Taotronics TT-BH040 headphones review: The best sound $70 can buy

Active Noise Cancelling headphones that don't suck for under $80; dreams do come true!

Very rarely do I go through a day without having some sort of headphones in, on, or around my ears. Whether I'm rocking out to The Police, listening to true crime podcasts, or taking calls on my iPhone and Mac, I am constantly plugged in to some form of audio.

While I don't consider myself a hardcore audiophile, I do know what I like in a set of headphones. So when I got a chance to review the Taotronics TT-BH040, I was really excited to see what the budget active noise cancelling headphones would bring to the table.

Solid preformance

Taotronics TT-BH040: What I like

I like so many things about the Taotronics TT-BH040's that's its hard to pick which aspect I should talk about first, so I'll start with the most obvious one; these headphones sound great! They definitely bump up the bass a little more than some other manufacturers out there, but boy, do they sound clear and consistent through all types of audio. The lows are deep, warm, and powerful, but they never overshadow the high-end tones, whether you're listening to spoken word or the heaviest of metal.

I have the freedom to leave my charging cable at home.

Let's skip to my favorite part of using the TT-BH040's, the battery life. When you're as cheap as I am, and have used as many budget headphones as I have, you learn to carry the necessary charging cables everywhere you go. I have plenty of headphones that only last 6-8 hours on a full charge, which can't even get me through a full workday. When Taotronics said the TT-BH040's have a 30-hour battery life, I was convinced there was no way that number could be right. Not only was the number accurate in my testing, but I got over 30 hours of use using the ANC, which, to put it super casually, is bonkers! Finally, I have the freedom to leave the charging cable at home.

Let's take a second to talk about the ANC. It's the best I've heard on a pair of headphone this cheap...but it still isn't as good as the Bose QC 35's. So, if you're used to the noise reduction that a high-end pair of cans gives you, the TT-BH040's are likely to disappoint.

That being said, I enjoyed slipping on these headphones and tuning out the world as much as possible. Flip that switch, and boom, the loud roar of traffic on the street, becomes but a whisper. The mechanical drone of the AC in your home? Eliminated to nothing more than a gentle hum. It's fantastic to have quality ANC in a pair of headphones that only cost $70 because typically it takes a lot more money to feel like you are in your own little world.

A couple minor issues

Taotronics TT-BH040: What I don't like

I can't say the Taotronics TT-BH040's are perfect, they are a few minor annoyances that come with the cheaper price, and while I don't think any of these flaws are dealbreakers, it's important to know them before you purchase.

Let's start with the buttons located on the rim of the cans. While they certainly have their uses — like changing volume or playing and pausing music — they are a tad bulky and feel kind of cheap. They jet out from the bottom of the cans, making the headphones have a less slim and uniform look.

It takes up a pretty big space in a bag, which makes travel a little tricky.

While I appreciate that Taotronics included a carry case with the TT-BH040's, the headphones don't fold up into a smaller profile like you see with other pairs of a similar size, causing the carry case to actually be rather large. Fitting this into your carry on luggage on a flight may prove to be slightly difficult, especially since the soft carry case also does add much protection.

Think about the money

Should you buy the Taotronics TT-BH040?

If you're looking for a pair of over-ear headphones that don't come with a steep cost and still has plenty of upsides, you need to give the Taotronics TT-BH040's a chance. They sound great, feel super comfortable, and the battery life is one of the best I have ever seen in ANC headphones ever.

I can't really think of a better way to spend $70 for most people — the value for the cost is just so slanted in your favor, I'm almost worried the price will go up at some point. The good news is as long as you can grab these for this cheap, it's you the consumer who really wins!

So should you buy these? For sure.

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Luke Filipowicz
  • For $10 more I would purchase the Taotronics model with APT-X. MUCH better audio quality. It has the same rating on Amazon.
  • I recently got these after forgetting my TT-BH22 on an airplane. 22s were already very nice, they were knock-offs of QC35 in design so design and folding profile was near perfect. But I prefer these to them. I honestly prefer their design over 22. They are much more balanced as well.
    Luke here is saying he dislikes the button, I disagree. I actually prefer the big clunky buttons over others which are tiny and hard to find, like the way it was on 22 and other similar headphones. Folding profile is one aspect which I would wish was smaller. If your budget is around this, the options you have are quite a few on amazon. I have tried cowins as well and among cowin, other taotronics, these are definitely the best. :) Always recommended.