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The best wireless headphones available today

Our constantly updated list of the best wireless headphones is the perfect way to ditch the cable with as few compromises as possible. 

After all, opt for a bad pair of wireless headphones and you’re at risk of ending up with weak, compressed sound, poor battery life and sketchy connections. 

With our help you’ll get all off the benefits of going wireless with none of the compromises. Trust us, once you’ve experienced the convenience of not having your phone tangled up with a cable in your pocket then it’s hard to go back. 

While these headphones are great for anyone looking to cut the cord from their music players, they’re especially practical when you consider the growing amount of phones launching without a headphone jack such as the iPhone 7, HTC U Ultra and Moto Z. Most of these phones are shipping with adaptors to use your existing headphones, but if you want to charge your phone at the same time then wireless headphones are the way to go. 

Looking to finally ditch the cord? Here are the top 10 wireless headphones, ordered by their price-to-performance ratio:

1) Bose QuietComfort 35
2) Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
3) Bowers Wilkins P7 Wireless
4) Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
5) Sony MDR-1000X
6) Sennheiser PXC 550
7) Optoma NuForce BE6i
8) Master Dynamic MW50
9) Jaybird X2
10) Beats X

1. Bose QuietComfort 35

Premium headphones that include industry-leading noise-cancellation

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 0.68 pounds | Cable length: 3.94 feet | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 20+ hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: Yes

Sitting at the top our list is the Bose QC25. Bose has finally brought its fantastic noise-cancelling technology to a pair of wireless headphones and it’s done so without any of the traditional drawbacks of wireless headphones. They sound great, and their battery life is long enough for all but the longest of flights.

At $349.95 (£289.95 / AU pricing tbc) the QC35s sit firmly at the premium end of the spectrum, but if you want the best noise-cancelling headphones available and the best wireless pair of cans, you can’t get any better than this.

Read the full review: Bose QuietComfort 35

2. 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 | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 28 ohms | Battery life: 25+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes

These no-holds-barred wireless headphones are oozing with positive qualities, but for many, they’re almost prohibitively expensive. However, if you’re an audio lover that can spare the expense, do not hesitate on this comfortable, hard-working set of headphones that will likely last for years.

Read the full review: Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

3. Bowers Wilkins P7 Wireless

The British behemoth’s over-ears go wireless

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .71 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 10Hz – 20KHz | Drivers: 40mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 111dB/V at 1KHz | Impedance: 22 ohms | Battery life: 17 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes

The Bowers Wilkins P7 Wireless headphones are a great pair of Bluetooth headphones for fans of bass-heavy music genres. Their sound is both robust and weighty for all genres, but especially so when it comes to EDM and hip hop.

Besides sounding great, the physical construction of the headphones is also excellent. The signature BW look is no less pleasing here, and we’re big fans of how the cable port is hidden from view by the magnetic earcups.

Read the full review:  Bowers Wilkins P7 Wireless

4. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

These wireless noise-cancelling headphones are a traveler’s best friend

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

If you’re a frequent traveler you’re probably all too familiar with headphones that can’t hold a charge and can’t block out sound, let alone sound very good. Let us introduce you to the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, one of the few headphones on the market that can do all of the above and cost less than half as much as one of the bigger names like Beats, Bose and Sony. 

If we had to boil it down to its core, the BackBeat Pro 2 offers an excellent travel headphone with incredible battery life, supreme comfort, the ability to pair two device as once and, most importantly, good sound quality for the cost.

Read the full review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

5. Sony MDR-1000X

Noise-cancelling headphones that care about Hi-Res Audio

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

The MDR-1000X are definitely the closest competitor to Bose’s QuietComfort series we’ve ever had the pleasure of testing. Some high-end codecs (LDAC, AAC and aptX) help the 1000X sound even better than the QC35s, but ultimately the noise canceling is a bit less effective in Sony’s pair of cans.

What should drive your decision on whether to buy the MDR-1000X is your music player – if you’re a Sony Xperia owner, you’d be hard-pressed to find a pair of headphones that sound as good as these with noise canceling tech built-in. Even if you’re not, Sony’s wares are still worth a listen – and maybe a purchase – if you aren’t too put out by its $400 (£330 or AU$700) price tag.

Read the full review: Sony MDR-1000X

6. Sennheiser PXC 550

Great sound marred by fiddly controls

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .5 pounds | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 17 – 23,000 Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: Active 490 Ω / Passive 46 Ω | Battery life: 30 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes

If you’re a fan of Sennheiser’s sound, but want noise-cancellation in addition to wireless operation then the PXC 550 headphones might be exactly what you’re looking for. They might be pricey, but these headphones sound great. 

The reason we haven’t put them further up the list comes down to their controls. Although controlling the headphones with a series of swipes on the outside of the earcup feels futuristic, it’s not much help when you want to quickly skip through multiple tracks, or set the volume at a specific level.

Outside of these issues, these are a great pair of headphones that tick (almost) all the boxes. 

Read the full review: Sennheiser PXC 550

7. Optoma NuForce BE6i

Wireless in-ear headphones with (almost) no compromise

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 95dB +/-3dB | Impedance: 20 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 98 feet | NFC: No

Continuing the trend that the original NuForce BE6 started, the Optoma Nuforce BE6i are a minor update to an already great pair of earbuds and remain one of our favorite in-ear wireless headphones for the price.

Offering good sound, build quality and battery life in its segment if you’re looking for a pair of wireless in-ear headphones that can survive a strenuous work out, the these should be on the top of your list of headphones to try.

Read the full review: Optoma NuForce BE6i

8. Master Dynamic MW50

Luxurious feeling – and sounding – headphones for discerning listeners

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 240g | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 5-30,000Hz | Drivers: 40mm Beryllium Diaphragm | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 32 ohms | Battery life: 16 hours | Wireless range: 30 meters (98ft) | NFC: No

If you can afford the steep price, the Master Dynamic MW50 will not disappoint. These headphones are a simply work of art and feel every bit as expensive as their price commands. They sound great with all types of music and are one of the most comfortable on-ear headphones we’ve ever tested. Those looking for value, however, will want to look elsewhere.

Read the full review: Master Dynamic MW50

9. Jaybird X2

Sporty wireless headphones that are great for casual listeners too

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 95dB +/-3dB | Impedance: 20 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: 98 feet | NFC: No

While they don’t have all the bells and whistles of the top three wireless headphones, the Jaybird X2 possesses a trifecta of fantastic sound performance, above-average battery life and ease of use, something that its competition has a hard time accomplishing. Even if you’re not necessarily looking for your next pair of gym-ready headphones, these make the X2s great for fitness use, like hearty sound performance and above average battery life, translate fluidly into a set of wireless in-ear headphones that are equally great for general use.

Read the full review: Jaybird X2

10. Beats X

Good-sounding earbuds that can charge in five minutes

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

The Beats X is a bold new product for what has quickly become a traditional headphone maker. Instead of sticking to bass-heavy workout earbuds or wildly expensive over-ears, the company has crafted a new pair of musically inclined in-ears for anyone already sick of losing their brand-new Apple AirPods.

It has a few problems of its own – including poor noise isolation and a lack of fidelity – but if you’re looking for a no-fuss pair of earbuds that charge in 5 minutes and don’t mind dropping some cash on them, the Beats X are for you.

Read the full review: Beats X

We’re constantly reviewing new wireless headphones, but let us know if there is a set that you’d like us to take a look at.

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