The best true wireless headphones of 2019

0
31


With so many excellent headphones, it's hard to limit things to a list of the best, especially since we can't check all the models in the market. But I will try anyway. We tend to focus on wireless headphones, and the true wireless connection in particular, yes, Apple AirPods have been incredibly popular in recent years, but the list also includes models over ear, over ear and even some economic models like " budget". "outstanding.

These are our current favorites (with waterproofing ratings included for in-ear models). Just keep in mind that 2020 will include an avalanche of new models, many of which we saw preview at CES in January.

Juan Garzón / CNET

The Sony WH-1000XM3, the third generation of excellent wireless noise canceling headphones from Sony, has a more comfortable fit and performs even better than its predecessor. With a great battery life, these are currently our best qualified noise canceling headphones, slightly surpassing Bose 700 noise canceling headphones, which are more expensive. Read our Sony WH-1000XM3 review.

Read our Sony WH-1000XM3 review.

Sarah Tew / CNET

Waterproof: yes (IPX4 classification – splash proof).

Even if they don't sound as magical as you would expect from a $ 249 model, the AirPods Pro is still a great pair of truly wireless headphones. This is largely due to its design and adjustment winners, improved bass performance, effective noise cancellation and excellent call quality. Yes, they are expensive at $ 250, but the good news is that you will use them so much that you will probably drain the battery (it degrades over time and is not replaceable) and you will have to buy a new pair in 18 to 24 months if you do not lose them first .

Read our review of Apple AirPods Pro.

Sarah Tew / CNET

Bose 700 noise canceling headphones, the long-awaited successor of its QuietComfort 35 II models, may not be a quantum leap forward, but offer slightly better sound quality, call and noise cancellation. Unfortunately, they cost $ 400, but they are great overall performance with up to 20 hours of battery life. I slightly prefer the design and fit of the Sony WH-1000XM3 (and a lower price), and although you can discuss which headphones sound better, one thing is for sure: this Bose works significantly better as a headset to make calls. For some people, it may be worth the additional cost.

Read our review Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700.

Waterproof: yes (IP55 classification: can withstand strong water jets).

At first glance, the Elite 75t, which was originally supposed to cost $ 200 but now sells for $ 180 (£ 170 and AU $ 299), looks more like an evolutionary update of the highly qualified Elite 65t. But the updates turn out to be a little more substantial than I thought. The smaller size of the Elite 75t (the buttons and case are 20% smaller than the Elite 65t), its longer battery life and USB-C charging are significant improvements. And then there are the smallest changes, such as the new design of the cargo box with magnets inside that makes it easier to open and close and keep the buds inside. While the Elite 75t is not as comfortable to use as the AirPods Pro and has no active noise cancellation, it sounds better, with a clearer overall sound and better bass definition, provided you get a tight seal. Just keep in mind that the Jabra Elite Active 75t arrives in February, adding a slightly better water resistance for $ 20 more.

Read our review Jabra Elite 75t.

Sarah Tew / CNET

Waterproof: yes (IPX5 classification: can withstand large splashes of water).

If you can't afford the AirPods Pro, the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 is a good alternative and a superior model for making calls. Like the AirPods Pro, they do a remarkably good job to dampen ambient noise (callers said they could hear me well even with a lot of street noise around me). While they don't have an active noise cancellation, they sound almost as good, fit comfortably and their noise isolation design passively seals a lot of ambient noise. They only cost $ 100.

Read our review Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2.

Sarah Tew / CNET

Waterproof: Do not (lacks IPX certification).

Thanks to the WF-1000XM3, Sony has finally become a player in the true field of wireless headphones (AirPod style). While this pair of headphones is not cheap, in terms of sound quality, they are the best wireless headphones at this price, matching and perhaps even exceeding the quality and performance of the most expensive competitors of Sennheiser, Beats, Master & Dynamic and Bang & Olufsen It also has a feature that these wireless headphones do not have: active noise cancellation technology to reduce ambient noise.

It is not stellar to make calls (their noise reduction capabilities should be better) and the headphones are not classified as sweat or water resistant. That said, I used them for light workouts with a little sweat in the gym without any problem. They use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC but not aptX.

Read our review of Sony WF-1000XM3.


Playing now:
See this:

The best true wireless headphones available now


10:03

Sarah Tew / CNET

Waterproof: yes (IPX7 classification: fully waterproof).

The most impressive of EarFun Free are the features: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C and wireless charging and full waterproofing (IPX7), according to your specifications. Do they sound fantastic? No, but they sound pretty good. They don't have the clarity of true high-end wireless headphones that cost $ 150 or more, but they do have powerful bass and enough details to avoid sounding boring. They are also quite solid to make calls. An excellent value at less than $ 50.

Read our review of EarFun Free.

Sarah Tew / CNET

The V-Moda M-200 ($ 350) is a wired headset and currently the only wired headset on this list. Launched at the end of 2019, it is a headset that sounds very clean and detailed with an excellent definition of bass that is also convenient to use. With 50mm drivers with neodymium magnets, CCAW voice coils and fine tuning by Roland engineers, yes, V-Moda is now owned by Roland, the M-200 is Hi-Res Audio certified by Japan Audio Society (JAS). Other V-Moda headphones tend to press the bass a bit, but this one has the most neutral profile you would expect from a studio monitor headset. It comes with two cables, one of which has a built-in microphone to make calls. It would be nice if V-Moda offered Lightning or USB-C headphone cables for smartphone users.

Sarah Tew / CNET

I am not a fan of cheap noise canceling headphones. In fact, I have been struggling to put together a list of models for a better summary of noise canceling headphones because there are so few that I would recommend buying them. But Anker Soundcore Life Q20 active noise cancellation hybrid headphones are an exception. They are quite decent for their normal list price of $ 60 and are often for sale for $ 10 less.

No, the Life Q20 doesn't sound as good as premium models like the Sony WH-1000XM3, but it sounds pretty good, which is all you can ask for at this price. It is fairly well balanced with a reasonable amount of clarity and low plumps that are not swollen or muddy (there is a bass boost or BassUp mode if you want additional bass help). It is also convenient to use, noise cancellation is acceptably effective, it is solid as a headset to make calls and the battery life is good at 40 hours. A simple carrying bag is included.

Sarah Tew / CNET

Waterproof: yes (IPX4 classification – splash proof).

Anker is best known for his valuable headphones, but he is trying to enter a more premium territory with his Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro headphones, which have a list price of $ 150. From the design point of view, they share some similarities with Sony's WF-1000XM3, although this model has no active noise cancellation. Anker says they have large 11mm drivers combined with Knowles balanced armor, with up to eight hours of battery life on a single charge (32 total hours of playback time with the case) and noise canceling microphones to help to reduce the ambient sound so that callers can hear it better. They are charged via USB-C and also support wireless charging.

They don't sound as good as the Sony WF-1000XM3, but they certainly sound like real premium wireless headphones, with rich sound that includes powerful bass performance and lots of detail. Some people may have some doubts about the adjustment: I had to provide my own XL tips to get an airtight seal and I found that Anker's Soundcore Liberty Air 2 was a bit more comfortable, but the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro is a good value. They also work very well to make calls (they do a good job reducing the background sound).

They use Bluetooth 5.0 with support for AAC and aptX.

read more

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here