Test report: TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 in-ear headphones TT-BH07

TaoTronics Bluetooth Sports Headphones Photo

It was time again that I had to buy new Bluetooth headphones. Whereby the “must” is more of a form of collecting or a kind of compulsive act, because actually I already have Jabra Bluetooth headphones. However, this is "over ear" and therefore less useful for sporting activities. In addition, it has already exceeded the two-year life cycle of today's electronic devices several times. For this reason there was a new "in-ear" headphone this time, which has also been used for jogging in the last few weeks: TaoTronics TT BH07 Bluetooth Sport Headset. How it performs as sports headphones and what experiences I was able to gain with the TaoTronics headphones, you will learn in the following article.

wireless stereo headphones lettering

The lettering on the cardboard packaging of the TaoTronics Bluetooth sports headphones already gives an idea of ​​what is hidden inside. :)

TaoTronics BT headphones: brief description

Now to the new achievement: the manufacturer TaoTronics was, to be honest, totally unknown to me personally. Due to the many positive customer reviews, I ordered the manufacturer's Bluetooth headset anyway. With a price of around 30 EUR, the inhibition threshold was correspondingly low.

The headphones connect the two in-ear elements with a cable that also includes a remote control and a microphone (that's why you'd rather say headset to the device!). This also makes it possible to take phone calls and control volume and song titles. The charging connection - a micro USB socket - is also included in the remote control element.

An additional gimmick is the possibility of closing the two earplugs into a ribbon using built-in magnets. In this way, you can quickly convert the headphones into a collar if you want to take them off, but still want to have your hands free.

Bluetooth headphones TT-BH07 scope of delivery

Scope of delivery; Here you can see all the individual parts that are supplied with the TT-BH07 Bluetooth headphones.

Adjustment by means of ear wings

In addition to the headphones, the instructions, a storage bag and the short USB charging cable, the scope of delivery also includes three ear adapters and three mounting brackets. With these you can adjust the earplugs individually to your ears so that the headphones fit well during sports and do not fall out. I am already familiar with this type of "ear wing" from the Jabra Sport Pulse, so this type of attachment works quite well in practice and is also comfortable.

Fast charging and long battery life

According to the manufacturer, the TT-BT07 Bluetooth headphones have enough battery to make calls or listen to music for up to 6 hours. On the other hand, if you leave it in standby, it can last a full 175 hours on one charge. And even if it is empty: it can be charged in just an hour, so you can get it back up and running relatively quickly. And of course, charging does not only work on a Mac or PC, but also on an active USB hub or on a power bank.

TT-BH07 charging socket

With the micro USB charging socket, the TT-BH07 headphones can be fully charged again within an hour (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Optics and my impression of the TaoTronics BH07 headphones

Given the price, I didn't have high expectations for the quality. But after unpacking I was positively surprised. The bluetooth headphones look light through the thin neck band and the earphones look very high quality. The control bar, which is attached to the cable below the right ear, is small, but still easy to use with its three buttons.

Specifications

The technical details of the headphones are certainly not interesting for everyone, but still not unimportant. Here you can also see which audio codec he is using and similar information:

  • Bluetooth profile: A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP
  • Audio Codec: APTC
  • Range: approx. 10 m
  • Charging voltage / current: 5 V / 500 mA
  • Battery life: approx. 6 hours
  • Charging time: approx. 1 - 1,5 hours
  • Dimensions: 590 x 25 x 32 mm
  • Weight: 15 grams

Music quality - convincing sound and active noise reduction

The use of Bluetooth 4.1 is certainly a plus point for the sound quality, because older (but more expensive) headphone models that I once had could not deliver such a convincing sound at that time. I am quite flexible musically and have tested the in-ear headphones with both classical and rock music. He was able to convince me in all respects and also deliver a good bass (good, but not excessive!). Overall, I think the sound is very balanced and surprisingly good for headphones in this price range. But it has to be mentioned here that it is very important that the earplugs are well placed in the ear. If they do not do this, the sound immediately becomes relatively "bland", which is the case with all in-ear headphones.

