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JBL Xtreme 2 - Midnight Black - Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Hero
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How Do WiFi Headphones Work

WiFi headphones – what are they and how do they work. Well, this “How Do WiFi Headphones Work?” article is here to break it down. But first, to understand how WiFi headphones work, you’ll first have to understand how they fare compared to Bluetooth.

How Do WiFi Headphones Work?

WiFi works similar to Bluetooth. Both of these communication standards are wireless. They do differ in the way and means in which they are used.

Bluetooth is a wireless communication standard that allows for the transfer of data over a short distance – 30 feet or so – between two items. Usually one item is a mobile device paired to a more stationary item, like a pair of headphones and a computer. Bluetooth versions 4.2 and below are best suited for items that are in close proximity to one another. I say this because Bluetooth 5 was introduced not too long ago and it has the ability to reach much further distances, at faster speeds, transmitting larger amounts of data. When a network is created by two devices paired via Bluetooth it is called a personal area network or PAN. Bluetooth functions at about works at 2.4GHz frequency and can pair up to 7 devices at a time.

WiFi is a communication standard that is a means of connecting to the internet through networks, usually set up with computers for transfer of larger amounts of data in comparison to Bluetooth. The bandwith and bit-rate are much larger. The WiFi network created is called a WLAN which stands for wireless local area network and can work at frequencies of 2.4, 3.6 and 5 GHz and depending on the WiFi router can connect one to multiple devices at once.

So what does this mean for headphones?

WiFi headphones work by connecting to your network, which allots for much further distances of connectivity dependent on your version of Wi-Fi protocol applied and addition of antennas in the communication system, as Engineers Garage helps to explain. WiFi is also alot faster than Bluetooth operating at 250 Mbps while Bluetooth versions of 4.0 and below are operating at about 25Mbps. WiFi headphones also offer something that Bluetooth headphones can’t and that is the ability to connect to the internet, in doing so, WiFi headphones can essentially stream music from your favorite streaming services without the use of your cellphone. There are few WiFi headphones on the market. One that comes to mind is Streamz unveiled at CES a year ago. However, I think you should still be aware of the potential of WiFi headphones and obviously most how do they work?

If you have any other questions regarding how do WiFi headphones work, let us know in the comments section down below.

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Onyx Studio 3 - White - Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Hero
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Koss Striva Headphones Bring Built-In WiFi, Direct Play Of Online Content

Everything comes with WiFi these days — your phone, your laptop, your camera.  And now, your headphones can come packing WiFi, too, with the Koss Striva.

Instead of piping tunes over Bluetooth, all signals are passed over WiFi.  That way, you can get your music straight from the internet with no middleman device needed, provided you’ve got an active WiFi connection within range.  It can only play stations from Koss’ MyKoss online portal, though, although their offering should be as robust as most standard internet radio aggregators anyway.

Two models of the headphones are available: Striva TAP (in-ear) and Striva Pro (over-ear).  Both come with built-in WiFi, along with a transmitter called CAP (contact access point) that plugs into a standard mini-jack.  Using the CAP isn’t needed when streaming tunes from online, but you’ll need to use them to listen to audio from local sources, like your phone, laptop or CD player.  The headphones feature a  frequency range of 10 Hz and 20,000 Hz, with an operating range of 300 feet from the WiFi source or CAP plugging location.  Unfortunately, the onboard battery is only good for up to 2 hours on a full charge, making the headphones a tad unusable for extended use on the road.

While directly connecting to your phone over WiFi is the ideal scenario, the CAP is small enough to make any hassles a minor one.  Plus, with Koss’ badge, the output from here should sound plenty sweet, making this a pretty good choice of headphones for use at home or on your workstation.

Both models of the Koss Striva are available now, with the TAP retailing for $500 and the Pro for $450.

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Best wireless headphones 2021

Best wireless headphones Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best wireless headphones you can buy in 2021.

Wireless headphones have come a long way in the last decade. The wireless revolution means ever-more advanced Bluetooth codecs, longer lasting batteries and better sounding performance – greats news for those of us who value both quality sound and the convenience of no wires. But the best news? That innovation looks only to be continuing on an upward trajectory, with wireless technologies and audio-enhancing hardware and software far from stagnant – most recently exemplified with the excellent Apple AirPods Max and Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling over-ears, which top this list.

While a few years ago we would have still recommended the best headphones with wires for those who prioritise sound quality (and for the utmost sound-per-pound performance, we still would), the very best wireless headphones these days really do make ideal companions for listening to music on the move. Such as the ones you'll see below.

