For anyone who enjoys the concept of listening to music and working out at the same time, having a pair of good wireless earbuds is something that happens to be extremely necessary.
Now a lot of people actually wonder why not proper full sized headphones?
… and while they will work without any issue, the whole presence of having a cable, and the sheer size of the headphone can be an obstacle in a proper workout situation.
That is why the best bet is to spend some money on a pair of wireless earbuds, they range from being inexpensive to high end and for anyone who wants to have the best listening experience.
Now when it comes to buying wireless earbuds, the whole experience is somewhat different than buying a pair of wired headphones.
Best Wireless Earbuds 2017
You see, proper, wired headphones don’t have a lot of specifics, and while you still need to keep the technical details like impedance in mind as well as the size of the drivers, you are good to go.
However, when it comes to wireless earbuds, you need to keep some pretty good amount of details in mind in order to be able to easily purchase a good pair of wireless earbuds to make the experience a lot easier…
We have decided to take a look at some informative sections that make buying the wireless earphones a lot easier.
So, now that we are done with some formal introduction… we can start looking at the comparison table and I will provide you more information that is going to help you in the Buyer’s Guide later.
|Device Name||Weight||Wireless range||Battery life|
|Jaybird x3 Sport|
|13.6 grams||98 feet||8 Hrs|
|SENSO Bluetooth Headphones||8.7 grams||30 feet||8 Hrs|
|Bose SoundSport Wireless (Editor’s Choice)||23 grams||30 feet||6 Hrs|
|HearFuse||22.3 grams||32 feet||5 Hrs|
|SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones||14 grams||32 feet||6 Hrs|
|Anker SoundBuds NB10||17 grams||33 feet||5 Hrs|
|LG Electronics Tone Pro||250 grams||33 feet||10.5 Hrs|
|Samsung Level U Pro||181 grams||33 feet||9 Hrs|
|Sony Wireless||36 grams||33 feet||8.5 Hrs|
|Plantronics BackBeat Go 2||22.6 grams||33 feet||4 Hrs|
1. Jaybird x3 Sport – Best Sports Headphones
Jaybird is just one of the companies that have perfected the art of wireless earphones, their wireless earphones have been around for years, and the X series is known for being one of the best. Although Jaybirds can be classified as pricier than the rest of the wireless earphones, they justify the price by delivering some great features.
Today, we are going to be looking at their latest and greatest; the Jaybird X3; for those who don’t know, the X3s are basically the third iteration in the series that has enjoyed quite a lot of success. For starters, you are getting the same amazing sweat proof design and some nice upgrades.
Last but not the least, since Jaybird is now owned by Logitech, there are some tweaks that are made in the 6mm drivers. Meaning that you can expect a better sound. As far as the performance goes, the Jaybirds X3 are perhaps one of the best sounding wireless earphones, however, you should keep in mind that if you’re used to a fuller sound signature, you may not find it here since these are just wireless earphones.
The earphones provide impressive noise cancellation; however, it may be a safety concern for runners because they manage to block a fair amount of noise from the outside world. In addition to that, you should also know that the wireless earphones come with a nice carrying pouch.
All in all, the Jaybirds X3 are wonderfully made wireless earphones that get the job done in more ways than one; they sound wonderful, and they’re really easy to carry. However, the downsides are there as well; for starters, they aren’t as comfortable as we would want them to be, and that’s about it.
2. SENSO Bluetooth Headphones – Extremely budget Friendly (Under $40)
The next up we are looking at something unconventional, as a website who’s known for doing a lot of reviews, people have complained about how we are always looking at the high end stuff, and missing out on some great value oriented products.
Well, today, we are bringing you the budget friendly SENSO Bluetooth Headphones.
Now the good thing is that these earphones don’t really cost a lot, and while we were reluctant in testing them because we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into, the testing went really, really well, and we were actually surprised by just how good the earphones were.
With that said, you’d be surprised just how well the design is, it’s definitely not outspoken, and it’s a good sing. The whole design language follows a simple black colour scheme with red; nothing fancy. Needless to say, Senso has done a great job keeping everything as minimal as possible.
The headphones come with a nice carrying case, you also get a total of 3 ear-tips of different sizes, and in case you are worried about the fit, the earphones do have a soft textured, flexible ear clips on both sides to make the fit a lot easier to control.