I also noticed positively that the earphones do not produce any annoying background noise when you are moving. Some in-ear models (including expensive models from well-known manufacturers) sometimes have the problem that you can hear movement noises or the rustling of the cable while walking. This is not the case with TaoTronics headphones.

Sport headphones TT BH07 control element

The control element of the TT BH07 sports headphones also allows you to accept phone calls and to jump back and forth in a playlist. A microphone is also built in there so that the headphones can be used as a Bluetooth sports headset.

cVc 6.0: noise reduction and sound enhancement

The active noise reduction that the headphones have is also interesting. The manufacturer calls this cVc 6.0 noise-reducing technology. It is probably something similar to what is also used for noise cancellation: External audio waves are recorded via the Mirko and used with the opposite amplitude in the output of the headphones to counteract the external tones. This means that the audio image is much clearer even in louder surroundings. But of course the effect is not comparable to the active noise cancelation that is known from much more expensive headphones.

Simple operation and quick coupling

Operation with the remote control is explained relatively quickly. You have a plus and minus button and a play button. With the plus / minus key you can change the volume with a short press. A longer press causes you to skip one track forwards or backwards.

The play button (multi-function button), on the other hand, is used to play or stop music playback and to accept phone calls. If you press this for 3 seconds, the headphones switch off. With a press of a second, it turns on again. A summary of the operating options can be found here:

  • Turn on: Hold down the multifunction button for 1 second.
  • Turn off: Hold down the multifunction button for 3 seconds.
  • Play / pause: Press the multifunction button once.
  • Volume +/-: Briefly press the + and - buttons.
  • Next / previous track: Hold down the + and - buttons.
  • Accept a call: Press the multifunction button once.
  • To end a call: Press the multifunction button once.
  • Reject a call: Hold down the multifunction button for a second.
  • Redial: Briefly press the multifunction button twice in succession.
  • To mute the microphone (during a call): Press the + and - buttons at the same time to toggle "mute" on or off.
  • Start pairing mode: When the headphones are off, press the multifunction button and hold it down for at least 3 seconds until the LED flashes alternately red and blue.
  • Start Siri: For me, starting Siri also worked with a longer press (approx. 1-2 seconds) on the multifunction button. However, you have to be careful not to press too long, because then the headset will switch off. But you quickly get a feeling for this and can then use Siri well with the headset.

What is also very positive (but is a side effect of Bluetooth 4.1): The headphones pair very quickly with the iPhone after switching on - or of course with the Mac or any other smartphone or tablet that has Bluetooth 4.1. The range of the BT headphones is approx. 10 meters if you move away from the iPhone in free space. When I jog, I usually have the iPhone in a jacket pocket on my back or in a bracelet. With both there were no connection problems whatsoever when running.

Meaning of the LED display

Here in short form what statements the LED display would like to make:

  • Continuous red: charging is in progress.
  • Solid blue: fully charged.
  • Alternating flashing blue and red: headphones are in pairing mode.
  • Flashing blue every 5 seconds: headphones are connected to a Bleutooth device.
  • Red flashing: the battery is about to run out.

Retrofit Bluetooth 4.0 on a Mac

If you have an Apple iMac or a MacBook that has USB slots but NO Bluetooth, you can use a Bluetooth USB stick like this CSL micro USB bluetooth adapter help. The small stick also fits in Macs, takes up hardly any space and works perfectly under Mac OS X (and Windows). For around 10 EUR you can get older computers that are bluetooth-enabled.

Bluetooth in ear headphones TT BH07 photo

The photo collage also shows how you can connect the two earplugs with a magnet if you want to put the headset around your neck.

My conclusion on the TaoTronics BT headphones TT-BH07

The device convinced me personally across the board. The good ratings with 4 and 5 stars are absolutely justified. If you also see the price of around 30 EUR, the headphones are definitely the right choice, if you are looking for inexpensive Bluetooth in-ear headphones with easy operation and top sound, the TT BH07 is the go-to safe side.

When jogging, the TT-BH07 also got stuck, so that you can recommend it as "Bluetooth sports headphones" without a guilty conscience. The fact that you can use it as a "Bluetooth headset" to take calls while walking only makes it all the more practical for this purpose. A note in this regard from my reader Mauro: He has made the experience that after answering a phone call, it takes a few seconds for the sound to reach the other party. Otherwise this function is also ok.