With quality has come quantity, though – the market is awash with wireless pairs – so before you start hunting you should decide what style of headphones you want. Our round-up of the best wireless headphones here includes over-ears, often with noise-cancelling thrown in for good measure, with brands such as Sony, Bose, Sennheiser, B&W, AKG and, as of very recently, Apple leading the way. 

There are also now plenty of wireless earbuds (or earphones, if you like) too – some with neckband cables joining the buds, and others known as 'true wireless earbuds', where the earpieces are completely untethered from one another. Yes, like AirPods. The AirPods and AirPods Pro may be the most popular of them all, but they are far from the very best – something the excellent Sony WF-1000XM4, Google Pixel Buds A and Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ demonstrate.

Whatever style you require, or budget you are tied to, we've got the best wireless headphones you can buy – all tried and tested by the What Hi-Fi? reviews team so you can be assured all of the suggestions below are excellent value for money.

1. Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony’s premium wireless headphones deliver a sonic masterclass

Specifications

Bluetooth: Yes

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Battery life: 30hr

Charging: USB-C

Built-in mic and controls: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Dynamic, detail-rich sound+Sensational sense of timing+Lightweight, comfy and clever

Reasons to avoid

-No IP rating-No aptX support

The arrival of the Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones was probably the biggest headphone launch of 2020 – OK, joint most important alongside the Apple AirPods Max (below). They just happen to replace the Bose-baiting, Sennheiser-slaying, What Hi-Fi? Award-winning WH-1000XM3 (also below), one of the most popular pairs of headphones on the planet. 

So, they are quite a big deal. And – good news – they live up to their hype. As such, they're now too What Hi-Fi? Award winners and the best around at their price.

They’re as comfortable as their predecessors (which is very, by the way); they introduce new useful features that elevate the user experience (such as ‘Speak to Chat’, which allows you to talk to someone while the headphones are still on your head, all without moving a muscle); and, more importantly, you’re getting a serious hike in sound quality over the XM3 for the money – in part down to a new DSEE Extreme sound processor.

The line's sense of musicality and enthusiasm remains as addictive as ever here, but you can also hear big improvements over the XM3 across the board. The WH-1000XM4 sounds more composed and confident, especially when it comes to lower frequencies. We’re in no doubt these sensational Sony headphones will be tough to beat when it comes to value.

Read the full review: Sony WH-1000XM4

Read our Sony WH-1000XM4: tips, tricks and advice

Here are the best Sony headphones you can buy

2. Apple AirPods Max

These are hands-down the best wireless noise-cancellers you can buy (for Apple users, anyway)

Specifications

Bluetooth: Yes

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Battery life: 20hr

Charging: USB-C

Built-in mic and controls: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Superb sound and noise-cancelling+Cinematic spatial audio+Exceptional build quality

Reasons to avoid

-Near-pointless case-Audio cable not included-Practically Apple-only

Yes, they're expensive (prohibitively so for many). Yes, they come with an ugly, arguably pointless case. And yes, their packaging omits an audio cable and wall charger. Yet they sit near the top of this highly competitive Best Buy page as the best-sounding wireless headphones on the market (even if we think the Sonys above are better value).

Why? Because for keen Apple users they're quite simply the best performing wireless headphones you can buy – and not by a small margin. In fact, their authenticity, detail, crispness and spaciousness elevate their audio quality so far above the previous best in the wireless noise-cancelling class (the Sony WH-1000XM4 below) that the comparison starts to become a little redundant, and you instead begin to consider them alongside proper hi-fi products.

Unsurprisingly, you do need an iPhone or iPad in order to get the most out of the AirPods Max. They will work with non-Apple products using standard Bluetooth 5.0, but you’ll miss out on many of their unique features, such as spatial audio and Siri voice control.

There’s no denying that they cost a lot more than typical products in this class but, if sound quality is king, there’s equally no denying that they’re worth it.

Read the full review: Apple AirPods Max

Everything you need to know about Apple spatial audio for AirPods Max

3. Sony WH-1000XM3

Jack of all trades and master of all; the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are a superb all-round package

Specifications

Bluetooth: Yes

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Battery life: 30hr

Charging: USB-C

Built-in mic and controls: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Detailed dynamic sound+Clever, intuitive features+Great noise-cancelling, battery life

Reasons to avoid

-Touch controls feel fiddly at first

While no longer Sony's latest and greatest wireless noise-cancelling headphones (that'd be the WH-1000XM4 at the top of this page), the XM3 are still superb options – especially for those with tighter budgets; they've dropped in price a fair bit since their successors came along.

