Nine Best Bluetooth Headphones for Travel for 2017

If you are a frequent traveler or are planning to get a present for someone who is, Bluetooth headphones could make a great choice. That would mean no more cables, freedom to move around, and a futuristic feeling that’s rather hard to put into words until you experience it.

Like everything else, there are Bluetooth headphones that are better than others. Thus, you’ll have to spend a great deal of time looking for the one that perfectly suits your preferences. As such, we’ve scoured the web and come up with a list of the 10 best Bluetooth headphones for travel, putting more priority on sound quality, overall value, and ergonomics, while taking into consideration the special features and battery life as well.

 

1) Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Black
  • Bluetooth 4.2 Wireless Technology
  • Collapsible travel headset
  • NoiseGard adaptive noise cancellation
  • Intuitive user control
  • Triple microphone array
  • Sennheiser sound signature
  • 30-hour battery life
  • Dimension: 5.9 x 3.1 x 7.9 inches
  • Weight: 7.8 oz

This premium headset is tailored specifically for the discerning traveler. These compact, travel-fold, stylish headphones deliver exceptional sound quality, highly adaptive noise cancellation and pristine speech clarity. Ergonomically designed for your intuitive control and wearing comfort, these headphones have practically everything you need to take your audio–and even gaming– experience to a whole new level.

PROS:

  • Perfect for travel – lightweight, comfortable and collapsible headset
  • Superior sound quality; noise cancellation capability
  • Microphone has exceptional voice clarity
  • Astounding long hours of uninterrupted playtime
  • Ergonomically padded headband
  • Rotating ear-cups for added convenience
  • Comes with compact travel case
  • Versatile (can also be used for gaming)

 CONS:

  •  Your background noise is picked-up by the microphone during conversations
  • Bluetooth connection can get flimsy

 VERDICT:

All in all, the Sennheiser PXC 550 has the potential to leave its stiff, pricier competitors in the dust, with its fantastic sound quality. Noise cancellation feature is ostensibly the best you can get in the market. The glitches, however, can incite a tinge of frustration that you have to be prepared for when you think about purchasing this headset.

2) Owlee Artus Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headphones

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Black with Silver lining
  • Pure HD Sound, optimized EQ
  • Multi-Link Technology which connects two devices simultaneously
  • Soft leather conforming ear cushions
  • 9-hour battery life
  • 30-ft wireless range, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC connectivity
  • Hands-free technology
  • Dimension: 9.2 x 7.3 x 4.1 inches
  • Weight: 10.1 oz

The Owlee Artus headset’s sleek contour and compact design are sheer proofs to its flawless form. A single touch of a button transfigures them from an alluring piece of art to an instrument, transporting you into pure sound, without any wire in sight. Whether you’re listening to music or taking calls, the Artus is a pleasure to wear– with its soft-leather conforming ear cushions. And with 9+ hours of playtime, you will never have to worry again about losing power or having to charge your device frequently.

PROS:

  • Durable
  • Comfortable and lightweight
  • Collapsible for storage and travel
  • Compatible with all Bluetooth and NFC-capable devices
  • User-friendly with its on-board controls and indicators for calls
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Reasonable price

CONS:

  • There have been no negative comments yet about this headset.

VERDICT:

Audiophile or not, you’ll be amazed at how much these headphones can deliver. Given their sleekness, portability, flawless sound quality, and many other great features, you would pause and give these a thought. Before you entertain the impulse of getting something that costs a few hundred dollars just for the same listening experience, consider these.

3) TREBLAB XR500 Bluetooth Headphones

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Black; White
  • 9-hour battery lifespan on a single charge
  • Passive noise cancellation
  • IPX7 water resistance
  • Dimension: 4.9 x 4.2 x 1.9 inches
  • Weight: 0.6 oz

The TREBLAB XR500 integrates Bluetooth 4.1 CSR technology with aptX and cutting edge components. With these headphones, you can listen to guitar solos, treble, and strong bass like you’re listening live. With its built-in microphone, you have complete control over answering calls, volume, pause and forward/reverse

PROS:

  • Decent sound quality
  • Soft rubber finish and secure hooks for comfort fit
  • Complete mobile device compatibility
  • Stylish design
  • Control calls; HD microphone

CONS:

  • Earbuds can get loose after long hours of running

VERDICT:

The TREBLAB XR500 has captured audiophiles, music lovers, and travelers alike with their rare, sleek design. The sound quality they deliver is nowhere near perfect but competitive enough. Also, they’re far from bulky and for how much they cost, you won’t have a massive heart attack if you lose or break them.

