Top 10 Best Bluetooth Headphones for iPhone in 2017
Courage. Banking on this one word, Apple has finally done it. They killed the headphone jack in their latest iPhone. You can still wire up but it’s not as easy as finding the familiar circular headphone port in the dark and aiming the 3.5mm jack at it. So what’s the upside? Bluetooth headphones finally have a chance to catch up and shine with their technology. They finally have the incentive to match up to the audio prowess of wired headphones. So here, we cover the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 to help you pace up with the technology curve. These offer solid audio performance and are spread over a reasonably large price range.
How do headphones work with iPhone 7?
The headphone port is conspicuous in the iPhone 7 design by its absence. When you turn the phone on its edge, you only find the lightning charging port. Apple surmised that the headphone port takes up too much space in the phone schematics. In this time and age of great technological revolution ‘someone’ should make the bold move of severing the headphone bond. And Apple is that ‘someone’.
That being said, Apple has made the transition easy.
- They still come with a set of wired earphones that terminate in a lightning jack. So you can connect the earphones off the charging port and listen to music.
- They also provide a 3.5mm-to-lightning adapter. So you can plug in the wired headphones on one end and the phone on the other.
The disadvantage of these methods is that you can’t charge the iPhone and listen to music on headphones at the same time. The advantage is that these are well thought-out transition methods without compromising the design of iPhone 7.
While iPhone 7 is self-equipped for wired headphones, the easier approach is to use the best Bluetooth headphones. Connecting via Bluetooth is simple as always. Apple will also urge you to buy the Airpods. These are wireless earphones that use the same Bluetooth technology. But they have some cute tricks that make life easier. Like the 24-hour battery case, ear-sensors for power saving, easy to pair, double-tap to summon Siri. Basically all the shortcuts that tie the Airpods back neatly to the iPhone 7. You will have to buy these separately.
Are Bluetooth headphones the best option for iPhone 7?
We would still not choose Bluetooth headphones over wired headphones especially with iPhones(more on that). But with iPhone 7, we are left with no choice.
Bluetooth always compresses the audio quality of data being transferred over thin air. So by the time your headphones receive all 3.5MBs of that MP3, it’s already compressed and low on details. And the MP3s themselves are pretty bad quality recordings compared to CD and FLAC formats. These differences may not be immediately apparent to a casual listener though and especially not in light of Bluetooth headphones’ portability.
Bluetooth headphones have tried to fight for better audio quality in the recent years. The Apt-X and Apt-X HD formats have helped compress the audio in a much better and detail-retaining way. However, for Apt-X to be effective, both the phone and the headphone should be Apt-X-enabled. And sadly iPhone 7 doesn’t seem to be Apt-X-enabled. iPhones are AAC-enabled which barely makes a difference because most Bluetooth headphones are not. Apple can afford the Apt-X license and yet they chose not to. That’s a bad situation to cut the cord.
Yet there are advantages of Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7:
- In absence of a headphone port, you are left with options of Bluetooth headphones or a wired headphone with lighting plug. Manufacturers have to play royalties to Apple to use lightning plug so such headphones are rare. However Bluetooth headphones are a viable option and abundantly available.
- Portability of Bluetooth headphones help. Wires snagging on tables, chair, little bunny rabbits etc. is a huge pain. Bluetooth headphone can just stay wrapped around your neck without being yanked off.
- Bluetooth headphones have less chances of dying on you because they eliminate the weakest link: the cable. In most headphones, cables are the first casualty. Even with replaceable cables, replacements are not always available and may be costly.
- Battery life was the one of the main concerns with Bluetooth headphones. But these days, the pack battery life to the level of 8-30 hours. So you can get through the workday without plugging in to charge. The Apple Airpods go into power-saving mode when you take them off your ears.
Which are the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7?
With so many Bluetooth headphones in the market, we needed to root out the wannabes. We selected the 10 best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 based on:
Audio: We paid special attention to the audio of these Bluetooth headphones. We checked the audio with respectable formats like FLAC and WAV. In spite of compression, these convey the true essence and tonality of the music. We chose mature and expressive audio signatures to suit various tastes and genres.
Connectivity: We checked that the connection didn’t drop annoyingly every few seconds. These best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 have established a stable connection with the playback devices. We also checked that they reconnect fast once turned on.
Comfort: The idea of comfort is paramount with the full-sized headphones. The best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone covered here rest on or over the ears. So we ensured that these sit lightly without hurting the ears over long hours of music perusal.
