In my previous review of sub $70 bluetooth noise cancelling headphones, the Taotronics BH22s came out on top. Just to confuse matters, Taotronics have more recently come out with a new pair of headphones called the Taotronics BH040s, which are positioned slightly more expensive than the BH22s, and appear (at least at first glance) to be an upgrade.

The TRUTH of the matter is a bit more complicated.

Whilst the pricing + model numbering + design, are all pointing towards the BH040 being a superior model, it doesn’t actually out perform the BH22s in all areas (unfortunately).

Lets address a few key issues.

Foldability (is that a word?)

The BH22s have the capability to fold inwards, much like the industry leading Bose QC35s. The BH040s however are rigid above the ear cups, and therefore don’t fold down to a smaller footprint.

The upshot of this is that the carry case for the BH22s is smaller. Likely useful for those with small bags, perhaps commuting each day. But for others it won’t be a huge deal.

AptX Bluetooth Latency

AptX is a compression standard that lowers the latency of the audio transmission in Bluetooth mode. This is not important listening to music without video, but if you want to use wireless headphones to watch your favorite movie it becomes more important. Latency = the delay between what you see on screen, and then the corresponding sound in your headphones. You ideally want this delay to be unoticable. This delay is reduced to near wired levels when you have an AptX transmitter to an AptX receiver.

Unfortuntaely, Taotronics didn’t include AptX for either the BH22s or BH040s. This is despite some information online suggesting the opposite. Therfore they both lose out in this respect. Taotronics do have a similarly priced model to the BH040s, called the BH030s, which do offer AptX – and could be a good option for movie fans who want low latency.

Earcup Pressure

Due to the different frame designs, the BH040s stick tighter to the ears. For some, this may be uncomfortable, but for others this could be desired (perhaps if you want to wear them for more intense exercise workouts).

Summary

Beyond the aforementioned differences, the BH22s and the BH040s are very similar. Same active noise cancelling technology, same button placement, same sound quality. The BH040s sport a more flashy design with chrome accents, which may suit some people. For others the more understated look of the BH22s may be preferred.

Alex

Posted by Alex

5 Comments

  1. The BH22 is a superior product in all respects and outshines the bh40

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    1. Alex

      I personally agree, for me the main benefit is the foldability and comfort of the headband. But we all have different priorities/preferences.

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  2. I was wondering how the TT-BH030 compared to these as it states it does have aptx

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    1. Alex

      Hi Michael, apologies for the delayed reply.

      The BH030s appear closest to the BH040s, with their rigid (non-folding) frame. Other minor differences are their 25 hour battery life (as opposed to 30 on the BH040s) & 50mm drivers for the over ear speakers, vs 40mm for the BH040s.

      Regarding the difference in driver size, take this with a pinch of salt. Larger is not equal to more powerful, necessarily, so would need to do a side by side audio comparison to gauge the practical difference.

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  3. The BH-040s are cheaper than the BH-22s on Amazon at the minute so I was confused as to which was better. I’m going to go for the 040s, may as well. Thanks for the info.

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