They're 2020, 2019 and 2018 What Hi-Fi? Award winners and remain one of the most comfortable, best-sounding and most intuitive pairs of on-ears we’ve tested. Features include Sony's Atmospheric Pressure Optimiser which optimises the noise-cancelling for when you're flying, touchpad controls and an accompanying Headphones Control app. Thanks to a quick charging battery (done via USB-C), the WH-1000XM3 go from empty to full in three hours while a ten minute charge gives you a whopping five hours of use.

They produce an open, spacious sound that gives every instrument, effect and vocal room to breathe. Vocals sound focused and direct, but the instruments around them are delivered in a way that makes it feel as if you’re in the room with the band. Combine that spaciousness with greater detail, dynamic subtlety and loads of lovely deep bass and you've got a breathtaking noise-cancelling package. If you're looking for excellent noise-cancellers but can't afford the WH-1000XM4's outlay, you won't be disappointed with these.

Read the full review: Sony WH-1000XM3

Read our Sony WH-1000XM3 tips, tricks and advice

4. Sony WF-1000XM4

Sony's best true wireless earbuds to date.

Specifications

OS support: Android/iOS

Bluetooth: Yes

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Battery life: 8 hours (24 hours with charging case)

Finishes: 2

Reasons to buy

+Clear, detailed bass performance+Wonderful sense of musicality+Comfortable+Class-leading battery life

Reasons to avoid

-Missing Sony’s Multipoint feature-Lacking ear tip choices-No aptX HD

Yes, it's another Sony. With the brand-new WF-1000XM4, the company has managed to build on the huge success of the WF-1000XM3 (a few spots below) and produce a sensational pair of true wireless earbuds.

There's dynamics and detail in spades and it's a balanced performance, with taut, precise bass notes and refined, sophisticated vocals. You can't help but be carried away by their sense of musicality.

Those who prioritise battery life in their AirPods alternatives should find the eight hours promised by the Sonys more than sufficient. The wireless charging case also extends this by a further 16 hours.

The Sonys are comfortable to wear too, with touch-sensitive controls and ear tips that provide excellent noise isolation. Combine this with brilliant noise cancelling courtesy of Sony's Integrated Processor V1 and the WF-1000XM4 are difficult to fault.

IPX4 water resistance is included, as are clever features such as Quick Attention and Speak-To-Chat which both allow you to have a conversation without removing the earbuds. If you buy one pair of true wireless earbuds this year, make it the WF-1000XM4.

Read the full review: Sony WF-1000XM4

5. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus

Cambridge’s Award-winning recipe has been refined to include app support and extra sonic clarity and detail

Specifications

Bluetooth: 5.0

Noise-cancelling: No

Battery life: Up to 45 hours

Charging: USB-C

In-line mic and controls: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Extra ounce of dynamic expression+Great clarity for the level+Slick app support

Reasons to avoid

-No noise-cancelling

Cambridge’s compact, fuss-free and affordable design in its original Melomania 1 true wireless earbuds (below) was a hit with us the first time around in 2019. The addition of a slicker paint-job, app support for EQ customisation and the step-up in sonic detail and refinement – without the anticipated price hike – only makes us want to heap extra praise upon the new Melomania 1 Plus.

While the original Melomania 1 can now be had for a significant discount, we’d still point you towards this updated model. There’s no noise-cancelling onboard, but those who don’t need shouldn't hesitate to add these latest Melomanias to their shortlist. For an engaging, detailed, expansive listen, the Melomania 1 Plus are very much in the running for best at this level.

Read the full Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus review

6. Panasonic RZ-S500W

A hugely talented and affordable pair of cheap ANC wireless earbuds

Specifications

Bluetooth version: 5.0

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Battery life: 6.5 hours (+ 13 hours from charging case)

Charging: USB-C

Built-in mic and controls: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Expansive detailed presentation+Excellent noise cancelling+Superb touch controls

Reasons to avoid

-Fit could be an issue for some

Panasonic isn't a brand that immediately springs to mind when you think of cheap wireless earbuds. But perhaps it should be. The RZ-S500W are the company's first foray into wireless noise-cancelling earbuds and they're sensational performers for their outlay.

Specs are thorough, with noise-cancelling tech, an Ambient Mode, twin mics for voice calls, and battery life that totals 19.5 hours (6.5hrs from the buds and 13hrs from the charging case). A 15-minute USB-C quick-charge can deliver 70 minutes of playback. The touch controls on each bud are responsive and intuitive, allowing you to control your music and switch between noise-cancelling modes with zero fuss. 

