10 Best Bluetooth Earbuds in 2017 (sports, noise-cancelling and budget models included)
Enjoy flexible wireless sound anywhere you go with these top rated Bluetooth earbuds.
What are the best Bluetooth earbuds on the market right now?
Check the comparison table below for some quick info…
… or read the in depth reviews of each model.
The models picked here are only the most popular and best rated Bluetooth in-ear earbuds you can get right now.
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Comparison Table: 10 Best Bluetooth Earbuds
iBattery life on full charge in hours.
|Price||Review||Mic & Controls||Water Resistant||aptX|
iThe best Bluetooth sound transmission codec. Needed on playing device too.
iBattery life on full charge in hours.
|Price||Review||Mic & Controls||Water Resistant||aptX|
iThe best Bluetooth sound transmission codec. Needed on playing device too.
Sony SBH80 (Top Pick)
|PowerBeats 3 Wireless||4.0||12h||$$$$ ($120-$200)||Review|
|Bose SoundSport Wireless (best sport model)||4.0||8h||$$$$ ($120-$200)||Review|
|Phiaton BT 220 NC||4.0||16h||$$$$ ($120-$200)||Review|
|MEE Audio X7 Plus||3.6||8h||$$$ ($80-$120)||Review|
|LG HBS-910 Tone Infinim||3.6||10h music|
|Phaiser BHS-930||4.4||10h||$$ ($30-$80)||Review|
|Brainwavz BLU-100||3.6||4h||$$ ($30-$80)||Review|
|TaoTronics Bluetooth Earbuds [Upgraded Version]||4.3||5h||$$ ($30-$80)||Review|
Best Bluetooth Earbuds Reviewed
- Great Sony durability
- Good fit and comfort
- A lot of features (Apt-X, NFC, 2 mic & remote)
- Good battery life up to 8h
- Great sound quality
- Some people dislike behind-the-neck fit
Sony SBH80 might not be super known Bluetooth earbuds, but for general use these are the best you can get right now in our opinion.
You wear them behind-the-ear way as this is the way they’re designed. The ear tips create a lighter seal compared to most IEMs though passive sound isolation is better than average compared to other Bluetooth earbuds. In general you can expect at least as good of sound isolation as from good wired in-ear monitors which is pretty nice.
In case you want to use them for running you can do it as the fit is stable enough in most cases.
Sony SBH80 Bluetooth IEMs are very comfy because of their super light structure and very soft ear tips. You can wear these for a long time without discomfort.
There is really nothing to complain about when it comes to comfort, they can be compared to the best in category.
As is normal with Sony, they are very well built. Don’t let the light weight fool you. You don’t have to be very careful with how you treat them.
They are made out of quality plastics and have a well thought of design without any weak points. They can also easily survive a bit of rain in case you get caught in a downpour once in a while, no need to treat them like they’re fragile.
You can connect them with Bluetooth or NFC, either way works as long as you have a compatible device. Android and iOS devices with Bluetooth and/or NFC are supported.
Bluetooth range is standard 30ft (10m), but you can get better range if there are no obstacles.
The battery life is also pretty good at about 6 hours per charge on medium volume, the higher the volume the faster the battery will empty. You can charge them up with micro USB cable.
You can connect 2 different devices at the same time which is a nice feature to have.
There is a microphone and 3 button remote on each side of the wires. This way it doesn’t matter with which hand you prefer to handle it plus the calling sound quality is better.
The sound is where Sony SBH80 outshines every other IEM in the category. With the Apt-X technology the sound quality can compare to wired models in the same price range. This is quite an achievement for a Bluetooth model.
Keep in mind you also need Apt-X supported music device so you won’t be able to use this if you own an iPhone.
Bass is very good, almost basshead level, yet somewhere in between. It’s deep and extended, but without really impacting the mid-range.
The mids are rich and detailed, they are just right and you can hear it. They create smooth sound without many peaks and that’s a good thing.
Treble might be the least prominent of all, it’s a bit laid back and controlled which isn’t necessarily bad, unless you’re looking for a flat signature.
