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Old 09-15-2018, 09:02 PM
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Question Wireless Headphones-- What's out there?

I'm not a fan of losing the headphone jack at all!

From the little I know, it seems Apple's wireless solution is the best out there, but at a high price.

Are they in fact the best? They seem to allow the user to have the most control of features w/out interfacing w/the phone as much as other brands, at least when they were first released.

Is the above true? If not, what some other good options?



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The iPhone X, Xs Xr and Xs Max all will ship with Lightning plug headphones that work just fine. Also the Lightning to standard headphone dongle is $9 from Apple (a bit much if you ask me, but not too high to afford).

Use of the lightning port for headphone is not great as you can't charge and listen. If you want to do that then Wireless is your option. The $160 AirPods are an option.

I like over the ear noise cancellation as I fly a lot. These get pricey too, mine are wired, but there are bluetooth options that you can use.
Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) $350
AKG Noise Canceling Headphone Black (N60) $170
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless $290
Sennheiser HD 4.50 $200
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM2 $300
Beats Solo3 $300 (I only see used ones on Amazon, so beware of fakes)

There are non-noise cancelling ones like
Over Ear - Jabra Move $100
In Ear - Bose SoundSport $149



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Thanks a lot for replying. You consistently provide prompt and excellent info. I feel if you weren't around, the forum would crumble.

Have you tried Sony's latest version? I heard they much better, and the ones to beat even better than Bose.

The primary use I want them for is traveling on a plane. I don't know much sound this technology blocks out, and I've heard some models put out a hiss sound of sorts.

As far as non-noise cancelling. I saw this review, wondering how good they are

https://www.techradar.com/reviews/ja...reless-earbuds

I'm not a fan of bluetooth wireless based on the reviews I've read so far. Seems many models lose connection, or there's latency at times, seems quite susceptible to interference by your body blocking the signal too.



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A lot of coworkers I fly with use the Sony ones. I have not asked them about it. Let me see if I can query some people this week.

There are also a lot with the Bose, one guy swore by them as the best they have ever owned.

The low end noise cancelling definitely have the hiss, which is why I tended to the higher priced models.

As for the Jabra Elite 65t, they may block the noise, but they don't seem to have noise cancelling. This is kind of like my Shure headphones that are like ear plugs for blocking some outside sound. The review sounds good for a home or office environment. I am doubtful of their effectiveness on a plane.

Bluetooth is a technology with lots of issues. The different versions are not necessarily compatible with each other, and you have to make sure your iPhone supports the standard the headphones support. Even then, we have Apple screwing things up where their Bluetooth gets "upgraded" and no longer can interact with current devices. It really upsets me that my iPhone 6 running iOS 10 could communicate with my 2012 car just fine, but iOS 11 on an iPhone X falls flat on it's face (...your phone does not support wireless voice commands from the car and my Plantronics headphones). At least I can talk over Bluetooth (headphones and car) if I look at the phone and make it do the call. Handsfree is broken, reported, and their 2 attempts to resolve it has failed.

Honestly you should not get a signal block with your body, this is radio, not line of sight. Latency should be expected, and I believe that video players should have options to delay the video by subseconds to match the audio. Disconnects should be rare, unless one end or the other is a cheap implementation.

I have not been impressed with Bluetooth audio, so I have stuck with wired for now, plus the plane I use still prohibits Bluetooth mid-flight, but does not notice the dozen people using Bluetooth.



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