Here’s what we found when looking for the best wireless headphones on the market, starting with our absolute favourite…
1. Creative Super X-Fi Air
Why we like them: 三级成人视频They make your music sound like you’re in the room with the band
Here’s what we found when looking for the best wireless headphones on the market, starting with our absolute favourite…
Why we like them: 三级成人视频They make your music sound like you’re in the room with the band
W三级成人视频hile you may not have heard of Creative Technology, you will almost have certainly used one of their products. The Singapore-based company are arguably one of the most influential tech companies in the world today. Their original sound card is the reason we have computer speakers to this day.
The Super X-Fi Air headphones were the toast of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, where critics called them “mind-blowing” and described using them as an “eargasm”. Quite the reputation to live up to.
I三级成人视频nitially, both Toth and I were decidedly unimpressed. The padding on the cups feels cheap, and the customisable light-up rings on the cups feels rather like a distracting gimmick than a luxury feature. More alarmingly, the sound was hit-and-miss: Toth described the high end of the sound spectrum being “pushed to the limits of still being listenable”.
And then we pushed a button and the world moved beneath out feat. You see, we'd been using the Super X-Fi Air wrongly. There's an accompanying app that has a function that moulds the sound to your ears. How? You use your phone or tablet to take a picture of each of your ears, then your head, and Creative’s algorithm uses the shapes of each to test your hearing and adapt the headphones to you. (I’m told this is the most efficient way of doing so, without spending a tonne of time and money to get your ears tested in a professional environment.)
Immediately the whole listening experience changed, says Toth. “It feels like it went from listening to someone in the next room to the wall coming down. They’re incredible, they make me feel giddy like a child.”
三级成人视频The same goes for if you take a phone call on them. It honestly makes the person on the other end of the line sound like they are speaking to you in the same room. The sound fidelity is so phenomenally good, I stopped caring about that cheap padding completely.
There’s a number of other nice features too like touch controls on the cups, so you can tap to play and pause your music, or swipe to adjust the volume or skip through tracks. And you can insert a microSD card to be able to listen to music without having to connect to your phone via Bluetooth.
Finally, I have to commend the equitability of Creative. For those who’d like the benefits of hyper-personalised music but already have a pair of headphones, it might be worth seeking out the which plugs into your current headphones to adjust the sound input for your ears, giving a similar experience to Creative’s own product. Simply do the hearing test, select your own headphones from a drop down menu (everything from Beats to those cheap headphones that come with iPhones are featured) and you’ll get that Super X-Fi experience on your current favourite pair.
Why we like them: They’re perfectly tuned for modern music
While the company is one of the most recognisable names in headphones around the world, Beats are still likely to get a few eye-rolls among a professional crowd. “They’re seen as being a bit basic, a bit ‘pretend-pro’," says Toth. "You wear Beats to seem like you’re an audiophile when you don’t really know what you’re doing."
Even so, there’s no denying that Beats have found a loyal audience and have become almost a status symbol for the iPhone generation. And to be fair, says Toth, there’s a good reason for that. “These are tuned for modern pop music, they’re really good at that. Everything is adjusted just the right amount to make it sound excellent. The high stuff is really shimmery and there’s a nice bass on the lower end. You can just chuck these on and you know you’re going to get a good experience every time.”
The design of the Solo3 headphones plays into that millennial luxury feel too. They’re bulky but not too bulky, making just enough of a statement while also feeling comfortable and modest enough to wear casually. The leather pads feel good and don’t easily slip off (no matter how much head-banging you do), and the range of colours is always a nice option.
三级成人视频One particularly impressive feature is the battery. These babies will last 40 hours off a full charge, but even plugging them for five minutes gave me three hours and seven minutes playtime, making them ideal for forgetful types who never remember to charge their gadgets before a long trip.
One minor disappointment is that the Solo3 headphones employ a physical button to control them. One tap for play/pause, two to skip forwards, three to skip backwards, and a tap at the top or bottom raises or lowers the volume. It’s a fairly self-explanatory system, but it's a bit fiddly to use and it feels slightly too easy to mess up. You end up pressing the volume button when you mean to pause, or triple tap the button too fast and end up pausing the music rather than skipping back to the last track.
Either way, if you’re looking for a pair of headphones that you can quickly throw on and enjoy, look no further.
