Year after year, one thing that continues to improve is how we get music to our ears – now, primarily through wireless headphones. Bluetooth connective wireless headphones have technically been around since the 1990s, but with the dawn of the smartphone age, we use them now more than ever. Throughout the past decade, many companies have entered the market to deliver quality Bluetooth-powered earbuds that have top audio quality in compact designs.
Whether you are going for a run, cleaning your house, commuting or just relaxing, this technology is super handy and a must-have. You’re looking for the best wireless headphones that will stay in their ears, offer rich sound and not bust your budget. Here are some reviewed and rated options on the market. Whether you like to listen to bass-heavy hip-hop, rock music, podcasts or audiobooks – many of these options stand apart for specific strengths, depending on what you are looking for. So check out this list of the best wireless headphones for 2020 before you start your holiday shopping this year.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
These are on the pricier side, but you get excellent performance for the money. Their first standout quality is noise cancellation, which you don’t always get with wireless earbuds. With a 30-foot wireless range and a 7-hour battery life, these can really go the distance when you need them to. A unique perk is their touch-sensitive pads that can be programmed to control features. Overall, they deliver a refined sound in a sleek package.
Cost: US$269 (HK$2,085)
From a company known for delivering superior sound quality, Sony has entered the wireless earbud arena with their 2nd ever pair of wireless earbuds. These come with a range of tip sizes to make a comfortable fit for any ear, and there are touch controls for playback and volume control on the earbuds. They have a 6-hour battery life, 30-foot range and are competitively priced under US$200 (HK$1550). As expected from Sony, the sound quality is what stands out the most on these earbuds.
Cost: US$189 (HK$1465)
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
With a state-of-the-art eye catching design, these earbuds look like no others on the market today. They are iridescent with a shiny finish and bean-shaped, bringing a whole new style to the wireless earbud scene with three colors available – mystic white, black and bronze. They offer active noise cancelling and an open sound with no post extending from the buds. They’re also one of the more affordable, innovative options out there.
Cost: US$170 (HK$1318)
If you’re athletic and looking for the best wireless headphones, then the Jaybird Vistas might be the match you’re looking for. The standout feature on this set is their IPX7 water and sweat-proofing to stand up to whatever your exercise sessions stir up. With their app, you can customize the sound and controls for each ear. The sound is clear, and the bass is strong. They come with a 6-hour battery life and 30-foot range. For a runner or athlete, these are a solid pick.
Cost: US$149 (HK$1155)
Jabra Elite Active 75t
With better battery life than some of the other sporty choices, the Jabra Elite Active 75t is the active version of Jabra Elite acclaimed wireless headphones. Their standout feature is the combination of a 7.5-hour battery life and their IP57 waterproofing. They are sweat and dust resistant and allow for audio personalization. Passive noise cancellation is also included in the package with a sleek design and strong durability.
Cost: US$199 (HK$1543)
Beats Powerbeats Pro
Beats Powerbeats Pro brings you another pair of sweat-resistant wireless headphones meant to enhance your exercise time. Their standout feature is their around-the-ear wrap made to keep these earbuds securely on your ears. They also come in a range of colors, making them a more customizable product from Apple. Given that they are an Apple product, this choice might be appealing for those using them with other Apple devices, like the iPhone.
Cost: US$199 (HK$1543)
Apple Airpods Pro
If you are an Apple-loyalist, then these are the best wireless headphones to pair to your other Apple products. Plus, they are upgraded from the previous generations of Apple Airpods. The updated design features tips that go more directly into the ears, making them less likely fall out. They are IPX4 rated, so they can resist splashes and moderate sweat. With the addition of both noise-cancelling and a Transparency mode feature, this latest iteration from Apple offers a more customizable sound than ever before.
Cost: US$249 (HK$1930)
Depending on what you’re looking for, there is a perfect wireless headphone choice for you or your favorite music lover this year. With the holidays coming up soon, it’s a great time to add one (or more?!) of these options to your wishlist. For sound delivery that can keep up with your active lifestyle, finding the best wireless headphones for you has never been easier.
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