You also get five sizes of ear tips to help with fit. We found this a little hit and miss, so we'd definitely experiment and consider mixing the sizes if it means getting a more secure fit.

Both noise-cancelling and sound quality are excellent. There's plenty of agility through the low end and loads of texture across frequencies. Music sounds clear and there's a great deal of refinement on show, which is to be welcomed at this price level. To sum up, these Panasonic earbuds are superb for the money.

Read the full Panasonic RZ-S500W review

7. Sony WF-1000XM3

A new benchmark for true wireless headphones.

Specifications

Bluetooth: Yes

Noise-cancelling: Yes

Battery life: 6hrs (24hrs with charging case)

Charging: USB-C

Built-in mic and controls: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Great musicality+Excellent noise-cancelling+Decent battery life

Reasons to avoid

-Lack volume controls-Don't support aptX HD

If you have a looser budget, know that these are the best true wireless earbuds with noise-cancelling on the market. Not only do these 2019 and 2020 What Hi-Fi? Award winners pack brilliant noise-cancelling tech into their tiny frames, they come with more sizes of tip than most rivals, so you should be able to achieve the perfect fit. The touch controls are intuitive (even if volume controls are conspicuous by their absence) and they sound wonderfully musical: instruments sound natural, believable and wholly expressive. There's plenty of subtlety on show too, and a great level of detail. 

Sony upped its game when it came to noise-cancelling tech, too. At the heart of each earpiece lies a Sony QN1e HD noise-cancelling processor, which is both highly effective and easy on the battery. You get six hours of playback as standard, while the case has enough power for an extra three charges, giving a total of 24 hours when using Bluetooth and noise-cancelling together.

If you prefer earbuds to over-ear headphones, these are the cream of the current crop and well worth splashing out on.  

Read the full Sony WF-1000XM3 review

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8. Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless

The best wireless Bluetooth headphones we’ve come across for home use.

Specifications

Bluetooth: Yes

Noise-cancelling: No

Battery life: 30hrs

Charging: USB-C

Built-in mic and controls: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Fast, agile sound+Premium feel and build+Control system

Reasons to avoid

-No noise-cancelling-Not very portable

The Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless are among the best Bluetooth headphones we have heard, period.

Providing you get a pair that properly fits (our first review sample had issues, but our second one didn't), we’re happy to say that you'd be hard-pushed to find better wireless performance for this premium amount of money. We listen to a variety of music, from classical to pop with much in between, and the Amiron Wireless are consistent in their performance. And that is to say, very good indeed. The sound is punchy and rhythmic with the clean, crisp midrange and treble complemented by a snappy well-timed bass. The lower registers are relayed confidently while not being overbearing, too.

While these Beyerdynamics do block out plenty of external sound, there is no active noise-cancelling, which less expensive rivals offer, and indeed this is a bulky, non-folding headset. But if you want the best sound you can get from a pair of wireless headphones for home use, you should look no further.

Read the full Beyerdynamic Amiron Wireless review

9. AKG Y400

A fantastic addition to the world of wireless headphones.

Specifications

Bluetooth: Yes

Noise-cancelling: No

Battery life: 20hrs

Charging: USB-C

Built-in mic and controls: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Expansive, detailed presentation+Impeccable timing+Classy build and finish

Reasons to avoid

-Nothing at this price

If it’s an affordable, portable set of energetic wireless on-ears you seek, the AKG Y400 are currently unbeatable. These don't have noise-cancelling or app support, but what they do deliver is a sound that sets a new standard at this level; a sound that's expansive, detailed and with impeccable timing. 

They’re supremely comfortable, portable and well built, too, and despite a reduction in size from the company’s previous on-ears (the Y500), these cheaper Y400 don’t represent a step down in terms of sound at all. If their 20 hours of battery life is acceptable, this is a hugely talented and thoroughly recommendable pair of on-ear headphones.

Read the full AKG Y400 review

10. Google Pixel Buds A-Series

Google's AirPods alternatives deliver impressive sound for a decent price.

Specifications

Bluetooth: Yes

Noise-cancelling: No

Battery life: 5hr (+20hr from case)

Charging: USB-C

Built-in mic and controls: Yes

Reasons to buy

+Well-rounded, clean sound+Comfortable+Reliable connection

Reasons to avoid

-No volume touch control on buds-No noise-cancelling

iPhone users have got multiple models of AirPods to consider, but what about Android smartphone owners? We'd point them in the direction of the Pixel Buds A-Series, the latest true wireless earbuds to be launched by the search giant and their best effort to date.

