TaoTronics Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones [2019 New Version] Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear Headphones Headset with Deep Bass, Fast Charge 30 Hour Playtime for Travel Work TV PC Cellphone
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I love them. The active hybrid noise cancelling works wonders. The batter lasts quite a while, and recharges quickly. Comes in a very nice travel case.
My only slight drawback is you can't charge them and listen at the same time. Plugging in the charger turns of the headphones. However with the fast recharge it's not that big an issue.
IMO these are the best headphones in this price range.
Following on from my earlier comment above I was contacted by SunValley and provided with replacement headphones. These did not exhibit the same high noise levels, so looks like the original set were faulty. Full credit to SunValley for their pro-active customer support.
ANC is not working at all. I can hear almost everything the same either it is on or off.
Sound is average. Just the same as normal wired headphones of a phone. The bass (Taotronics advertising as deep bass) is shit.
Giving two stars for a build quality which is good considering it's price. But I'm using them new so can't say how reliable they are.
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1. When you put the noise-cancelling on you have to put it off again, otherwise, it will drain your battery. Switching the unit off is not good enough. The TT-BH040 was the same but you would think they would have learned to just switch off both when you power down the unit.
2. They changed the layout of the buttons. This is not a huge deal but it took me a while to get used too. All the buttons are now on the right side (on TT-BH040 the noise cancelling was on the left). The volume buttons are also smaller than before. I also think they looked better. More premium where these look a bit plasticky.
The construction feels more premium on these. The TT-BH040 was all plastic where these have some metal bits that hold the ear cups. They are only held by one metal piece on each side so time will tell how strong that joint is.
The piece that goes over your head has nice padding and is strong. I have twisted it around and it feels super sturdy.
The TT-BH040 had my ears sweating after 30 minutes in the humid Brisbane weather but these do a much better job. I don't know what they did but my ears are not nearly as hot under these. That has made these noticeably more comfortable than the TT-BH040. These are not the most comfortable headphones I ever used but they are good enough that I will wear them all day without an issue.
I will recommend these if you are in the market for good earphones and you can't afford Sony. They are not on the same level but they also cost 30% the price. At this price point and even a bit more expensive, you will not find better than these.
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To summarize, I say that these sound really good and get the job done.
I was contacted by TaoTronics for the review below and they pointed out to me that the Bluetooth 5.0 mentioning was an honest mistake at the time of listing and that it has been corrected*. Also since the previous review, I have also opened up more to these headphones objectively. I may have come off as too critical, as I came from a Sony XM3's (that accidentally broke) and couldn't afford to replace them one-for-one. And wanted something that would also have a feature to pair to two devices simultaneously (which the $350 Sony XM3's did not). TaoTronics have also more than generously made up for the inconvenience caused by the mistaken description. They have exceptional customer care. I have also updated the pros and cons below. I have decided to keep these headphones and use them as my daily driver.
3/22/2019 (4 stars downgraded to 3 stars)
Off the bat, I am amused at how deceived I feel with the TT-BH046's. I now realize I have paid for form over function. The headphones are built well and feel good to wear. And that seems to be what makes them the most expensive of their lineup. But I was expecting the big 2019 update with Bluetooth 5.0 (wrongly shown as 5.0 on the comparison section*) and aptX. But the product only does Bluetooth 4.2, and all my tests prove that it only supports SBC. But here are my thorough list of pros and cons:
- Looks good (subjective)
- It is solidly built
- Comfortable on the head
- Great noise isolation (not ANC, but the isolation from padding)
- Superfast pairing (I mean the fastest I have ever seen, and I had a $350 Sony XM3 before)
- Sounds good despite using only the SBC codec, good highs and decent (not overblown) lows
- Battery life champion (without ANC)
- Quick charging
- Simultaneously pairs fully (phone+media+controls) with two sources
- ANC works independently from the Bluetooth power controls
- Decent music audio quality even when ANC is on
- Not very compact
- It only supports SBC codec, no aptX
- Definitely not comparable to the $350 Sony (XM3) or Bose (QC35-II) like many reviewers like to say; not even close
- Not as comfortable after long duration use
- ANC on these caused me dizziness/disorientation/headaches during long duration usage
- Independent ANC can make you forget to turn ANC off when you take it off
- With standalone ANC (no music), it lowers outside noise by changing the pitch of the outside noise (which is decent for its price). But in a relatively quiet environment, standalone ANC emits an audible white noise which is louder than silence.
