Over-ear, in-ear, for sports, with or without active noise-canceling – GIGA audio expert Stefan presents his selection of the best headphone models with wireless connection via Bluetooth.
Bluetooth headphones 2021: an overview of all test winners and recommendations
|Stiftung Warentest Winner 2021 (In-Ear True Wireless)||Stiftung Warentest Winner 2021 (Over-Ear)||GIGA price tip (in-ear with neckband)||GIGA-Tip Sound (Over-Ear)||GIGA-Tipp Bass (Over-Ear)||GIGA-Tipp Sport (In-Ear True Wireless)||GIGA tip sound (In-Ear True Wireless with ANC)||GIGA-Tipp Design (In-Ear True Wireless mit ANC)|
|model||Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro SM-R190||Apple AirPods Max||Beats Flex||Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless||Skullcandy Crusher Evo||Beats Powerbeats Pro||Sony WF-1000XM4||Nothing Ear (1)|
|Price (approx.)||150 Euro||450 Euro||40 Euro||550 Euro||140 Euro||200 Euro||210 Euro||100 Euro|
|advantage||Good hold||Balanced sound quality||Inexpensive and stable||Highest sound quality||Extremely strong bass effect (adjustable)||Bassbetonter Sound||Good sound and effective noise canceling||Unique design|
|disadvantage||Average battery life||Expensive and mostly for Apple users||Sounded a bit lacking in detail||Heavy||Bass control should be readjusted for each song||Unreliable touch controls||Mediocre wearing comfort||Only average in terms of sound|
|offer||Media market||Otto||Saturn||Beyerdynamic||Amazon||Amazon||Media market||Amazon|
Buying bluetooth headphones: the most important questions
What does sound quality mean?
Above Klang a lot is written and discussed, also here at GIGA. Still, you have to be aware that it is a individual sensory perception acts. One listener likes a neutral sound (straight frequency response), another finds it sterile and boring. A classical music fan has different requirements for headphones than someone who likes tech house. The following tends to apply: high-quality headphones are particularly good at mastering all the different challenges and one type All-round tool to be. Bad sounding headphones, on the other hand, can hardly be saved even with software equalizers via an app.
Why is the seat so important?
Headphones are something that you wear directly on your body (“wearable”). That means one good fit is crucial is. In order to avoid expensive bad purchases and annoying returns, you should try out the desired model yourself beforehand – whether it is borrowed from a friend or in a shop (where you can, to be fair, buy the right item right away).
With in-ear models, it comes down to the Silicone fittings whether the seat is correct in the ear canal. Only good insulation ensures a rich sound: If the housing is too loose in the ears, the bass is lost. If they are too tight, this leads to an uncomfortable feeling of pressure and even pain within minutes. Adapters made of flexible memory foam are recommended. When handling in-ears, you should also pay attention to hygiene (clean hands) – after all, you put an object near your eardrum.
Are Bluetooth headphones harmful to your health?
On the subject of health, there are also isolated concerns about the Radiation exposurethat goes out by bluetooth devices. The electromagnetic fields are clearly measurable, but not so easy to interpret, even for scientists. “As far as we know today (…) the high-frequency radiation generated by Bluetooth networks is too weak to (…) trigger acute health effects,” says it Fact sheet from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (PDF). The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) generally recommends minimizing radiation exposure in order to keep possible but “previously unrecognized health risks” low (Info sheet as PDF). You can find more information in the GIGA article: “Is Bluetooth harmful or harmless? Easily explained.”
Bluetooth Multipoint: Why is it important when using multiple players?
Multipoint wireless headphones stay connected to multiple paired devices at the same time. So you can easily switch between different players (e.g. smartphone, tablet) when playing music without having to pair again each time.
What about cell phone apps and what about data protection?
Anyone who buys modern Bluetooth headphones, in principle, not only pays for the headphones themselves (hardware), but also for the firmware and app that go with operation (software). Some headphones can be used without Smartphone-App do not use it to the full extent – this comes into focus when you use an app Login must create over the turn Data collected and transferred to the manufacturer. If you attach great importance to data protection, you should take this aspect into account and find out beforehand how the manufacturer has envisaged its use.
Noise Canceling (ANC) in headphones: what does the technology do?
The topic Noise Cancelling has been penetrating consumers more and more for a number of years. The active lowering of outside noises by counter-sound can actually ensure a pleasant calm by mainly suppressing low-frequency and monotonous sources of interference (engine hum, air conditioning noise). But you should be aware that there are many advertising promises made by the manufacturer exaggerated is. Even the best ANC headphones cannot achieve absolute silence like in an anechoic room, which is technically not (yet) feasible. But it becomes audibly more pleasant to enjoy music while traveling by plane or train. Occasionally, users also ask themselves whether noise canceling is harmful to health: The answer to this is no, as an ENT expert from the University of Dresden confirmed on request.
The best Bluetooth headphones: this is how we tested and selected
How we test at GIGA and why you trust our judgment we have explained here:
I’ve been passionate about headphones for over 20 years, and I’ve tried almost all of the Bluetooth headphones discussed here myself. For some of the products you can also find detailed test reports on GIGA, which are linked for the respective model. The test samples were made available to us by the manufacturers. Current and popular headphone models that have received special praise from the press and customers and are therefore recommended for purchase are also presented here.