The Best Bluetooth Headset

Posted on 15 April 2022

After 23 hours of research and the comparison of 32 models, we concluded that the best choice is the Sony WH-1000XM3, thanks to its excellent price-quality ratio and its recent price cut.

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Our choice, Best high-end

Sony WH-1000XM3

This headset is a good reference for previous generation of wireless headphones, and it still offers highly efficient active noise control and sound quality that will delight purists. As a bonus, it is extremely comfortable in all situations.

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Although it is from the previous generation of headphones, the WH-1000XM3 is still the best Bluetooth headset available. Whether you are using it at home, in the quiet of your living room, or on public transport, your ears will be pleasantly surprised. Only its new version can surpass it, though for a much larger budget.

 

 

Best budget

Jabra Elite 45h

This on-ear model is an interesting solution for anyone on a budget. Like its big brother, it is a champion of endurance, in addition to offering a homogeneous sound rendering and a pleasant comfort.

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The Elite 45h is Jabra’s solution for anyone on a budget and looking for an efficient headset. It offers a pleasant and homogeneous sound rendering but lacks precision, which is not too surprising considering the level of the range. The comfort quite interesting but could bother some people because of the fact that the earphones rest on the ear and not around it. Battery life is its biggest strength with a record of 58 hours of autonomy.

 

Best mid-range

SoundCore Life Q35

If you want to invest in an efficient active noise control headset without being ruined, then this is the ideal model for you. It also offers good sound quality and a good level of comfort.

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With its excellent price-quality ratio, the Soundcore Life Q35 surprised us. It stands out for its very good audio quality, even if it lacks precision sometimes, and its efficient active noise control. We would have liked to see a little more metal in the design and more airy cushioned ear pads. However, it does not affect the quality of the headset, which remains an excellent solution.

 

High-end alternative

Sony WH-1000XM4

Renewal of the high-end reference, it improves the already excellent results by further refining the various assets of its predecessor.

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The WH-1000XM4 proudly takes over from the XM3 by refining its excellent model. The brand has reworked some elements to make it more comfortable while reducing sound leakage with, in particular, 10% thicker cushioned ear pads. A new audio processor is also included. It improves the processing of your audio tracks to make the most of the wider soundstage. Active noise control has also been improved. In terms of connectivity, the WH-1000XM4 can now be connected to two devices simultaneously.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best high-endBest budgetBest mid-rangeHigh-end alternative
Sony WH-1000XM3Jabra Elite 45hSoundcore Life Q35Sony WH-1000XM4
Sony WH-1000XM3Jabra Elite 45hSoundCore Life Q35Sony WH-1000XM4
This headset is a good reference for previous generation of wireless headphones, and it still offers highly efficient active noise control and sound quality that will delight purists. As a bonus, it is extremely comfortable in all situations.This on-ear model is an interesting solution for anyone on a budget. Like its big brother, it is a champion of endurance, in addition to offering a homogeneous sound rendering and a pleasant comfort.If you want to invest in an efficient active noise control headset without being ruined, then this is the ideal model for you. It also offers good sound quality and a good level of comfort.Renewal of the high-end reference, it improves the already excellent results by further refining the various assets of its predecessor. One of the best on the market.
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Honorable mentions

Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 (£211,72 on publication) : efficient but a bit too heavy. Between its incredible autonomy and its high sound quality, whether the noise control is activated or not, it is an excellent compromise. It also has an ergonomic design that will suit most people. In term of flaws, the noise control is not perfect and it is quite heavy, which can be a problem during long listening sessions.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II (£185,99 on publication) : an excellent headset outperformed by the Japanese industry. Great rival to the Sony WH-1000XM3, it is just as capable and offers a real noise control, high sound quality and convenience. Bose’s reputation is well established already. However, it is not at the level of Sony, which has really outdone itself. For example, the battery life is shorter, the headphones are difficult to repair and the ear pads tend to accumulate heat.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 (£279,99 on publication) : excellent noise control but lacks mobility. This high-end model is primarily intended for more sedentary users than those targeted by our selection. It therefore focuses more on sound quality and noise control than on mobility. It is also the perfect solution for indoor isolation and for making calls via your headset thanks to its excellent hands-free kit.

 

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How to choose your bluetooth headset?

The biggest difficulty when buying a Bluetooth headset lies in the multitude of models on the market and the minimal budget you have to invest to get something of good quality.

Bose QC45
Quality, comfort, mobility… are what you should look for before buying a Bluetooth headset. | Source: Selectos

In order to make the best possible choice and get a headset that will perfectly suit your needs, you need to consider some essential characteristics beforehand:  

  • Audio quality: to judge the quality of a headset, you need to look at the sound frequency reproduction, which is usually represented by a graph. The flatter the line, the more accurate the quality. For your information, the human ear is sensitive to frequencies between 20 Hz and 20 kHz. Generally, an application that allows the sound to be rebalanced is included, in order to avoid distortion.
Bose QC45
The thickness and the size of the cushioned ear pads influence the noise insulation. | Source: Selectos
  • Noise insulation: Active Noise Control (ANC) is becoming increasingly common in current models. It uses a system of microphones to detect and attenuate external sound sources. But even without this feature, some headsets have a good passive insulation in noisy environments, thanks to the thickness and the size of their cushioned ear pads. On the other hand, the Hear Through mode lets you hear ambient sounds. 
Jabra Elite 85h
Check that the headband and the cushioned ear pads are comfortable. | Source: Selectos
  • Comfort: this is essential because you are likely to wear your headphones for many hours. Check the headband options, the material of the headband and cushioned ear pads, and the density of the foam used for cushioning. Around-the-ear headphones are more comfortable and have better noise insulation than over-the-ear headphones, but they tend to retain heat.
  • Mobility: it is influenced by various factors. The main one is undoubtedly autonomy. It should be as long as possible. Features such as ANC tend to reduce it drastically. Another factor is the compactness of the headset so that it can be easily stored when not in use. For this purpose, some models are foldable and have a dedicated cover to protect them.
Sony WH-CH710N
ANC is a feature that highly reduces the autonomy of the headset. | Source: Selectos
  • Controls: it is highly recommended that you look at the physical controls built into your headset. These are often located on the earpieces and can be gathered into one centralised button or several. They are very useful when you are moving, as you don’t have to take your device out to manage your audio content. On some headsets, you can set them up via a dedicated application. 

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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