 4) Sound Intone P6 Stereo Bluetooth Over-ear Foldable Portable Headphones

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Black; Black Blue; Black Gold; Black Red; White Gold; White Silver
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • CVC 6.0 Broadband Noise Reduction technology
  • 300ma  polymer rechargeable battery (explosion-proof)
  • 3D HD stereo sound technology
  • 40MM NdFeB strong magnet speakers for HIFI sound levels
  • Ergonomic design; stretchable headband
  • Anti-scratch surface finish
  • Foldable
  • Dimension: 8.7 x 3.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Weight: 15.2 oz

Listening to music need not be a stressful experience with these incredible Bluetooth speakers – say goodbye to earplugs slipping out of your ears, tangled cables, or pain due to uncomfortable ear pads. They come in a design that allows you to simply pair them with any of your Bluetooth-enabled devices to enjoy crisp, high-quality music. These speakers support with TF card mode and use 3D HD stereo sound technology powered by professional brass amplifier chip to ensure powerful yet pleasant bass.

PROS:

  • Travel-friendly compact structure
  • No more tangled cables because it’s wireless and hassle-free
  • Compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Six hours of nonstop playtime; 30 hours standby time
  • Powerful quality sound
  • Fits any head and comfortable to the ears (protein soft high elasticity earpads)
  • Built-in micro SD/TF card slot
  • FM radio receiver

CONS:

  • Uncomfortable with eyeglasses on
  • No fast-forward feature for listening tracks

VERDICT:

The Sound Intone P6’s audio quality over Bluetooth is impressively clear with nice bass. You can adjust it to be as reasonably loud as you want it, without sacrificing clarity. Considering the audio quality, feature-set, and price, these headphones receive our sincere recommendation.

5) Samsung SBH500 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Headset

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Black
  • Simultaneous connectivity with a single phone/device with other devices
  • Hands-free headset
  • Integrated microphone
  • 12 hours talk time; 11 hours playtime; 205 hours of standby time
  • 3-way calling
  • Wireless Stereo Streaming
  • Send and end function
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Weight: 5.1 oz

The SBH500 Stereo Bluetooth Headset allows you to link wirelessly to your music and other Bluetooth audio sources, enabling you to enjoy full fidelity and premium-quality sound like no other. The SBH500 headset connects to a single phone/device as well as other devices simultaneously, allowing you to receive an inbound call when one comes in. When taking calls, you can also use the SBH500 as a hands-free headset through its integrated microphone. Its versatility and flexibility enables it to gently go back to the previous audio setting after the call.

PROS:

  • Can simultaneously receive inbound call while listening to music
  • Above average in-call voice quality
  • Great music playback quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Superb build quality
  • Excellent range
  • Easy to use
  • Long lasting battery

CONS:

  • Not ideal for people who are not a fan of behind-the-ear style headsets

VERDICT:

It’s hard to find faults on the Samsung SBH500, and at its price point, it’s easy to recommend this headset to anyone who wishes to listen to stereo music wirelessly on their mobile phone or laptop. The top-notch music audio quality, very good Bluetooth range and the lightweight and easy-to-use controls are a great combination for mobile music fans who need a stereo Bluetooth headset in their gear bag.

6) Philips SHB5500BK/27 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Black
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Collapsible into flat design
  • Adjustable ear buds and headband
  • Closed-back design
  • 32m drivers for big, clear bass
  • Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Weight: 4.2 oz

 
The Philips SHB5500BK/27 has an elegant look to it despite its bulky appearance. Its simplistic design is something that people who want a neutral yet stylish headphone would get attracted to. While the bulk of the headphones may seem to put on weight once worn, it is actually lightweight. The paddings on the ear cups allow for great comfort especially for prolonged use. They can block ambient noise at a level similar to noise reduction headphone sets. In terms of the sounds, you can expect a crisp, strong, and responsive bass perfect for your upbeat playlist when exercising or training.

 PROS:

  • Powerful, clear sound
  • Compact and convenient design
  • Unrestricted movement with its wireless technology
  • In-line microphone
  • Great value for money

 CONS:

  •  Great sound quality for music but not for in-calls
  • Inadequate battery life

VERDICT:

One aspect of the Philips SHB5500BK/27 that you will either loathe or love is its battery life. It can last up to 8 hours. For individuals who want full access to their playlist all day, this can be a rather short battery life. But for the average listener, this duration is enough. After all, there is a full night that can be allotted for recharge. Nonetheless, these are among the best competitively-priced Bluetooth headphones since it provides sound quality better than what is expected at its price and appearance.

