After a lot of "will they, won't they?", Apple finally shocked the world with the iPhone 7 #3.5mmDrop. If you've taken the plunge already and are wondering what headphones to use that won't need the 3.5mm jack, we can help.
The new iPhone sure has Bluetooth capability, so you can choose from these wireless options. Let's get right to it.
Building on the Crossfade M-100's lauded sound, the Crossfade Wireless elevates that signature sound up a few notches with the aim of being the best wireless headphones in the market.
These headphones upend the notion that Bluetooth headphones sound worse than their wired counterparts, with the Crossfade Wireless sounding as good as the M-100s. The Crossfade Wireless has military grade durability, can be personalized, is very comfortable and can be used both wired and wirelessly.
The Crossfade Wireless looks and feels a lot like the Crossfade M-100, with the same sturdy build quality to compliment the overall artistic design. You can choose from Gunmetal to Rouge, Phantom Chrome, or White Silver, plus customization is the USP here, offering 3D-printed or laser-engraved shields, allowing users to personalize their headphones. On wearing, while they do feel a little bulky after a couple of hours, overall, they’re pretty comfortable.
The V-MODAs comes in a stylish exoskeleton case ornamented with a riveted leatherette handle and matching clasps. Inside the case, the headphones come along with accessories: a charging cable, a braided audio cable for plugging in, and surprisingly enough, a carabiner.
The quality of the audio the Crossfade Wireless puts forward isn't up for much debate, it bests its wired sibling, since V-MODA used the same 50mm drivers with some fine tuning to enhance a sound signature that is already a favourite among many.
Whether you use the cables or choose to go wireless, the audio isn’t going to be compromised. There’s bass, lots of it, but it well complements the highs and the overall presentation is wide and detailed. The soundstage succeeds in rendering a near 3D representation of the audio. Overall, you’ll have no complaints regarding the audio reproduction, it’s warm and detailed and well presented to deliver a pleasant musical experience.
There are better wireless headphones out there, but for the price they’re at, there are very very few competitors. Just understand that they're a little bulky and the battery life could be better.
These Bluetooth headphones are the successors to the celebrated MDR-XB920 headphones. Sony has taken its extra bass series wireless with the XB950BT while adding a bass boost function.
The MDR-XB950BT looks very similar to any other headphone in the MDR series. The matte black finish with streaks of red give these headphones a touch of elegance & class. There are bits and pieces of metal here and there, but the overall build is primarily plastic. But nevertheless, it's solidly built by the Japanese giant.
The paddings are plentiful and overall comfort and ergonomics hasn’t been compromised. The best part is the sound isolation, which is very impressive. The headphone comes with a 1.3 meter long cable for wired use, along with a micro USB cable for charging.
The audio performance is a mixed bag. There are some kinds of music where it excels in while with a few others it doesn't sound that impressive. The selling point for the headphones, the extra bass with the Electro Bass Booster, is without a doubt impressively good. But there’s a catch to it, the bass boost distorts nearly all other genres of music. Modern pop music, or hip-hop songs on the other hand sounded clear and punchy, which is the targeted demographic here. All in all, not a bad sounding pair of cans. The Sony MDR XB950BT is one of the better headsets in the XB family, if not the best.
The battery life is superb and for the price, and it has a lot going for it. Preferably not the choice for purists though.
An upgrade to the older Solo Wireless, the Solo 2 wireless by Dr. Dre has been specifically designed to deliver fantastic music quality, while also giving you a luxurious fit.
The Solo 2, looks and feels extremely stylish. With a sleek and foldable design, these sport a nice classy look. Entirely collapsible, they are bound to grab eye balls every time you put them on.
Coming to sound, the Beats Solo 2 gives you audio quality that you can expect from a wired headphone. Fitted with a bigger driver unit, the audio sounds fantastically good . Raspier and thumpier bass, and mid ranges that ring clearly through, there is not much we can complain about when it comes to its audio quality. It truly lets your music come alive.
The Solo 2 comes with an astounding 12-hours of play time. A notable feature about these headphones is that they have an illuminated LED fuel gauge that notifies you every time your pair needs to be charged. You can also see how much of battery you are left with, via an indicator on your phone.
The build is sturdy, and makes for a perfect fit for daily usage. The foldable frame gives these a custom-fit feel. The ear cups have been designed to hug your ears tightly while also resisting heat.
Noise cancellation is decent, nothing to write home about.
The Solo 2 comes with an RemoteTalk cable that has an in-line microphone and remote that can be used with most devices including Apple. Volume controls on the ear cups let you conveniently adjust your music volume without having to fetch your device from your bag or pocket.
These wireless headphones definitely travel well and are highly portable, with its sleek build. The included carry is an added bonus.
The Solo 2 wireless comes in a wide range of colours and shades, having you spoilt for choice.
A very popular name in the world of sound, Sennheiser has come to be known as an audio giant that aims to market high quality music listening. The brand has aspired to do just that with the Momentum 2 Wireless.