Soundstage is also quite wide which is better than most Bluetooth earbuds will produce.
For the price of under $100 these Sony’s can easily compare to $150 IEMs in sound quality.
The combination of great build quality, good fit and comfort, a lot of features and great sound quality, Sony SBH80 are our top pick for Bluetooth earbuds right now.
- Perfect for bassheads, deep bass
- Plenty of volume
- Secure fit for exercise and activities
- Good overall upgrade from the Powerbeats2
- Best in class battery life (~12 hours)
- Not the best for moisture or sweat resistance
- Provided eartips are OK, but not great
- Included carrying case is cheap, not as good as the previous version
- Separate power button might be confusing at first
- Recharging issue noted (with a simple fix from Beats)
The Powerbeats3 Bluetooth earbuds are great for active bassheads.
With plenty of volume and a comfortable fit, these are an easy choice for long, high-energy workouts.
These earbuds fit fairly snug, and they stay secure rather well with the ear hook properly in place.
There are four different ear tip sizes provide, and while they are comfortable and work fine, a better fit may be achieved by upgrading to a premium eartip.
Passive noise isolation is good, but you will hear some ambient sounds if the eartip seal isn’t tight.
Some users may find the ear hook design to be challenging to get the right fit at first, but a tight and secure position can be achieved with a little practice.
Pressure points are minimal with the Powerbeats3 ear hook design and the under the ear cable stays out of the way.
Perfect for long listening sessions, the right eartip selection will allow you to customize the fit so you can listen for several hours.
A slide cinch is provided to assist with cable management behind the neck, and it is also useful for keeping the cable/control weight balanced.
The physical assembly of these earbuds is pretty good and they seem to be made with quality components.
It should be noted that the biggest issue with the Powerbeats3 is that the sweat and moisture resistance is not as good as expected.
The in-line controls are prone to getting damp and may fail or work intermittently with excessive exposure to moisture and sweat.
Overall physical construction, assembly, and cable quality is good.
The Powerbeats3 blow away the competition with their best in class 12-hour battery life.
This feature alone makes these earbuds great for long runs or endurance workouts.
And when low on juice, a short 5-minute charge can give you up to 1-hour of listening time.
The Bluetooth range is pretty solid, averaging about 100’ line of sight. And wireless pairing with devices is very easy.
Beats has noted a minor recharging issue that may happen for some users. You may need to do a reset or update the headphones if you have trouble recharging the battery after a month or so.
The Powerbeats3 feature a 3-button in-line control and a separate power on/off button.
Some users have complained that the power switch can be hard to find, but the controls are very simple and convenient to operate other than that.
The built-in talkback mic is OK and overall call quality is decent.
The only problem with the controls is their mediocre moisture resistance.
If you love bass, these earbuds are perfect for you. If you need solid low frequency performance and high volume output, the Powerbeats3 deliver all of that.
Consistent with other Beats products, these earbuds sound great with pop, hip-hop, and electronic music.
The Powerbeats3 and their larger drivers feature a reasonably wide dynamic range, and the sound quality doesn’t fall apart at high volume levels.
While the bass is full and deep, the highs and mids are well balanced and have a clear sonic presence.
Powerbeats3 have a premium price of around $199. They have a long battery life and deliver rich sound, while having a snug fit and being comfortable.
Take note of the moisture resistance issue, but certainly check these out if you want a good set of workout wireless earbuds.
- Very comfortable and stay in place well
- Signature Bose sound quality with good bass
- 3 sizes of soft StayHear ear tips
- Good sweat and moisture resistance
- Shorter than average battery life (~6 hours)
- Max volume may be lacking for some users
- Larger earbud casing sticks out from ear
- Button feedback on controller can take time to get used to
The latest SoundSport Wireless earbuds from Bose build on the success of previous models and offer great sound quality.
These Bluetooth earbuds are consistently ranked as #1 or #2 in the workout and activity categories, depending on whom you ask.
There are three different silicone eartip sizes to choose from, and the Bose “StayHear” eartip technology allows these earbuds to stay in place pretty well.
