Now that work from home is the new norm, it’s important to stay in touch with your friends, family, and coworkers. This is why companies like Zoom have seen a surge in demand, almost overnight. Whether it’s Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, or other tools – videoconferencing is the new way to stay in touch.
This means you need a robust headset for a seamless communication experience. The device should provide a clear and crisp sound, ideally with a balance of noise cancellation qualities and vocal performance.
To help you narrow down the best choices for Bluetooth headphones for audio quality calls, we’ve rounded up our top picks for 2020. We will regularly update the list as we review no products.
We’re big fans of Apple products, and if you own an iPhone or an iMac, then the Powerbeats Pro is a no-brainer. It comes at a hefty price tag, but it maxes out the quality features at the price point. For starters, they’re really easy to set up with any Apple device – it’s straightforward for non-Apple devices as well – and the noise cancellation is ideal for when you’re traveling or in a busy street.
The rich sound instantly stands out with its satisfying bass thump and lets you pick up on the smallest details. Each ear pod comes with a downward-facing microphone and accelerometers to attenuate wind noise and pick exactly what you’re saying.
The Powerbeats Pro are comfortable and designed to grip your ears. It’s going to fit and won’t fall off no matter how hard you try. You can try to give it a good shake, and it would stay there like it’s glued to your ears. Even when you’re working out, the Powerbeats Pro stays locked in place.
The Powerbeats Pro feature spatial audio which brings you theater-like surround-sound experience to any video conference. It could be the difference between picking up what the other person is muttering or having to repeatedly ask them for clarification.
Apple also took into account the uncomfortable in-ear pressure that is common with workout earbuds like the Jabra Elite Active and found a clever workaround. They installed a micro-laser barometric venting hole on the front chamber that nearly eliminates the in-ear pressure.
Of course, this mini-review won’t be complete without discussing the battery life of the Powerbeats Pro – you can get about 9 hours of playback with earbuds and 24 hours of playback with the charging case.
- Completely wireless
- Built-in microphone with accelerometers
- Never falls off your ear
- Noise cancellation
- A bit on the expensive end
- Easy to misplace
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Sony really amped up their efforts to dethrone Bose as the leading noise-canceling headphone provider with the WH1000XM3 – because it definitely blows the competition out of the water. The new headphones combine high noise canceling with good battery life, and must-have features such as a powerful microphone and Bluetooth multipoint. And here’s the best part: just because they fit over your ear doesn’t mean you’ll look awkward in Zoom video calls.
The WH1000XM3 has a minimalist design that looks chic over your ears and will. In terms of sound quality, Sony didn’t change much with these headphones, retaining the same bass-heavy sound. Their Connect app has an equalizer that lets you tweak the settings to exactly how you like it. More importantly, you get 32 hours of battery per charge, which is a godsend when you’re traveling.
In terms of sound quality, Sony did a fairly good job because it attenuates low-frequency sounds such as the constant rumble of a jet engine or a low hum of an air conditioner with precision. So you’ll definitely pick a lot more details in your average Zoom call – useful for when multiple people are speaking over each other.
Speaking for the microphones, they’re good at handling lower frequencies. This feature allows you to get your voice across with ease. However, there is a tiny drop in the frequency response under the 120-200Hz range, which may compromise performance in busy environments, such as classrooms or lots of traffic.
- Fast charging capable
- Long battery life
- Superb call quality
- Can be paired with two devices simultaneously
- Has a minimalist design that not everyone may appreciate
- Can’t listen and charge at the same time
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
This is Sennheiser’s second attempt at dominating the wireless form factor market, and they’ve done a fairly good job here, now with noise cancellation and decent battery life. We decided to go with these headphones because of their sound quality – they’re ‘sublime’ as often described by most reviewers.
The microphone quality is spot-on because they sound exactly like a regular call on a landline, thanks to the cVC noise-canceling mics. So even though the microphones sit away from the speaker’s mouth, they won’t sound like they’re calling from an empty cave.
Sennheiser includes four different sizes of ear tips in the box, so you should find a size that is suitable for you. The headphones are fairly comfortable even when with excessive moments and will stay in place, of course, they can’t go head to head with the Powerbeats Pro – but that’s not something you’ll have to worry about.
They’re fully customizable with touchpad controls and the layer of noise canceling makes them super comfortable to use when sitting through a movie marathon or an extended video call. The sound is controlled with a fine sense of precision and focus that works amazingly well for video and voice calls. There’s no chance of the battery dying because these buds promise around 7 hours of playback, 21 hours if you include the charging case.
- Sublime sound
- Customizable touch controls
- Good tonal balance
- No buttons
- High price
These affordable, portable set of energetic wireless earphones are the best possible choice at their price point. Each earpiece has a 36mm driver that will easily pick up 3D sound – so if you’re listening to music, you’ll pick up everything, from the drums and woodwinds, to the tambourine and textured vocals. It’s a cohesive mix of energy and detail.
It comes with in-line controls and a high-quality microphone with speech optimization that lets you talk in crystal clear voice-over Zoom calls. The AGG Y400 also comes with a wired option for when you want to preserve the battery.
Despite the lack of noise-canceling features, which we wouldn’t expect at this price point, the AKG Y400 is a great choice.
- 33 hours of battery life with 900mAh polymer li-ion battery
- Recharge only takes 2 and a half hours
- Supports AAC codec and Bluetooth 4.2
- Snug fit
- No noise canceling
The features you look for when choosing headphones for video conferencing are a little different than your everyday headphones. Of course, you want superb sound quality, but you also want a good microphone that lets you communicate with relative ease. Most people prefer over-ear headphones because they’re reasonably better at blocking sound from outside, and they offer a snug fit.
A built-in microphone is a must-have feature and should be able to get you through the day. Long battery life is also a plus for those extended call sessions. Wireless functionality lets you freely talk with your hands (to get your point across).
The four devices we picked are ideal for Zoom calls or just listening to music in general. They also combine excellent sound quality with user-friendliness, which is important if you don’t want to interrupt a meeting to adjust your device. Our recommendation is to go with the Powerbeats Pro because they tick all of these boxes and more and will provide you with the definitive video calling experience.
Let us know what you think of our picks in the comments below. If you have one of the above devices, do share your experiences with them.
Blog Article Written By Rishi Sawhney – Headphone’s geek!