Sound and com­fort

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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.

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