However, the bulky size of the earbuds can be a problem for those with smaller ears or are worried about the earbud sticking out too far.
Note that these are not active noise cancellation headphones.
Passive noise isolation is average at best. These earbuds will not block out a lot of ambient noise, and there will be a little bit of noise bleed from the headphones themselves.
Despite their large physical size, the Bose SoundSport earbuds are quite comfortable.
While they don’t really get any points for style, it is possible to wear these for several hours in the gym, around the house, or on a run.
The lightweight controller and wire connecting the earbuds is well designed and is not a nuisance.
These are definitely one of the most comfortable earbuds out there.
The SoundSport earbuds are fairly robust, especially when it comes to moisture and sweat resistance.
They are made of plastic, so keep that in mind when tossing them around in your gym bag.
Using the included carrying case (which is pretty nice by the way) will help keep these wireless earbuds lasting longer.
The only major downside with durability is that the plastic around the power button can crack or break if pressed too hard.
This is the category where the SoundSport Wireless comes up lacking.
With only 6 hours of battery life between charges, these are nowhere near the longest lasting wireless earbuds.
However, a 15-minute charge will provide an hour of playback time.
Some users have also reported that the actual battery life can be as much as 7 hours, so your experience may vary a little bit.
The wireless range is average (30-50’) and pairing with other Bluetooth devices is easy.
The inline controls on the Bose SoundSport Wireless are sleek and lightweight.
The large volume up/down buttons are easy to find. But the power button is rather small and harder to press. This can cause frustration for some users.
Users expecting a “click” or some sort of tactile response from pressing the buttons will find that feature less than ideal on the SoundSport.
Talkback functions work fine for accepting calls, but like a lot of wireless earbuds, the built-in microphone quality isn’t amazing.
The signature Bose sound quality is what makes these wireless earbuds a top pick on so many lists.
While the sound signature is certainly not flat, it isn’t overly saturated with excessive bass either.
Lows are warm, punchy, and easy to love.
The mids are well represented without being overly present.
Highs are crisp, but can become tinny when the volume is pushed to louder levels.
It should be noted that there is a firmware upgrade option that will certainly change the sound signature and maximum volume of the SoundSport earbuds.
The upgrade option does allow for a louder volume, but it may come at the expense of some of the high frequency quality and possible distortion.
Overall the Bose SoundSport Wireless sound quality is great for the average listener. Audiophiles and extreme bassheads may wish to check out some other alternatives.
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The Bose SoundSport Wireless earbuds sound great, are very comfortable to wear, and consistently work well.
Even with a rather short battery life of about 6 hours, these Bluetooth earbuds are still a top rated contender.
- Effective noise cancelling, up to 95% noise reduction
- Comfortable, lightweight design
- Great battery life with up to 16 hours of playtime
- Balanced sound signature
- Wind messes up with sound quality when ANC is on.
These are the best Bluetooth earbuds with noise cancelling technology. If you want to enjoy your music in peace over wireless Bluetooth connection and have all of this technology in small sized earbuds, Phiaton BT 220 NC are right for you.
They supposedly block up to 95% of background noise, in real life they are very effective and can even compare to the more expensive ANC (active noise cancelling) models.
The earbuds are quite big but because of their light structure they don’t pull down too heavily. The fit is good and the buds don’t fall out too easily.
The only problem with the fit is that they are quite big and if you want to sleep with them with the head on the side you won’t be able to do this comfortably.
Sound isolation is pretty good by itself with the ANC turned off, turn it on and you get almost silent background.
Comfort is good for everyday use and even for all day wearing. The ear tips that you get in the package are decent, but picking some Comply tips makes everything even better.
If you fly a lot and need a pair of comfortable earbuds for long continental flights, Phiaton BT 220 NC earbuds are perfect for this role.
When it comes to build quality the earbuds lack top notch materials as they are made out of plastics, but for the intended use of long flights or commute in a dry and relatively safe environment, they are more than good enough.