They're light and comfortable, and while noise cancelling is off the menu, they do a good job of isolating you. Your colour choices are either white or 'Dark Olive' and the earbuds also boast IPX4 water resistance so you can use them for general exercise and running.

The five-hour battery life isn't exactly class-leading but should be enough for most people. You also get another 20 or so from the carry case. Pairing Pixel Buds A-Series is extremely simple, especially if you're using an Android smartphone or tablet that boasts the Fast Pair feature.

Come music time, there's a lot to like about the Pixel Buds thanks to their approachable, balanced sound. It doesn't favour any part of the sonic spectrum which can't always be said for true wireless earbuds at this level. They're well-rounded performers and available at a great price.

Read the full Google Pixel Buds A-Series review

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Why You Should Buy True Wireless Headphones (And Who Shouldn’t)

In this age of cable-cutting, comfort-loving consumers, it comes as no surprise that true wireless headphones will soon become a staple.

You’re dying to get your hands (or ears) on a pair of true wireless headphones but you’re still kinda sitting on the fence. It could be the vast number of options available out there or you’re not even entirely sure if it does fits with your lifestyle.

One thing you do know is that the freedom to move around without having to deal with tangled cables is really attractive. Still, there are a couple of other things that you have to consider when you are choosing a pair of true wireless headphones.

What Are True Wireless Headphonces Anyway?

And what makes it different from wireless in-ear headphones or wireless earbuds?

True Wireless Headphones

True wireless headphones refer to Bluetooth earbuds or IEMs that have neither cords or wires between them nor to an audio source (smartphones, MP3 players, tablet, etc.). Since they have no wires, the mic, controls and battery are built into the housing of the earbuds.

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Wireless In-ear Headphones

Wireless in-ear headphones are also Bluetooth earbuds or IEMs but with one key difference – the cable connecting both driver housing. Most people will mistake wireless in-ear headphones such as Beats X Wireless Earphones as true wireless headphones. But the cable should be the dead giveaway. You see the mic, volume control and battery are situated on the cable itself.

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The one common thing between types of headphones is the use of a wireless technology to transmit data. Before we give you the factors why you should buy true wireless headphones, it’s important to at least get to know first a little bit of the wireless technologies behind these.

Type of Wireless Technologies

Here’s a brief rundown to get you started:

Bluetooth

Most on-shelf true wireless headphones use Bluetooth. Since most electronic devices are Bluetooth-enabled, Bluetooth headphones give you more audio sources to connect to. It’s considered safer since Bluetooth connections are made possible through direct pairing.

Although it doesn’t need a clear line of sight to connect, the older Bluetooth versions’ range is fairly limited as it can only reach up to 33 feet (10 m). Needless to say, sound quality can be problematic in low-quality Bluetooth headphones.

Infrared (IR)

Infrared wireless headphones transmit audio signals through infrared waves, just like your TV remote, from a base unit. The more expensive IR headphones can rival the sound quality of wired headphones. In fact, it transmits sound separately to the left and right headphones, resulting to an immersive sound effect.

On the downside, the distance that infrared can reach is very restricted, with the base unit only capable of reaching IR wireless headphones up to 23 feet (7 m). Additionally, it needs to be in direct line of sight to avoid interference, making movements constipated. As long as you steer clear of obstructions, IR headphones can present no static or radio interference.

The XO Vision Universal IR wireless headphones are a popular option for car entertainment.

Radiofrequency (RF)

Headphones using radio waves are more powerful in terms of range, allowing you to wander around up to 300 feet (91 m) without connectivity loss. Using RF headphones is like having a tiny radio station in your head where the headphones pick up audio, and this is why it’s commonly used in silent discos.

However, the lack of bass capabilities has been a common issue among RF headphone models on the market. It has better sonic quality than Bluetooth but environment setup factors in the sound performance.

The Sony MDR-RF985RK wireless RF headphones are popularly used in silent disco setups.

Kleer

The newest in this bunch, proprietary Kleer Wireless Technology is best known for its lossless transmission of sound, providing 16-bit CD quality sound as its maker SMS Audio claims.

It’s also known for its low battery consumption, lasting wireless headphones up to 3 to 4 times longer than Bluetooth headphones, and it can go as far as 50 feet (15 m). Sennheiser, a purveyor of some of the best wireless headphones on the market, uses this technology in some of its products.

