Best Wireless Earbuds

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 7, 2017
Wireless earbuds provide the full convenience of regular earbuds plus the wireless (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi) pairing with your source digital device. For our review, we’ve picked the 5 best models and highlighted the most important features to help you choose the optimal model. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Fit and Convenience
Pairing Interface
Frequency Range
Special Features
Battery Life
Connection Range
 
PROS
The waterproof abilities allow the wet cleaning of earbuds. The integrated mic diameter is 5.8mm, which means your interlocutor will always hear you well while the ergonomic design ensures a reliable fitting of the earbuds even during complex exercises.
CONS
The specified wireless connection range can be achieved in conditions of full absence of obstacles and interference.
OUR VERDICT
Splendid wireless earbuds model, which is capable of reproducing the sound in a wide frequency range to deliver an outstanding listening experience. This JBL model is known for its lightning-fast pairing.
detailed parameters
Fit and Convenience
Earbuds fitting with standard and ergonomic sports eartips, Built-in microphone, Three button remote
Pairing Interface
Bluetooth v4.1
Frequency Range
10Hz - 22kHz
Special Features
Sweatproof, Conforms to IPX-4 waterproofness standard, Highly Reflective Cable
Battery Life
Up to 8 hours of continuous use
Connection Range
Up to ~ 30 feet
PROS
This wireless earbuds set can store the last 8 paired devices in its memory for a quick switching between them. The headphone set offers a wireless firmware update via the free Plantronics app. The headband is flexible and is made of Neoprene for easy folding of the set.
CONS
There is no built-in volume control.
OUR VERDICT
Perfect wireless earbuds for running and other sports activities, which is secure for an outdoor use. Special ear cups enable you to hear the environmental sounds and the whole device conforms to the LP57 standard.
detailed parameters
Fit and Convenience
Ear hook wearing, The earbuds are interconnected with a flexible headband, Built-in microphone, Playback pause/start and call answer control buttons
Pairing Interface
Bluetooth v3.0
Frequency Range
50Hz - 20kHz
Special Features
Sweatproof, P2i nano-coating, Light-reflecting coating, Battery charge level warning and notification via the mobile app, DeepSleep mode
Battery Life
Up to 8 hours of listening to music, Up to 6 hours of phone speaking, Up to 14 days in standby mode, Up to 180 days in DeepSleep mode
Connection Range
Up to 33 feet
PROS
The wireless earbuds set carries one of the most powerful batteries in its class, which can be recharged in just two hours. In addition, the model supports the HD Voice feature and sends audio and lighting notifications about a low battery charge.
CONS
These compact and modern wireless earbuds don't have water-resistant properties.
OUR VERDICT
The LG Tone Pro is an optimal choice in terms of sound quality/price ratio. This LG earbuds set has the 3D NeckBehind curved neckband ensures a superb wearing convenience.
detailed parameters
Fit and Convenience
Around-the-neck wearing style with body-contoured fit and bundled standard eartips, Built-in microphone, Integrated talk and music listening controls
Pairing Interface
Bluetooth v3.0
Frequency Range
20Hz - 20kHz
Special Features
Echo cancellation, Noise cancellation, Auto Reconnect, Advanced Multipoint, Battery Status Alert
Battery Life
Up to 15 hours of listening to music, Up to 10 hours of phone speaking, Up to 21 days in standby mode
Connection Range
Up to ~ 30 feet
PROS
The AYL V4.1 Bluetooth earbuds set is compatible with the vast majority of mobile devices from different vendors and offers a simultaneous pairing with two devices. The cable that connects the earbuds is 22.05 inch long.
CONS
These earbuds are very sound insulating, which can be hazardous when used on the road and in the streets.
OUR VERDICT
This AYR product is a decent in-ear wireless earbuds set, which supports the EDR APT-X audio transmission technology. The implemented technology provides a high-quality audio reproduction with an automatic filtering of environmental noise.
detailed parameters
Fit and Convenience
Standard eartips to securely fit the earbuds into ears, The earbuds are interconnected with a flexible headband, Built-in microphone, Integrated talk and music listening controls
Pairing Interface
Bluetooth v4.1
Frequency Range
N/A
Special Features
CVC 6.0 noise cancelling technology, Sweatproof
Battery Life
Up to 7 hours of listening to music and phone speaking, Up to 175 hours in standby mode
Connection Range
Up to ~ 32 feet
PROS
The model offers convenient controls with a redial function as well as the support of HFP, HSP, AVRCP and A2DP profiles. The rugged structure of the earbuds set is ensured by the use of durable materials.
CONS
A moderate standalone operation time comparing to competing devices.
OUR VERDICT
The Photive PH-BTE-70 is a splendid model, which, despite its low price, offers many useful features. The best of them is the Liquipel™ protective coating that protects the earbuds against the penetration of water while keeping the whole earbuds set on a compact side.
detailed parameters
Fit and Convenience
Flexible ear hooks fitting, Integrated volume, Talk and track selection controls
Pairing Interface
Bluetooth v4.0
Frequency Range
N/A
Special Features
Sweatproof
Battery Life
Up to 6 hours of listening to music and phone speaking, Up to 24 hours in standby mode
Connection Range
Up to ~ 33 feet

