Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

There are a lot of types of wireless headphones, because their classification can be based not only on the form factor, but also on additional features. One needs products that support high quality music playback, another needs models with good noise reduction to hear its music even in crowded, noisy areas. But for those looking for the best wireless over-ear headphones, we've made a carefully curated list.

We've compiled a List of Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones in 2020

​Audeze, one of the most prestigious brands of high-end hi-fi headphones, dived in March 2018 into the gaming industry with a new top-tier gaming headset for high-caliber players. The event was of enormous surprise and truly intriguing; Not only because of the blending of an elitist brand like Audeze with the medium of gaming, but also for the expectations which had arisen by the upcoming of an alluring pair of gaming headsets and the unreal promises they’ve made.

Ergonomics

It doesn’t take long to realize the majesty of Audeze Mobius sound once donning them on your ears. As one of the best gaming headset, the audio quality is the second most intriguing aspect after the immersive soundscape generated by the planar magnetic drivers and Waves Nx technology for 3D audio immersiveness.

Not only does the 100mm planar magnetic drivers emulate the most authentic immersive cinematic experiences, they also achieve an admirable level of precision and responsiveness. The complexity of the captivating, imacculate surround sound with the dramatic and vivid sounds filled with details make it almost impossible to take them off your head. The experience is truly addictive.

Jabra Elite 85h

Best Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Why we like it:

Jabra’s high-end $300 Bluetooth headphone is one of the most popular wireless headphone for the consumers looking for performance over anything, and within this budget you’ll find a multitude of advantages. The headphone has a foldable headband and earcups that can swivel, essential for travelling and more convenience. Its hard case also improves the experience, whereas the 3.5 mm mini-jack cable, USB-C to USB-A charging cable and the airplane adapter are packed into the package along with the headset for various needs.

In spite of its rather heavy weight, the Elite 85h is by far the most intuitive headset with easy to use controlls, it’s design is remarkable and the extraordinary sensations of comfort greatly favors the wearer.

In terms of connectivity, the Elite 85h connects through Bluetooth 5.0 wirelessly and, unlike a large set of expensive Bluetooth headphones for travelling, has multipoint compatibility so that you can connect with multiple devices in parallel. The 15-minute charge that provides approximately 5 hours of battery also comes in handy. As for the sonic experience, the Jabra lays out an overall balanced sound reproduction, good-sounding music that embraces an impactful and defined sound.

Verdict

Even though the Elite 85h’s bass is slightly impacted and reduced by the activation of the noise cancelling mode, the treble range feels very modest, thus not as highlighted as is the case in other Bluetooth headsets. In the end, the Elite 85h is a very ambitious wireless model that challenges the leaders in this industry, the Bose QuietComfort QC35 II and Sony’s WH-1000XM3. The Elite 85h could have done slighlty better in the higher frequencies as well as in the comfort sector, but everything else is first-rate quality.

Key Features

  • Extremely complex and versatile
  • Accurate 3D audio imaging
  • Resourceful sound spectrum with excellent bass and crystal clear sound
  • Fairly precise detatchable microphone

Alternatives:
Sennheiser PXC 550
Upgrade:
Panasonic RP-HD605N
Budget Version:
Sony WH-CH700N

 

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Best Comfortable Wireless Over-ear Headset with ANC

Why we like it:

We couldn’t have made a list of the best wireless headphones of 2020 without the second version of the QC 35 that was released in 2017, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II.

Even though Bose’s QC 35 II will have its 3 year anniversary in September, the wireless model is still one of the most effective travel headphone. The difference between the two headphones isn’t big, they’re both similar in terms of design, build quality, quality of comfort, autonomy and even accessories. However, Bose clearly notticed the people would often complain about the high latency in wireless communication, which now the 35 II is better adapted when it comes to making a Bluetooth connection and listening to music while travelling.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 II does provide an excellent user experience, similar to that of it’s predecessor, Bose QuietComfort 35, as well as a very intuitive and handy application provided by Bose which is available on both Android and iOS. Through Bose Connect you can have access to certain functions that helps customize and manage your headphone’s settings: change the noise cancelling setting, name your headphone, connect your headphone to one or multiple mobile devices, in addition to certain other informations and an essential feature that updates your headphone’s software.

Verdict

In the end, the improvements are visible especially if you travel a lot and use the headphone in wireless mode. As for the sound, the whole remains balanced and the music is captivating, with a broad soundstage and intelligible sound scene.

If you can buy the QC35 II for less than $250 that would be the best deal that one could get. The headphone is usually sold for over $300 on Amazon.

