TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Aug 28, 2020 at 07:57 am
TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset Picture
5.6
Mixed Usage
5.0
Neutral Sound
5.8
Commute/Travel
6.9
Sports/Fitness
5.6
Office
4.3
Wireless Gaming
4.1
Wired Gaming
4.1
Phone Calls
Type Mono On-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is a mono Bluetooth headset designed for phone calls. Unfortunately, despite having a dedicated boom microphone, speech sounds thin, muffled, and unnatural, while the mic’s AI noise cancelling system garbles your voice and makes it hard to understand, especially in noisy environments. However, the headset itself is well-built and decently comfortable, with a swiveling mic that allows it to be worn on either ear. Their 35-hour-plus continuous battery life should also be more than enough to get you through a couple of work days.

Our Verdict

5.6 Mixed Usage

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is inadequate for mixed usage. While it’s decently comfortable, fairly well-built, and can last a long time on a single charge, it isn’t especially versatile. Its mono headset design and unbalanced sound profile make it a poor fit for listening to music. It also barely blocks out any background noise, so it’s ill-suited for office work or commuting. Despite being touted as a dedicated professional headset for taking calls, its boom microphone delivers poor performance across the board.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Long continuous battery life.
  • Decently comfortable, stable fit.
Cons
  • Disappointing microphone recording quality.
  • Poor microphone noise handling.
  • Awful noise isolation.
  • Very unbalanced sound profile.
5.0 Neutral Sound

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 isn’t recommended for neutral sound, as it's a mono headset meant for phone calls, not for listening to music.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
Cons
  • Very unbalanced sound profile.
  • Closed-off soundstage.
5.8 Commute/Travel

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is sub-par for commuting and traveling. It blocks out very little background noise and isn’t very portable, since it doesn't have a folding design or a carrying pouch. That said, its long continuous battery life is helpful if you tend to take calls when you’re out and about and don’t have access to an outlet.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Long continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Awful noise isolation.
  • Not especially portable.
  • Very unbalanced sound profile.
6.9 Sports/Fitness

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is surprisingly adequate for sports and working out due to its stable fit and light weight. That said, since it's a mono headset, it isn't meant for listening to music. Also, since it doesn’t fold and lacks a carrying case, it’s a little annoying to carry around with you when not in use.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Decently comfortable, stable fit.
Cons
  • Not especially portable.
  • Very unbalanced sound profile.
5.6 Office

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is middling for office work. Its mono headset design barely blocks out any ambient sound, so you’ll hear every bit of your nearby coworkers’ conversations. It also can’t connect to more than one device at a time, which is annoying if you frequently switch between taking calls on your phone and work computer. That said, it does have very good battery life, as it’s capable of providing more than 35 hours of continuous playback on a single charge.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
  • Long continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Awful noise isolation.
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • Very unbalanced sound profile.
4.3 Wireless Gaming

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 isn’t suitable for wireless gaming. Its latency on Bluetooth-enabled PCs is probably too high for most gamers, and it can’t connect to PS4 or Xbox One consoles.

4.1 Wired Gaming

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is wireless-only and can’t be used for gaming on a wired connection.

4.1 Phone Calls

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is bad for phone calls. Even in quiet environments, speech sounds muffled, thin, and unnatural. In noisy settings, the mic makes your voice sound garbled and significantly lacking in detail, so people on the other end of the line may have a very difficult time understanding what you’re saying. Even worse, while its mono design lets you hear your own voice, it also barely blocks out background noise, so you may have trouble hearing incoming speech.

Pros
  • Solid build quality.
Cons
  • Disappointing microphone recording quality.
  • Poor microphone noise handling.
  • Awful noise isolation.
  • 5.6 Mixed Usage
  • 5.0 Neutral Sound
  • 5.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.9 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.6 Office
  • 4.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.1 Wired Gaming
  • 4.1 Phone Calls
  1. Update 9/2/2020: We've updated the Case box to score 0 instead of N/A.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The TaoTronics BH041 is a standard-looking on-ear mono headset. It’s fairly sleek and low-profile with a conservative design that won’t stand out in any professional setting. However, some may dislike its asymmetrical headband, which sticks out much farther from one side of the head than the other. Aside from a metal headband, the rest of the unit is made of matte black plastic.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.18 lbs
Clamping Force
0.5 lbs

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is decently comfortable. It isn't tight on the head, but the on-ear fit can start causing a little bit of fatigue during longer listening sessions. Thankfully, since the boom mic can pivot 180 degrees, you can simply wear it over your other ear if you start feeling some discomfort.

6.8
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The TaoTronics BH041 has a reasonably comprehensive control scheme. There are four buttons on the headset: a mic-mute button, volume controls, and a multi-function button. The latter is used to turn the headset on, pause and play content, and use all manner of call functions, including answering, rejecting, ending, transferring, redialing, and swapping between incoming calls. Due to the sheer number of functions accessed via this one button, it isn't an especially intuitive control scheme.

