Wireless headphones have been incredibly popular lately. Not the last role in this is played by the tendency of manufacturers to replace the 3.5mm jack on portable devices with an adapter to the charging slot. One way or another, we have long understood that the future belongs to wireless headphones. But in addition to the usual “wireless” headphones that connect via Bluetooth, but are still connected to each other either by a wire or a headband, there are also real wireless headphones and headsets. You are probably already familiar with them, at least on the example of Apple’s AirPods. Although they were not the first examples of true wireless, they definitely became the most popular. But almost immediately, a lot of alternative options appeared, many of which also offered a price 2–3 times lower. So the choice was not the easiest process. Therefore, we decided to tell you about the easiest way to understand which true wireless headphones are best for you.
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Why do I need true wireless headphones?
The main difference between these headphones is the principle of all in one. Since in fact you only have a pair of headphones with you all the time, all control is located on their case. There is also a microphone on it. So the case, most often, is somewhat larger than the usual earbuds. AirPods and models similar in design can be called an exception, and there are enough of them. In them, manufacturers have tried to get as close as possible to the standard weight of the headphones.
But already from this it becomes obvious to whom such devices are most suitable. If you are on the move, play sports or spend a lot of time behind the wheel, then these headphones actually turn out to be quite comfortable.
In addition, they are suitable for anyone who has purchased modern smartphones without a standard input.
True wireless headphones, in fact, combine the characteristics of both headphones and headsets, so with most of them you can listen to music, control your voice assistant, and receive calls. They are versatile and functional, which is why many people choose them.
How are the headphones?
Like regular headphones, wireless headphones come in several different designs. You can find liners, and vacuum models, and examples of a completely unique design. The main requirement is ergonomics. And here you will have to try on each model separately. Earbuds with interchangeable ear pads are the most comfortable choice, and the most popular option. Here it should be especially noted that sometimes incorrectly selected ear pads can affect the sound quality. Therefore, if there is a replacement for the standard one in the kit, then the user can count on wearing comfort.
With headphones of a standard form, there is no such plus. Everyone’s ears are different, both in size and shape, so any ergonomic shape that suits everyone is a publicity stunt, and be sure to take into account the fact that headphones may simply not suit someone. Is it worth spending money on something that will not give you the desired result?
So we recommend either trying on headphones if possible, or sticking with adjustable models.
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As we have already noted, the headphones are controlled by the touch panel on the case. Usually one of the headphones is the main one, therefore, all commands are received on it. Different headphone models do different things. Some allow you to adjust the volume, and switch tracks, and receive calls. Others are limited to fewer features. Here you always need to know exactly what you want. Observe what actions you perform most often: skipping a track or, on the contrary, prefer to listen to everything in a row, whether you adjust the volume. It depends on what features the headphones you choose should have.
The same goes for the reaction to pulling out one earpiece. If you need both to work autonomously, then look at more expensive models. In most budget models, only the main, usually the right earpiece, works solo, respectively, and the sound is entirely output exclusively to it. As for the design, you need to be careful with such headphones so that the main earpiece does not get damaged when dropped. Many users complained about the instability of devices to mechanical injuries.
Speaking of quality, you can combine all the headphone models on average. The cheapest ones are likely to be slightly phony, both in sound transmission and in recording. Mid-range headphones will give you approximately the same sound, and it can only be described as normal. This is not the level of monitor headphones, you need to understand that no real wireless model will simply give such a level, but these are decent basses and decent highs with a clear middle.
As for expensive premium models, their sound cannot be called ideal, but it is as close as possible to quality. In any case, we do not recommend such models to music lovers, since they expect something more from headphones than just a headset and often do not even pay attention to the presence of a microphone. Much more important will be comfort and high-quality sound. But for everyday tasks, such headphones will certainly be much more convenient and functional. They will let you and interrupt listening in order to talk on the phone, watch a movie, etc.
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The price of true wireless headphones varies greatly. If you do not take the most budgetary segment, then you will have to pay from 3 to 5–6 thousand rubles. This is the average price for the middle class models. Apple’s AirPods are, of course, more expensive, as are the Samsung Galaxy Buds. These models are just positioned as a premium class, which explains their price. But the sound quality, it is the sound from this does not change fundamentally. Therefore, we recommend paying attention to the middle segment, in which, most likely, everyone will be able to find a suitable solution. Moreover, it is worth considering the fact that headphones, in fact, are consumables, and can be lost or even broken. Therefore, chasing the brand here is pointless.
Problems with wireless headphones
We’ve covered the pros and cons of true wireless earbuds, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have drawbacks. In order to understand in more detail what users do not like, we took a look at the reviews. The most common problem is that wireless earbuds don’t fit well in the ear and the sound quality suffers as a result. But we have already noted that for this it is worth using interchangeable ear pads, which are often included in the kit.
No less often, users complain about the delay in video playback. This problem is still unavoidable. You need to understand that any bluetooth device gives such time lags. In addition, the delay is insignificant and quite tolerable.
The microphones on true wireless headphones aren’t always perfect either. A common problem is muffled sound when a strong wind blows. Because of this, it is not always convenient to talk on the phone.
And the last of the problems that users note is the disconnection of headphones from Bluetooth and noise in crowded places. This problem really exists and the solution here is only on the conscience of the manufacturer. Some companies release firmware updates, and updates from users can be found on the Internet. As you can see, of course there are problems, but almost every one of them can be solved. The main thing is to understand what exactly you may encounter and whether you are ready to resolve the issue on your own.
Models of true wireless headphones
We offer a look at several models of true wireless headphones that just fit into the middle category.
Meizu POP and Meizu POP 2 — These are two models of headphones from a well-known manufacturer. And if smartphones from Meizu still do not fall into the number of flagships, then the headphones may well claim to be of high quality. These headphones are small in size and have a comfortable shape that is attached to the ear. The interchangeable ear cups make it easy to find the right size. The earphones are controlled from the panel on the right earcup, and respond to simple instructions: touch, double-tap, etc. Of course, there are differences between the second and first generation models, but they are not fundamental and, in principle, you can choose one or the other.
Meizu provides up to 4–5 hours of operation on a single charge, plus the ability to recharge the headphones using the case on the go.
Xiaomi AirDots Pro These are headphones that are very similar in design to AirPods. But the differences between the two models are also enough. So, for example, for one charge, the headphones work up to 3 hours, plus 3 times they can be recharged from the case. The earphones are waterproof and support a range of functions such as track change, voice control, sound adjustment and call answering. It should be noted that it is the design and comfortable shape that make AirDots an excellent option for sports. The earphones are equipped with a convenient charging case. The sound on them is also pretty good, even though the bass may be lacking in places, but in general, most genres will be played with high quality. Plus, the headphones fit pretty well in the ears, which is definitely worth noting.
Huawei Honor FlyPods
These headphones are from a slightly more expensive category, and there are more expectations from them. The possibilities of Honor are very wide, this is an answer to a call, and high-quality sound, and more. They work, however, not as long as we would like. 2.5 hours and the headphones need to be charged again. This model is suitable for those who do not listen to music all the time, but use headphones as a headset. For these purposes, after all, headphones of this design were originally conceived — the ability to always stay in touch.
In any case, the headphones have a comfortable shape and stylish design, and in operation they perform perfectly.
We can safely say that true wireless headphones are not yet perfect. Comfortable, but not perfect and of course, have their problems. They will improve in the future, there is no doubt about it. However, if you wish, you can always find a suitable option for you, which will provide the opportunity to always stay in touch, listen to music and communicate without being distracted from the main tasks. We hope that our advice will be useful to you.