[35 Tested] The Best Affordable Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones 1977

[23 Tested] The Best Affordable Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones

Sneak  Peek

  • We tested 35 models in total and finally picked three models that are wallet-friendly, comfortable to wear, and superb sound quality.
  • Have your ears been assaulted by distorted and muddy sounds? We used each pair of Bluetooth over-ear headphones to carefully listen to our familiar songs and compared their sound quality to find some models that can impress us.
  • Many cheap Bluetooth over-ear headphones on the market are not comfortable to wear. We tested their comfort by wearing each pair for a long period. We found out what kind of headphones can make us feel comfortable.
  • Not all Bluetooth over-ear headphones feature great noise isolation. We wore each model in a noisy environment, and we found one model with active noise cancellation which can effectively reduce noises sells for only 169.99 AED.
  • Inexpensive Bluetooth over-ear headphones are not always bad. After research, we found some low-priced headphones are also able to deliver great sound quality and stable Bluetooth connection.

Sneak  Peek

  • We tested 35 models in total and finally picked three models that arewallet-friendly, comfortable to wear, and with superb sound quality.
  • Haveyour ears been assaulted by distorted and muddy sounds? We used each pair of Bluetooth over-ear headphones to carefully listen to our familiar songs and compared their sound quality to find some models that can impress us.
  • Many cheap Bluetooth over-ear headphoneson the market are not comfortable to wear. We tested their comfort by wearing each pair for a long period. We found out what kind of headphones can make us feel comfortable.
  • Not all Bluetooth over-ear headphones feature great noise isolation. We wore each modelin a noisy environment, and we found one model with active noise cancellation which can effectively reduce noises sells for only 169.99 AED.
  • InexpensiveBluetooth over-ear headphones are not always bad. After research, we found some low-priced headphones are also able to deliver great sound quality and stable Bluetooth

Last updated: February 26, 2019

We bought 12 brand-new products and did a test and comparison. Finally, we picked Bluedio F2, which is not only close to our upgrade pick (LASMEX HB-65s) in sound quality but also very comfortable to wear, and Havit i18, which is better than our budget pick (Bluedio T2) no matter in sound quality or cozy fit.

Our Pick

Bluedio T4S

The Best for most people

It has well-balanced sounds, comfortable fit, and a reasonable price, meetsing the demands of most people.
US$ 44.99 from DIGSHOPAED 169.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Balanced sound quality+Comfortable wearing+ANC active noise cancellation
Cons:
-Turning on the active noise cancellation will affect the sound quality

Bluedio T4S becomes our best pick for the following reasons. First, it is available at only 1/5 the price of most models from famous brands on the market. Second, at this price, it still offers a rounded sound performance to meet your daily listening need. Third, the ear cups and the top of the headband are wrapped with flexible leather cushions for maximum comfort. Plus, the rotatory joints and pivot points allow you to adjust the ear cups easily for a comfortable fit. At last, its battery allows for 16 hours of music time, and the Bluetooth connection is solid.

Read our detailed review here.

Upgrade Pick

LASMEX HB-65s

Better sounding and more lightweight

It’s worth paying more for better sound quality.
US$ 57.99 from DIGSHOPAED 199.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Clarity sound quality+Lightweight+Soft ear cushions
Cons:
-Wearing for long time will cause discomfort to your ears

If you are most concerned about getting a better sound effect, you could consider LASMEX HB-65s. It delivers clear vocal. Compared with Bluedio T4S, LASMEX HB-65s performs better in the soprano. What’s more, the lacquer-coating finish with the leather gives the ear cups a great design. In terms of comfort, it is very lightweight overall, and its ear cushions are soft enough without causing any pressure to your head. Although this pair of headphones are on-the-ear type and the ear cups cannot encase your ears, the soft ear cushions still ensure you can wear them comfortably.

Read our detailed review here.

Also Great

Bluedio F2

More comfortable fit with decent sound

It not only comes with pretty sound quality, but also remains comfortable fit.
US$ 47.99 from DIGSHOPAED 194.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Great-enough sound quality+Soft earcups and headband+The earcups are more contoured to ear shape.
Cons:
-Not foldable

The comfortable fit of these headphones impressed me most, as the soft earcups can fully cover your ears and snugly fit the sides of your head. Even if you wear them for a long time, you won’t feel discomfort. Of course, the sound quality is great enough, and its details in every way are pretty close to LASMEX HB-65s. If you want an upgrade of cozy fit, Bluedio F2 would be an excellent choice.

