Best wireless headphones 2018: our pick of the best ways to cut the cord

Best wireless headphones (Bluetooth): Welcome to the TechRadar guide on the best wireless and Bluetooth headsets you can buy in 2018.

Technology is innovated almost every day. A technology that grew two, three, four or more decades probably no longer exists or has improved drastically.

Take the headphones, for example.

Years ago, the only option was traditional cable or over-the-ear cans. But as technology improves, hearing aids reach the market and soon the most important names in audio weave Bluetooth wireless technology into their most popular products.

Currently, Bluetooth wireless technology has improved to allow the transmission of high resolution audio and improved batteries to allow you to get several days of use of a pair of headphones without having to charge them.

We have entered the golden age of wireless technology.

Love them or offer them, the cordless headsets are here to stay and the high-end telephone headphone jack is removed like the iPhone X and Pixel 2 pes and sizes, from elegant ready-to-wear in-ear headphones to shock absorbers with noise damping the ear, and each one offers more features and better connectivity options than your old wired headphones.

Can not decide which headphones to buy? Check out our video guide below.

Headphones, unattached

So what makes wireless headphones so special anyway? And how do you determine the best wireless headphones among a lot of applicants?

Easy. Test with dozens of wireless headphones and stack them one against the other, mono-to-mono. (Well, stereo-to-stereo in this case)

We've done this countless times over the years and since then we've acquired a little bit of hearing to select certain tonal characteristics. With these particular skills and an eye for value, we try to choose the best headphones that money could buy.

So, looking for finally getting rid of the rope? These are the top 10 wireless headsets ordered by their price / performance ratio.

1. Optoma NuForce BE Sports3

The best wireless headphones you can buy

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: 20-20kHz | Drivers: 6 mm | Controller type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 102dB +/- 3dB at 1kHz | Impedance: 16 Ohm | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless Range: 10 m (30 ft) | NFC: N / A

Good sound

Great battery life

Amazing insolation

The remote weighs the cable

NuForce took it out of the park with the BE headphones Sport3. They are an incredible value for a pair of wireless headphones that sound good, last all day, have a bulletproof construction and incredible sound insulation. While not the most dynamic headphones or with resolution, NuForce shows us that the future of wireless headphones is brilliant.

Read the full review: Optoma NuForce BE Sport3

2. Sony WH-1000XM2

Wireless noise-canceling headphones that sound better than Bose

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 275 grams | Frequency response: 4Hz – 40kHz | Drivers: 40 mm | Controller type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 103dB | Impedance: 46 Ohms | Battery life: 20 hours | Wireless range: 30 feet | NFC: Yes

Excellent noise cancellation

Great sound sound

30 hour battery life

The hinges are fragile

The Sony WH-1000XM2 are a excellent review of a pair of already great wireless headphones: they sound great, they handle dexterity noiselessly and cost as much as a pair of Bose QC35. They could have a slightly shorter battery life than other headphones on our list, but the Sony WH-1000XM2 outperforms them all in terms of performance and feature set.

Not only do they provide amazing noise cancellation, but they have three tricks that few other wireless headphones have: one is an ambient noise mode that only allows medium to high frequency tones (announcements through a speaker, instance) and another is the Quick Attention mode that allows you to enter all the external noise without removing the headphones. (The latter is perfect when you give a drink order on an airplane or talk to a co-worker for a brief moment before diving back into your work.) The last trick Sony has up his sleeve is the LDAC codec. Along with the widely adopted aptX HD standard, LDAC allows high-resolution audio playback with the 1000XM2.

With an excellent sound and full of functions, the Sony WH-1000XM2 is an excellent travel companion and excellent wireless headphones.

Read the full review: Sony WH-1000XM2

3. Jabra Move Wireless

Wireless sports headphones that will surprise you completely

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 150 grams (5.59 oz) | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: 20-20kHz | Drivers: 40 mm | Controller type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: 29 Ohm | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless Range: 10 m (33 ft) | NFC: N / A

Bold Design


Full Sound

Sound Leakage

If you want a pair of wireless headphones without breaking the bank, and do not If you prefer the above from Optoma, your next best bet is Jabra Move wireless technology.

These headphones may seem like a budget purchase, but do not let them fool you: this set of Bluetooth headphones is just a complete stellar product. From the fun and avant-garde design to excellent performance, these cans are recommended for anyone interested in wireless at low prices.

Read the full review Jabra Move Wireless

  Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

4. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

Incredible audio fidelity backed by a serious price

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N / A | Cable length: 4.6 feet | Frequency response: 16-22,000Hz | Drivers: N / A | Controller type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: 28 ohms | Battery life: More than 25 hours | Wireless Range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes

The best sound of its kind

Durable battery life

Noise cancellation by a good measure

Terribly expensive

Although they are much more attractive, and hearing aids , the pair of Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones (not to be confused with the smaller and economical Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Wireless wireless) are kept out of the top of the list by their premium price point, which puts them out of reach of all but the most committed of music lovers.

But for those who can afford them, these are cordless wireless headphones that brim with positive qualities. They are comfortable and durable headphones that will probably last for years.

