If you want to know what are the best wireless headphones, then you are exactly at the right spot to get the answer to this question.
These are the Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones for 2019
1. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
This model lives up to the popularity of the brand and provides you with excellent noise cancellation besides some mind-blowing sound. What makes this set stand apart is an exclusive button for Google Assistant.
The QC 35 is generic in the looks department and comes in black or silver colors. The adequate padding on the earcups and the headband do not tire you after long hours of wearing. The headphones are light and the ear cups are appropriately labeled L and R.
The right cup has all the controls in the form of two separate buttons; one is exclusive for power and the other is a multifunction button for controlling the volume, changing tracks, answering calls and even communicating with SIRI if you use it with your iPhone. The action button is provided on the left ear cup which can be assigned to any specific action of your choice.
The biggest highlight of this model is its ability to cancel noise. The connect app has only three controls – high, low and on/off. What is spectacular is that even at low it cuts all ambient noise and voices; the annoying hiss encountered in other models is also absent here.
The sound quality is the same in both wired and wireless mode; in fact, the bass has more depth in the wireless mode than in the wired status. The resolution is just okay and nothing great; the soundstage is nothing to pen about.
Calls are intelligible but not of crystal clear quality. You can answer calls only when in the wireless mode because the wired mode does not come with an inline remote.
This headset has a commendable 20 hours of battery life which again will depend on what all functions one uses and what kind of music you listen to. A point to note is that the battery is not removable.
Unlike normal headphones this set does not automatically pause when you remove the headphones and start playing once they are on; it does not have an instant mute even.
The QC35II uses the now almost standard Bluetooth 4.1 version. You must download the Boss app on your phone to utilize the headphones to their full potential which includes the noise cancellation features.
The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II is well worth its money of $350 if you are an audiophile who does not like ambient noise interference. The set lives up to its makers in the noise cancellation and sound quality department though it is not the best for receiving and making calls.
2. V- Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Headphones
Listening to music on this headset will convince you that Bluetooth technology has really taken the leap into the next generation. This is one sturdy piece that every audiophile would love to possess.
Sturdy is the first word that comes to mind when you describe this model complete with metal yokes and screws giving it a unique yet distinguished character. Available in three different colors of the black matte finish, white matte finish and rose gold, the headphone is made from steel flex which gives it unbelievable levels of flexible and able to withstand all kinds of punishments.
The earcups are made from aluminum and are rock solid. They are adequately padded and very comfortable to wear even for long periods of time. The shape and size of the earpads ensure that the ears are well covered and there is sufficient noise elimination even in a busy commuter-full bus or train.
The control buttons are placed on the right ear cup and are easily accessible. There is no multifunction button. And after you are done using they can be comfortably stored in a storage case with a vent that allows air circulation and dries the accumulated sweat (if any) keeping them smelling normal.
The V-Moda performs much better when wired with higher frequency response and increased battery life than in wireless mode. Though the headphone is closed back it balances the sounds fairly well and it doesn’t disappoint in the bass section; in fact, it creates the thumping bass effect of a club especially for electronica and hip-hop. The treble is also decent and has some energy.
The pairing is seamless and the connectivity flawless. There is zero latency when watching videos. The set can be simultaneously paired with two devices at a time.
The battery lasts for 14 hours of playtime and with a quick charge of 30 minutes, it can last another 3 hours.
The in-built mic ensures that the call quality is good and sound audible with minimal distortion. The 50mm drivers have taken the quality of sound in the wired mode to another level.
There is passive noise cancellation which usually cuts the unnecessary sounds without the hiss produced by active noise cancellation.
It supports the QUALCOMM apt-X codec to produce CD quality audio. The Bluetooth ensures that an area of 33 feet is covered whenever it is paired with any device.
For those who don’t mind a few extra grams the V-Moda is a good buy at $250 as it connects well with minimal issues, has a good battery life, is sturdy and well built. This is an excellent set for analog audio, videos and gaming consoles.
3. Sony MDR-1000X Bluetooth Headphones
If noise canceling feature is your priority than this MDR-1000X from Sony should match your need. It is one of the most sought-after headphones for its high fidelity sound comfort and design. It has several interesting features couple with a good battery life to make it to this list of best headphones in the wireless category.
