The world of headphones is changing, big time, and that’s largely owed to Apple taking the plunge and removing the headphone jack from the iPhone. A few Android phone makers have followed suit, and wireless headphones are all the rage. Increasingly, “true wireless” headphones — or earbud-style headphones that don’t connect to each other through a wire — are becoming the headphones of choice among people who like to have the cutting-edge tech.
Best Wireless Earbuds on the Market 2019 – Top 5
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1. Master & Dynamic MW07 – Best overall Wireless Earbuds
Best overall wireless earbuds, we have the Master & Dynamic MW07. Master & Dynamic is known for its ultra high-quality headphones, and the company has finally entered the true wireless earbud market, too.
The Master & Dynamic MW07 true wireless headphones are well-designed, comfortable, and they sound great. Let’s start with the design. Not only do the headphones and accompanying charging case look amazing, but the way that the earbuds are designed ensures that they stay in your ears firmly as well — even with somewhat rigorous movement.
They may not be great for sports, but they shouldn’t fall out of your ears during standard use. Then there’s the fact that the headphones sound awesome. The bass is punchy and strong, so the kick drums and bass guitars nicely cut through a mix.
The midrange is well-tuned, offering a nice warm low mids and slightly laid-back high mids, which ensure that the headphones have a premium tone. The high end is clear and detailed — something that isn’t necessarily common on true wireless headphones.
So what are the downsides? Well, the main downside is the price. The Master & Dynamic MW07 headphones come in at $300. On top of that, the 3.5-hour battery life is a little low. Still, despite that, most reviewers seem to love them.
Headphone Review scored the headphones 8.6/10, while Digital Trends gave them a slightly more conservative 8/10.
2. Apple AirPods – Best Wireless Earbuds for iPhone
If you’re an iPhone user, there might be a better option for you. The new Apple AirPods are built specifically to work with the iPhone, so they connect flawlessly without the hassle of pairing via Bluetooth.
So what makes the AirPods great? For starters, they sound pretty good. Sure, they’re not going to break any records, but the sound quality will be fine for most people. The real draw for these headphones is their excellent connectivity and wireless reliability.
The AirPods almost never drop the connection, which is something that not all true wireless headphones can boast. On top of that, the headphones have great battery life. You get five hours of listening time or two hours of talk time.
With the charging case, you can get 24 hours of listening time, though you’ll have to wait for the AirPods to charge each time they run out of juice. There are some downsides to the AirPods. They’re probably not the best choice for working out considering the fact that they fall out with a lot of movement.
They’re a little expensive, too, though less so than our top pick. Still, many agree that these are among the best true wireless headphones out there. Digital Trends gave the headphones 8/10, while Trusted Reviews stuck with a more conservative but still good 7/10.
3. JLab Audio Epic Air – Best Truly Wireless Earbuds for working out
Looking for a pair of truly wireless headphones for sports? The JLab Audio Epic Air headphones are the best way to go. They’re slightly different in terms of design than the other truly wireless earbuds on this list, but the result is that they’re the best at staying firmly in your ears, even when you’re moving around and exercising.
Instead of simply slotting into your ears, the JLab Audio Epic Air headphones have ear hooks that wrap around your ears. Even apart from the design, the headphones have a lot going for them. They have a great charging case, boast six hours of battery life on a single charge, and they sound great.
There are plenty of low frequencies on offer, a low-mid boost to bring plenty of warmth, and a decent amount of high end. So what are the downsides? Like other true wireless headphones, they can be a little pricey, plus they have had some performance issues when it comes to staying connected to your listening device.
Those performance issues, however, are rare, and many people never run into them at all. And, despite the downsides, they’ve been very well-reviewed. Headphone Review gave them 8.4/10, while PCMag gave them a still-excellent 4/5.
4. Bragi Dash Pro – Best Wireless Earbuds for fitness tracking
Bragi is a veteran in the truly wireless earbud space, and its latest flagship headphones, the Bragi Dash Pro, are a perfect example of why. The earbuds look good and sound good, but they go beyond the basics with 4GB of storage onboard to hold your music.
The earbuds also offer IPX7 water-resistance and they have a heart rate monitor built right in. They even offer Amazon Alexa support, so you can access the digital assistant straight from the headphones.
You might be wondering why we’ve included two sports-related true wireless earbuds on this list, and the reason is that the JLab Audio headphones are better at staying in your ears, which will be helpful for runners and those who do rigorous workouts.
These earbuds, on the other hand, are better at tracking your fitness, but not quite as good at staying in your ears. The sound quality is pretty good on these headphones, too. They boast a ton of bass, which is helpful for those who find extra bass to be helpful during a workout, plus they offer a well-tuned midrange and decent clarity in the high end.
There are downsides to these headphones, and the main one is that they’re quite expensive. They come in at almost $300, which is definitely at the upper end of true wireless headphones. Still, despite that, the Bragi Dash Pro headphones come in with a score of 4.5/5 on Pocket-Lint and score well with other expert reviewers.
5. Erato Apollo 7 – Best Wireless Earbuds for subtle style
Now for our last pick, we have the best truly wireless earbuds for a subtle style which goes to the Erato Apollo 7. Many of the truly wireless headphones on this list have a lot to offer, but they’re not all great options for subtle style.
That’s where the Erato Apollo 7 headphones step in. They are small and discrete. The headphones are built specifically to sound as good as they look, too. The bass is pretty impressive for such a small in-ear unit.
The midrange is also pretty balanced — there are enough low-mids to offer a nice warmth and enough high-mids to give presence to the vocals and guitars. The high-end is also relatively well-tuned, though it seems to be pretty affected by the type of ear tips you use.
Apart from the great sound quality and style, the Apollo 7 earbuds are pretty easy to set up and they are waterproof. There are a few downsides, like the fact that they sometimes have some issues with syncing, and that they are a little large, which could make them uncomfortable for people with smaller ears.
They’re also a bit pricey. Still, most agree that they’re worth buying. Digital Trends gave them 8/10, while they got 3.5/5 on CNET.
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