Senso was also nice enough to provide you with a small car charger that you can use to charge the earphones in the car, this is something very unusual, but needless to say, we appreciate this gesture, and believe that more companies should start adopting this trend.
As for Senso earphones, the good thing is that they can deliver actual high fidelity sound quality, something that we love a lot. Sure, you’re not going to get the same performance you get from the really high end earphones, but what you’re getting is more than enough.
Another good thing is that these earphones come with IPX7 rating, meaning that you won’t have to worry about wearing them during your intense workout sessions because they’ll work really, really well.
3. Bose SoundSport Wireless – Expensive yet Premium Quality
The next up, we are taking a something from Bose, now you need to know that Bose is just one of the few companies that are known for revolutionizing sound. Now this may seem like an exaggeration, but in all honesty, Bose is widely known in the audio industry for creating some of the finest wireless earphones, and in addition to that, they are also known for perfecting what we know as active noise cancellation.
The earphones we are looking at today are known as the Bose SoundSport Wireless, and as the name suggests, these earphones are basically made for people who prefer working out and listening to their favorite music with it. Do keep in mind that these earphones are pretty expensive, but it’s understandable considering we’re talking about Bose and their legendary quality.
With that said, the SoundSport Wireless is available in 2 flavours, you get the traditional black colour, but if you’re a bit too sporty, you can go for the aqua colour. With that said, you should know that there’s no real difference between the performance of both the variations.
A great thing about the earphones is that they are also very, very comfortable, and one shouldn’t really have any issues wearing for longer periods of time. Another good thing is that the earphones managed to work really well even as a headset for making calls mainly because the microphone is pretty decent for phone calls.
Last but not the least, the Bose SoundSport Wireless actually does come with a decent battery life; and by decent we basically mean that you get 6 hours of battery life, however, keep in mind that your mileage may vary depending on the loudness you’re playing the music on.
If you are okay with this small inconvenience, then you should know that the Bose SoundSport Wireless are amazing in pretty much every other regard.
4. HearFuse – True Wireless Earbuds
The world of wireless audio is wonderful, and while we are still taking slow steps towards going true wireless, the future isn’t that far off. True wireless is something that is already here, and after Apple, more and more companies are trying their best to perfect it even further.
The product we are looking at today is called HearFuse True Wireless earbuds, these are perhaps the smallest true wireless earbuds that we have had the chance to see so far, and they are rather attractive. However, looks aren’t going to win them anything until they show promising performance.
For starters, the earbuds ship with Bluetooth 4.2 to in order to make things sweeter, the earbuds offer a sweat proof design, meaning that your workout sessions won’t be able to do much damage to the earphones.
Thanks to the latest Bluetooth tech, the battery life can reach up to 5 hours of music playback, and 120 hours of standby, something that we find pretty impressive to begin with. In addition to that, the earphones offer innovative control where you can take calls, play, or pause music just by tapping on the earbuds, and last but not the least, you also get noise cancellation in order to enjoy the music you want to enjoy.
Overall, the HearFuse True Wireless Earbuds are pretty decent, they sound really good and fulfilling with keeping their size in mind. However, there is one thing that we don’t like, they don’t really charge with a charging cradle unlike some of the other true wireless earphones.
As a matter of fact, they charge using a proprietary connector to a standard USB connector, something that we found extremely odd. If yo’re okay with that, then the HearFuse True Wireless earbuds are certainly worth checking out.
We can assure you that you won’t be disappointed at all.
5. SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones – Extremely Small in Size
For those wondering, SoundPEATS is a relatively new company in the market that is aimed at providing quality audio at a lower price point.
The company prides itself for being great mainly because they want to deliver the wireless experience to the general consumers without really breaking the bank.
Now the thing with SoundPEATS Q29 is that they are actually quite small, believe it or not, they are smaller than the AirPods and that’s saying something. They neatly come packaged in a rather small and compact box, and are enclosed in a carrying case that doubles up as a charging cradle. However, the important thing that you should know here that you need to take care of these because losing them is pretty easy.
The box also contains some booklets, as well as some ear tips for the adequate size. Now as far as the performance goes, they sound pretty decent for their size; there’s no way you can compare them to the actual, full sized headphones, but what you’re getting for your money here is more than enough.
Comfort is another thing that these earphones get wrong, their small and lightweight design will let you wear them with great ease and not really creating any issues. So, without any worries, you can have an amazing experience.
