Bluetooth is no longer an inferior option for headphone sound quality. With the advent of newer devices and more sophisticated audio processing and transmission, there are many Bluetooth headphones that will serve you well without wires.
These cans offer a wide range of choices whether you are looking for on-ear or over-ear cans. So browse through our selection and find out what your next wireless headphones should look like. Here is our pick of the best.
- 1 Headphones with Bose Noise Canceling 700
- 1.1 Sony WH-1000XM4
- 1.2 Sony WH-CH710N
- 1.3 Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
- 1.4 Beats Solo Pro
- 1.5 Sennheiser HD 450BT
- 1.6 B and O BeoPlay H9i
- 1.7 V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition
- 1.8 Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3
- 1.9 Nuraphone
- 1.10 Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT
- 1.11 Master and Dynamic MW65
- 1.12 True wireless headphones: Completely wireless
- 1.13 Lightning headphones: great sound for the iPhone
- 1.14 Important tip: test headphones before buying!
Headphones with Bose Noise Canceling 700
Following the success of the earlier QC35, the newer Bose 700 over-ears are moving up a gear. A seamless design, great noise cancellation to turn off external sound, and loud and proud sound quality without wires (however, a spare 2.5-3.5mm cable is included in the carry case). The battery life is also around 18 hours. This makes these headphones our favorite over-ear headphones for on the go.
- Over-ear versions completely surround the ear and lie comfortably on the head. In addition, they shield the eavesdroppers from ambient noise in this way, which is indispensable for music enthusiasts. However, over-ears can also make you sweat.
- As the name suggests, on-ear models sit on the ear. There they like to press on the auricle in the long term and are therefore somewhat more uncomfortable to wear. They are often slimmer than over-ears.
- Open headphones allow sound waves to pass in both directions: ambient noise remains audible and the user does not feel completely cut off from the outside world. Open headphones are only suitable to a limited extent for mobile use, because they also provide sound to those sitting next to you on the train.
- Closed headphones hardly allow any music to escape and reduce ambient noise.
Sony created the other best over-ear noise canceling headphones that we tested. The 1000XM4 are particularly clever when it comes to noise cancellation and offer different modes through which speech can (or not) be transmitted.
You can even gauge the pressure to have the perfect profile on the plane, which makes them great travel headphones. Bluetooth support for aptX HD means the highest quality without cables. If the 30 hour battery runs out, you can still plug it in and listen passively with decent results.
If you are on a modest budget, Sony offers the WH-CH710N great value for money. We can’t think of better bluetooth enabled cans for the cost. Sure, you won’t get aptX HD like many of the more expensive alternatives below, but the noise cancellation is on board and the WH-CH710N is small, portable, has enough bass, and is well designed.
In terms of price, these headphones offer an excellent price-performance ratio. You have a lot of influence while there is also excellent balance and precision. They are comfortable to wear even for long periods of time and have excellent battery life.
Our only problem is that they are quite large physically, so they are much better suited to a home environment – you will likely find them a bit big to travel with. The design is therefore a bit out of date. We also miss the noise cancellation, but if they did they would be more expensive as a result.
Beats Solo Pro
You don’t need to have a multitude of Apple devices to get the most out of these cans. However, Solo Pro’s integration of the H1 chip means it seamlessly pairs with your iPhone, iPad, and Mac without having to mess around to make that wireless connection.
The Solo Pro sounds great too. So, if you’re looking for on-ear headphones that aren’t as comfortable as an over-ear solution in the long run, then the Beats are a great option.
Sennheiser HD 450BT
If you have a budget that doesn’t reach audiophile levels but still want great headphones, these Sennheiser are a great choice.
The sound is excellent, especially for the price, and the battery life is similarly impressive. You get solid noise cancellation that rounds off a really decent package.
B and O BeoPlay H9i
It would be too easy to criticize the Bang and Olufsen BeoPlay H9 for the high price and the noise cancellation that is too subtle for some. But that would be short-sighted: because the H9i are killer over-ear headphones.
Indeed, the audio quality is immense, with punchy bass levels and a wide soundstage thanks to those huge ear cups. The downside is that Bluetooth doesn’t last as long as the competition (but there is a 3.5mm jack for passive wired listening) and the noise cancellation won’t please frequent flyers because of its subtlety.
V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex Edition
As much as we liked the original, the latest Codex Edition Crossfade 2 Wireless adds aptX for high-quality Bluetooth and beats it out of the park when it comes to impressive low-end bass. The industrial design makes them stand out compared to the competition, however there is no active noise cancellation and the design is a bit tricky compared to some.
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3
These wireless noise-canceling headphones are packed with smart features and high-end features, and they look great thanks to their high-quality materials. The size of the ear cups means great comfort, but of course a significant physical size.
Ok, so they’re not just over the ear, because the Nura combines in-ear fittings in the over-ear auricles. It’s a unique design but one with a purpose: it makes for bespoke sound as these cans can read the shape of your ears and adjust the sound profile accordingly.
They look weird, they feel pretty strange, but the sound quality is from another planet.
The DSR9BT is a high-end headphone only for Bluetooth and was developed for audiophile listeners who do not want wired nonsense.
In fact, there is no 3.5mm jack here. These AT-Over-Ears are extremely comfortable to wear and, like no other headphones on the market, are equipped with a Dnote chipset, which Audio-Technica calls the Dnote chipset, and four voice coils in the 45mm drivers of the headphones for has optimal dynamics and clarity. And they sound really amazing: you won’t get a lot of bass, but the low-end is tight and neutral, while the high-end has a sharpness and timbre beyond anything we’ve ever heard.
Master and Dynamic MW65
Yes, they are expensive headphones, but they sound great and have effective active noise cancellation (ANC). They look really nice too, with high quality materials like aluminum and leather. There is no plastic here.
The downside is that they are expensive compared to the Sony and Bose ANC models, while some weaknesses like walking resonance remain. However, the quality of workmanship offered here is absolutely superb and we think it’s brilliant.
True wireless headphones: Completely wireless
Lightning headphones: great sound for the iPhone
Important tip: test headphones before buying!
Bowers and Wilkins PX
The active noise-canceling wireless headphones market has grown rapidly lately, so it made a lot of sense for Bowers and Wilkins to finally get a foothold a few years ago.
B and W come from a truly audiophile perspective – aptX HD features for high definition audio without wires – and the PX is a superb high-end alternative to the Bose, Sony and Beats competition (as featured as well), both in terms of Style as well as audio capability.