Why we like them: 三级成人视频The gold standard for true audiophiles
“Beyer Dynamic are considered the industry standard,” explains Toth as he takes these out of the box.
Right from the off, there’s an noticeably premium feel to these (matching that eye-watering price). Each one comes with a unique, individual serial number which is… well, it’s basically meaningless for most of us, but it does help sell the whole “premium” thing. The cups are made of metal with a luxurious and hyper-comfortable suede padding. They clap together nicely to feel tight enough on your head to stay in place no matter what.
T三级成人视频hese are big, bulky headphones that are designed for studio use, not necessarily meant to be worn on the train to and from work. Still, that doesn’t mean that they’re not absolutely pitch perfect at what they do.
The Amiron Wireless headphones are a far cry from Beats in terms of the sound they emit. “They’re subdued and more professional, the sound quality is super clear and defined," says Toth. "They’re ideal for recording, this is what you want if you’re referencing studio mixes.”
三级成人视频Basically, everything is so clear and unmodified that if you need to compare minute differences between two tracks, these are the ones you need. But they’re mind-blowingly good at what they do. There’s an incredible thrill in hearing music sound this precise; you can imagine the original artist sitting in the room, carefully composing every sound, every note, so they were all just perfect for you.
Having said that, Toth does describe the Amiron Wireless headphones as being “a cake without a cherry”. He says they’re not ideal for the average listener, because they don’t really soup up anything, leaving them sounding a bit flat compared to the likes of Beats or Super X-Fi.
三级成人视频Even so, if you’re a true audiophile who wants to listen to music just as it was originally recorded, or a musician who needs to hear with perfect clarity, these are simply the best in the field.
Why we like them: 三级成人视频They’re a very premium take on true wireless headphones
O三级成人视频ur first set of ‘true wireless’ headphones on this list and they’re a doozy. Master & Dynamic are another big name in the world of headphones and, true to form, they’ve crafted a very impressive product here.
Once again, we’re looking at a product designed to be ‘premium’. The headphones themselves look unique with a tile-like exterior that has an interesting marble pattern visible in your ears. Master & Dynamic also win points for the charging case, which is made of polished steel rather than the plastic of some other options. It looks incredible if you can accept that it will definitely end up covered in fingerprints.
三级成人视频Once again, each set was hand-made and comes with a distinct serial number.
It’d be fair to say the headphones aren’t exactly the most comfortable things to begin with, although I did find that I got used to them pretty. On the plus side, they stay in your ears nicely; even after a lot of shaking and jumping around, I couldn’t dislodge them. They come with multiple different kinds of ear-tips, so you can personalise the fit.
A三级成人视频s for the sound quality, they’re excellent. Everything is intelligently levelled in a way that seems particularly sensitive to the needs of modern music, though that’s not to say older stuff doesn’t sound great as well. You can hear every instrument distinctly, which is an important test of quality, according to Toth.
One thing that did surprise me was just how loud the MW07 units can go. You might think they’d hold back on the volume, given that they’re so small, but that’s not the case at all.
三级成人视频Battery life is a slight disappointment. You only get about three and a half hours from the headphones. The case can charge them a further three times too, so you could theoretically get 14 hours of battery life altogether, but that’s still considerably less than other true wireless headphones.
Still, there’s no denying the aesthetic of these little earbuds and their ability to give a good musical performance.
What we like about them: The price
W三级成人视频hen you get them out of the box, you probably won’t think much of the BT One. As headphones go, this one is light, plasticky, and feels cheap. There are no frills here: no voice controls, no touch controls, no luxurious metal bits.
H三级成人视频owever, when the headphones go onto your head and you fire up the tunes, it soon becomes clear that Status have really poured all their energy into making sure the speakers are up to snuff. I’ve read comments from fellow critics which claimed that the sound quality was up there with speakers for twice the price and I can't disagree. The sound is rich and full, you can hear every thump of the base, while the highs are bright and crisp. There is not a hint of fuzziness or warble in any song I listened to. I am deeply impressed.
In the Beats era where a pair of headphones is as much a fashion accessory as a means of listening to music, I’m not sure whether the BT One will find its audience, but if it doesn’t, it won’t be for want of sound quality.
If I had to describe Jabra’s biggest mistake with these headphones, I would put my finger on the word “Elite”. Between that name and the description on the box, it’s hard to escape the idea that the brand was aiming to create a high-end, premium product. But these earbuds feel a bit too plasticky and cheap to be a good fit for that market.