What is are Wireless Earbuds

Today, earphones are an indispensable piece of equipment for individual listening to music. In general, earbuds are miniaturized earphones, serving to reproduce music directly into your ears from a music signal source of a very small output power. In-the-ear wearing of earbuds makes these devices very compact and convenient in use. At that, wireless earbuds, as the name states, require no cables or wires for connecting to a music/sound source, owing to their capability of receiving a digital sound signal and perform a digital-analog conversion (wired earphones receive an analog signal via wires) using an integrated hardware.

The modern earphones market offers a multitude of various types and modifications of earphones, which differ in design, connection type, and features. This review is dedicated to the analysis of the best wireless earbuds models, which are a splendid fit for both casual everyday wearing and wearing during fitness and sports training. In our review, we will also try to clarify the important aspects you should consider when selecting a wireless earbuds set.

If for some reason you favor using earphones of other types, for example, full-size circumaural (over-the-ear) headphones, gaming headphones, hands free earphones for mobile devices or simply wireless headphones or wired earbuds we recommend you to check out our reviews dedicated to headphones, gaming headsets, Bluetooth headsets, earphones, wireless headphones, and earbuds.

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What Features to Compare

Sound Quality

In case you have decided to buy a set of earbuds, the object of your primary concern, as with the other headphones models, should be the Sound quality. There are several parameters that influence this feature, namely: frequency range, sensitivity, and impedance of an earbuds set. All earphones are intended for reproducing the hearing range of a sound record (they do it with more or less precision), which in general can be divided into the low, middle and high range. In a best-case scenario, wireless earbuds reproduce the sound starting from the lowest register - 15 Hz up to the high-frequency sound of 25 kHz. The frequency range of wireless earbuds that a manufacturer specifies for an earbud set determines the capability of a set to reproduce a sound signal in a given range. The recommended frequency range for earbuds is 20-20000 Hz (which is conditioned by a typical range of human hearing).

Please note that the standard considerations relating to conventional earbuds are not directly relevant to wireless earbuds as they receive a digital signal, convert it to an analog signal and amplify it with the help of the integrated hardware, thus providing the same result regardless of the sound source parameters (given the adequate signal transmission conditions). The sensitivity and impedance parameters may come into play for a wireless earbud set if it has a dedicated analog wire for plugging directly into an analog out.

Convenience of Use

After figuring out what parameters influence the earbud sound quality, we proceed to another important aspect, which is the Convenience of use. The convenience is governed by the method of earbuds’ plugging into your outer ear and attaching to your ears or neck. Note that earbuds can be fit into your ear auricles with special flexible attachments, ergonomic ear tips. This method is convenient for those who wear hats and headwear, do the weightlifting or fitness training in a gym frequently or jogs every day. In addition, wearing such earbuds is a plus for girls and guys with long hair as it prevents messing the hair up. To maintain a convenience of continuous use of earbuds, you should seek for earbuds models, the ear hooks of which do not press on your ears too much or pull them back but apply just enough pressure for keeping the earbuds in your ear canals. Some wireless earbuds models can use a neck band instead of ear hooks, which is to be worn around a user’s neck near a shirt collar zone or use a flexible headband. In most cases, wireless earbuds use a Bluetooth connection for pairing with a music source. Therefore, all you need to fully unlock a wireless earbuds headset potential is a compatible Bluetooth or a Wi-Fi signal transmitting device (smartphone, DAP or a tablet PC). The availability of a built-in microphone, which enables you to quickly answer a call without stopping your workout, also contributes to the convenience of use. Another convenient feature is the control buttons that can be placed either on a wire that connects earbuds with a wireless transmitter receiver or on the earbuds casing itself. With such built-in control buttons, you can control calls, volume, stop/start tracks playback or skip tracks.

