Report Bluetooth headphones are popular, but science confirms: Mostly Terrible

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    tom_mai78101 The Helper Connoisseur / Ex-MineCraft Host Staff Member

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    Look, we get it: Bluetooth headphones are convenient. Popular models like Apple’s AirPods are for all intents and purposes the K-cup coffee machines of audio. Just like those liquid sadness brewers, Bluetooth offers a disappointing, expensive facsimile of the real deal — but many enjoy it all the same.



    Testing done for our sister site SoundGuys confirmed it’ll get you 90 percent of the way there — but not everybody is willing to accept the excuses behind ditching the headphone jack. Since USB Type-C headphones aren’t where they need to be, we have to examine the consumer audio technology’s performance in a world where the headphone jack is disappearing.


    A more in-depth description of the testing process and findings can be found here, but here are the broad strokes:




    1. Every single Bluetooth codec has measurable quality issues, though not all significant.
    2. Not a single codec or set of Bluetooth headphones available can meet wired signal quality.


    Bluetooth audio has come a long way since its noisy beginnings, but it’s still not ready to replace the headphone jack. However, most people won’t be able to hear the difference if they’re older than 24, have some form of noise-induced hearing loss, or are in the presence of outside noise. For this reason, Bluetooth headphones are best for those commuting, or in noisy situations. If you’re listening primarily at home — or in a quiet area — get a set of wired headphones.


    Read more here. (Android Authority)
     

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