Read our detailed review here.

Budget Pick

Havit i18

Great sound quality beyond its price point

It features satisfying sound quality and comfortable fit at a low price.
US$ 28.99 from DIGSHOPAED 89.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Compact size+Soft earcups+Rotational earcups+Super long battery life
Cons:
-Can’t cover your ears completely-Not foldable

If you intend to spend as little as possible, go for Havit i18. It is the most comfortable among the inexpensive models. With the rotary design, the ear cups fit different head shapes. In the low-priced range, most over-ear Bluetooth headphones sound quite terrible, while the sound quality of Havit i18 is even beyond our expectation for budget ones. Also, it boasts incredible 26 hours of battery life, decent call quality, and stable Bluetooth connection.

Read our detailed review here.

OUR DISCOVERY

Who should get this

Bluetooth wireless headphones are suitable for those who don’t like being tied to music devices, and they are willing to pay more for the freedom from wires. These headphones also serve those who do not have a headphone jack on their phones. Since Bluetooth audio quality has improved greatly, Bluetooth wireless headphones can offer you the same fidelity as wired headphones do.

The headphone wire restricts our freedom

If you are looking for a pair of comfortable headphones that allow you to enjoy fantastic music whether you are in the office or at home, we think you should choose over-ear Bluetooth headphones. Because an ideal pair is able to create a quieter space and offer better sound quality, letting you immerse in a wonderful musical world.

In recent years, Bluetooth over-ear headphones become popular among more people because they are the most comfortable. And they usually have good sound isolation and provide better sound quality. Click to Tweet

In addition, if you are in the market for more portable and comfortable headphones that can stay stable during intense workouts and deliver excellent sound quality, turn to our The Best Wireless Earbuds (In- Ear Headphones)  to know more. Or, if you only need a more portable single-ear mono Bluetooth earphone which allows hands-free call, then check out our The Best True Wireless Headsets.

How we pick

Before deciding which headphones to buy, we think you should get some essential information, including your budget, a full understanding of closed, open, over-ear, and in-ear headphones, and as well as which one is your priority.In-ear headphones sound as good as over-ear models, and more portable. However, why hasn’t the whole world turned earbuds and eliminated over-ear cans that we still find selling pretty well? The reason is that even the most comfortable in-ear models can’t be comparable with their over-ear contenders in comfort. Apple’s EarPods barely go inside your ears, so the users can tolerate them. But if you want to enjoy the best sound quality, the earbuds must go deeper inside your ear canals. Apart from comfort, the other benefit of over-ear models is that their reproduced sounds feature greater warmth and more organic quality.First of all, we researched the best-selling Bluetooth headphones on sites, including Amazon, Taobao, JD, and AliExpress, and Souq.com. Then, we classified these best sellers into different price ranges and singled out those that could meet our requirements in each price range. At last, we tested the models we picked out according to the following criteria and made our final decisions. 

Solid sound quality

This is one of our top priorities. No one should pay for the sound quality that is under standard. But the standard is hard to define because the sound perception varies with different factors, including age, ear shape, volume, music style, and input-power amplifier. Therefore, in order to pick out those with better sound quality, we used the same song to test the performance of different headphones.  

Comfortable fit

This is also one of our priorities. If the headphones are uncomfortable to wear, then no matter how excellent they sound, we would still refuse to buy them. For this point, we researched and compared each pair of headphones based on the weight, softness of the headband and earcups, and the pressure on the head.

Stable Bluetooth connection

Solid Bluetooth connection is also important. If we hear continuous music cutting out or calls being dropped, we would dismiss the 

Clear call quality

If you need to use the headphones all day, call quality is also necessary.

Long battery life

The battery should allow for 8-10 hours of use at least. And good Bluetooth headphones should perform well when charging or connecting to other playing devices via a cord. Otherwise, if the battery is fully depleted while you are handling something important, you could be in big trouble.

How we test

All the headphones we tested.

Sound quality

We all think the sound quality is essential to Bluetooth over-ear headphones. We need to evaluate if the bass is muddy and bloated, if the mids are clear enough in some vocals and middle-voice musical instruments, if the highs have serious distortion that assaults our ears. We chose our most familiar songs to test the bass, mids, and highs of the music. Only when we compare the differences of the testing tracks with different headphones, can we find the differences in the tone and clarity of the headphones. After testing all the headphones and recording their sound quality performance, we discussed and selected the ones that we all considered are better-sounding models. 

