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The market doesn’t really have a lot to offer when it comes to Bluetooth 5.0 headphones and earbuds. Most of them are true wireless in-ear headphones and they are usually made by some not so reputable manufacturers (generic Chinese brands). The number of big names in the audio industry engaged in Bluetooth 5.0 implementation is still very limited (Audio Technica, Sennheiser, Sony). As the number of devices (especially the number of smartphones) featuring Bluetooth 5.0 increases, the number of Bluetooth 5.0 headphones and earbuds will inevitably increase. For now, there are less than 50 models on the market, and our list of 15 best Bluetooth 5.0 headphones and earbuds is here to make your search easier. If you already have a smartphone with Bluetooth 5.0 built-in and want to experience the full capabilities of the latest wireless standard, this article is a great place to start your search. Even if you don’t find something you like, you will at least get the idea what to look for and what to pay attention to.
In the article, we will discuss the potentials of Bluetooth 5.0, problematize current capabilities of Bluetooth 5.0 headphones (in terms of audio quality, range, connection quality, etc.), and give you our selection of 15 best Bluetooth 5.0 headphones and earbuds.
Fair warning – don’t raise your hopes too high. Some Bluetooth 5.0 headphones offer slightly better performance than Bluetooth 4.2 headphones but they are not that better than the headphones featuring Bluetooth 4.0, 4.1, or 4.2 since the capabilities of Bluetooth 5.0 are not fully utilized, yet.
For starters, here’s our shortlist of the best Bluetooth 5.0 headphones and earbuds for different price ranges. Our absolute favorites are Paww WaveSound 3 and Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT.
The Evolution of Bluetooth
Bluetooth connection was introduced more than 20 years ago and it was first implemented in 2001. The number of Bluetooth-enabled devices increased exponentially and, by 2004, Bluetooth was installed in more than 250 million devices all over the world. The third version of Bluetooth was released in 2008. By the introduction of Bluetooth 4.0 (2011), Bluetooth was already ubiquitous technology and there were already many Bluetooth headphones and earbuds. Bluetooth 4.0 and its iterations (4.1 and 4.2) really changed the way the Bluetooth headphones sound. They enabled greater speeds and range and made the sound much better. Still, Bluetooth connection wasn’t able to compete with a wired connection and couldn’t deliver the same kind of audio fidelity. Bluetooth 5.0 was introduced in 2016 and it was supposed to enable further sound improvements and make the Bluetooth headphones a little bit better.
Potentials of Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth 5.0 was primarily developed with the IoT devices in mind and it is supposed to meet the requirements of IoT devices. The most important improvements compared to the previous Bluetooth 4.2 are greater speed (2x), greater range (4x), greater data rates (8x), and better connection quality (less interference). Greater speeds and data rates are supposed to mean more data transferred, less compression, and better sound quality but it’s not that simple.
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Does Bluetooth 5.0 actually sound better than the previous versions?
You see, it’s not all about the maximum speeds, bandwidth, and data rates. When it comes to Bluetooth headphones, it’s more about the supported audio codecs. You will probably get a greater range, more reliable connection, the ability to stream music from one phone to two pairs of headphones, but that doesn’t mean better sound quality.
The most common audio codecs supported by the majority of headphones are SBC and AAC. More advanced codecs are aptX, aptX – Low Latency, aptX-HD, and Sony’s proprietary LDAC codec. You can find these more advanced codecs on more expensive headphones. All these codecs enable lossy compression and they can’t really compete with the good-old wired connection. Bluetooth 5.0 has the potential to offer better sound quality but that requires the introduction of new Bluetooth codecs. So, if a pair of cheap Bluetooth 5.0 headphones or earbuds supports only AAC and SBC, there will be no significant difference in sound quality compared to the same pair of headphones featuring Bluetooth 4.2.
To conclude, at the moment, Bluetooth 5.0 doesn’t really bring a significant change when it comes to sound quality. Still, there are some improvements, especially in terms of range and connection reliability/stability, that make Bluetooth 5.0 headphones worth buying.
Now that you know some basic things about Bluetooth 5.0 capabilities and limitations of Bluetooth 5.0 headphones, we can move onto the list of 15 best Bluetooth headphones and earbuds. They are divided into 4 groups based on their prices – Best Under $30, Best Under $50, Best Under $100, and Best Over $100. Define your budget and find the headphones you like.
Best Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones and Earbuds Under $30
Basically, all the Bluetooth headphones under $30 are generic brands. The fact that that they are generic doesn’t necessarily mean they are bad but they definitely don’t deliver the same kind of performance as some pricier models.
TaoTronics SOUNDELITE 71
Editor’s Rating: (4.3 / 5)
The first model comes from a fairly recognizable Chinese manufacturer called TaoTronics. Their products are usually affordable but still very capable and feature-rich. That’s the case with these SOUNDELITE 71 earbuds, too.
The package contains one pair of TaoTronics SOUNDELITE 71 earbuds, 3 pairs of ear tips and in-ear hooks in different sizes, charging cable, small black carrying pouch, user manual, and 12-month warranty.
The earbuds are light (approx. 0.53oz) and look solid enough for the price. They are mostly made of plastic and the earpieces have magnetic ends. The cable is flat. It’s covered with silicone and it’s tangle-free.
Thanks to the included tips and hooks in different sizes, the stability these earbuds provide is quite impressive. They are good for all kinds of sports activities.
The inline controls are located on the right-hand side of the cable. The controller features 3 buttons (2 volume/track buttons and power/pairing button), one LED status indicator, and a built-in mic. Mastering the controls should not be an issue.
The earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.0 but you won’t get all the benefits that are supposed to come with Bluetooth 5.0. For example, the range is not extended. It’s pretty close to standard 30ft. The pairing is pretty quick but there is no NFC pairing. Also, you can’t pair the earbuds with two phones simultaneously (no multipoint pairing). The connection is perfectly reliable and without interference. Bluetooth module features support for aptX-HD which is supposed to offer better sound quality than the standard SBC codec.
The biggest highlight of these earbuds is probably the battery life. The advertised playtime is 18 hours and that’s pretty close to what you actually get at moderate volumes (50%). The playtime goes down to 10 hours at 100% which is still quite impressive. The recharge takes 2-3 hours.
The headset is IPX6-certified, which is a great thing if you want to use them for sports. They can definitely survive heavy sweating. Have in mind that they are not fully waterproof (not submersible in water).
Like many other earbuds on the market, SOUNDELITE 71 earbuds are quite bassy. The mids are a bit muddier due to heavy bass and the treble is a little bit sharp. We have also noticed some sibilance which becomes quite harsh at high volumes.
The microphone delivers satisfying performance but it’s not completely flawless. It doesn’t isolate all the noise and it will muffle your voice a little bit but you can still communicate with the person on the other end.