The Sennheiser RS 160 is one of the few wireless headphones using Kleer technology.

A Buyer’s Guide to True Wireless Headphones

Now it’s time to dig deeper and learn about the basic factors that you should know before buying a pair of true wireless headphones.

Sound Quality

Sound quality is a major consideration point in true wireless headphones. This is largely due to the way audio is transmitted wirelessly from an audio source to headphones. Unlike wired headphones,

  1. digital audio signal has to be compressed at source
  2. and then transmit to headphones via some wireless technology like Bluetooth.
  3. The headphone will receive the transmission and unpack the digital signal back to the analog.

Along the way, the compression and wireless transmission can cause sound quality to drop.

You should know that Sound quality can be affected by…

  • the distance between the headphones and source
  • the number of obstruction (walls etc.) between the source and the headphones
  • Bluetooth audio codecs that your headphones and source support

Bluetooth Audio Codecs

Bluetooth audio codecs are different types of algorithms that compress and decompresses digital audio signals. Codecs like LDAC, aptX and aptX HD are able to deliver sound quality at near CD quality. There is also codecs such as AAC which is pretty decent. Among them, SBC has the lowest quality of compression.

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Both the headphones and audio sources must support the same audio codec in order for the algorithm to work as advertised. Most mobile devices support AAC and SBC only. If they don’t you can almost expect your headphones to have audio problems like stutters, or delays.

Battery Life

Battery life is a soft underbelly of true wireless headphones. Due to their relatively small driver housing, manufacturers find it a challenge to fit bigger rechargeable batteries in it. Instead, the manufacturer has a smart solution, they build the battery into their carry case and call it the “charging case”.

More often than not, most true wireless headphones last about 3 hours of use on average before they get completely drained. This is where charging cases come in handy. A great charging case can give your headphones at least extra 5 to 6 hours of listening time.

However, a raft of models can go further than that, including the Jabra Elite Active 65t that promises up to 25 hours of recharge and the Onkyo W800BT that can give you up to 15 hours.

Don’t be deceived by what you see on manufacturers’ spec sheets, though. There are a lot of dynamics to look at in order to gauge how the battery life of true wireless headphones gets drained. For example, volume can impacts the consumption of battery life. The louder the sound, the greater power consumption.

Wireless Range

It is a myth that Bluetooth cannot do distant coverage. Bluetooth classes, which run from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz, vary in range capabilities.

  • Class 1 Bluetooth covers up to 328 feet (100 m).
  • Class 2 Bluetooth covers up to 33 feet (10 m).
  • Class 3 Bluetooth covers less than 33 feet.

Almost all audio sources like mobile devices and laptops only have Class 2 Bluetooth device installed. It only makes sense for true wireless headphones manufacturers to produce headphones with Class 2 Bluetooth support.

For instance, the Jabra Elite 65t, the Sony WF-1000X, the Onkyo W800BT and the Beoplay E8. An outlier will be the Apple AirPods. With big thanks to the Apple’s W1 chip, AirPods can go as far as 100 feet (30 m). That is considered as a Class 1 device.

The Apple AirPods can go away from an audio source as far as 100 feet.

Range Is Not Everything

Having great Bluetooth range is cool but we should be careful to not over-prioritise it. To achieve good sound quality, you have to factor in the speed of transmission and also the amount of data that can be transmitted. In fact, there are better transmission technologies such as Wi-Fi that can accomplish that.

 

Comfort and Design

The absence of cables in headphones provides an extra layer of convenience and it might be for that same reason true wireless headphones have gained traction in the last two years.

When choosing the best true wireless headphones, you should take into account the level of comfort and functionality they will give you. Otherwise, you will miss the inherent purpose of getting a pair of cable-free headphones–freedom of movement and comfort. 

Sometimes to get more battery life out of the true wireless headphones, the manufacturer will fit a bigger battery into the housing. This can cause it to become bulky and even unsightly.

But aside from the comfortability of the design, sometimes, comfort also lies on the users. Make sure to not turn up the volume at maximum level all the time to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

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A comfortable pair of true wireless headphones…

  • Fits snugly in your ear canal, enough to stay put even when you’re constantly moving
  • Is lightweight to prevent fatigue
  • Has controls and buttons well placed

A bad pair of true wireless headphones…

  • Is bulky and heavy
  • Causes pain and discomfort

Comfort is subjective to individuals and their lifestyles. We will not cover them all but let’s roughly run through them.