- Music quality changes when ANC is on; it is different but I wouldn't say better or worse.
I am getting adapted to them over longer usage periods without having dizziness/disorientation/headaches. But I have mostly been using it with ANC off, unless the ambient noise in its lowered state is still audible enough to mask the white noise.
When compared to the previous model, these look nicer and feel sturdier.
There are a couple of features that caught my attention and made me buy them to try them:
1) You can quick charge them in a few minutes for a couple of hours of play
2) They have improved noise reduction
In addition, the earpads have a bit more space for large ears, which is a welcome change for me.
I just came back from a trip to India. That meant about 28 hours each way on planes. I've used these headphones with excellent results and I cannot recommend them enough. See below for details.
Here's a quick summary:
1) Quality: my experience with TaoTronics is that they are well made and last. I have a pair of in-ear bluetooth headsets that I have been using for about 3 years and they still work fine. These seem to be the best made headphones I have seen from them so far and have performed flawlessly so far.
2) Sound: the sound quality of these headphones is very good. I can listen to them for hours and they provide plenty of detail. They have good bass and clean highs. When I compare them to my PAWW Wavesound 3, these have less strident highs and better bass.
3) ANC: I had the chance of using these on 4 long flights (about 11 hours each). The ANC on these headphones shows a significant improvement over another pair that I brought for comparison purposes, the PAWW Wavesound 3. I let the passenger sitting next to me try the TTs and the Pawws and he said he will be buying a pair of the TTs as he was quite impressed with the ANC as well as the sound. On my way back, the guy sitting next to me had a pair of Sony headphones, which cost $299 and are currently the highest rated ANC headset. I was able to try them and compare the quality of the noise reduction and I have to say that the Sony are marginally better, with a tiny bit better reduction of noise. To be frank, with closed eyes I am not sure I would be able to tell the difference reliably. This is not the case for my PAWWs, which clearly reduce noise less than the TTs.
4) Presentation: Like all other TT headphones, these come in a box with a very nicely made carrying case. The case includes charging cable and audio cable to plug them in for use in the plane where there is no bluetooth. One issue I had with the case is that the net it has for storing cables is wide open and things fall off easily. I wish TT included a zipper.
5) Value: these are slightly more expensive that some of the other TaoTronics models. However, at about $80, they are a steal when compared to the Bose or Sony models costing ~$300. Unless you have a lot of money to spend or paying $250 to get some incremental improvements in noise reduction is something you are willing to do, these do a great job.
These headphones are fantastic at any price, and at ~$90, they are a steal. Get a pair if you need ANC.
.5 for price and material and deep sound base.
So far would u like pay price for the name ?
For myself, this is good i only listen anime song.
I just want share how i like this product.
About wear longer or later what if it makes my ear hurt or sleep , i will post later just got today and tested my anime song is good. Pikasonic - miss you on youtube and only instrument is acca 13 ku Kasatsu ka music song.
After 1 day use 03-29-2019 it isnt worth with $100 . So far u could tell u dont need spend more $30 for this product. .
So 03/30/2019 The thing i dislike is this headphones didnt boots sound louder.
Right price (not too cheap as to feel cheap but I will NOT, nor will I EVER, spend more than $100 on earbuds/phones)
Comfortable to wear
Good sound (though I fully admit I’m no expert)
Does cancel out quite a bit of noise
Battery life is good
No wires to deal with (except when charging)
Maintains good connection with device
╠ ■ Build Quality: 5/5
╠ ■ Bass: 5/5
╠ ■ Mids/ treble: 5/5
╠ ■ Recommendation: 5/5
╠ ☼ Overall: 5/5 (I love it)
╠ ►Product Need: Noise cancelling overhead headphones, gift
╠ ►Product Pros: Clarity, comfortable, battery, design, case
╠ ►Cons to Consider: Price, volume
╠ ►My Review: The headphones come in a very nice high end looking box and inside of that is a soft shell carrying case. The battery comes charged and useable right away with the normal easy quick connection by holding down the power button. The sound quality is what you would expect for the price point - clean and very good yet not perfect for an audiophile. The headphones are on the heavier side weighing 8 ounces but not overly noticeable since they are very comfortable. The earpiece is made of padded pleather with the padding earpiece does do a great job blocking out external noise. The battery does a good job of holding a charge of music for the entire day. The bass is heavy, with the mid treble and clarity very noticeable at high bit streamed music. I do wish it had the option to go a little louder. It does have a microphone to use with phone that I don’t think I will ever use. I don’t think this is a good option for running mostly due to the fabric, but think it could be used if wanted and would stay in place if doing chores around the house and moving around. I really like the headphones and they are not perfect, but they are perfect for the price and recommend for the quality and sound.