- Lightweight and comfy
- Decent build quality
- Good fit and stability
- Simple inline controls
- Bluetooth 5.0 with up to 30ft range
- Great battery life (up to 18h at 50% volume)
- IPX6-certified (water resistant)
- Good mic quality
- Decent noise isolation
- AptX-HD codec support
- Bassy and quite enjoyable sound quality
- Too much sharpness in the treble region
- Doesn’t offer the kind of range you are supposed to get with Bluetooth 5.0
Mpow Jaws Gen5 (Upgraded)
Editor’s Rating: (4.2 / 5)
Mpow Jaws are one of the bestselling Mpow earbuds. This is an interesting, good-sounding pair of budget earbuds. It is the fifth generation of Jaws with an upgraded Bluetooth connection and battery. One thing these earbuds are not made for are sports activities – they are not very stable and lack IPX certification (not waterproof or water resistant).
The earbuds come with 4 pairs of tips in XS, S, M, and L sizes, charging cable, user manual, and 2-year warranty.
This kind of design is not actually unique but it’s definitely interesting and likable. The neckband is reinforced with silicone, it’s bendable and quite elastic. The ends of the neckband are made of plastic which, to be quite honest, feels cheap and fragile. We also have some concerns regarding the wires connecting the earpieces with the neckband. They are thin and don’t look very durable.
We’ve had no major issues when it comes to comfort. It’s easy to find the right fit since there are 4 different ear tip sizes. The earpieces are stable enough for casual listening (while walking or sitting) but they are not stable enough for sports activities. Some additional stabilizers (like in-ear hooks) would make them better for sports but, even then, they will not be great since the neckband bounces up and down all the time.
The controls are located on the right neckband end and look a bit flimsy but are functional. You have three buttons – 2 volume/track buttons and power/pairing/call button.
One of the most important upgrades is Bluetooth 5.0 (the previous generation featured Bluetooth 4.1). The Bluetooth upgrade allowed faster pairing (it’s not NFC pairing), longer range (close to 50ft), and dual pairing (you can pair two devices with the headphones). The connection is very reliable and the interference is not an issue.
The battery life is another important upgrade. The previous version delivered 11h of playtime while the 5th generation delivers up to 18 hours of continuous playback at moderate volumes. The recharge takes up to 3 hours.
The sound is bassy but not too heavy. Low mids are a bit muddy due to bass emphasis, but the rest of the midrange and treble are quite detailed and balanced. All in all, the sound is really good considering the price.
The microphone delivers average performance. It sounds fine in quiet environments but it doesn’t handle the nose very well. Still, your voice will be intelligible in all situations.
- Decently comfortable
- Stable enough for casual listening
- Simple control scheme (3-button controls)
- Bluetooth 5.0 with greater range (up to 50ft), stable connection, and dual pairing capability
- Superb battery life (18h at 50% vol)
- Very good sound quality considering the price
- Satisfying mic quality
- The build quality is far from great (plastic neckband ends, exposed thin wires)
- The earbuds lack IPX rating (not water resistant)
- Not stable enough for workouts and other sports activities
SoundPEATS TrueFreee Wireless Earbuds
Editor’s Rating: (4.2 / 5)
The majority of Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds, especially the affordable ones are true wireless earbuds. SoundPEATS are the first wireless earbuds on this list. Their performance is pretty good but they are not the best choice for sports due to poor stability. SoundPEATS TrueFree would not be our first choice when it comes to true wireless earbuds.
The earbuds come along with 4 pairs of silicone tips, charging case, very short charging cable, and user manual.
SoundPEATS TrueFree buds are well-built and seem quite durable. They are slightly bulkier than the regular Bluetooth earbuds with wires and that could be a problem if you have small ears. They tend to stick out and if your ears are too small, they can easily fall out. This should not be a problem for people with average-sized or large ears. If you want something for casual listening to music and call answering, TrueFree buds are a good choice. On the other hand, if you want a pair of sports buds, these true wireless buds are not the smartest solution. They are simply not stable enough.
Each earpiece features only one multifunction button and both buttons have the same functions assigned to them and can be used individually (in mono mode). This multifunction button is used to power on/off, pair, play/pause, answer/reject/end calls, play next/previous song, activate stereo or mono mode, and turn on/off the voice prompts. Unfortunately, you can’t use this button to adjust the volume. You have to use your phone to do that.
The earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.0 module but they don’t really offer the kind of performance that’s expected from Bluetooth 5.0. The pairing takes some time (it’s not that fast), NFC feature is not supported, the range is 30ft, and the connection is stable within this range. One interesting feature is that you can pair one earbud with one phone and the other earbud with the other phone (in mono mode). You can’t pair two earbuds with two devices in stereo mode.
The battery life is not that impressive. You will get 3h of playback at 50% volume and, after that, you have to charge them for one hour. The good thing is that you can charge them on the go – the included charging case can charge both earbuds five times. So, you can get up to 15 hours of playtime in stereo mode (30h in mono mode if only one earbud is used at the time). The manufacturer tried to improve the battery life and avoid using larger batteries since that would make the earbuds larger. Still, having to charge the earbuds after less than 3h of listening is a bit inconvenient.
The sound is balanced and not too bassy. The emphasis is on the midrange frequencies and they are quite clear and articulate. The highs are not very detailed and maybe even a little bit dull.
The mic quality is not superb but it enables relatively clear communication. The noise handling is not perfect and it’s probably smarter to use the microphone in quiet environments (preferably indoors).
If you want to, you can use each earbud individually in mono mode (like a Bluetooth handsfree device).
- Wire-free and inconspicuous
- Light and comfy (for people with average-sized and large ears)
- One-button controls
- Stable Bluetooth connection
- Standard 30ft range
- Up to 3h of playtime per one charge (15 hours in total with the included charging case)
- Satisfying sound quality
- Two audio modes – mono and stereo
- Good mic quality
- No volume controls
- You won’t experience the full benefits of Bluetooth 5.0
MEE Audio M6B 2019 Edition
Editor’s Rating: (4.4 / 5)
These MEE Audio earphones are made for sports and active lifestyle. M6B is the upgraded version of the M6B wired earphones and it’s released in 2019. This is a great pair of budget wireless earphones and if you can’t spend more than $30, you won’t regret buying them.
The packaging contains your in-ear M6B headphones, 4 pairs of tips, short charging cable, and user manual.
In terms of design, M6B earphones look like professional in-ear monitors, mostly because of their over-the-ear hooks. They are a bit too plasticky but feel sturdy enough for a cheap pair of headphones. They are also IPX5-certified which makes them resistant to sweat.
We’ve had no issues with comfort and stability. If you have sensitive ears, those hooks could be problematic (due to friction). Other than that, the earphones are perfect for running and other sports activities.
The inline controls are located close to the right earbud. It’s a standard three-button controller with 2 volume/track buttons and one multifunction button (power/pairing/calls). The buttons are responsive and easy to use.
The earphones feature Bluetooth 5.0 but you won’t actually experience any of the benefits of Bluetooth 5.0 connection (except for the connection stability). The pairing process is pretty much standard and it takes a few seconds. The maximum range without obstacles is slightly extended (50ft+) but you will get less than 30ft when there are some obstacles between your phone and the earbuds. The connection is perfectly stable and without any dropouts within the 25ft range.
