A wide variety of modern headphones and headsets in various designs, including closed (completely covering the ears), in-ear (inserted into the ear canal), earbuds, and finally open (overhead, allowing you to hear what is happening around) – all this makes it difficult to choose the right model which is right for you. In this article, we will tell you why open headphones are interesting, or rather their more functional varieties – headsets with the function of calling and receiving calls from the phone, and also touch on their inherent shortcomings. And, of course, we will present to your attention the Top 6 best models of wireless headphones.
How it all started
They immediately began to be used by telecom operators in the American army – in the Air Force and Navy. They went on free sale only in 1920 and were used to listen to music and radios.
Benefits of open-back headphones
This headphone design is considered classic and convenient, first of all, for two important factors: the auricles are completely covered by the speakers, but at the same time a person can hear what is happening around. Ears in them do not experience discomfort, because. the back side is cooled by ambient air. These headphones are quite compact and can even fit in a lady’s handbag.
But there are also disadvantages that should be considered when choosing this type of headset. The first of them is not very good noise isolation when compared with closed and in-ear headphones. But in closed “cups” your ears will overheat after 30 minutes of listening to music, and in-ears will not provide natural sound due to the too small speaker. In addition, closed-back headphones are bulky and heavy enough to carry around with you every day.
Therefore, for connoisseurs of good sound on the road, the open, overhead type of headphones is the most optimal. At the same time, on the street or in the subway, you will have to turn up the volume so as not to miss the details of the musical composition.
Top 6 Wireless Open Headphones
In this rating, we have selected for you the best models in terms of price / quality ratio. When choosing, we took into account, first of all, sound quality, price, comfort in use, equipment, materials and battery life.
Canyon CNS-CBTHS2: juicy sound and comfort for the ears
These headphones deliver surprisingly high-quality sound with detailed highs and mids and balanced bass. Juicy deep sound will appeal to both music lovers and fans of gaming battles on a smartphone and PC. We tested this headset not only on our favorite music tracks, in which we discovered new sound shades, but also in games. In the popular game World of Tanks Blitz, these headphones made it possible to hear the rustle of grass and the creak of tracks of a tank turning around in place, not to mention the realistic effect of a shot from a large-caliber cannon.
The Canyon CNS-CBTHS2 features a lightweight, foldable headband design with perforated silicone band at the top. The cups of the phones are equipped with swivel hinges in the same plane, which ensures a good fit. The ear pads are made of high-quality artificial leather with neat perforations and, according to the manufacturer, have a memory effect, which means they adapt to the shape of your ears. As the test showed, the headphones really are for a long time, but still, when watching a 3-hour film, the cartilage of the ears is already asking for “unloading”.
The headset is equipped with a built-in microphone, the interlocutor notes a good sound during a conversation, but with a speakerphone effect. It is noteworthy that the headphones are equipped with a jack for wired connection via a standard mini Jack 3.5 mm plug, but the cable itself was not included in the kit, there was only a charging cable. The headphones cost about 1,400 rubles. The claimed range of indoor operation via Bluetooth 4.2 is 10 m. In our test, the headphones did an excellent job even transmitting sound over a distance of 8 m through a concrete wall. The device uses a battery with a capacity of 300 mAh, which is enough for about 6 hours of continuous sound. With average use, we charged the headphones about 1 time per week, the charging time does not exceed 2 hours. Management is easy: there are only three buttons, of which the middle one is responsible for turning on and receiving calls, and the two extreme ones are for volume and switching tracks.
Jabra Move Wireless: sports solution
Some criticism among users causes an inaccurate indication of the percentage of the device’s battery on the smartphone display. These headphones are great for everyday wear, as well as use when playing sports, because. have a strong metal frame of the headband and good protection against impacts of the cups themselves. Although, users note the large weight of the device, which can cause discomfort while running and jumping. The design of the headphones does not allow for addition, so it is better to wear them just around the neck. This is perhaps the only disadvantage of this model. The cost is about 4700 rubles.
Audio-Technica ATH-S200BT: excellent autonomy and sound
Of the minuses, there is a lack of a connector for a standard wire for a 3.5 mm plug. In addition, many do not have enough maximum volume, which is perhaps a kind of hearing protection. But from the point of view of the operation of the headphones as a headset, there are no questions – the sound is clear, there are no disconnections even further than 10 m. The cost of these headphones is about 3,800 rubles.
Sony WH-CH500: light and long-lasting
This model can be safely recommended for listening to music and audiobooks on the road. It is noteworthy that for fast connection it has an NFC chip. The cost of the model is within 2,500 rubles.
Philips BASS+ SHB3075: plus design
The headband can be quickly adjusted to the size of the head, but for a large one they can seem tight, which causes discomfort from excessive pressure on the ears.
Of the minuses, we also note the lack of a connector for cable connection and very tight buttons. In addition, users noted that the power button was held too long to turn on the headset – 12 seconds. During this time, you can “run to the Canadian border.” These headphones cost about 1,900 rubles.
Marshall Mid Bluetooth: the specifics of high-quality sound
The range of the wireless module indoors is about 10 m, and in open space it can reach 25 m. Autonomy is also impressive – about 30 hours from a single charge. The case has a 3.5 mm mini jack connector, and the corresponding cable is included in the kit.
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A photo: manufacturing companies, Andrey Kireev