Sound and comfort
If you’re paying hundreds of pounds for a pair of Bluetooth headphones then you need to know they work well wirelessly and offer a great listening experience too. That’s why we put them through a series of drills over weeks of use.
We tested the cans sonically using both uncompressed and compressed tracks to compare listening experiences, and assessed noise-cancelling features on busy roads and against typical living-room ambient sounds, such as TVs, radios and playing kids. Various music genres were used to cover the total frequency spectrum and account for different tastes, from the dub techno beats of Minilogue’s
Blomma to the saxophone flourishes of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.
Wireless range from source was tested both in an outside environment without obstacles, as well as indoors – including moving from room to room, behind walls and within the proximity of computers, Wi-Fi, and other typical domestic electrical items.
Comfort and a secure fit were also major factors in our testing. Long listening spells were conducted both when sedentary and on the move, and sometimes while wearing glasses.
Once headphones are paired in iOS’s Settings app, you can select them for output in Control Centre.