Finding a great pair of wireless headphones for yourself is no easy task in today’s saturated market.
We have been seeing that in recent times, people have simply started ditching their old school, wired headphones in favor newer, wireless models, and it is true that:
Modern Bluetooth headphones can easily match the sound fidelity of their wired counterparts.
Not only that, but they are also built in great designs and styles, and boast maximum comfort for extended listening. So considering the glutton of quality wireless headphones on the market, we felt it our duty to help you navigate the market and choose the best wireless headphones for yourself.
To that end, we have assembled detailed reviews for ten of the best wireless headphones available as of 2017. Included are headphones from top brands like Sennheiser, Sony, Bose, and others, ensuring that there is a recommendation for everyone with a particular brand loyalty.
These headphones are not your run of the mill, bargain bin earbuds. Rather, these are quality headphones ranging from mid-priced to ultra expensive, with the quality and craft to back up their price tags.
With all that said, let’s have a quick look at the top 10 best wireless headphones , but before that, we would like you to know more in deep about types of headphones, that happens to be Over Ear and On-Ear
Best wireless headphones 2017 – Quick Look
|Headphone Name||Weight||Battery Range||Price|
|Plantronics Backbeat Pro |
|Bose Quiet Comfort 35||235gms||20 hours|
|Sony MDRXB950BT/L||280gms||20 hours|
|Beats Studio Wireless||215gms||23 hours|
|Audio Technica ATH-S700BT||195gms||6 hours|
|Avantree Fast Audio |
|Sennheiser PXC 550||227gms||30 hours|
|V-MODA Crossfade||292gms||12 hours|
|Bohm B76||350gms||16 hours|
This was a quick look at all of the best wireless headphones, intended as a brief overview. Now, as promised, we will delve into the detailed reviews of each. Before we do, however, you should know that few headphones come with both Bluetooth and NFC as connectivity options, should you have a preference or limitation to one or the other.
1. Plantronics Backbeat Pro – Best Bluetooth Headphones 2017
Battery has always been one of the biggest issues plaguing wireless headphones. Plantronics took this to heart and made an effort to develop the mid-priced Backbeat Pro with best in class longevity.
It’s battery is rated to last for up to 24 hours of continuous listening! It’s long battery life is further matched by its outstanding wireless connectivity range. Users can listen to their devices at an astounding 330ft away.
Along with the listed features, the Plantronics Backbeat Pro also has multi-device connectivity features, allowing you to connect both your tablet and phone to the headphone at the same time. Using multiple devices at once creates no connectivity issues whatsoever. An onboard microphone and noise cancellation round out the feature set, allowing for crystal clear phone calls and uninterrupted listening in noisy environments.
All in all, this headphones packs features of units twice its price into a reasonably valued product. Combined with its top-notch build quality, these headphones earns top pick for 2017. There is absolutely no reason not to buy it, and those who do are guaranteed to be impressed by its quality and innovative tech.
These headphones feature excellent build quality and are comfortable for prolonged use. The cushion cups are soft and cover the ears well. During our testing, the fit was perfect, and most people with usual head shapes and ear sizes should have no complaints. Since they are closed back headphones, with deep bass and noise cancellation features, they stick tightly to the ear so that no sound leakage can occur. All the good sound quality in the world can’t make up for an uncomfortable headphones, but thankfully, that is not a problem with the Backbeat Pros.
- Premium design for maximum comfort
- Tune out distractions with a one touch noise cancellation circuit
- Battery life of 24 hours for longer playback time
- Connectivity range of up to 330 feet
- Boot up may be slow at times for these headphones
- Bass might be too much for some users
We challenge you to find a good reason not to purchase these. Every aspect of these headphones screams top of its class. With premium features at a mid-budget price range, there are really no headphones on the market that can compete. Plantronics has really taken their 50+ years of industry experience and put everything they had into the engineering of the Backbeat Pro.