Read the full review: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

5. Bose QuietComfort 35 Mk. 2

Premium headphones that include industry-leading noise cancellation

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.68 lbs | Cable length: 3.94 feet | Frequency response: N / A | Drivers: N / A | Controller type: N / A | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: N / A | Battery life: more than 20 hours | Wireless Range: N / A | NFC: Yes

Wide and clear sound

Amazing noise cancellation

Active EQ, an acquired taste

Boring aspect

Bose took the already excellent QC35 and updated it with the Google Assistant The headphones are identical in all respects except the new Google Assistant button. This means that you still get the class leading noise canceling that Bose is known for, good sound quality and incredible comfort. Simply put, they sound great and the battery life is long enough for everyone except the longest of flights.

If you're looking to save some money, consider the original Bose QuietComfort 35. You can also find them for a lot cheaper these days, and if you
do not mind having the Google Assistant built into your headphones, then you can save some money while saving for QC35 II.

Read the full review: Bose QuietComfort 35 II

6. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

These noise-canceling wireless headphones are the traveler's best friend

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.64 lbs (289g) | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: N / A | Drivers: 40 mm | Controller type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: N / A | Battery life: 24 hours | Wireless Range: 100 meters (330 feet) | NFC: No

Incredible 24-hour battery life

Cancellation of noise at an incredible price

Overwhelming at times sometimes

Style not suitable for all

If you are A frequent traveler, you are probably too familiar with headphones that can not be charged and can not block out the sound, let alone sound very good. Let us introduce the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, one of the few headphones on the market that can do all of the above and costs less than half that of one of the biggest names like Beats, Bose and Sony.

They also include a small tidy feature that allows them to automatically turn off when you're not using them, which means you can easily maximize battery life without much effort.

If we had to reduce it to its essence, the BackBeat Pro 2 offers an excellent travel headset with incredible battery life, supreme comfort, the ability to pair two devices as one time and, most importantly, a good quality sound for the cost.

Read the full review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

7. Jaybird X3

Bluetooth wireless headphones for a multitude of exercises

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .5 lbs. | Cable length: 19.29 "(490 mm) | Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz | Controllers: 6 mm | Controller type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 96 + -3dB to 1KHz | Impedance: 16 active ohms Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range : 30 + feet | NFC: N / A

Excellent adaptive sound

Durable and compact design

Patented charging base

Flashing signal

When Jaybird launched The Jaybird X2 wireless headphones quickly became the favorite of casual athletes and listeners, its reputation grew thanks to the robust construction, impressive sound quality and, above all, a respectable price that continued to fall.

The X3 properly carry the Jaybird torch on, improving in almost all the characteristics of its predecessor and reaching the market at a lower cost while doing so said, we strongly recommend these to gym addicts, audio purists and Joe's media (do not worry, you are special to your way), and while waiting for Bluetooth connections to improve their reliability is an option, at this time price is not worth getting lost.

Read the full review: Wireless In-Ear Headphones Jaybird X3

  Wireless AKG N60NC

8. AKG N60NC Wireless

Wireless noise cancellation from mid-range master

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 199.4 g | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: 10-22,000Hz | Drivers: N / A | Controller type: N / A | Sensitivity: 111dB SPL / V @ 1kHz | Impedance: 32 ohms | Battery life: 15 hours | Wireless Range: N / A | NFC: No

Excellent sound

Compact design

Not the most comfortable

Initially confusing controls

The AKG N60NC wireless sound sounds like a pair of headphones that should be much more expensive than they are.

At its mid-price point, the headphones offer excellent value for money, with great sound quality and a level of performance noise cancellation that is at the height of the much more premium entries on this list.

Our biggest problem with these headphones is the fact that they are on the ear instead of the ear, which means we found that they felt uncomfortable for longer periods.

In spite of everything, the benefit of this is that it is a pair of fantastically compact headphones, and if you are willing to make concessions, these are excellent for the price.

Read the full review: AKG N60NC Wireless

9. Jabra Elite Sport True wireless headphones

An almost perfect pair of true wireless headphones

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .71 pounds | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: N / A | Drivers: N / A | Controller type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: N / A | Battery life: 22 hours | Wireless Range: 30+ feet | NFC: No

Sufficient battery life

Automatic count

Uncomfortable adjustment in time

Non-perfect heart rate data

You may have expected to see the Apple AirPods on the list. While Apple's true wireless headphones are fine for certain people (cough, iPhone users only), they are not the best for everyone. If you are looking for an equal pair of true wireless headphones, you can not do any better than the Jabra Elite Sport.

These Bluetooth headsets are not only available for use in the city, have a sufficiently long battery life and good sound quality, but are easily some of the best wireless training headphones on the market, offering training for turn, run, cross -training and even hiking. If you are in the market for the "ultimate" set of fitness headphones and do not mind paying for them, then they are a good choice.

Read the full review: Jabra Elite Sport

10. Beats X

Headphones with good sound that can be charged in five minutes

Acoustic design: N / A | Weight: N / A | Cable length: N / A | Frequency response: N / A | Drivers: N / A | Controller type: N / A | Sensitivity: N / A | Impedance: N / A | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless Range: N / A | NFC: No

Fast charging feature

Balanced sound signature

Relatively expensive

Lack of clarity

The Beats X is a bold new product for what has been quickly become a headset manufacturer. Instead of sticking to heavy training headphones or overly expensive ears, the company has created a new pair of musically inclined ears for anyone already fed up with losing their new Apple AirPods.

It has some problems of its own,
including noise isolation and lack of fidelity, but if you are looking for a pair of uncomplicated headphones that charge in 5 minutes and do not mind spending some money on them, the Beats X are for you.

The W1 chip also facilitates the pairing and connection of these headphones.

Read the full review: Beats X

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