6. Anker SoundBuds NB10 – Who doesn’t knows Anker?
Next up, we are going to look at something surprising. For those who don’t know, Anker happens to be one of the best companies when it comes to creating power banks and chargers.
However, when Anker decided to release a pair of wireless earphones we were genuinely excited because the company is known for producing some of the products that are known to us.
We quickly got our hands on the aptly named SoundBuds NB10, and decided to put them through their paces. Are they any good? Well, that’s exactly what we are going to find out.
So, without further ado, let’s begin, shall we?
The SoundBuds NB10 sound surprisingly good; no, we are not comparing these to some really, really high end earphones. As a matter of fact, we are talking about some of the other earbuds in the same price range. While the sound is nothing spectacular, when you look at the price you’re paying is a lot more justified than some would admit.
Another good thing is that these earphones have a pretty decent fit, that is comfortable, and at the same time, very stable. This creates a really nice seal around your ears, blocking all the possible out noise as possible. Do keep in mind that the active noise cancellation is still passive, so it won’t be creating any artificial effect.
Moving on, the battery life is 3.5 hours on moderate volumes, and while this may seem low, this is something very common in earphones. If it makes you feel better, the true wireless earphones have a smaller battery life than this.
7. LG Tone Pro – Neckband Design Earphones
It’s always nice to see OEMs working hard to reach out to their customers in different ways; instead of sticking to their traditional smartphones, LG decided to take a different route and presented us with their own version of amazing wireless earphones named the LG Tone Pro. Now this isn’t the first time an OEM has released their own earphones, so we were generally excited to see how this works out.
The Tone Pro is basically based on the neckband design where a unit comfortably sits on your neck, and earphones come out of it, and while it isn’t the true wireless design, and it may look a bit ridiculous to some, the good thing is that the strange neckband actually hosts all the controls for your earphones.
Apart from just hosting the controls, the neckband is also equipped with a vibrator that goes off every time there’s a notification. Now this isn’t something that is super useful to someone who is just enjoying music on their device, but the fact that this feature exists is more than welcome.
LG has clearly made these earphones for people who like to be active and workout, these earphones do support Bluetooth 4.1 and technologies such as aptX, so that makes sure that your listening experience goes as smooth as possible.
As far as the sound quality is concerned, the LG Tone Pro sound really good, as a matter of fact, if you have used the LG QuadBeats, the sound is a lot similar, however, the real advantage here is that the Tone Pro are actually wireless, and well, they generally look a lot cooler than the QuadBeats.
8. Samsung Level U Pro – Extremely Budget friendly Neckband Design
So, it’s safe to say that LG wasn’t the only company that wanted to create their own breed of wireless earphones. Soon after LG, Samsung followed suit and released their own pair of wireless earphones called the Samsung Level U Pro.
Now, there are a lot of good things about this pair of wireless earphones, however, at the same time, there are some downsides too. For starters, they are following the neck band style of design that we don’t really approve mainly because the neck band looks a bit out of the place.
However, you should know that there are a number of good things that make the Samsung Level U Pro a pretty decent pair of wireless earphones. For starters, the design is a lot more futuristic on the neckband, and allows it to blend in easily.
The whole neck band is very lightweight and follows a sweat proof design, making sure that even if you’re working out, it won’t’ really go through any issues. The neck band manages to give you a pretty decent amount of vibration whenever there’s a notification coming.
As for the performance side of things, you’d be glad that the Samsung Level U Pro happens to be one of the better sounding wireless earphones in the market. Sure, it’s not the top of the line sound but what you’re getting here is rather decent for the amount of money you’re paying. Plus, the earphones happen to be pretty comfortable so you won’t really face any issues even if you wear them for a longer period of time.
9. Sony Wireless – Stylish, Cheap and Sturdy
As you can tell, we are heading close to the ending of this list with just one more product left to review after the Sony MDRXB50BS. Now the good thing about Sony’s MDR series is that the series is known to create some really, really good wireless earphones that a lot of people are often inclined towards.
Needless to say, the MDR series is perhaps one of the most diverse series when it comes to the number of products in the series. The one we are looking at today is in-ear wireless earphones that are pretty good when it comes to providing a decent amount of bass performance, and at the same time, they work rather well.
Now the good thing is that these earphones are NFC capable, and they boast one of the best battery endurances that we have seen in our list so far. In case you are wondering. You can get about 8.5 hours of battery life at moderate volume levels, and a slightly lower if you crank up the volume to the maximum level.
