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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2019: Editor's Choice - Part 1

By Team HardwareZone - 11 Mar 2019

Best Wireless Neckband Headphones

Best Wireless Neckband Headphones

Yes, wireless neckband-style headphones are now a thing. Other than added battery life and the convenience of being able to easily and comfortably keep them around your neck at all times, that extra space in the band also allows manufacturers to add in other features like active noise canceling. This year, we have no less than seven entries to this segment. 

 

Nominees:

  • 1-More Triple driver BT
  • Audio Technica ANC40BT
  • Beats X
  • Jabra Elite 45e
  • Plantronics BackBeat Go 410
  • RHA MA390 Wireless
  • Sony WI-C600N

 

And the winner is...

Plantronics BackBeat Go 410

Plantronics' BackBeat Go 410 fought off strong competition from the likes of RHA and 1-More by basically turning in the best sound overall. Whether it's crisp highs or rumbling lows you're looking for, the BackBeat Go 410  delivers. This is one pair of headphones that works well regardless of the genre of music you're listening to. The fact that it uses the latest Bluetooth 5.0 tech, comes with active noise-canceling, and has a good battery life of eight hours with a fast charging feature are further icing on the top. Sure, it's the most expensive pair of the group, but in this case, the quality of performance and all the added features you get easily justify the cost. Meanwhile, RHA's MA390 Wireless is a great value option if you can live without the frills and advantages of the Plantronics BackBeat Go 410.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model

1-More Triple driver BT

Audio Technica ANC40BT Beats X Jabra Elite 45e Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 RHA MA390 Wireless Sony WI-C600N
Performance 8.5 7.5 8.0 7.5 9.5 9.0 8.0
Design 8.5 7.5 8.0 7.5 8.5 8.5 8.0
Features 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.5
Value 8.0 7.0 7.5 7.5 8.5 9.0 8.0
Overall 8.5 7.5 8.0 7.5 9.0 9.0 8.0
Price S$199 S$198 S$198 S$168 S$219 S$128 S$199

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section at the end.

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