Fit

Comfort fit is also important for over-ear headphones. The ear cushions and headband must be soft and lightweight and ensure the headphones stay stable on your head without causing any pressure or pain after wearing for a long time. If you wear glasses, it is also important to be able to wear the headphones comfortably. If something makes you feel uncomfortable, you will not use it at all. And poor fit will usually affect the sound quality. 

Another thing you need to know about leather pads is that they affect the sound signature of the headphones. Leather helps to create a better sealing effect around your ears, so it is useful to produce a stronger bass response. If the exact same pair of headphones is equipped with leather pads versus other materials, they will sound greatly different.

During our testing, each of our team members tried all headphones to verify whether the ear cups could cover our ears, whether the clamping force over the ears was acceptable, and whether they caused any pain or discomfort after wearing for a long time. Also, we wore the headphones with or without glasses to test and compare the fit differences. We aim to find out the best models for most people. Therefore, according to these tests, if all testing members feel good to the same pair, we know it is our pick for comfort.

Bluetooth connection

We also tested the Bluetooth performance, including Bluetooth transmission distance and Bluetooth delay. To test the transmission distance, the testers wore the headphones playing music while walked away from the source device until the music cut in and out. This distance is the normal transmission range distance of each headphone set. As for the Bluetooth delay, it was easy to test. When your device is playing videos, we checked whether the image was in sync with the sounds from headphones. This seems basic, but not all Bluetooth headphones we tested could do that.

Testing Bluetooth transmission distance.

Call quality

The call function of headphones is also important because you probably need to take calls while listening to music as well as working. What I need to test is whether I could hear the caller clearly, and whether the microphones were able to transmit my words accurately to the person on the other end.

 

 

 

In our test, we found an iPhone could connect to three pairs of Bluetooth headphones at the same time. Thus, to test the call quality of different headphones, we connected all the Bluetooth headphones that we need to test to the same iPhone at once, and then called the other phone. During this process, the other tester didn’t know which pair of headphones was used every time. We recorded and compared through this blind test, and finally singled out those with better call quality.

We used these headphones to make a phone call.

Battery life

The battery life of a good pair of headphones must be long enough to satisfy the users’ demand. To test this performance, we connected the Bluetooth headphones to our phone, then we kept the phone playing music at 50% volume.

We not only tested the performance of each pair, but we also compared them with other high-end brands to know what percentage of their performance our picks could reach. We would compare with those low-priced models, letting you know how these badly-built models are worse than others to help you avoid some traps. We aim to find the sweet point of price, quality, and performance.

Once our test was done, we picked out our winners based on the overall performance and value.

Our Pick: Bluedio T4S

Our Pick

Bluedio T4S

The Best for most people

It has well-balanced sounds, comfortable fit, and a reasonable price, meetsing the demands of most people.
US$ 44.99 from DIGSHOPAED 169.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Balanced sound quality+Comfortable wearing+ANC active noise cancellation
Cons:
-Turning on the active noise cancellation will affect the sound quality

We choose Bluedio T4S as the best set of wireless Bluetooth headphones for most people, because of its great sound, comfortable fit, easy-to-use control buttons, and moderate price. 

You can control the buttons on the headphones to easily adjust the volume or switch tracks.

Bluedio, a brand with a high level of customer satisfaction, is very popular on the market. Its products sell very well on Amazon, AliExpress, and Taobao. Our tests have proven that its reputation is based on its reliable quality. Bluedio T4S can meet all our demands for over-ear Bluetooth headphones, while generally, you have to pay over 3 times as much as Bluedio T4S to find a perfect set of headphones.

Balanced sound

After using for a period of time, we found that Bluedio T4S can deliver well-balanced sound. The human voices in pop music and the bass drums of the band sound great. Although its bass doesn’t make my world shake, it still has surprising impacts on songs like Woodkid’s “Iron”. The electronic lows do not sound muddy and kick drums avoids blurring or thudding. These are not bass over-ear headphones, but more similar to studio headphones, reproducing the sound in a purer form. So, these headphones can give us impressive and resonant sound without any discomfort. I think that male voices from Bluedio T4S sound smooth and rich, while sopranos are crisp but not ear-piercing. In the whole, this pair of headphones performs pop music very well. Given that it costs less than 200 AED, other headphones for 250-plus should be ashamed of themselves.

