Manufacturers are on the offensive when it comes to burying wired headphones and are more in favor of wireless. And why not? Wires get in the way. With how fast and powerful Bluetooth has become, it’s become a totally viable option. However, wired headphones aren’t dead yet and probably won’t be for a long time.
But when you take a look at some high quality wireless headphones—which is usually your only option—you’ll start to bite your nails over the prices. A solid pair of wireless headphones will set you back at least $60. Fear not, for there is a solution that will cost you only a fraction of that price.
Rather than spend money on a new set of wireless headphones, why not invest in a Bluetooth adapter? It will allow you to take a pair of wired headphones and make them Bluetooth capable for only a fraction of the cost.
Adding More Features to Audio-Technica ATH M50x
The Audio-Technica ATH M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones are a beloved pair of headphones that are not only sleak, but the sound quality is superb as is the design. If you have a pair of these bad boys, there’s a reason you’re still using them.
One of its features is the ability to switch between three different cables, but what it lacks is Bluetooth functionality. However, that can easily be fixed by connecting East Brooklyn Labs’ Bluetooth wireless adapter that fits seamlessly with the design of the Audio-Technica ATH M50x.
The Bluetooth wireless adapter comes with a few perks of its own. First, it comes with a rubberized exterior that helps reduce the chance of damage if dropped. Secondly, the battery life is a whopping 8 hours. Lastly, the sound quality stays relatively intact for being a Bluetooth adapter.
APEKX Bluetooth Audio Adapter
One of the most annoying aspects of wired headphones is the act of taking out your phone and thumbing through your music for something to listen to. This often requires that you stop dead in your tracks. But what if you didn’t have to do that? What if you had a Bluetooth adapter that comes with audio playback buttons? Well, let’s introduce APEKX’s Bluetooth audio adapter.
This Bluetooth audio adapter will score extra points for being able to take any wireless headphones and make them wireless. Not, technically speaking the wire is still there, but with the adapter there’s more maneuverability. The wire is no longer tethered to your pants, you see? The adapter clips to your shirt and comes equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
APEKX’s audio adapter will run for you for about 7 hours. That’s plenty of juice for a morning jog. On top of that, it has a built-in mic that can be used for answering calls and will still work up to 49 feet. For $15.99, you can’t beat this bargain Bluetooth adapter that comes with a lot of functionality.
FiiO BTR1 HiFi Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier
If you’re looking for something more high profile, Fiio is no slouch when it comes to creating high quality amplifiers. And the FiiO BTR1 HiFi Bluetooth headphone amplifier is one of their best. Now, it is on the pricier side that may run you as much as $125 depending on the seller, but it’s well worth the cost.
First off, this Bluetooth adapter comes with virtually no loss to sound quality. When it comes to streaming audio, the quality is incredibly important. You’ll be able to rock your head for about 8 hours before this tiny device needs to be charged.
As for the design, it looks oddly like something you’d see around the ‘80s and ‘90s. You might half expect a cassette tape to pop out of it, until you realize how small it is. Line up three pennies and you’ll get the gist of its length and width. The BTR1 only comes with two buttons; one that controls volume and the other is multi-purpose, located just above the mic.
All in all, for the quality and durability, the BTR1 is certainly one of the more expensive Bluetooth adapters, but well worth the price.
There’s quite a number of Bluetooth headphone adapters on the market, but these three hit all the right marks whether it’s quality or pricing. With that said, it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface with some adapters being unique to a specific model, like the Bluetooth adapter that fits the Audio-Technica ATH M50x.
One example are Bluetooth adapters for Bose headphone products. These tend to vary in quality, but are typically useless when you consider Bose has a handful of Bluetooth headphones already and for reasonable prices. If you’re strapped for cash, go with the APEKX Bluetooth Audio Adapter.