Among all the mobile accessories, headphones – in-ear, over-ear, TWS, whatever type they may be – is arguably one of the most important. Alongside charging cables and bricks, headphones see the most usage, not only in teenagers but in young adults as well. That’s why anyone must upgrade the default earphones that came along with their smartphones to ones that afford a better listening experience.
Audio technology nowadays, fortunately, is as robust and advanced in more areas when compared to the offerings a decade ago. Today, the wired and wireless audio experience is nothing short of equal in many ways, although of course, when you produce music professionally, wired options are still the way to go. So if you’re looking for the best earbuds at any price point, we’ve narrowed them down to these choices:
$150-$350: Sony WF-1000XM3, Apple AirPods Pro, Cambridge Melomania 1
The best wireless earbuds in the business are those that have a seamless integration with any device they’re paired with, have excellent audio clarity and rendering, plus a bevy of features that makes them truly usable without reservations. The wireless revolution is here, and headphone makers are scrambling to make their own versions of it.
One of the best mobile accessories you can buy right now when we talk about true wireless stereo earbuds is the Sony WF-1000XM3. It has a great active noise cancelling system, Sony’s excellent music tuning, and above-average battery life. Although not affordable to say the least, if you’re looking for a top of the line wireless earbuds, do check out this audiophile’s gem.
Apple’s AirPods Pro is another contender in this category. While the AirPods Pro wins by the sheer smoothness and seamlessness of pairing and integration alone, its audio rendering is not the best. Apple historically has always been about simplicity, and AirPods Pro, with its revolutionary active noise cancelling system is a testament to that. What you get is a great pair of earbuds through and through.
Cambridge Melomania 1 is the cheaper option among the three, but that doesn’t mean it compromised in sound quality. In fact, toe-to-toe, the Melomania 1 is better in audio clarity as well as bass, mids, and highs when compared to the AirPods Pro. It’s comfortable in the ear, and the audio output is so outstanding that you’ll experience music in another plane. There’s nothing quite like it, honestly.
$60 – $150: Creative Outlier Gold, 1More Stylish True Wireless
Creative Outlier’s TWS entry, the aptly named Gold, is not only a great deal, but it may also be the best earbuds for most people. It’s a great all-arounder, with decent battery life. Most people won’t know the difference between a modest low-end response and an excellent one, and so for only less than $100, the Creative Outlier Gold is a deal.
It also supports both AAC and aptX codecs so whether you’re listening from an iPhone or an Android device, rest assured that you’ll be listening to the best version of the music that your phone can read. It’s also sweatproof so you can use it on workouts, running, and even a day on the beach. Of course, don’t wear it when you’re taking a literal dip in the water.
- Another great option to check out in this category is the 1More Stylish True Wireless earbuds.
- These earbuds have great sound clarity – lows are crisp, mids are decent, and highs don’t sound screechy.
- If you have a flagship Samsung device, it can read the aptX codec, which is a major development in hi-resolution wireless audio.
- 1More’s TWS star also is packing one of the best battery life among wireless earbuds out there – clocking in at 6.5hours at a single charge. You also get a few silicone tips as well as wings, if you prefer that aesthetic.
- Starting at $100 dollars, this is one of the few wireless earbuds out there that you can truly rely on, audio quality-wise.
The time is nigh for you to get your own truly wireless earbuds. The technology may just be in its infancy, but the advances that we’ve seen in the last few years are more than enough to say that it’s peaking. One of the advantages of being an early adopter is that prices for these mobile accessories are still at the minimum, so strike now before prices hike. Try any of the recommendations listed above!