However, if you can get past the misnomer, Jabra have actually crafted a really very solid headphone here. The sound quality is top notch, says Toth, able to hit some of the bassiest levels on the low end while maintaining the sharpness on higher end stuff.
三级成人视频In addition, the battery life is seriously impressive - five hours off a single charge, and then a further 15 in the charging case. That’d be fairly decent for a pair of over-ear headphones, let alone some tiny true wireless earbuds.
三级成人视频There’s also some really good noise-cancelling technology which works a treat, as well as audio-transparency that you can turn off/on, allowing you to hear the rest of the world while your music is playing; ideal for those who do a lot of running on roads.
One of my personal favourite features was the compatibility with my phone’s voice assistant, with a press of the button. The headphones simply listen out for you to say “Hey Siri” or “OK Google” and respond in kind; it’s a handy feature which avoids you needing to press any buttons.
That being said, Jabra’s big mistake here was the physical buttons used to control volume and play/pause and skip through tracks. On an over-ear headphone like the Beats Solo3, the force of the button press is spread across your ear, whereas on an ear-bud, it just feels like you’re jamming it into your ear canal.
H三级成人视频owever, given that you can control your music by simply taking your phone or MP3 player out of your pocket, that isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker.
If you want some top quality true wireless headphones at a reasonable price point, these are a great option.
E三级成人视频ver since Alexa took over our homes with the Amazon Echo, it has only been a matter of time until we’d be able to take the smart assistant with us and use it on the road. Sure, there’s been an app for a long time, but seeing as almost every phone has either Siri or Google Assistant baked in, there’s really been no good reason to use it on the fly. Until now.
The Echo Buds are a pair of true-wireless headphones which are defined by the fact they have three microphones in each bud, designed specifically to listen out for voice commands to Alexa.
It's something that has been tried before, but never successfully. Whenever I’ve tested smart assistant enabled headphones, they’ve been poor at picking up commands. Generally I’d end up having to get my phone out of my pocket anyway. But Amazon and Bose, who collaborated on the Echo Buds, have succeeded here; the headphones picked up my commands every time with no fuss. Even in crowded, noisy, or windy conditions, they had no trouble hearing me.
I三级成人视频f you’re less interested in using Alexa, the Echo Buds are a bit of a mixed bag. The speaker quality is certainly impressive, and the basic touch commands on the headphones work well, but the noise-cancellation just isn’t up to scratch. I could hear a constant fuzzy humming. Very distracting.
If you’re an Alexa-aficionado, look no further, the Echo Buds work well and they’re not too expensive compared to comparable products. If you’re less bothered about the smart assistant then you can do better.
I三级成人视频n terms of speaker quality, Toth was very impressed with the Momentum True Wireless headphones. “They’re a fun headphone, you’ve got a loads of levels, a lot of low stuff. These are the kind of headphones that are easy to stick on and enjoy, like Beats.”
There are other ways these feel nice too. The charging case comes with a charming fabric skin. It’s not the shiny silver box of the Master & Dynamic MW07, but for my money, I thought it looked pretty sharp, and hey, at least you won’t spend your life scrubbing fingers prints off this one.
You can control the headphones by simply tapping on the outside. There’s no button pressing involved here, so you don’t need to worry about jamming them down your ear canal.
B三级成人视频attery life is reasonable too. You get around four hours of play time off a full charge, then the charging case can give you another eight hours if you don’t mind waiting.
My only real disappointment was with the fit. I was able to dislodge these from my head quite easily when I was moving around, so I probably wouldn’t recommend exercising with them in. However, if you’re content to sit at your desk and listen to music, you could do worse.
A三级成人视频nother set of Beats headphones, and this one abandons the classic over-ear look that has come to define the brand in favour of a cord which goes around the back of the neck instead, ensuring that even if the buds themselves fall from your ears, they’re still attached to your person and not skittering down beneath the wheels of an oncoming train.
The look is pretty sleek and the back of the headphones are magnetic so you can fasten them around you when not in use. So far, so handy.
三级成人视频Unfortunately the cable is weighted a bit oddly, causing it to bounce around a lot when you move. The controls are located on a toggle on the cable, and I found that reaching up to play with them pulled the closest headphone out of my ear about half the time.