According to Sony the MDR-1000X is one of Sony’s most advanced headphones technology wise. This chic looking over the ears set is so comfortable that you feel it was customized just for you. The headband is flexible and the earcups sufficiently padded.
The right earcup has a sensitive panel which will control volume, answer calls and change tracks just with a swipe or a gentle tap. And once you are done listening you can fold the device and store in the provided hard case.
What makes this set superior to others is that it lets you be in complete control. You can adjust the amount of ambient sound you wish to hear or if you wish to listen to only announcements in airports. The headphone is intuitive enough to detect the surroundings and adjust the noise cancellation level. A delightful feature of this set is the “quick Attention” with which you can cancel the noise canceling feature by placing your hand over the right earcup to listen to anything specific. The device will auto start once you remove your hand.
The sound quality is top class with adequate help from the 40mm drivers that make sure the sound is accurate and clear with all details intact and when paired with a hi-resolution Sony device the sound is out of this world.
The battery stays alive for a solid 20 hours even with noise cancellation on.
The phone calls are loud and clear.
This headset has Sony’s LDAC technology, a Bluetooth codec which enhances the streaming quality and thereby not misses on any of the finer musical details. But this technology is only available on Sony devices so unless you are planning to pair the headphones with another Sony, this feature has no special significance. The Bluetooth 4.0 is the normal version compatible with all smartphones. The drivers are aluminum coated and the diaphragm is made of Liquid Crystal Polymer to maintain the accuracy of the sound. The set is NFC enabled too for single touch pairing with compatible gadgets.
There is no doubt that the Sony MDR-1000X is one of the best noise canceling headphones around at a reasonable price of $300 for the quality that it provides. What might be minor cons in a normal headphone set do appear large in this set because of its pricey nature.
4. Sony MDRZX330BT/B Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
One of the lower end headphones from the notable company the 330BT is a decent set that does the job effortlessly and with ease. It has all the right criteria one would expect from a wireless headphone.
The 330BT is a clean sleek headset in black. It is classy to look at and lightweight to wear. The earcups are comfortably cushioned and will not tire the ears even though it is a little tight. These swiveling on-ear headphones can be folded to become compact in size for easy storage.
Unlike the models we saw so far, this SONY has the controls on the rim of the right earcup and they need a little effort to figure them out and get them correct.
There are a built-in mic and a MicroUSB port alongside the controls.
The design though is flimsy and the headband is not padded for support or comfort.
Though the sound quality does depend on the source to a major extent, good quality headphones enhance the sound while the lower ends reproduce what they receive. In this set, the sound is crisp and clear but the trouble begins when you listen to certain genres like country and rock. The bass surprisingly is good for raps and classical music.
Coming to the battery life it is heartening to find a set in this price range to give 30 hours of playtime. The best part is that it retains charge very well and there is minimal discharge when not in use.
The high-quality inline mic ensures that the calls are smooth and clear. And you don’t need to have your smartphone in hand to make calls.
Though you can connect with all Bluetooth enabled devices with this set you can also use another technology called the NFC to connect with gadgets that support the technology. The NFC chip is present on the left cup.
If you are not an audiophile and can listen to good sound without being too critical this SONY at $100 can be your choice with its long battery life and comfortable fit.
5. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless
Travelers know the woes of poor quality headphones as they let the commotion of crowded airports and bus stations leak into their haven of music. Here is a pair of headphones that can be an answer to your prayers – the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 is affordable, has a great battery life, good sound quality and in league with the other big names in the field of wireless headphones.
If looks of your headphones matters for you then just move ahead this model is not for you. The Backbeat pro has nothing spectacular about its looks. It is generic and mellowed by most counts. The over the ear design with ear cups well-padded provide ample comfort for several hours without any ear fatigue.
The controls on the pair are evenly distributed between the right and left ear cup. On the right, there is a slider for power on and off and the button for answering phone calls while the left houses the controls for playback, volume and activating noise cancellation. Having individual buttons for each function is a very useful feature in this set.