2.Bose Quiet Comfort 35 – Best Noise Cancellation Technology
The Quiet Comfort 35 comes equipped with all the premium features of other high-end wireless headphones. Equipped with Bose’s world-class noise cancellation technology, you can focus on your music without getting distracted by the noisy hustle and bustle of crowds, heavy traffic or airplane engines.
It is designed with users of all volume preferences in mind, employing a volume optimized EQ to perfectly tune to every listener’s taste and emit perfectly balanced audio in all conditions. These wireless headphones also offers Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, which are supported by nearly all popular music devices on the market.
Tired of noisy phone calls and poorly made microphones? Bose has you covered there too! The Quiet Comfort 35 features advanced dual noise cancellation mics which block out all external noises, allowing for crystal clear communication in any setting. Along with the excellent features in these headphones, they boast an impressive battery life of up to 20 hours.
With so many excellent features, Bose has still managed to bring a great, comfortable design to the table for this headset. It’s lightweight, simple, and stylish, plus very comfortable on the ears. You’ll never feel tired of hanging them around your neck, even when you are not enjoying your music.
They do include a free app that makes it easy for you to switch between devices, and lets you personalize your settings as per your preferences.
- Best in Class Noise Cancellation
- Extremely light weight for better comfort
- Better control with the dedicated mobile app
- Very pricey
As on of the top rated and best selling wireless headphones on Amazon, it is ideal for users who want the highest quality possible, with little consideration for cost. The extra cost is substantial, but so is the quality!
3. Sony MDRXB950BT/L – Extra Premium Bass
Sony is one of the finest, and most popular, manufacturers of electronics in the entire world. Whether it is televisions, mobile phones or headphones, Sony has always given its best to the customers. The result of their efforts is a dedicated fanbase of trusting consumers that is years in the making.
Products like the Sony MDRXB950BT/L are part of what supports this reputation. Designed for the users who love Bass, the MDRXB950BT/L features electronic bass boost circuitry and Bluetooth or NFC connectivity. Sony loves to ensure that you get what you pay for! Comparing these headphones to other leading manufacturers like Bose, they come at a much lower price point. So long as you’re not a die-hard Bose fan, the Sony MDRXB950BT/L is a worthy competitor to any of their offerings.
In addition to their wealth of premium features, these headphones feature an excellent battery life; up to 20 hours of continuous playback. They’ll ensure that dead batteries never come between you and your wireless entertainment again! The best part about these headphones is that you get a dedicated button to turn on the extreme electric bass boost, for convenience in fine tuning your sound. This is great for multiple users who may have differing bass preferences.
Finally, these headphones make taking important calls a breeze with included, inline controls. Life just can’t get any easier! Overall, premium features and a stellar build quality makes he Sony MDRXB950BT/L one of the best wireless headphones in our list.
The ear cushion cups do not feel great, and they do not cover the ear well. The headphones do not fold flat for portability and compact storage. They are given a slightly overbearing shiny veneer, and all the variants are somewhat unpleasing to the eyes. Few color options are available.
These headphones come with two modes of audio quality :
- Red Flash, which signifies the energy saving mode is on, and lower sound quality is enabled
- The headphones come out the box in blue flash mode, which is high-quality audio. This is the standard mode
- Advanced electronic bass boost circuitry for extreme bass
- Option to take and place calls on the go with one touch button
- Broad Frequency response of 20 – 20,000 Hz
- Battery life of 20 hours playback and 200 hours standby
- Headphones are bulky and do not fold, making them quite difficult to travel with
- Subpar noise cancellation system
If you have used bulky headphones in the past and have been quite comfortable with them, you will enjoy the Sony MDRXB950BT/L. They are also an excellent choice for those who are looking for mid-priced headphones. They carry the added benefit of Sony’s legendary after-sales service, with industry leading warranties and repairs.
4. Beats Studio Wireless – Best from Beats
Despite the overwhelming number of high-end headphones on the market, Beats has still managed to stake its claim in the wireless sector. In its early days, Beats Audio started out making wired headphones and instantly became a market sensation. Now, as they step into the wireless headphones market, the expectations are just as high, and thankfully they do not disappoint.
