Review: Best Affordable Lightweight Wireless Headphones 2020

The best affordable wireless headphones

Gorgeous wireless headphones at a reasonable price that suit both the city and on vacation.

Published 2020-09-05 - 5:55 am

Not everyone wants to wear earplugs when listening to music on the train or on the walk. Some people simply find it inconvenient to have something that goes into the ear canal. Others think that the significantly larger elements give a much better sound for the money. But you still want the headphones to fit in your bag, and no one can handle wires anymore. Then wireless “street headphones” are perfect for the purpose.

Last year we tested headphones in the mid-price range, which give a really good sound without them being very expensive. But not everyone wants to spend thousands of dollars, or one may be afraid that they will break or be stolen. Therefore, this year we go down in the budget class, where we stay in the area of ​​500-1000 kroner. You still get the benefits of format and freedom.

What do you not get?

Most of the headphones in the test only support “SBC”, which is the default code for audio over Bluetooth. Better sound quality like AAC is more unusual, and none of them support the even better aptX format.

You can not expect any special features either. Whether it’s noise reduction to make the trip more comfortable, or location tracking that is becoming more common among the more expensive headphones.

It also results in none of them having any smartphone app. There you can otherwise update the software in the headphones. But above all, one should have access to the equalizer to adjust the sound.

The battery life in the test is on average 20 hours, which is no longer so impressive. More expensive headphones now last up to 30 hours, thanks to more power-efficient circuits.

Most of the headphones use micro-USB charging, an old standard that has been replaced by USB-C in modern mobile phones. This means not only that you must have two different chargers, but also that the headphones cannot be quickly charged.

If there are compromises that feel reasonable, this is the test for you.

Products in this test

Skullcandy Hesh 3

Large and comfortable headphones

Skullcandy has improved Hesh Wireless on almost every point with Skullcandy Hesh 3!

Good battery life and fast charging. Comfortable thanks to the large bells. Fully collapsible for transport.
Great compared to other test participants. Mediocre sound quality.

Sony WH-CH510

When greed fails knowledge

Of course, we all want cheap headphones, but Sony WH-CH510 is pulling too much down on the requirements.

Excellent battery life. USB-C connection and fast charging.
Plastic and cheap feeling. Cannot be used with cord. Too little padding makes them uncomfortable.

Urbanista Detroit

Budget headphones with budget sound

Even Urbanista has gone too far with the peeling knife, which makes it difficult to recommend Urbanista Detroit.

Lightweight construction. Peeled design and different colors. Easy to find buttons.
Short battery life and micro-USB charging. Plastic construction. Poorer sound.

Kygo A3/600

Tough street headphones with equally tough sound

Kygo's cheapest headphones Kygo A3/600 are not for the connoisseur, but fit the target group well.

Good match for electronic dance music. Foldable, and cloth bag included.
Micro-USB charging. The model is not supported by the app. No padding in the hoop.

Jays x-Five Wireless

Comfortable headphones

Jays x-Five Wireless is exactly what you need in a pair of headphones to be used on the go.

Lightweight and very comfortable. Can be folded for easy transport. Sober look.
Micro-USB charging. No mobile app. Small buttons.
"Vinyl sound" from your phone

The Cayin RU6 provides a taste of hi-fi sound in pocket size and is a reminder of how much better wired headphones sound.

Shure gives diamond sound at coal price

Shure Aonic 40 aims for their own big brother, and in some areas the cheaper model has the upper hand.

Sony WH-1000XM5: Goodbye, noise!

Sony have outdone themselves with the new WH-1000XM5. Class-leading noise reduction, better sound and better comfort than ever.

Audeze's best high-end buy

With LCD-X, Audeze shows itself at its best. Here you get a lot from the top models, but at a more palatable price.

World premiere! Sennheiser has done it again

Sennheiser has once again improved on their best wireless earbuds. Momentum True Wireless 3 is pure bliss.

These earbuds sound incredible

Sennheiser's latest high-end earbuds blow magic dust into your ears and tear you away from grey reality.

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