The battery offers 8-9h of playtime at 50% volume, which is not impressive but it’s good enough. Recharge takes 2-3h.
The thing we like the most about M6B in-ear headphones is sound quality. The bass response is quite extended. It’s punchy and powerful but not overwhelming. The midrange is pretty flat but the vocals are slightly recessed. The treble is just a little bit brighter than it should be but it’s not fatiguing or harsh. All in all, M6B earphones deliver surprisingly good sound considering the price.
You are not going to be amazed by the mic performance. Your voice will sound muddy and a little bit dark on the other end, but it will still be comprehensible. These earphones are not really made for phone calls and we don’t recommend using the microphone unless you really have to.
- Good build quality
- IPX5-certified (water resistant and sweatproof)
- Comfy around-the-ear design
- Great fit and stability
- Simple 3-button controls
- Reliable Bluetooth 5.0 connection with up to 30ft of range
- Satisfying battery life – up to 9h of playtime at 50% vol
- Very good sound quality (considering the price)
- Poor mic performance
- They don’t offer the range or any additional feature you would expect from a pair of Bluetooth 5.0 earphones
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ANKER Soundcore Spirit X
Editor’s Rating: (4.3 / 5)
Soundcore Spirit X is another pair of affordable sports earbuds. These are one of the best sports earbuds (in this price range) when it comes to build quality, water/sweat resistance, comfort, and stability. If you are looking for more balanced sound, Spirit X earbuds are not for you. Their sound signature is led by the bass which is great for gym workouts but it’s not that great for critical listening.
Along with your Spirit X earbuds, you’ll get 4 pair of silicone tips in different sizes, 3 pairs of in-ear wings (for additional stability), hard travel case, 2 cable clips (to adjust the cable size and prevent it from dangling), short charging cable, user manual, and 18-month warranty.
The earbuds have sporty but stylish design with undetachable over-ear hooks and a long cable connecting the earpieces. They are available in three colors – black, blue, and red.
The earbuds are made of plastic but don’t look cheap or fragile. Most of the parts, including the earpieces, are reinforced with some kind of waterproof coating (ANKER’s proprietary SweatGuard technology). The earbuds are fully waterproof (IPX7) and submersible in water – heavy sweating should not be a problem.
Comfort and stability are almost perfect. The earbuds are light. In order to provide the best possible fit, the manufacturer included 4 pairs of ear tips and three pairs of ear wings. The earbuds will stay in your ears even during the hardest workouts.
Like the majority of cheap/affordable earbuds, Spirit X feature 3-button inline controls with a built-in mic. The controls are simple and intuitive.
Spirit X earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.0 but you are not going to experience all the advertised benefits of Bluetooth 5.0. The connection is stable and reliable but the range is pretty much standard (it’s not extended). NFC pairing is not supported.
The battery delivers above-average playtime (compared to other headphones in this price range). You will get up to 12h per one charge (at 50-60% vol). The recharge takes up to 2h.
The sound is definitely bass-driven which is great for workouts and for finding the perfect rhythm. It’s not very refined or balanced. The mids are a little bit recessed while the highs are bright. Bluetooth connection supports only AAC and SBC codecs but lacks support for any of the more capable aptX codecs.
The built-in mic delivers average performance. It’s not perfect – it will muffle your voice a little bit and it can’t isolate all the ambient noise, but it’s usable.
- Very good build quality
- IPX7-certified (waterproof)
- Comfy and stable
- Reliable Bluetooth connection
- Bass-driven sound – perfect for workouts
- Satisfying mic performance
- The cable is a bit too long
- No support for aptX, aptX-HD or aptX-LL
- Only standard 33ft range (the range is not extended even though they are Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds)
- The sound is not refined or balanced
Editor’s Rating: (4.3 / 5)
This is another pair of true wireless earbuds. TT-BH053 look like a cheap and not so refined version of Apple AirPods. They offer decent performance for the price and if paying $200 for AirPods is not an option for you, you should check out these earbuds.
Along with the earbuds, you will get a nice-looking charging case, 3 pairs of silicone tips, and user manual.
As we’ve said, TT-BH053 earbuds are basically cheap AirPods. In terms of design, they are very similar. Their ear tips are angled (ergonomically designed) in order to provide better fit and stability.
The build quality is very good. They are made of dense plastic and look solid. The comfort is not an issue. You have three options when it comes to ear tips but there’s still a chance that you won’t find the right fit. People with small ears will definitely experience some issues. Once you find the right fit, their stability will be satisfying but not good enough for sports or any activity that includes a lot of head movements.
The manufacturers did everything to make the controls simple but it’s never easy when you have only two multifunction buttons (one button on each earbud). Tapping one of these buttons once, twice, or three times and long tapping for 3sec are all the available controls. You don’t have dedicated volume/power/track buttons. So, for example, if you want to increase the volume, you will have to tap the right earbud twice and if you want to decrease the volume, you will have to tap the left earbud twice. We completely understand why there are no more buttons but that doesn’t make the controls any simpler. You will definitely need some time to get used to.
The Bluetooth connection is perfectly stable. We haven’t noticed any interference. Once you pair them with your phone, the pairing is automatic (you don’t have to perform the pairing process every time). You can use the earbuds in mono or stereo mode. A small downside is that you can only use the left earbud in mono mode. The range is standard 30ft (the earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.0, but the range is not extended).
There’s a battery inside each earbud and they can provide up to 5h of music playback per one charge. The charging case (when fully charged) can provide an additional 36 hours of playtime. Charging the earbuds through the charging case takes 1 hour.
The sound is not perfect but it’s quite enjoyable. The bass is present and punchy but it’s not overemphasized and it’s nicely balanced with the midrange. The highs are a bit too emphasized and bright (even harsh and fatiguing with some treble-heavy tracks).
The mic delivers decent performance but it’s far from flawless. It picks up a certain amount of noise and it can muffle your voice but not to the point where the communication becomes impossible.
- Solid construction
- Very comfortable
- Stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection with up to 30ft of range
- Nicely balanced and clear sound with a treble emphasis
- Decent (but not flawless) mic performance
- Not stable enough for sports
- No dedicated volume/track buttons
- Controlling everything with only two buttons (one on each earbud) can be tricky
- Single mode works only with the left earbud
Editor’s Rating: (4.2 / 5)
TOZO T10 are also true wireless earbuds. Some of the features, like the IPX8 rating, could imply that they are made for sports but we don’t think they are secure/stable enough to stay put during heavy workouts since there are no additional hooks (in-ear or over-ear). It sounds odd but, since they are waterproof, T10 earbuds could be a good choice for showering if you are into that kind of stuff (we still prefer waterproof shower speakers).
The earbuds come along with 4 pairs of silicone tips in different sizes, charging case, charging cable (USB to micro USB), and user manual.
