For a long time, I have been looking for earbuds that could work well according to what I want.
When it comes to headphones, earphones, and earbuds, there is no set that can work perfectly on different occasions.
If you are the sporting type like me, you wouldn’t want wires of earphones bouncing around when you are jogging, hiking, running or during workouts.
I didn’t want to spend more than $100 on headphones but, I wanted quality and excellent sound at the same time. So, in short, I was looking for affordable, but high-quality headphones. After some research, I bought TT-BH16 Tao Tronics Bluetooth Headphones.
I have been using the headphones for over a week now, and I can say, with confidence that they are awesome. I usually use them to listen to music during my exercises like running, jogging and workouts and I never had any problem.
Here is what makes Tao Tronics headphones outstanding
(a) Wireless connectivity and Battery life
I used the headphones on a daily basis, during my workouts and sometimes I listen to audio books, it was very easy to last 7 hours on a single charge, in contrary to the 8 hours the Tao Tronics website claims. But this is still good for me, 7 hours means I can spend the whole day.
During the exercises, I noticed that the more I switched them on and off repeatedly, the more the battery drained so fast. So when I was not near the charger, I had to avoid the ON and OFF /pairing and re-pairing during my exercises.
This is common even in smartphones, when you switch your mobile phone off, on restarting it, more power is consumed because booting needs a bit more power.
On standby, the battery can last for up to 175 hours, so if you were not to use them continuously, say, you are just using them for an hour or so per day, you could last a whole week with a single charge.
The battery can be fully charged in an hour, so its 7 hours of use and 1 hour of charging, which is pretty good.
(b) Bluetooth connection and wireless pairing steps
I found that pairing the headphones with my laptop, PC and my mobile phone was pretty easy, there are simple steps you need to follow, but everything is on the manual that comes with the headphones.
Below are the steps you will need to follow to pair the headphones with other devices;
- You need to be 3ft or less away from the device you want to pair with
- Hold the middle button down for some seconds, until you see the LED light flashing blue and red
- The other device that you want to pair with must have its Bluetooth turned on.
- On the other device, select Tao Tronics TT-BH16.
- Your earbuds will flash green if the devices are paired.
- You are done
Bluetooth 4.2 is compatible with the Android phone, iPhone, music players, and tablets.
(c) Earbuds sleeves and hooks come in different sizes
I usually felt very uncomfortable with some in-ear headphones that in most, I end up not using them, but there was a big difference with this pair. I felt very comfortable to use them.
However, I felt comfortable when using them for a shorter period like 1 hour or so, I would begin to feel uncomfortable after 2 hours of continuous use.
The package comes with three different sizes of earbuds and ear-hooks, classified as small, medium and big sizes.
I first tried the small earbuds and I found that they were not fitting well in my ears, they were easily dropping out. I then tried the medium-sized and they are working perfectly well, even when I am doing vigorous workouts, they always stay well in place.
(d) Waterproof rating
The TT-BH16 has an IPX6 rating, this means they are water resistant. They are designed in such a way that they can resist sweat caused by rigorous workouts. Again if you take them for a run during rains, they can hold up.
However, they are not the type of headphones you could swim with, there are models of headphones that can resist such level of moisture. To understand what IPX6 rating mean, read here
What will be in the Box
On opening the box, there was ;
- The TT-BH16 Tao Tronics Bluetooth Headphones
- Three earbuds
- Three ear-hooks
- Charging cable and
- A user manual
With the TT-BH16 Bluetooth headphones, you enjoy the fine texture of the music, the cVc noise cancellation technology, filters all the noise surrounding you and brings into your ears clear and CD quality sound. When answering calls, the built-in microphone enables you to hear it loud and clear.
You can answer calls even in the busiest streets or shopping malls.
After using the TT-BH16 for a solid week, this is what I come out with, hope it’s going to help you in your buying decision. Take a minute and look to the pros and cons below and see if its the right pair you would buy.
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- Impressive wireless connectivity
- Quite affordable
- IPX6 waterproof resistant
- Magnetic earbuds enable you to easily attach them together and use them like neckless.
Not ideal to listen for longer hours.