Not that long ago, headphones were huge and bulky over-the-ear models that tethered you to a stereo with an unwieldy cord. As technology improved, headphones shrunk in size, but the cord still remained as a way to connect you to your favorite music and videos. But now, thanks to the proliferation of some pretty amazing wireless headphones, music lovers can finally cut the cord.
Thanks to the Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling feature that blocks external noise, the Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are a great option. The headphones offer real-time audio calibration to help preserve the range, clarity and emotion of songs. As a major bonus, the Beats Studio3 headphones include an Apple W1 chip that allows for up to 22 hours of battery life; if the Pure ANC feature is shut off, this estimate soars to 40 hours. The headphones, which are available for about $350, pair nicely with the Apple iPhone 8 because the smartphone does not contain a headphone jack, requiring a wireless option.
Optoma NuForce BE Sports3
If you have champagne taste but a beer budget when it comes to wireless headphones, the Optoma NuForce BE Sports3 earphones are just for you. TechRadar named them as one of the best wireless options for 2018. In addition to their low price point, the BE Sport3 headphones deliver good sound, a long battery life and durability — which is great if you tend to drop your gadgets or want to loan them to your kiddo. Weighing in at a mere 18 grams, they are gentle on your ears and they have a wireless range of about 30 feet.
Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth Headset
Fans of earbuds also can find plenty of snazzy wireless versions this year. For example, the Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth Headset for iPhone and Android is ideal for people who want to listen to music while working out at the gym or who make a lot of phone calls. Priced at about $130, the mini wireless buds are super small but do not skimp on performance or appearance. You can securely attach the patented silicone ear fins to the top and lower areas of your ears. The Jaybird X3 wireless earbuds also have hydrophobic nano-coating so moisture will not faze them. With its 8-hour battery life and MySoundApp that lets you customize the sound, these wireless earphones are heads and shoulders above the wired varieties you can pick up for 20 bucks.
Bose SoundSport Free
If you are not crazy about having a clunky headpiece going over the top of your head or you simply prefer wireless headphones, you can’t go wrong with the Bose SoundSport Free model. These earphones come with a charging case that powers two separate earpieces, each with removable ear tips and fins. They look sharp, are available in black or midnight blue, and weigh in at about $200. Lightweight and easy to wear, they offer superb sound, and thanks to their lack of auto-pause, you can adjust them as needed without your music stopping.
There is no shortage of options when choosing wireless headphones. By deciding first if you are looking for a spendier model that has a long battery life, something a bit more budget friendly, a traditional ear bud look, or sleek and stylish earpieces, you can decide what style fits you the best and enjoy the shopping experience even more.