Best Wireless Headphones 2020: On Ear, Earphones, True Wireless, Audiophile

Our breakdown of the very best wireless headphones and earphones, over ear and on ear to buy for home, portable and travel use.

Our pick of the Best Wireless Headphones – Earphones, True Wireless, Over Ear and On Ear

We know how important it is to find the best headphones for you; whether they are for your smartphone, music player, laptop or hi-fi system.

Here you can see the best of the best wireless headphones and earphones available.

 

BEST WIRELESS HEADPHONES UNDER £100

 

1. SoundMAGIC E11BT – £69.99

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SoundMAGIC E11BT

The guts of the E11C paired with the power of Bluetooth 5.0 make this earphone a real contender for a budget price. Automatic smartphone controls give you even more freedom from your device while on the go. The impressive battery life of 30 hours will keep you going, allowing you to fully enjoy the class leading sound quality of the E11BT.

READ MORE: SoundMAGIC E11BT Bluetooth Earphone Review

 

2. SoundMAGIC TWS50 – £79

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SoundMAGIC TWS50

SoundMAGIC’s first step into the world of True Wireless was a success. The TWS50 has all of the characteristics that has made SoundMAGIC so popular – comfortable design, ease of use and most importantly amazing sound quality. Punchy bass and crisp detail makes the TWS50 extremely enjoyable and fun to listen to.

READ MORE: SoundMAGIC TWS50 True Wireless Earphones

 

3. Lypertek TEVI – £99

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Lypertek TEVI

The TEVI is very impressive, especially considering their sub £100 price point. Offering up a smooth and detailed sound signature that is well balanced yet slightly full. Add to that great stability and functionality and you have a True Wireless earphone that is so easy to recommend, go out and grab one now as they are a game changer in the TW market.

READ MORE: Lypertek TEVI True Wireless Earphones Review

 

BEST WIRELESS HEADPHONES UNDER £200

 

4. Shanling MTW100 Balanced Armature – £119.99

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Shanling MTW100

Shanling’s first attempt at True Wireless has definitely been a success! In true Shanling style, their MTW100 is very unique looking, with a design that makes them stand out from the crowd. The touch controls and comfort has been a big hit – and then the sound quality from its single balanced armature driver takes your music to a new level.

READ MORE: Shanling MTW100 True Wireless Earphones

 

5. Shure SE215 Bluetooth – £149

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Shure SE215 with Bluetooth

Shure are quite possibly the most well known pro audio brand out there, and their SE215 IEM has been incredibly popular for years. Recently Shure released a Bluetooth version of this legendary earphones, supplying the earphones with their Bluetooth cable – making the SE215 the ultimate all rounder.

READ MORE: Shure SE215 Bluetooth Pro IEMs

 

6. Bowers & Wilkins PI3 – £169.99

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Bowers & Wilkins PI3

Bowers & Wilkins have led the way in Hi-Fi  for the last 50 years. Since they decided to focus on portable audio, they have managed to do a pretty good job there too! The new line of B&W earphones are very impressive, and the PI3 is one our favourite wireless neckband earphones out there. They are hard to beat when it comes to sound quality, design and comfort.

READ MORE: Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Neckband Earphones

 

7. Klipsch T5 True Wireless – £175

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Klipsch T5 True Wireless

Klipsch is another brand that has been around for a long time, leading the way in speaker design with some of the most impressive looking speakers out there. Their headphones also have a unique design, and that is part of the appeal of the T5 True Wireless. Their sound quality is what really makes them special, and puts at the top of a lot of peoples wish lists.

READ MORE: Klipsch T5 True Wireless Earphones

 

BEST FULL SIZE WIRELESS HEADPHONES

 

8. Bowers & Wilkins PX7 – £349.99

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Bowers & Wilkins PX7

If it’s full size headphones you’re after, then B&W have you covered with their PX7 wireless ANC headphone. These Bluetooth cans do it all – superb design and comfort, market leading sound quality and noise cancelling technology. These will suit a number of uses, mainly travel and wireless home listening. When used with their dedicated app you can customise the sound to suit your taste as well as many other useful features.

