Updated January 01, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

The 9 Best Behind The Neck Headphones

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Behind the neck headphones come in a few flavors, ranging from wired on-ear headphones, to wireless earbuds with a neckband connector, with significant variance between the two. They are also not as easily lost as true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that are immensely popular, and very small. We've included a range of styles, at a variety of different prices to ensure you'll find the perfect pair. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Sony WI-1000X

2. Sony Lightweight

3. Anker Soundcore Life U2

Editor's Notes

December 30, 2020:

There are two kinds of headphones that run behind your neck. Traditional behind-the-neck models like the Sony Lightweight and Besign SH03, and wireless neckband earbuds like the Anker Soundcore Life U2 and Mpow Jaws. Of course, at the top of the list, the Sony WI-1000X should satisfy all but the most demanding audiophiles, and they're among the less common variety that also has active noise canceling. The minimalist Beats Flex are also a highly reliable choice that most people will be happy with. The Philip ActionFit and Phaiser BHS-530 - the first wired, the second wireless - combine the two styles, by putting in-ear monitors at either end of a neckband.

November 20, 2018:

Choosing headphones is a very personal thing. Sound quality is generally subjective, since no two people will hear and experience music in the exact same way. Also, users have different needs from them. Some may want a highly durable and water-resistant pair for working out, while another person may just need something very discreet to wear when walking around town. For these reasons, we did our best to include a nice variety of models so hopefully there should be at least pair one to suit everybody.

4. Beats Flex

5. Mpow Jaws

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6. AfterShokz Aeropex

7. Besign SH03

8. Phaiser BHS-530

9. Philips ActionFit


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on January 01, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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