The earbuds are a little bit bulky but still very light. They are solidly built and feel like they can survive many droppings and all kinds of heavy use. They are also IPX8-certified (waterproof). All these characteristics imply that they are made for sports but they are definitely not stable enough for workouts, swimming, or any other kind of sports activity. Since they are waterproof, you could use them while showering. On the other hand, they offer a secure fit for casual listening and for some everyday activities (walking, commuting, office work).
If we would have to single out one thing we didn’t like, it would be the controls. You have only one button on each earbud and they can be used to play/pause the music or answer/end calls. You can’t use these buttons to control the volume or skip tracks and you have to use your phone to do that.
Bluetooth 5.0 connection delivers pretty good performance but it’s not the kind of performance you would expect from a Bluetooth 5.0 device (the range is not extended and the audio quality is not significantly better). Once you pair the headphones with your phone, your phone will be memorized, and they will pair automatically the next time. The Bluetooth range is 30ft. You can also use the earbuds in mono mode (use only one earbud as a Bluetooth headset).
There’s a built-in battery inside each earbud and the advertised playtime is 3.5h (for music playback). In reality, you will get 2.-3h per one charge which is far from great. Luckily, you can charge them on the go through the charging case. The case can fully charge both earbuds 3 times (up to 9 additional hours of playback).
The sound quality is not impressive. There a subtle bass emphasis. The mids are clear and articulate but not very detailed. The highs are a bit recessed and dull. The earbuds are quite loud and distortion is minimal.
The microphone delivers average performance in quiet environments and sub-par performance when there is too much noise. It muffles your voice and makes it distant and hollow but it’s still usable.
- Solid built quality and IPX8 certification
- Ergonomically designed, comfy, and stable enough for casual listening and everyday activities
- Reliable and stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection
- Decent Bluetooth range (up to 30ft with obstacles)
- Can be charged on the go (the charging case provides up to 9h of playtime)
- Enjoyable sound with a subtle bass-boost
- Not suitable for sports (not stable enough)
- No volume/track controls
- Less than 3h of playtime per one charge
- Poor mic performance
PASONOMI TWS-X9 (2019 version)
Editor’s Rating: (4.3 / 5)
PASONOMI TWS-X9 are true wireless earbuds, very similar to the previously reviewed TOZO T10. They are a bit more capable than T10 when it comes to battery life (charging case) and that’s basically the only important difference between the two models.
Inside the box, there are two earbuds packed inside the charging case. You’ll also get 5 pairs of silicone tips in different sizes, charging cable, travel pouch, user manual, and 1-year warranty.
In terms of design, PASONOMI X9 earbuds look the same as TOZO T10. They are also made of plastic and feel solid and durable. They are IPX7-certified (submersible in water) which implies that they are made for sports but they don’t offer the kind of stability that’s good enough for sports. They are secure enough for casual listening and some everyday activities like walking or commuting. You could also use them in the shower.
The controls are always tricky when it comes to true wireless earbuds. It’s simply too hard to place multiple buttons on a tiny earbud. So, instead of multiple volume, track, and playback controls, you have one button on each earbud and you have to use them for every single action. It’s not going to be easy at first, but it will get easier after a few days of use.
The Bluetooth connection works flawlessly but it doesn’t really offer the kind of performance you would expect from a Bluetooth 5.0 device. The pairing is done in 5-10 seconds. You can also pair them with two devices simultaneously (dual/multipoint pairing). The range is not extended (standard 30ft). We’ve had no issues with signal stability and interference. The earbuds can be used in stereo mode or in mono mode (like a Bluetooth headset).
Like the majority of true wireless earbuds, PASONOMI X9 earbuds deliver a relatively short playtime. You’ll get up to 4 hours (at 50% volume) per one charge. The charging case has very good capacity (2,200mAh) and can fully charge the earbuds 15-18 times. In theory, that means up to 72h of playtime. The charging case can also be used as a powerbank – you can use it to charge your phone on the go.
The sound is balanced and clear but not very sophisticated or detailed. The accent is on the bass but it’s not too emphasized and doesn’t overshadow the midrange. The highs are recessed and lack detail.
The microphone delivers satisfying performance in a quiet environment but doesn’t handle the noise well.
- Solid construction and IPX7 waterproof rating
- Comfy and secure enough for casual music listening
- Stable Bluetooth connection, dual pairing, mono and stereo modes
- 3-4h of playtime per one charge (+ 15-18 charging cycles through the charging case)
- The charging case can be used as a powerbank (you can use it to charge your phone)
- Balanced (but not very detailed) sound
- Satisfying mic performance
- Not stable enough for sports
- There are no separate volume/track controls
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TaoTronics TT-BH060 ANC Headphones
Editor’s Rating: (4.4 / 5)
TT-BH060 is one of the latest releases by TaoTronics. These ANC headphones are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 which enables an exceptional range and lowers the power consumption. The biggest highlights of these headphones are Bluetooth 5.0 connection and battery life (up to 30h). If you are into bass-heavy sound, you are going to love these headphones. If you are looking for something more balanced and refined, you should definitely avoid TT-BH060.
Along with the TT-BH060 ANC headphones, you will get a charging cable (it’s not USB-C cable), AUX cable, hard-shell travel case, and user manual.
The headphones feature simple but elegant and visually appealing design. In a way, they remind us of Bose QC35, only less premium.
We are not that impressed by the construction quality and selection of materials. The frame is made of metal, but there’s still a lot of plastic parts. Both frame and hinges look a bit cheap.
There’s nothing to complain about when it comes to comfort. The headphones are light, the earcups can rotate and swivel, and the ear cushions are soft and plushy. The headband padding is not that thick but it doesn’t cause any discomfort. The headphones are also foldable.
The control scheme is super-simple and easy to use. The right cup houses micro USB charging port and LED charging indicator. On the left cup, there are ANC button, built-in mic, AUX port, power button, and volume/track controls. The only problem could be the power button which is, at the same time, used to initiate pairing, play/pause the music, and answer/end/reject calls. All in all, you will get used to these controls in no time.
The headphones feature Bluetooth 5.0. The connection works flawlessly and it’s perfectly stable. The pairing is simple and takes 5sec. The headphones don’t support NFC pairing and multipoint pairing (you can only pair one device with the headphones). The range is quite impressive. When used with a Bluetooth 5.0 device (like Samsung Galaxy 9 or iPhone X), the range is 150ft (without obstacles). When there are obstacles, you will get 50-60ft. In case you want to save the battery, you can use the headphones in wired mode. The headphones don’t support aptX, aptX-HD, aptX-LL codecs which makes them bad for watching any kind of video content – the latency (audio lag) is really noticeable.
The battery life is one of the biggest highlights. You’ll get up to 30h at 50% volume (with the ANC feature enabled). The recharge takes only 1h which is really impressive. The headphones also support fast charging – 5min of charging will provide you with up to 2h of wireless use.
