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The best earbuds 2018: Our pick of the best in-ear headphones for any budget

Best In-Ear Headphones Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar’s round-up of the best earbuds and earphones you can buy in 2018.

Of the many types of headphones available on the market, in-ears are perhaps the most compact. 

While over-ear and on-ear cans have a bulky headband that sits over your head, in-ear headphones (or earbuds), sit neatly inside the ear, making them perfect if you want to wear something that’s low-profile and innocuous.

This makes them perfect for the gym, where bulkier headphones can be weighty and uncomfortable. 

Not only are the best pairs of in-ear headphones ultra-comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, but newer models can be completely wire-free. We have a few listed below (see: Beats X and Optoma NuForce BE Sports3), but you can check out our full guide to the best wireless headphones[1] if you’re looking for more suggestions on which headphones are the best at cutting the cord, or our guide to the best true wireless earbuds[2] for some earbuds that are completely wire-free. 

Can’t decide which type of headphones to buy? Check out our guide video below!

We’re constantly reviewing new pairs of earphones, so we’re always updating this list as we find better ones available. That means while this list might change from month-to-month as better headphones make their way to our test stations, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting the best headphones on the market at any point and any time you buy them.

Without further ado, here are the 10 best earbuds we’ve tested.

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1. 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone

Your search for great sounding, good value headphones ends here

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 20 – 40,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 99 dB at 1KHz | Impedance: 32 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Lush sound quality Excellent build and design Unmatched value Plastic remote feels cheap

After spending a few weeks with both the 1MORE Triple Driver in-ear headphones and the 1MORE Quad Driver in-ear headphones[11] we were blown away at just how much value each one gave in their prospective price ranges. 

For $ 100 (£100, about AU$ 168), it’s hard to think of a better sounding and built headphone than the 1MORE Triple Driver. That said, if you want just that little extra refinement and luxury materials, the 1MORE Quad Drivers are still a bargain at twice the price. 

There’s very little we can fault the Triple Drivers for. Their rubber cable is annoying and its remote control feels cheap but these are just nitpicks. But, for their price, it’s impossible to do better than 1MORE’s Triple Driver in-ear headphones. 

Read the full review: 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone[12]

2. Optoma NuForce BE Sport3

One of the best wireless headphones you can buy

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: 18 grams | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 20-20kHz | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 102dB +/-3dB at 1kHz | Impedance: 16 Ohm | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 10m (30ft.) | NFC: N/A

Good sound Great battery life Incredible insolation Remote weighs cable down

NuForce knocked it out of the park with the BE Sport3 headphones. They’re an incredible value for a pair of wireless headphones that sound good, last all day, have a bulletproof build and incredible noise isolation. 

While they’re not the most dynamic or resolving headphones, NuForce shows us that the future of wireless headphones is a bright one.

Read the full review: Optoma NuForce BE Sport3[13]

3. Creative Aurvana Trio

Creative’s triple-driver headphones put 1MORE’s to the test

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 19g | Cable length: 1.2m / 3.9ft | Frequency response: 5Hz – 40,000kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dual Balance Armature, Bio-Cellulose Dynamic | Sensitivity: 103 dV/mW | Impedance: 16 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

5 – 40,000Hz frequency response Replaceable cable Plastic-y inline remote  On  the expensive side 

If you have the money for some truly spectacular in-ears, the Creative Aurvana Trio are well worth their $ 249 (about £180, AU$ 300) sticker price. They’re darn comfortable, sound great and offer extreme clarity in nearly all areas of the audio spectrum. If $ 249 feels a bit too far out of your price range at the moment but the idea of a triple driver headphone sounds appealing, you should probably stick with our first choice, the 1MORE Triple Driver Headphones.  

Read the full review: Creative Aurvana Trio[14]

4. RHA T10i

Premium earphones for any taste

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .09 pounds | Cable length: 4.4 feet | Frequency response: 16-40,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW | Impedance: 16 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Comfortable Amazing sound quality Bass-heavy Pricey

The RHA T10i are here for one simple reason: their sound quality is incredible, thanks to the snug seal created when the headphones are stuck in your ear. The bass is also robust for such small earphones.

The RHA T10i look slick with a metal finish around the drivers and around the cable as well. They’re more expensive than other buds on the list (hence why they miss out on the top spot), but there’s good reason they’re near the top of our list. 

Read the full review: RHA T10i[15]

5. RHA S500u

These cheap headphones have no right to sound as good as they do

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 14 grams | Cable length: 1.35m, dual material | Frequency response: 16 – 22,000Hz | Drivers: Micro Dynamic | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 100dB | Impedance: 16 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Excellent build quality  Balanced, rich audio  Sibilant at times Narrow soundstage

If you have a tendency to lose or break headphones but still value sound quality, it’s hard to think of a better value than the RHA S500u. 

