Best Wireless Headphones: Phiaton's BT 460 Bluetooth Headphones

Best Wireless Headphones: Phiaton's BT 460 Bluetooth Headphones

It's not often that I begin a review of one product by talking about another similar product, but in this case it seemed rather apropos. If you've followed my articles here at iPhone Life, then you probably already know that I'm a big fan of the luxurious, $400 Parrot Zik 3 Bluetooth headphones. The Zik are some of the best wireless headphones out ther and have, in my opinion, raised the bar and set the standard for what a premium, mobile-friendly, Bluetooth headset can be, both in terms of sound quality and advanced technological features. It is a masterfully crafted pair of headphones that costs a pretty penny. However, now you don't have to spend a small fortune to get most of the same features that you get with the Zik 3. Enter the Phiaton BT 460 headphones ($199), which offer almost every single feature that the more expensive Parrot Zik 3 do, but at half the price.

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The Phiaton BT 460 Bluetooth headphones are on par with the best of the best, with their Neodymium drivers, plush comfort, and top-quality technical specs. In fact, their lightweight, collapsible design and affordable price point make them all the more alluring and all the more practical for today's mobile audiophile.

Features:

Speaking of high-end features, the Bluetooth 460 headphones are not short on bells and whistles. They have a touch-sensitive control panel built into the right earcup, which allows you to control all aspects of audio playback and phone interactions. They also feature enhanced bass performance, the ability to connect one pair of headphones to two Bluetooth-enabled sources (for instance, both your iPhone and iPad at the same time), and the ability to connect more than one pair of the Bluetooth 460 to the same audio source—think sharing a playlist on your iPhone with two headsets. Another advanced feature of the Bluetooth 460 headphones are that they automatically stop music playback when you when you remove them and resume playback when you place them back over your ears. These are all features typically reserved for much more expensive luxury cans, making the BT 460 a steal of a deal at under $200.

Design:

In terms of design, the Bluetooth 460s are supremely comfortable, with an ergonomically crafted headband and earcups. They weigh very little and the fact that they are collapsible, folding into a petite package that can easily be transported (with or without the included hardshell case), is a plus for the iPhone user with an active lifestyle. They are sturdy and durable, and built for years of heavy-duty use.

Sound:

Thanks to their high performance internal speaker drivers and backed by the years of experience that Phiaton brings to the table, the BT 460s provide users with an audiophile quality listening experience, wheter relying on a Bluetooth connection, or using the included 3.5mm audio connection cable. Phiaton's 40mm drivers feature what they refer to as an "optimized vibration system" which adds extra emphasis on high frequency clarity and their powerful Neodymium magnets provide rich and commanding bass. The BT 460 also sport Phiaton's newest technology; an exclusive "Acoustic Pressure Balancing" system which helps to reduce acoustic reverberation while delivering a well-balanced and accurate sound.

Final Verdict:

To say that I was quite impressed with these headphones is an understatement. They are one of the best alternatives to some of the pricier, high-end, technologically advanced headphones on the market. If you are looking for a pair of amazing quality headphones, available at a hard-to-beat price, then the Phiaton BT 460 are definitely worthy of consideration. I give them a full five-star rating.

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As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Dig reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Dig's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Dig also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Dig's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Dig loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech