I can count the things I hate most in the world on my fingertips and Cables/Cords are one of them. There are people out there who want everything to be wireless, including me. Accepting the fact that we cannot get everything work wirelessly, at least not for now, I try to use gadgets which function wirelessly, my mouse, keyboard, speakers and many other things including Wireless Headphones.
Just like Wireless routers or any other gadget, it is hard to choose a good piece of wireless headphone, so as always I thought to compile a list of 10 Best Wireless Headphones you can buy in 2016. So here we go with a list of Top-Notch Wireless headphones you can choose from, and buy to listen to music over air ;).
10. Sony MDR-10 RBT with Bluetooth 3.0:
Sony MDR-10 RBT is relatively less expensive Wireless Headphones than other entries in this list. That doesn’t mean that it’s short on features, though. In fact, it can perform 80% of tasks done by Beats Studio Wireless but with a lot less money. It has a nice and comfortable design, but it may not give you a premium look as it is made of plastic.
Let’s discuss a bit about its specs. It has NFC by which active and paired devices play music – all these things with a single tap. It has a whopping 17-hour Battery life, which is one of the best battery life in this whole Roundup. Even then if you run out of Battery juice, you can use it in Wired mode by connecting it with its cord. Bluetooth technology employed in it is Bluetooth 3.0. If that’s not enough, it even has aptX for you, something which isn’t even present in some expensive Headphones like Bose SoundLink.
It has few shortcomings though. Such as its buttons are prone to be pressed easily. But if you want to have a good, comfortable and durable Wireless Headphone with 17-hour of Battery life, it’s definitely a good choice for you.
9. Phiaton Chord MS 530:
Phiaton has been manufacturing good products in recent years. In 2012/13, we had Phiaton Bridge MS 500, which was also a nice package. So in 2013/14, they released Phiaton Chord MS 530. It is some sort of “jack-of-all” Headset. It means that it may not have a USP (Unique Selling Point) or some extraordinary features, but it is pretty good in all aspects we look for in a Wireless Headset.
Now first let’s discuss its build quality and design. Its color scheme resembles that of Beats line, but overall it looks completely on its own, not a mere copy. Its pads are extremely light on your ears and comfortable. Next, talking about its performance and specs. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology which results in better sound quality, longer range and better battery life. On it’s Bluetooth, it supports Multipoint connection, it means that you can simultaneously connect two Bluetooth enabled devices with this headset.
Apart from these, its other features include up to 98% Active Noise Cancellation, EverPlay X technology that lets you play music or make calls even if the battery runs out, Titanium Driver Technology for enhanced sound reproduction and Dual microphones for better voice capturing during Calls. Its main cons are Active Noise Cancellation – that will only impress first timers, and a little high price considering its specs.
8. Parrot Zik 2.0:
Parrot Zik 2.0 is a major overall improvement from its predecessor Parrot Zik. Few areas in Original Parrot Zik that were criticized were its bulkiness and design. To improve its design, Parrot’s team collaborated with French designer Philippe Starck and the result is 17% slimmer headphone plus more ear space due to improved air cushions.
Its other specs are Bluetooth 3.0, adaptive noise cancellation, NFC technology and much more. First thing first, you can listen to music up to 6 hours using Bluetooth Connectivity. Then we have its Adaptive Noise Cancellation. Although Original Parrot Zik was quite good in class, when it comes to Noise Cancellation, but its successor is even better and probably the best Headphone, if all you want is a Noise and distraction-free sound. It also has a highly customizable Equalizer.
There are still some points on which this Headphone is not so good. Like, its app which is pretty good at tweaking this Headphone, its equalizer, noise reduction and all that, but it can log you out periodically which can be quite annoying. That app is somewhat sluggish too. Check Out Latest price on Amazon.
7. Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless:
As its name suggests, Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless is a Urban-style Wireless headphone that put emphasis on an extra bit of Bass. First we’ll discuss its design. Having matte finish and extremely soft plus flexible ear pads makes it compact.
On the performance side, this Headphone is pretty good at providing quality sound in Highs and mids, but the same can’t be said on lows. You can also connect it with you Android or iOS device to make calls or play music. As I said earlier, its ear pads are very flexible and you can fold them – literally. It also has an integrated Microphone in order to make calls.
Its sound quality is also very good. Rather than just amplifying Bass, Sennheiser used new technologies that give you Bass plus Clarity. But it also has a few cons like it’s not for purists who like extraordinary Bass and it is light on accessories. Its headband can also slip sometimes while active.
6. Philips Fidelio M2BT – Open-Back Wireless Headphones:
Philips Fidelio M1BT which was released in 2013 had some shortcomings like not-so-good build quality, average sound quality and all that. Philips seems to have resolved much of above issues by releasing Fidelio M2BT. It’s Build quality is quite impressive. Its frame is made up of metal, giving it a semi-urban look.
Philips Fidelio M2BT literally has tons of features in its armory. It has Bluetooth, NFC as well as APT-X. Unlike most wireless headphones, it uses latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology which results in a better connectivity. For NFC, we all know that it can be used to connect headphone with your smartphone by tapping only. APT-X is indeed a great technology to have. Basically, it’s a codec that enables much greater wireless audio performance than the default Bluetooth codec which is known as SBC. It also has BRS (Bass Reflex System).