If you want to get it, you will find it here at Amazon for about 30 EUR.

Update (18.02.2017/XNUMX/XNUMX) regarding the use as sports headphones: TaoTronics has released another model that is very similar to this one. However, they are explicitly designated as sports headphones and also have IPX5 protection, which means that they are protected against splash water and are therefore better prepared for sweat and rain. This model is called TaoTronics TT-BH16 DE and is also available on Amazon.

Additional recommendation from other readers: TaoTronics Bluetooth adapter

As readers have reported to me, they are very enthusiastic about the Bluetooth adapter that TaoTronics also offers. The model number TT-BA07 is a small device that can be plugged into any playback device with the 3,5mm jack that does not natively support Bluetooth. Now you couple the TaoTronics Bluetooth headphones with the Bluetooth adapter and in this way you can even make your old Walkman "bluetooth enabled".

The TT-BA07 also works as a receiver. This means that you can also plug your wired headphones into it and then send music to the - now wireless - headphones via iPhone.

 

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18 comments

  1. Eddi says:

    Very helpful and objective thank you

  2. Horst Hader says:

    I bought the in-ears based on this test and can only fully agree. At first I feared that the bass, as is usually the case in this price range, is barely available or much too strong (annoying bum bum). But this is actually it is pleasant and exactly right as described in the test. Overall, the sound is very balanced. A very objective test. Thanks for that.

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Horst! I'm glad you enjoyed the test. I always find it very difficult to judge the sound of headphones and speakers ... that is very subjective and you are often wrong or it is difficult to find the right word. But I guess I was right here. ;-) LG! Jens

  3. Horst Hader says:

    Hi Jens,

    Today, while tidying up and rearranging my electronics cabinet, my first generation iPod Touch, which I had long thought lost, reappeared next to various IPods. In the original packaging everything was still there except for the headphones. After loading it worked perfectly and logging into the WLAN was also problem-free. ITunes immediately recognized this as the iPod Touch 1G. This had iOS 1 and 2.2.1 GB of storage. It was my first Apple device and I ordered it directly from Apple back then (September 8) because I couldn't wait for it to be available in stores. Four weeks later, I was admitted to the clinic with a stroke. The iPod was a loyal companion to me during my recovery and rehab, and it repeatedly attracted a lot of attention from the staff and my fellow patients. There was also an IPod nano 2007G black in its original, unopened packaging, various IPod nano and IPod shuffle from various generations.

    Incidentally, I wg from my iPhone 6. its unwieldiness separated. I buy an IPhone SE and look forward to its handiness.

    Incidentally, the Taotronics TT-BH007 works great. I now use this with the Taotronics Transmitter / Receiver TT-BA07 also on my Sony flat screen.

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hi Horst!

      Yeah, the old Apple things aren't bad. I still have an iPod video that came out in 2005 ... the battery is still working and so it is busy playing audio books for my kids. I can understand the unwieldiness of the iPhone 6, but I will probably switch to the larger version in the next generation, as the camera here should be significantly better than the "small" iPhone 7 ... and taking photos is very important with mine Stakes. But let's see what the next Wednesday will do with the iPhone Keynote 2016 so brings!

      And thanks for pointing out the Taotronics Bluetooth dongle. I didn't even know the thing!

  4. Michael Koulen says:

    Hey supper just a shame that they are only available in black. I'm now thinking about whether I should order them.

  5. Matthias Dormeier says:

    Hello, I bought the headphones based on your review. However, the pairing with my SE does not work; old headphones and speakers could be paired. Do you have a tip for me? Thanks in advance

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Matthias! Your problem has been resolved. I'm not sure if your mail affected this. If something doesn't work with the pairing, I would switch to airplane mode for 2-3 seconds. Then Bluetooth is also deactivated. Then maybe he'll find the headphones. If that doesn't help either, restarting the iPhone SE might be worth a try.