The sound is bass-heavy. There’s a strong emphasis on the mid-bass and it extends to upper-bass and low-midrange frequencies. Depending on the song you are listening to, bass can be quite boomy and it can put a huge shadow on the midrange. The treble is a bit lifeless and lacks detail. The headphones offer very good passive noise isolation. ANC feature is useful but not great. It will isolate certain low and midrange frequencies but it’s not going to eliminate all the noise. Also, the ANC feature affects the sound and changes the sound signature (makes it hollow).
The microphone delivers average performance. It works fine when you are in a quiet environment, but it’s not that great in loud environments. One more thing – you can’t use the microphone in wired mode (the included AUX cable doesn’t have inline controls with a built-in mic).
- Simple and elegant design
- Comfy and secure fit
- Reliable Bluetooth 5.0 connection
- Very good range (up to 150ft without obstacles when used in combination with Bluetooth 5.0 phone)
- Additional AUX connection
- Great battery life (up to 30h per one charge)
- Supports fast charging (5min of charging = 2h of listening)
- Bassy sound signature
- Decent active noise canceling
- Satisfying mic performance
- Poor build quality (too plasticky)
- The sound becomes hollow when the ANC is on
- Dual/multipoint pairing is not supported
- The headphones don’t support aptX, aptX-HD, aptX-LL or LDAC codecs (only SBC and AAC)
- If you are into more balanced and refined sound, these headphones are not a good choice
Paww WaveSound 3 (2019 Edition)
Editor’s Rating: (4.6 / 5)
This is the upgraded version of the old Paww WaveSound 3. The new version features improved connectivity (Bluetooth 5.0 instead of Bluetooth 4.0, greater Bluetooth range, more reliable connection) and better sound (aptX – Low Latency codec). It also has some additional features (ShareMe). Both old and new versions are named the same and look almost exactly the same which can be confusing. Be sure to check the specs before ordering Paww WaveSound 3.
Along with the headphones, you’ll get a hard-shell travel case, AUX cable, charging cable (it’s not USB-C cable), airplane adapter, and user manual.
Paw WaveSound 3 headphones look simple but still very elegant and likable. The construction is solid with some metal reinforcements and metal frame. The plastic parts don’t feel cheap – they are dense and sturdy.
Comfort is mostly satisfying. They could be a bit tight, especially if you have a large head and they will inevitably cause some ear sweating after a few hours of wearing but that’s completely understandable since they are closed-back headphones. If you don’t mind these minor design-related comfort issues, you are going to love these headphones. The paddings on the headband and on the earcups are thick and plushy, the weight is nicely distributed, the earcups can rotate and swivel, the headband is adjustable, and the headphones are foldable. On top of all these features, this upgraded version is also lighter than the previous version.
Most of the controls are located on the outer end (cover) of the right cup. The control scheme is simple and easy to master. The cup houses 2 volume buttons, 2 track buttons, and 1 multifunction button (power/pairing/play/pause/call). AUX port and mic are also located on the right cup. ANC switch and micro USB charging port are located on the left cup.
The headphones feature Bluetooth 5.0 which brings some really great improvements. The pairing is simple and fast. The range is really impressive. The advertised range is 800ft (when the devices are in the line of sight). In reality, you will get more than 200ft without obstacles. Bluetooth 5.0 also enables multipoint pairing so you can connect the headphones to two devices at the same time. There’s one more additional feature called ‘’ShareMe’’. This feature allows you to connect two Paww WaveSound 3 pairs to one device at the same time (the device has to be Bluetooth 5.0 enabled). The headphones support Google Assistant and Siri in Bluetooth mode. Bluetooth 5.0 module supports aptX low latency codec which improves the sound quality and makes the audio lag (latency) barely noticeable. If you want to save battery, you can use the headphones in wired mode (the AUX cable is included).
The manufacturer decided not to upgrade the battery. Just like the previous version, Paww WaveSound 3 headphones deliver up to 16h per one charge (with the ANC off). The recharge takes up to 2h.
Compared to the previous version, the 2019 Edition sounds much better (mostly because of the aptX-LL support). The bass is more present and punchier and the sound is balanced, rich, and detailed. The headphones are also quite loud and the distortion is minimal. When you turn on the ANC, the sound becomes just a little bit quieter but still quite full and enjoyable.
The ANC feature is effective but not perfect. It will isolate most of the noise but it can’t eliminate all the noise. It’s really great when it comes to constant low-frequency noise but it doesn’t do well when it comes to high-pitched sounds.
The mic is usable in a quiet environment but can’t really eliminate any noise and it will make the communication in loud environments much harder.
- Very good build quality
- Satisfying comfort
- Simple control scheme
- Great Bluetooth 5.0 connection – excellent range, stable connection, ShareMe feature, multipoint pairing
- Good battery life – up to 16h per one charge
- Balanced and enjoyable sound with a subtle bass emphasis
- Good noise canceling
- Below-average mic performance
- The ANC feature doesn’t work in wired mode
iTeknic ANC Headphones
Editor’s Rating: (4.4 / 5)
iTeknic is another generic brand. We’ve found this exact model under different names (TaoTronics TT-BH046 is one of them), but we’ve picked out iTeknic because it’s the cheapest. In terms of performance, these headphones are very similar to the previously mentioned TT-BH060. Their strongest features are the battery life, fast charging, and stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection (but without any additional features you would expect from a Bluetooth 5.0 device).
Inside the box, you will find your iTeknic headphones, charging cable, AUX cable, airplane adapter, hard-shell travel case, user manual, and 1-year warranty.
The headphones are sleek and elegant without too many redundant details. The comfort should not be an issue unless you have a large head. The ear cushions are thick and soft. The headband padding is not that thick but since the weight is evenly distributed, they don’t cause any pain or fatigue. The earcups are rotatable and can swivel which should provide a great fit. The headphones are also foldable. The only problem could be the clamping force – they are a bit tight which makes them more stable but less comfortable.
All the control buttons are located on the right cup. On the back side, you have 2 volume/track buttons and one multifunction button (power/play/pause/call button). On the front side of the right cup, there’s the ANC switch. AUX port is also located on the right cup. The charging port is located on the left cup.
The headphones feature Bluetooth 5.0 but don’t offer any of the extra features you are supposed to get with Bluetooth 5.0. You won’t get an extended Bluetooth range (only standard 30ft), multipoint pairing, or dual audio. The connection is stable and reliable and that’s the biggest advantage you will get with the iTeknic headphones and their Bluetooth 5.0 connection. Like any other Bluetooth headphones, these are compatible with iOS, Android, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
One of the greatest highlights is battery life. You will get almost 30 hours in Bluetooth mode if the ANC is disabled. When the hybrid noise canceling is enabled, the playtime drops to 11-12 hours. The headphones support fast charging and can provide you with 2 hours of playback after only 5min of charging. It takes less than an hour to fully charge the battery. If the battery is dead or if you want to save some power, you can use the headphones in wired mode (AUX cable is included).
The sound is bass-heavy but the headphones are not as boomy as previously reviewed TT-BH060. The mids are slightly recessed and the voices are pushed back but still present. The highs are not crazy detailed and they definitely lack some brightness.