Soft and snug ear cushions

As for comfort, Bluedio T4S has soft ear cushions and well-padded headband. The rotary ear cups accept any sized head shapes, making it easily adjust to a snug and cozy fit.

Bluedio T4S’s ear cups are very soft.

The convenient control buttons let you forget your phone

The aluminum alloy buttons are very easy to control. All buttons stay on the right ear cup, including Volume +/-, Power on/off, Play/Pause, and an ANC (Active Noise Canceling) button. These multi-function controls mean you can change volume or track without reaching for your device. Besides, Bluedio T4S has a built-in microphone. When using it to take phone calls, it can deliver crystal clear voice to the person at the other end.

Surprise! Such a low price offers ANC function.

As a nice bonus, its ANC function can cut off surround noise significantly. When in the noisy and loud decorating environment, I turned on the ANC function, and it did have the ambient noise fade away. Although Bluedio T4S is able to block out some of the hums from your commute, it won’t provide you with the absolutely quiet environment you might be expecting. ANC works better than average noise isolation. Compared with Bose QC35, Bluedio T4S isn’t quite as quiet overall, but it offers ANC function at this price point, which makes us excited.

The ANC noise cancellation can effectively reduce road noise.

Days of battery life

When it comes to battery life, Bluedio T4S officially claims that it can offer 16 hours of talking/playback time and 27 days of standby time. In our test, its listening time could last 20 hours and then the battery finally ran out and shut down.

Solid connection

In addition, Bluedio T4S’ Bluetooth connection is solid enough that allows me to listen to music at a distance of over 20 meters and to wander into rooms three walls away without disconnection. Of course, your result may be different (on account of the thickness and materials of your walls), but our test result indicated that these Bluetooth headphones cover a wide wireless range that helps people get rid of the constraint of wired earphones, offering them more freedom.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

ANC decreases the dynamic range of the music. For the mids, compared with T4, T4S has greatly improved and laid more emphasis on human voices, but the highs and lows were both compressed. It is true that the ANC affects the sound quality. But I found that when you use the ANC, the T4S has much better sound quality than the similarly-priced competitors which try drowning out the ambient noises only by turning up the volume. When I was working at home, I turned on the ANC, and it helped me reduce the disturbance from my son who was loudly talking with his online friends during the games. I appreciate Bluedio T4S for its decent noise canceling performance in noisy environments. However, when I used the ANC in quiet environments, my music lost the dynamic range that I could listen with the ANC off. Therefore, I don’t suggest that you use the ANC function in quiet environments. Otherwise, it will affect your musical experience with these headphones.

Upgrade Pick: LASMEX HB-65s

Upgrade Pick

LASMEX HB-65s

Better sounding and more lightweight

It’s worth paying more for better sound quality.
US$ 57.99 from DIGSHOP AED 199.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Clarity sound quality+Lightweight+Soft ear cushions
Cons:
-Wearing for long time will cause discomfort to your ears

If you give the top priority to sound quality and don’t mind paying a little bit more  money for headphones, LASMEX HB-65s is a better pickoptionchoice for you. LASMEX HB-65s sounds fantastic. As long as you start playing your favorite songs, the benefits of the headphones are obvious: clearer sounds, tighter, more focused lows, and more details in your music. Just spend a bit more money you can own the advantages. In fact, if you want a better pair of headphones, you need to pay the price. Of course, that’s not to say LASMEX HB-65s only provides you with better sound quality as the only upgraded compensation.

Unexpected sound quality

I tested the headphones myself and I found their sounds were more limpid. Especially the female vocal compared with Bluedio T4S. It delivers clearer soprano that is enjoyable enough to listen. Additionally, the bass drums sounded great, and even in some details, these headphones could also reproduce the sounds of musical instruments naturally.

Small but comfortable earcups

LASMEX HB-65s features soft ear cups, a lightweight shell. Although the ear cups are designed to rest on the ears directly and cannot encase your ears, the ear pads are very soft, so you can still comfortably fit these cans.

Soft ear cups

Cool! Its microphone can be comparable to my iPhone ‘s.

Besides, it is very important that these headphones sound equally great whether they are used to take calls or listen to music. I put on the HB-65s to take a call, and my caller told me that I sounded as if I were speaking directly to my iPhone rather than on the headphones.

LASMEX HB-65s (right) has smaller ear cups.