You might not want to get caught in the rain with these on or accidentally drop them on the floor as they aren’t built for moisture or physical abuse.
They use Bluetooth 4.0 which sounds fancy, but in reality it isn’t much different from any previous versions. They also have NFC support for an even easier connection and you can connect 2 devices at the same time.
The range is the standard 30ft (10m) or more in an open space.
All of the technology and battery is stored in an MP3-like looking device where you control the music, volume and connections. You can use them as wired earbuds as well.
The battery has been improved and now you get up to 16 hours of playtime per charge with Bluetooth and ANC enabled. This is very good battery life for a pair of earbuds. If you use one only one mode, only Bluetooth or only noise cancelling, you’ll get even better battery life.
Sound quality also doesn’t disappoint. It has a balanced sound signature with punchy bass, detailed mids and clear highs.
It isn’t a basshead model by any means, so bass is more to your liking you should look at some other model.
The only “problem” they still haven’t addressed is the wind sound when ANC is on. If you wear these outside on a windy day you’ll hear the noises of wind which is frustrating to say the least.
All in all, if you want some well-built Bluetooth noise cancelling earbuds with great battery and balanced sound, Phiaton BT 220 NC are right for you.
- Good fit suitable for sports
- As comfortable as any top earbuds in the category
- Good durability with sweat protection
- Good battery life at up to 8 hours per charge
- Bass heavier sound signature
- Bassy sound might be a con for some
MEE Audio X7 are one of the best Bluetooth earbuds right now, sure they also have a bigger price, but they are still great value for money.
MEEletronics Audio is known for making good sports headphones and the Bluetooth X7s are great workout earbuds as well. The older version has some difficulties and actually wasn’t such a good product, but things have improved with this model.
Fit is very important for any sports oriented headphones and with X7, MEE has nailed it. They are light and fit in ears perfectly forming a strong seal. They’re worn behind the neck. You can run, lift weights or do any other exercise without the fear of losing the seal.
Sound isolation is average for in-ear monitors which means it’s pretty good in general.
Because of their light weight you can easily wear them for hours and not feel irritated.
They sit well in ears and are probably one of the most comfortable Bluetooth earbuds we have ever tried. Of course this is a subjective matter, but most people should find them very comfortable as well.
Build quality is good and together with strong plastic casing and Liquipel protective layer you can put them through a lot of sweat without worrying about moisture damage.
These are made for sports and their design shows that.
Bluetooth (Battery) controls
Bluetooth 4.1 works just like any other version, you get up to 30ft (10m) of range without obstacles and can connect with any iOS, Android or Windows device.
The battery holds a good 8 hours of playback/talk time which is better than most other Bluetooth earbuds. You can connect them to 2 devices at the same time with Multipoint technology.
The in-line remote with buttons is intuitive and compatible with all devices. The microphone is good for making calls as long as your background noise isn’t too high.
Generally it has all the features you’d expect from a Bluetooth set like that.
The sound signature of the MEE Audio x7 Plus is slightly “bassy” and in certain bass heavy songs it is boomy as well. The treble and mids are well defined but still overpowered by bass most of the time.
If you’re a basshead and like “bassy” sound these earbuds are probably the best choice for you if you’re looking for Bluetooth earbuds.
It might not be the most bass heavy sound compared to wired models, but in the category these come closest to it.
Use Apt-X supported music devices for best sound quality.
They’re very similar to Sony SBH-80 but have a different sound signature.
If you’re looking for Bluetooth earbuds that you can do some sports with, get MEE Audio x7 Plus and enjoy good ergonomics with bass emphasized sound signature.
- Large earbud speakers for big sound
- Around the neck design
- Lifetime sweat-proof warranty
- Vibrating call alert feature
- Bluetooth range is rather short (10-20 inches)
- Durability issues with control buttons
- Phone call audio quality can be a problem with some mobile devices
With a stylish around-the-neck design and a modest price point, the Phiaser BHS 930 Bluetooth earbuds certainly deliver a lot of value.
