wilkins is in the line of high-end products manufacturer. The building is neat and sound quality appears excellent, and the autonomy (over 19 hours according to our measurements).Good assets to compete Momentum Sennheiser Wireless, even if it is a little more comfortable.
Overall rating: 7.27 / 10 | manufacturer Price: 400 €
6. Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless
Certainly, the Urbanite XL Wireless does not equal the Momentum Wireless (see below) in terms of comfort or sound quality, but it costs 150 euros less and has a high autonomy: 33 hours of operation between two full loads.The sound is pretty nice, especially for listening to music that put low value. We enjoyed the well-designed touch controls, and for wired use, the remote control with volume slider supports Android and iOS.
Overall rating: 7.29 / 10 | manufacturer Price 279 €
5. Parrot Zik 3
Shielded headphone technology, the Parrot Zik release after release, is constantly improving. The endurance of Opus 3 is increasing (about 7 hours), noise reduction now operates without the app, like the “Street” mode (slightly audible noise environment), now enabled by default when communicating. It only remains to tame the sound imperfections exigencies to satisfy purists and the Zik can claim perfection.
Overall rating: 7.45 / 10 | Manufacturer Price: 350 €
4. Sony MDR-1000X
The MDR-1000X is a good quality headset that offers high battery life (over 24 hours) and especially an ambient noise reduction system very well designed for use in a assoursissant environment, particularly in transport. It’s listening outside function is more significant, as well as a great selection of codecs. He justifies the price of about 400 euros but we would have liked more treble and detail in the sound.
Overall rating: 7.84 / 10 | manufacturer Price: 400 €
3. Plantronics BackBeat Pro
Refueling technology, the headset from Plantronics BackBeat Pro offers a powerful rendering, detailed and good quality Bluetooth or wired. In addition, its battery does take more than 34 hours. Its large headphones circum-aural (including ears) are good size, well padded and do not unnecessarily rely on the skull bones. Its active noise reduction properly fulfill its task and practical feature to hear the outside world without removing the headphones.
Overall rating: 8.06 / 10 | manufacturer Price: 200 €
2. Bose QuietComfort 35
With these headphones, Bose brings together the wireless and reduction of active noise control technology that the manufacturer perfectly, but that is not exploited here as well as its wired models. However, this function proved effective and QuietComfort 35 combines the good points: clean design, excellent battery life (21 hours 50 according to our tests), his detailed and exceptional comfort. Nevertheless Bose charged expertise at a high price: 380 euros for the top model.
Overall rating: 8.84 / 10 | manufacturer Price: 350 €
1. Momentum Sennheiser Wireless
The wireless version of the Sennheiser Momentum wireless incorporates elements that had hit us on the wired version. Mainly made of leather and metal, this helmet is first nice and solid. In addition, the headphones can be folded for easy carrying in the bag supplied. Then the headset is comfortable to wear and has 20 hours of battery life. It has more of a particularly effective noise reduction mode. Finally, the sound quality is excellent with a good balance between the bass, mid-range and treble. An excellent model so … however reserved for the deep pockets.
Overall rating: 8.95 / 10 | manufacturer Price 500 €