A brand from Germany

I think these headphones look classier and I also like the combination of brown leather and silver metal, which makes them stand out from the sea of dull black and white models. Besides, they offer easy-to-use button controls and 22 hours of battery life. The HB-65s cans are foldable, and with the included case, they are easier to carry around. LASMEX is a German headphone manufacturer and it has established the dedicated R&D institution in Europe, so we have confidence in their products.

All in all, LASMEX HB-65s is a better pick, if you want better sound quality and accept its 199.99 AED price. And the price is the reason we didn’t make it our top pick. However, if you don’t mind investing more money for more musical details, then LASMEX HB-65s is a great choice. 

Also Great: Bluedio F2

Also Great

Bluedio F2

More comfortable fit with decent sound

It not only comes with excellent sound quality, but also remains comfortable fit.
US$ 47.99 from DIGSHOPAED 194.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Great-enough sound quality+Soft and comfortable earcups and headband+The earcups are more contoured to your ear shape.
Cons:
-Not foldable

The comfortable fit of these headphones impressed me most, as the soft earcups can fully cover your ears and snugly fit the sides of your head. Even if you wear them for a long time, you won’t feel discomfort. Of course, the sound quality is great enough, and its details in every way are pretty close to LASMEX HB-65s. If you want an upgrade of cozy fit, Bluedio F2 would be an excellent choice.

Soft and snug earcups

The Bluedio F2 is the most comfortable over-ear Bluetooth headphones we recommended, which benefits from its oval-shaped earcups. The shape of the rotational earcups is more like human ears, covering your ears snugly without causing pressure on your ears. And the sponge on the earcups and headband is as thick and soft as Bluedio T4S.

It weighs only 314.3g (11oz), which is 24.1g (0.85oz) lighter than Bluedio T4S. Although 24.1g (0.85 oz) seems ignorable, it is a big difference for over-ear headphones. So even if you wear Bluedio F2 for a long time, your ears or head will not feel uncomfortable.

It can provide strong bass sound.

Bluedio F2 beats Buledio T4S in sound quality, and it will definitely surprise you. Its overall sound is balanced and does not overexpress. Its vocals and musical instruments are much clearer than I expected. Whatever type of music, it can convey many complex sounds.Although F2 is not a heavy bass type, its bass is unexpectedly strong and not too exaggerated, which makes us satisfied. Besides, its overall sound quality is even close to LASMEX HB-65s which only surpasses a bit in music clarity. But if you are not a professional headphones enthusiast, Bluedio F2 will definitely meet your daily listening needs. 

It also features ANC function, but with compromise.

These headphones also pack the ANC function. When you are on a bus or subway, they can reduce the surrounding noise to some level. But you can’t expect it to have the same top effect of noise reduction of Bose. There is one thing you also need to notice. The music will be compressed when ANC is on, especially the treble and bass. So, if it is not necessary, we suggest that you turn off the ANC function to use the headphones.

Solid and stable Bluetooth connection

Bluedio F2 adopts Bluetooth 4.2, so its Bluetooth receiving range is larger than Bluetooth 4.1 that used in Bluedio T4S. I tried to connect the headphones to my phone and played music, then left the phone in place and began walking straight. When I walked to a distance of 39m (128ft), the music was intermittent. Of course, this also related to the Bluetooth version of the device. If there is a wall in between, the effect will be different as well.

Long-enough battery life

As for its battery life, Bluedio claims that it has 16 hours of call time and music time, and 650 hours of super long standby time. According to our testing, it could last xx hours while playing songs at a medium volume. 

Budget Pick: Havit i18

Budget Pick

Havit i18

Great sound quality beyond its price point

It features satisfying sound quality and comfortable fit at a low price.
US$ 28.99 from DIGSHOPAED 89.99 from DIGSHOP (UAE) Note: The price is based at the time of publishing.
Pros:
+Compact size+Soft earcups+Rotational earcups+Super long battery life
Cons:
-Can’t cover your ears completely-Not foldable

If you’re on a budget on a pair of Bluetooth headphones, Havit i18 is absolutely the perfect one for you. It comes with the best sound quality and most comfortable fit among the models we’ve met in this price range. 

Unexpected sound quality in such a low price

Havit i18 sounds balanced: the lows are rich and powerful, the mids are stable but not sluggish, and the highs are crisp but not harsh. However, if compared with our recommended headphones, the overall vocals still sound a little stuffy. These headphones may be unable to satisfy those who pursue the refined and precise audio response, but their sound quality is decent enough to let most people enjoy their favorite music.