Key Features

  • Extremely complex and versatile
  • Accurate 3D audio imaging
  • Resourceful sound spectrum with excellent bass and crystal clear sound
  • Fairly precise detatchable microphone

Sony WH-1000XM3

Great Over-Ear Bluetooth Headset for Music Enthusiasts

Why we like it:

With each year after the release of MDR-1000X Sony launched another Bluetooth headphone with Active Nosie Cancelling, The WH-1000XM2 preserved various qualities of its successor in terms of design, comfort and build, whereas the WH-1000XM3 took the lead one year after the release of WH-1000XM2 and adopted a much lighter construction, more refined materials such as the matte plastic on the earcups, and slightly different ergonomics along with more pleasant and comfortable earcups that benefit from a new pair of large memory foam pads. Qualities which make travelling a truly delightful experience.

The earcups are equipped with a set of controlls, each function is accompanied by a clear voice announcement. Apart from the not so common multipoint connection, everything you would need is included. You can manage your music, pair the headphone to a smartphone, or call your voice assistant.

The autonomy supports activities for up to 23 hours, whereas the Bluetooth latency is extremely low at around 160 ms. – Just enough to enjoy a movie on the fly. Listening to music with this set of wireless ANC headset is extremely pleasurable.

Verdict

Sony’s wireless over-ear headphone is remarkable in traveling conditions. Its noise-cancelling is the most powerful of all the headphones with ANC. The technology behind it is remarkable since you’re able to block a huge quantity of noise while not being victim of any static, humming or hissing sound.

The sound features a huge emphasis in the lower end of the spectrum, some would agree that the bass sounds muddy, although it does add a hefty feeling to the sound scene which also unfolds clear and wide. The overall sound is very open and natural. The treble is precise, airy and carries a nice extension in third half of the spectrum. What’s even better, is that Sony WH-1000XM3 doesn’t lose sound quality even with the noise reduction activated.

Key Features

  • Extremely complex and versatile
  • Accurate 3D audio imaging
  • Resourceful sound spectrum with excellent bass and crystal clear sound
  • Fairly precise detatchable microphone

Bose Headphone 700

Premium Wireless Stereo Over-Ear Headphone

Why we like it:

Bose 700 headphones is Bose’s latest innovation on the audio scene when it comes down to headphones, an elegant black wireless headphone with active noise cancelling worthy of the company’s standard.

These classy over-ears from Bose sport a remarkable design, very modern and elegant. With regard to manufacturing quality, the American company Bose clearly shows improvements with this model, displaying higher quality materials as well as more premium feeling. The plastic on the earcups feels more luxurious than that of Sony’s WH-1000XM3 or even Bose’s QC35 II. The overall durability of the headphone is high as the hoop is now made of stainless steel and padded with a soft rubberized band that doesn’t absorb sweat. You might find out that in terms of comfort the Bose 700 is slightly heavier and might not exceed the convenience of QC35 II, but the craftsmanship quality is definitely higher and more reliable in comparison to any other wireless active noise cancelling headphones on the market.

Although the 700 headphones are highly intended to be a travelling companion, they lack a folding mechanism and so they’ll take up more space in your package. On the other hand, they come with a semi-rigid case to store them.

Verdict

The 700 fulfills its role as a travel companion, and does very well on the commute too. Its noise-cancelling is extremely competent, overtaking slightly the power of Bose QC35 II. Offering more versatility, the noise-reduction level can be configured inside the Bose Music mobile app (available on iOs and Android). Each setting is then followed by a clear voice announcement.

The integration with Bose’s sound augmented reality platform Bose AR is also a nice feature, but what’s even more compelling is the sound reproduction which is somewhat similar to that of Bose QuietComfort 35 II but rather more airy, wider in soundstage, it includes a „W” shaped sound profile, with impetuous bass frequencies, natural vocals and more than 20 hours in wireless to enjoy the best of your music.

Key Features

  • Extremely complex and versatile
  • Accurate 3D audio imaging
  • Resourceful sound spectrum with excellent bass and crystal clear sound
  • Fairly precise detatchable microphone

Alternatives:

Upgrade:
Denon AH-GC30
Budget Version:
Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Alternatives

The Everest Elite 750NC is a nice pair of wireless headphones, very comfortable to wear with a homogenous sound response, but short autonomy (15 h), the ANC is effective yet not reliable: the bass becomes excessively rough while activated, whereas the mids and highs aren’t the most accurate.

The Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 deemed as the budget version of the BackBeat Pro 2, have almost the same build quality, stereophony, and noise reduction effectiveness for a smaller price, but our budget pick performs slightly better.

The Parrot Zik 3 is a well-built headphone with rigorous construction, and a decent battery life of 8 hours with all the modules activated, although we do have better solutions for any of those qualities.

The AKG N60 NC Wireless is also a great mid-end pair of headphones which passive isolation and ANC function are very competent, but they’re a bit pricier than our current budget choice, and you can’t turn ANC off in Bluetooth mode. Nonetheless, for $50 more, the sound of N60 is fantastically balanced, accurately rendered and detailed, though the lack of presence in treble is quickly sensed.

The AKG N700NC sounds impressively good in the upper end of the spectrum but has inexistent deep-bass, a bit heavier and less comfortable than Bose QC 35 II (also pricier), and contains a few flaws.

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