Bluetooth Headphones

Always hear your favorite music with Bluetooth headphones

With more and more devices relinquishing headphone jacks from their devices, Bluetooth headphones have become the standard for listening to music, giving you unprecedented flexibility. Whether you’re jogging, riding your bike on undiscovered trails or taking a flight - there are many different types of Bluetooth headphones that have been optimized for listening to music anywhere you go.

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What are Bluetooth headphones and how do they work?

Bluetooth is a radio-based signal that transmits data wirelessly across small distances. Two Bluetooth enabled devices can communicate with each other and be paired without the need for a cable. Because the amount of data being transmitted is relatively small and the distance between the two devices is not typically more than 30 feet, the signal is reliable and doesn’t use a lot of battery. This makes it the ideal way to replace cables for listening to music and has enabled the smartphones of today to do without headphone jacks.

What are the different types of Bluetooth headphones?

  • In-ear headphones: wireless and true wireless
  • On-ear headphones
  • Over-ear headphones

Different types of Bluetooth headphones

Wireless headphones are available in different shapes and sizes, all with different qualities adapted to specific listening environments. Here is an overview of the different types available now:

In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones: In-Ear Bluetooth headphones focus on flexibility when listening, giving you high quality bases and trembles while you hardly feel you’re wearing headphones. These in-ear headphones are available in two different types. The first is true wireless, meaning that two separate earbuds sit in your ear. Although it may seem that they would easily fall out, the headphones are made to sit comfortably while giving you the confidence that you won’t lose them. These can easily handle a bicycle ride to work or jogging around the neighborhood. These compact headphones can also easily be put in your pocket and taken everywhere. Versatile, compact and high quality headphones for any occasion.

The second type of in-ear headphones are connected with a cable that lies behind your neck. These are just as light and easy to wear as the two separate earbuds. The cable behind your neck gives you the advantage to take one or both headphones out of your ears and let them fall to your shoulders and hang around your neck.

On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones: Also equipped with foam ear-phones and a headband, on-ear-headphones are made for good sound quality and comfort while wearing. Whilst they don’t fit over your entire ear, they’re a lighter pair of headphones than their over-ear compatriots. This compact size allows for more flexibility and versatility.

Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones: Encompassing your entire ear with a headband, this type of Bluetooth headphone is built for maximum comfort and sound quality. The large foam earpieces help to cancel out background noise, as well as adding comfort and stability. These high quality headphones are ideal for watching movies while traveling or when working on the computer.

Qualities of good Bluetooth headphones

  • Comfort: While all Bluetooth headphones are available in different sizes and configurations, they each offer their own comfort in different areas. It all depends on what you intend to use them for. Headphones with a headband give you a cinematic experience when listening to music for long periods of time, whereas the wireless earbuds are nearly unnoticeable and excellent for being worn on the go.
  • Active and passive noise cancelling: Passive noise cancelling means that background noises are blocked out, thanks to the clever construction and materials used in the headphones. This then creates a sound environment optimal for listening to music. Active noise cancelling also blocks out background noise, however it goes a step further. Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancelling create their own sound waves to match the background noise, effectively cancelling out a majority of the typical noise heard while on a plane or walking on the street.
  • Battery life: On-ear and over-ear Bluetooth headphones have an average battery life of 20 - 30 hours per charge. This means they will easily last a few days to a week with a few hours use per day. The smaller, in-ear-headphones, typically last for 7-9 hours and come with a holding case that charges the headphones when you’re not using them.
  • Range: The range between your device and your headphones will vary between different models, but there’s typically a range of about 10 to 50 feet with a stable connection. This means you can easily move around your apartment or the office without losing the Bluetooth connection to your smartphone.
  • Device compatibility: Bluetooth headphones are normally compatible with all other Bluetooth devices. However, there are a few exceptions between different companies and their compatibility with other brands. We recommended that you make sure that your new pair of Bluetooth headphones will work with your current device before purchasing.
  • Quality when making a phone call: Other than listening to music or watching movies, the Bluetooth headphones are also an excellent way to free your hands while talking on the phone. Make sure the ones you want to purchase have a microphone for phone calls and are compatible with your smartphone.
  • Side buttons: Many of the different types of Bluetooth headphones available have buttons on the sides to change the volume, accept phone calls or change to the next song. These buttons are integrated into the side of the headphone, making it easy to find so you can leave your smartphone in your pocket for basic commands.
  • Sensitivity to water and dust: When using your headphones on the go or at the gym, it’s worth taking a look at their sensitivity to moisture and dust. The IP waterproof and dust ratings can give you a good idea if they only protect against sweat, can withstand a small rain shower or offer no protection at all.

IPX0 rating for protection against water

  
IPX0No Protection
IPX1Protection against dripping water falling vertically on it
IPX2Protected against dripping water when the device is tilted at a 15° angle
IPX3Protected against dripping water when the device is tilted at a 60° angle
IPX4Protected against splashes of water from all directions
IPX5Protected against small jets of water from any angle
IPX6Protected against strong jets of water from any angle
IPX7Device can survive immersion in 3 feet of water for a short period of time
IPX8Device can survive immersion in 3 feet of water for a long period of time

IP0X rating for protection against dust and objects

  
IP0XNo protection
IP1XProtected against objectsØ ≥ 2 inchesor against contact the size of hands
IP2XProtected against objectsØ ≥ 0.5 inches or against contact the size of fingers
IP3XProtected against objectsØ ≥ 0.1 inches or contact the size of a tool
IP4XProtected against objectsØ ≥ 0.04 inches or contact the size of a wire
IP5XProtected from dust in harmful amounts and all contact
IP6XDustproof and protected against all contact

Which one is right for me?

There’s a right pair of Bluetooth headphones for everyone. The perfect pair for you will depend on your taste for entertainment and the use you intend to get out of them. Here’s an overview of the different advantages each pair offers.

 In-Ear Bluetooth HeadphonesOn-Ear Bluetooth HeadphonesOver-Ear Bluetooth Headphones
Sound quality
  • Good bass
  • Good treble
  • Large sound range
  • Maximum sound quality with a high quality all-round experience
Ease of transportation
  • Highest mobility
  • Smallest size
  • Compact design
  • Large headphones and case making it somewhat difficult to transport
Comfort
  • Light and hardly noticeable
  • Easy to wear with a hat bicycle helmet
  • A comfortable fit with the headband
  • High comfort fit thanks to over-ear design
Noise cancelling
  • Passive noise reduction
  • Certain models offer active noise reduction
  • Because the headphones are open, hardly any passive noise cancelling
  • Active noise cancelling available with some models
  • Passive noise cancelling part of over-ear design
  • Most headphones have integrated active noise cancelling
Battery
  • 4 - 12 hours of playback on a single charge
  • Extendable to 20 hours with the charging case
  • Up to 30 hours of playback with one charge
  • Up to 40 hours of playback with one charge