Features: Apart from the Bluetooth connectivity, we also check for the other features like AAC-compatibility, foldability, Active Noise cancellation etc.. Each extra feature earned brownie points.
Budget: Quality Bluetooth headphones are usually costly. We still covered a large price range going from affordable to high-moderate prices. This is the most popular band amongst customers.
Top 10 Best Bluetooth Headphones for iPhone in 2017
|1. Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling||Noise-rejecting dual-microphone system||$$$||4.5|
|2. Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones||B & W bespoke acoustic technologies||$$$||4.4|
|3. V-MODA XFBT2 Crossfade 2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones||Virtually Indestructible Steel Flex Headband||$$$||4.3|
|4. Sony H.ear on MDR100ABN Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone||Listen smarter with Noise Cancelling that adapts to your surroundings||$$||4.1|
|5. Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 – Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones||Active Noise Cancelling (ANC)||$$||4.1|
|6. Sony Premium Noise Cancelling, Bluetooth Headphone (MDR1000X)||Listen to ambient sounds quickly and clearly with Quick Attention||$$$||4.1|
|7. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Wireless with Active Noise Cancellation||Noise Gard hybrid active noise cancellation blocks ambient noise||$$||4.0|
|8. Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II||Advanced microphone system, HD voice for clear calls||$$$||4.0|
|9. Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Bluetooth Headset||NoiseGard adaptive noise cancellation||$$$||4.0|
|10. Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphone||Dual-Mode Adaptive Noise Canceling||$$||4.0|
The Bose QuietComfort 35 Bluetooth headphones are the top-jewel in Bose’s envy-invoking Active Noise Cancelling headphones(ANC) lineup. Comfort, ANC, Bluetooth connectivity, there is no area this headphone does not conquer absolutely. The price is also reasonable now that we have seen some competition with similar feature set. They could have been a tad more detailed in the non-ANC mode but at this price, the rest makes up for the resolution. All this adds up to the top position on the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 list.
Design and Features
Bose QuietComfort 35 Bluetooth headphones haven’t changed much outwardly except for the broader headband. They have the same soothing oval earcup mounted with optimal padding. The headband also has cranial padding for a soft contact. The whole item weighs only 8.3 ounces which is quite lightweight for a Bluetooth ANC headphone. The earcups fold flat for easy storage. Bose is phenomenal with headphone comfort. QC35 are the most comfortable cans in the market and they don’t get steamy even in the heat of summer.
The controls of these Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 are housed on the right earcup. These are the multifunctional button and the volume navigation buttons. You can also use them for track navigation. They are powered by a rechargeable but non-replaceable battery which is a bummer. Rechargeable batteries tend to lose their recharging capability after a period of time. Battery lasts through 20 hours per charge which is substantial by industry standards. They also powers off if they have been idle for a long time thus saving battery power.
The QC35 ANC headphones can be used in the wired mode if the battery runs out but just not with ANC. A 47-inch cord is shipped with them for cabling up. The earcups fold inwards to be settled into a flat zipped carry case. An airplane adapter is also included. You can upgrade the firmware of QC35 using the Connect app for Android and iOS. They come in black and grey colors. They also double as a headset.
With Bose QC line, you always look at the ANC first. The QC35 Bluetooth headphones walked the same trail. The earcups alone provided above-average passive noise cancellation. But the ANC set in and we had to admit it’s the strongest ANC we have ever experienced. Not just airplane hum but even the slightly higher frequency noises at a train station or subway chatter will be drowned by QC35. The high frequencies are not completely filtered. So you can hear people calling out and ambulance sirens, which is a good thing. The strong ANC does create a slight pressure on the eardrums and not everyone would like it. But if ANC is your priority, QC35 is the boss.
The audio signature that Bose follows is pretty standard in its headphones: smooth and pleasant. These aren’t terribly detailed given the ANC and the Bluetooth. But put these two back into the mixture and the price is just right for this sound signature. With the casual listener’s proclivity for MP3 music, the audio is sufficiently detailed.
Bose QC35 Bluetooth headphones flatter all genres and formats. The bass has a meaty punch and is tight. It may not be as deep or dynamic as Sennheiser Momentum but it’s definitely controlled. The midrange is clean and decently detailed. The smooth treble does not allow any harshness to keep in. The soundstage is engaging. These sound like premium cans no doubt. When we say the detailing could be better, we are comparing them with similarly-price Sennheiser Momentums which cannot match the ANC of Bose.
