Top Tech Products of 2014: Beats Studio Wireless and Bose SoundLink On-Ear Headphones

In our last post, we talked about our tenth best product of 2014, the HTC One M8 and the ninth, the Samsung Galaxy S5. Both are great smartphones that could have been better. Our picks for number eight and number seven are both stereo headphones.

Beats Studio Wireless

8: Beats Studio Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Beats has always been known—at least to true audiophiles—as more style than substance. But with the release of the Beats Studio Wireless Bluetooth headphones, things changed. The $379 price tag may be high, but you get a serious set of Bluetooth headphones that sound just as good as wired ones .

Listening to dance or rap music is a pure pleasure with the Beats Wireless headset—the bass is heavy, non-distorted, and it feels like you are lifting the music up with your ears and balancing the notes on your head. The treble levels are a little distorted, but you won’t notice with the bass so deep and encompassing.

It would be great if Beats can make an Bluetooth speaker with the same audio quality of their new headphones. The Beats Pill 2.0 just doesn’t cut it.

Bose SoundLink On-Ear

7: Bose SoundLink On-Ear Headphones

Are you as impressed with the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III as we are?  We will talk about that later in the list, but most people consider it the best sounding wireless speaker available. Imagine taking the sound from that and putting it on a pair of wireless headphones for $249!

The Bose SoundLink On-Ear headphones sound even better than the excellent wireless cans from Beats. The balance of the highs, lows and mid ranges are excellent. Unfortunately, there is no active noise cancellation. However, the pads on the SoundLink On-Ear headphones block enough sound to give the listener an excellent and personal experience.

In 2012, Bose tried to create a satisfactory Bluetooth experience with the AE2w Bluetooth headphones, but failed miserably. Not only was the maximum sound level too low, but the sound was tinny. The maximum sound levels on SoundLink On-Ear headphones is still a little low, but the wonderful sound more than makes up for it. We can hardly wait to see what Bose has in store for 2015.

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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