The large 10mm earbud drivers provide quality sound and the physical design makes them very comfortable to wear.
Because the battery and controls are located in the neckband, the earbuds of the BHS 930 are small and easy to fit in the ear.
There are several sizes of Comply eartips included in the package, so you should be able to find a size that works best for you.
Passive noise isolation is good. And of course, the tighter the fit, the better the isolation.
The earbuds are lightweight and the neckband fits comfortably without seeming too bulky.
The neckband is actually thinner than other similar styles and brands, so you almost forget that it is there. And it can easily hide under a coat or shirt collar.
The earbud wires are not retractable, but there is some cable management provided.
However, the excess cable can hang a little loose or catch on hair, long earrings, or clothing.
The build quality of these wireless earbuds is actually pretty good considering their low cost.
There are really only three minor weak points to address.
The loose earbud cables can catch and be pulled out if you’re not careful.
The magnets that hold the earbuds in the storage socket are not very strong.
And some users have reported issues with the control buttons not lasting a long time. (This is fairly rare though.)
Phiaser provides a good warranty and exceptional customer service for this product.
Moisture resistance is quite good and the lifetime sweatproof warranty is a great feature, proving that the company really backs their product.
While the Bluetooth range for the BHS 930 is not that great (only 10-20’ on average), the battery life is exceptional.
Depending on how loud you listen, the battery life can easily extend beyond 10 hours.
The earbuds pair easily with mobile devices, just make sure you are close enough.
The sound quality for the BHS 930 is surprisingly full and rich.
Many wireless earbuds in this price range can lack depth and clarity, but the large drivers produce a full-range sound that is easy to listen to.
Bass is not overwhelming and is well balanced with the rest of the frequency range.
Mids can seem a little weak for some music genres, but overall they are fairly well defined.
Highs are crisp and clear, but they can break down a little bit at higher volume levels.
The inherent sound quality of these earbuds can certainly be improved even more with the use of an equalizer.
Phone call quality is pretty good, but some users may experience poorer quality connections and low voice quality with certain mobile devices.
Some users can also hear a little bit of digital signal noise if there is wifi or cellular signal interference.
These two sound quality issues are normally a problem with certain mobile devices, not the earbuds.
The vibrating call alert on the neckband is a nice feature that helps notify you of incoming calls even if the earbuds are not in your ears.
The Phiaser BHS 930 wireless earbuds are a solid value with quality sound and a long lasting battery.
Definitely consider these if you like the around-the-neck design and need a comfortable set of wireless earbuds.
- Good overall sound quality
- Retractable earbud cables
- Comfortable earbuds
- Very long battery life (10-16 hours)
- Poor talkback mic noise cancellation
- Cable retracting function can fail
- Bluetooth range is not great
The LG Tone Infinim HBS-910 model offers the iconic style of an around-the-neck wireless earbud with quality design features and performance.
Sound quality is very clear and the retractable earbud cables are a nice touch.
The small earbuds fit nicely and are easy to position in the ear.
Several eartip sizes help achieve a desired fit and proper isolation.
These earbuds definitely need to be inserted properly for the best quality sound and bass response, which of course will also help with modest passive noise isolation.
The HBS-910 earbuds and eartips are very comfortable.
The lightweight design makes these easy to wear all day without any noticeable pressure points often found with other wireless earbuds.
Retractable cables add to the comfort level since you won’t have excess cable dangling or catching on things.
The neckband is fairly lightweight as well and fits securely and comfortably.
It really depends on the workout and activity, but these headphones may not be the best to take to the gym.
The neckband is comfortable, but it will likely move around a bit with high activity levels and motion.
Sweat and moisture resistance is OK, but these headphones are not super rugged or designed for high moisture levels.
The thin earbud wires are nice and light, but they are one of the weakest links in LG’s design. They can break away if pulled too hard.
The retractable cable release can also seem a little cheap and may be prone to failure over time or heavy use.
The Bluetooth range for the HBS-910 is fairly short when compared to some other brands – only allowing for about 10-25’ line of sight.
The battery life is very good.
