Comparison Review: Best true wireless earbuds right now

Completely wireless

Time to cut the cable! We have reviewed 11 of the best true wireless earbuds right now

Published 2020-10-01 - 11:45 am
Best true wireless earbuds right now
Geir Nordby

Products in this test

Fully wireless earbuds are the latest category among headphones, but also the best-selling. Everyone wants completely wireless!

If we disregard the obvious disadvantage – namely that it is twice as easy to lose at least one earplug as if the two were connected – then the advantages are several.

First, release the cable that rubs against the body. This creates noise that propagates into the ear. Secondly, the amplifier sits directly at the speaker element, which facilitates an extremely fast start and stop of the speaker element. Important for the dynamics. Just be aware that with less space for the amplifier, the maximum sound level is often a little lower with the completely wireless plugs. Third, the plugs take up very little space in your pocket, even in your travel case. You also never have to think about loosening a tangle of wires when you get them ready to listen to your favorite music.

Battery life

A disadvantage until now with completely wireless earplugs has been the battery life. The tiny batteries have so far given us 3-5 hours of battery life. If you do not count the extra time you get from charging in the case, which has a built-in battery for charging. But now it is more common with up to 6-7 and even 10 hours of playing time in the earplugs, and it is not uncommon for you to get 20 hours extra from the case. In other words, battery life is no longer a reason not to buy completely wireless earbuds.

Lately, it has become increasingly common for earplugs to let out ambient sound, and this is very nice since the earplugs insulate very well. So look for this feature, is our tip. Several models have also begun to receive active noise reduction. Because even though the earplugs themselves attenuate eye frequencies, they are less effective at taking the low ones. If you are sitting on a plane with a lot of noise in the cabin, it is an advantage with active noise reduction as well.

Cheap and expensive

In this test, we consider some of the newest earplugs on the market, which range from the cheapest – under 100 £ – and all the way up to the top of the premium layer. There we find, for example, Bang & Olufsen and Sennheiser, who are fighting for the throne. We have not included the Apple Airpods Pro this time, we have included them in comparison tests before. The same with Samsung Galaxy Buds and probably many others you are wondering about. On the other hand, we have included Powerbeats Pro in this test, since they still stand out as exceptional earplugs. For a more complete overview of tested earplugs, you can take a deep dive into our test archive here.

The experience we had in this test is that it is definitely worth paying more for better sound, but if you have a tight budget, you will definitely find something to your liking as well.

Products in this test

Skullcandy Sesh Evo

Do what it's supposed to

Skullcandy's cheapest completely wireless earbuds Skullcandy Sesh Evo have rhythmically enough bass, and sound pretty good. When set correctly.

Energetic bass, works for training. Movie sound mode sounds pretty good.
Missing details, especially in the overtones. Default setting sounds woolly. Poor call quality.
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Creative Outlier Gold

Good idea, poorly executed

Creative Outlier Gold has some smart stuff in it, but the sound can not be approved.

Full-bodied and rhythmic bass, interesting Super X-Fi function for holographic sound. Fantastic battery life!
Sharp treble, too little midrange. Very "hammock" sound! EQ function does not work outside the app.
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Audio-Technica ATH-CK3TW

Affordable and good from Audio-Technica

Audio-Technica has finally come up with some completely wireless plugs that fit well in the ears.

Full bass, clear overtones, good call quality. Better fit than previous plugs from the same manufacturer.
The midrange range is too restrained, instruments and vocals lack emphasis here.
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Klipsch T5 True Wireless

I really want these earplugs to be good!

Klipsch likes it best when the music is thrown into the listener's face. It also happens here, but we have to make some reservations.

Energetic midrange, lots of dynamics. Fantastically satisfactory charging case.
Coarse-grained and fairly sharp sound.
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Jaybird Vista

Sports earbuds with an impact

Jaybird Vista is stable, and with lots of bass energy! But here, too, some weird choices have been made.

Wireless connection is very stable. The user can customize sound and features.
Dark tone, bass-focused and a fairly sharp midrange reproduction. Only the Sub Band Codec (SBC) limits the sound quality.
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Panasonic RZ-S500W

Packed with technology

Panasonic RZ-S500W serves the best noise cancellation found in a pair of earbuds is combined with good speech sound and a neutral music reproduction. Why is it not enough?

Good noise cancellation, neutral sound
Lacks dynamics, sounds flat and tame.
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Beats Powerbeats Pro

Still among our favorites

Top-class wireless range, fully-fitted fit - Beats Powerbeats Pro delivers a very engaging sound.

Very engaging sound, and a fit that never falls off. Seamless integration with Siri. Class-leading wireless range.
There are earplugs with better resolution at the very top. Missing some of the features of AirPods Pro.
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Technics EAH-AZ70W

The icing on the technological cake

Technics EAH-AZ70W has everything you could want from technology in a pair of earbuds, and also excellent sound with great resolution.

Good noise cancellation, neutral and resolved sound
We want more punch
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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Our new favorite

Review: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 - Sennheiser reaches the top with its latest edition of Momentum True Wireless.

Excellent sound quality, improved operation, great fit and - finally - long playing time! Active noise reduction comes in handy in some situations.
Outgoing call sound is a bit more confined than with its predecessor. Sound delay a bit big for action games and movies.
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Beoplay E8 3.0

Luxury that finally sits

Bang & Olufsen have tried and failed sometimes with their completely wireless Beoplay E8. Beoplay E8 3.0 is the best so far.

Nice sound with lots of details. Ambient sound that is let through sounds very natural. Wireless range is finally good, and support for wireless charging is fine.
The sound could well have been louder. Touch features are quite knotty, and the Bluetooth connection could have been more intuitive. Not NFC.
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Jabra Elite Active 75t

Superior training earbuds

The Jabra Elite Active 75t is perhaps the best wireless training earbuds you can buy.

Effective "passive" noise cancellation, excellent and solid sound and excellent battery life. They are waterproof and firmly attached to the ears, and are therefore also perfect for training.
The effective noise cancellation can create a kind of cheese bell feeling. Operation directly via the plugs is a bit difficult.
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