There are many factors to look at while selecting wireless headphones, and that include comfort and the quality of sound.
Are you a music buff? If yes, you probably tune in when you are travelling also. In this case, you need the freedom of a wireless headphone. There are options galore, including features like transparency mode as well as cancellation of active noise.
There are many factors we should look into while selecting a wireless headset, including comfort and the quality of sound. Our list is based on these factors. Take a peek.
This non-foldable design headset tops our list with its extraordinary comfort. The WH-1000XM5 provides a rich musical experience. It refines sound providing an elegant aura to the bass. Each musical instrument sort of weaves into our earbuds in a distinct way. It also offers a feature wherein the set pauses the music when you speak. The WH-1000XM5’s battery life is also way above 24 hours. With a sleek look, the WH-1000XM5 also reduces the noise of the wind.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 is an all-rounder. When we talk about all-round capabilities, we aren’t forgetting the basic premise of a headset – WF-1000XM4’s sound is rich in quality and the noise cancellation is at par with the best, though Bose would score over it. The headset set is on the costlier side and there are some issues with the quality in noisy surroundings outdoors. Its scope to absorb the details is excellent. The battery life has also improved.
Mark Levinson No. 5909
This earbud is premium stuff and hence on the expensive side. So it is only natural it comes with a hefty price tag of $999 and Euro 999. If we are ok with it, its details are a class apart wherein you are treated to subtle nuances. Active noise cancellation (ANC) can be better, though. The Mark Levinson No. 5909 can be worn for hours at a stretch, thanks to its memory foam padding. On the features front, it may be a tad below the WH-1000XM5 considering the price. But you get 30 hours of ANC-enabled battery performance.
Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless
This is an option that is not heavily priced – to be precise in the range of $350 or Euro 299, it will save you a cool $50 vis-a-vis Sony. Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless is an all-rounder and hence does not sport a flamboyant look. The buds are comfortable to wear, though they may not be compact to the core. The ANC may fall just short of Sony or Bose, but it makes up with a whopping 60-hour battery. Sennheisers may not be the best, but definitely, they are good.
The Final UX300
If you are hunting for the best in affordability, the Final UX300 is your prey. It offers comfort and is effective in active noise cancellation. The Final is also rich in sound and offers excellent battery life. The operational process is easy. So all this would have to come at the cost of certain unavailable features – it doesn’t boast of app support nor does it have transparency mode. But we have a decent battery life with 25 hours with ANC on.
Soundmagic falls in the budget category – Euro 49.99. In other words, it is a cheap but nice option. This doesn’t mean it is not refined. Soundmagic also has a compact, lightweight design, but it may not fit into the stylish category. Do not look for rich features also, but Soundmagic headphones are convenient. The in-ear noise may, at times, spread to the outside world. Souundamagic’s touch controls are responsive but do not look for ANC. But it gives you a near-60-hour battery.
Think about the versatility of sound and you get AirPods Max. AirPods have a firm design element and great build, which are trademarks of the Apple universe. In that sense, its look-and-feel is Apple Watch and HomePod Mini combined. AirPods are a bit heavy weighing 38 grams. It is more suited to Apple users as features like Spatial audio and 3D sound profiles are available only in iOS-based devices. Its battery life is somewhere near the Apple range of 20 hours.
Adidas RPT-02 SOL
The Adidas RPT-02 SOL headphones have a solar panel on the headband, which means their battery specifics are good for workouts. The solar element only curbs battery discharge not boosts it. This essentially means Adidas RPT-02 SOL are more for the sports buff who dabbles with music. Adidas RPT-02 SOL has great audio quality and also certain elements are washable. It has a better sound proposition vis-a-vis the original RPT-01, though the latter excels in finer details.
Worth the sound
When it comes to earphones we need sound quality, noise cancellation, comfortable wear and so on. It should also suit our budget and be easily portable. The above mix represents something of everything. What do you think?