READ MORE: Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless Headphones

 

BEST WIRELESS GAMING HEADPHONES

 

9. Audeze Mobius 3D – £399

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Audeze Mobius 3D

Here’s one for all you gamers out there! Not only do Audeze make some of the best Hi-Fi and audiophile headphones out there – they also do some amazing gaming headsets too. The Mobius 3D uses planar magnetic drivers to bring an audiophile experience to your favourite games. These Bluetooth headphones also have a high quality microphone attached – making them an impressive all rounder. 

READ MORE: Audeze Mobius 3D Wireless Gaming Headphones

 

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Best Sports Headphones 2020: Earbuds, On Ear, Wireless, True Wireless

Our guide to the best of the best in wireless sports headphones and earphones. In a range of budgets and styles, there’s a perfect match to keep you active!

Our pick of the Best Sports Headphones – Earphones, On Ear, Wireless and True Wireless

We know how important it is to find the best headphones for you; whether they are for your smartphone, music player, laptop or hi-fi system.

So we’ve gathered our picks for the best of the best for active/sports headphones you can buy!

BEST SPORTS HEADPHONES UNDER £50

1. SoundMAGIC P22BT – £39.99

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SoundMAGIC P22BT

The SoundMAGIC P22BT is suspiciously low-priced for a bluetooth model, but exceeds all expectations. Watch out this summer however, as wearing these constantly may affect your suntan.

READ MORE: SoundMAGIC P22BT Bluetooth Headphone Review

 

BEST SPORTS EARPHONES UNDER £100

2. SoundMAGIC E11BT – £69.99

SoundMAGIC E11BT
SoundMAGIC E11BT

The guts of the E11C paired with the power of Bluetooth 5.0 make this earphone a real contender for a budget price. Automatic smartphone controls give you even more freedom from your device while on the go. They claim an absolutely massive battery life as well. 

BUY HERE: SoundMAGIC E11BT Bluetooth Earphones

 

3. Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 – £89.95

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Nuforce BE Sport4

Optoma has enjoyed tremendous success recently with its BE Sport3 model; it’s an earphone which has a remarkably solid build quality and reliability, however Optoma has gone one better with additional sweat and water resistance rated at IPX5 – this means that aside from general moisture resistance, we can have a musical duel with water pistols and suffer no lasting consequences.

READ MORE: Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 Bluetooth Earphone Review

 

4. Optoma NuForce BE Free5 – £99.99

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Optoma NuForce BE Free5

Between their purported 16-hour battery life between charges (representing 4 hours of continuous play) and their ipx5 water resistance rating,  the Optoma NuForce BE Free5 is a steal at just under £100. Their graphene diaphragm drivers allow for less energy consumption, while their ergonomic design means they won’t fall out constantly while you’re on the move. 

BUY HERE: Optoma NuForce BE Free5 True Wireless Earbuds

 

BEST SPORTS HEADPHONES OVER £100

5. Sennheiser CX Sport – £119.99

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Sennheiser CX Sport

Between Sennheiser sound and build quality, six hours of battery life, and the ability to quick charge, what more could you ask for in a sport headphone? Splash and sweat resistance, you say? Well, guess what? The CX Sport comes through once more. 

BUY HERE: Sennheiser CX SPORT Bluetooth Sports Earphones

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Top 10 Audio Best Buys for 2018

Find the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the audiophile in your life in our top 10 Audio Best Buys guide for 2018.

Top 10 Best Buys for 2018

 

It’s that time of year again. So here’s our pick of the best audio gadgets available – with something for everyone.

