Rumor has it that phone and tablet manufacturers, and that includes Apple, will be phasing out the venerable 3.5mm headphone jack that has been standard for decades.
What will replace it? Most people currently think it will be USB or Lightning that does the job, so soon we may see compatible headphones hit the market.
But why even bother with any sort of wire? Why not go wire free? This is especially important for those of us who listen to a lot of music and watch a lot of TV on our iPads. The iPad is an excellent media consumption device, but it is a bit big, so having headphones that connect to it wirelessly is a revelation. Even better, a decent set of Bluetooth headphones no longer costs and arm and a leg. Sure, you are always going to have $500 audiophile products, but if you just want to catch up with some Breaking Bad on Netflix you don’t need a set of those.
I’ve had a look at some of the best-selling Bluetooth headphones of various types and collected the most promising looking ones here. Let us have a look at each one and see if the juice is worth the squeeze. I put my favorites up first and the rest are in no particular order.
Just to be clear, NONE of these headphones are audiophile units; if you are an audiophile you know more about headphones than I do and can just ignore this page. These reviews are written from the perspective of a regular person who appreciates decent sound, but doesn’t obsess about it.