These headphones have no business sounding so good for the price: Sound quality is balanced with a slight mid-bass bump. Bass is slightly emphasized but not egregiously and features good impact while maintaining good control. And highs, while sibilant at times, makes music sound more exciting.    

 Read the full review: RHA S500u[16]

6. Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE

Beyerdynamic’s buds are some of the best for Apple devices

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: .1 pounds | Cable length: Up to 4 feet | Frequency response: 10 – 27,000Hz | Drivers: Neodymium | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 35 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Balanced sound Titanium build No Android support

There’s no shortage of sub-$ 200 headphones on the market, but the Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE stand out thanks to their excellent build quality, sound and design.

They’re one of the most well rounded in-ear headphones we’ve ever heard. No, they’re not cheap, but again, you get what you pay for.

Read the full review: Beyerdynamic iDX 200 iE[17]

7. Klipsch Reference X6i

Audiophile sound on the go

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: 18 grams | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: 10-19,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: 110dB | Impedance: 50 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Extremely comfortable Balanced, spacious sound Lots of cable noise Awkward carrying case

The Klipsch Reference X6i are a wonderful-sounding package. Their comfort, build quality, sound quality and features make them great value for the money, too.

They have some problems (like an awful lot of cable noise while you’re moving around with them on), but if you’re looking for balanced sounding in-ear headphones for $ 179 / £165 / AU$ 399,  we can wholeheartedly recommend the Klipsch Reference X6i. Stated simply, they’re supremely comfortable audiophile-level in-ear headphones for an affordable price.

Read the full review: Klipsch Reference X6i[18]

8. Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

Fully-featured and powerful in-ear headphones

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: .3 pounds | Cable length: 4.2 feet | Frequency response: 15-22,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 18 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Affordable Stellar sound Different model for each mobile OS

With the appealing candy apple detailing, Sennheiser gets you in the door. But once you’re in, you’ll stay for the killer sound quality that comes from the Momentum In-Ear earphones.

These are the among the best deals in the headphones market as it stands today. The company has a version available for each flavor of mobile OS –Android and iOS – so everyone can get in on the goodness.

Read the full review: Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear[19]

9. 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones

More expensive than the Triple Drivers, but More powerful too

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18.5 g | Cable length: 1.25 m | Frequency response: 20 – 40,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 99 dB at 1KHz | Impedance: 32 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Beautifully balanced sound Luxurious build quality Remote controls work on  Cheaper sibling is better value

They’re expensive, but the 1MORE Quad Driver in-ear headphones are worth every penny. 1MORE hit it out of the park with this flagship pair of in-ear headphones with its balanced sound build quality, smartphone compatibility and price. These in-ear headphones will make mobile audiophiles very happy. 

The only reservation that we have is that the Quad Drivers face tough competition from 1MORE’s own cheaper Triple Driver sibling which costs half the price (which sit pretty at the number one spot on our list). 

In terms of value, the 1MORE Triple Driver headphones are the winner but for those who want just a bit better build and more detailed sound, the 1MORE Quad Driver headphones are worth the extra money. 

Read the full review: 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones[20]

10. V-Moda Forza

Headphones you can dress up or down to meet your needs

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: 13.5 grams | Cable length: 2.6 feet | Frequency response: 20-40,000Hz | Drivers: 5.8mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 99dB @1kHz 1mW | Impedance: 14 ohms | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: N/A

Brilliant modular design Water-resistant Lots of cable noise Lacks resolution

The V-Moda Forza offers a lot: They sounds good; they’re built to last and their modular design is like nothing we’ve seen before on an earbud. The Forza, therefore, are perfect for anyone who wants a headphone that can do it all, from working out to taking these with you on the morning commute to the office. 

Sure, they don’t have the most balanced sounding or highest resolution, but the water resistance and modular design of the Forza make them a pretty compelling option.

Read the full review: V-Moda Forza[21]

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Erato Verse fully wireless earbuds review

When you hear the word “verse,” what do you think of? Beautiful music? Softly spoken prose, perhaps?

That’s what Erato is hoping by naming its newest set of fully wireless earbuds the Verse. Liker Erato’s flagship Apollo earbuds, the Verse are lightweight, featuring a slick, bullet-inspired design, and they’re just £150, putting them squarely in competition with popular choices like Apple’s AirPods and Bragi’s oddly-named The Headphone. So, do the Erato Verse offer sweet, musical poetry for your ears?

