Maj. February 9, 2020 at 1:28 p.m.
Bluetooth headsets were still a relatively small market a few years ago It is undeniable that since the disappearance of the audio jack plug in an increasing number of smartphone models, there are many more different models, and especially at all prices. However, the choice of a headset does not depend solely on the audio quality or Battery Life But also big plusses such as ease of use or NFC pairing which makes their everyday use much easier and more pleasant. Our buying guide will help you find the Bluetooth headset that best suits your needs.
Bose Headphones 700
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As a worthy successor to the QuietComfort 35 II, the Headphones 700 offers an active noise reduction system that is even lighter, cleaner, more comfortable and with new features. For example, you can select the noise reduction level from the button on the left earpiece.
The Headphones 700 provides up to 20 hours of talk time on a single charge, and it takes approximately 2.5 hours to fully charge (and Bose says it takes only 15 minutes to fully charge for up to 3.5 hours). If you’re interested in these headphones and would like to learn more, we invite you to read our comprehensive test of the Bose Headphones 700.
For a price of €299, the Sony WH-1000XM3 represents the best noise reduction on the market, further improved. It supports SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC audio formats. Offering an autonomy of up to 30 hours with the active noise reduction function, it is also one of the market references in this respect.
Its quick charge mode allows it to get 8 hours of playback for only 15 minutes of charging time. According to the manufacturer, the Sony WH-1000XM3 far surpasses and is 4 times better than the previous Sony WH-1000XM2 model in terms of active noise reduction
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
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The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 is truly one of the best headphones in this guide. To be recommended as much as a QC35 II or a Sony WH-1000XM2. Why? Because it has it all: active noise reduction, while maintaining excellent sound quality truly user-friendly controls, quality materials and design. And above all its rather incredible price for all this offer.
The only real negative point compared to the competition is the design choices. While the new BackBeat Pro 2 is more sleeker than the previous generation, it’s still less elegant than many of its competitors in this guide. In addition, the BackBeat Pro 2 has narrower pads and will therefore be less comfortable than its predecessor.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
For many years, Bose QuietComfort 35 has been the gold standard for active noise-cancelling headphones. The QC35 II is no exception to the rule, and remains a helmet to which all other models compare. It is among the best in terms of comfort, audio quality (extremely well-balanced levels), and of course active noise reduction. The controls are relatively convenient – but you can’t really say they’re ergonomic on the edge of the pads.
On the negative side, we can obviously talk about its particularly high price for a headset made entirely of plastic. As you can see in this guide, there are nowadays better headphones also from a design point of view
Marshall Major III
This wireless Bluetooth headset represents one of the best value for money of the moment. It offers excellent battery life and unprecedented listening comfort. A handy multi-function button on board makes it easy to switch from one piece of music to another. Bass and treble are emphasized without forgetting the mediums. Powerful, the sound is just as good.
Sennheiser HD 4.50
If you’re looking for comfortable wireless headphones with high Sound quality and active noise reduction without breaking the bank, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 is an excellent choice. It can connect to any Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX compatible device. It offers the best possible audio quality wirelessly. If you don’t have a device with Bluetooth technology, you can still use it by connecting it directly via the jack.
Highly durable, it provides an excellent 19-hour battery life on a single charge (bluetooth mode and NoiseGard active noise reduction activated). The manufacturer explains that the sound of his headphones is “powerful and extremely detailed, it has the latest wireless technology, simple, intuitive operation, maximum wearing comfort and an elegantly minimalist yet robust design based on high-quality materials. In addition, it features instant NFC pairing and intuitive in-ear controls for changing tracks, managing calls via the built-in microphones or adjusting the volume.
V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless
With award-winning sound quality from the Crossfade series (over 50 awards from trade magazines) in both Bluetooth wireless and wired mode, favored by gamers and DJs for latency-free analog sound, the V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless headphones are ideal for people who value bass. This headset is equipped with a microphone for use as a hands-free kit. Its autonomy reaches about ten hours. It is usually found around 250 euros.
How can you pass up this little gem at this price? Urbanista’s Seattle headphones offer a rather comfortable 12-hour battery life, deep bass, a neutral and elegant design, and discreet controls at an unbeatable price. If you run out of battery power, a cable connects the battery to the good old jack – if your smartphone still has one!
On the comfort side, for this price, Urbanista offers very comfortable memory foam for compact on-ear headphones. It has a little (too) powerful bass, which is not surprising for headphones in this price category. But the compromise is so seductive that we’re willing to forgive him anything.
Marshall Mid A.N.C
The latest addition to the famous London brand, the Marshall Mid A.N.C. benefits from the same advantages as his cousins. They are, however, the first active noise-reduction headphones designed by Marshall. Like its predecessor, the very successful Marshall Mid, these headphones have an autonomy of about thirty hours, an excellent comfort of use and an unparalleled audio quality, which will especially delight rock fans. Most appreciated is its active noise reduction system, which takes the brand to the next level. The icing on the cake: very comfortable leather pads! It is usually found around €250.
- Audio quality
- An original design
- Successful insulation
- A little high price
- An indicator light that is always too discreet
- The lack of a dedicated application
The Jabra Move is an in-ear headset with a beautiful design (available in black or electric blue), a solid construction, all at a very affordable price: it normally sells for around €100 but it is not uncommon to find it half that price. Their sound is rather rich, but where it does have a bit of a problem is that it insulates quite poorly from outside noise. As a result, there is a tendency to turn up the volume in noisy transport or environments, which is not without problems for your ears.
Things to know before buying a Bluetooth headset
On the comfort side, there are the circum-auricular and supra-auricular earphones. In the first case, the pads encompass the ear for optimal comfort of use with the added benefit of more or less effective passive noise reduction. In the second one, the pads press more on the ears which clearly hinders comfort, especially on prolonged use. The insulating effect is also less. But the real problem is that the most comfortable headphones are usually the largest ones as well.
What is the right price for a Bluetooth headset?
The other rather paradoxical thing is that headphones with active noise reduction are more expensive than others. But they are often worse in terms of audio quality than headphones without them. It’s up to you to decide whether it’s the music or the need for peace and quiet that prompts your purchase. In the same vein, not everyone uses the same version of Bluetooth or even the same protocols (such as aptX or aptX HD). And that has a lot to do with audio quality in wireless mode. Finally, in terms of autonomy, we are now on very comfortable durations from 8 to more than 30 hours of continuous use.
What is Active Noise Reduction?
In many situations, outside noise can quickly become annoying when you’re travelling or when you want to immerse yourself in your favourite music, especially when you’re going on holiday and have a long flight during which you want to relax. The active noise reduction function is generally useful in noisy environments such as public transport (bus, airplane, train…) as well as in rooms and spaces with a large conglomeration.
Active noise reduction is done using circuits or microphones integrated into the headset and has acquired this name because of the principles of electronic operation, which helps to reduce unwanted ambient noise by producing an opposite sound of the same frequency in order to cancel it out.
What does AD2P mean?
This is the abbreviation for “Advanced Audio Distribution Profile”. A2DP is a Bluetooth profile that transmits stereo sound. Also known as the AV Profile, it is designed to transfer a stereo audio stream (such as music) from an MP3 player to headphones or a car radio.