- Best ANC in the market
- Highly comfortable and lightweight
- Meaty bass and smooth, detailed audio
- Folds flat and up
- ANC cannot be turned off
The Bower and Wilkin’s P7 wireless headphones are modeled exactly like their wired cousins. These are works of art. The distinctive earcups, the bold curves of metal and the delicate leather finishing all lend it the premium headphone look. But the audio is where the true quality of these cans show. Instead of going for the clinically clear audio, they offer warm sound that audiophile and casual listeners both appreciate. Together, the whole spec adds up to a place in the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 list.
Design and Features
The B&W P7 wireless headphones can be described in two words as pure class. The way the aluminum headband twists towards the earcups is a trademark of the P-line. The earcups are rectangular and mounted with memory foam. They are further sheathed in sheepskin leather. The earpads are removable. The left earpad hides the 2.5mm port underneath where the wire is to be inserted in the wired mode. The thick memory foam earpads reduce the ambient noise and resonance. The headband is also padded decently from ear-to-ear. They are comfortable for prolonged use. The headband may clamp a little initially but it loosens up fast enough.
The buttons blend into the design of these Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 almost inconspicuously. The center button is slightly raised over the volume buttons. The arms of the headphone fold up and fit them into a semicircular padded case. You can use them in the wired mode when the battery is drained. The way the wire is inserted, it looks like a wired headphone with no chance of cable yanking off. The battery lasts through 17 hours per charge. The Bluetooth connectivity is seamless. Connection drops almost never happen inside the range. They supports Apt-X which Android phones can benefit from.
The P7 Bluetooth headphones from B&W pack a decadent, fun audio signature that audiophiles with a warm taste adore. P7 has no intention of remaining pristinely pure with it gorgeous bass. It must be boosted just a touch. The bass shows depth and spreads warmth across the frequency spectrum. The sub-bass is also expressive when the beats turn up. The midrange is transparent and unaffected by the weight of bass. They use bass as a solid foundation to base their tones. While the audio might not be completely accurate for purposes like studio monitoring, you will enjoy listening to each genre with these. They do particularly well with House music though.
The treble hits a balance between sparkle and harshness. It doesn’t take off any top-end detail to smoothen out the bite from the bass. The soundstage is open and places an accurate and spacious stereo image. You can easily visualize the direction of each instrument. These are very detailed headphones too as expected at their premium price. They come close to what a wired headphone will perform like at this price.
- Stunning design with aluminum and leather
- Detailed, warm and fun sound
- Inconspicuous buttons
- Fold up
- Removable earpads
- Difficult to wire up after removing earpads each time
V-Moda Crossfade 2 wireless headphones are the successors of widely popular Crossfade and they have made all the improvements that matter. V-Moda packs ultimate fashion into wonderfully alive audio here. This is more of a DJ headphone than a purist headphone. V-Moda has always been a friend of the bass. The architecture is durable and tested by military standards. The accessory haul is substantial. We couldn’t think of any reason to keep these out of the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 list.
Design and Features
The V-Moda architecture is familiar to anyone who has seen their popular M-100 headphones. The hexagonal earcups swivel down the metal arms of a SteelFlex headband. They have vegan leather for the finish which looks neat and classy. The small earpads of the original Crossfades have been switched for larger ones. They are not as large as the uber-comfy XL pads available aftermarket but they are more comfortable than version1. The SteelFlex band can be flattened over 10 times. The earcups can swivel forward to fit your ears. And the arms of the headband fold. They come in white, black and black/rose gold colors. The last is a fine blend of bling and grace. Their only pitfall is their 11-ounce weight.
These Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 come with a cable to connect in the wired mode as well. These are capable of handling environmental elements like temperature extremes and humidity. So you can probably use them in the gym. Once folded, they sit snugly in an exoskeleton case with a screw-on 6.3mm adapter. The case has vents for air circulation. The battery lasts through 14+ hours per charge. You can also quick-charge them for 30 mins and get 3+ hours out of them. Bluetooth is fast and responsive and even works for gaming.
V-Mode Crossfade 2 wireless headphones have grabbed a lot of attention in their price range. They have switched to larger 50mm drivers for high-resolution audio. The clean Bluetooth connection maintains the steady stream of exciting music. V-Moda has a reputation for boosting bass. But with Crossfade 2, the bass bump is much more calculated. Bass is still controlled tightly. The midrange doesn’t get bullied by the depth of bass. Sub-bass content creates an impactful listening experience.
