7 of the best sets of wireless headphones available now | Technology
Determining the best true wireless headphones is nearly impossible, as most models fit differently, have various features, and have varying costs. Plenty of options are available in what is now a cluttered audio category that didn’t exist just a few years ago. So I asked neighbors and family to test out seven sets from lesser-known brands, all of which come with a portable charging case. In no particular order, here are the reviews:
Marshall II mode
$180, marshall-headphones.com • Bluetooth 5.1 • Up to 25 hours of playtime (up to 5 on a single charge) • IPX5 waterproof headphones; IPX4 waterproof case • 4 sizes of tips
These headphones seem well built. The ergonomic comfort was great, and the sound was even better. Inside each earbud is a custom driver that sounds natural and accurate with just the right amount of bass.
The Mode II charging case features LED battery indicator lights. All touch controls worked well for handling music and hands-free calling.
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$159, denon.com • Bluetooth 5.0 • Up to 24 hours of playtime (up to 6 on a single charge) • IPX4 waterproof earbuds • 3 ear tip sizes
Denon debuts wireless headphones with great sound, feel and controls.
With active noise cancellation turned on, the headphones worked well at reducing background noise, or the Transparency mode lets you hear everything. Denon boasts strong dynamics and crystal-clear vocals – every playlist sounded exactly how it was supposed to from the 0.4-inch drivers.
A single earbud can be used for mono listening.
Tribit MoveBuds H1
$90, tribit.com • Bluetooth 5.2 • Up to 65 hours of playtime (up to 15 on a single charge) • IPX8 waterproof earbuds • 5 ear tip sizes
The MoveBuds H1 are Tribit’s first-ever sports headphones.
What sets them apart from active users are the attached ear hooks to ensure the earbuds stay on no matter how hard you try.
Music is clear with or without noise reduction, and so are calls, using the quad-microphone system. Touch controls include volume adjustment.
UGreen HiTune X6
$56, ugreen.com • Bluetooth 5.1 • Up to 26 hours of playtime (up to 6 on a single charge) • IPX5 waterproof earbuds • 3 ear tip sizes
UGreen’s headphones are impressive, and not just for their affordability. A 10mm diamond-like carbon dynamic driver sits inside each ear.
With active noise cancellation turned on, the sound is clear, smooth and bass-friendly. On-ear touch controls responded to turning ANC on and off, choosing music, adjusting volume, and answering calls.
Three built-in microphones in each earbud and Real Clear Voice technology created excellent call quality.
Mobvoi ANC Headphones
$60, mobvoi.com • Bluetooth 5.0 • Up to 21 hours of playtime (up to 7 on a single charge) • IPX5 waterproof earbuds • 3 ear tip sizes
Mobvoi’s budget earbuds come with great features and comfort. They produce clear Hi-Fi sound from 13mm drivers, with decent bass levels.
The set includes two microphones with three levels of noise cancellation (Off, Silent Mode/Active Noise Cancellation, and Sound-Passthrough), all of which performed well. The headphones can be used in pairs or in single mode.
Music and volume control and voice assistant access are done with on-ear plug functions and voice commands.
1More ComfoBuds Mini
$100, usa.1more.com • Bluetooth 5.2 • Up to 24 hours of playtime (up to 6 on a single charge) • IPX5 waterproof headphones • 4 ear tip sizes
These are touted as the world’s smallest pair of wireless earbuds, offering an almost invisible wearing experience – and they’re probably the smallest I’ve seen.
The sound was surprisingly good, with dynamic 7mm drivers and touch controls. 1MORE’s robust QuietMax active noise cancellation technology provides up to 40dB of noise blocking with three modes; Strong ANC, soft ANC and resistant to wind noise.
Dottir Freedom on network
$150, dottiraudio.com • Bluetooth 5.2 • Up to 72 hours of playtime (up to 12 on a single charge) • IPX7 waterproof earbuds • 12 ear tip sizes
Freedom On-Grid true wireless headphones are designed by CrossFit athletes to feature secure ear hooks for rigorous workouts.
Inside each earbud is a 13mm dynamic driver, which delivers pristine, bass-rich sound. Active noise cancellation can be activated to block out outside noise.
On-ear controls allow for music and volume adjustments, as well as access to voice assistants.
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