TaoTronics TT-BH060 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.4
Mixed Usage
5.9
Critical Listening
6.9
Commute/Travel
6.6
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
5.3
TV
4.7
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The TaoTronics BH060 are comfortable over-ear headphones that are decently well-built. Unfortunately, our unit showed significant mismatch between their drivers. Their sound quality was sub-par and very dark-sounding. On the upside, they have a great 30-hour battery life, and their ANC feature is pretty good and useful when commuting or at the office. They also have excellent wireless range. If you manage to get a unit with matched drivers, they can be a decent choice with good value.

Test Results
Design 6.9
Sound 5.7
Isolation 7.6
Microphone 6.4
Active Features 7.0
Connectivity 5.3
Pros
  • Comfortable and durable design.
  • Great battery life.
  • Good isolation performance.
Cons
  • Dark and muffled sound quality.
  • Heavily mismatched drivers.

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6.9

Design

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 are decently-well designed over-ear headphones. They are comfortable to wear thanks to plushy and thick padding, and they have an efficient and easy to use control scheme. They are well-made with decent materials, but they might feel a bit cheap due to their all-plastic build. They also trap quite a lot of heat inside their ear cups and won’t be ideal for sports. On the upside, they come with an audio cable for you to use the headphones passively, even if the battery is dead.

Style

The TT-BH060 are fairly low-profile over-ears due to their all-black design. They don’t particularly stand out and they look like most standard headphones. The cups are dense and the padding is thick. The headphones are made out of matte black plastic and look fairly good, but won’t be as flashy as other headphones.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.62 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.1 lbs

The TaoTronics BH060 are quite comfortable and can be worn for a while without feeling any fatigue. The padding on the cups and headband is good and plushy. They fit well on the head, but they are a bit tight, which can be more uncomfortable for people with wider heads. Also, while the cups are big, the room for the ears isn’t very large as the padding is thick, which may not suit all ear sizes and shapes.

7.4 Controls
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : Yes
Talk-Through
:
No
Additional Buttons : N/A

The control scheme of the BH060 is good and will be easy to use for most. They have a simple button layout with a volume rocker that acts as a track skipper, and the power button is also what you use to play/pause your music and manage calls. You also have a separate switch to enable/disable the ANC feature. However, it stays on even when turning the headphones off, so be sure to switch it off when you’re done using the headphones.

4.1 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 10.6 C

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 are one of the most unbreathable headphones we’ve reviewed so far. They got very hot in a short amount of time because they seal very well on our test rig. They trap a lot of heat inside the ear cups and won’t be suitable for sports as you will sweat more than usual. On the upside, they aren’t that bad for casual listening, especially if you take them off from time to time, letting your ears cool off a bit.

5.7 Portability
L : 6.0 "
W : 6.6 "
H : 3.5 "
Volume : 139 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most over-ear headphones, they aren’t very portable. They have a bulky design, but at least you can fold them in a more compact format and the cups swivel to lay flat, which makes it easier to carry them around your neck or to slide them inside a bag. When folded, they also fit in their carrying case.

8.0 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 7.7 "
W : 6.0 "
H : 3.2 "
Volume : 148 Cu. Inches

The TaoTronics BH060 come with a nice hard case that protects the headphones well against water exposure, scratches, and physical damage from falls. It also doesn’t add too much bulk to the design and is easy to put inside a bag.

7.5 Build Quality

The TT-BH060 are fairly well-built headphones. The plastic used for the ear cups is dense and should be able to handle a few drops without getting damaged. The headband is decently flexible and has a metal frame to reinforce the build, which makes them a bit more durable. However, they still have a lot of plastic in their design, which is decently durable but feels a bit cheap. They are built similarly to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but are more affordable.

7.0 Stability

These headphones are fairly stable and could be used for a casual jog since they are quite tight on the head. However, the cups can move around a bit and are susceptible to fall off during more intense physical activity. Nevertheless, these shouldn’t be used for sports because of their breathability issues. On the upside, they are wireless, and you won’t have to worry about a cable getting hooked on something and yanking the headphones off your head. This shouldn’t be an issue for casual listening.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 3.8 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

The TaoTronics BH060 2019 Upgrade come with a short 3.8ft 1/8” TRS audio cable and a short micro-USB charging cable.