Special Features

The final crucial aspect of wireless earbuds selection is their Special features. If you need your wireless earbuds set to be solely your intense training companion, then we recommend you to go for the models that not only seat snug in the ears but are waterproof or moistureproof. Some advanced models use a special nano coating, which enables earbuds to stay fully submerged in water to a certain depth without getting damaged. Considering the fact that some users go running at night, many wireless earbuds manufacturers equip their models with a light-reflecting coating on a neck band or a connection cable. Many earbuds are compatible with bundled mobile applications that help you monitor a headset battery level and receive low battery warnings. For such notifications, some wireless earphones use light or sound indication. Still, you have to choose the earbuds model with a higher battery capacity to be able to enjoy your music longer. Along with that, the range of reliable wireless signal transmission needs to be considered if you plan to use your wireless earbuds at some distance from the source. A 30-foot range and above is considered a good value.

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JBL Reflect Mini Bluetooth In-Ear Sport Headphones

Choice of Professionals

This wireless earbuds model is one of the top performers in terms of sound quality. This model is capable of reproducing a good sound with an authoritative bass and clear highs, which are distributed within 10Hz - 22kHz range. When listening to the tracks that abound in power sub-bass you will discover that the Reflect Mini BT wireless earbuds have an intense, deep bass response. With that, the lows are not overemphasized but rather are reproduced with an adequate depth. The Reflect Mini BT earbuds set does not distort the sound at the maximum volume level while at the average volume the low-frequency register is clearly discernible and in no case bloated, which is luckily accompanied by a good reproduction of upper mids and highs. It is worth noting that this model is on the list of best devices of its class according to a famous PCMag Internet-magazine.

Review of JBL Reflect Mini Bluetooth In-Ear Sport Headphones

Comfort and Security in Every Detail

The Reflect Mini BT wireless earbuds look stylish and have an elaborate casing. Also, they come with special ergonomic ear tips, which are capable of keeping the earbuds reliably in ear canals even during an intense workout such as weight lifting or exercises that require mobility. The supply package of these wireless earbuds includes a pair of standard ear tips that guarantee a convenient wearing of earbuds during your day. In addition, the manufacturer offers a selection of colors - red, blue, and turquoise blue. The JBL company has made these wireless earbuds moistureproof. This earbuds model conforms to the IPX4 international standard requirements, where the 4 defines water splashes protection. With that, water can be splashed against the enclosure from any direction, which is very useful for a wet cleaning of the earbuds. To ensure the safety of use of the wireless earbuds set, the JBL company applied a special light-reflecting coating for an effective reflection of headlamp light, for example.

JBL Reflect Mini Bluetooth In-Ear Sport Headphones in the use

It is Good to Know

It is good to know that the JBL company manufactures not only home audio products but a range of professional products, namely the audio equipment for DJs, sound engineers, and others. Today, it is hard to imagine a famous band's or singer's live show or a big music festival without the use of equipment made by JBL. Moreover, the engineering solutions of JBL were implemented in the development and launch of ТНХ sound standard, which is now used for reproduction of accompanying sound on many home cinema systems. Many sound speakers by this company are used in acoustic systems, which some world-famous car manufacturers equip their vehicles with. If you are interested in high-quality car acoustics you can check our car speakers review. As a forward-looking company, JBL constantly strives to improve the quality of its products and values customers' opinion very much. The company even launched a dedicated public in social networks, where the users of JBL products are free to post their tailor-made, nonconventional photos and videos.

