The 10 Best Wireless Earbuds – July 2017
Not so long ago, wireless earbuds were the laughingstock of both the audiophile and tech worlds. They delivered astoundingly bad quality sound and fit so poorly in the average person’s ear that the user had to stay perfectly still in order to maintain even the slightest resemblance of a seal. Times have changed, however, and now there are quite of few remarkable wireless earbuds on the market—geared toward a number of different audiences and users. In addition to making life easier for the user by eliminating that pesky cord (how many times have you cursed that hellish tangle when you pull your earbuds from your pocket?), these earbuds often come packed with a wide range of handy features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, automatic power-on, remote control functions, and more. So don’t fear the wireless earbud. Instead, embrace this technology that has finally caught up with modern times and has claimed its rightful place among respected tech gadgets by picking up a pair today. Here are the Top Ten wireless earbuds on the market.
We realize that putting together a Top Ten list of the best wireless earbuds around isn’t really fair. Headphones are inherently personal, and each pair will inevitably have a different effect on each individual user. Variables such as fit, bass response, and midrange boosts all mean different things to different people, and trying to create a definitive list of the “best” headphones for everyone would be a fruitless endeavor. With that being said, we feel that this list is comprehensive when it comes to overall quality, comfort, and functionality.
With that little disclaimer in mind, we arrive first at these Otium Bluetooth Headphones, an amazingly comfortable, sweat-proof pair of earbuds that crank out incredibly well-defined sound and feature noise-cancelling technology.
Perhaps best suited for the workout-enthusiast who likes to sweat, these headphones do a fantastic job of staying in your ear no matter how much you move around, thanks mostly to the comfortable over-ear hooks that attach to the main buds. These Otium’s have some of the best, most defined bass response of any earbud we tested, which remains coherent and strong even at high volumes (a trait that is lost on some of the cheaper earbuds on the market).
The treble frequencies shine through nicely as well, and you never have to worry about your jams cutting out mid-jog thanks to a battery that can last a whopping eight hours during normal playback. These earbuds are also outfitted with voice-notification Bluetooth technology, which allows you to receive and dial calls with ease (the microphone is also top-notch).
And since you can pair these buds with two devices simultaneously, you don’t have to laboriously switch back and forth every time you want to swap out your audio source.
If you happen to live in a city, chances are you’ve seen these colorful buds protruding from some ears around town. And they’re popular for a reason. With amazingly clear, hi-fi sound, a stylish and unobtrusive design, and impressive noise cancellation technology, these HOPDAY Bluetooth Headphones should make you stand up and take notice.
Firstly, these earbuds just sound great. The bass response, while not exaggerated or “boomy,” is incredibly dialed in, and doesn’t obstruct the higher frequencies or midrange tones. We noticed just a slight lack of lower midrange frequencies with certain kinds of guitar-heavy music at high volumes, yet this is almost impossible to avoid with headphones of this size.
Secondly, these buds are amazingly comfortable. Unlike many earbuds that you have to force into your ear for a good fit, these seem to glide effortlessly into your ear while still managing to form a secure fit. And the noise-cancellation is impressive. When tested on a busy subway, for instance, practically all the standard underground transportation sounds—such as track rumblings, crying babies, door closings—were drowned out. (This feature is also incredibly helpful for frequent flyers.)
With an impressive battery life of around 5 hours during standard playback, you don’t have to worry about constantly charging these buds, and a remarkably lightweight and portable design means you can easily take these along for any adventure or workout routine. They’re also easy to use, with all the controls you need right on the earbud itself.
These crafty little earbuds are perhaps the most customizable on our list when it comes to fit and comfort. Inside the box, you’ll find rubber tips in XS/S/M/L, along with S/M/L in-ear hooks—so there’s really no reason why you won’t be able to fit these earbuds securely and comfortably in your ears. More importantly, however, these buds sound great. They have a delicate yet powerful high-end, controlled bass, and solid midrange frequencies, and don’t distort at high volumes. The 6mm drivers are powered by Bluetooth 4.1 technology, and can last for seven solid hours on a single charge. These buds are also water-resistant, which makes them perfect for exercise or rainy walks. The control panel, located on the left bud’s wire, handles everything from pausing your music to picking up calls, and is incredibly easy to navigate.