The ANC feature offers decent noise canceling. It will completely eliminate all the constant low-frequency noise but it will not isolate human voices or high-pitched sounds.
The microphone delivers sub-par performance. It’s good enough for quiet environments but it doesn’t handle the noise well. Answering a call in a noisy street is not a smart move.
- Comfy and secure fit
- Simple controls
- Satisfying Bluetooth connection (stable and reliable, 30ft range)
- Very good battery life (30h in Bluetooth mode with the ANC off, 11 hours with the ANC on)
- Fast charging feature (5min of charging = 2h of playback)
- Bass-heavy sound
- Decent noise canceling
- Too plasticky
- No aptX or LDAC support
- Multipoint pairing is not supported
- Poor mic performance
Best Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones and Earbuds Over $100
COWIN SE7 ANC Headphones
Editor’s Rating: (4.5 / 5)
COWIN SE7 is the upgraded version of the COWIN’s bestsellers E7 and E7 PRO. SE7 headphones have an extended Bluetooth range, they feature support for atpX Bluetooth codec, and deliver pretty impressive playtime. Some of the most noticeable downsides are poor mic performance and lack of support for multipoint pairing.
The package contains your headphones, black travel pouch, one 3.5mm audio cable (without inline controls), charging cable (it’s not a USB-C cable), ¼-in adapter, and user manual.
SE7 headphones have a slightly lower profile than the E7 and E7 PRO. They are a bit lighter and less bulky. They are also mostly made of plastic but don’t look as cheap as E7 and E7 PRO headphones. The plastic parts look thicker more durable. All in all, there are some noticeable improvements when it comes to construction and the overall build quality is on par with the price.
SE7 headphones are also comfier than the E7. They are lighter and the weight is evenly distributed. The headband padding is not very thick but that doesn’t make them less comfortable. The ear cushions are made of memory foam and have a fake leather finish. They are quite soft and pleasant. The headphones are foldable, the earcups can swivel and rotate, the headband is adjustable and can fit all head sizes. The only problem, when it comes to comfort, could be their closed-back design and their tightness but none of these things are unexpected and they are definitely not deal breakers.
The control scheme is simple and takes no time to master. All the controls and inputs are on the right earcup. You have four control buttons – ANC switch, two volume buttons, and power button (located between the volume up and volume down buttons). The power button is also used to play/pause the music, answer/reject calls, and initiate pairing. The right cup also houses the AUX input and micro USB charging port. The buttons are perfectly responsive. We didn’t like the fact that you have to hold the power button for almost 5sec to initiate pairing but that’s just a minor issue. Also, we are not amazed by the sound prompts. Some people might find them useful but it’s kind of redundant when you know what you’re doing. That high-pitched sound indicating that you have reached the max volume is particularly annoying.
One of the most important advantages of these headphones is Bluetooth 5.0. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth version, the headphones have an extended Bluetooth range (up to 50ft with obstacles, 100ft+ within the line of sight). The connection is perfectly stable within the 45ft range. SE7 headphones also support aptX Bluetooth audio codec which is supposed to improve sound quality and reduce the audio delay. They don’t support aptX – Low Latency (the audio lag is reduced but still noticeable). Unfortunately, the headphones don’t support multipoint pairing and NFC pairing. If you run out of battery or if you want to preserve it, you can use the headphones in wired mode.
The built-in battery delivers an impressive playtime. Without the ANC feature, you’ll get up to 50h of playback. The playtime is reduced to 20h when the ANC is enabled. Recharge takes 2-3 hours.
SE7 headphones don’t really deliver refined, detailed, or rich sound. The bass is not extended but some mid-bass and especially upper-bass frequencies are boosted (it’s not as subtle boost). The boost extends to low midrange which makes the vocals thicker. The highs are suppressed and lack detail and brightness. This kind of sound signature is suitable for bass-heavy music but doesn’t seem right for vocal-oriented music. If you are into bass, you are going to love them.
The ANC feature delivers an average performance. It’s pretty good for constant low-frequency noises but it can’t eliminate all the high-pitched noise. Considering the price, the ANC performance is quite satisfying.
The built-in microphone is one of the biggest downsides. It’s not completely unusable but it will make your voice darker and thin. The noise is not handled well and it will additionally muffle your voice.
- Improved build quality (compared to the previous E7 and E7 PRO models)
- Comfy and relatively light for a pair of over-ear headphones
- Simple control scheme
- Reliable Bluetooth 5.0 connection with an extended Bluetooth range (50ft+)
- Supports aptX Bluetooth codec
- The headphones can be used as wired or wireless
- Very good battery life – 50h without the ANC (up to 20h with the ANC)
- Decent active noise canceling
- Bassy sound signature – perfect for bass heads
- High-pitched voice prompts are disruptive and annoying (especially the max volume prompt)
- ANC feature affects the sound (the bass response is weaker when the ANC is enabled)
- Poor mic performance
- Noticeable audio delay
- Multipoint pairing and NFC pairing are not supported
- If you prefer more balanced and more refined sound, you should look elsewhere
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Editor’s Rating: (4.7 / 5)
Samsung Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods. These are also true wireless earbuds. They are specially designed for Samsung’s S10 line of products but they are compatible with all Android and iOS devices. Still, you’ll get the best performance and functionality if you are using them with Samsung phones. The earbuds are tuned by the AKG which guarantees great sound quality. Galaxy buds are our top pick when it comes to true wireless earbuds. They can even outperform Apple AirPods.
The buds come along with a tiny charging case, charging cable (USB-C to USB-A), 3 pairs of different-sized ear tips and wingtips (S, M, L), user manual, and 1-year warranty.
In terms of shape, these earbuds are not much different from all those generic true wireless earbuds but they still look sleeker, more elegant, and less bulky. They also feel much more durable. The plastic they are made of is dense and solid. The manufacturer claims they are splash-proof but they are only IPX2-certified. This should be good enough for workouts and running.
Thanks to those included silicone tips and wingtips, Galaxy Buds are much more stable than any other pair of true wireless earbuds on this list. This makes them perfect for any kind of sports activity. There’s nothing to complain about when it comes to comfort. The buds are light and ergonomically angled to provide a better fit.
Like any other pair of earbuds, Galaxy Buds have one touch-sensitive button on each earbud. Controlling everything with those two buttons is tricky at first but gets easier with time. Another great thing that gives you some additional control over the playback and other settings is the Galaxy Wearable app. This app is available for Android devices and it will offer the best performance with Samsung phones. You can use the app to play with the EQ presets or to assign a certain function to those control buttons (you can program the volume controls or activate Google Assistant). This app will also allow you to activate the ‘’ambient mode’’ (we will talk about this feature later) and find your earbuds.