  6. Horst Hader says:

    Hello Mister. Dormeier,

    How to pair your IPhone SE with the InEars for the first (!) Time can be found in the enclosed operating instructions. I have this wg. for better readability from the Taotronics website (http://www.taotronics.com/TT-BH07-Bluetoot-4.1-Sport-Magnetic-Headphones.html) downloaded as a pdf. Find what you're looking for on page 11. By the way, I stumbled across it on my SE, but who still reads operating instructions today. I wish you success !

  7. Horst Hader says:

    Here is another update from me.
    Headphones also works fine with the Sony Soundbase HT-XT2 (Bluetooth). At first I had problems, but as is usually the case, it was my fault or my laziness to read when it comes to operating instructions. It works very simply:
    1) Switch on the TV.
    2) Switch on the soundbase *)
    3) Select the HDMI input to which the Soundbase was connected *)
    4) Select 'HOME' on the Sondbase remote control. The onscreen menu of the Soundbase (HOME THEATER SYSTEM) appears on the TV.
    5) Select 'Setup'.
    6) Select 'Bluetooth Settings'
    7) Set bluetooth mode to 'transmitter'
    9) Select 'OK' from the text that appears
    Switch headphones to pairing mode.
    10) Select 'Scan' from the text that appears.
    Shortly afterwards, the message about the successful connection is displayed and the name 'TT-BH07' appears.
    11) Select 'TTA-BH07'
    Then select 'TV' from the HOME THEATER SYSTEM menu that appears and you're done.
    *) Points 2 and 3 do NOT have to be carried out if the Soundbase is connected to an ARC-capable HDMI input! ARC = Audio Return Channel

    gruß

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Horst! Thanks for your guidance! It's nice that the problems between the ears have been resolved. ;-)
      Hopefully the instructions will also help other users who work with the HT-XT2.
      LG and have a nice time before Christmas! Jens

  8. el moro says:

    Hello Sir Apfelot.

    The test report is excellent and I am very satisfied.
    Thanks for the balanced report.

    Question: What is the difference between TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 in-ear headphones TT-BH07 and the sports model?

    Thank you very much

    el moro

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello El Moro! Thanks for your praise. I am pleased if you liked the report. But to your question: Unfortunately you haven't linked the sports model, so I can only guess which one you mean. As a rule, however, the "attachment" to the ear is better for sports headphones, as they have to withstand constant wobbling. At these sports headphones from TaoTronics For example, there is still a bracket that goes over the ear. In terms of radio technology, Bluetooth 4.1 is also available here. I hope I could help you a little! LG! Jens

  9. the nose says:

    Hello, Jens

    Thank you for your prompt and constructive response.
    Yes, I was interested in the TaoTronic sports model.
    I want to buy another TT-BH07 and then have the ones mentioned
    Seen sports models. Struggled to compare and looked so
    some kind of comparative properties table.

    Basically, I wanted to know whether the listening quality is equally good.
    It also seemed to me that the noise suppression is only available with the sports listener.

    An experience: with TT-BH07. After switching on while making a call, it takes a few seconds for the sound to work well for the other person.

    Thanks J

    Warm regards, Mauro

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Mauro!

      Thanks for your information! I will include the phone call in the post!

      Because of the table and the experience: Unfortunately I only tested one model and can only say something about the audio quality. The reviews of the TaoTronics headphones at Amazon.de are all very positive, so I think there shouldn't be such big differences. And if necessary, you can send the products back.

      I just looked at the headphones again and you probably mean this model (TT-BH16 DE), which looks very similar to the one I tested.

      That has two things that my model doesn't have:
      - Aptx audio codec (of no interest for iPhone users, as Apple uses AAC)
      - IPX5 water protection

      Especially when you sweat, the IPX5 splash protection is perhaps not bad.

      Because of the noise suppression: The model I tested also has something like that built in. Both models (TT-BH07 and TT-BH16) say "CVC 6.0 noise-insulating technology reduces outside noise". So both should have the same noise suppression.

      Greetings!

      Jens

  10. Drilli says:

    Hello, my headphones are new, I'm trying to charge them, but the red light only comes on for a moment. He'd been on the cable for two hours

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