Do you value peace and quiet more? The Sony WF-1000X comes with active noise-cancelling (ANC). It has “Smart Listening” mode which switches from ANC mode to ambient mode depending on your activity.

Do you put more weight on fitness tracking and sweat proofing? The Jabra Elite Sport, the Bose SoundSport Free, and the Jaybird RUN should be on your radar.

Are you looking for a solid memory storage to accommodate your music playlists? The Bragi The Dash and Dash Pro are the way to go.

Are you making a fashion statement? The Samsung Gear IconX and the Bragi the Headphone could top the list.

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Warranty

As a technology in its early stage, true wireless headphones have their fair share of hiccups, even the best brands, and the most expensive models. That’s why it’s extremely necessary to take warranty and return policy into consideration before finally deciding on your next purchase.

If you can try the headphones on first, that would be great to gauge the build quality. If you’re planning to buy online, make sure to get acquainted with the manufacturer’s return policy as well as its customer service.

Price

True wireless headphones tend to be pricier. True wireless headphones like the Beoplay E8 can costs up to almost €300 while it’s wireless compatriots like the Beoplay H5 cost €50 lesser.

The B&O Beoplay E8

Setting its luxury branding aside, it’s not cheap to make great true wireless headphones. To be able to output high-quality music in a small package with limited power is a major challenge. Manufacturers had to invest into R&D to overcome them.

Despite that, if you are not willing to splurge but still want a pair of decent-performing true wireless headphones, there are cheaper models primed to give you a bang for your buck. In no particular order, here are some models you might want to take a look at.


1. Anker ZOLO Liberty

The Anker ZOLO Liberty promises an immersive sound, delivering exceptional clarity and treble, deep bass, and noise isolation option to your audio experience. This sweat-proof pair guarantees you 3.5 hours of playback and additional 24-hour battery life support through the charging case.

For people on the go, the lightning fast pairing comes in very handy. Plus, Anker offers a 12-month warranty for these headphones.

Available on Amazon: “Anker ZOLO Liberty”

2. Motorola Stream

The Motorola Stream offers solid features at an affordable price. It is powered by Bluetooth 4.1 and is IP54-certified, making it water and dust resistant. You’re also guaranteed a reliable connection from an audio source without dropouts.

These headphones support Siri and Google Assistant. In terms of battery life, this pair can only last up to 2 hours on a single charge and up to 6 hours with its charge case. It can deliver deep, rich high-fidelity sound, but in quiet environments, there could be minor hisses. It has built-in buttons that perform multiple functions.

Available on Amazon: “Motorola Stream”

3. Treblab X2

With all its neat features for less than $100, the Treblab X2 gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Its Beryllium-made speakers produce an ultra high-definition 3D sound quality. It also has an advanced passive noise canceling capability, built-in controls, and Siri support. Its Bluetooth 4.2 gives you a more stable signal and a smoother and clearer call clarity.

It’s IPX4 water-resistant and sweat-proof certified so you can focus on your intensive workouts (or even your jog in the rain) without worries. In terms of battery life, the headphones can last up to 5 hours, the same goes for the case. Best of all? Treblab offers a lifetime warranty, 30-day return, and money-back guarantee for dissatisfied customers.

Available on Amazon: “Treblab X2”

4. LiteXim Aerobuds

Another great option for active users and adventure seekers, the LiteXim Aerobuds don’t disappoint with all its capabilities. No dropouts are guaranteed, allowing you to go as far as 130 feet from an audio source. It’s noise isolation-ready whenever you need laser-focus attention on something, and it’s sweat-proof.

LiteXim uses its proprietary Unique Vivid Bass technology for a high-fidelity 3D sound experience. This 3D sound experience makes it a great choice for gaming on your mobile or even PC.This model operates on a single button only, making it super easy to use whether you’re playing music or answering calls. Battery life? It set you off up to 4 hours, plus 14 hours extra courtesy of its charging case.

Available on Amazon: “LiteXim Aerobuds”

5. Motorola VerveOnes+

The Motorola VerveOnes+ stays alive up to 3 feet of fresh water as long as 30 minutes, thanks to its IP57 rating. Like all other Motorola wire-free headphones, this set promises deep, rich HD sound with support for Siri and Google Now. Its TrueSync has been improved for gapless sound. And when it comes to battery, it can last up to 8 hours of playback with the support of the charging case.

