Compare wireless headphones: which is better than AirPods?

More and more smartphone manufacturers began to abandon the analog 3.5 mm jack or

mini-jack for headphones, thereby bringingwireless era. Technologies develop, and some components simply become obsolete. Of course, wired solutions are still in demand, and in extreme niches, among those who cannot afford to pay several thousand for headphones, choosing five-dollar analog ones, and among those who value high-quality sound, since wireless cannot yet provide it. The middle segment prefers not to get tangled up in wires, choosing comfort and functionality. But what exactly to choose, because now the range is quite wide? Let's compare several headphones based on the main parameters.

Design, ergonomics

In fact, the design of the vast majorityThe wireless headset is quite attractive. By and large, they are all similar, here one of the manufacturers worked from scratch himself, someone used the concept from the leaders, in any case, everyone worked on the top five. But there are still differences in them: Meizu, as well as Elari are more focused on young people, Sony's model is more towards sports design, Huawei has a strict headphone design, like AirPods.

Marked headphones are completedrechargeable case with the possibility of recharging. So, it is not always necessary to look for a socket to extend the work of the headphones. At Sony, the case did not seem very convenient, there are difficulties with placing headphones there. Meizu, on the other hand, thought of everything perfectly, even introducing wireless charging. Elari (like Sony) still has microUSB, but Huawei and Meizu decided to upgrade to USB-C.

Sony's ergonomics are the most thoughtful,It is very convenient to use, elastic and soft stops reliably hold the headphones in their places, and the control buttons on each of them are not sensory, which you do not feel while walking, but physical ones. Pop from Meizu uses touch buttons, but the commands are much more. The Huawei headphones are practically the same as the Cupertin product and in terms of management, only the implementation will be worse, everything works with some delay. Yes, and the sensitivity of the control buttons leaves much to be desired, if you suddenly call, you can knock on the body several times until the command works. However, there is even more inconvenient control - the Elari NanoPods. Here, the button on the case is only for managing calls, but with the tracks nothing can be done. Yes, and they mate with a smartphone, it is very difficult, there is even a guide on pairing the size of an encyclopedia.

Sound quality

Here you can immediately judge by the supportedMeizu Pop codecs, as well as Elari Nanopods, work only with SBC, that is, it cannot be better than MP3 sound. This is a product from Sony and Chinese Huawei that has AAC support, so, theoretically, they should have a much wider range, with better detail. LDAC aptX no one supports.

Expected when listening to test tracks bestSony WF-SP700N showed themselves in such a way that they are low and deep, not lumped together, and they don't whistle at the top. FreeBuds sound good too, but almost fall short of the Japanese. Meizu Pop cut low frequencies, they are lethargic, and if you try to add them, then fall into a thick ball. Good detail only on medium and a little high. Elari, as expected, has the worst result, NanoPods cuts both low and high frequencies. Scenes just can not be heard, the detail is extremely unconvincing. The quality of sound Chinese nouney, which are many times cheaper, sound the same.

What is the result

Sony WF-SP700N is excellent, but they also have a price tag average of 9 thousand rubles, many will be too expensive. Huawei FreeBuds are somewhat weaker, but their price tag is slightly lower - 7 thousand rubles. Further Meizu Pop for 4 thousand rubles and the weakest Elari NanoPods cost 2800 rubles. In principle, price tags do not violate the gradient - from best to worst. Which of them to choose, everyone decides for himself, the only thing is to check the Chinese counterparts, read the reviews, most likely, you will find something inexpensive and in terms of quality is not worse than Elari NanoPods.