THESE WIRELESS HEADPHONES WILL CHANGE HOW YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC

There’s an overwhelming amount of wireless headphones to choose from out there! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite picks for every lifestyle and budget.

Choosing between over-ear and on-ear headphones is a matter of personal preference, though there are a few things you need to know. Over-ear headphones offer superior noise isolation, and they typically have better audio quality due to their larger audio drivers. On the other hand, on-ear headphones are more compact to wear and easier to pack when traveling.

Note that this article focuses on both on-ear and over-ear wireless headphones. However, if you’re looking for wireless earbuds, be sure to check out this dedicated article for suggestions instead.

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1. Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless Headphones

Best Overall

Bowers & Wilkins

$398.99 BUY NOW

Pros: Fantastic audio experience, great design and build quality, adaptive noise canceling, USB-C charging

Con: Expensive

The Bowers & Wilkins PX are the best wireless headphones available today. They offer an amazing combination of style, craftsmanship, comfort, audio quality, noise cancelation, and battery life that no other wireless headset can match for the time being.

The audio quality of the PX is truly exceptional, especially considering that the headset has active noise-canceling tech on board. By utilizing the same 40-millimeter audio drivers (with different calibration) as the company’s range-topping P9 Signature wired headphones, the Bowers & Wilkins PX deliver a superbly balanced audio signature, which will appeal to even the most discerning audiophiles.

The adaptive noise cancelation of the PX headphones is also top-notch, though not quite on the same level as the best that Bose and Sony have to offer. Users can also fine-tune the feature to match their surroundings (city, flight, office) via a nice-looking mobile app.

The headset can deliver up to 22 hours of wireless tunes between charges. We love that Bowers & Wilkins has opted to use a USB-C port for charging — it’s a decidedly future-proof choice.

There are two color options to choose from — Space Grey and Soft Gold (the latter is actually an eye-grabbing combination of blue ballistic nylon, gold metal accents, and black leather). Every pair of PX headphones comes with a soft carrying case, a charging cable, and a standard audio cable in case you run out of battery.

$398.99 BUY NOW

2. Plantronics BackBeat 500 Wireless Headphones

Best Budget Buy

Plantronics

$59.99 BUY NOW

Pros: Characterful design, good audio quality, comfy fit, handy controls

Con: The noise isolation isn’t great

Priced well below $100, the Plantronics BackBeat 500 wireless headphones have characterful design, well-placed external controls, and up to 18 hours of battery life. Their sound quality is also rather impressive for their price tag, courtesy of well-tuned 40-millimeter audio drivers.

The BackBeat 500 headphones are lightweight and comfy, too. Their ear cups are well-padded with memory foam, so you can wear the headphones for long stretches of time without experiencing fatigue.

There are three BackBeat 500 colors to pick from — dark gray, white, and gray with cool-looking neon green accents. In case you plan to use the headset in the gym, consider the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 500 model instead. It has a similar design and audio experience, as well as a sweat-resistant coating, for just $10 more.

$59.99 BUY NOW

3. Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT Wireless Headphones

Best Splurge

Audio-Technica

$549.00 BUY NOW

Pros: Incredibly accurate sound quality, comfortable fit, NFC connectivity for one-touch pairing

Con: Wired audio playback is only available via a USB cable

The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT wireless headphones have been designed to deliver audio with more accuracy than any competitor. The storied audio equipment manufacturer has achieved the feat by utilizing innovative hardware, which keeps the wireless audio signal digital the entire time (typically, wireless headphones have a digital-to-analog converter, which degrades audio quality).

Combined with two high-quality 45-millimeter audio drivers, the new audio setup results in an exceptionally clear audio signature that rivals a pair of wired, audiophile-grade headphones. Of course, the headphones support all premium wireless streaming codecs, including aptX HD and AAC. Hi-Res audio content playback is also possible over the bundled USB audio cable.

The rest of the headset’s features include a comfortable over-ear fit, up to 15 hours of battery life, and well-placed playback and volume controls. The headphones are only available in gray.

$549.00 BUY NOW

4. Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Headphones

Best for Noise Canceling

Bose

$349.99 BUY NOW

Pros: Industry-leading noise canceling and ergonomics, great battery life

Con: There are rivals with better audio quality

The second generation of the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones deliver the best noise-canceling experience in their class, as well as unrivaled comfort. If you’re looking for a pair of cans that’ll help you tune out your surroundings for extended periods of time at work or on the road, the QC35 Series II is still the headset to get.

The latest QC35 model also brings optional integration of the excellent Google Assistant via a dedicated button. In case you’re not interested in using the virtual assistant, you can use the button to control the noise-canceling level instead — a welcome feature that was notably missing in the first generation. Tweaking the button’s functionality and the rest of the headset’s settings requires an intuitive mobile app.

As expected, the QC35 series II headphones have a finely tuned sound signature that makes them suitable for any type of content. However, it’s important to note that in terms of sheer audio quality, the QC35 Series II headphones lag behind their two main rivals — the Bowers & Wilkins PX and the Sony WH1000XM2. After years or dominating this premium segment pretty much uncontested, Bose should start making a bit more effort in this department.

Available in silver or black, the headphones also have excellent battery life (up to 20 hours). Their bundled accessories include a carrying case, a charging cable, and a standard audio cable.

$349.99 BUY NOW

5. Sony XB950N1 Extra Bass Wireless Headphones

Best for Powerful Bass

Sony

$178.00 BUY NOW

Pros: Great bass sound, comfortable fit, great battery life

Con: Bulky even for an over-ear headset

Buyers looking for more bass in their wireless tunes should have the Sony MDRXB950N1 at the top of their shopping list. Available via a dedicated button, the extra bass feature of the headset is clearly not designed for audiophiles (they’ll simply look elsewhere for a different pair), but for those who simply enjoy more bass, it’s a great upgrade for a typical pair of headphones.

