Hands-on Gear Review

TaoTronics TT-BH22US Review

Best Buy Award
Price:   $70 List | $64.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Good sound quality, noise cancellation, inexpensive
Cons:  Somewhat shallow ear cups
Bottom line:  Most of what you get out of $300+ models, but for a fraction of the price
Editors' Rating:   
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Noise Cancelling:  Yes
Manufcturer Reported Battery Life (hours):  25
Weight (ounces):  7.5
Manufacturer:   TaoTronics

Our Verdict

TaoTronics is quickly building a reputation for providing good performance at a relatively low price, and the TT-BH22US headphones do just that. For a list price of only $70 they provide active noise cancellation, good sound quality, decent comfort, and a padded traveling case. Sure there are high end Bose and Sony models that handily outperform the TaoTronics TT-BH22US in all of those categories, but the TaoTronics get you about 80% of the way there for just 20% of the price. If you're looking for the most noise cancelling, music rocking per dollar, these are the headphones for you. If you don't care about active noise cancellation and aren't' too picky about sound quality, you can save a little money with the Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear.



RELATED REVIEW: The Best Wireless Headphones of 2018


Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Max Mutter and Steven Tata

Last Updated:
Sunday
January 7, 2018

Share:

The TaoTronics TT-BH22US far and away provides the best bang for the buck of any of the wireless headphones we tested. For those that don't want to spend too much but want to stretch their dollars as far as possible, these are the perfect headphones.


Performance Comparison


Despite their relatively low price, the TaoTronics TT-BH22US earned one of the higher overall scores in our series of side-by-side tests. We used five different testing metrics to determine those overall scores. You can read about how the TaoTronics TT-BH22US performed in each below.

Sound Quality


The TaoTronics TT-BH22US offer impressive audio quality given their price. They earned an above average score of 7 out of 10 in our sound quality showdown.


The TaoTronics TT-BH22US is far and away the least expensive model with active noise cancellation amongst the models that we tested. And while this noise cancellation isn't quite as good as that of the $300+ products, it is still effective enough to give the music a bit more pop. To top that off its clarity is significantly better than other budget models like the Mpow, and only slightly inferior to the bass of the high end models. The bass is the TaoTronics only real weak point. It is still noticeably thumpier than the bass of the Mpow, but is a large step down from the powerful bass drivers of the high end models. This creates an overall sound that is quite full and nuanced. It is a clear step up from the Mpow, and a noticeable but not huge step down from the high end models. Dollar for dollar, this is by far the most sound quality you can get.

The TaoTronics provides good sound at a low pirce.
The TaoTronics provides good sound at a low pirce.

Noise Isolation


Here again the TaoTronics punches way above its weight class, taking the third step on the podium with a score of 7 out of 10.


The TaoTronics active noise cancellation is great, in fact it's on par with the analogous technology used in the $350 Bose QuietComfort 35 II. However, the actual earpiece of the TaoTronics is a bit more porous than that of the Bose, which forces the noise cancellation to work harder. This results in just a few more cackles and squeaky chair noises making their way into your ear, albeit at a much lower and muffled volume. This also means that if you turn the active noise cancellation off a good amount of ambient noise can sneak through the headphones. When compared to other models in the same price range, like the Mpow, the TaoTronics is light years ahead, seeming like an impenetrable cone of silence in comparison. Here again, the TaoTronics provides 80% of the performance of models that cost five times as much.

Comfort


This is one area where the TaoTronics does fail to perform above its price rane, earning an average score of 6 out of 10.


That isn't to say these headphones are uncomfortable, they fit most people quite well and you probably would be just fine wearing them for hours on end. However, the ear cups are a tad on the smaller side, so if your ears are a bit larger than average, they may feel a bit cramped. This is also the one area where the Mpow has a slight advantage over the TaoTronics The Mpow has a bit more padding that makes for deeper ear cups that can more easily accommodate larger ears. We wouldn't consider this a deal breaker for most people, unless you really don't like your ears touching your headphones.

The TaoTronics earcups are a bit shallow for large ears  but work well for medium to small ears.
The TaoTronics earcups are a bit shallow for large ears, but work well for medium to small ears.

User Friendliness


The TaoTronics was towards the top of out user friendliness scoring sheet, picking up a score of 7 out of 10.


The TaoTronics has all of the requisite on-headphone buttons: play/pause, volume control, and forward/back. It also has a switch to turn noise cancelling on and off. It doesn't have any way to initiate Siri or Google Assistant straight from the headset, so you'll have to dig out your phone if you want to use those features. It also lacks an app that lets you fine tune EQ and noise cancellation settings. These latter two features are common in high end models, and are the only things that differentiate the TaoTronics from them in terms of ease of use.

Portability


The TaoTronics is one of the most portable pair of headphones we've tested, bringing home a high score of 8 out of 10 in this metric.


These headphones fold up into an included semi-hard carrying case. They are also some of the lightest headphones we tested, tipping the scales at just 7.5 ounces. This is much more than you get with the Mpow, which do not fold up and only come with a drawstring bag to pack them in.

The TaoTronics convenient carrying case.
The TaoTronics convenient carrying case.

Value


Listing for just $70, the TaoTronics TT-BH22US headphones provide so much more performance than you'd expect from that low a price tag. These headphones are far and away the best value per dollar of any of the other headphones we tested. You can save a bit more money with the Mpow, but it comes with an appreciable downgrade in quality.

Conclusion


The TaoTronics TT-BH22US offers near top end performance for a bargain price. If you're satisfied with great rather than exceptional sound quality if it means you can save $280, these are the headphones for you.

Max Mutter and Steven Tata

You Might Also Like