6.1
Design
Portability
L 6.5 "
W 5.9 "
H 2.4 "
Volume 92 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The portability of this headset is only acceptable. While its overall footprint isn’t very big, the headband doesn’t fold and the microphone can't detach, which adds potential snagging hazards if you just throw them into a bag.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 doesn’t come with a case or pouch.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The TaoTronics BH041’s build quality is good. The ear cup and swiveling boom microphone are made of dense-feeling plastic, while the padding on the ear cup is lined with faux leather. The headband, meanwhile, is metal and is fairly flexible. Overall, this headset feels like it could take a couple of drops and bumps without issue.

7.0
Design
Stability

This headset feels decently stable. Unless you’re making frequent, intense head movements, it shouldn’t fall off your ear.

Design
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Design
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In The Box

  • TaoTronics TT-BHO41 Bluetooth Headset
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-8.67 db
Treble Amount
-8.01 db

This headset has an unbalanced sound profile. While mids, which comprise human speech, are clear and present, some voices can sound boxy or veiled and lacking in detail. Bass is heavily underemphasized, resulting in an overall loss of punch and kick. A similar underemphasis is present in the treble range, which makes mixes sound dull and closed-off.

6.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.89 dB

The TaoTronics BH041’s frequency response consistency is mediocre. You may experience differences in terms of how bass and treble sound on separate listening sessions due to their semi-on-ear fit.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
3.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
8.92 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
157.71 Hz
Low-Bass
-15.25 dB
Mid-Bass
-9.23 dB
High-Bass
-2.46 dB

This headset’s bass accuracy is awful. It’s underemphasized across the range, resulting in an overall lack of not only thump and rumble but also punch and warmth. That said, bass reproduction is dependent on its fit and positioning, so your experience may vary. It's also worth noting that this lack of bass probably won't be too noticeable when listening to other people talk on the other end of the line.

7.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.27 dB
Low-Mid
-0.02 dB
Mid-Mid
4.0 dB
High-Mid
0.25 dB

This headset's mid accuracy is good. Human speech, as well as vocals and lead instruments, should sound reasonably clear and full-bodied, though a bump in the mid-mid range causes a bit of boxiness.

1.8
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
10.95 dB
Low-Treble
-9.51 dB
Mid-Treble
-10.77 dB
High-Treble
-20.11 dB

The treble accuracy of the TaoTronics BH041 is terrible. It’s heavily underemphasized across the range, meaning that vocals and regular speech are missing detail, and sibilants like S's and T's sound dull. However, since this headset's treble response is heavily dependent on fit and positioning, your experience in the real-world may vary.

6.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.57 db
Dips
1.78 db

Its peaks and dips performance is unremarkable. An extended bump in the high bass range causes some tracks to sound slightly cluttered and boomy. A steeper rise in the mid to high-mid range pushes voices too far forward in the mix and makes them sound harsh. Meanwhile, a drop in the low to mid-treble range dulls finer details and makes them sound somewhat lispy.

N/A
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
N/A
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
N/A
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
N/A
Weighted Phase Mismatch
N/A

This device is a mono headset and therefore has no stereo imaging capabilities.

5.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.28 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
0.76 dB
PRTF Distance
20.58 dB
Openness
9.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.3

The TaoTronics BH041’s passive soundstage is middling. It isn't especially accurate or natural, but it does at least provide a somewhat spacious listening experience. Sound is perceived as coming from an area in front of you, rather than the inside of your head.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

This headset doesn’t have any virtual soundstage features.

6.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
1.282
WHD @ 100
0.432

The weighted harmonic distortion performance of this headset is mediocre. Some slight distortion is present at moderate volumes in the bass and treble regions, but it isn’t too noticeable for most people.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings we used to test the TaoTronics TT-BH041. Our results are only valid when using the headset in this configuration. Note that microphone tests were achieved using a Bluetooth 5.0 dongle, as we encountered issues in testing with the Bluetooth 4.2 dongle. The results obtained for the microphone were also validated with real-world phone calls.

Isolation
2.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-5.37 dB
Bass
-0.2 dB
Mid
-4.14 dB
Treble
-12.08 dB

Due to the fact that this device is a mono on-ear headset, it isn’t especially surprising that its noise isolation performance is bad. This is likely by design so that you hear your own voice while speaking.

8.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
33.63 dB

This mono headset delivers great leakage performance. Even in a fairly quiet setting, people nearby probably won’t notice too much escaping audio unless you’re listening to content at an unusually high volume.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

This headset has a swiveling boom microphone. Due to issues in testing with the Bluetooth 4.2 dongle, the microphone tests were conducted with a Bluetooth 5.0 dongle.

5.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
281.0 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
8.17 dB
HFE
22988.02 Hz
Weighted THD
2182.376
Gain
-26.85 dB

The headset's microphone recording quality is disappointing, especially for a dedicated headset. Speech sounds muffled, garbled, and hard to understand, even in a quiet environment. If you're looking for a headset with a better recording quality, see the Sennheiser SC 160 USB-C Headset.