The headphones feature Bluetooth 5.0. The connection is not absolutely flawless (we’ve experienced a signal dropout once or twice) but it still offers satisfying reliability. The pairing is practically automatic (they are in pairing mode the moment you take them out of the charging case) and they will always pair with the last paired phone. Unfortunately, the earbuds don’t support NFC pairing and multipoint pairing. The Bluetooth range is not extended – within the line of sight, the range is approx. 40ft. The Bluetooth module supports SBC and AAC. Thanks to AAC support, the earbuds will deliver pretty good sonic performance when connected to iOS devices. When connected to Samsung phones, the earbuds will use Samsung’s proprietary scalable codec which additionally improves connection stability and sound quality. Bluetooth module doesn’t support aptX, aptX-LL, or aptX-HD which could be a deal breaker for Android users. The lack of aptX support will cause some noticeable audio lag when watching videos (YouTube, Netflix, etc.).
Galaxy Buds have a great battery life (for a pair of true wireless earbuds). They will deliver more than 6h per one charge and the charging case will provide an additional 7 hours. Recharge takes less than an hour and you can also get 2 hours of playtime after only 15min of charging. The case also supports wireless charging – you just have to place the buds inside the case and place the case on top of some QI-compatible charging pad. You can even activate Wireless PowerShare feature on your Galaxy 10, place the charging case on top of the phone, and the earbuds will charge.
In terms of sound quality, these buds are surprisingly good. AKG did a great job tuning them. The sound is balanced, detailed, and rich. There’s a subtle bass boost but it’s not too emphasized and it doesn’t muffle the midrange. The earbuds deliver punchy sound but are not boomy. The treble is very accurate and detailed without too much brightness.
Another additional feature you can activate through the app is the so-called ambient mode. You can activate it if you want to stay aware of some ambient sounds (for example, if you want to stay aware of human voices while listening to music). This feature basically amplifies certain ambient sounds and mixes them with your music.
There are two mics installed inside each earbud. The microphones offer above-average performance. In quiet environments, the voices are perfectly clear and comprehensible. We’ve experienced some issues in loud environments, especially in windy weather and when the ambient mode is activated – the mics tend to amplify the wind whistles and muffle your voice.
- Reasonable price (compared to AirPods)
- Great build quality
- Superb comfort and secure fit
- The controls are tricky at first but using them gets much easier with time
- Galaxy Wearable app (Equalizer, ambient mode, Find My Earbuds)
- Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC, AAC, and Samsung scalable codec support
- Satisfying Bluetooth range (up to 40ft within the line of sight)
- Very good battery life for a pair of earbuds (6h per one charge + 7h through the charging case)
- Wireless charging
- Nicely balanced and enjoyable sound with a subtle bass emphasis
- Ambient mode for improved awareness
- Very good mic performance and call clarity
- The manufacturer claims they are splash proof (IPX4) but they are only IPX2-certified
- No aptX support – noticeable audio lag when watching videos (especially when connected to non-Samsung Android phones)
- Multipoint pairing is not supported
Editor’s Rating: (4.8 / 5)
ATH-M50xBT is the wireless version of the Audio-Technica’s bestselling ATH-M50 headphones. This is basically the good-old ATH-M50 (same design, same shape, same drivers, same tuning) with a built-in Bluetooth module and some additional controls. If you liked the wired version, there’s no reason not to love these. Their biggest highlights are impressive battery life (40h) and great sound quality. These headphones are all about sound and convenience.
The headphones come along with a charging cable (it’s not USB-C cable), AUX cable with inline controls, carrying pouch, and user manual.
ATH-M50xBT headphones feature the same kind of toy-like design as their predecessors ATH-M50. This upgraded version is just a little bit larger and heavier, and it has some additional controls on the earcup, but it’s still very recognizable.
The build quality is satisfying. They are not the sturdiest headphones on the market but they can survive all the rigors of everyday use. The frame is made of metal and most of the plastic parts are made of dense and sturdy plastic. They don’t feel cheap or fragile.
There is not much to complain about when it comes to comfort. The paddings on the headband and on the earcups are not extremely thick but they are soft and plushy. The clamping force is optimal, maybe even a little bit loose. This kind of clamping force improves breathability and comfort but makes them a little bit unstable. They are perfect for casual listening and some moderate physical activities (like walking) but they are definitely not made for sports. The headphones are also foldable and the earcups can rotate and swivel.
Unlike the original M50 version, M50xBT headphones have control buttons on the right earcup. The control scheme is nice and simple. You have the on/off switch, two volume/track buttons, and one multifunction button. The right cup also houses a micro USB charging port and AUX port for wired connection. The lack of USB-C charging port is a bit disappointing but it’s not a huge deal breaker. Audio-Technica logo on the right earcup cover is actually another button. You can use it to activate Google Assistant or Siri. In addition to these control buttons, there’s the Audio-Technica companion app called Connect app (available for Android and iOS). The app is pretty basic and doesn’t offer any customization options (no EQ settings or presets, for example). The app will show you the battery status and allow you to activate the aptX codec. It can also help you find the headphones if you lose them (it tracks your location).
The headphones feature the latest Bluetooth 5.0 with great connection stability and very good range (more than 50ft within the line of sight). The Bluetooth module supports SBC, AAC, and aptX codecs. AptX support is definitely a plus but that’s not good enough for videos – you will definitely notice some audio lag when watching video content. The headphones will be in pairing mode when you turn them on and they will almost instantly appear in your list of available devices. Unfortunately, the headphones don’t support multipoint pairing so you can’t pair them with two phones at the same time.
The battery life is one of the greatest highlights. The built-in battery delivers almost 40 hours of playtime per charge. We didn’t like the fact that charging takes 6-7 hours. When you run out of battery, you can use them in wired mode. The included AUX cable has inline controls and a built-in mic which is quite convenient.
The audio quality is quite good. ATH-M50xBT don’t offer the most accurate/flat frequency response but their sonic performance is still very enjoyable. The bass is extended and slightly emphasized. It’s quite punchy, present, and fun. The midrange is nicely balanced and quite flat but it’s slightly recessed. The treble is also very detailed and consistent.
The built-in microphone delivers average performance. It’s actually quite good in quiet environments but it can’t handle the ambient noise and it will muffle your voice and make it a bit distant.
- Recognizable ATH-M50 design
- Decent build quality
- Very simple and easy-to-use control scheme
- Audio-Technica CONNECT app (only basic features – codec selection, battery status)
- Stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection with AAC, SBC, and aptX support
- Great Bluetooth range (more than 50ft within the line of sight)
- Wired and wireless connection
- Excellent battery life (up to 40h per one charge)
- Very good sound quality (slight bass emphasis)
- Average mic performance
- Too long charging time – it takes 7 hours to fully charge the battery
- Noticeable audio lag in Bluetooth mode (not suitable for video content)
- No multipoint pairing
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds
Editor’s Rating: (4.8 / 5)
Sennheiser was very cautious when it comes to Bluetooth 5.0 implementation and true wireless earbuds. They have waited for quite some time to release these earbuds. Sennheiser Momentum is the first pair of true wireless earbuds made by the Sennheiser and they are also their first pair of Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds. They are probably the most premium-looking and feature-packed true wireless earbuds on the market. Unfortunately, they are also the most expensive true wireless earbuds. The price is their biggest downside.
