Technology has moved on considerably over the last few years. Not too long ago we would not make too much of a case for wireless headphones as the technology wasn’t quite there yet. There were issues with connectivity over Bluetooth and then it was the actual surround quality of the audio. Batteries were nowhere near what you would expect and it made them impractical. However, today things are completely different and wireless headphones are living a sort of renaissance.
Thanks to advancements in Bluetooth (thanks, aptX), the latest batch of wireless headphones not only stay connected in every situation, but they sound just as good as they’re wired counterparts to boot. There are over-ear headphones, often with noise-cancelling thrown in for good measure, with major brands including Bose, Sennheiser and Sony leading the way.
There is no doubt that they are pricier than a traditional wired model, but wireless headphones give you much greater freedom of movement, making them perfect for working out at the gym, going out for a run or a great companion for phones like the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 that simply lack a 3.5mm aux port to connect with.
Whatever your reason for upgrading, we’re here to help you pick out the best headphones, regardless of your budget. What you’ll find below are the top headphones we’ve reviewed with a mix of in-ear, over-ear and on-ear headphones, plus some with neat features like noise-cancellation. Simply put, you will get amazing sound quality and enjoying music in ways you have never experienced before.
The new Apple AirPods 3rd generation are a significant upgrade over the previous model in just about every way. The new design is more comfortable, the sound quality is improved, and the battery life is outstanding. The sound quality of the new AirPods 3 is noticeably improved over the previous generation. The earbuds now feature an updated H1 chip that supports higher audio quality and transparency mode.
The AirPods Pro 2nd Generation are a great option for those who are looking for high-quality sound and active noise cancellation. They’re also a good choice for those who want longer battery life and don’t mind spending a bit more money.
The new AirPods have the same general design as the original model, but they’re now available in two different colors: white and space gray. The charging case has also been updated with a new LED indicator on the front, and the earbuds themselves are now slightly larger in order to improve fit and comfort.
If you’re just looking for a pair of wireless earbuds to use with your iPhone, the AirPods are a great option. They’re easy to set up and use, and they sound decent for earbuds. They’re not going to replace your home stereo, but they’re good for casual listening. And since they’re made by Apple, they work seamlessly with your iPhone and other Apple products.
If you value sleek design over bulk, the Echo Buds are worth a try. Endeavoring to keep the peace while exercising or working out, however, might prove a tall order. The new Echo Buds are the most comfortable, functional, and stylish true wireless buds you can buy today. And they have great audio, too!
True wireless earbuds are the latest trend in the world of consumer electronics, and while they’re still a novelty, they’ve quickly emerged as the best option if you’re looking for a set that doesn’t need to be tethered to a smartphone or tablet. The TAGRY True Wireless Earbuds deliver on the promise of being truly wireless, but they’re let down by a mediocre audio performance and an annoying design.
The Soundcore Q20 had some of the most realistic volume, bass, and soundscape options that we’ve encountered on an active noise-cancelling headphone, and for a reasonable price too. Make no mistake, the Q20s aren’t at the top of their class, but overall they’re a solid choice.
Created for the frequent, decerning business traveller, the PXC 550-II Wireless upgrades every journey with exceptional comfort, unrivalled sound quality and wireless freedom. Superior wireless audio is assured by support for high-quality AAC, aptX™, aptX™ LL codecs and Bluetooth 5.0, with adaptive noise cancellation ensuring an outstanding listening experience even in busy environments. The triple microphone array also delivers unrivalled speech clarity when making calls on the move, or interacting with virtual assistants such as Siri, Google and Alexa via the Voice Assistant Button. With exceptional ergonomic design and up to 30 hours of battery life, the PXC 550-II Wireless is the perfect companion for travelling in style.
- Totally wireless high-performance earphones
- Up to 9 hours of listening time (more than 24 hours with charging case)
- Adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks for lightweight comfort and stability
- Reinforced design for sweat & water resistance during tough workouts
- Volume & track controls on each earbud, voice capability, and Auto Play/Pause
- Powerbeats Pro in Black availability begins in May. Ivory, Moss and Navy will be available this summer. Color availability is subject to change