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Best Wireless Earbuds (Bluetooth, Wireless, In-Ear)

Bluetooth earbuds are the hottest things on the market now, but the varying features make it hard for anyone (even me!) to pick which is best. So, if you’re looking for Bluetooth earbuds, wireless earphones, or the best IEM (In-Ear Monitor) with Bluetooth 5.0 technology, we got you covered.

We’ve rounded up the best rated wireless earbuds to present you with this year’s best wireless earbud compilation.

1 Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

And lastly, these are carefully designed to make volume and other adjustments work easily. Tapping the left bud according to its set pattern lets you control the volume and skip tracks while tapping the right activates the voice controls.
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2 Jabra Elite 65t

Jabra Elite 65t

Starting off with the design, Jabra’s Elite 65t has a more mature design; although, depending on the color, these can look a little business-y, which you might not like.
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3 Jabra Elite Active 65t

Jabra Elite Active 65t

What makes the Elite Active 65t better is the fact that it has a slightly better IPX rating now (features IP56 instead of IP55), perfect for sport-centered individuals.
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4 Bose SoundSport Free

Bose SoundSport Free

This is where these earbuds immediately get in trouble. The outside piece is notably larger than on the outside.
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5 Samsung Gear IconX

Samsung Gear IconX

Just bear in mind that this doesn’t support iOS so they’re technically one of the best wireless earbuds for Androids phones, not iPhones.
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6 Must-Read Tips For Buying Wireless Earbuds

If at this point you’re still unsure which earbud is for you, consider reading the following tips to take the confusion away. This should give you a clear understanding which is best for you.

Battery Life

Honestly, this is pretty straightforward. Most earbuds give you about 4-6 hours of listening time. The earbuds which have the longest advertised battery lives are also the cheapest ones. Since budget is likely a larger factor, that will usually take care of itself.

It is worth noting that some of these come with cases that will charge them while in storage, like the Apple AirPods and Sennheiser Momentum True. This drastically increases your functional battery life.

Moreover, it is important to note that different activities use more battery life. For instance, phone calls use your battery life faster. Having the volume louder also depletes your battery faster.

Sound Quality

People have their personal “taste” or standard when defining sound quality. But when it comes to Bluetooth and sound quality, it depends on the type of audio codec the sender and the receiver device uses. Basically, audio codec refers to the software that encodes and decodes the audio data stream.

Old versions of Bluetooth use the SBC (Sub-band Coding) audio codec, which compresses audio heavily to the point that the digital quality of the sound is greatly affected or decreased.

But newer devices– specifically, Android devices from the last few years– support newer and better audio codecs like aptX, which streams at 352Kbps with lower latency. These encode the audio data streams in a more efficient way to produce CD-like audio quality.

The aptX HD is basically an upgraded version of the aptX audio codec and streams at a higher bitrate of 576Kbps and a much lower latency.

On the other hand, Apple devices the like iPhone and iPad use the AAC sound codec. It’s basically an upgraded version of SBS and streams audio at 256Kbps. This audio codec is basically comparable to aptX, if not better when used efficiently.

Technically speaking, even if both devices use different codecs, you can still play music via Bluetooth. It’s just that you’ll hear the best audio quality if both devices use the same sound codec.

Comfort And Fit

The importance of a comfortable fit is immediately apparent, but finding one is often only accomplished through trial and error. That being said, there are a couple of things to keep an eye out for.

For instance, most Apple earbuds fit similarly; if you’ve tried one pair, then you know whether they fit you well or not. You might also want to watch out for other aspects of the earbud, like a hook design, or large pieces that stick out of your ear.

Wireless Range

Range is something very few people will need to actually consider since 95% of the time you will just be connected to the phone that’s in your pocket. However, if you’re using a different connector, or– dare I say it– you let your phone out of your sight, then you might want to actually pay attention to this spec.

Does It Come With A Microphone?

Needless to say, wireless earbuds with microphones lets you do more than just listen to music. Some of these are made primarily for either music listening, communication, or entertainment while some are equipped with a 2-way microphone that controls what you hear by taking auditory information around you and using it to cancel out some of the obstructions

Is It Waterproof?

Earbuds are given an IPX rating. This rating represents how resistant they are to environmental elements such as water. Basically, they are rated from IPX0 (no protection) to IPX8 (Protects when immersed in water over 3 feet).

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