In the midrange we notice more details than the original. It sounds dynamic and rich because of the meaty bass. The treble is also smooth and detailed. They sound even better in the wired mode. The detailing is almost too revealing. It can spot the defect in recordings and bad formats. The volume range is quite high. You can play ear-splitting audio without bass sounding distorted. Sibilance creeps up only with bad formats and imperfect recordings. On the whole, the Crossfade 2 sound fuller and bolder than the Bose QC35.
- Powerful, tight bass
- Rich and detailed audio
- Military standard strength
- Beautiful design
Sony H.ear on wireless headphones are veritable beauties. And more so because of their very reasonable price. They pack active noise cancellation, Bluetooth capability and a metal-emboldened design all for a significantly lesser cost than the Bose QC35. And H.ear On is no slouch either. The audio is upbeat and natural, even more exciting than the Bose QC35. The poppy colors are well suited for the popular tastes of today. Comfort, build, audio, aesthetics, MDR100ABN is winning on all fronts to join the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 list.
Design and Features
The Sony H.ear on Bluetooth headphones are over-ear ANC headphones. Sony goes for a balance of durability and comfort by throwing in the metal earcups. The earcups are racetrack oval and chunky in the Sony fashion. They are mounted with comfortable padding and synthetic leather. The headband is broad and padded plushly too. The ear pieces swivel forward to adapt to your ears. The arms of the headphones articulate to fold them up in a compact package.
The buttons of these Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 are divided between the two earcups. One has the power button and ANC power, while the other has multifunctional and volume navigation button. The multifunctional button handles track navigation as well. Active Noise Cancellation can be switched off on a quiet day. The battery lasts through 20 hours per charge. With the ANC off, it will last longer. You can use these in the wired mode as well. The H.ear on also support NFC and LDAC. They support Apt-X although that wouldn’t matter with the iPhones. These moonlight as headsets too.
The Active Noise Cancellation impressed us in the Sony H.ear on Bluetooth headphones. It is not any stronger than the Bose QC35. Rather, the noise cancellation is less aggressive here. This is a relief for some people because it also exerts less pressure on ears. Some of us don’t like the eerie silence provided by QC35. The H.ear on is the perfect remedy for them. You get most of the low-frequency noise quelled. There is almost unnoticeable hissing in the silence between the songs.
These wireless headphones go for a natural audio signature. They have tight yet punchy bass that responds well to complicated music. The midrange has plenty of clarity and details. They sound almost like wired headphones at their price. They sound a touch more substantial that the Bose QC35s. Their balance cannot be faulted. They are reasonably energetic but not so much that your ears feel fatigued.
- Natural, enjoyable audio
- Poppy colors in cool design
- Apt-X, LDAC and NFC support
- Sound much better with ANC on
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro2 Bluetooth headphones are seriously dorky yet very reasonably priced cans. These have Active Noise Cancellation, headset and Bluetooth capability wrapped in a $100-$150 drop from the QC35. The performance of Gen1 Backbeat Pro impressed people for the price. The Pro 2 offers similar reliability in terms of audio and other features. Its substantial weight and aged looks are our only complaints. But it overcomes all that and lands square in the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone7 list.
Design and Features
The Plantronics Backbeat Pro2 Bluetooth headphones have some thick earcups that stick out from your ears. They are not necessarily uncool, just weird. The bulbous ear pieces have heavy padding to offset the weight of the headphone. They are draped in faux leather. The headband is only moderately broad and lavishly padded from ear-to-ear. These are relatively slimmer than the Backbeat Pro though. All the buttons reside on the earcups. You can power the ANC on or off. The track controls are separate from volume ring. You also have a button to switch off music and ANC and listen to the outside world.
These Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 have in-built mic for making calls. The call quality is notable especially for its performance out in the open with high ambient noise. The battery life is rated at 24 hours. The earcups of the Backbeat Pro 2 swivel flat to fit inside the companying nylon sleeve. The Bluetooth range extends up to 330 feet instead of the usual 30 feet. The earcups have sensors to sense when you are not wearing the headphones to automatically shift to power-saving mode.
The Backbeat Pro 2 Bluetooth headphones from Plantronics have effective noise-cancelling which is strong enough for your travelling needs. You can wear them in crowded places and dull down the noise. They don’t fatigue the ears as much as the drastic ANC of the Bose QC35 do. The Pro 2 sound very balanced and natural. You might not be immediately hit by meaty bass. But its punchy presence is there. You can always boost it for the EDM, Techno, Heavy metal tracks. If you are a complete bass-head these headphones are not for you.
