Categories: Bluetooth

Sparkling all-rounders

Put an end to the cable mess and get the freedom of movement with a Bluetooth headset! Bluetooth models connect wirelessly with your player and build a perfect match with modern electronics: All current smartphones deliver music via Bluetooth, as well as tablets, notebooks, but also desktop computers. Even newer TVs from LG and Panasonic send the TV sound to suitable headphones via Bluetooth.

Pay attention to the technical details

Depending on the Bluetooth device class, the theoretical range can be between 10 and 100 meters. Suppliers and headphones ensure their communication via a so-called profile (A2DP). Among other things, this profile determines which codec will be used in the transmission. Besides the obligatory SBC, Qualcomm’s apt-X is increasingly being used by many manufacturers. This codec is characterized by high sound quality at low transmission rates and a very low latency.
Bluetooth is constantly being improved and has a few iterations from version 1.0 to version 5.x. The improvements are higher transmission speeds, safety improvements and lower power consumption.

Also suitable for telephoning

Most Bluetooth handsets are also suitable for telephoning. To do so the wireless headphones need a built-in microphone and a remote control with buttons to accept and/or decline calls, and a volume control. Most of the in-ears with bluetooth have a hands-free microphone and the control buttons built directly in the cable between the left and right ear plug. If you are looking for over-ear, on-ear, and true wireless models the microphone and buttons can be found in the earpieces. In order for these remote controls to “talk” to the player, another profile is needed: AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile).
The biggest disadvantage of the wireless headphones are: They require power in order to work wirelessly. However, the integrated rechargeable batteries usually last only five to eight hours and then have to be recharged via USB port. But if you are running out of battery power there is no need to worry, as many of these models can also be connected to a music player’s output via cable.

The latest Bluetooth Headphones Reviews

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 1 week ago

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+

True-Wireless in-ears with convenient app control

The dynamic true-wireless Melomania 1 headphones from Cambridge Audio have been provided with a successor. The new model, Melomania 1+, uses the same dynamic drivers and identical housing that led to an impressive overall rating for their predecessor. New features added for the same price...

3.9

Bluetooth by Ralf Willke 2 weeks ago

Bowers & Wilkins PI7

Premium True Wireless In-Ears

Bowers & Wilkins like to take their time in the innovation race and do not always try to jump on the technology-driven bandwagon immediately. Better late and done properly was what I thought when B&W announced the first True Wireless in-ears in their range with...

4.9

Bluetooth by Maike Paeßens 3 weeks ago

KEF Mu3

Classy, high-performance True Wireless in-ears with ANC and Ambient Mode

KEF, the renowned British manufacturer of hi-fi speakers has launched its first completely wireless in-ears, the Mu3, which sound very musical, offer a long battery life and feature both active noise cancellation and a transparency mode. The design, originated by Ross Lovegrove, also features a...

4.3

Editor's recommendations: Bluetooth Headphones

A high-quality hi-fi Bluetooth headset that feels good on the sofa as well as on-the-go.

Nils Neuneier-Quak
Nils Neuneier-Quak 17. June 2015

All round success and a genuine recommendation for all those who expect a high value for money for scarcely 300 euros. The Bowers & Wilkins PX5 are on-ear headphones at the highest technical level, which is right at the top when it comes to sound. The Bowers & Wilkins PX5 shows their strengths both as travel headphones, and as a constant companion in everyday urban life between open-plan offices, underground trains and cafés.

Ralf Willke
Ralf Willke 10. October 2019
Bowers & Wilkins PX5

All in all, the B&O Play Beoplay H9i scores well. It’s a superbly tuned headphone with accurate noise cancellation functionality, an impressive battery life and reliable Bluetooth connectivity. Aesthetics are first-rate, while usability gets another applause. In the high end price bracket, the H9i will likely perform well thanks to its sound reproduction values, effective noise cancellation and reliable gesture control. It’s a much better option for an everyday listening companion than its predecessor model

Ralf Willke
Ralf Willke 7. March 2018