They are not the lightest in the circuit but they are also not heavy enough to cause discomfort. They can be folded flat and stored in the accompanying storage case which has a respective division for the 3.5 mm headphone cables and for the USB charger.
Audiophiles might not be very happy with the overpowering bass but the normal music lover will enjoy the extra punch. If the bass is bothersome: though you can tone it down by opting for the wired mode. Unlike other brands, the ANC works here when wired. The highs and mids are okay and not the best that you are likely to hear; the soundstage is also average.
You cannot escape the hiss of the active noise cancellation feature in this headphone too but this does not take away from the sound quality which continues to remain good.
24 hours of battery life is one more endearing feature of this headphone and what makes it even more special is that the power can last up to 6 months in the sleep mode. It’s actually insane.
It supports the class I Bluetooth version and has a range of 330 feet.
If you are in search of quality and affordability at the same time the Plantronics Backbeat Pro should be your choice. It has a commendable battery life, is comfortable for long usage, the sound quality is good – all at $200.
6. Sennheiser Momentum Wireless
You need to be an audiophile with means to invest in this Sennheiser which is staggeringly high at $550. But if you can afford it you won’t regret it because it is so comfortable and sturdy that it will remain a loyal companion for years to come.
The headband is ensconced in textured leather for the extra comfort and class that one expects from high-end products. The skeleton of the headphone is made of stainless steel for durability and flexibility; you can easily slide it to adjust to fit you snugly.
The earcups have memory foam padding for that extra comfort; they are close-ended and are designed to swivel. The left cup houses the active noise cancellation feature while the main controls are on the right cup. But the beauty of the product is that once you wear them everything stays in place including the ear cups and the headband – the fit is so secure and perfect.
It is not too heavy and not too light either but the craftsmanship is so perfect that you won’t feel the weight even after several hours of use.
The noise cancellation is not the best in the business but it is more than adequate and does its job well without altering the quality of sound. The only drawback is that in wireless mode the noise cancellation feature is always on.
Coming to sound quality, at this price range you expect nothing but the best and the Momentum wireless doesn’t despite; it is sheer pleasure to listen to music from this achingly comfortable headphone; the bass has the right punch without being overtly present and the mids and highs are crisp and just right. The overall sound is well balanced and you do not miss out on any details in the music.
Battery life is outstanding; even with the noise cancellation on it runs for solid 22 hours continuously with just 3 hours of charge.
The phone call quality is good. The calls are clear and audible without any interference. A separate microphone in the earcup maintains the sound quality.
The apt-X codec enhances the Bluetooth connectivity and enhances the overall experience of the headphones.
If you really love your music and all its depth and details save up and splurge on this headset because it is worth it.
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7. Bose quiet control 30 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
Bose is one word that evokes confidence in the user. The Quiet Control 30 from Bose is no different from the other Bose products. It is well built and provides good quality sound and delightfully comfortable.
The controls are present on the right bud and the inline remote which has more buttons than normal for controlling the noise cancellation feature. It will need some time to getting used to the positions of the various buttons. The power on and off button is on the neckband itself.
The Bluetooth turns off once you take off the headphones for saving energy. There are two LED lights present to indicate Bluetooth pairing and status of the headset.
The noise cancellation though not the finest is reasonably good. You can control how much noise to be let inside with the help of the button on the inline remote. You can also control this feature with the Bose Connect app downloaded on your phone. It successfully muffles the crowd noise but doesn’t eliminate all ambient noise completely.
The sound quality is good with the bass being balanced and not too harsh. The mids are fine but the highs jar in some genres and the stereo sounds decent. Of course, the final result always depends on the tracks you play.
You can use it as a sports headphone also because it is lightweight and sweat resistant.
After knowing about headphones with insanely high battery life; 10 hours may seem less but they are adequate for one day’s worth of headphone time.
The call quality is decent and the audio is clean. You can hear your own voice when you speak which will ensure that you don’t speak too loudly to disturb your neighbors.
If you want an everyday Bluetooth headphone set that can be used in the gym as well as at home the Quiet Control 30 must be your choice. But do remember the noise cancellation feature is not the finest around making this set expensive at $300.
