Whether your new phone no longer has an audio jack, or you simply prefer the freedom of going wireless, Bluetooth headphones are a great way to enjoy your favorite music or take conference calls cable-free. There are an overwhelming number of brands and types of Bluetooth headphones these days, so we are here to offer a few suggestions prior to you making your next purchase.
Here are a few specs to initially look out for:
- Noise cancelling technology
- Battery life (industry standard is 4-5 hours of constant use, 25 hours on standby)
- Overall sound quality of both headphones and mics
If you have an Apple device, your best bet will be the newest AirPods, the AirPods Pro, which usually retail around $249. We recommend the AirPods Pro as their controls and features have advanced in many different ways since their predecessor, the AirPods 2. The most notable features the AirPods Pro offer are water resistance, two microphones for active noise cancellation, and transparency mode, which allows you simultaneously hear your favorite song, as well as the environment around you. AirPods Pros additionally boast silicon earbuds, which are generally more comfortable when compared to the plastic tips of the regular AirPods.
For non-Apple users, two of the top choices include: the Google Pixel Buds A-series and the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.
The Pixel Buds A-series were recently announced and are retailing at an impressive $99. Overall reviews seem positive thus far. The newest feature introduced to the Pixel Buds line includes a new stabilizer arc on the inside of each earbud. Other features, such as the Google Assistant Integration, water resistance, and passive noise reduction are still present, as well. Generally, these Pixel Buds provide around five hours of listening time, or up to 2.5 hours of talk time, and are flush to the ear, improving comfort.
Unlike the AirPods or Pixel Buds, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pros do not offer water resistance, but do have noise cancelling technology along with the ability to turn on ambient sound. Other notable features include quick charging (3 minutes of charging for 30 minutes of play, for example), and the allowance of a seamless earbud connection, which lets the headphones swap between paired audio sources more easily. Like the Pixel Buds, Galaxy Buds Pros are also flush to the ear, and are well liked for how attractive and subtle they look. The Galaxy Buds Pro’s retail price of $179 falls between that of the Pixel Buds at $99 and the AirPods Pro at $249
Of course, there is no perfect headphone, but companies such as Apple, Google, and Samsung are constantly innovating and improving. Take into consideration the devices you use and your specific need for headphones prior to making a decision. Should you have any questions about device compatibility, or how to sync a device, please feel free to reach out to our tech experts at 888-353-1763, or info (at) hybridge.com.
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