The 10 Best Wireless Headphones

Updated December 15, 2016 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 38 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Enjoy your music and videos wherever you go with a pair of these iPhone 7-compatible wireless headphones that give you the ability to cut the cord from your device and enjoy freedom of movement without getting tangled up. We've included reasonably-priced models through to superior performing pairs that any audiophile would be proud to own. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best wireless headphone on Amazon.

10. Jabra Move

Compatible with the iPhone 7 and the newest Samsungs, the Jabra Move are convenient and ultra durable for travel, featuring a stainless steel headband and dirt resistant fabric on the earcups. They provide up to 8 hours talk time/music time and 12 days of standby time.
  • include optional cord
  • adjustable headband fits everybody
  • earpiece does not cover entire ear
Brand Jabra
Model MOVE
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Beats Solo3

The Beats Solo3 feature an illuminated LED fuel gauge, on-ear volume controls, and plenty of earcup padding to buffer outside noise. They also have a multi-day 40-hour battery life, which isn't found in any other model, and can activate Siri when needed.
  • compatible with apple and android
  • comfortable flexible headband
  • have too much plastic in their build
Brand Beats
Model MP582LL/A
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. Bowers & Wilkins P5

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 use high-quality Bluetooth aptX to stream Hi-Fi audio from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Their loudspeakers offer precise diaphragm movement to provide crisp sound quality, and they are also available in a wired model for a lower cost.
  • include universal and usb cables
  • best-in-class acoustic design
  • comfortable swiveling earcups
Brand Bowers & Wilkins
Model P5 Wireless Headphone,
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Sennheiser PXC 550

The Sennheiser PXC 550 feature Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology that allows them to pair quickly with the iPhone 7 and other new smartphones. They have very intuitive user controls, including voice prompts, touch controls, and smart pause.
  • exceptional vocal clarity on calls
  • dynamic closed-back design
  • fantastic sound quality for music
Brand Sennheiser
Model PXC 550 Wireless
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. Plantronics Backbeat Sense SE

The Plantronics Backbeat Sense SE have a streamlined and ergonomic design that feels lightweight on the head, making them ideal for long periods of use. They feature a 330-foot Bluetooth range and are compatible with the newest smartphones, including the iPhone 7.
  • pillow-soft memory foam cushions
  • water resistant splashproof coating
  • compact design is easy to transport
Brand Plantronics
Model 202649-21
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Bose QuietComfort 35

The Bose QuietComfort 35 feature a volume-optimized EQ for balanced audio performance, have an exceptionally long 20-hour battery life, and offer some of the best noise cancellation effects. They are available in either black or white.
  • noise-rejecting dual-microphones
  • easy bluetooth and nfc pairing
  • include an airline adapter
Brand Bose
Model 759944-0010
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Skullcandy Grind

The Skullcandy Grind offer value that is hard to beat. They have a 12-hour battery life, 40 mm audio drivers tuned with Skullcandy's Supreme Sound, and a durable metal headband that can stand up to rigorous use on a daily basis.
  • compatible with iphone 7
  • available in 6 color combinations
  • integrated remote on the earcups
Brand Skullcandy
Model S5GBW-J543
Weight 14.1 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Sony MDR1000X/C

The Sony MDR1000X/C eliminate noise in all conditions, but have a neat feature that lets you instantly hear any sounds around you by simply cupping your hand over the right earcup. Plus, the voice mode automatically lowers your music if there are announcements.
  • 40 mm high sensitivity drivers
  • frequency response up to 40 khz
  • tap to answer or hang up calls
Brand Sony
Model MDR1000X/C
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Samsung Level On

The Samsung Level On have a very sleek look with their smooth curves and single color design. They are very lightweight and have a padded headband that makes them comfortable to wear for hours on end. In addition, they can fold up for travel.
  • premium aptx sound technology
  • also allow for wired connections
  • smart touch button-free controls
Brand Samsung
Model EO-PN900BWEGUS
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

The Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 are a stylish option that sound as good as they look. They feature Noise Gard hybrid active noise cancellation technology, ensuring you hear every nuance of your music without disturbing anybody else, and an impressive 22-hour battery life.
  • 2 built-in microphones for calls
  • instantly pair to all smart devices
  • leather covered memory foam cushions
Brand Sennheiser
Model M2 AEBT Ivory
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

The Rise of Headphone Culture

Before headphones replaced shoulder-riding boomboxes, virtually eliminating music-made noise pollution on the streets of major cities around the world, headphones were made for work, not leisure.

