Bluetooth technology is advancing rapidly. There are more devices now than ever that are Bluetooth compatible. Currently, the hottest thing to own is a pair of Bluetooth headphones. There is a wide range of products to choose from. Here are 5 Bluetooth headphones that are affordable and effective:
Sony MDR-ZX330BT On-Ear Headphones
This is an inexpensive pair of headphones which goes for less than 50 dollars on Amazon. It has the following features:
Design: this pair of headphones is stylish with 30 millimeter drivers and an unpadded headband. Each earcup is well padded for comfort which means that you can wear it through a flight.
The right earcup houses the USB port for charging, volume and standard controls, and a microphone for making calls. The left earcup houses an NFC chip. This pair of headphones is lightweight because of the unpadded headband. It has a weight of 150 grams.
Bluetooth: the pairing process is easy and fast. You can pair these headphones with Bluetooth or with NFC.
Sound quality: these headphones offer extremely crisp sound. You are likely to get a better sound quality with rock and country genres than with bass-driven genres such as rap.
Battery: these headphones have a battery life of 30 hours. You can actually for a week in between charges. In a market flooded with headphones that have to be charged every hour, these Sony headphones have a big advantage and hence are a worthy purchase.
- It is not the sturdiest pair of headphones.
- Sound quality could be better.
- The headphones lack noise cancellation
Lindy BNX-60 Headphones
This is a pocket-friendly pair of headphones that offers you noise-cancellation. These headphones go for less than 80 dollars. Here are its features:
Design: the earcups feature plenty of padding and a soft backing for increased comfort. The inner part of the earcups is red which contrasts with the black used everywhere else. The headband also features padding which provides just the right amount of padding.
Controls: The left earcup features playback controls. The play/pause button also turns the headphones on and puts the headphones in Bluetooth mode. The skipping buttons also act as volume controls.
The right ear cup has a noise-cancelling switch and a retro volume modification wheel
aptX codec: these headphones feature aptX codec which provides increased compression than standard Bluetooth. Considering the price, this is impressive.
Audio cable: this pair of headphones also features a 3.5 millimeters jack for plugging in an audio cable. This jack also lets you use an airline adaptor if you are interested in in-flight entertainment. These headphones also come with a 3.5 millimeter to 6.3 millimeter adaptor for hi-fi users.
Battery: these headphones have a battery life of 30 hours for ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) and 15 hours for Bluetooth. Therefore, the battery life is long enough to take you through a long flight. On the other hand, you have the option of using the noise cancelling wired connection when there is no battery life left to connect wirelessly.
When testing these headphones, I only had to charge them once a week using the included USB charging port. They also come with a hard case for easy portability.
Sound quality: the noise cancelling feature on these headphones is 80 to 85 percent effective. It works really well with keeping the noise of a train, plane, or air conditioning at bay. Additionally, sound quality improves when ANC is on where the 40 millimeter drivers offer enhanced trebles and mids.
Warranty: this pair of headphones has a one-year warranty.
Changing the volume is tricky and the buttons are a bit too small.
Creative Sound Blaster Jam
These are pocket-friendly headphones that go for less than 40 dollars. Here are its features:
Design: these headphones have a simple design with additional features that are really helpful. This pair of headphones is also lightweight for added comfort.
Controls: the right earcup has the power, call, play/pause, and pairing controls. It also houses volume controls which also act as track navigation controls. There is also a bass mode button that increases bass response easily. Additionally, these controls are easy to find by touch. This earcup also has a microphone.
Bluetooth: these headphones are easy to pair with Bluetooth and NFC.
Battery: the battery life is 12 hours. The USB charging cable is long enough to help you listen to audio from your computer.
Sound quality: these headphones have a powerful bass even when the bass mode is off.
Philips SHB3060BK Bluetooth Headphones
These are affordable on-ear headphones that go for less than 40 dollars. Here are its features:
Design: these headphones are stylish and they are foldable for easy portability and storage. They also feature padded earcups for increased comfort.
Controls: the right earcup features volume, playback, and call controls. These headphones also have a built-in microphone.
Bluetooth: these headphones can easily be paired with devices such as tablets, smartphones, laptops, and mp3 players. The Bluetooth wireless range is 15 meters.
Battery: it takes 3 hours to charge this battery. Additionally, this battery provides 11 hours of playing music and talk time. Charging is done using a USB cable.
JBL Synchros E40BT
This is a pair of affordable Bluetooth headphones that go for less than 70 dollars.
Design: these on-ear headphones have padded earcups with a silky material for added comfort. These headphones are foldable for easy portability and storage.
Sound quality: these simple affordable headphones feature above average sound quality although the bass is not as good.
Controls: the right earcup houses the standard controls and a ShareMe button.
Battery life: this pair of headphones has a battery life of 16 hours or 24 hours of talk time.
- Non-adjustable headband