Compact and flexible design

I prefer Havit i18’s comfortable fit. It is very lightweight and only 191.7g (6.76oz). Also, Its headband and ear cups are very soft. Even the cups press on your ears tightly, you won’t feel discomfort. What’s more, you can rotate the swiveling shaft to adjust the ear cups to fit your head, which is a rarity among other products in the same price range.

Solid connection and super long battery life

It features solid Bluetooth connection and incredible battery life as well. Based on our testing, when I was 20m (65.6ft) away from my phone, it started to be intermittent. Of course, the results may vary depending on different devices and walls. In addition, with about 24 hours of non-stop using frequency, when you fly for travel or business, just one charge is enough for you to use through the whole flight.

If you don’t want to spend too much money, this is for you.

When it comes to the overall performance, Havit i18 is much better than its competitors at the same price and can meet the demands of most people. If you don’t want to spend too much buying over-ear headphones, then Havit i18 is the most suitable for you.

When you own such inexpensive headphones, you can listen to podcasts while cleaning rooms without worrying about smudging your headphones; you can place them on a table at will and directly pick them up to use as needed; you will never feel sad about losing your headphones a lot.

Why do we choose Havit over Bluedio T2+?

Bluedio T2+ could be our budget pick as it was the best in sound quality we sought in the same price range, until we met Havit i18. After comparison, we found that the overall sound of Bluedio T2+ is stuffier and more blurring than Havit i18, and the music details are not as good as Havit i18 neither. Besides, the sponge earcups of Havit i18 are thicker and softer, which can isolate ambient noise more effectively. So Havit i18 wins in noise cancelation. Most importantly, Havit i18 ‘s rotatable ear cups really fit our heads nicely, while Bluedio T2+’s fixed ones can’t offer that same comfortable fit. 

Many low-priced headphones are roughly built, and this is the major problem most consumers care. Thus, we also compared the look and built quality of these two headphones. For the appearance, they’re both not bad. But if you look closely, the electroplated plastic parts make Bluedio T2+ seem a bit cheaper. For the detail, we think Havit i18 has a better texture. As a result, we chose Havit i18 over Bluedio T2+ as our budget pick. 

Havit i18 (Left) & Bluedio T2+ (Right)

Products to avoid

During the tests, we came cross some headphones with relatively hard ear cups and headbands, and these models were uncomfortable to wear. One of our colleagues who wore glasses put on these headphones and soon he felt hurt, because the headphones clamped the glasses’ frames. Additionally, we weren’t satisfied with their sound quality at all. Their muddy sounds assaulted our ears, and we couldn’t get any musical enjoyment. Therefore, I need to remind you not to buy such headphones. Besides, I suggest that before buying this type of headphones, you should read the reviews of the same headphones from different sites or purchase those that sell well on various online shopping sites and have excellent customer ratings.

About aptX

We often hear the question from our readers whether our picks for Bluetooth headphones support aptX. Maybe you are not familiar with aptX. It is a method of encoding and compressing audio, and enthusiasts claim it offers better sound via Bluetooth. However, only when both the device sending the audio and the headphones receiving the audio support aptX, can you get real benefits from aptX. There is often hit or miss. For example, MacBook Pro supports aptX, but iPhone doesn’t. So, before considering if aptX in headphones is a factor worth exploring, you should verify whether your playback device supports it.

Our team carried out a blind test. We used an APTX device to compare the sound quality of MP3, WAV, MP3 through SBC, and WAV through aptX. Generally, most testers found that the biggest difference depends on the quality of the original file, rather than the software which compresses it. This doesn’t mean that things would not change as technologies do, but now you need to think about if your ears require the extra expenditure for a pair of aptX headphones.

The rivalry

Plantronics BackBeat Sense: BackBeat Sense has awesome features, and I really want to own such a pair of headphones. The music you are listening will automatically pause as soon as you remove the headphones from your head and resume the playback when you put them on. The most amazing thing is that you can click a button to amplify the sounds around you. However, it is a pity that these features are not what we expect from over-ear headphones. And it has some major flaws in the sound quality. In our testing, we found that in the electric guitar range, the sound via Bluetooth had a concealed quality. It almost sounded as though we didn’t have the headphones on our ears all the way. The “s” sounds in words were so sibilant, and they almost whistled. It just made us unpleasant. Therefore, it couldn’t be our pick either.

