We spent thousands of hours listening to find the best wireless headphones (2024)


Wireless headphones are the default these days, and there are about a gazillion of them (and counting). We do our best to test them all, but not everything we test can make it onto the big list. Here are some other great options to try out.

Sonos Ace for $449: The Sonos Ace (8/10, Wired recommend) is an expensive but impressive first effort from Sonos, with superb noise cancellation, great sound and one of the most comfortable designs (if not most comfortable) that you’ll find in games. Some early software bugs hampered their performance when released, including a problem with the TV Swap feature that lets you pass sound from a Sonos soundbar to the Ace, but I’m hoping Sonos will fix this via a firmware update.

Technics EAH-AZ80 for $298: The AZ80 (9/10, WIRED recommend) are great earbuds. Their most notable feature is that they easily connect to three devices simultaneously, but they perform strongly, with good noise-cancelling technology, top-tier sound quality, and seven different ear tip options for a remarkably comfortable fit.

Beats Studio Pro for $250: The Studio Pro (7/10, WIRED recommends) deliver quality performance, including surprisingly clear sound, good noise canceling, and a refreshing Natural Transparency mode. The design feels a little cheap, and they omit features like auto-pause, but extra features like hands-free Siri and head tracking with spatial audio help boost their value — especially since their sale price sometimes drops to about half of the original $350 MSRP.

Sony WH-CH720N, for $150: These cans from Sony may have a weird name, but the price makes up for it. They’re not as flexible as the top options and don’t come with a case, but their sound quality and noise cancelling are excellent for the price. They’re built to last and have very good battery life too, making them an excellent choice for discerning buyers.

Sony WH-1000XM4, price $267: Sony’s XM4 (9/10, WIRED recommend) remains a great headphone, even if it’s been surpassed by the fancy XM5. For a significantly lower price, you get top-notch noise-cancelling technology, top-notch sound, and top-notch comfort in a great portable package.

Master & Dynamic MH40 for $399: M&D’s second-generation MH40 (8/10, Wired recommend) have great sound as well as an equally great design, with luxurious materials like lambskin leather and metal parts in place of plastic. The lack of advanced features, even excluding noise cancelling, makes them an expensive portal to minimalism, but they have style that lasts for days.

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 for $300: These slim and comfortable headphones from B&W (9/10, WIRED recommend) have been updated to the new S2e ($399), which offers advanced digital processing to improve audio. We already loved the sound of the originals, and while they might not match the features or noise-canceling capability of our top pick, either option is a solid choice — especially on sale.

Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT for $199: The original ATH-M50X (9/10, WIRED recommends) offer balanced sound and great durability, making them ubiquitous in music and film studios. But what if you want to take them with you while you shoot? Enter the ATH-M50XBT, which combine a wired studio connection with Bluetooth for wireless freedom. They don’t offer noise cancelling or other advanced features, but they’re great for mixing art and sports.

Sony Linkbuds for $128: The Linkbuds (8/10, Wired recommends) have a cool trick: speakers with holes in the middle that let the world around you in for environmental awareness. They’re not so good for noisy environments, making them a one-trick pony, but they’re one of the best options in the growing open-ear trend.

JLab JBeads Mini for $40: These micro-buds from JLab offer average sound, but their sleek little design that fits on a keyring makes them a fun accessory for those who need some inexpensive buds on the go.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 2 for $160: Samsung’s top Galaxy Buds (9/10, WIRED recommends) are getting a little old, but they’re still among the best buds for Galaxy phones, offering solid noise cancellation, clear and vibrant sound, and some Samsung-only features. However, their app won’t work with non-Samsung phones, and their battery life is now the lowest at just five hours.


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