Bluetooth headphones have been created for convenience and portability. Instead of lugging large headphones with long winded cables around, you can get yourself a wireless headset and use it with your Bluetooth enabled devices while on the go.
And with wireless headphones dominating the market, the launch of AptX HD for higher-res music and rumors about the disappearing 3.5mm jack in the iPhone 7 having all but been officially confirmed, there's no better time to jump on the bandwagon.
In no particular order, here are the best wireless options to choose from.
The Jaybird X2 has been termed as " Perfection in Wireless Sound". A favourite of fitness enthusiasts around the world, these Bluetooth In-Ears lead the wireless sport category with best-in-class sound performance.
The X2 is very small, but comes with a massive purported 8 hours of play time. Although they generally last for about 7-7.5 hours or so. They're sweat proof, and are accompanied by a bunch of Comply tips & earfins to provide an optimum fit.
On the design front, it immediately registers as a Jaybird product. While they are geared to be ergonomic, the various small attentions to detail give it a unique touch. For instance, the hexagonal cuts in the earfins, the matte finish with the shining Jaybird logo in chrome, and the vast array of colour profiles, all lend it a look that’s unapologetically Jaybird.
The build is plastic but still quite solid. Jaybird is so proud of their quality that they even went as far as giving a lifetime warranty against sweat-related damage. The fit although comfortable, isn’t perfect, in the sense the earbuds may not make a tight seal and can be fiddly. To address this problem, Jaybird has shipped these with a bunch of eartips which include Comply's memory foam eartips which do the job fairly well.
While there are plenty of similarities between the Bluebuds X and the X2, there are some key differences too. First off, the Bluebuds are glossy, while the X2s are matte. Also, the X2 offers much more colour profiles than its predecessor.
The carrying case has been upgraded too, it's better than the previous one in protecting the earbuds. While signal dropouts were a slight concern with the Bluebuds, the X2s clearly have those issues resolved. Along with improving the battery life and the charge time.
The box is very similar to that of the Bluebuds X. Opening up the side flap will reveal the headphones and accessories. The overall presentation is neat. You’ll find a carrying case, a USB cable and a pouch holding the in-ear “fins” and three X-fit clips.
Coming to the sound, the X2s do complete justice to their claim of being one of the best sounding wireless earphones in the world.
The bass is surprisingly understated, but this quality gives it an overall tonal balance that is exceedingly impressive. Allowing the mids and the highs to truly come to life, and be smooth and crisp respectively.
This is an unusual choice, as most sports earbuds tend to crank up the bass in order to compensate for the loss of sound that occurs due to an improper seal in most sports earphones. Since the X2 provides very effective noise isolation, they can afford to do switch it up. The guitar riffs from rock and metal music do stand out, and that sort of sound in a wireless earphone is a rarity.
Just don’t expect the same pedigree of the RHA T10s, but for a wireless earphone, they are really good with a vast set music genres.
Building on the M-100's lauded sound, the Crossfade Wireless elevates that signature sound up a few notches with the aim of being the best wireless headphones in the market.
These headphones upend the notion that Bluetooth headphones sound worse than their wired counterparts, with the Crossfade Wireless sounding as good as the M-100s. The Crossfade Wireless has military grade durability, can be personalized, is very comfortable and can be used both wired and wirelessly.
The Crossfade looks and feels a lot like the Crossfade M-100, with the same sturdy build quality to compliment the overall artistic design. You can choose from Gunmetal to Rouge, Phantom Chrome, or White Silver, plus customization is the USP here, offering 3D-printed or laser-engraved shields, allowing users to personalize their headphones. On wearing, while they do feel a little bulky after a couple of hours, overall, they’re pretty comfortable.
The V-MODAs comes in a stylish exoskeleton case ornamented with a riveted leatherette handle and matching clasps. Inside the case, the headphones come along with accessories: a charging cable, a braided audio cable for plugging in, and surprisingly enough, a carabiner.
The quality of the audio the Crossfade Wireless puts forward isn't up for much debate, it bests its wired sibling, since V-MODA used the same 50mm drivers with some fine tuning to enhance a sound signature that is already a favourite among many.
Whether you use the cables or choose to go wireless, the audio isn’t going to be compromised. There’s bass, lots of it, but it well complements the highs and the overall presentation is wide and detailed. The soundstage succeeds in rendering a near 3D representation of the audio. Overall, you’ll have no complaints regarding the audio reproduction, it’s warm and detailed and well presented to deliver a pleasant musical experience.
There are better wireless headphones out there, but for the price they’re at, there are very very few competitors. Just understand that they're a little bulky and the battery life could be better.
With Apple taking over Beats, loyalists now have a fantastic option with the Powerbeats Wireless. These come with a bass heavy sound that is signature to all Beats headphones.
Does the Powerbeats Wireless have an iconic design that would attract eyeballs? Absolutely.