Beats Studio Wireless headphones are equipped with dual noise cancellation technology and feature an inbuilt mic to take calls on the go. Built with only the best quality materials, they are one of the lightest headphones on the market, and will never burden your head after hours of listening.
Some users have complained that the Bluetooth connection drops, and we confirmed this with numerous users of the product. To remedy, the headphones must be updated after connecting them to a PC. Since the update, there has been no such problem while connecting it to any music device.
These headphones are great for users who struggle to headphones in their favorite color. Beats Audio has manufactured the Studio Wireless Headset in 10 colors, some of which are available in a sleek matte finish. Unlike some other, similarly priced wireless headphones, connectivity range is a non-issue for this set. Packed with advanced Bluetooth technology, you can easily connect to Apple or Android devices up to 30ft away. This has the convenient benefit of being able to listen to your music in multiple rooms of your house, without ever moving the device. The headphone’s batteries can sustain 12 hours of continuous playback on a single charge in wireless mode, and up to 20 hours playback when wired. Unfortunately, the tiny battery is a trade off for the light weight of this headset.
- Dual-mode Adaptive noise cancellation
- Moderately long-lasting battery and relatively high connectivity range
- Plush and cushy earcups for extreme comfort
- Better sound compared to similar competitors
- Pricey [But worth it]
If you are a big fan of Beats, you should go for it! All of its advanced features and excellent sound quality will leave you with no regrets. The price, however, is slightly higher than mid-budget. Still, the consumer satisfaction is on par!
5. Audio Technica ATH-S700BT – Connect to 8 Devices at Once
Coming from renowned headphones brand Audio Technica, these headphones packs most typical high-end features but still misses few noticeable ones. However, it’s a fair trade-off considering the modest price tag and giant name behind them.
With no noise cancellation and a mere 6 hours of continuous playback, you are probably wondering how this headset was ever chosen as one of the best wireless headphones of 2017. Well, what it lacks in longevity and features, it makes up for multi-connectivity. You can connect up to 8 devices simultaneously with these headphones. Up until now, we only had headphones with dual connectivity available to use. Audio-Technica has gone far ahead of the curve and became the hot shot choice for customers demanding this unique tool.
Connectivity options include high fidelity Bluetooth technology, and the headphone comes equipped with a mic to take calls on the go. Control buttons on the headset allow manipulation of music and phone calls without ever laying a hand on your device.
Unfortunately, the design of these headphones is rather bland, and only one option is available. The company has gone for a standard, all black casing with a relatively understated company logo on the earpiece. Still, it looks rather professional and sends a clear statement – that Audio Technica is all about the sound quality, and not about the flash. If stellar music at a mid-range price is your cup of tea, you’ll dig this offering from Audio-Technica!
We have been encountered by several new brand headphones which are comparatively less pricey than this but are not able to cope up with it regarding multiple device connectivities and audio quality, so we recommend not to go for new brands and instead invest in these great headphones by Audio Technica. It’s not just about the features of the headphones but also the after sales top notched service you get with it.
- Multiple connectivity feature allows up to 8 devices to connect at once
- Built in headphones amplifier
- Excellent price point
- Low battery life of 6 hours
You are not going to see any headphones from other popular brands at such a great value. Consumer ratings are very positive, and therefore we recommend this product for any headphones shoppers, even those with a much a larger budget. It will not disappoint at any price point, and might even save you a few bucks.
6. Avantree Fast Audio aptX Audition Pro – Massive Battery Life
Equipped with hi-fi sound technology, and a whopping 40-hour battery life, these headphones easily earns its spot on the list. As the lowest priced headphones in our top 10 wireless Bluetooth headphones, and sporting 4.4-star rating on Amazon, it is a premium product.
These pair of headphones is abnormally light, weighing in at just 199 grams. If you’re used to some heavy headset, this is very likely to cause upteem comfort and you may have just found your best wireless headset! They are equipped with all major features, including dual device connectivity with either Bluetooth 4.1 technology or NFC. The sound quality is excellent, and there are no clear compromises made by Avantree to achieve that.
