The launch of the new Apple iPhone 7 cemented what many in the industry already knew: wireless headphones / earphones are here to stay - and will only get more popular!
As expected, the new Apple iPhone 7 got everyone talking about one of its new - and most controversial - features: its lack of conventional 3.5mm inputs for headphones. Though people can still plug conventional headphones to it via the included (but quite cumbersome) adapter, it seems Apple really hope that users will prefer the wireless option, and that's why they've also released the AirPods. But not everyone is convinced... in part due to the AirPods' cable free design:
And when we say "not convinced", it's mainly because people worry those (expensive!) AirPods can be easily lost...
We haven't tried the AirPods yet so we can't say whether they sound good or not, but if they don't inspire you with confidence, there are some great wireless headphones that are the perfect alternative to AirPods.
Why choose wireless headphones / earphones?
Music gear has evolved a lot over the past six decades, but one thing most of us still heavily rely on are cables. It's ironic that something so essential is not particularly liked by anyone - in fact, messy, tangled cables can be quite annoying, and are pet hate of many musicians - and yet most people carry on using them. We've been so used to being "wired" to our gear, that it seems like a huge move to go wireless, so many people just don't bother.
But times are changing, and today wireless technology is very reliable, and increasingly more pros opt to use it: wireless microphones and guitar systems are now the norm on the world biggest arenas. From Beyonce to Guns'N'Roses, it's hard to spot a massive act that doesn't rely on wireless technology, and more brands are also investing on wireless mixers, too. So it's only natural that headphones are going wireless, too! It's great to move around unencumbered by an earphone cable. Apple got THAT bit right, and there's no doubt that using a wireless headphone/earphone is the best when you're on the move.
The new Beyerdynamic Byron BT earphones are the best option, offering high audio quality and a stylish design that, unlike Apple's AirPods, leaves the right- and left-side earphones connected, which makes them much less likely to be lost. And, of course, we're also talking about Beyerdynamic here - one of the world's best and most respected manufacturers of professional headphones, so the quality will naturally be much better than the AirPod's.
The Byron BT is the first wireless headset in Beyerdynamic's range, allowing music and phone calls are transmitted via Bluetooth. This gives you new flexibility with our usual excellent sound. The use of loss-free Qualcomm aptX® codecs ensures top-quality Bluetooth transmission. The acoustic transducers for right and left ear are connected to one another simply by means of a short cable. The earphones can be connected very simply and wirelessly to your mobile device using the Bluetooth connection. Tangled headphone cables are therefore a thing of the past.
For those looking for headphones rather than earphones, the Numark HF Wireless Headphones are a great choice, too. The key to its superior wireless streaming is its Bluetooth 4.0 technology with NFC pairing, so its signal connection is always strong and clear.
The HF Wireless has a wireless range of over 30 feet for great freedom of movement while you keep track of the musical action. In addition, the unit’s built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to 10 hours of music playback on a single charge, so you can listen as long as you like.
Wireless studio headphones?
At the moment, wireless is the hot ticket for music fans streaming songs from their mobile devices, but the situation is different in the studio, where using wireless studio headphones is still a long way from becoming the norm. Professionals worldwide still prefer using wired headphones, but make no mistake - sooner or later, this will change! Wireless is here to stay.