bluetooth headphones allow you to listen to your music without being physically connected to a smartphone, tablet, laptop or any other device. While the connection to music is via bluetooth, you may also see a cable connecting the right and left ear speakers. some models hide the cables inside a headband.
These headphones also have internal rechargeable batteries. that means at some point you’ll need to plug them into a computer or other power source. More expensive bluetooth headsets offer larger battery packs, meaning you’ll listen much longer before needing to recharge.
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While more convenient than headphones with long cords, bluetooth models are restricted to connections within approximately 30 feet of the source. That’s because Bluetooth is designed as a short-range system unlike Wi-Fi. luckily, the latest bluetooth systems sound the best.
These are the bluetooth models we like, which can take full advantage of the latest technologies.
Based on user ratings on amazon, it’s not always necessary to spend a fortune to get a lot in return. for example, consider ayl v4.1.
These $26 Bluetooth “Stereo In-Ear Noise-Canceling Sweat-Resistant Headphones” are highly rated and retail for just $26. v4.1 in its name refers to the latest version of bluetooth technology that boasts the best wireless sound to date. they should work with any bluetooth device.
all controls are integrated into the earpiece on the right side. Amazon recommends them especially for “running, sports, lifting weights, and more.”
buy ayl v4.1 on amazon.
These phillips (phg) headphones, with the forgettable name shb5500bk/27, are worn over the ear and have a “closed back” to keep all the sound inside your head.
both the headband and ear cups are adjustable, allowing you to customize the fit; plus, the soft ear cushions help make listening sessions a pleasurable experience
These $50 headphones also fold flat for when you need to stop the music.
buy the phillips shb5500bk/27 on amazon.
plantronics backbeat setting
These colorful backbeat-fitting wireless headphones from plantronics (plt) are also water and sweat resistant and boast up to eight hours of listening on a fully charged battery
These are a “behind the head” design made for active users. They are the opposite of noise cancelling. They have a special safety “tip” that allows you to hear what is going on around you.
the retail price is $130, but you can find them for sale for less than $100 in online stores.
buy backbeat fit wireless earphones on amazon.
a series of super colorful wireless earphones designed by dr. dre. Unsurprisingly, beatspowerbeats 2 are recommended as perfect accessories for apple (aapl) products.
powerbeats2’s internal speakers are connected with a colorful cable that can be worn under the chin or behind the head. They are sweat and water resistant and can play your songs for up to 6 hours on a single charge.
These bluetooth headphones retail for $200.
buy powerbeats2 beats on amazon.
These sonyundefined headphones are a bit more technologically advanced when it comes to wireless connections.
The mdrzx770bn uses built-in NFC technology to make a quick connection to your music-playing device, then automatically streams your tunes to your headphones, via Bluetooth.
These sony digital noise canceling devices retail for $230.
buy the sony mdrzx770bn on amazon.
In addition to its legacy of all-in-one speakers and music systems, Bose is now also known for its headphones.
the soundlink over-the-ear model offers great sound in a relatively lightweight design. bose boasts that soundlink can play up to 15 hours on a fully charged battery.
Available in black or white, the Bose Soundlink retails for $280.
buy bose soundlink over-ear headphones on amazon.
bowlers & wilkins p5 wireless ($400)
bowlers & wilkins, better known as b&w, makes some of the best sounding, super high-end luxury speaker systems on the planet. therefore, I would expect a black and white pair of headphones to sound very good. the p5 wireless yes.
This lightweight, over-the-ear design features aptx/bluetooth connectivity and up to 17 hours of music on a full charge. Plus, they sound heavenly.
p5 wireless (there are also b&w wired) retail for $400.
buy the bowers & wilkins p5 wireless headphones on amazon.
sennheiser rs195 ($450)
sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium microphones and headphones. they have been doing it for decades. therefore, there is no reason to think that a sennheiser bluetooth headset would not be among the best.
the top of the line rs195 comes with its own transmitter/control box. allows you to switch between voice and music modes, as well as adjust the overall sound to your liking. sennheiser says you should expect up to 18 hours when the two lithium-ion AAA batteries are fully charged.
the rs195 system has a retail price of $450.
buy sennheiser rs195 headphones on amazon.
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