11points

AudioQuest NightHawk

62points

JLab Audio Bombora

86points

Philips SHB8850NC

99points

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

AudioQuest NightHawk
JLab Audio Bombora
Philips SHB8850NC
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AudioQuest NightHawk vs JLab Audio Bombora vs Philips SHB8850NC vs Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

AudioQuest NightHawk
JLab Audio Bombora
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
AudioQuest NightHawk
JLab Audio Bombora
Philips SHB8850NC
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

Why is AudioQuest NightHawk better than JLab Audio Bombora & Philips SHB8850NC & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE?

    Why is JLab Audio Bombora better than AudioQuest NightHawk & Philips SHB8850NC & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE?

    • Has a tangle free cable

    Why is Philips SHB8850NC better than AudioQuest NightHawk & JLab Audio Bombora & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE?

    • Has an on-ear form
    • Wireless charging
    • Has an open-back design
    • Has voice commands

    Why is Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE better than AudioQuest NightHawk & JLab Audio Bombora & Philips SHB8850NC?

    • Has included ear pads
    • Has a mute function

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    Design

    1.has stereo speakers
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

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

    5.has a tangle free cable
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    The cable is designed to minimize tangling.

    6.sweat resistant
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

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

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    Sound quality

    1.highest frequency

    10000Hz

    20000Hz

    22000Hz

    20000Hz

    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.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

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

    3.driver unit size

    50mm

    40mm

    32mm

    40mm

    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

    4.has a neodymium magnet
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

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

    5.has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

    2.has a rechargeable battery
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    The battery can be recharged and used over again.

    3.has a removable battery
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

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

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    Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i

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    Connectivity

    1.Can be used wirelessly
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

    2.has a 3.5mm male connector
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

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

    3.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    The device can connect to WiFi.

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    Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

    5.Has fast 802.11ac WiFi connection
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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.

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    RHA TrueConnect

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    Features

    1.control panel placed on a device
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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 a noise canceling microphone
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

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

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    Microsoft Surface Headphones

    4.has a mute function
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

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

    5.has voice commands
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    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
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

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

    2.can be controlled remotely
    AudioQuest NightHawk
    JLab Audio Bombora
    Philips SHB8850NC
    Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

    A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.

    For example

    Audio-Technica ATH-CKR7TW

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