47points

Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X

54points

Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT

83points

JBL Duet BT

86points

Philips SHB8850NC

Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
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Philips SHB8850NC
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Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X vs Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT vs JBL Duet BT vs Philips SHB8850NC

Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

Why is Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X better than Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT & JBL Duet BT & Philips SHB8850NC?

  • Has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
  • Has included ear pads

Why is Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT better than Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X & JBL Duet BT & Philips SHB8850NC?

  • Has an over-the-ear form

Why is JBL Duet BT better than Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X & Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT & Philips SHB8850NC?

  • Has an in-line control panel

Why is Philips SHB8850NC better than Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X & Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT & JBL Duet BT?

  • Has a neodymium magnet
  • Has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
  • Supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
  • Wireless charging
  • Has voice commands
  • Has an open-back design

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Design

1.has stereo speakers
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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

4.can be folded
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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

5.has a tangle free cable
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

The cable is designed to minimize tangling.

6.sweat resistant
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.

For example

RHA TrueConnect

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Sound quality

1.highest frequency

23000Hz

20000Hz

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

10Hz

16Hz

20Hz

10Hz

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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

4.driver unit size

40mm

40mm

40mm

32mm

The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.

Best

Audeze LCD2 Classic

106mm

5.has a neodymium magnet
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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.has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.

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Power

1.has a battery level indicator
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

2.has a rechargeable battery
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

3.has a removable battery
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

2.has a 3.5mm male connector
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

5.Has fast 802.11ac WiFi connection
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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 voice commands
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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

6.has an accelerometer
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

An accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.

For example

Sony Xperia Ear Duo

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Miscellaneous

1.wireless charging
Audio-Technica ATH-WS33X
Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT
JBL Duet BT
Philips SHB8850NC

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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