7) Panasonic Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Stereo Headphones


 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Black
  • Wireless Bluetooth technology
  • One-touch NFC for quick and easy pairing with wireless device
  • Easy touch keys for volume control and receiving calls
  • 40mm drivers for sound quality
  • 40-hour battery life per charge
  • Fold-flat design
  • Dimensions: 2 x 6.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Weight: 12.3 oz

The Panasonic RP-BTD5 Bluetooth headphones feature a fantastic combination of powerful, consummate-quality sound and wireless listening convenience. Its 40mm drivers provide robust, surrounding bass along with crisp, precise mid- and high-frequency tones. The RP-BTD5 quickly and easily syncs with your Bluetooth-enabled device—all it takes is a single touch—while the fold-flat design lets you stow them neatly in a bag or laptop case.

 PROS:

  • Superb natural treble and deep bass sounds
  • Powerful audio with clean bass response
  • Comfortable and stylish
  • Can be used in wired, battery-free mode

 CONS:

  • Doesn’t fit perfectly
  • Poor compatibility with some mobile phones
  • Mids can tend to sound overly sculpted
  • Unexpected occurrences of bad sound quality

VERDICT:

The Panasonic RP-BTD10 is a departure from the booming bass-athon most Bluetooth headphones have been scampering to offer. However, it has its own fair share of sculpting in the high-mids that may not suit all listeners. The detachable cable makes these headphones more versatile, but it’s hard to list a specific standout trait, or a particularly lousy one. Such makes the Panasonic RP-BTD10 a solid, but just-above-average headphone pair.

8) BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Black, Silver; Brown, Tan, Gold
  • Advanced CSR Bluetooth 4.0
  • 33-foot wireless range
  • Inline remote and microphone
  • Premium stereo drivers
  • Active noise cancellation technology
  • 16-hour of playtime; 18-hour of talk time
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Weight: 17 oz

The BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are meant to compete with the like of Bose headphones that cost twice or thrice as much. They can prospectively compete in the aesthetics aspect, given their with gorgeous aluminum housings, large aluminum buttons, and protein leather covering the earcups and headband. They’re lightweight, and they come in a large, very sturdy zippered case, one that has ample room for the Micro-USB charging cable and stereo patch cable. They boast an ingenious technology, which lets you effectively take calls and listen to music immediately after you hang up.

PROS:

  • Great for audiobooks; focused listening as ambient noise is blocked
  • Effectively receive calls/music resumes automatically when hung up
  • Great bass (enhanced bass boost/response)
  • Supple leather ear cups
  • Comfortable headband
  • Lightweight
  • Remarkable price-to-performance ratio
  • Effective noise cancellation feature

CONS:

  • Side area sometimes cracks easily
  • Bluetooth pairing is simple yet awkward (involves holding the power button in for some time)

VERDICT:

Just like the others, these headphones are not without quirks. For instance, they are packed in a sturdy carrying case, but the company’s logo sticker looks like it’s about to come off, which is something that feels quite out of place for an otherwise premium-feeling product. If that is one of your bases for its overall durability, it might throw you off. However, they’re a great value, which you would least expect from an unfamiliar brand.

 

9) Naztech i9BT Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Color: Brown and White
  • Active Noise Cancelling capability (NoiseHush technology)
  • APTX and Bluetooth 4.1 (up to 33-foot range)
  • 40mm neodymium drivers for ultimate sound quality
  • Inline microphone
  • 30-hour of Active Noise Cancellation (15-hour of Bluetooth Compatibility; 12-hour combined)
  • Hard shell carry case
  • Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 17 oz

Boasting a full rich bass, memory foam ear pads, and NoiseHush technology, the Naztech i9 may make you want to wear them all day every day. Expect opulent sound with crystal-clear quality with these first-rate headphones. They feature an optionally wireless design with profound Bluetooth connectivity capabilities and a conveniently built-in rechargeable battery. It comes with a hard shell carry case, just ideal to take with you on your jaunts.

PROS:

  • Reliable wireless transmission
  • Impressive overall sound quality
  • Enhanced full rich bass
  • Delivers deep bass response sans distortion
  • Memory foam and genuine leather in ear pads
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Option for switching off noise cancellation

CONS:

  • Plastic material (durability is a bit questionable)
  • Audio sounds drastically differ when switching between Bluetooth to noise-cancelling mode and vice versa

VERDICT:

The noise cancellation circuitry for the i9 BT does a fairly good job of eliminating ambient room noise (the manufacturer claims they can do so up to 85%), but like many headphones sporting the same feature, it also infuses a noticeable amount of high frequency hiss to the equation. It’s not an unpleasant sound, but for its price point, there should be no excuses for inconsistencies. This product attempts to get ahead of the pack with its Bluetooth/wired connectivity and decent noise-cancelling efficiency, but its audio performance has shown to be undeniably lopsided.

 

Marv Perez

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