Shopping for truly wireless earbuds? You’ve got an insane amount of choice, so how can you know what to pick? Let’s take a look at some of the buying considerations for truly wireless earbuds, then scope out our top choices for value, durability and sound quality.
First things first; truly wireless earbuds are earbuds that connect to a device, such as a mobile, laptop, tablet or games console, without using wires or cables. Typically, a wireless headset uses Bluetooth to connect to the device. “True” wireless headphones or earbuds, have no wires connecting them to each other. (A few years ago, there were some headphones that were “semi-wireless”, i.e. that had a wire connecting the two earbuds together, but these were not super practical and so don’t really exist anymore.)
Wireless earbuds are rechargeable, most often by using a charging cable that connects to a storage and charging case.
It’s no secret that wireless earbuds make your life easier. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of truly wireless headphones.
As technology advances, wireless earbuds are becoming increasingly standard for mobile devices with many phone manufacturers even removing the AUX plug from their phones.
Gone is the need to spend time and effort untangling your headphone cables and getting the wires caught up in your possessions. Wireless earbuds fit seamlessly into your everyday life.
Despite their small size, wireless headphones pack a real punch when it comes to audio quality. With huge advances in sound technology, wireless earbuds give you amazing audio, even without cables.
Truly wireless earbuds are so much more discreet than headphones with a band or cable. They can be slipped under your hair or a hat and worn anywhere, anytime. If you’re someone who likes to listen to music or a podcast while you work, earbuds are the perfect tool for discreet office listening.
It’s so much more convenient to use wireless earbuds if you need to block out noise when working from home. You can connect easily to any device and get quickly into the zone, making you more productive.
If you have an iPhone or a Macbook, the seamless integration of Apple AirPods Pro with your ecosystem is unparalleled. These buds are smart, and can connect to your device as soon as you put them in, and they know enough to pause music when you remove a bud to talk to someone. The updated design fits better into ears and seals out noise bleed, plus with the addition of ambient mode and noise cancelling, these are the total package.
Android lovers, these are for you. With perfect integration with your Android phone, these will connect instantly and they’re also smart enough to know when to stop the music. While they’re missing noise cancelling they do have ambient mode as well as smart alerts where they’ll tell you if they detect a siren or crying baby for example. Plus, they have a much subtler profile than AirPods do so they look less obvious when you’re wearing them.
The grandmamma when it comes to audio quality, Sennheiser’s Momentum 2 will rock your ears off. The sound quality is unparalleled, plus with noise cancelling, ambient mode and a sexy charging and storage case, these are the perfect pick for the listener who wants it all.
There are so many more brands of truly wireless headphones to choose from, from audio giants to small independent brands.
Sony has a big range of wireless headphones, plus Jabra has a particularly impressive range of true wireless buds. Active types should look to Jabra for their amazing features specifically adapted to working out. Skullcandy also produces affordable, good-quality headphones that are sure to make you stand out with their bright colours and quirky designs. When it comes to wireless headphones, we really are spoiled for choice! Before you buy, consider when and how you’ll be using the headphones in order to find a pair that will best suit your needs. Whether you want them for running and working out or for blocking out noise while you work from home, there’s a set of truly wireless headphones that will definitely make your life better.