If used for phone calls, the talk time is up to 16 hours, and music playback time can exceed 10 hours.
The charge time is pretty quick, only requiring 2 hours for a full charge.
There are several control buttons located on either side of the neckband of the BHS-910.
Control functions include: power on/off, track play/pause, track reverse/advance, call accept/decline, and volume up/down.
The controls are easy to access, but there are different functions on either side of the neckband, so you need to remember where each control is located.
There are two talkback microphones located in either side of the neckband.
The LG Tone Infinim earbuds feature Harmon Kardon audio processing and something LG calls “Advanced Quad-Layer Speaker Technology”.
What does that mean for the sound quality? Well, the overall audio performance of the BHS-910 is quite good.
The bass is not massive, but it is articulate and clear in context with the rest of the frequencies.
Just make sure that you have a tight fit and seal on the earbuds for maximum bass response.
The mids are good. And the highs really shine through and are very clear.
Bassheads or electronic music fans may not love the sound signature of these earbuds, but they are perfectly suited for acoustic music and many other genres.
General phone call quality is good as well, but the talkback microphones do not really provide very much noise cancellation for listeners on the other end of the call.
LG delivers a great sounding and nicely styled product with the Tone Infinim HBS-910 model.
Perfect for wearing at work, commuting, or for light workouts, these wireless earbuds are definitely worth checking out if you like the neckband style.
- Lightweight and comfortable, despite bigger size
- Well built without any weak points
- A lot of features
- Affordable price
- Good, balanced sound quality with Apt-X
- Rather bad battery life
- Some fit issues during fast movement
Here are another Bluetooth earbuds that offer more than their money’s worth. The affordable price of Brainwavz BLU-100 gives you a lot of technology that won’t leave you lackluster.
Brainwavz is a company that is known for making good budget headphones and this is their first attempt at a Bluetooth model.
The earbuds are rather big, but still light and with a combination of Comply tips that you also get in the package, getting a good seal is easy.
They tend to lose the seal during faster movement, so they aren’t best suited for exercise. A quality pair of aftermarket ear tips might solve this problem, but it’s hard to know which tips are the best since we all have different ears. You’ll just have to test it for yourself.
Sound isolation is also good as you’d expect from any IEMs.
The big earbuds can be a bit of a problem if you want to sleep or lie down with them with your head on the side. This will be very uncomfortable if not impossible.
For general use the weight isn’t an issue and as long as you pick the right ear tips you shouldn’t feel any discomfort even after hours of wearing them.
You get 3 sizes of silicone ear tips and one pair of Comply S-400 tips.
Build quality is very good, it’s better than what you’d expect from a product with this price.
They’re made out of some kind of metal-like material and rubber and assembled together well. They don’t have any sweat protection so keep them safe from moisture.
The clamp carrying case is also sturdy and will keep your earbuds safe for a long time.
Bluetooth 4.0 with Apt-X support is what you get for connectivity and it works without any problems or bugs up to around 25ft (8m). You can connect it to iOS, Android or Windows devices.
You get a remote with 3 buttons by which you control the music and the microphone for making calls which does a good job. People will be able to clearly hear you without interruption.
The battery is probably the only feature that is slightly disappointing. You’ll get only about 4 hours of playtime out of them. A full charge takes up to 2 hours via micro USB cable. The battery is probably enough for most users, but you’ll have to spend more time keeping it charged.
Sound quality is also a pleasant surprise for a Bluetooth model. The neutral, balanced sound signature is more enjoyable than most earbuds in the category.
If you liked balanced sound without any of the ranges sticking out, you’ll like these.
There is a slight emphasis on mid-bass but you’ll only notice it if you’re a seasoned audiophile.
Bass, mids and treble are all well represented to give a pleasant, balanced sound. Make sure you music device has Apt-X support and enjoy the best sound quality Bluetooth can offer.
