TaoTronics TT-BH046 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones: Solid Build, Low Price

A review of an online hit

OVERVIEW

The TaoTronics TT-BH046 sells for between $80 and $90 online, and it recently went through a branding change at the beginning of May 2019.

SOUND QUALITY

I don’t recommend using these with the ANC turned off. Like many other active pairs, the 46’s sound signature is built around the active cancellation mode. Powering on the noise cancelling also activates some internal DSP correction that helps overcome some of the flaws in the sound signature and accounts for the “anti-noise” produced by the ANC system.

COMFORT

The ear pads on these headphones are some of the best I’ve ever experienced, at any price range.

DESIGN/BUILD

Imagine if you will, a headphone with a design cherry-picked from other best-sellers. The headband of the old NAD Viso HP50. The ear cup supports of a Bang and Olufson model. A look for the pads that combines elements of Beyerdynamic and Fostex.

FEATURES/ANC

Like the build quality, the active noise cancelling here is much better than I expected. No, it’s not anywhere near on-par with the Bose and Sony models that dominate the market, but it’s still totally okay. In fact, I like the cancellation here more than on some other lower cost ANC pairs I’ve tried like the Sony WH-CH700N. It’s more powerful and isolating than that pair.

FINAL THOUGHTS

For $80 or $90, these are quite competent…particularly in the build, ear pad, and ANC departments. If you’re okay with a thick, boomy sound, and like the way these look, then I’d encourage you to check them out. They’re really good for the price, and fancier than I’d expect for the money.

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