Whether you’re working out at the gym, chilling at home, or running errands out and about, the benefits of going wireless with your next pair of headphones are fairly clear. The hassle and time of untangling notoriously fiddly wires is eliminated, albeit with the tradeoff of needing to periodically recharge.
I bought my first pair of wireless headphones some time ago, before the popularity they’re experiencing today was in full swing, and although they were by no means a top-end model, I distinctly remember being let down by the disappointing battery life.
However, this technology has progressed considerably in the last few years, meaning many brands now boast wireless headphones with a battery life that can comfortably handle sustained use for a number of days before requiring a fresh injection of power. Therefore, the compromise is minimal, providing all the benefits of the wire with progressively fewer drawbacks as time goes on.
As we move with ever greater speed into the wireless age, it is becoming an increasingly wise decision to cut the cord when it comes to investing in your next pair of headphones. For this reason, we’ve put together a list of a few of the best quality wireless headphones on the market right now.
B&O Play Beoplay H4
Founded in 2012 as the sister company to Bang & Olufsen, B&O Play is a brand dedicated to making well designed, high quality products with a fresh aesthetic. Their Beoplay H4 headphones exemplify this- the clean and contemporary styling of the product is complimented by the focus B&O Play clearly put into the comfort factor during the design process, as well as the high quality sound you would expect from a company stemming from B&O. With a very respectable 19-hour battery life, the H4 is the best bet when making an investment in this increasingly popular brand.
The Beoplay H4, £249, by B&O PLAY
Beats By Dre Studio3 Wireless
Beats have gained somewhat of a reputation over the years as somewhat of a brand that has plenty of hype but lacks quality, possibly due to the relentless celebrity endorsements it has received ever since Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine founded what has now become their billion-dollar company back in 2006. However, the raft of cutting edge tech features the Studio3 boasts could go a long way to putting this reputation to bed.
The Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling feature calibrates audio up to 50,000 times per second to block out ambient noise and leakage caused by hair, glasses, ear shapes and head movements. With this feature turned on, the headphones have an already considerable 22-hour battery life, which increases to 40 hours without, and the Fast Fuel feature provides up to 3 hours of playback from just 10 minutes of charging. The Studio3 is the priciest product on the list, but if you’re on a budget, the Solo3 provides much of the same quality for around £50 less.
The Studio3 Wireless, £300, by BEATS
Many today might associate the word Monster more with energy drinks than audio tech, but the Monster in question was founded in 1979, decades before the drinks company of the same name. The brand made its reputation making high-performance speaker cables, and in the mid-2000s played a key part in assisting with the development of Beats headphones, before splitting in 2012.
Their new Elements wireless headphones are now a rival to the brand they used to work alongside, and put up a strong fight. Similarly to Beats, the flashy styling of the Elements is quite a contrast to the more sleek and subtle models of the European brands, but the 24 hour battery life and impressive audio performance more than match the outlandish design. If Beats aren’t your thing, but you’re still after a pair of wireless headphones with a bold, confident design, Monster could well be the brand to go for.
Elements Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, £265, by MONSTER