Headphones were not originally designed for us to keep our music to ourselves. On the contrary, they were designed, in part, to allow late 19th-century telephone operators to cram into a single space like sardines in a can without fear of eavesdropping on other operators' calls and therefore dropping the ball on their own. Not only that, but an operator only has two hands and no longer having to hold a receiver to one ear allowed operators to work more quickly and more efficiently, reducing the number of operators required to connect calls as telephones became increasingly popular, everyday items.

Needless to say, the Navy took great interest in the first full pair of headphones invented in 1910 by Nathaniel Baldwin--a fundamentalist Mormon who got rich selling a hundred pairs only to go bankrupt funneling all of his proceeds into a campaign against monogamy. Due to the superior sound quality of Baldwin's invention, early radar technicians and, later, sonar technicians, could communicate through the din of naval artillery constantly firing overhead.

By the 1980s, headphones surged in popularity. The invention of the Sony Walkman allowed people to walk to work or ride the subway with a newfound lack of stress and frustration. What was once a chore of trying to ignore the oft-infuriating subject matter of private conversations held in public quickly became an enjoyable exercise in literally tuning people out.

Unfortunately, not getting caught up in small talk anymore meant getting caught up in wires, sometimes absurdly long, other times obnoxiously short. Figuring out what to do with your wires became a matter of fashion. There were hot-pink running suits with special pockets that carried your Walkman just a little bit closer to your ears, circular fanny packs to advertise the fact you had finally upgraded to a Discman, and even motorcycle jackets with holes near the collar so your wires don't flap in the wind. But as with all technology, practical solutions eventually rendered the fashionable ones obsolete.

Thanks to the introduction of portable mp3 players and wireless headphone technology in the early 2000s, you can now carry your music around in the tiny change pocket of your jeans and never have to worry about getting hung up on a doorknob. Better yet, you can even wear top-of-the-line stereo headsets without having to stuff ten feet of zip-tied cord in your pocket.

The Pros and Cons of the Two Types of Noise Cancellation

When choosing a pair of noise cancelling headphones, regardless of whether or not they are wireless, it is important to understand the two types of noise cancellation, active noise control and passive noise isolation, otherwise known as soundproofing. Where active noise control uses additional power to reduce the amount of noise in the signal, passive noise isolation uses additional materials that reduce the amount of noise getting in or out of a certain area.

One good look at a bulky pair of headphones will tell you that most noise cancelling headphones are of the passive type. There are a few reasons for this. First, by requiring an additional power source dedicated solely to producing frequencies that cancel noise on both the left and the right sides of the headphones, the amount of total power required for the headphones to function properly is drastically increased. This results in either a significant loss of battery life or the need for additional batteries, which in turn significantly increases the overall weight of the headphones.

Soundproofing, on the other hand, can be achieved with the use of cheap, lightweight materials, as is evident by the use of empty egg cartons nailed to the walls inside many recording studios. Not only are they cheaper and weigh less, but the same materials can be shaped and fitted for comfort, in a sense killing two birds with one stone.

Why Go Wireless?

Of all the many reasons to ditch corded headphones in favor wireless ones, the argument I find most convincing, and the one that often goes unstated, is that sometimes the best technology is technology you forget that you're using. It's invisible. You aren't constantly reminded that you're wearing contact lenses every time you try to comb your hair or wash your face. You aren't constantly reminded that you have a prosthetic leg that fits perfectly in your favorite pair of pants and your favorite pair of shoes because people are no longer staring at you all the time.

Likewise, it's easy to forget you're wearing headphones when they're wireless. They don't get caught on the edge of your desk or the arm of a friend who just gave you a hug. The jack don't get in the way and poke your palm when you decide to play a smartphone game instead of listen to music or a podcast. And they don't come unplugged when you toss your bag on the counter or your pants on the floor and walk away.

Wireless headphones aren't about looking chic when you walk down the street to get coffee. They're about getting lost in whatever you're listening to and never being yanked out of the comfort zone they put you in.



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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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