The earbuds come with 4 pairs of ear tips in different sizes, USB-C charging cable, premium-looking charging case, and user manual.
The earbuds look really premium. They are entirely made of dense plastic and have silver touch-sensitive outer ends. The construction quality is really impressive. The earbuds are a bit bulky and finding the right fit could be problematic for people with smaller ears. They are not as comfy and stable as Samsung Galaxy buds but they are still a good choice for sports activities like running or jogging. The earbuds don’t feel secure and stable enough for more intensive workouts.
You have to use two touch-sensitive control buttons located on the outer ends of each earbud to control everything. The left earbud is used for playback control (1 tap – play/pause, 2 taps – next song, 3 taps – previous song). The right earbud is used for call answering/rejecting and for activating the voice assistant (1 tap) and transparent hearing feature (2 taps). If you want to increase the volume, you have to press and hold the right earbud and if you want to decrease the volume, you should press and hold the left earbud. As you can see, the controls are not very intuitive and it takes some time to get used to. Along with all these functions, there’s the ‘’smart pause’’ feature which pauses the playback when you take one earbud out.
The earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.0. The connection is stable and reliable and the range is larger than 50ft. The earbuds don’t support multipoint or NFC pairing. The pairing starts the moment you take out the earbuds.
There’s a built-in battery inside each earbud. The batteries can offer up to 4h at 50% volume and the charging case offers 2 more charging cycles (12h in total). It takes less than 1 hour to fully recharge the earbuds. The playtime is average and it’s a little bit disappointing considering the price.
The sound is quite enjoyable and fun. These earbuds are not the most accurate or balanced. After all, that wasn’t the idea. There’s a small emphasis on the upper-bass frequencies that extends to low mids. This emphasis makes the sound warm and pleasant. The midrange is balanced, almost flat. The treble response is not on par with the price. It’s mostly dull but there’s an emphasis on some 10k frequencies that could cause some excessive brightness and sibilance.
The earphones don’t feature ANC but they do isolate a great amount of ambient noise. The earbuds have an interesting feature called Transparent Hearing which is basically the same thing as the ambient mode on Samsung Galaxy buds. It will amplify certain midrange frequencies and make you more aware of your surroundings.
Each earbud features two built-in mics. They are supposed to eliminate the ambient noise, but they don’t really do an exceptional job. The microphones offer above-average performance but they don’t isolate all the noise and they make your voice muffled and distant. The mics are very much usable but not exceptional.
- Premium design
- Very good build quality
- Comfy (for people with average-sized and large ears)
- Sennheiser Smart Control app
- Smart Pause feature – the playback pauses when you remove one earbud
- Enjoyable and warm sound with a subtle bass emphasis
- Transparent Hearing feature – makes you more aware of your surroundings
- Very good mic performance
- Really expensive
- The earbuds can be too bulky and uncomfortable for people with small ears
- The controls are not very intuitive (you need some time to get used to)
This is the end of our list of 15 best Bluetooth 5.0 headphones and earbuds. If there’s nothing you like on the list and you want to keep searching, take a few minutes to go through our short buyer’s guide. You can find some useful tips on what to look for and what to expect when buying Bluetooth 5.0 headphones/earbuds.
Short Buyer’s Guide – Things to Pay Attention to When Buying Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones and Earbuds
As you’ve seen from the list, the cheapest Bluetooth 5.0 headphones are priced under $30. Some models are priced even under $20. For that kind of money, you can’t expect anything spectacular. All these headphones and earbuds are generic no-name headphones. You can hardly find some model made by a reputable manufacturer for less than $100. If your budget is set at $100, our top picks would be TaoTronics TT-BH060 and Paww WaveSound 3. These are also generic Chinese brands but they have actually earned our trust over the past few years. The big players in the audio industry aren’t actually rushing to implement Bluetooth 5.0. At the moment, there are less than 10 headphones/earbuds made by reputable brands – you have two Audio Technica headphones (ATH-M50xBT and ATH-ANC900BT), one pair of Sennheiser true wireless earbuds (priced at $300), one pair of Samsung true wireless earbuds (Samsung Galaxy Buds), and two pairs of Sony earbuds (WI-C310 and WI-C200). Two of the latest Audeze wireless models – CIPHER (in-ear headphones) and Mobius (gaming headset) also feature Bluetooth 5.0.
Headphone Type and Style (Over-ear, On-ear, In-ear)
We have noticed that most of the Bluetooth 5.0 models on the market are true wireless earbuds but if you need better stability or better sound quality and noise isolation, you can also find some in-ear and over-ear headphones. Your choice depends only on your preference and purpose. If you are looking for something that can be used for sports and workouts, in-ear headphones are definitely the best choice (lighter and better stability).
Bluetooth Connection – Range, Connection Quality/Reliability, Supported Audio Codecs
All the headphones/earbuds on this list are advertised as Bluetooth 5.0 but they don’t deliver the same kind of performance. In most cases, you will get an average Bluetooth range (30ft), average connection quality, and support for AAC and SBC codecs (no aptX, aptX-LL, aptX-HD or LDAC support). If you want to experience all the benefits of Bluetooth 5.0, you will have to pay more. It’s hard to tell why those cheap headphones don’t offer the kind of performance that’s expected from Bluetooth 5.0. Our recommendation is to avoid buying cheap headphones if you really want to experience Bluetooth 5.0 (extended range and more reliable connection).
The battery life varies a lot and it doesn’t only depend on the price. Some over ear-headphones offer more than 15 or even more than 30 hours of continuous playtime. True wireless earbuds usually deliver up to 5 hours of continuous playtime but they come with a charging case that will allow you to charge them on the go. If you are looking for sports earbuds (not true wireless earbuds), 10 hours should be more than enough for any kind of activity.
Build Quality and Comfort
The build quality usually depends on the price. Cheap headphones are always made of plastic. Sports earbuds usually have some kind of silicone or waterproof coating which makes them more durable and, in some cases, water resistant or waterproof. When it comes to over-ear and on-ear headphones, metal frames and metal reinforcements are definitely something you should look for.
Additional Features – Active Noise Cancellation, Multipoint Pairing, Water Resistance (IPX rating)
You can find some additional features on cheaper models. For example, cheap sports earbuds and true wireless earbuds usually feature some kind of water resistance (IPX rating). Every pair of headphones isolates a certain amount of noise passively, but if you want active noise-canceling headphones, you will have to pay more. The cheapest Bluetooth 5.0 ANC headphones are priced at $70. You will also have to pay more if you want to pair your Bluetooth headphones to two devices simultaneously.
This is, by far, the most important thing when it comes to headphones or any other audio device. We have already said that you should not expect some crazy improvements (compared to Bluetooth 4.2 headphones) since the same Bluetooth audio codecs are still in use but you can get great sound quality with some models, especially with those Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT headphones, Paww WaveSound 3 headphones, Samsung Galaxy Buds, or Sennheiser Momentum earbuds.
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