Another good thing about this pair of earphones is that it has a pretty sizeable amount of bass to it, and while this is certainly surprising, some users may prefer a balanced sound signature. Still, it’s nice to see that Sony is selling short on the amount of features that they want to cram into the XBS0BS.
Moving on, the earphones are pretty comfortable to wear even for a longer time, so you won’t be having any issues with the comfort level. At this point, it’s pretty safe to say that Sony has done a wonderful job in creating the MDRXB50BS; they are comfortable, lightweight, they sound amazing, and they have one of the best battery lives we have seen.
10. Plantronics Back Beat Go 2 – Sweet looking Earphones which sound Average
We’re finally on the lasts product in on our list, and this time, we are looking at the Plantronics BackBeat Go 2; for those who don’t know, Plantronics happens to be one of the best companies when it comes to audio products, and their BackBeat Go 2 is not a different story, as it is easily one of best wireless earphones in the market. Why are they so good? Let’s find out, shall we?
Now the good thing here is that Plantronics has decided to follow a rather simple suit instead of being all out fancy with the BackBeat Go 2; which means that your earphones look simple, but at the same time, are quite a performer.
As far as the sound is concerned, it’s safe to say that the BackBeat Go 2 can’t get that wrong at all; they sound amazing, and the overall sound signature is balanced. While people are more inclined towards performance that has more bass, the fact that the sound is balanced here is an added bonus.
Another great thing is that considering how these earphones have been designed for people who work out a lot, and remain active they have a sweat proof design, and at the same time, are pretty comfortable to wear for longer periods of time, thanks to their lightweight design.
Wireless Earphones – Buyer’s Guide
Sure, the sound quality isn’t as good as the wired counterparts, however, to say that the wireless earbuds aren’t any good are seriously wrong.
Wireless earbuds and headphones used to suffer from a lot of problems in the past, but they have become comparatively better in the modern day and age.
To be fair, wireless audio equipment is actually a lot closer to their wired counterpart than it used to be in the old days. With that out of the way, today, we are going to take a look at some of the advantages of buying wireless earbuds.
These advantages will basically help you in understanding that the wireless earbuds aren’t really bad, they’re just for people who want to be active or don’t like to have wires coming in their way.
Sure, it’s safe to say that even the wired earbuds are pretty easy to carry, however, the main thing that creates the most amount of the difference between wireless and wired is obviously the fact that wireless earbuds don’t really have any wires.
You’re left with a small wire that is connecting both of the earbuds and that’s about it; this means that there is absolutely no tangling between the wires, and the overall ease of access just increases by many folds.
Sure, you can carry a pair of earbuds in your pocket as well, however, the important thing that you should keep in mind is that the wired pair is more likely to get all tangled up than a wireless pair, and that is something
This alone acts as something that makes up a deal for a lot of people who are looking for a good pair of earbuds but are confused whether or not they should opt for a wireless option or a wired one, something a lot of people need to keep in mind.
Considering how most people actually go for wireless earphones because they are better and easier to manage while working out, it’s no surprise that managers like to make sure that the consumers are getting the most out of their product.
Case in point is the fact that wireless earphones actually come with a sweat proof design that helps them work even when a person is sweating. Now if you compare a sweat proof design with wired earphones, the feature alone decides whether or not you can use your earphones while working out.
You should also keep in mind that some manufacturers have even gone to the point of completely making their wireless earphones completely waterproof. As a matter of fact, Sony once decided to sell their waterproof Walkman along with the earphones in a canister filled with water.
Just make sure that the pair of wireless earbuds you’re buying actually does support the sweat- proof design that is really revered among the majority of athletes and fitness conscious people.
While this feature is somewhat available in most of the wired earbuds, active noise cancellation is one of those features that is considered to be a selling point of wireless earbuds as well as full sized wireless headphones.
For those who don’t know, active noise cancellation uses special circuitry to make sure that the outside noise is completely blocked off, this means that you can’t hear outside world to a point that if you focus, you just may be able to hear your own heartbeat.
This feature has its fair share of haters, but for those who like to have a really immersive experience with the music they want to listen to, nothing really gets better than active noise cancellation because you’re getting an amazing listening experience that wired earphones can’t really provide on a regular basis.
So, that’s another big advantage of spending money on a wireless pair of earbuds.
Things you should look in Wireless Earbuds
Now that you have taken a look at all the major benefits of buying wireless earbuds.