2.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
1.09 dB

The TaoTronics BH041’s boom microphone has awful noise handling capabilities. The mic’s AI noise cancelling system, designed to filter out unwanted background noise, has a serious impact on the clarity of speech when you’re calling from a noisy or crowded environment. Because of this, some people on the other end of the line may have a very hard time understanding you.

Active Features
7.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
35.3 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
35.3 hrs
Charge Time
1.4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The TaoTronics BH041 delivers a very good battery performance. It lasts over 35 hours on a single charge, which should be more than enough to get you through a couple of long days at the office without a hassle. If you do run out of battery at an inconvenient time, you can still use the headset while it charges.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

This headset doesn’t have a dedicated app. If you're looking for an office headset with a companion app that gives you a bit more functionality when using Microsoft Teams, check out the BlueParrott B450-XT Headset.

Connectivity
6.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
176 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
231 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
144 ms
Android Latency
123 ms

This headset's Bluetooth connectivity is alright. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 but not NFC or multi-device pairing, which is annoying if you frequently switch between taking calls on your phone and computer. If you prefer a headset with multi-device pairing, consider the Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset. Also, the TaoTronics' latency on PC may be too high for watching videos without significant, disruptive audio lag, but it fares better on mobile Android and iOS devices. That said, apps compensate for this lag differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is Bluetooth-only.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

This headset is wireless-only and can’t be used with a wired connection for audio. It comes with a micro-USB cable for charging.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full audio and microphone support, albeit with significant wireless latency. However, it’s incompatible with PS4 consoles.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 can’t connect to Xbox One consoles.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

This headset doesn’t come with a base or dock.

Compared To Other Headphones

The TaoTronics TT-BH041 is a poor choice for phone calls. It isn’t as portable as in-ear rivals like the Jabra Steel Bluetooth Headset and lacks the microphone quality of the Logitech Zone Wired. For more options, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls or, for something that’s even better suited for sports and working out, the best earbuds for running and working out.

Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset

The Mpow Pro Trucker Bluetooth Headset is a better mono on-ear headset than the TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset. The Mpow is more comfortable, and its microphone has a better recording quality and noise handling performance. Unlike the TaoTronics, it supports multi-device pairing, too. However, the TaoTronics has a longer continuous battery life.

BlueParrott B450-XT Bluetooth Headset

The BlueParrott B450-XT Headset is a better headset for making phone calls than the TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset. The BlueParrott has a better-balanced sound profile as well as a significantly better-performing boom microphone. Even though its continuous battery life isn't as long, the BlueParrott also has a standby mode to help conserve battery life. It has a companion app to give more functionality with Microsoft Teams, and it supports multi-device and NFC pairing. However, the TaoTronics is more comfortable and feels significantly better built.

Logitech Zone Wired

The Logitech Zone Wired are better for phone calls than the TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset. The Logitech’s boom microphone does a better job of filtering out background noise and makes speech sound fuller-bodied and less muffled. More broadly, it delivers a far better-balanced listening experience and it can block out more ambient noise, mostly by virtue of its full on-ear design. With all that said, the TaoTronics is more stable and is wireless.

Sennheiser SC 160 USB-C Headset

The Sennheiser SC 160 USB-C Headset is better for making phone calls than the TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset. The Sennheiser has a more neutral sound profile and its boom microphone offers a significantly better overall performance than that of the TaoTronics. However, the TaoTronics is a well-built, wireless headset with a mono on-ear design. It has a good battery performance, so it should last you throughout your workday.

Jabra Steel Bluetooth Headset

The Jabra Steel Bluetooth Headset is a better mono headset for phone calls than the TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset. The Jabra is significantly more portable, has a higher-quality microphone, and supports multi-device pairing, which is useful for when you take calls on your phone and computer. However, the TaoTronics has a more comprehensive control scheme, feels sturdier, and lasts much longer off a single charge.

Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset

The Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset is a better Bluetooth mono headset than the TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset. The Plantronics is far more portable, easier to use, and is far more stable on the ear. It also has a microphone that isolates speech from ambient noise with greater effectiveness, not to mention it has multi-device pairing as well as a dedicated companion app. Meanwhile, the TaoTronics has a substantially longer continuous runtime and does a better job of reducing audio leakage.

Mpow EM12 Wireless Earphone Bluetooth Headset

The Mpow EM12 Wireless Earphone Bluetooth Headset is a better all-around wireless mono headset than the TaoTronics TT-BH041 Bluetooth Headset. The Mpow features a more well-balanced sound profile, blocks out more background noise, and has a higher-quality microphone. It can also connect to two devices simultaneously. Conversely, the TaoTronics has a far more comprehensive control scheme, lower wireless latency, and lasts roughly 10 times as long as the Mpow on a single charge.

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