Since 2014 I started to write about true wireless earbuds, the year the Dash, a German startup started their project on kickstarter with Bragi and the next year Earin announced Earin M-1, claimed as the world’s smallest earbuds. The Apple, Samsung and other audio makers come in and now the true wireless earbuds have a stake in Bluetooth headphone market and it is growing rapidly. If you are audiophiles probably you would like to enjoy the best sound quality from these earbuds, aside from their conveniences – cable free.
Bluetooth audio is not without limitation and some Bluetooth earbuds sound better than other, though the gap is not significant because it depends on the type of earbuds, sealed or unsealed that affects the outcome of sound. And a lot of true wireless earbuds still deliver crisp and enjoyable sound unfortunately it is true that they just approximate your favorite pair of conventional headphones that cost around $50 in terms of sound quality.
Now that you know what you are looking for, here is a list of our top five best sounding true wireless earbuds.
The Jabra Elite 65t is a noise-isolating earbuds – the earbuds completely seal in the ears, so they are really good for listening in noisy environments. Since the sound is sealed in – if they fit properly you hear the bass more than Airpods, but what I was surprised is that the bass is somewhat not as plentyful as Bose’s SoundSport Free.
The sound of Elite 65t is better than Airpods for the fullness and richness and fell more dynamic. The highs are a bit agrresive, but not reaching the un-pleasant listening.
These sweatproof lightweight earbuds feature a built-in mic, allowing you to make and receive calls handsfree. The design allows you to skip, play or pause tracks without having to touch your phone. These Bluetooth-enabled earbuds are designed to stay put while walking, running, climbing or hiking.
Bose’s SoundSport Free are the contender after Elite 65t, if you like more bass in quantity, though Soundsport Free are unsealed earbuds.
Rounding out the list is the Apple Airpods, whose greatest distinction is the long lasting battery – no other earbuds last longer than 5 hours. The battery can handle more than five hours of continuous play. The portable charge case adds an additional five hours of play. The earbuds are unsealed but they are managed to fit snugly in th ear for comfortable listening even during strenuous activity.
The Airpods sound balanced with decent clarity. And a lot of people like their natural sound signature that seems suitable for popular music genres. The bass of Airpods doesn’t make a strong impact to the sound but they are just enough, in heavy bass tracks we still noticed the bass was there.
The highs of Airpods are our favorite, feel extended and airy and note that the earbuds don’t seal in the ear so the soundstage is open and the won’t lose the clarity and detail, that the best thing we love about Airpods.
These earbuds check all the boxes for a great pair of earbuds. They are noise isolating, Bluetooth enabled and comfortable to wear. The headphones may best Airpods for the style, but for the sound quality the later is better. The Headphone shows its draws when playing complicated tracks or heavy music – the treble is not that clear and mid-range is recessed and feel a bit dull and it sounds like cheap wired earbuds.
The first thing you notice about these earbuds is the sound quality. Like the previous selections, the Elite Sport features an onboard fitness tracker with in-ear coaching. The battery lasts for three hours of talk or music but the charging case adds an additional six hours of talk to your earbuds.
Since the walk-man gained popularity, affordable commerical headphones have become an essential part of the musical landscape. They have varied in size, cost, value and design, allowing us all to set the soundtrack of our lives. The latest incarnation of this ubiquitous item, the totally wireless earbuds, have once again revolutionized how we enjoy music.
Unlike other revolutions in entertainment and technology, it doesn’t seem like wireless ear beds will overtake the conventional versions any time soon. However, this new option is becoming an increasingly available option for the common consumer. Let’s be clear, we are talking about TOTALLY WIRELESS EARBUDS, and not simply bluetooth enable headphones. The difference? Wireless earbuds are completely wireless, resembling compact hearing aids that fit snugly into the ear. They may be bluetooth enabled, but not always.
The most common type of “wireless” earbuds aren’t wireless at all. They simply don’t need to be plugged into your sound source. Often the wires loop behind the neck or over the head.
Unsealed earbuds like Airpods and Bose soundsport free have different sound perspectives from sealed earbuds like Elite 65t, it is up to your perferences about the sound.
How do I know if wireless earbuds are right for me?
Before you step foot into your local department store, it’s important to examine just how you use your headphones. Are you an active person? Do you use your current headphones mostly for listening to music or for watching streaming videos and podcasts? Do you use them on the go or mostly at home? All of these thing will effect not only which wireless earbuds you use, but even if wireless is good for you.
Simply put, if wires get in your way regularly, then wireless may be the perfect solution for you. Consumers have ruined countless conventional ear bus by getting the assocaited wires caught on something or in something and having them yanked rom the ears, severing the wires in the process. Getting tangled in wires as you move from station to station during a workout can be a hassle. And let’s be honest, wireless earbuds just look cool.
Other than sound quality you would look for:
Remember that your smart phone is still a phone, and things like call clarity matter. Some manufacturers focus almost exclusively on music and neglect to ensure that your earbuds can handle phone calls smoothly.
Long Battery Life
There is nothing more frustrating than a pair of earbuds that die before your workout is over. Be sure that you can get between three and five hours of continuous play out of your wireless earbuds. This should be more than enough to get the average person through a full day of use, even if you are a die hard music fan.
Range and Bluetooth stability
You don’t want to be shackled to your sound source. Do your new wireless earbuds begin to lose connectivity if you walk into the next room? Device connectivity is important, however, be realistic. Remember that doors, walls and various kinds of building materials can negatiely impact your range.
The best designs are the ones that don’t require too much informatoin to understand. Buttons that are tricky to find, or functions that are complicated to set up arte defintie draw backs. Look for a streamlined design and ease of use.
Of course when you get right down to it, no matter how great tythe sound quality is, an uncomfortable pair of headphones will soon be banished to the junk drawer. Be sure that the shape, size and design of the earbuds ae not only comfortable but functional. Do you want noise blocking earbuds for steady listening in noisy environments? If you will be using them primarily when working out you will need to be sure they will stay comfortably in place while you move around. Some earbuds fit comfortably in the ear while others have hooks which help to hold them in place during vigorous activities. The material covering the earbud itself can also vary from foam to rubber or silicon. Make sure that your earbuds fit comfortably in the ear and won’t become an annoyance after a few hours of wear.
It goes without saying that if you wear your earbuds long enough you are going to get wet. Whether you are caught in the rain or sweat profusely during a hard workout, your earbuds will likely be exposed to water. Don’t ruin your investment, be sure your earbuds are sweat and waterproof.