JBL T450BT: Besides the unique power-on sound (like the engine sound of sports cars) that attracts my attention, other features let me down. It looks like cheap plastics. If you don’t notice its brand name, we almost thought it was some inferior product from an unknown brand. And its sound quality couldn’t meet our requirements: The female voices were dull, and the sounds of musical instruments weren’t natural.

Edifier W830BT: This pair comes from Edifier, a Chinese leading brand in audio and video system. We were very excited when we got this pair. The look attracts us and it comes very close to Sony MDR-1000X in design and is also as comfortable to wear. We almost considered it as our pick, but finally passed it over due to its sound quality. The lows were plain, and the highs couldn’t catch our ears in the same way as LASMEX HB-65s did. This set is not bad, but not so good as our picks.

TaoTronics TT BH-17: This set of headphones sells well on Amazon, so it has been included in our testing list. However, the exposed-cord design makes these headphones feel very terrible, and the sound quality isn’t up to our expectations. It is not even worth the budget price.

Sound Iontoun BT06: This pair also sells well on Amazon, and many YouTubers have recommended it. But as a competitor for the budget pick, it was defeated by Bluedio T2+ in all aspects. Hard headband, poorly-wrapped ear cups, putting it on my head makes me feel pressure and it can’t completely cover my ears. The sound quality was barely satisfying. They emphasized the lows with intense thump on purpose, and even muffled the vocal voices.

Bluedio HT: This is also a pair from Bluedio. We didn’t choose it because it caused a lot of pressure on our ears. If a set of headphones is uncomfortable to wear, we don’t even care how it sounds.

LOTONG L6S: This is also a pair from budget pick. It looks so weird, especially the luminous logo. This pair doesn’t have soft-enough ear pads and a protective headband. I couldn’t stand wearing these headphones even for a while.

Yinghuang Lhb15: There was a video delay and this made us directly gave it up.

Picun P8: These headphones have the shortest Bluetooth connection distance among all the headphones we tested. The design is too special to cater to most people’s aesthetic preferences.

Bingle FB110: Same, video delay. We couldn’t tolerate.

Numoneike N5: All our team members think these cans look very terrible. Now, it is tough to find the exposed-cord design in wireless Bluetooth headphones. Besides, the body will light up when you power them on, and if you walk along the street with these headphones on, you will be mistaken as an alien.

Bluedio T3: Bluedio’s model in this price range features trustworthy sound quality, but there is a big problem—the Bluetooth connection was very unstable once the headphones were away from the testing phone, especially with a wall in the middle. Obviously, this cannot meet our requirement.

KUWO H1: The ear cups are too small, and not soft enough. They couldn’t cover our ears, and I felt pressure on the head. The leaking sound was very serious. During the test, the colleague next me thought I turned on the speaker.

Taotronics BH17: Similarly, it also has the exposed-cord design which really affects the overall look of wireless Bluetooth headphones. In this competitive category, even a minor flaw could knock out the BH17 from the list of our picks.

Motorola PULSE: We were quite disappointed at its fit comfort. Putting it on caused much pressure to our head. The vocal voice was dull and the lows even boomed and sizzled. In this price range, Bluedio T4S defeated all competitors thanks to its balanced sound which is enjoyable to listen to.

HOLY SEREENT F5: This pair of headphones looks very distinctive and has its own design feature. But with the logo on it, it looks terrible. The ear cups are large enough and the ear pads are soft enough. It was quite comfortable to wear. However, the overall sounds from these headphones were fairly dull. It is deficient in both bass and treble. We took these into consideration and finally chose Bluedio T4S.

Bluedio Victory: The sound quality of these headphones brought surprises to us just like their look. The instrument sound is very delicate, and the vocal is also very clear. However, it sacrifices its own weight for pursuing the sound quality. When you wear them you’ll obviously feel the pressure on your head, and you’ll feel very uncomfortable if you wear them for a long time.

Edifier W800BT: The look of these headphones is designed to be very minimalist, and their ear cups are soft enough to be comfortable to wear. But it did not perform well in the coverage, they couldn’t completely wrap my ears. Its overall sound quality was also very mediocre, so we finally gave up on it.

Sony MDR-1000X (as benchmark product): They’re the world’s top headphones in active noise cancellation. The function of active noise cancellation is excellent, and it can offer wearers a quiet environment even the headphones are not playing music. Its sound quality performs very natural. The sound is delicate and soft as well as the vocal details are exactly right. It is lightweight and the ear cups are very soft, which makes it comfortable to wear.