The wireless over-ear pair also has digital noise canceling, which works well in tandem with the soft ear pads. NFC connectivity for one-touch pairing with compatible devices is also on board. Users can customize their audio experience (including the bass delivery) via a mobile app.

Battery life of the Sony MDRXB950N1 headphones is rated at up to 22 hours on a single charge, and the headset is available in black or green.

$178.00 BUY NOW

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Still looking for a new pair of headphones? Keep reading for some extra options that might be better suited for your music experience.

6. AKG Y50BT Wireless Headphones

Best for Lightweight Design

AKG

$129.00 BUY NOW

Pros: Compact design, good sound quality, top-notch battery life

Con: The noise isolation could be better

Available in black, silver, and blue, the lightweight AKG Y50BT headphones are handily one of the best sounding options in its price range. Their sound signature impresses with its well-sorted balance, and the latter offers a welcome departure from the headset’s similarly priced rival, which usually tends to have a knack for bass.

The headset’s battery can last up to 20 hours between charges, and a bundled audio cable will allow you to continue rocking out in case you can’t recharge it.

The AKG Y50BT headphones won’t wow you with noise isolation, though this isn’t a surprise because most on-ear headphones don’t block ambient noise as well as over-ear models.

$129.00 BUY NOW

7. Sony WH1000XM2 Wireless Headphones

Best for Excellent Audio Quality and Noise Canceling

$348.00 BUY NOW

Pros: Excellent audio quality, great noise canceling, top-notch battery life with quick charging

Con: The touch controls are inconsistent

Sony’s WH1000XM2 wireless noise-canceling headphones are the biggest rival to the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II model we mentioned above. They deliver significantly better sound quality and battery life, while delivering a noise-canceling experience that’s on par with that of the class leader.

Superior comfort and controls (Sony’s touch-sensitive setup isn’t great) are the reasons why we gave the Bose QC 35 headphones a slight edge as the best noise-canceling headphones available today. However, you’re definitely not going to regret it if you decide to opt for the Sony headset.

In line with the expectations set by their price tag, the Sony WH1000XM2 headphones are packed with cutting-edge tech, including the ability to adjust the level of noise isolation to your liking via a mobile app. The latter also allows you to tweak the headset’s equalizer settings.

With up to 30 hours of battery life, the Sony WH1000XM2 is among the best offerings in its class. You can even get more than an hour of playback after only 10 minutes of charging.

The Sony WH1000XM2 headphones are available in black or gold. Their retail package includes a carrying case, a charging cable, and a standard audio cable.

$348.00 BUY NOW

8. Audio-Technica ATH-AR3BT SonicFuel Wireless Headphones

Best for Delivering Great Sound at an Attractive Price Point

$118.99 BUY NOW

Pros: Excellent sound quality, great battery life, attractive pricing

Con: The on-ear fit might not be to everyone’s liking

Priced just a tad above $100, the Audio-Technica ATH-AR3BTWH SonicFuel wireless headphones are a solid contender for the best on-ear option in their price range. Their 40-millimeter audio drivers offer a well-tuned audio signature, designed to appeal to a wide range of music tastes.

However, the Audio-Technica ATH-AR3BTWH SonicFuel don’t offer great noise isolation — a typical shortcoming for all on-ear headphones, though.

The rest of the headset’s highlights include up to a rather impressive 30 hours of battery life, foldable design, and NFC connectivity for one-touch pairing with compatible devices. The ATH-AR3BTWH SonicFuel headphones are available in black or white, with both color options having cool-looking gold accents.

$118.99 BUY NOW

9. V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones

Best for Customizable Looks

$249.36 BUY NOW

Pros: Bold and customizable design, superb craftsmanship, excellent sound quality

Con: Not the comfiest option for long listening stints

The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless over-ear headphones are handily one of the most stylish propositions out there. The headset has the company’s signature customizable shields. Available in a plethora of materials that range from polycarbonate to platinum, they allow you to truly make the headset your own.

The sound quality of the Crossfade 2 is wonderful, courtesy of a pair of massive 50-millimeter audio drivers. The headphones deliver a finely tuned sound signature, which makes any type of content sound great. The headset’s rose gold variant in particular is also capable of Hi-Res audio playback over a wired connection.

V-Moda has built the Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones exceptionally well. The headset exceeds military standards for durability, so it’ll handle heavy use better than many of its competitors.

However, longterm comfort is an area where the headphones lag behind their competitors. Using them for more than 2-3 hours at a time can cause fatigue due to the headset’s weight and stainless steel frame.

$249.36 BUY NOW

10. Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

Best for Apple Hardware Users

$197.00 BUY NOW

Pros: Industry-leading pairing experience with Apple hardware, amazing battery life, good sound quality

Con: Expensive

The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones deliver the best pairing experience in the business, so long as you’re an Apple hardware user. Thanks to Apple’s innovative W1 chip found inside the headset, all you need to do is power it up and bring it close to the Apple device you wish to pair (iPhone, iPad, or Mac), then tap and confirm. Once connected, the headset will sync with all your Apple devices that use the same iCloud account.

The tech giant’s W1 chip also helps the headphones deliver amazing battery life (up to 40 hours on a single charge). In case you run out of battery, you can get up to three hours of playback after only five minutes of charging.

Unlike past Beats models, which tend to deliver bass-heavy tunes, the Solo3 offers a more balanced sonic experience. There are more than 10 headset colors to choose from, including ones that’ll match the paint job of your iPhone or MacBook.

$197.00 BUY NOW

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