You do not get any noise cancellation with these headphones, but we doubt that you will actually need any considering the superb sound quality and construction. The manufacturer has not focused on adding extra features and has instead aimed at achieving perfection with the few features it sports.
The most eye-catching feature is the battery life of the headphones. They provide 40 hours of continuous playback on a full charge, which is far more than any of the headphones we have reviewed. If battery life is one of your primary concerns, this headset excels well beyond any others on the market.
- Wired option allows seamless switching between wieless listening and wired connectivity
- Battery life is a staggering 40 hours on one charge
- The headset has sound quality that will impress even the snobbiest of audio connoisseurs
- Great value
- No noise cancellation, although we doubt you will need it
- Lack of control buttons
These is lowest priced headphones on our list, and we must say it is tough competition to many of the more expensive models. If you are on a tight budget and can sacrifice noise cancellation, then don’t give a second thought to buying this gem.
7. Sennheiser PXC 550 – For Those Who Want the Best
These are easily the best set of headphones on this list. It is also the least appropriate set for anyone who does not have a large budget set aside for headphone purchasing. Designed by Sennheiser, it is one of the most expensive headphones available. Why is it so expensive? Well, to be frank, it is the perfect set of headphones, bar none.
Packed with Bluetooth 4.2 technology and NFC connectivity, it seamlessly connects with any and all of your favorite devices. The adaptive noise guard technology with ambient sound blocks out everything you don’t want to hear and lets you easily focus on the things you do want to listen to. Whether on a train, plane or in a crowded area, you will hear nothing but your sweet, sweet music.
In terms of a battery life, a quick and easy 3-hour charge provides a staggering 30 hours of continuous playback. With the main focus on sound quality, everything that leaves the speakers is perfectly balanced, with rich highs, deep bass response and crystal clarity.
Wearing this headset is an absolute pleasure. It looks great, it feels great, and they are nice and light to boot! When you no longer want them on your head, making them disappear is as easy a folding them up and discreetly stowing them. Unlike other wireless headphones, you do not get the control buttons on the top. Instead, you get an intuitive touchpad on the right earcup to control your music and phone calls. Speaking of phone calls, the inbuilt microphone boasts speech clarity that rivals your phone’s mic!
The headset includes the Cap Tune music player with purchase, which provides a powerful suite of audio enhancements and organization.
- Ergonomically designed, extremely lightweight headphones
- Easy to carry and travel with
- Triple microphone array for superior voice transmission on calls
- Dedicated Cap Tune Music app for easy control
- A pricey (yet perfect) headphones
At a lower price, this headset would easily have beaten out all others for the top spot. However, since it comes with a hefty price tag, only the most discerning of audio critiques will be able to shell out the cash for these. If the price is of no concern, there is not a single headset on the market that can hold a candle to these!
8. Sony MDR1000X/B – Easy Touch Controls
Are you searching for the best on the market? If so, these headphones are for you. Though you may find them rather pricey, you will quickly be assured in your money well spent by their plethora of features and astounding build quality.
Designed by market leading electronics manufacturer Sony, these wireless headphones are equipped with high-resolution audio technology to provide a best in class music experience to the listener. It’s high fidelity audio pairs impeccably with its best in class noise cancelling technology. Whether you are stuck in traffic or sitting on an aeroplane, you will be able to put full focus and attention on your tunes.
It uses advanced Bluetooth technology for connectivity, which makes it easy and convenient to connect to every device you own, including tablets, iPhones, TVs, and PCs.
Ambient Sound Technology- You no longer have to turn down your headphones to tune into the world outside! Just cup your hand over the right headphone, and you’ll easily be able to hear all of your surroundings thanks to Sony’s Ambient Sound Technology. Touch Controls: Bored with the physical buttons on your old headphones? These Bluetooth headphones provides smartphone-like interaction using intuitive touch controls. This is one of a kind tech that significantly reduces the issues of wear and tears on physical buttons, ruining their ability to work after a short time.