BOSE QuietComfort 35 (as benchmark product): These are also one of the world’s top headphones in active noise cancellation. The active noise cancellation function is even better than the Sony MDR-1000X. Even there is no music playing, there will be no obvious background noise. For the sound quality, they sound clearly. The vocals and background sounds are of clarity. But for the bass, it is not as good as the Sony MDR-1000X. They are also much lighter than the Sony MDR-1000X and are more comfortable to wear.

Bluedio T2+: It was our Budget Pick, which outweighed other models in the same price range. However, after we found Havit i18, which surpasses T2+ no matter in sound quality or cozy fit, we decided to rule T2+ out.

Updated Log

Last updated: February 26, 2019

We bought 12 brand-new products and did a test and comparison. Finally, we picked Bluedio F2, which is not only close to our upgrade pick (LASMEX HB-65s) in sound quality but also very comfortable to wear, and Havit i18, which is better than our budget pick (Bluedio T2) no matter in sound quality or cozy fit.And, we also added the short reviews of other products that failed to be our picks below.

Havit I60: First, it is very narrow overall, which fits my head too tight and makes me uncomfortable. Plus, its earcups are not rotational, which doesn’t fit my head snugly. What’s more, the bass and vocals are no better than our pick Havit i18.

Bingle Q5: The sponge of the ear cushions is quite hard, and its earcups are not rotational, which makes me feel terrible wearing it. In addition, its overall sound quality is not very clear, especially the female voice, which is quite piercing.

Microlab Q3: The sound quality is pretty much the same as our pick Bluedio T4S, but it’s less comfortable than T4S as it clamps your ears.

Philips SHB3075: Although it’s lightweight and the earcups fit all people’s heads snugly, the sound quality is terrible and the tooth sound is high-pitched and piercing.

HP BM200: It looks nice and its sponge is soft. But its overall sound quality is stuffy along with the mediocre bass.

AUSDOM ANC8: It’s very light and comfortable to wear. I was looking forward to its sound quality. But after our comparison, it sounds stuffier than our pick Bluedio F2, and the music details are not rich.

Xiaomi Bluetooth Headphone: It’s also a lightweight type and comfortable to wear. However, when you play gentle songs, the background noise is quite loud. And female tooth sounds are shrill.

Philips SHB3175: It’s an on-ear type. The sponge of the ear cushions is very hard, which makes my ears uncomfortable. In addition, although it sounds clearer than Bluedio T4S, the bass is weaker. The overall sound quality is no better than Bluedio F2 neither.

Bluedio T5: It’s an upgrade version of Bluedio T4S. It comes with bigger earcups and it’s more comfortable to wear. It sounds clearer than T4S and has richer music details. However, it’s more expensive than F2 but worse in sound quality.

Bluedio T6: It’s the most comfortable over-ear headphones among Bluedio models. However, its sound quality is less clear than our pick LASMEX HB-65s, and even worse than Bluedio T5.

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  • Tashiya says:

    Bluedio T4S is a great product because you are getting way more for the price. I do recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to buy beats or bose because of the price. Let’s face it, I’m married and can’t splurge on the brand names 🙂

  • ifrah says:

    I don’t have much needs. Average sounds would be just enough, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. But at least it’s comfortable to wear. So I’ll go for the Havit.

  • kiiza jonan says:

    I’m in an office environment with chatter and white noise. So ANC is especially crucial for me. Do you have more ANC options? I badly need it… Thanks.

  • Rishitha says:

    For the Lasmex:

    Sound effect: not bad
    Appearance: good material
    Wearing: great, won’t drop

  • Farhad says:

    F2 has solid metal, comparable sound quality to famous brands, and the price is fair. 57mm driver units are great for the lows. not bad for the mids and highs, too. Good deal.

  • Denver says:

    High quality of Bluedio F2. I consider it’s better than some famous names. It’s comfortable to wear. I love listening to songs, and its sound quality is clear. I would say it’s worth the money. Of course, compared to BOSE, it’s slightly worse, but to others, it can give you surprises.

  • Sam says:

    I’m curious how comfortable these are, especially if you wear glasses.

  • Zack007 says:

    I completely convinced with your review and gonna buy Bluedio T4S..
    It’s above awesome headphones😍

  • James Hamilton says:

    One question, how does it charge? I am confused about it…

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