The midrange is warm and detailed. The QC35 does mids a tad better but not worth the price difference. The treble of Pro 2 wireless headphones is smooth. It doesn’t have the sparkle that QC35 has. But these are details that only audiophiles will differentiate. Besides, in Bose’s silence of the lambs environment, music tends to sound a little more dynamic.
- Affordable with ANC and Bluetooth
- ‘Aware’ mode to monitor ambient sounds
- Natural and pleasant audio
- 330 feet Bluetooth range
- NFC enabled
- Chunky looks
Sony has been inching closer to Bose with each Bluetooth ANC headphone. The Sony MDRX1000X are their premium wireless ANC set that rivals Bose in ANC. They have a number of tricks up their sleeves for a convenient user experience. The ANC machine is a little noisier compared to other models. Yet, they remain one of the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 in the market currently.
Design and Features
The Sony MDR1000X Bluetooth headphones look unassuming in their black and tan models. There’s none of that colorful splash like the MDR100ABN. These look suave with their racetrack oval earcups. The cups gently arch back to accommodate your ears but they don’t stick out. The earcups swivel forward and flat when not in use. The arms of the headband also fold to reduce the footprint of the headphone. On the earcups, we found buttons for power, ANC power and the ‘ambient noise mode’ where you can listen to outside noises. You can also activate ‘ambient noise mode’ by holding your hand over the right earcup.
Volume and track navigation are through touch controls in these Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7. The Active Noise Cancelling is adjusted to your personal tastes based on how much noise/silence you want to hear. The battery lasts through 20 hours per charge. They support LDAC for Sony music players. These can be used in wired mode. They come with a zippered flat case.
The MDR1000X Bluetooth headphones could be the headphones that finally fight Bose QC35 on equal grounds. They can conjure the somber silence that Bose create. They have adaptive ANC at play which regulates the noise cancellation based on perceived ambient noise. This may sometimes annoy you by changing the ANC level when you want to hear a constant level of noise. The ANC hiss is slightly noticeable in between the songs in the Sony headphones.
The audio performance of these Bluetooth headphones is natural and dynamic. The bass is rich, punchy and tightly held. The midrange is warm and detailed. The treble is sparkly. Both bass and treble are a bit forward in these headphones compared to QC35. But Sony maintains clarity and transparency in the audio of MDR1000X.
- ANC enabled
- Has Ambient Noise mode
- Gesture controls
- Rich, warm audio with clarity
- LDAC support
- Adaptive ANC plays automatically with ANC levels
Sennheiser Momentum line has been one of the most popular headphones lines on our platform. And the Wireless 2.0 Bluetooth headphones only add to its pride. These bring the warm and intensely fun audio of the wired version into wireless realm along with ANC. These are another pair that stand rival to the likes of Bose QC35. They fight like warriors for a place on the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 list.
Design and Features
The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 wireless Bluetooth headphones are full-sized cans, not to be confused with their on-ear version. They look exactly like their wired version. They have a slim metal headband with slots for ventilation. Two racetrack oval earcups are mounted on it. The earcups are bigger than the Gen1 Momentum and go around the ears than sit on them. They are sheathed in leather as is the headband. The arms of the headband fold for easy storage.
These Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 use either Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC to connect to devices. They support Apt-X with suitable devices. They can be used in the wired mode. The ANC cannot be switched off. But it works only as long as the battery holds power. The battery lasts up to 22 hours. All the playback controls are placed on the right earcup.
The Active Noise Cancellation on Momentum 2.0 wireless headphones is not as strong QC35. It beats the low-frequency noises but not like QC35. We liked that they didn’t create much pressure on the ears either. The sound signature of Momentum 2.0 wireless is natural and exciting. It has tight and meaty bass which extends deep into sub-bass. It rises to occasion in both quantity and quality. The midrange is clean and devoid of any bass attack. The treble is sparkly and crisp. It is almost as good as wired headphones of similar price. It is highly resolved too.
- Warm, detailed audio
- ANC and NFC-enabled
- Attractive design
The SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II are another pair of those comfy Bose headphones with smooth sound. These are NOT ANC headphones. But they provide seamless Bluetooth functionality with lightweight yet durable build. The audio is the non-tiring, warm type that you can listen to for long periods of time. In spite of the steep price, we like their overall performance enough to put them on the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 list.
