With more smartphones opting out having audio jacks and only offering USB-C/lightning, its been one of the bigger pushes for wireless headphones this year. Mostly I feel a big push and improvement was done in the true wireless area. Here are some audio suggestions for those possible audiophiles looking for some awesome audio and those that just want to have something to pick up and go and just play away.
If you are looking for over the ear headphones and don’t mind spending some change give a listen to the XM4s by Sony. They are quite comfortable with its pillowy soft leather cups and are light not putting too much pressure on the head. It has a touch panel for play / volume controls and has various features such as voice assistants and a “Speak to Chat” option. Basically, talk while playing music and it pauses once convo is over it will go back to playing.
Price: $278(usually $349.99)
Bowers & Wilkins PX7
Currently the priciest on the list goes to the PX7s by Bowers & Wilkins. They are some of the best crafted over ear headphones you can get. Leather headbands, nylon braided materials, and some memory foam ear cushions. These headphones have ANC and support a wide range of audio codecs such as AAC, SBC, aptX, aptXHD, and aptX Adaptive. Sound is quite impressive with these. Battery life gives you a healthy 30hrs of playtime. So, if you are looking to stand out in the headphone crowd try these on for size.
Price: Starting at $329.99
Beats Solo Pro
Probably the most bassy of the bunch on the list comes from
Apple Solo Pro by Beats. Available in rainbow of colors, these headphones have plush earcups and some of the best build quality in a pair of Beats to date. They have a killer 40-hour playtime (w/o ANC) and should satisfy its core base of listeners. They don’t have an audio jack though so its either all wireless or rely on getting an addtl $35 audio cable.
Price: Starting at $180
The least expensive on the list is the Jibs by Skullcandy. They are lightweight and provide decent audio quality. Comfortable n the ear and battery life aren’t bad. There is voice assistant options such as Google or Siri if you like but no accompanying app to make any adjustments. But with this pricing you get what you pay for.
Some of the best earbuds I have used thus far this year comes from Sony. The WF-SP800N have everything you need. Phenomenal audio quality, active noise cancelling, and a decent battery life totaling 18hrs (26 w/o ANC). Sony’s app adds a variety of customization changing button configurations and EQs if necessary. There is also support for 360 Reality Audio. If you are looking for some of the best audio in earbuds give these a listen.
Price: $148(usually $199.99)
Jabra Elite Active 75t
Designed to be used with the ultimate workout, the Elite Active 75t utilize a IP57 rating making them sweat and waterproof. Heck Jabra has even thrown in a 2yr warranty if it fails any of those tests. They have Ear Gels to provide ultimate comfort and each earbud has a clickable button. They provide 28+ hours of battery life and have an ambient mode called HearThrough.
Apple AirPods Pro
If you have an iPhone and are looking for the best compatibility in earbuds, then the Pros may catch your ear. They provide a clean and clear soundstage while providing some of the best active noise cancelling in any earbuds I have used. Bass is not too hard and there is no adjustable EQ so what you hear is what you get. They are worlds more comfortable than the standard AirPods and always suggest these over those even if you are paying a bit more. Case supports wireless charging and your get a total of 24hrs of battery.
So, while these are earbuds, they aren’t quite for music listening. They are geared more towards relaxation. They have features such as built-in heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking. ZenBuds will tell you such things such as how your sleep was and how much you slept. They are also good for blocking out noise but alas they don’t allow any music to be played but only from its own curated playlist. Battery life is stellar giving you close to 70 hours of usage.
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Once you get a pair of musical cans what’s the first song or album you are bumping? Let us know in the comments below