Looking for great sound and a low profile? Skip the giant headphones and splurge on listening quality in the palm of your hand with these devices.
A quality pair of headphones is always in style. Sure, you can listen to music and podcasts with that string of ear buds you found sleeping in the grass at the park but really, like so many things, you know that can only go so far. If you want great sound, you have to put out.
Here are 5 of the best Bluetooth headphones now on the market:
1) Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless
These are the most expensive in-ear Bluetooth headphones currently selling. They’ll cost you over $1000 in Canada and also bring you “exquisite musical enjoyment”.
Beyerdynamic's buds are handcrafted in Germany and come with a universal 3-button remote and mic that’s compatible with most Apple and Android devices.
They're the newest version of Beyerdynamic’s Xelento in-ear remote headphones, guaranteed to bring you top-of-the-line sound quality using Tesla technology.
The drawbacks? Some reviewers see the cord attached to the headphones housing the Bluetooth and battery components as, well, not too classy. Big deal? Your choice.
2) Bose QuietControl 30
Rated “excellent” by the heads at PCmag.com with an editor’s choice award, Bose’s Bluetooth ear buds offer superb noise cancellation.
Listeners get up to 10 hours of battery life, depending on your volume level. The Bose Connect app also allows users to control the ambient mic feature, which is a plus for many.
Drawbacks? Not everyone will love the neckband although many may find it useful, and boosted bass at lower volumes may turn some away.
3) B&O Play Beoplay H5
Fitness fanatics flock: the B&O Play Beoplay H5 wireless earphones are some of the best exercise ear buds you’ll find.
Like #2, these also get an editor’s choice award from PCmag.com, and some great reviews. Part of this is because they aren’t just handy at the gym- these guys also happen to offer listeners plain old great sound.
The bass on the B&O Play Beoplay H5 is boosted but it isn’t over-the-top, and splash and dust resistant technology gives you something that’s handy while you sweat it out at 5 AM or tear up the path at 12.
Drawbacks? The remote buttons are a bit stiff, resulting in some awkward operating. But you’ve been working out right? So, hopefully your pointer finger can handle it.
4) Klipsch X12
The Klipsch Reference X12 earphones are markedly lower-priced than Beyerdynamic’s Xelento product, but don’t be led to believe they don’t count. Said to deliver rich bass, a full mid-range and clear highs, these tiny buds deliver.
Along with great sound, listeners can enjoy an impressive 18-hour battery, IPX4-rated water resistance, a vibrating neckband for call notification and 5 pairs of oval ear tips, all safely packaged in small carrying case.
Drawbacks? You won’t get tons of bass or ultra flashy high notes with these.
5) Jabra Elite Sport
For those who want more than just sound, Jabra’s Bluetooth ear buds offer fitness enthusiasts even more of what they need.
Listeners get up to 9 hours of battery life, and the ability to work with the app for personalized real-time audio coaching, as well as a heart rate monitor.
Block out environmental noise or allow it in- it’s your choice. Billed as “the most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds”, they're a good bet.
Drawbacks? While comfortable, the fit might not be for everyone.