But my bottom line is that I would NOT recommend this pair but I would recommend that you buy their older model (TaoTronic's Model TT-BH040 Headphones) if you want a better sound.
-Easy to pair, and can be paired to multiple devices simultaneously.
-Sound quality is good to my non-audiophile ears. The bass is a little overpowered but not extreme.
-ANC does a good job cutting out low to mid frequency noises like lawnmowers, AC, fans, and the neighbors drums and dirtbikes.
-One of the ear pads was torn right out of the box. Otherwise,the build quality is pretty good for sub $100 ANC headphones (if you get the on sale)
-ANC has a hiss noise, mostly in the LEFT ear. It's not noticeable when you are playing music at any reasonable volume, but gets pretty annoying when listen to podcasts, youtube videos, or just with no other sound when you want to block out the lawnmower next door.
-After 3-4 hours of continuous wear, they gave me a headache. They clamp down pretty tight on you head, and seem to clamp harder at the bottom of the ear cups than at the top.
-The volume control needs finer steps. Volume 1 is too quiet to hear anything. Volume 2 is still very quiet and you can only hear your music in a dead silent room. 3 and 4 are normal listening for me, and by 5 is already too loud.
I REALLY wanted to like these, but the torn ear pad and left ear hissing are making me return them. Maybe mine are defective, or maybe they are all this way.
For starters you shouldn't expect too much from a pair of headphones at this pricepoint. For that reason, and that reason alone, these headphones get somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me. I have been trying to replace a pair of AKG on-ear bluetooth headphones for a while because well, on-ear headphones aren't very comfortable to wear - much less so with glasses on. The problem is that the only bluetooth headphones I've been able to find that even match their sound quality - much less improve on it - are mostly of the $300 and up variety. That's right, those on-ear AKGs that came FREE with my gear VR 3 years ago sound waaaaay better than anything in their price range (under $100).
I guess these TT SoundSurge headphones are about as close as I've found without breaking that bank. Do they sound great? No. They sound...cheap, but adequate I guess. I have found that they do sound better with the ANC turned on than they do with it off though. Problem with that, obviously, is battery life takes a hit with ANC on. Also there could be situations where you don't necessarily want the ANC on.
Ahhh, speaking of the ANC, I would be negligent if I didn't talk about the biggest flaw of these headphones second only to the sound quality. The ANC switch operates separately from the main power. Which means that it's REALLY easy to forget that you left the ANC on when you turn off the headphones and put them down. Then the ANC drains your battery so that the next time you want to listen to music, they're completely dead. I do understand that there may be a situation where someone wants to use the ANC without listening to music (although I don't know why, because the ANC isn't *that* good), but still. All they had to do was add a voice prompt or something when you turn the headphones off to remind you the ANC is still powered on. There is a tiny, tiny, TINY little light on the ANC switch - which by the way is on the side of the headphones you'll most likely place facing down on your desk and never see. Not helpful.
Oh, and they're big. Like...pretty big! Not the absolute biggest headphones I've ever worn, but certainly nowhere near the smallest. I honestly don't try to wear them outside the house because they stick out so sorely. The design is nice and modern, though not "sleek" or "low-profile" by any stretch of the imagination. They do look good on my desk though.
As long as I'm nitpicking, I'll go ahead and add that turning them on and off requires you to hold the power button for what seems like 15 seconds, though I'm sure it's actually not. It could be less than half that amount of time and still avoid unintentional power ups (and downs).