The design of the headphones is kept simple yet pleasing. The exteriors of the headphones are flat with no significant design, and a matte finish on top
- Intuitive touch controls for all major functionalities
- Ambient sound system makes it so that you never miss a beat from your surroundings
- Industry-leading noise cancellation
- No cons
These are the best wireless headphones ever produced by Sony. Though a tad pricey, it is easily justified by its unique, intuitive control features and excellent sound quality.
9. V-MODA Crossfade – Perfect for Gamers and DJs
Award-winning manufacturer V-MODA’s new headset is making waves in the audio community. They feature a unique, uncommon steel construction and eschew the traditional ear cup design. Engineered with gamers and DJ’s in mind, these are the best multi-purpose wireless headphones in our list.
Keeping the above user base in mind, the main focus of the manufacturer is on sound quality, which is top notch in all regards. The sound is clear and balanced on this headset, and the bass is booming.
A quality microphone makes taking phone calls and directing voice assisted apps like Google Now a snap. In addition, there is no need to worry about battery life, as a quick two-hour charge to this Bluetooth headset provides 12 hours of continuous playback. This equally important whether on a long journey or in a drawn-out battle online.
In this review, we are going to mainly focus on build quality. Most are under the initial impression that this headphone’s all metal construction would make it uncomfortably heavy. However, we are happy to report that this is simply untrue! The company has not only focused on the look but on comfort as well, keeping the weight of this headset at a svelte 292 grams. Sore necks and achy ears will never be a problem for users of these headphones. In terms of connectivity, Bluetooth technology allows for 33 feet of freedom from any paired device, or even two paired devices with multi-connectivity tech.
These headphones include a 1-year warranty, ensuring the manufacturer will take care of any problems you may have with them in your first year of purchase
- Unique and indestructible design
- Military level durability for long life span
- Punchy bass and world class treble
- Better price point than similarly featured competitors
- No cons
These are the perfect headphones for gaming, music and even studio usage. Build quality is more durable than anything else we’ve seen, ensuring that your purchase will last for years to come. If you are primarily interested in gaming but wish to use your headphones in other areas from time to time, this is the best headset for you.
10. Bohm B76 Wireless Headphones – Active Noise Cancellation
These excellent headphones excel in all aspects, especially given their relatively low price. They feature intuitive connectivity for seamless integration with all of your devices, whether they be tablets, smartphones, or Smart TVs. They are equally suitable for music and gaming applications.
Their unique ear cup design is interesting and slightly unusual, but nonetheless perfectly comfortable. Most importantly, they rely on active noise cancellation technology, which aids in shutting out the outside world and immersing yourself in whatever you may be listening to.
Separate control buttons and a noise cancellation toggle on top of the headphones make controlling your listening experience easy to do. Their Bluetooth tech allows for up to 10 meters of separation from your audio source.
The design and build quality are top notch and the cushion cups feel great over the ears. Still, the weight of the headphones is about 350 grams, which is on the heavier side. The weight is mostly counteracted by the excellent ear cup design, which is not only comfortable on the head but prevents nearly all sound leakage. The company has provided an excellent battery with no compromises, boasting 16 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. While it’s not top of its class in longevity, it is certainly no slouch, especially when compared to higher priced alternatives.
- Advanced Bluetooth 4.0 for multi-device connectivity
- Cushioned, padded ear cups for great comfort
- Low cost
- A little heavier than comparable models
- Active noise cancellation circuit could be slightly improved
Despite coming from a slightly lesser known brand, these headphones boasts brand name quality and comfort, all at a relatively affordable price.
Buyer’s Guide – Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
With so many models to choose from, finding the best wireless headphones can be a daunting task. When confusion inevitably sets in, how do you separate the good, the bad, and the awful?
First of all, you need to identify your needs, specifically the features you need in the headphones and the ones you can live without. As an example, active noise cancellation is a critical feature in our increasingly loud and crowded world, while connectivity range is rarely an issue for most users.
Most importantly, you need to decide whether a wireless headset, whether Bluetooth or NFC (or both), is best for your needs. In some cases, you may find a wired solution works in your favour.
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