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What are the head­phones’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties?

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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.

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