Detailed review of JBL Reflect Mini Bluetooth In-Ear Sport Headphones

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones

Innovative Coating

The examined BackBeat FIT wireless earbuds are securely protected from moisture and sweat due to their design and P2i technology. During the manufacturing, a special P2i nano-coating is applied to the earbuds, which imparts the earbuds with water-repellent properties that ensure the earbuds operation in any conditions. These wireless earbuds boast a reliable waterproof design, which conforms to the requirements of the IP57 class of Ingress Protection Rating. The digit 5 refers to the degree of protection against extraneous particles, i.e. dust. The second digit in the code, 7, refers to the degree of protection against water; in this case, the earbuds can be submerged 1 meter underwater for a short period of time. When using the set in such conditions the quantity of water that penetrates into the earbuds is smaller than the one required for damaging them, though the manufacturer did not allow for the underwater operation.

Review of Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones

Excellent Battery Charge Monitoring and Saving

The further examination of Plantronics BackBeat earbuds has shown that you can effectively monitor the built-in battery charge and always be aware of it. Using a free official Plantronics Battery Meter application, which is available for downloading and installing on iOS and Android will be able to see the battery charge level of your wireless earbuds set and receive the low battery or depleted battery warnings. As the Plantronics company is highly concerned about a lag-free operation of their earbuds, you will get all the necessary application updates without the need for connecting to a PC – the updates will be available via a wireless connection, which is very convenient. The DeepSleep hibernation feature is activated when the headset gets out of range of a smartphone or a tablet PC, allowing the earbuds to preserve the battery charge for a period of up to 6 months in idle mode.

Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones in the use

Created for Workouts

The convenient, reliable BackBeat FIT earbuds are created for those with the active lifestyle. The design of these wireless earbuds is really flexible. The device can be conveniently locked in the desired position and stay in that position regardless of the type and intensity of your training. Easy to reach controls, which are placed near user's ears allow controlling a music playback or phone calls on the run while the bundled neoprene armband ensures a reliable protection of your smartphone. After you have finished the training, you can fold the flexible headband of the BackBeat FIT earbuds set and put the set into the carrying case.

Detailed review of Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones

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LG Tone Pro HBS-750

Impressively Long Independent Operation

These Tone Pro HBS-750 LG Bluetooth earbuds differ from the competitors very much in terms of battery life. The HBS-750 wireless earbuds are capable of providing up to 15 hours of continuous operation in a phone call mode, up to 10 hours of operation when listening to music, and up to 21 days of operation in a standby mode. If you compare the battery life of this Bluetooth earbuds with those offered by competing solutions, you will see that these are the best wireless earbuds on the market judging by this parameter. Worth mentioning is the battery charging time of this LG Bluetooth headset, which is quite short and is about 2 hours. For the battery charge, the manufacturer includes the Micro USB cable in the supply package of these LG Bluetooth earbuds (AC adapter is not included).

Review of LG Tone Pro HBS-750 Wireless Stereo Headset

Stunning Capabilities

As a high-quality product, the Tone Pro HBS-750 set reveals its advantages in the course of further examination, which include the Auto-Reconnect feature for auto reconnection of the earbuds to a source in case of wireless connection loss as well as splendid functionality providing low battery notification with sound and lighting signals. It is necessary to mention the availability of a vibration on/off function, which is used for incoming calls notification and allows you to disable the built-in microphone when it is necessary. Another important feature of these LG wireless earbuds is a capability of pairing up to two sound source devices with the earbud set for a user to be able to switch between music listening and talk modes effortlessly. As a finishing touch for establishing an overall functionality, the TONE PRO text-to-speech feature is implemented.

LG Tone Pro HBS-750 Wireless Stereo Headset in the use

Oscar-winner Design

Tone Pro HBS-750 boasts its unusual, stylish design with a body-contoured fit, allowing the set to be conveniently placed around a user’s neck and to provide easy access to the volume and phone talk controls. Thus, the design makes it possible to wear the wireless earbuds set all day long without feeling any discomfort or neck fatigue. The design of the Tone Pro HBS-750 model won a Red Dot Design award, which is a very authoritative design award, organized by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and awarded in the city of Essen. This highly sought-after prize is awarded to designers and manufacturing companies for outstanding and unique achievements in consumer goods design. Award-winning products are exhibited at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, which offers the biggest collection of design art in the world.

Detailed review of LG Tone Pro HBS-750 Wireless Stereo Headset

Notes and Recommendations

  • SMS Reading on Android™ devices may require free 'LG BT Reader' application on Google Play™ for SMS reading with voice.
  • aptX® compatibility depends on source device specifications.
  • Choking hazard, these wireless earbuds are not for children under 3 years.

