Mini Review: BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

I live very close to the San Jose Airport (SJC). As one might imagine, there's a fair amount of airborne traffic most days. When it's warm enough to open the windows (like today - a cool 62F / 16C), the noise can prove to be a distraction.

A coworker was recently gifted a pair of noise canceling headphones over the holidays and gave a positive informal review that made me consider seeking out a pair of my own. I opted to settle for a more inexpensive pair from BÖHM.

The most important thing to note is that noise canceling technology isn't magic, it's based on science. My understanding is that it essentially works by creating white noise that can cancel out the background noise in your environment. As a result, it's not going to catch everything, and it works best with noises that are constant and at the same tone (like fans, hums, airplanes, etc.).

The headphones themselves are lightweight and don't feel cheap. I do get an impression that they are a little fragile, but that could just be because I tend to be very careful with new electronics. I wouldn't recommend tossing them about your room.

Compared to the other headphones I've had in the past, these are very comfortable to wear. I haven't tested them for very extended periods of time (more than 2-3 hours), but my ears have been fine during the testing phase. I will note that these are not fully over the ears headphones, so they will put pressure somewhere on your ear.

Setup wasn't too bad, though I did run into a snag with the Bluetooth pairing at first. There is a single multi-function button that controls both the pairing and turning the headphones on and off. To power on / off, you hold the button for five seconds. To enable pairing mode, you hold it for even longer, and when the lights flash, you continue holding the button until the headphones are paired, then you let go. The instructions don't make this as clear as it needs to be.

I tested the headphones with both a Nexus 6P and a Chromebook Pixel 2 with great success, pairing didn't give me any troubles.

Overall, I'm quite happy with this pair of headphones. I think they'll get the most use during weekends when I'm home and listening to audiobooks, and of course when I fly.

One last note: when looking for headphones on Amazon, I noticed that it seems this exact same product is being sold under at least two separate brands. I went with BÖHM only because they were available via Prime same day shipping and the other brand wasn't, but you may want to investigate further if shipping speed isn't relevant to you.

I'm also happy to answer any questions you might have.

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