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5.7

Sound

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 are not the best sounding headphones, and on top of that, our unit had a significant mismatch between the left and right drivers. Their average sound profile results in a bass that lacks thump but is overly boomy and muddy. Their mid-range is thick, cluttered, and brought forward in the mix, and their treble is noticeably lacking in detail. They sound overly dark and muffled. Overall, these headphones would be better suited for bass-heavy music, but even then, our unit showed significant distortion and mismatch in the right driver. Although we don't expect this to be a common issue, it still shows poor manufacturing tolerance and quality control.

6.6 Bass
Std. Err.
:
5.01 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10.44 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-2.6 dB
Mid-Bass
:
4.83 dB
High-Bass
:
5.95 dB

The bass performance of the TT-BH060 is okay, but there is a significant mismatch between the drivers, which is considerably taken into account in our imaging test. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is down to about 10Hz, which is excellent. However, their average low-bass is lacking by over 2dB under our target curve, which means they might feel light on thump and rumble. Mid-bass, responsible for the punch of bass guitars and kick of drums, and high-bass, responsible for warmth, are noticeably overdone and about 5dB over our neutral target curve. This will add a lot of boominess and muddiness to the mix.

6.1 Mid
Std. Err.
:
5.21 dB
Low-Mid
:
4.87 dB
Mid-Mid
:
4.39 dB
High-Mid
:
-2.93 dB

The mid-range performance is mediocre. There is still a driver mismatch in this range and it is significantly overemphasized in low and mid-mid. This will make vocals and lead instruments sound thick and cluttered, on top of being brought forward in the mix. The drop in high-mid will also negatively affect the projection and intensity of vocals and leads.

5.6 Treble
Std. Err.
:
5.37 dB
Low-Treble
:
-7.59 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-1.12 dB
High-Treble
:
-1.94 dB

The treble performance of the TT-BH060 is sub-par. Most of the response through the range is under our target curve, with a maximum dip of about 10dB. This will be very noticeable and will make vocals, leads, and sibilants lacking in detail and brightness.

6.8 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.66 dB

The frequency consistency of the BH060 is okay. The left driver is actually quite consistent and is probably using the ANC feature to deliver consistent bass, but the right driver of our unit is noticeably inconsistent, with maximum variation going over 15dB in the bass range. On the upside, they are quite consistent in the treble range under 10kHz.

4.6 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.54
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
5.25
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
6.25
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
17.6

The stereo imaging of these headphones is bad. Our unit had very mismatched drivers in amplitude, frequency, and phase. Especially in the bass range, the two drivers were acting differently, with the right one having practically no bass. The GD graph also shows that the group delay of the right driver surpasses the audibility threshold under 100Hz, which will result in a loose bass. The audio sounds skewed to one side with holes in the stereo image. These results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently, but it shows poor quality control.

4.4 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
4.28 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.12 dB
PRTF Distance
:
5.21 dB
Openness
:
2.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.0
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

These headphones have a poor soundstage. The PRTF graph shows that the response doesn't follow our reference at all. There’s not a lot of pinna activation and it isn’t accurate. Therefore, their soundstage will most likely be perceived to be of a small, and not speaker-like. Their closed-back design also makes their soundstage feel less open than that of open-back headphones.

6.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
50.507
Weighted THD @ 100
:
9.79

The harmonic distortion of the TT-BH060 is okay. Again, the left driver acts normally, and its distortion is within good limits. However, the right driver shows a very high amount of distortion, especially in the bass range, and a few spikes in the treble range as well. This will make these frequencies harsh and impure, which can get fatiguing to listen to.

7.6

Isolation

The TaoTronics BH060 create a decent seal around most ears and block a fair amount of ambient noise thanks to their ANC feature. Also, they aren’t too leaky even at higher volumes and stop a good amount of noise from seeping into the ear cups. They are a good option for commuting, especially when compared to other headphones in the same price range, although you may still hear a bit of the outside world in really noisy environments, such as a subway station.

7.3 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-23.2 dB
Bass
:
-15.05 dB
Mid
:
-17.31 dB
Treble
:
-37.19 dB
Self-Noise
:
22.77 dB

The TT-BH060 have a pretty decent isolation performance. With their ANC (active noise cancelling) enabled, these headphones achieved more than 15dB of isolation in the bass range, which is good. This means they will be able to cancel out the low rumbling noises like airplane and bus engines to a great degree. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they isolate by 17dB, which is also good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts and air conditioning systems, they achieved about 37dB of isolation, which is very good.

