As Amazon and Apple continue to push their virtual assistants onto consumers, Google follows suit. The conglomerate has teamed up with a few big-name companies to enable Google Assistant integration into a variety of headphones. If you want to take full control of your phone from your headphones, any of these picks will do.
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Best all around Google Assistant headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3
Reasons to get the Sony WH-1000XM3:
- The WH-1000XM3 include top-notch noise cancelling technology that beats out the Bose QC 35 II and makes them a great choice for frequent flyers and daily commuters.
- Sound quality is excellent and features a more emphasized low-end than the WH-1000XM2.
- Battery life lasts 24 hours when constantly emitting 75dB(SPL), which is louder than a vacuum cleaner.
- The app allows for granular controls and EQ adjustments; plus, it’s free.
Best comfort: Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Reasons to get the Bose QC 35 II:
- The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are well designed and feature a lightweight build that Bose listeners appreciate from the get-go.
- Active noise cancellation is only slightly behind that of the Sony WH-1000XM3, which means it still offers first-class performance.
- Connectivity is reliable and stable, and the headphones are now available with Amazon Alexa integration too.
Best true wireless: Sony WF-SP700N
Reasons to get the Sony WF-SP700N:
- The Sony WF-SP700N are the best noise cancelling true wireless earbuds to date.
- Listeners can work out with the earbuds worry-free, since they’re IPX4-rated.
- While these earbuds don’t support aptX, they do support AAC for lag-free iOS listening.
- A stable fit is provided thanks to the proprietary wing tips and lightweight build.
Bets design: Earin M-2
Reasons to get the Earin M-2:
- Earin designed the M-2 to be beautiful and its minimalist appearance is striking.
- Listeners get the best of both worlds with aptX and AAC codec support. Additionally, the company updates firmware via the Earin app.
- Despite the minuscule touch panels, controls are easy and responsive.
Best bass: JBL Everest 710GA
Reasons to get the JBL Everest 710GA:
- The over-ear design promotes a comfortable fit for all-day listening. What’s more, the ear cups are spacious and insulate listeners from their surroundings.
- You can transfer data between the Everest 710GA and other wireless headphones, regardless of the other headphones’ brand.
- Battery life lasts approximately 25 hours, depending on what volume you listen at.
What you should know about integrated Google Assistant-headphones
- Headphones that go the extra mile of integrating Google Assistant into the user interface grant listeners more control of their phones. For instance, you can receive notifications via your voice without reaching for your phone.
- Wireless audio quality can’t compare to wired audio quality, which is all right for most consumers. After all, many of us can’t detect the difference in streaming quality between high-quality Bluetooth codecs.
- If you’re using an iPhone, go for options that support AAC, and if you’re an Android user, pickup something that’s aptX-compatible.
- Isolation is necessary for proper audio reproduction. If you’re using earbuds and things aren’t fitting well, look into third-party ear tips.
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November 29, 2018 at 12:41PM