- Lightweight and compact design
- Comfortable eartips and earwings for secure fit
- OK battery life of about 5 hours
- Plastic construction is a little bit cheap
- Cable is on the longer side and could benefit from a cable management clip
- Included instructions are very basic
TaoTronics latest version of their Bluetooth Headphones features the latest 4.1 Bluetooth standard and great performance for a relatively low price.
These earbuds are comfortable to wear and are a great option for working out or jogging.
The eartips are soft, comfortable, and easy to put in the ear for a good seal.
The earwings help keep the earbuds in place securely, which is very helpful for active workouts.
There are several sizes of eartips and earwings provided to help you achieve the best possible fit.
Noise isolation is good, while still allowing you to hear some ambient noise for safety when running near busy streets.
These earbuds rank pretty high in comfort level and the silicone eartips are easy to change out if needed.
The only minor issue that can cause some discomfort or annoyance is the length of the cable and in-line controls that can hang to one side.
Some cable management may be necessary to achieve the right fit and cable balance for your head size.
The earbuds do protrude from the ear, so this model isn’t great if you wear them to bed or need to wear a helmet while listening.
One nice feature with these earbuds is the magnetic ends that clip together around your neck when you aren’t wearing them, like after a workout is over.
The TaoTronics Wireless Headphones are not known for being resistant to high levels of moisture or sweat.
However, most users will find that they perform rather well for normal levels of perspiration during a jog or workout.
Regular cleaning and attention to avoid direct water contact will help these last a long time.
The overall construction quality is OK, but be careful with the in-line controls when plugging in the charging micro USB cable.
The battery life and Bluetooth range on these wireless earbuds are average.
Playback time is about 5 hours or continuous calls or music.
Bluetooth range is about 20-35’ in most cases.
Charging is done by connecting a micro USB cable to the in-line controller.
There are three buttons on the in-line controller: the volume up/down buttons and a power/multi-function button in the middle.
The controls are fairly intuitive, but the spacing may take a little time to get used to for quick access.
Pairing is pretty easy, but some users may find the instruction manual for the controls to be lacking in detail.
The manufacturer does provide a few more details online and via email if needed.
Sound quality of the TaoTronics Wireless Headphones will not blow you away, but it is very respectable considering the modest price point.
The bass is OK, but certainly won’t satisfy a basshead.
Highs are clear without being too tinny or sharp.
The frequencies start to break up a bit and distort when the volume is turned up really high, but that is pretty common for lower cost headphones.
If you listen to a lot of audiobooks or podcasts, the frequency response of these earbuds is really good.
If you listen to a lot of hip-hop or electronic music, you might want to consider headphones with more bass response.
One more note about these wireless earbuds: the microphonics of the cable is noticeable, but proper cable management greatly minimizes any noise from this effect.
Finding a good set of wireless headphones under $50 can be a challenge. The latest TaoTronics Wireless Headphones definitely provide a lot of value for a good price.
- Lightweight and comfortable, fit suitable for sports
- Good durability with sweat-proof design
- Lots of features (Multipoint, Apt-X, Mic)
- Good battery life of up to 7h for a budget model
- Cheap price
- Great value for money
- Bass emphasized sound signature (good for bassheads)
- Bassy sound signature is disliked with audiophiles
- It’s a budget model with all its implications
If you’re looking for the best bang for you buck, you have to get these earbuds. The AYL Qy8 Bluetooth earbuds have everything and more you’d expect from a budget model.
There are many similar Qy8 models out there and each company adds their own features and settings to make it slightly different. AYL has done a great job at these that more than justify the $30 price.
In the picture they might seem pretty big, but in reality they are small enough to fit perfectly in your ears. The fit is very stable with the ear wings that you get in the package, perfect for working out or running.
Sound isolation is also pretty good as these are in-ear monitors after all. Just pick the right ear tips to give you the best seal.
They are very light, made out of plastics and the wires between the earbuds are just the right length. This makes them comfortable to wear in everyday situations or when exercising.
In the package you only get regular silicone ear tips, if you want something better you can always replace them with foam or similar aftermarket tips.
When you put them in your hands they don’t feel like they’re very sturdy, but in fact fare quite well. Since they are intended for sports use they’re also sweat-proof so sweat away all you want.
