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Best Bluetooth headphones
Many of us are remote workers nowadays, and work-from-home productivity relies heavily on a good wireless headset to both communicate with colleagues and block out the sounds of noisy roommates. Sure, Bluetooth audio quality can’t hold a candle to wired options, but it’s convenient for most and preferred by many. Here are the best Bluetooth headphones you can get today.
Buying the right Bluetooth headphones for your needs
In order to get the best sound out of your new wireless headphones, you have to consider the headset’s available Bluetooth codecs. You can read all about why certain Bluetooth codecs work better with iPhones over Android phones, but the abridged story: iPhone owners should get headphones with AAC while Android owners should get headphones with aptX or LDAC.
Another thing to note is how more and more Bluetooth headphones integrate active noise cancellation (ANC) into their feature sets. This is a great thing for commuters and jet setters. Optimal ANC requires a good fit, which means the ear pads should fully encompass your ears without any gaps between the padding and your skull. Not only does a good fit improve sound quality and ANC performance, but it can even protect you from noise-induced hearing loss.
The best Bluetooth headphones
- The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 are a great pair of headphones for nearly any application.
- The Sony WH-1000XM4 have the best noise-cancelling of the bunch, slightly edging out our next pick.
- The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are for listeners who appreciate fine design and sound quality.
- The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex may not be the prettiest pair of headphones but they sure are durable.
- The Sennheiser HD 350BT are a great pair of headphones that cost less than $100.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2: The best Bluetooth headphones for most people
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 takes everything that we loved about the original ATH-M50x and adapts it for wireless listening. These headphones have up-to-date Bluetooth 5.0 firmware and support SBC, AAC, and LDAC high-quality streaming from your favorite services. Features are sparse, but Audio-Technica has never relied on gimmicks. Instead, the headphones deliver excellent Bluetooth sound quality at a fair price. Plus, the headset lasts over 64 hours which is a huge perk. If you need a pair of wireless headphones to take from home to the streets, these are promising.
Check out SoundGuys’ full review to learn more about the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2.
Sony WH-1000XM4: The best noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones
We’ve sung Sony’s praises since the WH-1000XM2 and the Sony WH-1000XM4 are even better. These ANC wireless headphones boast some of the best noise-cancelling on the market and come in at a competitive price. A handful of Bluetooth codecs are supported by this headset among which are LDAC, AAC, and of course, SBC. No matter your source device, high-quality audio is at your fingertips. What’s more you can make granular EQ adjustments via the Sony | Headphones Connect app. Be aware though: doing so automatically drops streaming quality down to SBC.
Read more: The best noise-cancelling headphones
Unlike its predecessor, the Sony WH-1000XM4 supports Bluetooth multipoint so you may connect the headset to two devices at a time. Unfortunately, the feature only works when streaming over AAC on both devices (firmware 2.0.6). The WH-1000XM4 charge via USB-C and have a 20-hour battery life. If you’re itching to hush your cubicle neighbors, this headset is a brilliant investment.
Check out our full review to learn more about the Sony WH-1000XM4.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700: The best style
Bose’s beloved QuietComfort II wireless headphones have received a huge overhaul with the Bose noise-cancelling Headphones 700. Sound quality is markedly improved from the previous flagship model as is the design, which has a more modern touch than before. Speaking of which, these headphones support touch controls via the ear cups. It’s not quite as intuitive as Sony’s headphones but remains easy to use.
ANC is excellent and can handle most situations, though not as well as the Sony WH-1000XM4 or Shure AONIC 50. The microphones are very good on this headset, and certainly good enough for your average conference call. Bose updates its firmware and Bose Connect app frequently, and users can even create a custom EQ with the free app. This is great because the sound quality is neutral, which may not please listeners who prefer a bass-heavy sound.
Check out SoundGuys’ full review to learn more about the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700.
V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex: The most durable Bluetooth headphones
V-Moda’s Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex are some of the toughest and best Bluetooth headphones on the market. They’re MIL-STD 810G certified and can be contorted any which way without damage to the headband. Both aptX and AAC high-quality Bluetooth codecs are supported to the benefit of both Android and iOS users. If you opt for wired listening, you’ll benefit from zero latency, which makes these a great option for gamers who want a versatile headset. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even get a customized pair of headphones by going directly through the V-Moda website.
Regardless of whether you deck them out or not, you can rest easy knowing that V-Moda backs its products with its Immortal Life program. This lets you swap your old V-Moda cans for a coupon worth up to 50% of the headphone’s value. This can then be used toward a new pair of headphones. Suffice to say the expense is justifiable for some with such a program in place.
Check out SoundGuys’ full review to learn more about the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Codex.
Sennheiser HD 350BT: The best value
The Sennheiser HD 350BT is a great pair of wireless headphones for anyone who can’t bear to spend more than $100. You get Bluetooth 5.0, which helps the headset stay connected to your smartphone, and a slew of high-quality Bluetooth codecs (SBC, AAC, aptX, and aptX LL). Whether you use an Android or iPhone, you can enjoy near-CD quality audio. This codec support comes in lieu of a headphone jack; there’s no way to connect the HD 350BT by wire.
The ear cups are a bit small for large ears, but the fit remains comfortable thanks to the appropriate headband tension. What’s more, Bluetooth multipoint is finicky at best. Even still, these are small compromises to make for an affordable headset that makes all music sound good.
Check out SoundGuys’ full review to learn more about the Sennheiser HD 350BT.
These are our picks for the best wireless headphones. This category is constantly being updated with new options, so we’ll be sure to keep you informed as more options become available.
The best Bluetooth headphones: Honorable mentions
- AKG N60NC: These are one of the few on-ear headsets that you can wear for hours on end without head and ear pain. AKG’s noise-cancelling is very good, as is sound quality.
- Apple AirPods Max: This headset has the best noise-cancelling around, but it didn’t quite nab a spot on the list because it’s so cost-prohibitive and many of its features are exclusive to iOS.
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II: Bose’s headphones have been around for years now, but they still keep up with the best of them. If you value comfort above all else, you need the QC 35 II on your head. Bose keeps this headset alive and well with significant firmware updates.
- Bose QuietComfort 45: These headphones have even better ANC than the QC 35 II, but you can’t disable ANC without immediately enabling transparency mode. Also, the boosted treble and missing EQ makes this a less ideal option compared to the NCH 700.
- Jabra Elite 45h: On-ears are a rare breed, what with the rise of true wireless earphones, but the Elite 45h stand out from the crowd due to its 50-hour battery life.
- Under Armour Project Rock Over-Ear Training Headphones by JBL: If you’re one of the rare athletes who prefers to use headphones, rather than earbuds, to exercise, then JBL and Under Armour’s headset is for you.
- Microsoft Surface Headphones 2: Microsoft combines noise-cancelling, good sound quality, and a dedicated mic mute switch to make the Surface Headphones 2 one of the best productivity headsets around.
- Sennheiser PXC 550-II: Sennheiser’s sound quality is stellar, as is its noise-cancelling in these relatively affordable headphones. The headset features spacious touch panels and ergonomically shaped ear cups that accommodate ears of all sizes.
- Shure Aonic 50: If you want a pair of luxurious headphones that sound great, support all the popular high-quality Bluetooth codecs, and are comfortable for bespectacled listeners, then the Aonic 50 is your end game.
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