Design and Features
The Bose SoundLink Around-ear wireless headphones II weigh a measly 7 ounces. They have the classic Bose architecture. The oval earcups are padded optimally. The headband is similarly padded. The earcups fold flat. They don’t look the part but they are quite durable. The earcups do a good job of cancelling noise passively but your ears do get steamy in summers. All the buttons and ports are placed on the right earcup.
These Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 also fold at their arms. They have excellent call quality using Adaptive Audio adjustment during calls based on ambient noise levels. You can connect to multiple Bluetooth devices at once and switch between them. These are also NFC-enabled. Battery lasts through 15 hours per charge.
Bose sticks to a neutral sound signature with the SoundLink Around-ear Wireless headphones. The drop-free connection relays the punchy yet controlled bass. The bass isn’t as meaty as the other fun headphones on this list. We prefer them to listen to more tame genres like classical and rock rather than EDM or House music. The midrange is bass-free as a result. The treble is smooth. The presentation is laidback.
Bose also tries some of their digital voodoo here called Active EQ. This ensures that the bass doesn’t lose its power even when the volume is lowered. But it also ensures that the audio remains neutral and no part of the frequency spectrum is boosted over the other.
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Neutral audio signature
- Good passive noise cancellation
- Punchy but tame bass for casual tastes
Sennheiser cashes in on premium features in the PXC 550 wireless headphones. These do ANC and wireless connectivity with style. They provide excellent call quality and hence become invaluable as your business headset on the fly. The CapTune companion app for these headphones has a number of sound modes. The enviable battery life is the best takeaway. We were suitably impressed to put them on the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 list.
Design and Features
The Sennheiser PXC 550 Bluetooth headphones are good-looking business headphones. They have the inverted egg-shaped earcups with a slim headband. At only 8 ounce weight, they don’t clam down hard. The earcups can swivel forward and fold flat. The arms of the headphone also fold to reduce its footprint. PXC 550 powers on automatically when you wear them and power down when the earcups are held flat. All the functionalities can be controlled by touch controls.
These Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 allow you to alter the level of Active Noise Cancellation. The PXC 550 acts as an excellent headset with a noise-cancelling mic system. The battery life extends to 30 hours per charge which is one of the industry best. The CapTune Companion app is the bonus feature. It can be used to set audio preset effects that tune the audio signature automatically to your taste.
The PXC 550 wireless headphones have very efficient ANC. It’s almost elaborate as the Bose QC35 ANC. But the pressure on the ears is much less aggressive. It’s not the kind of silence that Bose offers but we welcome the non-fatiguing sound. The audio of PXC 550 is designed to enjoy audio not critique it. The bass is warm and meaty, maybe a touch boosted. The midrange is clean and detailed. It is more layered than detailed. The treble is smooth but not terribly detailed or bright. It’s very comfortable and that accounts for an even better audio experience.
- 30 hour battery life
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Warm sound with meaty bass
- Touch controls
Beats Studio Wireless headphones are popular not just because of the brand name. This time they own the praise with effective ANC, Bluetooth capability, comfy design and natural audio. The bass doesn’t play havoc in these headphones. The features and operation are seamless. The only downside is they need some minimum battery charge to play music with or without ANC. Regardless they vindicate themselves to enter the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 list.
Design and Features
The Beats Studio wireless headphones are lightweight comfortable cans. They have oval earcups connected by a slim band. The arms of the headband fold reducing the footprint by more than half. The left earcups carry the multifunctional and volume buttons. The right earcup has the power button and the battery level indicator LEDs.
These Bluetooth headphones for iPhone 7 feature adaptive noise cancellation. This balances the ANC based on ambient noise. You also have a silent ANC option where ANC is tuned to its strongest and no music plays. This is for the times you want to sleep in a noisy place. The battery lasts through 12 hours on Bluetooth and 20 hours in wired mode. They can also be used in the wired mode. They come with an audio only cable and another cable with Apple-compatible inline remote. They come in 10 swanky colors. They have automatic power saving in wired mode.
The Beats Studio Wireless headphones sound surprisingly accurate, considering the rest of the Beats line which emphasizes bass. The bass is quite meaty here as well. The bass is tight enough that it doesn’t smother the midrange. The vocals and strings are clear and detailed. The treble is smooth and less sparkly that earlier Beats. The audio is energetic without being fatiguing.
- Warm, natural sound
- Adaptive noise cancellation
- 10 colors
- Battery life could be better