Finding good quality Bluetooth headphones at an affordable price can be pretty challenging with the vast number of options to choose from nowadays.
If you want excellent sound quality from a pair of Bluetooth headphones without spending a fortune, then Sennheiser’s HD 350BT is the ideal choice (especially at the current discounted price of R1,199 on Takealot).
Sennheiser stays true to its reputation for excellent sound quality with the HD 350BT. Unlike my JBL E55BT headphones that come standard with a bass-boosted response, the HD 350BT maintains a good balance across the bass, mid and treble frequencies to maintain sound clarity at higher volumes.
Additionally, you can download the Sennheiser Smart Control app to customize the sound profile.
The earcups provide good noise isolation, which is a comfort considering that this model does not have any Active Noise Cancelling technology.
The HD 350BT has an excellent microphone, with every person that I’ve called while wearing the headphones reporting that they could hear me clearly.
One of my favourite features about the HD 350BT is the device’s spectacular battery life. It is the longest-lasting pair of headphones that I have owned so far.
I use these headphones regularly throughout the day, only taking them off during lunch or when they get too uncomfortable. Even with this heavy usage, the average battery life I get from these headphones is about seven days, which lines up with the official spec of 30 hours.
The headphones do not come with fast charging, so you will have to wait the whole two hours for them to be fully charged. This would be negated if the headphones had a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but unfortunately, it does not.
Unfortunately, the controls are quite confusing and finicky, to the point where I begrudgingly opened the user manual after being unable to figure it out. I also didn’t care for the dedicated Voice Assistant button since I never use the function anyway. The button layout isn’t the most intuitive either, but it is bearable once you’ve memorized it.
The HD 350BT does offer Bluetooth multipoint technology, but I found it severely lacking and inconsistent. Connecting a secondary device rarely occurs on the first try, and I often found myself giving up and disconnecting the headphones from one device to switch to the other.
Design and build quality
One of my biggest issues with budget Bluetooth headphones is that the earpads often begin falling apart after significant use. This isn’t a problem with the HD350 BT, as you can replace the earpads when they start showing signs of wear and tear.
Additionally, the headphones are sturdy and have a premium feel, unlike many other budget options that feel like they’ll snap if you aren’t too careful.
You might want to steer clear of this model if you have larger ears, however, as the earcups are far too narrow for the average ear to fit inside. This makes it difficult to wear the headphones comfortably for more than an hour at a time.
However, this ergonomic design, paired with the ability to fold the earcups inwards, allows for a very portable package that you can easily carry with you.
Sennheiser doesn’t include a carrying case for the HD 350BT, so you’ll have to buy one separately if you want to protect your headphones from minor dings and scratches – which are a concern given the headphones’ matte finish.
If you are looking for an affordable pair of Bluetooth headphones that will give you outstanding sound quality and you are willing to make some compromises when it comes to comfort, then the Sennheiser HD 350BT is the perfect choice for you.