Bluetooth headphones are becoming more and more popular and represent the next evolution in headphone technology. As you know, the problem with any earphones or headphones is the cable, which gets tangled whether you're wearing the buds or not. It also gets snared on clothes or whatever when you are wearing it. Bluetooth headsets seem to solve this tangled cord problem. Especially, the portable Bluetooth headphones are now better than ever with stronger performance, improved designs and better battery life. These devices also have more compelling features than you'd find just a couple of years ago. However, to choose the best Bluetooth headset, you need to consider carefully some factors including call quality, noise cancellation, comfort, range, mono vs. stereo sound, and price.
Here are 10 best Bluetooth headphones that we highly recommend.
1. Parrot Zik wireless Bluetooth headphones
The Parrot Zik wireless Bluetooth headphones have a slick, eye-catching design with luxuriously padded earcups and sculpted metal, swiveling armatures. The headsets also come with active noise cancellation, jawbone microphone and touch-sensitive controls. Besides, the Parrot Zik headphones offer a number of features such as a removable and replaceable battery, NFC capabilities and the Parrot Audio Suite app for iOS and Android smartphones that acts as a virtual control panel for the headphones. The Ziks are available for $384.95.
2. Sennheiser MM 550-X
The Sennheiser MM 550-X weighs 6.3 ounces with the battery inserted. Apart from the headphones themselves and the rechargeable battery, the MM 550-X come with a power plug with adapters for different countries and a 1/4-inch headphone adapter. The devices also go with a USB charging cable and a stereo audio cable (2.5mm to 3.5mm) for use in wired mode. Additionally, you can get a USB charging cable, a rugged, zippered cloth carrying case as well as an in-flight adapter for use with double mono jacks on airplanes. The Sennheiser MM 550-X headphones sell for $499.99.
3. Jaybird Sportsband SB2
The Jaybird Sportsband SB2 headphones are available in a number of colors to suit the style of men and women, looking retro with the solid band design. The headsets, which include AVCRP remote controls, can be used to place and receive calls as well as listen to music wirelessly from your smartphone or music phone. These headphones are especially perfect to provide a little bit of music on your morning jog. The Jaybird Sportsband SB2 sells for $99.
4. JayBird Gear BlueBuds X
The JayBird Gear BlueBuds X earphones are small and lightweight in comparison with other Bluetooth in-ear headphones. They offer three different-sized silicone buds and come with three "wings" that are designed to keep the earphones in place during workouts. The devices also have an inline remote and microphone for making calls. However, the biggest feature of the BlueBuds is its Bluetooth wireless-streaming capabilities. The JayBird Gear BlueBuds X earphones are available for $169.00.
5. Plantronics BackBeat Go
The Plantronics BackBeat Go wireless Bluetooth earphones are little more than a pair of earbuds with a cable joining them up. The devices have an attractive design, offering a pretty comfortable fit. They're also comfortable and stick in the ears effectively enough to use while running. Selling for $68.15, the Plantronics BackBeat Go is among the cheaper Bluetooth earphones on the market.
6. Jabra Clipper
The Jabra Clipper Bluetooth Headset comes in a number of colors such as tangerine, pink, black, turquoise, and white. It is small and portable, and clips easily to clothing. There's a standard-size 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge and a power port on the bottom of the earphone. The Clipper also has two volume control buttons and a multifunction Talk button. Besides, the device comes with a set of in-ear buds with three different rubber tips. The Jabra Clipper Bluetooth Headset is available for $59.99.
7. Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds
The Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds are designed to be used during strenuous physical activity with three sizes of earbuds, three sizes of silicon cushions and even a pair of over-ear loops. The headsets are sweat-proof and compatible with any A2DP enabled Bluetooth devices, such as most Blackberries, iPhones, iPods and Androids. The Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds retail for $99.
8. Beats by Dr Dre wireless headphones
The Beats by Dr Dre wireless headphones come with a USB charging cable and a 3.5mm audio cable with phone controls. The devices also have a cleaning cloth as well as a padded zip-up carrying case that the headphones fold into. Especially, they offer support for Bluetooth SBC, aptX and AAC codecs while the pairing process with Bluetooth mobile devices is simple and quick. At $280, the Beats Wireless headphones have the distinction of being the cheapest headphones on the market.
9. Motorola CommandOne
The Motorola CommandOne is a Droid-branded product, aimed to complement Motorola Droid smartphones. The headset measures 2.1 by 0.7 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 0.4 ounces. It's made entirely of plastic but looks stylish rather than flimsy. The Motorola CommandOne also supports A2DP that allows you to stream (in mono) podcasts, audiobooks, and music, as well as voice prompts from GPS apps and sound effects from games. The device sells for $49.99.
10. Arriva Leo
The Arriva Leo is designed for sports activities. It is water- and sweat-resistant and has controls built into the back of the headphones that are easy to operate by feel. Its battery life is rated at 5.2 hours and 20 days of standby time. The headset also can work wirelessly with any Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player or phone. Especially, there's a microphone in the earpiece for making and receiving calls while you're doing whatever "extreme" sport you're doing. The Arriva Leo is available for $74.95.