Update, February 12, 2021: This list was updated to include the OnePlus Buds Z and Sony WH-1000XM4.
The greatly anticipated OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are already making waves. There’s, unfortunately, no headphone jack on the devices. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great headphone options out there, including OnePlus’ own Bullets Wireless Z. Here are some of the best headphones you can get for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.
The best headphones for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro:
Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro headphones regularly as new ones launch.
1. OnePlus Wireless Z: The best for most users
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z boasts incredibly efficient fast charging. 10 minutes of charging via USB-C yields 10 hours of playtime, which is half of the 20-hour standalone playtime. The Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds are IP55 dust- and water-resistant and are a fine option for rock climbers and runners alike. OnePlus retains the recognizable neckband design that makes it easy to keep track of the earbuds when inactive. This also allows for larger battery cells than true wireless housings.
Magnetic housings automatically pause music playback when you connect the earbuds. Onboard controls include playback and volume adjustments along with direct access to your virtual assistant. You can also immediately switch between paired devices thanks to Quick Switch functionality. If you stream video often, then the low-latency mode is ideal for you. These are the ultimate headphones for the OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro smartphone.
2. OnePlus Buds: The best true wireless
The OnePlus Buds are the best true wireless option for OnePlus smartphone owners who want a streamlined experience, and access to a wide array of features. These earbuds feature an IP55 dust- and water-resistance rating, making them a great option for all athletes. The earbuds don’t support Bluetooth multipoint, but allow you to quickly switch between a current and last-used source device.
The earbuds support only the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs, which means that only certain Android handsets will stream consistent, high-quality audio. OnePlus tuned its earbuds to have a consumer-friendly sound, resulting in bass and treble amplification. The earbuds do a good job of passively blocking out background noise, but this is dependent on your ability to find a good fit.
You can enjoy 4 hours of playtime on a single charge, and the case provides an extra four charge cycles. Fast charging is hyper-efficient: 10 minutes in the case supplies the earbuds with 3 hours of playback. The USB-C case doesn’t support wireless charging, though.
3. Sony WH-1000XM4: The best noise-cancelling option
Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM4 headset has been on the top of our list for what seems like ages, and for good reason. It’s a powerhouse pair of headphones that marries performance and affordability. Active noise-cancelling (ANC) technology works wonders here, and will make your commute bearable. Whether you’re stuck working from home or trying to mute out the rumbles of a subway car, these ‘phones are perfect for you.
Sony supports a host of Bluetooth codecs (LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, and AAC) for all your music streaming needs. No matter what operating system you subscribe to, you’ll enjoy optimal wireless audio quality. Heck, there’s even a headphone jack for wired listening, so you can enjoy FLAC files from services like Amazon Music HD or Tidal HiFi. These are some of the best headphones around and are really only outperformed by the Shure Aonic 50.
4. Jabra Elite Active 75t: The best for athletes
Athletes in need of a reliable pair of workout earbuds to go with their OnePlus 8 handset should turn their attention to the Jabra Elite Active 75t. These IP57-rated earphones are dust- and water-resistant, making them a great option for a wide variety of applications. Battery life is solid for true wireless earphones, with over seven hours of listening on a single charge. You also get fast charging support: 15 minutes in the case supplies an hour of battery life.
Microphone quality is excellent, and other neat features like automatic ear detection and multipoint are supported. The latter allows you to connect the Elite Active 75t to two devices at a time as is also supported by the standard Elite 75t and the company’s noise-cancelling headphones. Whether you’re a cardio kid or a callisthenic king, the Jabra Elite Active 75t will serve you well.
5. Edifier TWS1: The best budget pick
Spent all your hard-earned cash on the new OnePlus 8 Pro? If expensive headphones are out of your budget, the Edifier TWS1 is for you. These earbuds forgo features for raw performance and premium perks usually only afforded by more expensive alternatives. Aside from the sleek design and covert charging case, you benefit from aptX support and Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus for reliable connectivity, something rarely seen unless you want to bump up to something quadruple the price like the 1More True Wireless ANC.
Although microUSB charging is a bummer, it can be forgiven as the earbuds are durable and merit an IPX5 rating. They also afford just over seven hours of listening, which is excellent considering how small the battery cells must be. Sound quality won’t blow you away but is surprisingly good for $50, midrange frequencies in particular.
Best headphones for the OnePlus 8 Series: Honorable mentions
- AKG N60NC: This is a rare variant of on-ear noise-cancelling headphone that’s actually comfortable and effective. Midrange frequencies are filtered out and sound five times quieter when the fit is proper. As we expect from AKG, audio is accurately reproduced and bodes well for all genres of music.
- Beats Powerbeats: Beats’ standard wireless headphones afford nearly everything that the Powerbeats Pro include without the high-cost of true wireless technology. iPhone users are granted hands-free access to Siri, seamless device switching, and power efficiency benefits.
- OnePlus Buds: Users benefit from the same Warp Charging technology used in the company’s smartphones, so plugging the case into a USB-C cable for just 10 minutes yields 10 hours of listening. What’s more, OnePlus crammed ear-detecting sensors into each IPX4-rated ‘bud, so music automatically pauses and resumes when the ‘buds are removed and inserted.
- OnePlus Type-C Bullets: Although we’re not huge advocates of USB-C audio, these are the earbuds to get for anyone committed to the once-promising connector.
- Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: Although these are Samsung-branded, OnePlus 8 series owners will enjoy all the Galaxy Buds Plus have to offer including Qi Wireless charging, great mic quality, over 11 hours of battery life, and Spotify integration. If you want a similar feature set with active noise-cancelling, look into the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro.
- Sony WF-1000XM3: These are Sony’s flagship true wireless earphones and the best true wireless ANC option — yes, even better than the AirPods Pro. The fit is extremely comfortable there is quick charge support.