Headphones buying guide (2010)

By Dan Frakes, Macworld |  Hardware, headphones, shopping guide

Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

If you think being tethered to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac is a drag—or, for the gym rats, an equipment-snagging hazard—consider going wireless. While there are wireless headphones on the market that use radio-frequency and infrared technology, your best bet, in terms of convenience and portability, is Bluetooth. You can stream audio to stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) headphones from the iPad; the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4; the second-generation and later iPod touch; and any recent Mac. You can also use Bluetooth headphones with other iPod models by purchasing a dock-connector Bluetooth transmitter, which are offered by a number of companies. Most stereo Bluetooth headphones also double as headsets, letting you seamlessly switch between music and voice features. And when running iOS 4 or later, the iPad, iPhone 3GS and 4, and third-generation and later iPod touch models let you control music playback using Play/Pause, Back, and Forward buttons on the Bluetooth headphones themselves. (The recommendations here all include such playback controls.)

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(This is the 2010 version of our headphones buying guide. You can view the 2009 version here.)

Dan Frakes is a Macworld senior editor.


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