Bluetooth headphones are a proof that portability is the next big thing in headphone technology. If you have a music device or a smartphone that has Bluetooth capability, you can already bid farewell to the wires snaking from your pocket, purse, or backpack.
Keep in mind, though, that technological advancement in the bluetooth headphone department hasn’t fully ripened yet. This means you need to sacrifice a bit of sound quality to get the wireless convenience. If you think this isn’t really a dealbreaker, then check out our roundup below. These are the best bluetooth headphones for this year 2015.
Top-Rated Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones 2015
The Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless II is one of those headphone models that truly deliver what their brands claim them to be: headphones that deliver the best sound quality in their class. If you’ve seen Bose’s QuietComfort 25 before, then you’d recognize the SoundLink immediately. And as you might expect from the brand itself, this pair of headphones has very comfortable fit. Weighing in at a touch over 7 ounces or 200 grams, it’s lightweight enough to carry around town. It also sports plush, memory-foam equipped earpads. Bose claims the headphones were tested in its labs to “survive drops, bumps and grabs,” and use impact-resistant materials, including “glass-filled nylon and corrosion-resistant stainless steel.”
But the real highlight of this headphone model is its around-ear design. It does a good job passively sealing out a lot of ambient noise and works great as earmuffs during winter. The remote control buttons are well placed on the right earcup and to answer calls, you tap the middle control button, which also allows you to skip tracks forward and back when you’re playing music. Moreover, it is equipped with a two-way microphone system and Adaptive Audio Adjustment technology, which automatically changes volume based on speech level and ambient noise. Additionally, it connects to Bluetooth-enabled computers aside from other devices out there. Finally, it folds flat for easy storage in its carrying case.
Top-Rated Bluetooth Earphones 2015
If bulky headphones aren’t your thing, then the LG Tone Infinim HBS-900 may just fit the bill for you. It features a unique neckband. It sits around the neck, and retractable cables extend up to the ears to eliminate tangles. The only drawback of this kind of design is that you won’t be able to see any of the controls, so you’ll have to memorize their places. But that’s not a real dealbreaker when you think of how well it delivers in terms of sound quality.
Before we go more into details about its sound quality, we’d like to point out yet another advantage of its design. The in-ear fit is exceptionally secure: Not only do the eartips fit well on their own, but they’re also free of the pull of gravity on long cables, thanks to the neckband. Now onto the audio: the Tone Infinim earphones produce round, full deep bass that doesn’t overwhelm the mix on tracks with intense sub-bass content. LG rates its battery life at 14 to 17 hours, which is enough to get you through the day.
Top-Rated Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones 2015
On-ear headphones are getting popular today, thanks for being in between a too bulky over-ear and a too small in-ear pair of headphones. One of our favorites is the Plantronics Backbeat Sense. Right out of the box, the on-ear headphones are under a black wrapping paper with a fabric carrying case that has two zippers with separate compartments. The main one fits the headphones, while the second is meant for cables. The BackBeat Sense comes with an angled 3.5mm headphone cable with an in-line remote and microphone situated on the right, plus a micro-USB cable for charging. Additionally, there is a pressure sensor built into the right cup. Lifting the headphones off your head immediately pauses the music. In fact, even if you’re going to do it just on the right cup will do the same effect.
When it comes to sound performance, the Backbeat Sense doesn’t disappoint. The bass is balanced, tight and musical, but not especially deep or overpowering. Any bass-heavy track sounds fine, and the lows do come through as the volume increases, making for a solid listening experience. In terms of battery life, it can last up to 18 hours at a reasonable volume level. At louder levels, you may get only about 15 hours, which we think is still adequately long.