Summing up, we can say that LG TONE PRO is a must for those who lead a very active life. This LG Bluetooth earbuds set has an ergonomic design, the top-tier audio performance makes it an optimal audio solution, which can be used as a hands-free device.

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LG Tone Pro HBS-750
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AYL 4009152

Technologies that Lend Wings

These Bluetooth earbuds by AYL offer an excellent sound quality, owing to the use of the cutting-edge EDR APT-X audio decoding technology for lossless transmission of high-resolution audios. The APT-X technology is complemented with CVC 6.0 noise cancellation technology that filters the background noise and ensures a clear music playback and voice reproduction. As a modern device, these AYL wireless earbuds use the Bluetooth 4.1 wireless connection technology, which has some improvements in comparison to the previous iterations, including the capability of the simultaneous use of Bluetooth and LTE. This wireless data exchange standard implies the protection against interferences by means of automatic data packets synchronization.

Review of AYL 4009152 Wireless Sport Stereo In-Ear Headset

Unparalleled Ease and Convenience

This AYR model can be used as wireless earbuds for iPod due to a very ergonomic design of the earbuds, which are connected with a 22.05-inch cable to be worn behind the neck. This wearing style will surely be favored by those with long hair or wearing headwear of different styles. The case of this Bluetooth earbuds by AYL has special buttons for easy volume control and audio track selection along with a built-in microphone, which makes answering phone calls possible without interrupting your workout routine. AYL Bluetooth headphones are made of high-quality plastic so they are pretty lightweight. This AYR wireless earbuds model comes with rubber eartips that are waterproof and repel sweat; such design ensures the versatility of the model and allows using it as wireless earbuds for jogging. The battery life of the earbuds set is sufficient to keep you energized with music during several training sessions or up to 7 hours of non-stop use in a talk or music listening mode, and up to 175 hours in a standby mode, which is pretty long especially considering the compactness and small weight of the earbuds. The range, within which these wireless earbuds establish a reliable connection is 32 feet.

AYL 4009152 Wireless Sport Stereo In-Ear Headset in the use

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Photive PH-BTE70 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Let Music Stream Into Your Ears

The PH-BTE70 wireless earbuds proved themselves to be very comfortable and reliably positioned in your ears. The excellent comfort of the PH-BTE70 model is conditioned mainly by the flexible ear hooks that securely lock the earbuds even when you move rapidly, for example, while you are doing a physical workout. This peculiar design appears to have a practical purpose as the ear hooks settle around your ears so you will not need to readjust the hooks. The overall versatility of these wireless earbuds set allows you to use it for your outdoor physical activities regardless of the season. To ensure the best fit, considering an individual size of each person’s ear canal, the manufacturer included eartips of a different size into the earbuds supply package. There are small, medium-sized, and big eartips in the supply package. As the manufacturer info states, the PH-BTE70 wireless earbuds set is equipped with a lithium-ion battery, which ensures the operation for 6-10 hours in talk and music listening modes and up to 24 hours in a standby mode. The pairing range of this Bluetooth earbuds is 33 feet maximum, which is a good result for this device.

Review of Photive PH-BTE70 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds

Move, Jump, Ramp up Your Training

The Photive PH-BTE70 wireless earbuds were developed with a special design in mind, which peculiarity consists in the availability of a special Liquipel™ coating protecting the device from the penetration of moisture and giving you a total freedom of movement during your training sessions. The coating is an applied layer of a special substance, which repels the liquid while preserving the advantage of the ergonomic design. These wireless earbuds are protected from inadvertent water spills, splashes and exposure to intense physical training, which causes perspiration.

Photive PH-BTE70 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds in the use

Interesting Fact

The results of recent researches have proven what sports fans already knew – listening to music during the training helps to make it more intensive and increases the person’s endurance. Thus, these Bluetooth earbuds offer not only a comfortable listening to your favorite music when training but an improvement of you training results.

To get a visual concept of all the Photive PH-BTE70 elements and correct device synchronization, you should watch the following video. Worth noticing is the ability of Photive products users to share their photos and videos in popular social networks and video services such as Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter.

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