It’s not often that you come across a product that is known more for its design than its functionality. With the Powerbeats Wireless', build quality is impeccable, there are no flimsy bits, and it’s all tightly engineered for a solid overall feel. These earphones also have a no-slip grip RemoteTalk™ control that is compatible with iOS devices.
Fit it and forget it should be the mantra for any sports gear, but achieving a tight seal is an issue here. Although Beats claim it’s designed so on purpose to keep the ambient noise flowing in and the performance will not take a hit, irrespective of the fit. Despite Beats’ claims unfortunately, there is perceivable sound loss if a proper seal isn’t achieved, and if you try to force them to do that, the earphones could get uncomfortable.
Nevertheless they are lightweight and grip decently well.
There’s one thing where Beats always strike the right chord, it's in the presentation. From the thick packaging to the striking colour combinations, the decorative presentation of the headset to even the design of the hard carry case, it looks premium. The headphones come with a few different sizes of silicone eartips. Among other things are a USB connector and the aforementioned Beats embedded hard carry case.
It’s all about the bass. But did you expect anything else from Beats?
Of course not, bass heavy sound and Beats go hand in hand, which is not a bad thing in this case. Since there are issues with getting a perfect seal, the added oomph somewhat compensates for the loss of sound.
It is foolish to expect the finesse of a Jaybird X2 like audio quality from the Beats. But while the former takes a different approach by focusing on the treble to extract detail, the Beats has an overall sound signature that takes a fun ‘V’ shape sound, that's big on bass with recessed mids to give the lows the centre stage of every music.
EDM, Hip-Hop and Disco Pop sound very good but might not be ideal for more subtle genres of music such as country, soft rock or Jazz.
Those who are loyal to the Beats brand will still find a lot to like here. The audio might not be great, but it will get the job done for the most part.
In the world of wireless headsets, Jabra is the Scandinavian brand that is probably one of the pioneers in affordable Bluetooth headphones that are a fantastic combination of attractive form and functionality. And the Move is testament to that.
Available in a wide variety of colours, the Move is simple and very classy to look at. The on-ear design is comfortable, and the design accents are minimalist, with a Jabra logo above the earcups and some small writing that says that the sound design is by Jabra, from Copenhagen. It's a design move that is quite innovative the earcups are basically blank with a matte finish except for tiny writing, so it tends to look like a decorative border from a fair distance. One thing is for sure, wear it and you won't look out of place, geeky, or like a kid. They're gorgeous.
The earpads and underside of the headband are cushioned enough to stay comfortable over long listening sessions. Controls on the left earcup include a Play/Pause/Answer Call/End Call button along with two additional buttons that adjust volume or navigate tracks depending on how long you hold them down. It also comes equipped with MultiPoint technology, so that you can connect two devices at the same time! The battery life of the Move Wireless is at roughly 8 hours.
Noise isolation, unfortunately is a little mediocre and noise leakage may be an issue when music is played at loud volume.
Moving on to the sound, the Move is punchy on the bass. It delivers some serious thunder and doesn't distort even at very high, unsafe listening levels. At moderate volumes, the deep bass still commands the mix, but leaves enough high-mid and high frequency presence to keep things balanced. Bloated, overwhelming bass isn't an issue here.
The mids, although clean could use a little more definition and detail. The same issue isn't present with the highs. They shine with vocals and higher register strings and brass getting plenty of sculpted high-mid and high frequency presence to remain the focus in classical music.
All in all these are excellent fun sounding headphones. However, purists may find this sound a bit bass-heavy.
These Bluetooth headphones are the successors to the celebrated MDR-XB920 headphones. Sony has taken its extra bass series wireless with the XB950BT while adding a bass boost function.
The MDR-XB950BT looks very similar to any other headphone in the MDR series. The matte black finish with streaks of red give these headphones a touch of elegance & class. There are bits and pieces of metal here and there, but the overall build is primarily plastic. But nevertheless, it's solidly built by the Japanese giant.
The paddings are plentiful and overall comfort and ergonomics hasn’t been compromised. The best part is the sound isolation which is very impressive. The headphone comes with a 1.3 meter long cable for wired use, along with a micro USB cable for charging.
The audio performance is a mixed bag. There are some kinds of music where it excels in while with a few others it doesn't sound that impressive. The selling point for the headphones, the extra bass with the Electro Bass Booster, is without a doubt impressively good. But there’s a catch to it, the bass boost distorts nearly all other genres of music. Modern pop music, or hip-hop songs on the other hand sounded clear and punchy, which is the targeted demographic here. All in all, not a bad sounding pair of cans. The Sony MDR XB950BT is one of the better headsets in the XB family, if not the best.
The battery life is superb and for the price, and it has a lot going for it. Preferably not the choice for purists though.
What are your favourite wireless headphones? Do let us know in the comments below!
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