8. Urbanista Seattle Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones
Probably not a very well-known brand the Urbanista has been designed with a purpose of appealing to the millennials. Not only is the name so classy the product is equally worth noticing for its smooth sound and seamless wireless performance.
Urbanista has a minimalistic design; it is plain, simple and no extra frills and yet there is a certain allure in its simplicity that makes it so desirable. The entire frame is in soft plastic with a matt finish.
The ear cups are well cushioned with memory foam and covered with synthetic leather. It does get a tad uncomfortable after a few hours. The headband is rubberized and doesn’t slip off even while running with them on; of course, it does weigh down after a few hours of use.
The on/ off switch is on the right cup which also has a sensitive control panel that manages the volume, swap between tracks and pauses and play.
There are inbuilt mics for recording and answering phone calls. And to enhance the experience there are voice assistants like google assistant and Siri.
The headphones can be conveniently folded and stored.
You will not be disappointed with the quality of sound which is definitely at par with more renowned brands. The bass can sound boomy at times but it is not a deal breaker. It does not bleed in the mids which gratefully are smooth and detailed. The trebles themselves are not too bad.
The battery life is large at 12 hours of continuous playback.
The call quality is decent.
The Bluetooth 4.0 provides good streaming with minimal loss of connectivity. Unfortunately, the model does not have the NFC or Apt-X codec to enhance the wireless experience. It is compatible with all devices including Apple products and androids.
For the casual music lover the Urbanista is well worth every penny of the $100 spent on it.
9. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4
Another set of headphones with minimalistic design but the solid sound is this pair from Bang Olufsen BEoplay. This H4 is all about performance and clean looks that make it distinguished and worth having.
Featuring Jakob Wagner design the set lays emphasis on clean lines which render it a sleek classy look. Lambskin leather adds the comfort factor to this headset. It layers the stainless-steel headband on all sides and covers the memory foam padding on the ear cups. The headband can be adjusted with the help of a slider that is PVD coated with a sleek finish. Anodized aluminum is used for the ear cups. The chords are covered in fabric and they are teasingly visible between the headband and the slider.
The controls are located in the right ear cup alongside the microphone. You can have access to google assistant or Siri too if you hold the button down long enough.
The H4 aces in this aspect. It has some of the finest sound quality in the wireless headphones section. The 40mm electrodynamic headphones produce a sound that is pristine and a balm to the soul. Featuring the Bang and Olufsen Signature sound you will be treated to well-balanced bass, a wide soundstage and a treble with precise mid-range. When you download the BEoplay APP you can customize your sound profiles to match the particular activity you are doing. Both wired and wireless the sound quality remains good.
The battery lives for 19 hours.
The call quality is just average as the ambient noise cannot be shut out. It only offers a passive noise isolation.
Depending on the Bluetooth 4.2 version with the AAC codec the streaming quality is excellent with minimal blips. Pairing and repairing are very easy compared to some models which make it frustratingly difficult each time. It is compatible with both iPhone and Android.
If you like minimalistic design with clean lines that are sleek and elegant the Beoplay H4 should be considered even though it is expensive at $300; it has a good battery life, is comfortable for long use and plays music that is a pleasure to hear.
10. Marshall Mid ANC
A noise-canceling wireless headphone, the Marshall Mid ANC is a solid piece of work that delivers the goods consistently. This Marshall lives up to its name and wins your trust and respect for its performance.
This Marshall is a solid piece of work that is well built and crafted. It is an on-ear model but yet comes with noise canceling features which is a little unusual in this type of headphones. While these headphones are not as comfortable as the over the ear types they are not bad for short-term use; the fatigue sets in when you use it for long hours at a stretch.
You can choose the wired or the wireless mode; both methods the sound quality is almost the same with no palpable difference in detail or clarity.
The headphone set is well hinged and the controls are present on the right ear cup. There is a multipurpose button to control the play, pause, volume and shift tracks.
A solid carrying case is provided.
This headphone provides a balanced and well-rounded sound in almost all genres. The bass does appear pushy at times but the details are clear and clean and well defined most of the time.
The noise cancellation feature is not the strongest while it does successfully shut off the street sound it is unable to do the same for the drone of an airplane.