Well, kind of. They’re decent earbuds that actually sound pretty great, but are they convenient and comfortable enough to hang with the big dogs?

Opening up

The Verse don’t offer much in the way of peripherals. Inside the (small) packaging are the earbuds themselves — tucked neatly into their charging case, which is shaped like an oversized pack of dental floss — along with a Micro SB© USB charging cable, some paperwork, and two sizes of silicone eartips.

The case should comfortably fit in most pants pockets, and it has a neat LED array to tell you how much juice is left.

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Open the case, and a little lightning bolt LED on the left tells you whether the case is fully charged (blue) or still charging (red). On the right, a battery-shaped LED will give you an idea if battery is above or below 25 percent. Each earbud also has an LED indicator; while the earbuds are charging, these will glow blue (then turn off once finished).

It would be nice, though, to have some sort of indicators on the outside of the case, so you don’t have to open it to check battery life. The earbuds do attach to the case magnetically, but they don’t snap in quite as quickly as the AirPods. Getting started is quick and painless; thankfully, you don’t need to download a separate Erato app or any such nonsense.

Just press and hold on the left earbud’s external button for a few seconds (there’s one on each earbud) until the LED flashes red and blue, then pair in your phone’s Bluetooth menu. Generally speaking, the earbuds’ connection held well, though the right “slave” bud did drop out from time to time. Sadly, the Verse (unlike the Apollo 7) do not support AptX for higher quality streaming resolution from supported devices.

A rough fit

The Verse are built with SpinFit technology, which ostensibly means they’re more comfortable and should fit in any ear canal without issue.

We did not find this to be the case. Erato advertises “360-degree rotation,” but the tips hardly feel any more pliable or flexible than garden-variety options, and (as mentioned) Erato doesn’t ship the Verse with ear wings or foam tips to improve fit. The earbuds are extremely light, but they’re just not very comfortable, thanks to some questionable design decisions.

The earbuds feature a slick finish, which looks nice, but often prevents the Verse from finding purchase in the ear. The Verse offer three hours of listening per charge, which may be their biggest weakness. Further, the LED indicators — present on both sides of each earbud — don’t fit flush inside their little alcoves, which inevitably meant they rubbed up against our ears, chafing annoyingly.

Because of the slippery finish, the buds were jiggling around regularly, causing friction and discomfort. This never became too painful, but it was frustrating enough to make us go music-free on the train once or twice. Another small complaint: Due to their shape, the Verse stick a fair way out from your ear, which means wearing winter caps is uncomfortable.

Controlling the Verse takes a while to get used to, as the limitation of just two buttons equates to a lot of double taps or long taps to control things like volume or song skipping. They work well once you get the hang of them, though, and the controls aren’t so sensitive that you’d accidentally skip a song. The Verse don’t offer any of the AirPods’ cool tricks — like automatically pausing when you take one out, for example — or fitness tracking like Jabra’s Elite Sport or the Bragi Dash Pro (though both of those options are significantly pricier), but they work well for their primary tasks: Taking phone calls and playing tunes.

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The Verse offer three hours of listening per charge, which may be their biggest weakness.

Apple’s AirPods offer a full five hours per charge and 24 hours total with the charging case. That said, the Verse’s case holds up to four full charges (meaning you’ll get 15 hours total), so as long as you’re not a power user they should suffice for most situations. Like all Erato earphones, the Verse are IPX5 rated to resist water and sweat.

Verse-atile sound

We’ve ragged on the Verse a bit due to some questionable design choices, but when it comes to actual audio, they perform admirably.

Compared to the AirPods and Bragi’s Headphone, the Verse offer a more even sound signature, with well-rounded mids and enough bass to fuel your workout. You’re probably never going to have a “Wow” moment while listening to these — frankly, most true wireless earbuds don’t sound that good in general, and the Verse aren’t even Erato’s top-line option — but you’re also never going to have an “Ew, gross” moment, either. The Verse handle dynamics surprisingly well; slower cuts like Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek don’t reveal any annoying DSP hiss, and you can crank the volume up to max without causing distortion (except on really intense stuff, like heavy metal or dubstep).

The bassline in J. Ralph’s Kansas City Shuffle is acceptably funky, and you can hear separation in lower notes well enough. The balance in Curtis Mayfield’s Move On Up is impeccable; Mayfield’s breathy falsetto doesn’t drown out the track’s triumphant horns, subtle guitar riffs, or bongo drum sequences.

Conclusion

The Verse’s design is far from ideal, with a few annoying quirks that ate away at us over time.

However, fit is a very personal thing, and not everyone has ears like ours.

