Jun 6, 2019

What is the best, longest lasting, Bluetooth headphones that You have used?

I asked this in another spot but haven't had any responses. So I'm not sure that it's even being seen. Thanks in Advance.
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I own several pairs of Bluetooth headphones. None of them have ever failed so I can't really speak to overall longevity. My best (to my ears) are my Sennheiser PXC 550 headphones. They sound great, have NC, are comfortable, good battery life & software that's flexible enough to tailor the sound to personal taste. They also fold conveniently. From a technical aspect, the ones that have the potential to last the longest are my B&O H7 (2nd Gen). The reason is their replaceable battery. You don't have that option on most of the others. Some general advice:
  • Go for full sized headphones over iem's if possible. They seem to be more resistant to signal interference if you live in a heavily congested area as I do. BT IEM's are convenient & travel friendly though!
  • If you already own iem's with removeable cord, go for an aftermarket bt cable. Best bang for the buck! All of my bt iem's are of this variety.
  • If you already own headphones with permanently attached cords, something like a Bluewave GET or a Radsone Earstudio ES100 might just be your best bet to turn your headphone into bt headphones.
As far as Bluetooth technology itself goes, good sound can be attained with anything that's BT 4.0 or higher. Each subsequent version sounds a bit better but there's a huge leap with BT 5.0. It sounds superior to all other versions to the point of being right there with wired. It is also way more efficient when it come to power management & offers better battery life.
My travel (on-plane) NC cans are still wired, when I get a new pair, they will likely be Sony BT. But... I am intrigued by the AT/Tri tech, BT going after SQ and not NC,, and heading into the convergence with MEMS: "The ATH-DSR9BT over-ear wireless headphones employ Audio-Technica’s new Pure Digital Drive system, which allows the headphones to operate without a sound-degrading D/A converter that conventional wireless headphones rely upon. Instead, the ATH-DSR9BT utilizes Trigence Semiconductor’s Dnote chipset to receive the digital audio signal from a Bluetooth wireless transmission, process and transfer it to the driver where the digital pulses of the chipset move the voice coil and diaphragm forward and backward to create the sound waves heard by the listener." https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/6117c014c965cd1a/index.html They also recently dropped: https://drop.com/buy/audio-technica-ath-dsr9bt The tech: https://www.trigence.com/dnote
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rastus
Thank You so much "rastus". What do You know about in-ear BlueTooth v5 headphones? Anybody?
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I can simply say that when they get MEMS going and available, coupled with direct DSP driving them, IEM's, Cans and,, well,,, any audio transducer application will likely benefit; your laptop becomes a concert hall (sort'a, well phased array... what they can play with...). New stuff is tough to get out, into an established chain (notice the use of the word chain;), others are trying MEMS too: http://www.audiopixels.com.au/index.cfm/technology/
https://drop.com/talk/2405/digital-sonic-fluidity Bluetooth IEM's today... the 150g of SWAG* you want for decent SQ,, doesn't fit in 10g package... it will eventually, SSB**/BT>DSP/MEMS. *shitty wild ass guess ** solid state battery
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