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Bluetooth 5.0 Arrives. Does That Mean Better Wireless Headphones?
来源: | 作者:MISR worker | 发布时间: 2017-09-11 | 624 次浏览 | 分享到:

The common opinion held by most music fans is that wireless Bluetooth headphones are pretty darn cool. I mean who needs to be getting all tangled up in a rat's nest of wires and cables when you're listening on the fly? And with the new jack-less smartphones all the rage, a Bluetooth headphone is really the way to go. 

We have reviewed a lot of Bluetooth headphones over the years, a few good, most not so good. But never fear. Our intrepid headphone.com staff has diligently sifted through the chaff to find a few great Bluetooth headphones we can confidently recommend to broad swath of wire-free listener.

Our quiet hope is we can at least begin to partially debunk that old-timey "Bluetooth sucks" audio myth starting now.

So Are Bluetooth Headphones Any Good?

While it remains true that wireless Bluetooth audio is not quite up to par with similarly priced 'wired' headphones, Bluetooth sound quality has steadfastly improved over the past few years.

The current Bluetooth 4.0+ algorithm has just been updated as of December 6, 2016 to new Bluetooth 5.0 functionality which  quadruples the wireless transmission range, boosts the broadcast messaging ability by 800% and doubles the data speed capacity — the critical factor for enabling a robust audio connection with true 'lossless' uncompressed quality.

MISR Bluetooth Sound and the AptX 'Lossless' Codec

The concept of lossless Bluetooth audio has already been touted for a while with companies like Qualcomm devising a lossless codec they call 'AptX' that is said to allow for 'CD-quality' full bandwidth wireless transmission. The big rub with the proprietary AptX technology is that both the source audio/smartphone/tablet/computer as well as the receiver / headphone unit need to be AptX-enabled and compatible to take full advantage of their Bluetooth codec sound quality.

For example, Apple famously does not support AptX on the iPhone and instead employs their own Apple Lossless Bluetooth streaming codec (AAC), creating a bit of a sticky audio wicket for folks who have AptX-ready headphones and use the iOS platform. In that case, there's an argument to be made that your Bluetooth/AptX headphones are not making full use of their lossless sound quality potential.

The other significant barrier that's kept Bluetooth audio from breaking into the consciousness of the high-quality music listener has been the actual headphones themselves. Not only have most Bluetooth headphones been plagued by horrific sound quality, poor fit ergonomics and low-quality construction flaws, but the extremely short 4-6 hour run times of early Bluetooth models made using them nearly impossible before the batteries died on you mid-jams. Few things can kill the joy quicker than dreaded 'Musica Interruptus'.

What all this translates into is the simple fact that a good set of top Bluetooth headphones will cost you a little more than regular cans. But we think the benefits of a solid wireless audio connection sans annoying glitches or pops, a comfortable fit and the best possible sound quality are well worth it compared to the onslaught of craptastically cheap Bluetooth headphones you can find at box stores and better gas stations all over.