The Verse sound very good for their class, trumping most competitors (save perhaps Bragi’s The Headphone, which don’t come with a charging pod) at that £150 price point.

If audio quality is your Alpha and Omega for true wireless earbuds, and you’re looking to keep the budget in check, you may want to give the Verse a shot.

DT Editors’ Rating: 3/5

Editors’ Recommendations

The best Bluetooth earbuds: top wireless earbuds available today

What if we told you that it’s possible to live in a world where you can listen to all of your favorite music while moving around without annoying cables getting in your way? Well, thanks to the best Bluetooth earbuds, that dream is now a reality – but they may not be for everyone, as their high cost, relatively low sound quality and battery life compared to their wired brethren might turn some people off.

Thankfully, there’s some good news there. The best Bluetooth earbuds have been steadily improving in all of those facets over the past couple years, and now the differences are less noticeable than ever – they’re now competitive in every way with their wired predecessors. These innovations and improvements don’t look like they’re going to slow down anytime soon either – the manufacturers behind some of the best Bluetooth[1] earbuds are tirelessly working on creating Bluetooth earbuds that last longer, sound better and are even more affordable. 

There are new innovations in the Bluetooth earbud headset game every day, the best wireless earbuds[2] don’t even have any wires at all. And, as we’ve seen in every corner of the tech market, Apple’s entry[3] into Bluetooth earbuds has truly inspired (or scared) manufacturers to keep innovation up and prices down in order to compete.

Unfortunately, the market for the best Bluetooth earbuds is constantly shifting and expanding, and this can make it kind of hard to find the best pair for you. You should try to find earbuds that manage to strike a balance between price and performance – and it’s this mantra that we had in mind when we selected every pair that made it onto this list. We here on the TechRadar editorial team have brought together a collection of the best Bluetooth earbuds that we have had the pleasure of testing and reviewing over the last year or so and ranked them here. So, whether you’re looking for that new running companion, or even if you’re an audiophile looking to squeeze out the most detail out of your music while being free from the shackles of wires – these are the best Bluetooth earbuds you can buy today.

Not looking for in-ear earbuds? Here’s our list of the best wireless headphones[4]

1. Jaybird X2

Sporty 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

Amazing value Above average battery life A bit expensive

The Jaybird X2 are truly at the top of their class, possessing the holy trinity of above average battery life, ease of use and, most importantly, fantastic sound performance, a feat that their competition has a hard time achieving. Even if you’re not necessarily looking for a pair of headphones to take to the gym, the features that make the X2s great for fitness use, like hearty sound performance and above average battery life, translate perfectly into a set of wireless in-ear headphones that are just as great for everyday use. 

Read the full review: Jaybird X2[5]

2. Optoma NuForce BE Sport3

One of the best wireless earphones you can buy

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 18 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 10mm | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 102dB +/-3dB at 1kHz | Impedance: 16 Ohms | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 10m (30ft.) | NFC: No

Great sound Great battery life Tons of accessories Cheap remote

NuForce have really crafted something special here with the BE Sport3 earbuds. They’re an unbelievable value for a pair of wireless earbuds that sound great, last all day, have an extremely durable build and sublime noise isolation. They might not be the most dynamic or solid headphones, but NuForce shows us that the future of wireless earbuds is a bright one. 

Read the full review: Optoma NuForce BE Sport3[6]

3. Beats X

Good-sounding wireless earbuds that can charge in five minutes

Acoustic design: Closed | 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

Balanced sound signature Quick Charge feature Relatively expensive Lacking in clarity

The Powerbeats aren’t the only wireless earbuds made by Dr. Dre. The Beats X earbuds boast all the features you’ve come to expect from workout earbuds with an even better audio fidelity and comfortable build.

It has a few issues of its own – including poor noise isolation and somewhat low audio quality – but if you’re shopping for a no-fuss pair of earbuds that charge in 5 minutes and don’t mind spending a little extra money on them, the Beats X are for you.

Read the full review: Beats X[7]

4. Bose QuietControl 30

In-ear noise-cancelling as good as any from over-ear cans

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: 28 grams | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: 10m (33ft.) | NFC: Yes

Stellar noise cancellation Long-lasting battery Sound isn’t great for its price Neckband will be divisive

Life is full of compromises, and it’s no different with the Bose QuietControl 30s. On the positive side you get a level of noise cancellation that can easily compete with the brand’s over-ear headphones, but the concession here is on sound fidelity, which just isn’t on the same level as that of other in-ear or over-ear headphones we’ve tested. 

