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TaoTronics TT-BH07 Review

Great for the price, but there are even better values available
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Price:   $50 List | $24 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, great call quality, good battery life
Cons:  Better sound quality available in the same price range
Manufacturer:   TaoTronics
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Oct 11, 2017
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  • Sound Quality - 30% 4
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Athletic Performance - 20% 7
  • Battery Life - 15% 8
  • Portability - 15% 7

Our Verdict

While the TaoTronics TT-BH07 offer decent performance given their price, the Anker Soundbuds are still a better overall value if you're shopping on a budget. The TaoTronics do offer better phone call quality and slightly better battery life, but the SoundBuds sound better, are more comfortable, and handle athletics endeavors with more grace. If you're looking for a cheap pair of wireless earbuds to make phone calls with, the TaoTronics are a good bet. Otherwise, the SoundBuds offer more value for your dollar.


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Pros Inexpensive, great call quality, good battery lifeGreat sound quality, secure fit, great for working outGood sound quality, active noise cancellation, great user interfaceGood sound quality, good for working out, low profile design, relatively inexpensiveGood sound quality, active noise reduction, comfortable, relatively inexpensive
Cons Better sound quality available in the same price rangeExpensive, relatively short battery lifeExpensive, Android users lose many of the unique featuresMay not fit large ears wellSome may find it hard to get a secure, athletically inclined fit
Bottom Line Great for the price, but there are even better values availableThe best sounding and most comfortable buds we've found for working outFor Apple users that are willing to pay a premium for great sound and versatility, these are a great choiceA sleek package that offers high end performance at a mid range priceOffers almost everything you could want from truly wireless buds for far less than most competitors
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Rating Categories TaoTronics TT-BH07 Jabra Elite 65t Apple AirPods Pro JBL Reflect Mini 2 Amazon Echo Buds
Sound Quality (30%)
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Comfort (20%)
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Athletic Performance (20%)
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Battery Life (15%)
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Specs TaoTronics TT-BH07 Jabra Elite 65t Apple AirPods Pro JBL Reflect Mini 2 Amazon Echo Buds
Weight (oz) 0.5 0.4 0.38 0.54 0.56
Microphone Yes/No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Claimed Battery Life (hours) 5 5 4.5 10 5
Measured Battery Life (hours) 9 5.25 5 11.5 5.25
Carrying Case Yes/No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EMF Measurement 4.1 V/m 1.7 V/m 3.7 V/m 3 V/m

Our Analysis and Test Results

The TaoTronics TT-BH07 performed quite well in our testing, but were outdone by the slightly less expensive Anker Soundbuds, making the SoundBuds a better buy for most users.


Performance Comparison


The TaoTronics TT-BH07 earned an above average overall score, as you can see in the table above. In the sections that follow we go through all the different tests we used to determine those overall scores, and how the TaoTronics TT-BH07 performed in each.

Sound Quality


The biggest knock against the TaoTronics TT-BH07 is sound quality, where these earbuds shared the worst score of 4 out of 10. That isn't to say that they sounded terrible, but the clarity clearly lacked some crispness when compared to other models, and the bass sounded relatively weak. Overall the quality still felt good enough to play some pump up music to power through a hard workout, but it definitely did not feel like a refined listening experience.

The TaoTronics TT-BH07 don't sound terrible  but comparatively were some of the worst sounding earbuds we tested.
The TaoTronics TT-BH07 don't sound terrible, but comparatively were some of the worst sounding earbuds we tested.

If you're looking for decent sound on a budget, the Anker SoundBuds scored one point better in this metric due to slightly better clarity and slightly better bass. One area where the TaoTronics TT-BH07 do outperform the Anker SoundBuds is in call quality. The TaoTronics TT-BH07 have a much better microphone, and thus treated those that we called from the earbuds with much better audio.

Comfort


The TaoTronics TT-BH07 was just behind the top score in our comfort testing, picking up a 7 out of 10. The earbuds come with 3 different sizes of both earpieces and ear fins, so wveryt=one we gave them to were able to find a decent fit. However, the earpieces weren't as supple as those on some other models, which kept the earbuds from earning a top score.

Athletic Performance


The TaoTronics TT-BH07 were again right behind the top scorers in this category, earning a score of 7 out of 10. We felt confident these earbuds would stay in, even through sets of sweating jumping jacks. the cable is also light enough that it doesn't annoyingly bounce around when you move. Some models, like the Anker SoundBuds, had just a slightly more secure feeling fit than the TaoTronics TT-BH07, which is what kept these earbuds from earning a top score.

The TaoTronics TT-BH07 come with a convenient carrying case.
The TaoTronics TT-BH07 come with a convenient carrying case.

Battery Life


The TaoTronics TT-BH07 last quite a long time, a full 9 hours in our test, which earned them a high score of 8 out of 10 in out battery life metric. This is plenty of battery for both multi-workout weeks and long plane rides.


Portability


The TaoTronics TT-BH07 earned a fairly good score of 7 out of 10 in our portability testing. In the pros column, these earbuds are quite low profile and come with their own carrying case. In the cons column they don't feel quite as durable as other models, namely the noticeably sturdier Anker SoundBuds, so we were less likely to stuff them into a small pocket.

The earbuds snap together magnetically to create a necklace when not in use.
The earbuds snap together magnetically to create a necklace when not in use.

Value


The TaoTronics TT-BH07 list for $50 and provide decent performance given that price. However, the Anker SoundBuds list for only $36 and outperform the TaoTronics TT-BH07 at almost every turn. There the SoundBuds represent a much better value for most users.

Conclusion


The TaoTronics TT-BH07 are decent, low-budget earbuds, but the Anker SoundBuds provide better performance for those looking to get rid of headphone wires on a budget.


Max Mutter and Steven Tata