I chose Bluetooth headphones, which offer many options for how they work and additional features such as noise canceling. We’re sticking to big headphones here, but you can find small options in the list of the best Bluetooth earphones.
TL; DR-These are the best wireless headphones:
1. Sony WH-1000XM4
The best wireless headphones
Sony has surpassed the latest WH-1000XM4 headphones. This update takes in and improves on what was already good from the Sony WH-1000XM3. Sony’s DSEE Extreme works to improve the quality of compressed audio files such as MP3s, so you can take full advantage of the wide frequency response range of your 40mm drive and enjoy the premium LDAC codec. Unfortunately, Sony has excluded the aptX and aptX HD codecs from this model. However, it adds wear detection and includes an additional microphone to improve call quality.
Beyond these changes, Sony headphones still offer 30 days of battery life and can achieve 5 hours of playback time with just 10 minutes of charging. It also continues to support wired and wireless operations, and wireless connections are now handled via Bluetooth 5.0. And Sony’s active noise canceling has also undergone an upgrade. It’s not a small feat, given that it was already the best business in this price range.
2. Razer Opus
Best budget wireless headphones
Razer used the Razer Opus to further tweak its headphone business on the go. These headphones offer many of the premiums found in high-end headphones at a slightly more affordable price. In short, a Bluetooth connection provides a long battery life of 24 hours, and active noise canceling reduces ambient noise. Headphones allow you to hear ambient sounds even in quick attention mode, allowing you to use the headset’s built-in microphone in multiple ways.
The Razer Opus features a leatherette cover for the headband and earcups, and a memory foam pad for the ears. While Bluetooth may be the star of the show (especially with support for AAC and aptX codecs), the Razer Opus provides a standard 3.5mm wired connection whenever you need it. Also, these headphones are USB-C charged, so you don’t have to carry an old micro USB cable to keep it charged.
3. Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
Best wireless noise canceling headphones
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
If noise canceling is a must-have feature, you’ll need to get the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700. Thanks to 8 mics and 11 customizable intensity levels, Bose’s noise-cancelling edge implementation surpasses Sony. There is also a great transparent mode that disables ANC and pauses music at the push of a button.
Unfortunately, its powerful noise canceling power limits the maximum battery life of the Bose 700 to about 20 hours. This is 10 hours shorter than the Sony WH-1000XM3. The good news is that this pair of wireless headphones is equipped with a beamforming microphone, which is great for reducing ambient noise when you’re on the phone.
4. Bose QuietComfort 35 II
Best closed back wireless headphones
Bose QuietComfort 35 II
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II is a pair of legendary wireless headphones that, despite their slightly longer teeth, have class-leading noise canceling and are significantly cheaper than the latest models. There’s no way to customize the EQ, so it delivers great sound right out of the box.
Thanks to the large luxury earcups, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II is wearable and has a 20 hour battery life, allowing you to enjoy long flights and road trips.
5. Grado GW100 wireless
Best open back wireless headphones
If noise canceling technology isn’t your priority and you want purely good sound, then the Grado GW100 Wireless is for you. Thanks to its unusual open back design, this wireless headset offers a very wide sound stage that enhances vocal and acoustic sounds.
Due to its open-back design, the Grado GW100 Wireless leaks a lot of noise and takes in as much as it does, making it ideal for outdoor use. Rather, it’s perfect for listening to Hi-Fi music and Tidal streaming at home.
6. Beat Solo 3 Wireless
The best wireless headphones for Apple users
Beats Solo 3 Wireless
The Beats Solo 3 Wireless is the closest pair of Airpods to your ear. It includes Apple’s W1 chip for seamless connection to Apple devices such as iPhone 11 Pro, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K.
It also gives you one of the longest battery life (up to 40 hours), and when connected for just 5 minutes, it can be charged for up to 3 hours. If you’re looking for something stylish, Beats Solo 3 Wireless also comes in a variety of color combinations.
7. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
The best high-end wireless headphones
Sennheiser Momentum 3
If you’re on the money, Sennheiser Momentum Wireless is the best high-end wireless Bluetooth headphones you can buy. The first striking thing about the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless is how stylish the leather and polished metal exterior is.
But apart from the flashy look, these wireless headphones provide a balanced sound and a well-range, fully customizable EQ. These wireless headphones sound as good as they look and can be purchased for $ 500.
8. Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BT
Best long lasting wireless headphones
Bluetooth headsets are being replaced by wired headsets every time, but even if they catch up with audio quality, they always need a battery. Many of the best wireless headsets are lucky to last 20 hours on charge. However, the Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BT beats its competitors with 70 hours of battery life.
It’s a Bluetooth era headset that doesn’t even include a 3.5mm audio port in case the battery runs out. It has a 70 hour battery life and needs to be recharged every weekend. Running out of battery is not a problem. Of course, the headset combines battery life with audio chops known as Audio-Technica, and support for the AAC codec allows iPhone users to further improve audio quality. Also, although these are large over-ear cans, they can be neatly folded for travel or twisted flat and hung around the neck.
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Kevin Lee is IGN’s hardware and Roundup editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam
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