56points

Audio-Technica ATH-EW9

63points

Bowers & Wilkins P7

86points

Philips SHB8850NC

97points

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

92points

Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Comparison winner
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
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Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 vs Bowers & Wilkins P7 vs Philips SHB8850NC vs Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE vs Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Why is Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 better than Bowers & Wilkins P7 & Philips SHB8850NC & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE & Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC?

  • Weight
    33gvs290,232,289,221.1g

Why is Bowers & Wilkins P7 better than Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 & Philips SHB8850NC & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE & Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC?

  • Lowest frequency
    10Hzvs14,10,20,18Hz
  • Has an in-line control panel
  • Has a tangle free cable

Why is Philips SHB8850NC better than Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 & Bowers & Wilkins P7 & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE & Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC?

  • Impedance
    16 Ohmsvs29,22,32,18 Ohms
  • Has voice commands
  • Wireless charging
  • Has an open-back design

Why is Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE better than Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 & Bowers & Wilkins P7 & Philips SHB8850NC & Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC?

  • Has a mute function

Why is Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC better than Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 & Bowers & Wilkins P7 & Philips SHB8850NC & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE?

  • Sound pressure level
    113dB/mWvs105,111,105,93dB/mW

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Design

1.has stereo speakers
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

2.has an over-the-ear form
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

3.has a detachable cable
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

4.weight

33g

290g

232g

289g

221.1g

Best

Sony MDR-EX150AP

3g

5.can be folded
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.

6.has a tangle free cable
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

The cable is designed to minimize tangling.

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Sound quality

1.highest frequency

24000Hz

20000Hz

22000Hz

20000Hz

22000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

Best

Sony MDR-Z1R

120000Hz

2.lowest frequency

14Hz

10Hz

10Hz

20Hz

18Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Best

Sony MH1CBLK

1Hz

3.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

4.sound pressure level

105dB/mW

111dB/mW

105dB/mW

93dB/mW

113dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.

Best

AKG K553 Pro

144dB/mW

5.has a neodymium magnet
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

6.impedance

29 Ohms

22 Ohms

16 Ohms

32 Ohms

18 Ohms

Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.

Best

Flips Solo 2 Social

4 Ohms

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Power

1.has a battery level indicator
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

2.has a rechargeable battery
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

3.has a removable battery
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

For example

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i

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Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

2.has a 3.5mm male connector
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

3.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

4.Has WiFi
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

5.Has fast 802.11ac WiFi connection
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.

For example

JBL Reflect Contour 2

6.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

For example

RHA TrueConnect

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Features

1.control panel placed on a device
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

2.can be used as a headset
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.

3.has an in-line control panel
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

4.has a noise canceling microphone
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

For example

Microsoft Surface Headphones

5.has a mute function
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.

6.has voice commands
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

You can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.

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Miscellaneous

1.wireless charging
Audio-Technica ATH-EW9
Bowers & Wilkins P7
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.

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