 

Audeze Mobius

Audeze have created a superb all rounder in the Mobius. Whether music, films or gaming is your thing – the Audeze Mobius does it all extremely well. Inside the housings are planar magnetic drivers, providing sound quality that even the audiophiles out there will appreciate. Then the 3D emulation technology delivers a superb surround sound experience, perfect for watching films or playing Fortnite and thanks to the integrated head tracking – you’ll hear sound effects as if they’re really there.

 

Bower & Wilkins PX

The B&W PX is the ultimate portable headphone. With the latest aptX HD Bluetooth technology, wireless sound quality is of the highest level. Providing a very well balanced sound with tight bass – bass heads may want to look elsewhere – crystal clear clarity and superb soundstage. The PX also has adaptive noise cancelling and uses six microphones to help block out external sounds – allowing you to focus on the music. Along with the advanced technology – the PX has superb build quality and comfort – making them our go to recommendation for wireless headphones.

 

SoundMAGIC P22BT

At under £40 – the SoundMAGIC P22BT Bluetooth headphone provides high quality at a low price. The design is sturdy and comfortable, with a lightweight foldable headband which is great for portable use. These headphones are easy to use with controls conveniently placed on the left earcup. The most impressive feature is the sound quality – audio is crisp and punchy with plenty of energy, making them a lot of fun to listen to.

 

SoundMAGIC E11C

SoundMAGIC seems to have nailed the under £50 earphone. If you’re looking for a wired earphone and want to keep the price down, then we believe that the E11C is the one. SoundMAGIC have gone for a mature design, and used a silver plated copper cable to deliver superb sound quality which will compete with earphones over £100. The E11C has plenty of energy and punch with a dynamic and well detailed sound. There is also a 3 button inline control and mic, which is fully compatible with Apple and Android smartphones.

 

Flare Audio Flares Jet 2

Now, if you’re looking for an earphone with a more aggressive sound then the Flares Jet 2 could be the one. These earphones go loud, and they provide thumping bass and sharp clarity. The housings are made of aluminium and are built to last. There is also an in line single button remote to take calls and the cable itself is strong and tough. The design of the Jet 2 definitely stands out and the shape makes them very comfortable.

 

Final E4000

For those that appreciate their music a bit more and are happy to up their budget,  Final’s E4000 is a superb place to start. Final have been in the audio game for a long time, and their E series shows us what they can do. The E4000 is the sweet spot for me – musical and well balanced sound quality that draws you in, great comfort and design and a nicely made replaceable cable – all for just over £100.

 

Shanling M0

For something so small, the Shanling M0 manages to pack in a load of features. Starting with the design, the M0 looks and feels great. The display is made by LG and is very crisp – and thanks to Shanling’s own MTouch software, the player is extremely easy to use. The sound from the M0 is clear with good bass-weight, punch and fine detail. Thanks to the on board EQ settings, you can add some warmth or sharpness to suit your taste. The M0 can pair with Bluetooth headphones, and the 2-way Bluetooth feature will allow you to connect to your phone to use the player as an external DAC/amp – very clever.

 

Optoma NuForce BE Sport4

The NuForce BE Sport4 is widely regarded as the go to Bluetooth earphone – and we would agree. At just under £90, they combine good value with superb sound quality – the Graphene coated drivers deliver a crisp and punchy sound with plenty of clarity. The BE Sport4 is IPX5 water resistant and can provide up to 10 hours or battery life. And to top it off, you get 2 hours of charge in just 15 minutes thanks to their Fast Charge feature.

 

JDS Labs Element DAC

Whether you like to listen to your headphones at home using your computer, laptop or hifi system – the JDS Labs Element will breathe life into your setup. For a long time now, JDS Labs have been making high quality headphone amplifiers and DACs with a simple design and superb value. The Element shows that not only do they have the technical knowhow – they have a great eye for design too. With analogue RCA inputs and digital USB – the Element is extremely versatile and as expected, provides a clean, expressive and powerful sound.

