Introduction-TaoTronics Soundsurge BH046
Sound Quality and features like a flagship Bose or Sony, price 1/4th, if you buy it smartly. I’m talking about these Taotronics Soundsurge BH046 Over ear headphones, which is priced at Rs 16,000 on Amazon India, but I got them for less than 7000. What it is, and where can you buy it? I will tell you in this review.
If you’ve ever looked on Amazon for noise-cancelling headphones, chances are you’ve come across Sony, Bose, or Sennheiser options to choose from, with a price tag of around 25,000 Rs. But I’m certain that despite having an ear for good music, and a need for noise-cancelling headphones, most of us do not buy them because of their price tags.
With my quest for decent noise-cancelling headphones in the budget, I came across this, TaoTronics Soundsurge BH046. The company makes a wide array of headphones and earbuds for the budget segment, and while they may have a budget price tag, there’s no compromise in terms of features. At least not with BH046, if not all.
What in the Box?-TaoTronics Soundsurge BH046
It comes in a hardshell case which instantly gives you a premium feel. Soundsurge 46 comes laying flat in the box, as they don’t swivel, which for a moment I thought is a let-down, but I was going to change my opinion soon enough. It comes with a 3.5mm cable, in case you want to use it with wire. Some usual documentation and warranty info. And BTW, it comes with a standard 18 months warranty. Cool isn’t it? And I found the Airplane adapter along with the charging cable which is a micro USB, in the box.
Look & Feel-TaoTronics Soundsurge BH046
Usually, I expect a product with a low price and huge feature list to get most things wrong, but this one has nailed most of it, and I want to start with the looks. The moment I touched these premium looking headphones, I was mesmerized with the protein cushions or the memory foam ear cups, which is only seen in Rs 30,000 Bose or Sony. This Headphone has an aluminium alloy metal + soft-touch plastic build, which keeps both its weight and builds quality in check.
The headband is very soft plushy and comfortable, without doing any compromise in strength and elasticity. All the buttons and the 3.5mm jack is placed on the right ear cup, with a dedicated Noise-cancelling button. The charging socket is housed on the left ear cup. And last but not the least, there’s a subtle Taotronics branding on both the ear cups. Overall Soundsurge 46 look very nice and premium.
Comfort & Convenience-TaoTronics Soundsurge BH046
As soon as I wore them on for the first time, I felt as if there’s a pillow in between my ears and the headphone. These cushions are so soft and cushiony, that I don’t want to take them off. I can wear it for more than half an hour in a stretch without feeling tired. Taotronics isn’t the lightest, but this comfort is largely due to the protein foam padding on the ear cups. Though they come with a micro USB charging port, which is a disappointment in today’s age of USB type C, I’m still happy.
This Soundsurge model gives 30 min of listening time with just 5 min of charge, and it is fully charged in 30-40 min, with a total battery life upwards of 24 hours (listening time). That’s really impressive.
As for convenience, it comes with Bluetooth 4.2, and Hybrid ANC, about which I will talk in a bit, and it comes with my favourite feature of dual pairing. The convenience of pairing the headphone with two devices at the same time is exceptional. I keep it paired with my iPad and phone, and while I’m consuming media on the iPad, and there’s a call coming on my phone at the same time, the Soundsurge 46 intelligently connects to my phone and the media on the iPad is paused.
I haven’t seen this feature with any other headphones except for the high-end Bose or Sony worth 25-30,000 Rs. I’m genuinely impressed with the kind of features and convenience Taotronics offers at this price point.
Active Noise Cancellation-TaoTronics Soundsurge BH046
The main highlight of Soundsurge BH46 is the ANC, and you will be surprised, if not shocked of how good it is. This Taotronics model uses Hybrid Noise Cancellation which means that it uses a mix of Passive and ANC with the help of a few microphones. If you have experienced the Bose QC35 then you know what kind of Noise Cancellation I’m talking about. Taotronics isn’t at par with Bose, but I can safely and very easily say that it is 85 to 90% close.
The real test of the ANC was when I travelled from the metro during peak hours. It claims to cancel 95% of low-frequency noise, and I simply have no reason to doubt that. On my 20 min journey to Rajiv Chowk metro station (New Delhi), the only thing I could hear from outside was a woman talking to someone on phone. No train sound, no crowd noise, no announcement voices, nothing. And just to check how good the 46 is performing, I turned off the ANC switch, and I was left surprised yet again.
The metro was crowded and noisy, as it is always, but I couldn’t hear a thing while the ANC was on, except for the white noise, which is acceptable.
Many times now, I use the Soundsurge 46 just for the ANC while I’m walking on the road, or taking a metro ride. However, keep in mind this headphone cannot cancel the kids crying or Wife or girlfriend shouting in the background. No one can do that, not even Bose, sadly.
How Do They Sound-TaoTronics Soundsurge BH046
I have nothing to complain about when the sound quality is concerned. I can listen to high volumes without any noticeable distortion, the audio is clear, and I didn’t notice any lag while watching videos. I was able to hear a few notes in my favourite songs which I never heard before, surprising, and I really like the sound profile of this bad guy. There’s a surprising amount of bass without it going overboard, and I just enjoy using these for jamming out while I work.
The most important thing that I noticed however was, that the Taotronics Soundsurge 46 sounds much better with the ANC on. I have seen most over the ear budget headphones dropping on the sound quality as soon as the ANC is switched on, but that’s not the case here. Now, I love to keep ANC on all the time.
Verdict-TaoTronics Soundsurge BH046
The latest headphone Taotronics Soundsurge BH046 bring a lot to the table for its price. They feature a super premium design found only in high-end headphones, solid sound quality, impressive ANC, and my favourite feature of dual connectivity. I’m not a fan of Micro-USB charging or the old Bluetooth standard, but it comes with quick charge technology, and I’m not a person to stay too far from my music source, so for me, it’s a terrific deal.
How to buy from India for Cheap-TaoTronics Soundsurge BH046
In India, these headphones are priced for Rs 16,000 on Amazon, however, if you buy them from Amazon USA, it will cost you $80 (Rs 5700 approx). And I have put a special link in the description below, which will give you a $10 discount on these headphones which will bring down the cost to Rs 5000. The shipping cost won’t be much, and it should cost you half the Price Amazon India is selling it on, if not less. And at that price, it is certainly a treat to your ears.