8.2 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
32.54 dB

The leakage performance is great. The significant portion of the leakage is spread between 400Hz and 1kHz, which is a narrow range. The overall level of the leakage is relatively quiet too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages around 33dB SPL and peaks at 49dB SPL, which is just under the noise floor of an average office.

6.4

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 have an okay integrated microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic sounds relatively thin and noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. In noisy situations, this microphone is able to separate speech from background noise in moderately loud places, like a busy street, but may struggle in louder places. There is no in-line microphone on the included audio cable.

6.2 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
226.27 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.96 dB
HFE
:
2560.0 Hz
Weighted THD
:
1.622
Gain
:
34.51 dB

The integrated microphone has a mediocre recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 226Hz results in a recorded/transmitted speech that sounds a little thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 2.6kHz means speech will sound noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. It will still be understandable in quiet environments.

6.7 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
18.63 dB

In our SpNR test, the mic achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 19dB, which suggests this microphone is well suited for quiet and moderately loud environments. However, it may still struggle to fully separate speech from ambient noise in louder places.

7.0

Active Features

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 have a great battery life with about 30 hours of continuous playback, but unfortunately, they don’t have any power saving features. On the upside, they come with an audio cable for you to use them passively even if the battery is dead, which is very convenient. You can also still use the ANC feature if you use them wired. However, they don’t have a companion app for customization options.

7.8 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
29.9 hrs
Charge Time
:
0.8 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
Yes

The BH060 have about 30 hours of battery life with their ANC on. This should be more than enough for a few normal workdays and they won’t need daily charging too, which is great. On top of this, they take less than an hour to charge fully. However, they don’t have any power saving feature and you have to turn their ANC switch off too, even if you power off the headphones. On the upside, if the battery is dead, you can also use them passively with the included 1/8” TRS cable.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 don’t have a companion app for customization options.

5.3

Connectivity

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 are Bluetooth-compatible headphones that can also be used wired with the included 1/8” TRS cable. They don’t have an in-line microphone so you’ll only have audio support when using them wired. It also disables the on-cup controls, but you can still use the ANC feature. Like most Bluetooth headphones, their latency is slightly high and won’t be ideal for watching videos. On the upside, you can get rid of the delay by using them wired. Their wireless range is also amazing.

6.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No

These headphones are Bluetooth-compatible, but they can only be connected to a single device at a time, which is disappointing if you often want to switch between your work computer and your phone. They also don’t support NFC for a quicker and easier pairing procedure.

7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only

You can use the TT-BH060 passively with the included 1/8” TRS cable. However, that cable doesn’t have an in-line remote or microphone, so you’ll only have audio support on consoles and PCs. Also, when plugging in the audio cable, the headphones turn off, meaning you won’t be able to use the on-cup controls, but you can still enable/disable ANC.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a dock.

9.6 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
63 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
219 ft

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 have exceptional wireless range. The BH060 had amazing results in our line of sight range test and had an excellent 67ft of range when the source was obstructed by walls, which means you’ll be able to walk to the next room over without your source. However, wireless range is dependent on your device’s signal strength and many other factors, so your results may differ.

1.0 Latency
Default Latency
:
226 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The latency of these headphones is pretty standard for Bluetooth headphones, which usually average around 200-220ms of latency. Some people may not notice the delay as some devices and apps offer some sort of compensation. They won’t be the ideal choice for watching video content and gaming, but you can nullify these issues by using the audio cable.

In the box

  • TaoTronics TT-BH060 headphones
  • 1/8” TRS audio cable
  • USB to micro-USB charging cable
  • Carrying case
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 are decent headphones with a good ANC feature and a great battery life, but unfortunately, they don't have the best sound and our unit had a significant driver mismatch which made it worse. They are pretty affordable so if you can get a unit with matched drivers, they could offer good value. See our suggestions for the best noise cancelling headphones and the best noise cancelling headphones under $100.