 

iFi Audio XDSD

Ever wondered if you could have a high quality headphone amplifier connect to your phone or laptop wirelessly? Well wonder no more. The iFi Audio xDSD is the perfect way for you to get the most from your headphones and chosen device – without adding more wires. Use your phone to listen to Spotify, your favourite podcast or play PUBG and let the xDSD wirelessly drive your headphones, giving them all the power they would need to deliver a balanced and dynamic sound.

SoundMAGIC P22BT Bluetooth Headphone Review

The SoundMAGIC P22BT is suspiciously low-priced for a bluetooth model, but exceeds all expectations. Watch out this summer however, as wearing these constantly may affect your suntan.

SoundMAGIC P22BT Bluetooth Headphone Review

Competition in the wireless headphones market is always bringing prices lower. The £39.99 price of the SoundMAGIC P22BT is certainly attractive but are there any compromises in the design to achieve this suspiciously low price? We’ll take a look..

Pros:

  • Light and comfortable
  • Low cost
  • Decent isolation
  • Travel pouch included

Cons:

  • Considering the price, nothing!

SoundMAGIC P22BT

Design and Appearance

If you’re familiar with similar wired SoundMAGIC models (such as the P21), the P22BT is constructed in much the same way with a light, small headband and foldable earcups. When adjusted, the headband gives a nice clicky feel and maintains its position quite securely. Numbered marks on the steel part within the headband allow the user to easily find the right size before putting the headphones on, if taking out of the travel case.

Durability and Build Quality

This is where some compromises are expected, but the P22BT is actually quite decent. Granted, it doesn’t have the feel of a premium set of bluetooth headphones, but some of those cost ten times the price of course. Build quality is not as spartan as we might expect for the asking price, but care should be taken as they are not indestructible. Don’t put them anywhere where you might accidentally sit on them!

Comfort

The 70mm earpads are soft and do a good job of keeping the ears comfortable; glasses wearers may feel the pinch after a while, but the arms of the glasses can be worn resting on top of the earpads when in position.

Suitability for intended application

The SoundMAGIC P22BT can be worn around the neck when not in use, but those with a Tyson neck might find it a bit tight. No matter, as the included travel pouch will also keep them safe between uses. Isolation with those soft pads is pretty good for an on-ear, so a good option for roving around in town.

SoundMAGIC P22BT

Sound Characteristics

Those familiar with previous SoundMAGIC models will not be surprised to hear that the sound is fairly typical of this brand. The P22BT has a warm tilt, with enough bass emphasis to give those basslines a lift without going overboard. As with all on-ear and over-ear headphones, be aware that the position of the drivers over the ears can alter the sound but the P22BT appears to be more fussy than most and bad positioning can affect the sound quite drastically.

  • Bass

Bass is full and well-rounded, with a decent amount of sub bass coming through too. There is a little bit of flabbiness where it meets the midrange, but it’s well within the realms of acceptability. Generally however, it’s punchy and with good width.

  • Mids

Despite the slight intrusion of the bass into the midrange, the P22BT is really enjoyable! Midrange has an engaging quality about it which gets the listener moving. It’s comfortable, with no piercing qualities when it comes to female vocals for example. Harmonics are good too, bringing out the characters of the instruments nicely.

  • Treble

Fine details are perhaps a bit of a stretch for an entry-level priced bluetooth model; however the P22BT gives a decent impression of what’s going on at the top end of the spectrum. Granted, things can get a bit splashy but not to the detriment of the presentation as a whole. Taken with the rest of the sound, the treble gets away with it.

  • Soundstage and Separation

There is a nice bit of width and depth going on here; the feeling of immersion is not going to transport anyone to a musical paradise, but it gets close. Separation is decent too, with different elements standing well on their own.

Music genres good for and why

The P22BT is a good all-rounder, but is particularly suited to commercial genres such as pop and rock/ dance music etc.

SoundMAGIC P22BT

Summary

The SoundMAGIC P22BT is suspiciously low-priced for a bluetooth model, but exceeds all expectations. Watch out this summer however, as wearing these constantly may affect your suntan.