Read the full review: Bose QuietControl 30[8]

5. Apple AirPods

Wireless with good sound, but Apple’s AirPods are too expensive

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: N/A | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 5 hours | Wireless range: 10m (30ft.) | NFC: N/A

Pairing is quick and easy Sound is quite good Easy to lose No in-line remote

There’s a lot to love about the AirPods, including their sound fidelity and how easily they pair with your device. But, while there are some definite benefits, we just can’t give the AirPods the top spot on our list. Ultimately, their lack of in-line remote means that there are easier headphones to use while out and about, and Siri isn’t a good enough replacement. They might not fall out as easily as we once feared, but they don’t feel secure enough for their price or strong enough in the performance category to make up for this transgression. Maybe Apple’s AirPods 2[9] can fix these issues in the near future. That said, diehard Apple fans will not be disappointed by Apple’s first wireless earbuds. 

Read the full review: Apple AirPods[10]

6. Jabra Elite Sport

A good, but not quite perfect pair of wireless earbuds

Acoustic design: N/A | Weight: N/A | Cable length: N/A | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 5 hours | Wireless range: 10m (30ft.) | NFC: N/A

Long enough battery life Automatic rep-counting Uncomfortable fit over time Heart rate data not perfect

The Jabra Elite Sport headphones are a very powerful proposition, and can do a wide variety of things to help everyone from the novice to the practiced fitness enthusiast. That said, they’re also competent Bluetooth buds for use around town, with a long-enough battery life and good sound quality.

However, issues with the slightly iffy heart rate data at times, and the still-not-quite-automated-enough cross training still grate. Overall, they’re good enough, but a touch more expensive than they need to be.

Read the full review: Jabra Elite Sport[11]

7. Jaybird Freedom Wireless

Decent sound quality and stunningly small design

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 13 grams | Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz | Drivers: 6mm | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: 96 +-3dB At 1KHz | Impedance: 16 Ohms | Battery life: 8 hours | Wireless range: N/A | NFC: No

Great build quality EQ settings follow you Short battery life

If you’re looking for something stylish and don’t mind compromising slightly on sound quality, the Jaybird Freedom Wireless is probably your best bet. Comfort and design are definitely high points for the Freedoms, and we especially liked being able to bring the EQ settings we setup on our phone wherever we went. Unfortunately, though, mediocre sound quality and a short battery life keep them from winning top marks.

Read the full review: Jaybird Freedom Wireless[12]

8. Moto Surround

Great sound quality and wireless functionality at an unbeatable price

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 39 grams | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 12 hours | Wireless range: 150 feet | NFC: No

Booming sound Very affordable Minor interface lag on iOS

If you don’t mind rocking the band, the Moto Surround hits all the high notes in terms of price, performance and battery life. In our tests, the Moto Surround survived 12 hours in between charges and displayed real skill in outputting bass, mid and treble in equal amounts. You can appreciate the balanced sound signature while your wallet appreciates the price.

Read the full review: Moto Surround[13]

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Beats X 

9. Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless

Iconic Beats design, now for the workout crowd

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: 24 grams | Frequency response: N/A | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: N/A | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery life: 6 hours | Wireless range: 30 feet | NFC: N/A

Powers workouts with tons of bass Universal controls Comfort issues

Beats have always had a spot at the gym, but the Powerbeats2 shrink the giant iconic cans down to a more manageable earbud size. The Powerbeats2, like the larger over-ear Beats, specialize in dropping the bass, which is just what the doctor ordered for listening during a workout. That said, the Powerbeats leave a lot to be desired in the comfort and battery departments.

Read the full review: Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless[14]

10. Sony WF-1000XF

Noise-cancellation meets true wireless

Acoustic Design: Closed Dynamic | Weight: 0.24 oz | Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20,000 Hz | Drivers: 6.096 mm | Driver Type: Dome | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: N/A | Battery Life: 3 hours | Wireless Range: 10m (30 ft.) | NFC: Yes

Impressive Noise-Cancelling High fidelity sound Easy NFC pairing Lacking Volume Control Bulky Sometimes drops connection

Sony has entered the truly wireless earbud game, and they’ve certainly hit the ground running. Not only does the WF-1000XF have a great sound signature, but they also add something new to the table. With this set of earbuds, Sony brings true noise cancelling to the bluetooth earbud game, a feature normally found on wired earphones, and does so without having to add too much bulk or any wires. The only downside is the cheap-looking design, and the short battery life. But if you have a noisy commute, they’re a great choice.

Read the full review: Sony WF-1000X[15]

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  13. ^ Moto Surround (www.techradar.com)
  14. ^ Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless (www.techradar.com)
  15. ^ Sony WF-1000X (www.techradar.com)

Discounted: Offers

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