What is the difference between active and passive Bluetooth headphones?
- PLv 71 year agoFavourite answer
You are confusing a specific feature of Bluetooth headphones with the headphones themselves. "Active Noise Suppression\cancellation" has become a big thing these days, since Bose started marketing theirs. Active noise cancellation would mean it has the ability to actively generate a special sound wave to silence much of the noise coming from around you. Example: If you put Active noise canceling headphones on an airplane the engine noise becomes virtually silent.
Passive noise suppression is mostly a marketing gimmick, basically it just means they tried to make the headphones themselves be like ear plugs or ear muffs physically blocking outside sound.
- 1 year ago
Active is used for music, video (audio), podcasts etc. Passive are used to communicate with, like a two way speaker, loud speaker for a phone. Some support both.
- spacemissingLv 71 year ago
All Bluetooth headphones are "active".
If they weren't, they would not work.
- LLv 71 year ago
Same as any other active or passive speakers... the passive headphones don't have any sort of audio manipulation control or amplification. Active ones do.