Available on Amazon: “Motorola VerveOnes+”

6. Tranya Sports

A $50 true wireless headphones with Bluetooth 5.0 into the bargain? Tranya clearly wants to make a statement. The use of the latest Bluetooth version makes the Tranya Sports a force to reckon when it comes to sound quality, producing lossless HD rendering with deep bass and crystal crisp treble. The Tranya Sports blocks out noise well and gives stable, hypersensitive and low latency connection up to 33 feet.

The headphones have built-in controls for answering or rejecting calls and playing or skipping or pausing music playback. You also get a support for Siri on this one. Talking about battery, the Tranya Sports can cover you up to 4 hours of playback on top of the 15 hours of support from the charging case. Tranya gives you a one-year warranty and 30-day return guarantee.

Available on Amazon: “Tranya Sports”

7. Airtome Mini

One of the many doppelgangers of the AirPods, the Airtome Mini is a good pair, to begin with. For under $50, you get the sleek design of the AirPods and the common functionalities you need in true wireless headphones.

The Airtome Mini is sweat-proof and a has noise canceling ability. It uses Bluetooth 4.1, allowing you to get an impressive deep bass and clear treble up to 33 feet. The pair gives you a run for your money with its 6-month warranty and 30-day no-reason return policy.

Available on Amazon: “Airtome Mini”

8. PunkBuds Capsule

Other than its unique punk rock design, the PunkBuds Capsule has more impressive functionalities up its sleeve. These include the built-in one-button control, a waterproof charging case that serves as a speaker, and an active noise canceling microphone.

It uses Bluetooth 4.1 and EDR Bluetooth for easy pairing, even up to 33 feet away. The battery can last you up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 5 hours of playback. Additionally, the charging case can accommodate up to 10 recharges before dying out. Best of all, you get a lifetime warranty from PunkBuds.

Available on Amazon: “PunkBuds Capsule”

9. ICEtek

Another AirPods-inspired true wireless headphones, ICEtek offers simplistic design and functions. It employs a one-button control for that straightforward use of the headphones. It’s powered by the latest TWS technology to deliver an instant syncing and pairing with an audio source up to 33 feet.

For calls, both left and right headphones perform well with noise canceling ability. For music playback, the headphones can deliver a sharp HD stereo sound with depth and treble. As for power consumption, ICEtek can last 2.5 hours with a support of up to 15 hours.

Available on Amazon: “ICEtek”

10. FocusPower F8

Running on Bluetooth 4.2 and IPX7 waterproof design, the FocusPower F8 is the pair that you can bring with you under the shower. It can last you up to 4.5 hours of talk and music time and recharge up to 13 hours more via charging case.

What’s promising about this set is the 25-minute full battery charging of the earbuds. Also, the FocusPower F8 allows you to connect to two Bluetooth devices and connect each headphone to the devices. It has no buttons but uses Siri instead for controls. FocusPower offers a 3-month money-back and 18-month manufacturer’s warranty.

Available on Amazon: “FocusPower F8”


Who Should Buy?

  • Fitness enthusiasts and sports athletes
Jabra Fitness True Wireless

Fitness enthusiasts and sports athletes move a lot so wireless earbuds are a great investment to make. Whether you’re hitting the track or the treadmill, the freedom to move without getting strangled by cables is something you will definitely appreciate.

Some wireless headphones also have fitness tracking systems to help you monitor your heart rate, pulse rate, etc. Bragi and Apple are big in those areas.

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People who are constantly on the road should start considering true wireless headphones as a travel must-have. You won’t know how much comfort they offer until you get to experience cable-free music streaming while on a cross-country flight or lugging your stuff around.

Why Isn’t It for You?

If you’re someone who tends to lose your pen or keys, you should think twice before getting a pair. Given the tiny nature of true wireless headphones, you will have a high chance of misplacing them if you do not immediately place them back into the charging case.

Some true wireless headphones have a special tracking system. For example, Apple allows you to track your AirPods via either iCloud or the “Find My iPhone” app. Some headphones companies, like Apple and SOL Republic, even go as far to offer replacement earbuds for a discount.

As mentioned in the battery section, power consumption is a major concern among all true wireless headphones. Those who lack the discipline in making sure their charging case have enough power will often find themselves with a drained pair of headphones.

Conclusion

If you’re still on the fence, the best way to look at it is to weigh the features of true wireless headphones and assess how it can benefit you in the long run.

Before checking out true wireless headphones, make sure to rank which factors are most important to you. And remember, different brands have different strengths. Take your time to do your research before making the purchase.

Sours: https://www.headphonesty.com/2018/06/why-you-should-buy-true-wireless-headphones/

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