It is not many years since the world saw its first completely wireless earbuds – also known as true wireless. Now they are everywhere. The market is flooded with the small plastic knobs, and just when it was thought that the selection is large enough, new ones appear.
Of course you do not want a squeaky cord if you can opt it out, at the same time a pair of small earbuds takes up much less space than a pair of full-sized cans (which does not prevent the marked for over ear headphones to be even more flooded).
Better battery life
Compared to semi-wireless in-ears, connected by a cable behind the neck, the completely wireless earbuds have previously suffered from a shorter battery life. This has improved significantly now, with battery life of up to 9 hours in the earbuds alone, and more recharges from the portable case. In other words, the completely wireless earbuds have become much more functional lately, since you do not have to constantly take them out of your ears to charge them.
Noise reduction and ambient noise
Lately, more and more earbuds have got active noise reduction, and also an ambient mode, letting in sound from the surroundings. The latter is of course good to have when maneuvering the electric scooter in dangerous traffic, and other times we want to reduce low-frequency noise that the plugs cannot handle on their own, such as the noise from an aircraft cabin.
Premium class true wireless earbuds
In this test, we are looking at earbuds around £200 and just below. It is a slightly lower level than the top models of, for example, Bang & Olufsen, Sony and Sennheiser, but at the same time it is well above the cheapest models that cost from a hundred Pounds and down. This is a reasonable price level, if you are picky about sound and functionality.
In this test, we compare the Supra Nero-TX Pro, JBL Tour Pro +, Sennheiser CX True Wireless, Beats Studio Buds and OnePlus Buds Pro.
Products in this test
Supra Nero-TX Pro
The king of bass
Supra has taken its brilliant cheap plugs and given them active noise cancellation - and even longer battery life. The price tag is also higher.
JBL Tour Pro+
Possibility for big sound
If you are a bit technical and trust your own ears, you can tweak JBL Tour Pro+ to golden sound.
Beats Studio Buds
We have seldom been so excited about a pair of earplugs for less than £200. Or so similarly disappointed.
Sennheiser CX True Wireless
Great sound, but ...
Provided you find buds that fit your ears properly, the Sennheiser CX True Wireless provides wonderful sound.
OnePlus Buds Pro
Excellent AirPods copy
It is quite clear that OnePlus has used AirPods Pro as a template, yet Buds Pro is so successful that they deserve to be seen as something of their own.