The world is going wireless and what's better than a top-of-the-line wireless earphone? From a durable aluminium build to active noise cancellation and from a rich bass-shaking sound to a professional IEM sound, there are tons of options in this segment. Our Headphone Gurus have put our favourite earphones together to decide on who's the ultimate winner.
The Guru Says
"The MA750 Wireless features the right mix of elements that makes it perfect for everyday casual listening"
- Varun Soni
The MA750 Wireless are higher-end wireless earphones from the Scottish giant, RHA. They sit at the top of RHA’s wireless lineup, although slightly away from the top-of-the-line planar magnetic RHA CL2. With the MA750 Wireless, we could go as far as to call them near perfect as they come with everything you’ve been looking for in an ideal in-ear pair and more. IPX4 rated, 12 hours of battery and a stainless steel build adapted from their wired brethren.
The MA750 Wireless’ treble may be a little sharp for some tastes – but these are rock-solid wireless earphones nonetheless that ship with a three-year manufacturer warranty too. You get Qualcomm aptX support, dual microphones for clearer calls and a vibration motor in the neckband that buzzes when you receive a call.
The GoodGreat fit and form factor with a true-to-life sound despite losing the wires.
The BadThe fit may seem bulky to some.
Most wireless earphones sport plastic earpieces, mainly to minimise weight. The V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless doesn’t do that. They have tough aluminium earpieces, since they’re so small, the extra weight isn’t much of an issue. It instantly strikes as a premium earphone, albeit the wires may seem a little flimsy.
The earbuds are attached to a flexible neckband using standard earphone cabling. They initially do not strike as sports earphones, mainly due to their more design-led styling. Also, these earphones have been tested for sweat, UV and temperature resistance. Like IP-rated water-resistant phones, these earphones have a nano-coating to help repel liquid.
You get aptX support, fast charging (two hours’ use from a 15-minute charge), dual microphones for clearer calls and a vibration motor in the neckband that buzzes when you receive a call. Though it lacks NFC, the other features it offers more than make-up for it.
The GoodLightweight with sleek looks.
The BadNo IP-rating.
The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless sound very similar to the wired version, which is no surprise. This is Sennheiser’s take on the sort of sound people tend to want from portable street headphones without trading away all of Sennheiser’s hi-fi cred.
These earphones sound rich and wide, more expansive than most in this class. Like other Momentum headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Wireless also have a fun low bass, but without the kind of universal bass emphasis that clogs up the sound significantly.
It packs in plenty of tech for the price it retails at: NFC for quick pairing with a phone, and aptX support for higher-quality Bluetooth streams. The battery lasts 10 hours, which is pretty decent at the price point it retails now.
The GoodNice warm sound with detailed mids which may appeal to the masses.
The BadNo IP-rating.
One of a kind, the 1000X is an in-ear headphone that offers active noise cancellation, which is unseen at this price point. The Sony WI-1000X sound versatile and have a great active noise canceling feature that isolates a lot of ambient noise, making them a great choice for commuting and office use.
They have a more premium look and feel than most earphones at this point. A decent sound that may disappoints bassheads a little but since they have a good companion app, with an excellent EQ, it won’t be much of an issue. They can be used with a wire too, which is pretty rare for a wireless in-ear and makes latency less of a concern when you have the cable on you.
The GoodOffers active noise cancellation
The BadBass heads may find the lows a little disappointing.
As if the SE215s weren’t comfortable and convenient enough, SHURE came up with a Bluetooth cable making them all the more handy and convenient. We could go on an on about how the SE215 has been a staple of the audiophile community for years, often recommended as an entry-level high-quality IEM.
The housing is light and comfortable, and nestles easily into the outer ear. The included tips are three sizes of foam tips impressed us with how much isolation was achievable. The SE215 maintains a borderline warm signature sound but without overly boosted bass. The cable does its job, adding wireless capability to any MMCX-compatible headphones and delivers a decent 8-hour battery life.
The GoodIsolation is great.
The BadThe sound is warm but detailed, may not appeal to all.