How to Choose the Best Wireless Headphones

How to Choose the Best Wireless Headphones

July 06,2018


Like it or not, more smartphone manufacturers are ditching headphone jacks to make their devices slimmer and trimmer. The charitable companies offer dongles that let you use standard headphones, but most would prefer you buy wireless versions instead. Whether you listen to music while you run, work out at the gym, ride the train, or just as you walk around, here’s how to figure out whether wireless is best for you, and which headphones to buy.



Bluetooth audio has come a long way.

All isn’t lost. Wireless audio used to be synonymous with awful sound, but that was years ago. Most wireless headphones use Bluetooth, the same short-range technology that lets your phone talk to your car, for example, or your wireless mouse talk to your laptop. Bluetooth audio used to sound horrible because it’s short-range and not designed for large amounts of information, and it had to be heavily compressed to work.

But that was then, and best wireless headphones sound much better today.

Bluetooth really isn’t a massive audio compromise anymore. (Despite what certain audiophiles tell you.),” Lauren Dragan, audio/video expert for The Wirecutter, the New York Times product review site, explained in an email.

 There are some fantastic Bluetooth headphones out there, but you’ll likely pay more money to get that audio quality than you would for traditional corded headphones. Why? Because Bluetooth component technology costs money to make/purchase, and it’s generally not something that headphone manufacturers can cut corners on.”

As Bluetooth headphones have evolved, so has the wireless technology that powers them. Newer versions, including the new Bluetooth 5.0, available on Apple’s latest iPhone and coming in the next generation of Android devices, promises faster transfer speeds for more data, which translates to better audio quality and richer sound in your ears.