iPhone 7: Five Bluetooth Headphones For Your Upcoming Smartphone
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus won’t have an earphone jack. This is something that The Verge has called user-hostile and stupid.
“The traditional headphone jack is a standard for a reason — it works. It works so well that an entire ecosystem of other kinds of devices has built up around it, and millions of people have access to compatible devices at every conceivable price point,” claims author Nilay Patel, who also wonders why Apple is ditching the jack when virtually nobody is actually asking for them to do so.
However, there have been some very well-received Bluetooth headsets that have hit the market over the past year that may satisfy iPhone 7 users. Here are five that one may want to consider in preparation for the iPhone 7.
Bose QuietComfort 35
The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones have been called the best wireless noise-cancelling headphones to date by CNET.
“The Bose QuietComfort 35 combines top-of-the-line active-noise canceling with wireless Bluetooth operation in an extra-comfortable, fold-up design. The sound is excellent for Bluetooth, and it doubles as a great headset for phone calls. Works in wired mode with included cord if battery dies.”
The $340 price tag is very high, but it may be worth it.
Sennheiser PXC-550 Wireless
The Sennheiser PXC-550 Wireless headphones are $50 more than the Bose QuietComfort 35, but allow different levels of noise cancellation. PC Magazine gave them a four-star review, praising the headphones for powerful, adjustable audio performance with rich bass depth and bright highs. They also praise the excellent noise cancellation and the comfortable fit.
Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless
Sony has never had high stakes in the Bluetooth wireless headphones game, but that may be changing with the h.ear on Wireless. Trusted Reviews gives these headphones an almost perfect review.
“The Sony MDR-100ABN h.ear on Wireless headphones are made for the buyer who wants everything. They have the eye-catching looks of a set of street headphones, and also include wireless functionality and active noise cancellation.”
The headphones cost around $350. However, some critics say that the sound isn’t quite as good as it is on the Bose QC35 or the Sennheiser PXC-550 Wireless.
The Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds are perhaps the most popular wireless earbuds on the market. Wired gave Jaybird’s new buds four stars.
“Natural, rich sound. Supreme in-ear fit with a tight seal. Three sizes of eartips come in the box, as well as a barely-there cable clip for taking up any annoying slack in the one-piece cable. Jaybird quotes four hours of use per charge, but in real life it’s more than six,” says critic Michael Calore, who also notes that the buds need better battery life and are not all useful when they deplete in the middle of the day.
The Freedom earbuds cost about $200, but most say they are absolutely worth the price.
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
The wired version of the P5 was a huge hit for Bowers & Wilkins, who attempted — and succeeded — to transfer that success to Bluetooth Wireless earphones. There are some audiophiles who think that the P5 Wireless headphones are actually the best Bluetooth headphones out there, even if they don’t have an active noise-cancellation feature.
Reviewed gave the P5 Wireless an 8.9/10 review.
“Luckily, Bowers & Wilkins kept a winning formula and adapted its already gorgeous P5 Series 2 with wireless capability—if you’ve got the scratch. Not only do they still have a killer sound to tackle most genres, but now you’ll also get the added convenience of ditching that cumbersome cord.”
The P5 Wireless will certainly take a hit at your wallet — they were released in 2015 with a $400 price tag, which still hasn’t been reduced.
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