No jack plug, no problem: with these Bluetooth headphones you can enjoy your music wirelessly
Tuesday, 06.11.2018, 10:44
The tried and tested 3.5-millimeter jack plug disappears from more and more cell phones, which many classic headphones have suddenly become obsolete. We show you six Bluetooth models in the price range of 50 to 300 euros, with which you can enjoy your music and audiobooks wirelessly. Some even have hands-free calling.
If you own a smartphone without a headphone jack, there are currently only two options left: Either you arrange with a dongle or adapter, which is available in both a USB-C and a Lightning version, or you can start using it the Bluetooth technology. The range of corresponding wireless headphones is now of course huge, and they differ in form and price partly drastically from each other. Below is a brief overview of the different models.
Bluetooth headphones with strap
They are the veteran of wireless headphones and have been around since the very beginning of the Bluetooth transmission standard: Bluetooth headphones with brackets. If you have a budget of around 300 euros, you can buy the Bose Quiet Comfort Wireless, for example. The model convinced the trade press as well as numerous reviewers. The highlight here is the active noise reduction, which allows undisturbed music reproduction even in noisy surroundings such as a train. Due to the long battery life and the very convincing sound quality, there is hardly anything to suspend the headphones; only the price is quite high.
For about half as much money you get the JBL E65BTNC. Also this model offers Active-Noise-Canceling (ANC) as well as a decent sound, which convinced the testers of our partner CHIP.de. In the price range around 150 euro the headphones are definitely worth a look.
If you do not want to go without equipment despite a small budget, you should take a closer look at the TaoTronics TT-BH22 Bluetooth headphones. Here there are the same features as the two more expensive models, just in a slightly lower quality. Nevertheless, for less than 65 euros, the headphones from China in terms of price-performance ratio are almost unbeatable.
Bluetooth earphones à la Apple AirPods
Wireless earphones, so compact models without brackets, enjoy great popularity, especially with travelers. Among the pioneers in this field was Apple with the (controversial) AirPods. These headphones usually sound worse than similarly priced models with brackets, the battery lasts shorter and they are not exactly cheap given their size. But they weigh much less and are therefore generally more comfortable to wear. When it comes to design, the ghosts are different: One side thinks that the models look like a toothbrush head without cables, the other one celebrates Apple's latest design innovation. For 150 euros there are the earphones to buy.
A real alternative to Apple's AirPod should therefore have no cable that connects the two handsets. The TicPods Free from the Chinese company Mobvoi offer just that and beyond a noise reduction and touch control. Nevertheless, the alternative costs a little less with 130 euros. In design terms, they are always based on the original. The similarity does not end here: Even the moderate sound quality share the TicPods Free (unfortunately) with the AirPods.
A cheap alternative with cables between the handsets are the RHA MA390 in-ear headphones. The cable connection, for example, more space for a more durable battery is available. The earphones offer much that the AirPods offer, but without the completely wireless design. The big plus is the price: With 60 euros you are significantly cheaper than the Apple product.