Build quality of the casing and buttons is good enough to function properly without having to put in extra care, it’s solid.
The AYL Qy8 use Bluetooth 4.1 which is supposedly better than previous versions, but isn’t much different. You can quickly and with a few button presses connect to any Bluetooth device in 30ft (10m) radius.
They support Apt-X which gives you the best sound quality possible over Bluetooth.
You can connect them to 2 devices at the same time to listen to music or accept calls.
The battery lasts up to 7 hours which is quite good for a cheap model like this.
You can connect iOS devices, you even get earbuds battery indicator on your iPhone, all Android and Windows devices.
The volume, play/pause, song control and for making/accepting calls are positioned on the earpiece and work as intended once you get used to them. The microphone also does the job and making hands-free calls becomes second nature.
Overall it’s packed with features that you’d except from premium, more expensive models.
Sound quality doesn’t disappoint either. You might think a cheap Bluetooth model like this can’t give half decent sound, but it actually does.
Now the sound can’t compare to high end audiophile headphones of course, but in the category of Bluetooth earbuds it does a commendable job.
They have bass heavy sound signature so sonic purist definitely won’t like them, but if you’re more of a basshead or don’t mind emphasized bass, you’ll like these.
The mids and treble can still be heard though they tend to get overpowered by deep bass. This isn’t necessarily bad as they are intended for sports so you won’t be looking for a perfect balance of all ranges.
Generally the sound is above average compared to most Bluetooth earbuds, just keep in mind you get the best sound quality with Apt-X supported music devices. (iPhones don’t have it).
All in all, if you have $30 to spend on Bluetooth earbuds, you’d be crazy not to get AYL Qy8 which is packed with features, has good ergonomics, good battery and fun sound signature.
Wireless (Bluetooth) vs. Wired
Wireless earbuds offer more flexibility of movement, this is especially helpful when it comes to sports or any other activity when you need to move a lot.
You like sports, you’re hitting the gym, riding your bike or just running frequently. You want small and comfortable headphones, preferably earbuds, that will last you the whole training, or bike tour without having to deal with pesky wires. Bluetooth headphones are perfect for that.
The advantage of wired earbuds is the price. They are usually cheaper to buy and easier to maintain, since you don’t have to charge them.
The Bluetooth technology is relatively old and is present in many electronic devices for many years now, but has only recently been employed for use in headphones and earbuds. It is a wireless technology that uses short length UHF radio waves over short distances.
It is perfect for establishing communication between devices with a simple button without having to set up any user configuration like with Wi-Fi.
A cool thing with Bluetooth headphones and headsets is that most of them have a microphone and control buttons on earpieces themselves. This makes it much easier to control the music and make/take calls without having to handle your connected device.
Earbuds also differentiate in how well they resist the water, the rain from the environment and sweat can be fatal to some earbuds. Make sure to get a sweat-proof version if you intend to use it for sports. There are many quality models to choose from.
For most extreme cases some are even water-proof underwater, suitable for water sports.
Check the video below for more info on wireless vs. wired.
What is the Average Range of Bluetooth?
The average range of Bluetooth connection is about 30ft (10m) depending on what type of devices you’re connecting and how many obstacles are in between.
In open space environment, like outside you will most often than not get better range than inside. Additionally the thickness of inside walls and how much metal they have plays an important role as well.
Is Sound Quality with Bluetooth Worse than With Wires?
Yes, for the wireless transmition of sound via Bluetooth, the data is compressed and thus it loses some of the sound quality.
But with the latest generations of Bluetooth devices, a lot of them come with Apt-X codec which fixes this issue. As long as you have Apt-X enabled music device you can get high quality sound over Bluetooth as well.
What Devices are Compatible with Bluetooth Earbuds?
All the modern smartphones and tablets, iOS, Android and Windows. So all iPhones and later Android and Windows devices, plus specific Bluetooth MP3 players as well.
Generally, if your music device has Bluetooth, you should be able to connect.
For more top lists check the links below.