We can start and look at some of the actual things that you should look for in a wireless pair of earbuds.
In all honesty, buying a pair of wireless earbuds isn’t all that difficult.
Especially if you are someone who has bought these in the past… However, if you are someone who’s relatively new to the field of wireless earphones, then you should know that there is quite a bit of struggle when buying a pair of wireless earbuds.
With that said, you shouldn’t worry because the sole purpose of this article is to make sure that you are thoroughly helped with your quest of finding the best wireless earbuds that you’re looking for. So, without wasting anymore time, let’s take a look at some of the things you should look for in a pair of wireless earbuds.
First things first, when buying a pair of wireless earphones, the most important thing that you should look for is the fit and comfort of the earphones. Now, this is something that’s important because unlike the full sized headphones, the earbuds largely rely on their fit to provide the maximum amount of passive noise isolation.
Even if your earbuds have the active noise cancellation, it’s important that they have a good fit; most earbuds come packaged with multiple ear tips that are even made out of different materials. So, the good thing is that you can easily find the right fit.
As for the comfort, this is basically something that we need regardless of what you’re buying, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting full sized headphones, wired earphones, or even wireless earbuds, having the maximum comfort is something that should be the top priority.
So, whenever you’re looking for earbuds, just make that the review you’re reading does mention that the comfort level of the earphones you’re looking at is good enough. If not, then there’s no point in actually spending money on the earphones.
One important thing you should know is that battery life on the wireless earbud will be drastically different than battery life on the wireless headphones. That’s mainly because the size of the earphones is drastically smaller than what you normally get on the headphones. However, the good thing is that majority of modern earphones can easily get about 10 hours of battery life.
With that out of the way, you should know that whenever you’re about to buy a pair of earphones, the battery is really important to consider. The battery is largely dependent on the Bluetooth technology as well, so the newer the Bluetooth version is, the better the battery life.
So, make sure that you’re already aware of these things when you go ahead and buy yourself a pair of wireless earphones.
When you’re buying a wireless pair of earphones, it’s safe to say that you’re going to spend a lot of money, so, it’s safe to say that you should get your money’s worth, right? When buying a pair of wireless earphones, make sure that it’s equipped with latest technologies that can help you improve the sound experience, and in addition to that, also make sure that your overall experience is a lot better.
With that said, if you’re not aware of the technologies you should be looking for, you can actually check out technologies that are important in a pair of Bluetooth earphones. So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
- aptX: A lot of people don’t know, but aptX is basically as modern audio codec compression by Qualcomm. Now when it comes to compression, Bluetooth is simply not fast enough, and that’s why larger files may not play properly. However, having aptX will make the job a lot easier; at the same time, you need to make sure that your device may not support it, but your laptop or your car will most probably support this technology.
- Bluetooth Versions: Another important thing that you should look for when buying a pair of wireless earphones is obviously the Bluetooth version, while a lot of people don’t stress enough over these, it’s really important to make sure that your wireless earphones are equipped with the latest version of Bluetooth.
The latest version happens to be Bluetooth 5.0 and the only device equipped with this is the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Now the important thing that you need to keep in mind about the versions is that the latest versions have better connectivity as well as battery life. That’s why the Bluetooth version matters a lot.
Another really important feature that you should absolutely take into account when buying a pair of wireless earphones is the active noise cancellation. A feature that has been popular for quite some time, and actually is really useful for people who like to have the most amount of noise cancellation.
Active noise cancellation works through electronic circuitry that manages to block all the outside noise, this ends up creating one of the best listening experiences that you can get on a pair of wireless earbuds. So, whenever you’re out in the market looking for a good wireless earphones pair, make sure that they do come with active noise cancellation, because they’ll only make your experience a lot easier.
Now that we have seen some of the important features that you should look for in a pair of wireless earphones, we can finally start looking at our top picks of the best wireless earphones that you can buy. So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
So, there you have it, folks! Ten of the best wireless earphones tried and tested in order to help you make the best possible decision. Now you should keep in mind that finding a winner wasn’t easy, however, the one pair of earphones that managed to stand out was none other than the Sony MDRXB50BS.
Thanks to the amazing bass performance, brilliant battery life, and overall great comfort across the board, choosing the MDRXB50BS as our favorite pick wasn’t really a difficult decision. We hope the list helped you as much as it was intended to.
In case you feel that we left out some other great wireless earbuds, feel free to let us know.
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