A selection of the best behind the neck headphones with Bluetooth connectivity. All featuring apt-X Bluetooth codecs for the best possible audio quality. Bluetooth neckband headphones are ideal for fitness training, sports and gym workouts.
Our list features the best premium Bluetooth neckband headphones and some more affordable options. All the neckband headphones listed offer high-quality sound, hands-free calling, and impressive batteries.
LG Tone Bluetooth Neckband Headphones (HBS-910)
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LG Tone Infinim Bluetooth neckband headphones (HBS 900)
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SOL REPUBLIC Bluetooth neckband headphones
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LG Tone Bluetooth neckband headphones (HBS-760)
The LG Tone is the grand-daddy of this style of in-ear bluetooth neckband headphones. With CD quality bluetooth apt-x audio, and a ton of features including real time text message reading.
What sets the LG Tone apart from other Bluetooth neckband headphones is the included software / apps which make them as good for business use as they are for enjoying music.
Sony SBH70 Bluetooth neckband headphones
The Sony SBH70 bluetooth neckband headphones have the latest apt-X for high quality audio and very impressive HD Voice technology for hands free calls.
These Bluetooth neckband headphones are great for taking long calls. They feature echo, wind and noise cancellation, voice commands and a smartphone app to alter settings and check the battery status.
Plantronics BackBeat Fit bluetooth neckband headphones
The Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth neckband headphones are ideal for athletics and outdoor sports. Highly water resistant, extremely light and comfortable to wear over long periods.
The BackBeat Fit neckband headphones are very flexible and can be folded up and stored in your pocket. They also come with a handy battery status app which will also update the headphone’s firmware wirelessly.
66 Audio BTS+ bluetooth neckband headphones
The 66 Audio bluetooth neckband headphones fit over the ear with comfortable cushioned pads. Featuring the latest bluetooth 4.0 and apt-X, the BTS+ offers very impressive audio as well multipoint connections and CVC noise cancellation technology.
The battery life on these neckband headphones is the best I’ve found, with a continuous play back of over 30 hours and a standby time of 500!
Kinivo BTH240 bluetooth neckband headphones
The Kinivo BTH240 bluetooth neckband headphones are the upgraded and redesigned version of the popular Kinivo BTH220 model.
They are very lightweight at only 73g and connect via Bluetooth or A2DP. The audio quality is far better than you would expect from a set of Bluetooth neckband headphones with such a low price tag.
Avantree NB02 Foldable Bluetooth In Ear Neckband Headphones
The Avantree Bluetooth neckband headphones have an impressive 10 hours of music playback and 300 hours of standby time. They feature multipoint pairing and a vibration call alert.
These around the neck headphones feature apt-X codecs for high quality audio performance. The ends are magnetised making them ideal for resistance training using a bench.
GRDE HV-900 bluetooth neckband headphones
The HV-900 bluetooth neckband headphones are a good choice for those who like the design of the LG Tone+ but are looking for a more affordable option.
These HV-900 bluetooth headphones feature bluetooth 4.0, apt-X and 3 variable equalizer settings – scroll down for our full review.
GRDE HV-900 Bluetooth Neckband headphones – Full Review
Economical bluetooth neckband headphones with aptX and bluetooth 4.0.
Ideal for listening to music during sports activities or as a feature rich Bluetooth headset to free up your hands when taking a call on your phone.
- Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX / 10m range.
- Battery – 7 hours music / 6 hours talk.
- Vibrating call alert.
- Audible notifications.
- Connect 2 devices simultaneously.
- Includes 2 additional sets of earbuds.
- Micro USB charging cable -more
HV-900 bluetooth neckband headphones offer a much more affordable option for anyone considering buying an LG Tone headset. At half of price, yet with almost the same features the HV-900 by GRDE offers a decent alternative for anyone on a budget.
HV-900 Bluetooth neckband headphones – Design
With this being the first time I’ve used a neckband style set of Bluetooth headphones, I was unsure how I would get on with them. However, after wearing these during the last few days I have to say the design is extremely clever. There are some really functional benefits when using these compared to regular headphones or Bluetooth earbuds.
I usually favour earbuds as opposed to headphones, especially in the gym. Regular earphones are forever getting tangled or yanked out when the cable snags on something. These HV-900’s with their neckband design are practically impossible to tangle and as the Bluetooth functionality is retained in the arms rather than the earbuds they’re lightweight and held snugly without any chance of shaking loose.
When compared to Bluetooth over-ear headphones, these are much lighter, don’t mess your hair up or leave your ears aching from the pressure required to retain a set of regular headphones.
There is a slight learning curve required to locate and remember the controls, but once you have used them for a while, it soon becomes like second nature.
There were a couple of small issues worth mentioning with regards to the build quality of the HV-900. The protective cover over the USB recharging port felt a little fragile with the potential to weaken over time and the strength of the magnetic earbud retainers could be a tad stronger. I don’t think either issue is a deal breaker especially considering the price tag, however, I would certainly treat the USB port and cover gently when recharging the device.
HV-900 Bluetooth neckband headphones – Functions
When listening to music.
- Pause / Play or Stop button (when held for 1 second)
- Next / Previous Song buttons – which can be also forward and rewind when held.
- Volume up and down
- Equaliser – holding the volume up and down buttons together during playback will cycle through audio modes to boost either the bass or treble.
When using the headset for calls.
- Making a call – hold the call button for a second to redial the last number, or press it briefly to activate your phone’s voice command menu.
- Receiving a call – When the phone rings you can press briefly to answer a call, hold for a second to reject the call and tap the button to end the call.
- Call waiting – hold the button for one second during a call.
- Mute Mic – Press both volume buttons for one second to mute/un-mute microphone.
HV-900 Bluetooth neckband headphones – Performance.
Audio quality – I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of the audio. Whenever I test in-ear headphones, I always compare them to a set of Sennheiser CX 200 earphones I own. They don’t sound that dissimilar and considering these are streaming via Bluetooth, that’s pretty damn impressive.
Battery life – I got around the 7 hours of playback time, at an average volume. I can’t really confirm the talk time, It would probably take me a month to stack up the 6 hours. As the playback time was fairly accurate, I’m guessing this will be too.
Headset Use – Very impressed, there are plenty of call features and the audio quality from the mic was spot on. This may have a lot to do with the neckband headphone design, as it places the microphone just where it needs to be.
Bluetooth quality and Range- With the latest Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX the signal was strong and clear. I experienced no skipping or delays when the phone was close by and managed to easily achieve the 10m range before the audio dropped out.
Sennheiser PCX95 neckband headphones (not Bluetooth)
The PCX95 Sennheiser neckband headphones do not feature Bluetooth. I’ve included them in the list because they are exceptionally light and comfortable.
For those who are not too bothered about a wired connection, the Sennheiser PCX95 is a top quality set of neckband headphone for fitness training.
Alternatives to Bluetooth Neckband Headphones
Bluetooth neckband headphones typically offer a longer battery life and features due to the additional internal space for components compared to a regular set of wireless earphones. If you don’t like the design of the neckband style, then take a look at our list of the best wireless earphones of 2016.
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