If you connect it to your smartphone and use it for calls, the call quality is just okay and not great. It is audible and there is a degree of clarity but not more.
It has a long battery life of 20 hours in the wireless mode and with the noise cancellation on. If that feature is off it can last even 30 hours and that truly is remarkable.
Performance-wise and built wisely the Marshall scores but falls flat in the price department. It is pricey at around $250 for the limited features it provides.
11. B&O Beoplay H9i
Not cheap, not unique yet interesting enough to be reviewed, the Beoplay H9i is one of the most comfortable headphones you will ever own. In fact, it is a luxury brand that demands attention. Feature packed model, this product is sure to win you around if you keep aside the price factor.
These over the ear headphones are oozing with charm and class. Soft lambskin leather ensconces the headband gently to provide that ultimate level of comfort that one can expect from a gadget of this kind. The ear cushions are well-padded with adaptive memory foam layered with the lambskin leather conforms to your ear shape and does not feel foreign against your ear.
The ear cup is equipped with all the controls you will need to control the headphone; just swipe your finger across to play, pause, skip a track or change the volume. The interface is very friendly and receptive and even a gloved hand works equally well.
The proximity sensors ensure that the headphones are smart enough to switch on and off when they come in contact with your ears.
They are available in two colors of black or beige.
Now here you will not be disappointed with anything. The sound is loud clear and crisp due to the 40mm drivers. The detail and clarity of the bass are unmissable and a delight for music lovers. There is an additional port for bass alone if you don’t want to miss the punch. The treble is of good quality and the range is wide and dynamic. You will not miss much detail with this headphone which also ensures that at no point in time the nuances of music are overbearing or jarring.
The noise cancellation is adequate and does its job well. The bass is really powerful in this set.
There are two digital MEMs voice microphones that maintain a good call quality.
The battery lasts for 18 hours which should suffice for most journeys. In case you want more, you will be pleased to know that in this set you can exchange the battery with a fully charged one and continue your musical journey. Of course, you can always use the chord provided and plug it in.
It comes equipped with the Bluetooth 4.2 with AAC codec. The drivers are 40mm which make sure that the sound is as realistic as possible.
A well-designed product that provides great music at a very high cost of $500. Some of the best brands with better noise cancellation and sound quality are available cheaper. Buy if you must.
12. Bowers & Wilkins PX Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
If you are aware of the Bowers and Wilkins pattern of sticking to industrial design the PX begs to differ with its modern look and feel. This class piece of work can enhance your audio experience by several notches.
The looks and comfort are delightful and must be experienced. The headband and the earpads are nicely draped in soft padding layered with genuine leather for that classy effect.
The control buttons always are on the right ear cup and they are fairly easy to turn up the volume or shift between tracks and even accept calls and turn on or off the ANC feature. The built-in sensors in the ear cup save energy by turning on and off according to contact with the ear.
Sound is top class and there is nothing to criticize about it. The bass is warm and deep with the right punchy attitude; the mids and highs are also reasonably good. The experience is sublime when you listen to rock, pop, and R&B. You will not miss any of the instruments which come across clear and crisp; the soundstage is just perfect.
The noise cancellation is adequate and does not interfere with your audio but for the mild hiss noticeable at a lower volume. There are three modes to choose from: flight mode to shut off the drone which the set does reasonably well, the City mode which allows you to be aware of your surrounding without being drowned in the noise and finally the office mode which allows you to listen to voices over the noise. The ability to control the ANC is a nice touch that is available in other advanced headphones too.
The battery lasts a good 22 hours even with the ANC on and a full 29 hours with it switched off. And if you plan to use a wire then the battery can run a marathon of 50 hours.
The call quality is good. The ANC ensures that the clarity is maintained even in a crowded atmosphere. The 40mm electro dynamic drivers enhance the experience further.
The Bluetooth backs the apt-X codec for a better streaming experience.
At around $400 it is not a cheap alternative to the more expensive headphones; the B&W does perform really well and can be owned if you are ready to shell the excess price.
13. Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless
The name evokes confidence in the user that the product cannot be substandard and the HD 4.50 proves that a name really goes a long way. This noise canceling wireless headphone set offers you everything you need – comfort, quality sound, long battery life.
