There are a huge variety of wireless headphones: on-ear, in-ear, earbuds. There are expensive and more budgetary models. Constantly tangled wires are no longer a problem when there is such an accessory for your smartphone or computer.
Modern models are usually called a headset, as they allow you to fully use your smartphone “hands-free”. It is very convenient and you can do more things during the day without fear of getting tangled in the wires: write my essay, go for a run, wash the car. The built-in microphone comes with any wireless headphones, so the choice is mainly based on wearing comfort, range, but above all – sound quality.
Manufacturers offer universal models, gaming, sports. Some of them have a single wire connecting both headphone elements. Fully wireless are called TWS models or True Wireless.To make it easier to find the right model, we have selected 9 popular TWS headphones with active noise cancellation.
Apple AirPods Pro
It’s no surprise to see the AirPods Pro at the top of this list. Although expensive, but still popular, these TWS headphones got active noise cancelling and good sound quality. At the same time, they are able to go into “transparent” mode so that the user can hear their surroundings. Charging is done through the Lightning/USB-C wire, and connection via Bluetooth 5.0.
Apple AirPods Pro are no longer “earbuds” like previous models of the company, so walking in them constantly and communicating with people will not work. The model was made in-channel, which allows them to better fix in the ear canal and naturally better cut off external noise.
AirPods Pro lasts up to 5 hours of music listening and 3.5 hours of talking time. From the included wireless charging case, they can be charged an additional 4-5 times. The housing of the Apple headphones is protected against moisture to IPX4 standard.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Second place went to the flagship headphones from the Korean giant Samsung – Galaxy Buds Live. Top “beans” look unusual and stylish. TWS-headphones are equipped with 12-millimeter drivers with a vibrating bone conduction sensor and three microphones. The latter provide active noise cancellation.
Galaxy Buds Live are not afraid of moisture, so they are IPX2 protected. Support for Scalable (Samsung), AAC and SBC codecs is claimed, and the connection is via Bluetooth 5.0. Battery life is 6 hours without ANC and 4 hours during communication as a headset. There is fast charging that gives up to an hour of music listening in 5 minutes online.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 is the most expensive fully wireless headphones in this selection. Despite the price tag, the model is one of the top ten most popular in the world. Users praise the design and thoughtful ergonomics, thanks to which the headphones do not fall out during active movements or running. But most of all they praise the sound and say that it is of the highest clarity and quality.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 has 7-millimeter drivers with a frequency range of 5 to 21,000 Hz. Microphones provide active noise cancellation, and supported AAC and aptX codecs improve performance and connection stability.
Sony WF-1000XM3B also cannot be called budget, they compete with the flagship models Apple and Samsung. These vacuum “earplugs” are equipped with 7-mm drivers, microphones with active noise cancelling, touch controls and a built-in 24-bit DAC for improved sound quality.
Sony WF-1000XM3B will please even the most fastidious audiophiles. The headphones support Bluetooth 5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP) and work up to 8 hours on a single charge. True, without ANC. With “noise modulation” on, the time is reduced to 6 hours. But there is no fast and wireless charging, which is strange for such a price tag.
OnePlus Buds E501A
Although the OnePlus Buds have an oval case, the design and shape of the ear buds are reminiscent of the first AirPods. But this model is not without active noise cancellation and a wide range of reproduced sound. The latter is the merit of 13.4-millimeter speakers.
The OnePlus Buds feature a touchpad, support for Siri and Google Assistant voice assistants, Bluetooth 5.0, and fast charging. The TWS headphones can work for up to 7 hours on a single charge.
Huawei FreeBuds 3i
Huawei FreeBuds 3i are equipped with 10 mm speakers and three microphones for active noise cancellation up to 32 dB. On the waterproof case (IPX4) is a touch panel.
Inside: Bluetooth 5.0 module. The USB Type-C port is used for charging. Declared battery life model – 3.5 hours. The included case provides another 15 hours of operation.
The Haylou GT5 is one of the most budget-friendly models in the selection. The TWS headphones have a neat and modest design, active noise cancellation and focus on mobile gamers. The manufacturer claims that the model has minimal sound delay in games (up to 65 ms) and AAC codec gives excellent sound quality.
Haylou GT5 have 7.2 mm drivers with a frequency range of 20-20000 Hz and a sensitivity of 110 dB. Connectivity is via Bluetooth 5.0, and one USB Type-C charge is enough for 4 hours of music listening. The case gives another 20 hours.
Vivo TWS Neo
The Vivo TWS Neo stands out not only for its attractive gradient Starry Blue color, but also for its good sound with active noise cancellation. The model has a 14.2 mm driver, an IP54 water-resistant housing and the latest version of the Bluetooth 5.2 module.
Vivo TWS Neo works on a single charge up to 4.5 hours. The controls are touch-sensitive and are on the body. There is an option to call a voice assistant. But there is no fast or wireless charging.
Huawei FreeBuds Pro
One of the popular TWS headphones at the moment is the Huawei FreeBuds Pro in-canal. And not the standard white or black version, but the stylish Silver Frost color. The model is equipped with the Kirin A1 chip with a pair of antennas for better signal reception and 11-millimeter dynamic drivers. The sound is characterized by deep bass, natural midrange and clear tops. At least, that’s what users say.