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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 sports 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.
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 should rather call the device a headset!). This also makes it possible to accept phone calls and control the volume and song titles. Also the charging port – one Micro-USB-Socket – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Here in short form what statements the LED display would like to make:
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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.
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.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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