This over the head closed back headset is well constructed and has a sleek design but it lacks the beauty of the other models. It has a plasticky appearance and the earcups though adequately padded are covered with synthetic leather. The overall fit is comfortable though not really snug.
It can be folded at the hinges into a more compact form for easy storage and transit.
The controls are integrated into the ear cup and it’s a breeze to manage the volume, change tracks, activate the ANC feature and attend calls.
If you can look beyond the generic design than you will love the sound that comes out of these headphones. Sennheiser’s’ noise Gard active noise cancellation ensures that nothing disturbs the realm of your “musicdom.”
The sound quality is top notch with soaring bass and vivid highs. The stereo sound is well rounded and when you increase the volume the distortion is negligible.
The call quality is also clear and good thanks to the proprietary noise cancellation feature.
The battery lasts a good 25 hours giving you the freedom to roam to your heart’s content and not be tethered to a source.
It comes equipped with Bluetooth with the supporting codecs for a seamless experience. It is also NFC enabled should you prefer that over Bluetooth.
If you are budget conscious and quality conscious at the same time Sennheiser HD 4.5 can be your solution at less than $200. Offering features equivalent to the premier models at a fairly affordable price this set provides good quality sound and enhances your audio experience manifold.
14. Sony H.ear On WH-H900N Bluetooth Headphones
It is very rare that you get a set that combines looks and quality; the Sony H.ear is one of those where you will be pleased with everything. Why should you settle for anything less when you can flaunt your headphones and enjoy the music at once?
The design is nothing new but it still manages to retain its charm and allure. This nice solid pair is not the lightest around but it doesn’t tire you. The headband is adjustable and the ear cups land gently on your ears even as the memory foam cushions your ear from the inner hard skeleton.
AS usual, all controls are on the ear cups in the form of buttons; the right houses controls for volume adjustment and managing track while the left has the switch for noise cancellation, NFC activation button and a mike and a USB port.
This set can be used both wired and in wireless fashion though you will never be able to differentiate between the quality of sound because the wireless mode is fantastic. The bass is exceptionally good and you do not miss any details in the music.
On the noise-canceling front, it is not the best in the business but it certainly does tone down the ambient sounds around you. But it doesn’t interfere with the quality of the audio.
The battery life of 20 hours is more than sufficient for a long day of listening.
It supports Bluetooth and the NFC for a seamless experience. Two 40mm drivers ensure that there is no compromise on the quality of sound available.
$350 dollars is pricey but this Sony is a combination of looks and performance and worth it.
15. Audio-Technica SonicFuel ATH-AR3BT
Not a very popular name in the circuit, the ATH-AR3BT is still worth considering given the fact that the sound quality is one of the best in the segment.
There is nothing spectacular about this headphone pair; the design is very generic but the build is sturdy. The headband and the ear cups are padded amply for a comfortable fit. The frame is strong and fairly flexible; the ear cups, on the other hand, can swivel on their axis. You can fold the entire frame once you are done the listening and want to store them.
The left ear cup has the control slider for volume, tracks, and answering calls while the right cup has only the power button. You can also use the inline remote control on the cable in a wired scenario. The LED indicator gives you information on the connectivity and the life of the battery.
The sound quality in this set is really good with the bass being well balanced overall and not too harsh. The low mids are not top class and lack clarity but the highs are precise and clear; the separation is awesome. Overall the sound quality for the non-discerning user enjoyable!
Unlike several pairs that take a frustratingly long time to pair with already paired devices, this headset does it effortlessly. It can remember up to 8 devices.
This headphone pair can only passively prevent the noise from leaking out and from filtering in during use because they do not have the active noise cancellation feature.
The battery life is really long at 30 hours of continuous play and in the standby mode, it touches almost 1000 hours. It takes 5 hours to charge completely.
The Bluetooth version 4.1 is ably supported by the Apx-t, AAC codecs for seamless streaming. You can also opt for the NFC wireless system for your listening experience.
Not a premier model this $100 set does enhance the experience. Minimal in extra frills the headphone set delivers excellent sound supported by long battery life.