That being said, when you’re not messing with the buttons, BeatsX do fit fantastically well and don’t drop out of your ears easily.
As for the music quality, it’s a little odd. The high stuff is really shimmery and sharp, but the middle is pretty flat. The contrast between the two is quite strange. Neither would be a negative on its own, but combined they work to make music feel very on-edge. It’s not the worst thing in the world but Toth says he wouldn’t want to listen to them for too long. You’ll only get eight hours before they’ll need a recharge, so that may not be too much of a problem.
My review unit came in a delightful rose gold, and, for my money, they looked by far the best of any of the headphones on this list. They also felt comfortable and clamp securely to your head so they don’t fall off too easily.
The sound quality is fairly clear, though Toth notes that they sound a little flat. “They need an EQ boost, you want more low-end stuff, and it feels like some clarity is missing here. They’re also a bit quiet compared to others we’ve tested, even at full volume.”
Compare the price of these to the price of the top picks, and you should get a good idea of what to expect. “There’s nothing on the low end, everything is a bit underwhelming, a bit boring,” says Toth. “They’re not that bad, just nothing to write home about – they do the job fine.”
The construction isn’t that great either. That being said, they are surprisingly comfortable to wear, and the light-weight plastic means you can wear them for ages without ever feeling uncomfortable.
All in all, Urbanista have made a pretty good set of headphones with their Tokyo true wireless earbuds. They’re very loud, and sound reasonably good given the relatively low price point.
Battery is decent at four hours (with a further 12 hours charge provided through the case) and the splash resistance is handy for those who might want to run with these.
However, all of that is eclipsed by one uber-annoying thing: the damn buttons. Like Beats, you have a physical button to press which allows you to play/pause, skip, activate your voice assistant or adjust the volume. So far, no problem. The amount of force necessary to get any of these features to activate means you’re basically smacking the buds into your ear canal in a manner which I found to be actively painful.
That alone makes the Urbanista Tokyo a (literal) pain to use, and hard to recommend. Look elsewhere.
T三级成人视频his one is a bit of a cuckoo in the nest really. It’s a binaural microphone that’s been cunningly disguised as a set of headphones. Basically, that means you plug it into your ears and it is capable of recording sound exactly as you hear it. For a journalist, it’s ideal for interviewing people, but I can also imagine it’d be a cool piece of gear for an aspiring filmmaker, or those who want to create really immersive holiday videos.
If this was a review of microphones it’d be near the top, but as a set of wireless headphones they are only really capable of going loud, without any refinement. There are better options, if you’re not bothered by the microphone quality.
三级成人视频The answer is Bluetooth, but how it works is hugely complicated and boring, so allow me to explain as simply as I can.
三级成人视频Imagine two people standing on either side of a river waving at each other – that’s your headphones and your music player. Music Player has some heavy boxes that won’t float across the river. So it breaks them down into teeny tiny units that do float. When they get to the other side, Headphones rebuilds them exactly as they were. That’s basically what’s happening with Bluetooth except it’s basically instantaneous. And it uses radio waves rather than a river, which leads us nicely onto the next question...
Y三级成人视频ou’ve probably heard the (unproven) claims that holding a phone next to your head is bad for your, because the radio waves go through your head and cause cancer, right? Bluetooth also uses radio waves, so is it open to the same accusations?
三级成人视频Well, even if those claims had been consistently proven, which they haven’t, it’s still quite different. A mobile phone transmitter and receiver is much more powerful, designed to project signals over a huge distance. Bluetooth is designed to transmit and receive from a distance of 10 metres or less. The signal is so weak that it’s not even comparable. So don’t worry about it.
Well… kind of. Don’t get me wrong, you can get some very good quality wireless headphones. Generally the amount of information you can transmit over Bluetooth is smaller than you’d get with a wired headphone. To circumvent this, Bluetooth transmitters in your music player strip out some of the audio quality at frequencies you usually can’t hear to make the file smaller. Usually you can’t really tell, but the cumulative effect of stripping out this unnecessary parts of the music file does gradually become noticeable after a while.
That being said, as I mentioned before, I don’t have an audiophile’s ear, so I didn’t really notice the difference. If you’re big on hearing every detail of your music, go with a wire, but unless you’re a real music nerd, don’t worry about it, you won’t be able to tell.