Built to be sturdy, these over-ear headphones feel extremely durable and come across as a pair that can withstand fair amount of physical abuse. The headband is made of metal, however, may not be very comfortable due to lack of padding. This can be bypassed, as the earcups are thickly padded allowing for long hours of comfortable listening.
Unlike other Senheiser headphones, the Momentum 2 Wireless has a nice aesthetic appeal, something that is noteworthy. The colours and design is visually very appealing. The faux leather padding adds to make these look pretty high-end.
The 3 button microphone and remote lets you control the volume and answer calls on the go.
The Momentum 2 Wireless comes with hybrid active NoiseGard to cancel out ambient noise, allowing you to enjoy your music even while travelling. However, we do wish that there was a dedicated button for noise cancellation.
The Momentum 2 Wireless stays true to its sound. It delivers nice balanced audio with great mid-range and tight, punchy bass. The bass has just the right amount of tumble and kick. The high tones slightly lack brightness, however it does not dampen the quality of audio in any way.
Connection is instantly acquired, with the headphones quickly syncing with your device. A nice added feature is that the pairing procedure delivers good vocal feedback, something that all headphones do not provide.
For times when you wish to go wired or run out of battery power, detachable cables come included in the package for Android and iOS devices.
With Apple taking over Beats, loyalists now have a fantastic option with the Powerbeats Wireless. These come with a bass heavy sound that is signature to all Beats headphones.
Does the Powerbeats Wireless have an iconic design that would attract eyeballs? Absolutely.
It’s not often that you come across a product that is known more for its design than its functionality. With the Powerbeats Wireless', build quality is impeccable, there are no flimsy bits, and it’s all tightly engineered for a solid overall feel. These earphones also have a no-slip grip RemoteTalk™ control that is compatible with iOS devices.
Fit it and forget it should be the mantra for any sports gear, but achieving a tight seal is an issue here. Although Beats claim it’s designed so on purpose to keep the ambient noise flowing in and the performance will not take a hit, irrespective of the fit. Despite Beats’ claims unfortunately, there is perceivable sound loss if a proper seal isn’t achieved, and if you try to force them to do that, the earphones could get uncomfortable.
Nevertheless they are lightweight and grip decently well.
There’s one thing where Beats always strike the right chord, it's in the presentation. From the thick packaging to the striking colour combinations, the decorative presentation of the headset to even the design of the hard carry case, it looks premium. The headphones come with a few different sizes of silicone eartips. Among other things are a USB connector and the aforementioned Beats embedded hard carry case.
It’s all about the bass. But did you expect anything else from Beats?
Of course not, bass heavy sound and Beats go hand in hand, which is not a bad thing in this case. Since there are issues with getting a perfect seal, the added oomph somewhat compensates for the loss of sound.
It is foolish to expect the finesse of a Jaybird X2 like audio quality from the Beats. But while the former takes a different approach by focusing on the treble to extract detail, the Beats has an overall sound signature that takes a fun ‘V’ shape sound, that's big on bass with recessed mids to give the lows the centre stage of every music.
EDM, Hip-Hop and Disco Pop sound very good but might not be ideal for more subtle genres of music such as country, soft rock or Jazz.
Those who are loyal to the Beats brand will still find a lot to like here. The audio might not be great, but it will get the job done for the most part.
A trusted brand when it comes to wireless headphone a choice, Jabra never ceases to surprise. The Halo smart is the newest edition to the brands already wide range of wireless headphones. Aimed at and designed to be used by professionals, these make for a valuable headsets even for casual use.
Ergonomically designed, the Halo Smart sports the very popular neck band design. Although not a preferred choice for many, it actually make for a good fit. The eartips fit snugly into your ear canal letting you forget about them being plugged in. The hard plastic used makes these flexible enough, so you can nicely rest them on your shoulder without much hassle.
The Halo smart comes with an extremely cool feature. Its ear buds have a magnetic backing, making them clip together when not in use.
The control panel on the neck band is very impressive. It allows you to control your volume or skips tracks by merely tapping the volume buttons. Whats more? You can even redial by quickly double tapping the circular multifunction button. Also, every time you receive a call, the neckband vibrates notifying you of an incoming call. We must say, Jabra has put great effort into introducing such noteworthy features.
With a wind resistant microphone and weather resistant durability, the Halo smart lets you attend to calls even in the harshest weather conditions.
The Halo Smart comes with an impressive 17 hours of talk time and 15 hours of music play time. Android users are in for a treat. Every time you run out of battery, be ready to be notified via the Jabra Android app.
Since the Halo Smart has been designed for professional use, the audio quality does not blow us away. Decent bass, the vocals sound great. The highs somewhat sound harsh. If you are looking for impressive audio quality the Jabra Smart may not be the best bet for you.
All said, if your priority is to stay connected with the coolest features, then the Jabra Halo Smart is the perfect choice.
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