Next on our list we have the Hussar Magicbuds. These wildly popular earbuds are some of the best in the game—delivering top-notch sound while remaining secure and comfortable even during extreme movements. The ear hooks are made of silicone, which somehow manage to feel more secure yet less invasive than plastic, and all sonic frequencies seem to be well-represented, even at loud volumes. These Magicbuds also feature noise-cancelling technology, which does a great job at reducing background noise and eliminating distractions from your listening session. A Bluetooth wireless range of around 10 meters is likely more than you’ll ever need to stay connected to your audio source, and of course this Bluetooth technology also means that you can dial and pick up calls using voice prompts—a welcome addition for those of us who find that our hands are consistently busy. These buds also come with a durable a stylish carrying case, which is always helpful when it comes time to take them on the road.
These Soundmoov Wireless Earbuds are super sleek, stylish, and tiny. Yet don’t let their small size and humble appearance fool you—these buds pack a sonic punch. Although each bud is about the size of a quarter, they deliver an amazingly intense sound with incredible bass response. Our one small qualm with these buds is that they lack a certain degree of high-end definition, but this can almost certainly be overlooked unless you’re a true audiophile. The battery life of these buds is also relatively poor compared to the other buds on our list (around four hours), yet again this is to be expected from headphones that are so very small. They have a great fit, and pair easily with your Bluetooth-enabled devices. In the box, you’ll also find a compact storage case that doubles as a charging station, which is immensely cool.
These Syllable Wireless Earbuds are similar in style and functionality to the Soundmoov Wireless Earbuds, yet they manage to pack just a bit more sonic punch. In fact, if these earbuds were just a bit less expensive, they would have certainly ranked higher on our list. Using advanced DSP technology, these buds enhance the electricity of low frequency bands automatically—meaning that even when the volume is low, you can still hear (and feel) the low bass frequencies with crystal clarity. This is an incredibly cool and important feature, since a common instinct is to blast music to unsafe volumes if the bass isn’t coming through properly. And amazingly enough, this added bass clarity doesn’t interfere with the high frequencies, which manage to shine through regardless of the volume. All the standard Bluetooth 4.1 functionality applies, including standard phone dialing, and the carrying case once again acts as a charger as well—saving you time and space.
We come across yet another pair of astonishingly small yet mighty headphones, with the LEMFO Air-TWS Mini Bluetooth Earbuds. These little guys are quite popular among audiophiles and exercise enthusiasts alike, since they somehow manage to deliver quality sound while remaining firmly in place in your ears. They feature silicone ear caps (which are super comfortable) as well as a sound chip that blasts clear, unaccented frequencies at a wide range of volume. There is a slight lack of midrange frequencies when used at low volumes, yet this is more than made up for by the powerful low-end that resonates smoothly through the buds even at low volumes. These buds come with a handy charging and storage box, along with intelligent voice alerts that aid the pairing process. A single, multi-function key can also manage an impressive number of different functions.
These AYL Bluetooth Headphones are supremely cool, and are unsuspectingly secure during even the most vigorous exercises. They feature Bluetooth 4.1 and EDR APT-X audio decode technology, which gives them undeniably powerful sound quality, and CVC 6.0 digital noise-reduction technology intelligently filters out ambient noise, enabling clearer sound during calls and while listening to music. You can also pair these buds with any two Bluetooth-enabled devises simultaneously, and the pairing process is a breeze. These buds also have a more-then-respectable battery life of around 7 hours during normal playback and talk time, and all the controls you need are right on the buds themselves.
These AELEC S35 Headphones have a similar design to the AYL Bluetooth Headphones, and in fact have a similar feel as well. Another great match for joggers and exercise enthusiasts, these buds have a supremely secure fit thanks to discrete bands that conform to the shape of your ear without feeling uncomfortable or intrusive. We only have two small issues with these buds: 1) The mic was less-than-great, and sometimes gave way to a distorted sound, and 2) There is a slight lack of bass response, especially at low volumes. Yet these two problems should most certainly be overlooked by a potential buyer who simply wants a solid, reliable pair of Bluetooth headphones for the gym, especially given the price.
Last up we have the AUKEY Wireless Headphones, a stealthy pair of water-resistant earbuds that easily pairs with your devices and can crank out bass-heavy music with ease. These phones are also very comfortable, secure, and never cut out as long as you stay within a range of roughly 10 meters to your audio source. You can connect up to two devices simultaneously, and noise-cancelling technology ensures that even the most persistent background noises are eliminated as you listen to your music or make calls. An added plus is that the ear flaps, which keep the buds firmly in place, come in three sizes—meaning the chances of you not being able to form a good seal are practically nonexistent. In the box you’ll also find a micro-USB cable, three pairs of ear-tips, a carrying pouch, user manual, and a 24-month warranty card.