With Apple standing firm on their decision to remove the headphone jack from their iPhones, if you want to stick with the brand, you’re going to have no option but to switch to wireless technology for your personal audio needs. So rather than fight the system, we’re embracing it, and checking out the best wireless headphones. From just a year ago the advancements made in bluetooth powered audio systems has come on in leaps and bounds, and some of the offerings from the big players with impress even the most diehard audiophiles.
Here are some of our top rated headphones and earphones for quality, durability, price and ease of use.
Bose SoundSport Pulse
Bose have once again impressed audiophiles with their entrance into the wireless bluetooth earphone market, and the SoundSport Pulse are, as the name suggests, a sports orientated earphone. Designed for maximum style, comfort and lasting power, The SoundSport Pulse combines all of Bose’s audio expertise that we love with the durability for even the most enthusiastic gym-goer.
Jabra Elite Sport
Originally born in 2016, the latest versions of the Jabra Elite Sport in-ear headphones feature a hugely improved battery life, are lighter, and fully waterproof. The charging case is a welcomed addition, and a range of interesting features are activated through the companies very own app, such as a heart rate monitor and audio coaching. The Jabra Elite Sport also comes complete with with interchangeable silicone ear pieces, allowing the perfect fit for any user. The sound quality is excellent, and we would recommend these ear phones for the more active and sporty user.
SoundMagic are a Japanese company that you may be forgiven for not knowing about, but these budget earphones have proudly earned their spot on our list. They’re one of the cheapest earphones on the market, but offer superior sound quality than those 3 or 4 times more expensive. They’re solid, comfortable and perfect for throwing in your gym bag or stuffing in your jacket pocket without the worry of costly damage.
AKG N60 NC Wireless
The AKG N60 NC Wireless earphones made it onto our list not only for their exceptional sound quality, but for their superior battery life. Giving you 15 hours of playback time on just a single charge means the AKG’s outlast all it’s competitors with ease. Featuring active noise cancelling functionality and a simple foldaway design, these earphones are a great all-round example.
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay E8
The Rolls-Royce of speakers and audio technology Bang & Olufsen have developed the E8s as a direct response to the Apple AirPods, and straight away we can see a clear winner. These sporty yet elegant truly wireless earphones are a design marvel, we love the way they look and feel, and the superior sound quality blows the competition out of the water. Featuring a magnetic carry case and tap gesture control, these are the most versatile option on our list.
Bowers & Wilkins P7
A Bowers & Wilkins sound system may adorn your Maserati or BMW, but they have been leaders in the personal audio sector for over 50 years, so they know a thing or two about headphones. The latest offering supersedes the very successful P5 Wireless Bluetooth headphones, with improvements including a higher emphasis on bass, a sleek aluminium casings, and improved battery life. The sound quality is supreme, and if over the ear headphones are your preference, these are our top pic of the bunch.
These wireless noise cancelling headphones from Sony are discreet, compact and comfortable, with the most advanced noise cancellation technology ever seen in a wireless earphone. Featuring Sony’s patented Sense Engine, as well as adaptive ambient sound control, these small miracles are perfect for a noisy commute, and won’t let you miss important announcement or distract your from urban danger.
Philips Fidelio M2BTBK
This entry from Philips may be an entry level price for high end personal audio, but the performance and quality is that of a much more expensive pair of head phones. These on-ear Fidelio range are the latest offering from tech giant Philips, and feature luxuriously soft memory foam pads, optimised 40-mm neodymium drivers, and Philip’s very Bass Reflex System, which regulates the air pressure within the internal chamber, providing the diaphragm with a controlled environment for optimal acoustic response. This all comes together to create a dynamic, exceptionally comfortable and loud set of headphones.