The release of the iPhone 7 signals the world’s continuous shift towards a more wireless world. According to some insiders, the latest flagship phone of the Cupertino-based tech giant will feature (or “un-feature”) the loss of the standard audio jack. The days of tripping over those pesky cords and the need for serious boy scout skills to untangle headphone wires looks like it is nearing its end. At the expense of sounding like a 1950’s ad slogan, it is beginning to look like wireless headphones are the future.
But taking the leap from the wired side is not easy. First, you have all those audio snobs laughing at the poor audio quality of your Metallica listening experience. Secondly, wireless headphones can get quite expensive price wise, they typically range north of a hundred dollars. So when you have finally decided to get wireless, I have a guide that you might want to check out first.
The Myth of Wireless Headphones
When those audio snobs tell you that wired headphones are the best when it comes to sound quality, they are not telling you the whole story. In General terms, it is true that wired headphones offer better sound quality than its wireless counterparts. With wired sound devices there is no need for any file compression thus making it theoretically better when it comes to audio fidelity.
But the reality is, there are a lot of poorly made wired headphones that has much poorer sound quality than top notch wireless headphones and vice versa. Bluetooth audio technology has come a long way, though not to the point that it can faithfully reproduce the sound of high-end wired headphones, but definitely close enough to call it a tight race.
When it comes to wireless headphones, choosing the right one is quite vital for your overall listening experience.
The Best wireless headphones of 2016
Best for Sports
We have all been there, needing that final push to complete that 300-pound bench press (Or in my case, trying to push myself to get out of bed and go to the bathroom across the hall in the middle of the night). Wireless earphones shine best when you need to listen to music during workouts. The Jaybird freedom made by of one of the most beloved brand when it comes to creating the ultimate workout earphones. At four hours of playtime and a water resistant feature, you could listen to the entire score of Les Miserable while easily running a full marathon. The Jaybird Freedom includes three different memory foam tips, three silicon tips, three rubber wings, and a plastic clip to make sure that you get the right fit. It is very light and really comfortable that don’t be surprised that you might forget that it is in your ears after some time.
And of course, there is the sound quality. The Jaybird Freedom has great audio for such tiny device. It won’t completely blow you away but it definitely has pretty good fidelity. With a price of 200 US dollars, there are cheaper alternatives out there, but the Jaybird Freedom Wireless earphones pack a good punch for the buck.
Best for Movies and TV
You might want to ask yourself, why in the world would I want to use headphones when I have this amazing surround sound system? Well, obviously you have never accidentally woken up your wife who was slumbering soundly all because you wanted to sneak in one more episode of Game of Thrones. My choice is the Sennheiser RS-165 which is one the company’s entry model for both movie and television lovers. This model includes a Bluetooth transmitter if your television and audio components do not have Bluetooth connectivity (Most models do not have this feature). It also acts as a charging dock for your headphones.
One nifty feature is the bass boost mode for more vibrant sounds from your favorite action movies. It has an 18-21,000 Hz sound range so you know that the sounds will almost feel lifelike. This model can also play up to 18 hours straight, perfect for those TV show binges. Price is somewhere in the range of 220 US dollars.
Best for Travel
Bose QuietComfort 35
When it comes to traveling, nothing beats good headphones that could just melt the outside world away. Most of us just hate the bustling airport, noisy children, and the loud sounds of roaring car engines. And nothing beats noise canceling in wireless headphones than the Bose QuietComfort 35.
The QuietComfort series from Bose probably has the best noise canceling ability than any other headphones in its class. It can also withstand long road trips without constant charging (20-hour battery life). It is exceptionally lightweight for more comfort especially when you like sleeping with some music on when traveling on a plane. It’s a little bit pricey at 350 US dollars.
Best for Music
Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
And f course we have to save the last spot for the actual intended use of headphones: Music. Mind you this next one would not be cheap, it will cost around somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 US dollars. But like I said, buying wireless headphones is an investment and the best one to invest on is the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless. Let us begin with the design which is beautiful as much as it is brilliant. Stainless steel is cover at the top by a beautiful leather finish that gives it that modern retro vibe. The listening cups are perfectly molded and snug to fit. Its noise canceling is great but not Bose-great, still pretty decent to get the job done. And of course,
It’s noise canceling is great but not Bose-great, still pretty decent to get the job done. And of course, the sound quality is superb, something we have all come to expect from Sennheiser. The only caveat is the high price but hey, the best things in life aren’t free!
So there you have it, our list for the Best Wireless Headphones for the year 2016. If you have any question and stories regarding our topic today, please feel free to comment below.