Mpow H10 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Mpow H10 Wireless are better headphones than the TaoTronics TT-BH060. Their ANC features are practically identical, but our H10 didn’t show any mismatch in their drivers, resulting in a better overall sound than the TT-BH060. They also have very good battery life on top of a standby mode, which the TaoTronics are lacking. They have low latency for Bluetooth headphones, too. However, the TaoTronics are better-built and leak noticeably less than the H10.

Anker SoundCore Life 2 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 are better ANC headphones than the Anker SoundCore Life 2 Wireless and will be better suited for commuting. They are well-built headphones, especially since they are quite comfortable and affordable. They have more battery life, but on the other hand, our unit has mismatched drivers. Because of this, the Life 2 might be the better sounding option.

Mpow H5 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The TaoTronics TT-BH060 have a better noise cancelling feature than the Mpow H5 Wireless and they are slightly better-built as well. They have noticeably better battery life and also feel more comfortable. However, our unit had mismatched drivers, so the Mpow H5 are the better-sounding option. They also have very low latency for Bluetooth headphones and offer good value.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II are noticeably better headphones than the TaoTronics TT-BH060. They are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve tested so far, they support NFC, their ANC feature is great, and their sound quality is very neutral and good. They’ll be a better option over the TaoTronics in pretty much every way, but they are more expensive, so if you can get a TT-BH060 unit that doesn’t have a big mismatch in their drivers, they might have better value for some.

Mixcder E9 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Mixcder E9 Wireless are better headphones than the TaoTronics TT-BH060 Wireless. Their sound quality is better and out BH060 unit had a noticeable mismatch. The audio reproduction of the E9 is, therefore, more balanced and accurate. However, the TT-BH060 are Bluetooth 5.0, their noise isolation performance is better, and they offer more battery life than the E9. However, they do have higher latency than the impressive E9.

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Conclusion

6.4 Mixed Usage

Okay for mixed usage. The TT-BH060 have a sub-par audio reproduction and our unit had a noticeable mismatch, which won’t be good for critical listening. Their over-ear design is quite bulky too and they get hot rather quickly, which won’t be ideal for sports. On the upside, they have a decent ANC feature that blocks a good amount of ambient noise and will be effective in your daily commute or at the office. However, their latency is slightly high, and their audio quality won’t let you enjoy watching TV and gaming.

5.9 Critical Listening

Sub-par for critical listening. Our unit had a significant mismatch between the left and right drivers. Their average sound profile results in a bass that lacks thump, but is overly boomy and muddy. Their mid-range is thick, cluttered, and brought forward in the mix, and their treble is noticeably lacking in detail. They sound overly dark and muffled. Overall, these headphones would be better suited for bass-heavy music, but even then, our unit showed significant distortion and mismatch in the right driver and we expect this to not be a common thing, but it still shows poor manufacturing tolerance.

6.9 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. The TaoTronics BH060 have a decent noise cancelling feature that blocks out a good amount of deep rumble from plane and bus engines. They are also quite comfortable for long rides and their battery life should be more than enough for the longest trips. However, they are a bit bulky, but they do fold in a more portable format to fit in their nice hard case.

6.6 Sports/Fitness

Okay for sports. The TaoTronics TT-BH060 are stable enough for a casual jog, but they are quite tight and trap a lot of heat inside the ear cups. You will sweat more than usual and notice a pretty big difference in temperature. On the upside, they are well-built and their wireless design is great for working out without having a wire in your way.

7.0 Office

Decent for the office. The TaoTronics TT-BH060 block ambient chatter and higher frequency noises like A/C systems well, which will help you concentrate on your tasks. They also don’t leak too much at higher volumes, meaning you shouldn’t disturb people surrounding you. Their battery life should last you a couple of work days and won’t need daily charging, which is nice. Unfortunately, they don’t support multi-device pairing, but they have amazing wireless range so you’ll be able to leave your desk and walk around a small office without too many audio cuts.

5.3 TV

Poor for watching TV. Their latency might be slightly too high for watching video content and some will notice a small delay between the audio and video content. Also, their sound quality won’t be ideal for watching movies and TV shows, especially that our unit showed significant mismatch in the drivers, which affects the stereo imaging.

4.7 Gaming

Bad for gaming. Their microphone isn’t on par with gaming headset boom microphones for online games, and our unit’s stereo image was altered due to the mismatch in the drivers, which will make these headphones practically unusable for gaming. They also have latency issues that will be very noticeable in games.

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