What are the headphones’ capabilities?
The B&O, Philips, Sennheiser and Plantronics headphones are fitted with Bluetooth 4.0 for faster device pairing and low power consumption. The B&O, Plantronics and Philips cans also support the aptX CD-quality codec (not available on iOS), while the Sennheiser and Plantronics models offer multi-point functionality for receiving calls from more than one device. The Jabra and Parrot sets are still stuck on Bluetooth 3.0, but both support NFC, as do the Philips and Sennheisers.
The B&O and Parrot offerings have removable, replaceable batteries. The B&O, Parrot and Plantronics cans also have active noise-cancelling (ANC) modes. Parrot and Jabra provide an iOS app to control their headphones’ audio enhancement functions too.
All of the cans on test come with USB charging and passive use cables, along with a carry pouch. Lastly, all the cans let you take phone calls, with Parrot’s cans packing Text-to-Speech Caller ID and Philips’ headphones coming with dual-integrated mics for balancing sound levels against ambient noise.