There are a few noticeable compromises done in this headphone. It has seemingly poor range and call quality and occasional connectivity issues. If you want a decent and comfortable Headphone then you should definitely buy it because Good looks and versatility.
5. BeoPlay H8:
BeoPlay H8 is first ever Wireless Headphone manufactured by Danish company Bang & Olufsen (B&O). If you want a have a headphone that will give you a top-notch feel, at first, you should definitely consider this. Its ear pads are also very light and comfortable. Besides the regular features that we often look in a Wireless Headphone like Noise Cancellation, music quality etc. It has many other features to attract you.
Its first feel-good feature is its control panel. Although many Wireless Headphones have control panels nowadays, the good thing about its control panel is that it’s not capacitive and you can do many little tasks like skipping between the songs and change the volume, by using simple gestures. On its battery life, I would say that it can last up to 14 hours of music play.
It has some glitches, though. Like its Gestures Control won’t work if you’re not on wireless mode, it takes ’em 3 hours to charge fully. And you also can’t turn off Noise Cancellation if you’re connected through a cable. But if you ask me, I’ll say that these Headphones definitely won’t disappoint you, once you buy them.
4. Samsung Level Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones:
For quite some time, Samsung is finding its feet in Headphone market and Samsung Level Over-Ear can surely help in that process. It’s available in Black and White, which some pattern inside that gives it a luxurious look. On its features, it has Bluetooth 3.0, NFC pairing, Calling and Messaging Notification and volume monitoring.
You can also use Samsung Level app to use SoundAlive (A very high-functionality Equalizer, it has 25 different sound effects), Volume Monitor and text-to-speech features. Its Noise cancellation is also very good, you can turn it on/off by pressing ANC button. It also has a touch panel on its right ear which supports multi-touch gestures.
Other than this, it has a reported 15-hour lasting battery life. Now it’s true that it has few cons like its plastic material (Like Samsung Smartphones) and its bulky design. But again, if all you want is crispy music over dynamic ranges, then this one is surely for you.
3. Bose SoundLink Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones:
Bose’ SoundLink Bluetooth Headphone is the flagship Wireless Headphone from Bose. Although it was released in November 2014 it still can compete with any of the top Wireless Headphone in terms of specs. Before its specs, I’d like to mention about its lightness and comfortable design. It is reportedly 40% lighter than a typical Headphone. You can use it at Gym during cardio but not, while running. Because this Headphone will move back and Forth, if you move your head vigorously.
On its specifications, it has Adaptive Audio Adjustment Technology. It automatically changes volume level on the basis of speech and noise. It also has two-way microphone system. Both the former and Latter are used for noise Cancellation and improving sound quality during phone calls on noisy streets.
Its battery life is 15 hours approx. (which is better than Beats Solo 2 Wireless). In terms of performance too, it evenly competes with Solo 2. On comparing we found out while Beats Solo 2 has strong clarity plus Bass, Bose SoundLink gives you more balanced sound.
It has some issues like it doesn’t have the aptX technology, which is primarily a data reduction technology. In addition, to that, its leather can get some stains. But performance vice, it’s one of the Best Wireless Headphones around.
2. Pioneer SE DIR800C:
Pioneer SE DIR8000C is another good Wireless Headphone you would love to have. It has all the attributes of a top-notch Wireless Headphone. It features include Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby surround support – a range of 26 metres, different presets based on small, large and medium “virtual rooms”. Other than this, it has a Wireless 5.1 surround sound headphones which employ Dolby Headphone Multichannel Technology.
Performance wise too, it is simply superb. It has some good amount of bass. Although some more bass power would be appreciated but it is something that is not happening in even the Best Wireless Headphones. This Headphone is also good for you if you’re using it on your gaming console or PC.
Its cons include its apparently high price. It range is 26 metres, which can be short for some users. But its other features can easily overshadow its high price and short-range.
1. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2.0:
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2.0 is, without any doubt – the Best Wireless Headphone you can buy in 2016. The original Momentum Headphone was applauded for its good quality sound and beautiful looks. But with Momentum Wireless 2.0, Sennheiser went a step even further and add a touch of new technologies and gorgeous looks to it.
First of all, it’s very comfortable and lightweight. It could be used for several hours – literally. For your comfort, it has different leather texture. Its ear pads can collapse and causes it to fit in compact places. Its closed-back and over-ear design helps in noise Isolation/reduction. On top of that, its ear pads won’t move around your head, no matter how hard you move your head.
Getting into geeky stuff, it includes 2 built-in Microphones, Bluetooth version 4.0 + EDR and 22-hour long-lasting battery life. It also has new emerging technology aptX. For noise Cancellation, it uses Noise Gard hybrid technology. In short, it offers all that you want from a premium Wireless Headphone.
Apart from its little bit high price, there are no noticeable glitches in it. But again, If you want to have a Wireless Headphones with Premium Quality, this one is surely for you.