Best Truly Wireless Headphones you can buy in 2019 – RTINGS.com


Hey guys, Marc here from rtings.com and today
we will be going over the best true wireless headphones that we’ve tested so far in 2019. Note that this overview does not include the
Taotronics Soundliberty 53, the Kipsch T5, JBL tune 120 or the Raycon E50. We’ve bought them and they’re in the office
but haven’t had the chance to review them yet. If they turn out to be worthwhile recommendations,
then we will add them to the corresponding article linked on the description below. You can also follow the links of all the headphones
recommended in this video for more in depth reviews. So with that being said let’s get to it. In the budget category. So if you want spend less than 100$ on a true
wireless headset, then get either the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air or the SoundPeats TrueFree. The TrueFree are one of the best cheap wireless
headsets we’ve tested, being less than 50$ and delivering a solid performance that’s
on par with some of the more expensive headphones that didn’t make the cut. They have a sturdy, decently comfortable design,
and they are fairly compact for those who prefer smaller wireless in-ears. This is especially noticeable when comparing
them to the Liberty Air. The true free also have a bass heavy sound
profile well suited for fans of bass heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop, although they
do lack a bit of detail for more vocal and instrument centric music. Unfortunately, their case design does not
protect the headphones very well and their continuous battery life isn’t as good as some
of the more premium options on this list. They lasted only 3.3 hours in our battery
test but provide 4 to 5 additional charges in their case so they should last you throughout
the day, if you take a few breaks here and there. Also, there are a couple variants of this
model that come with much better cases, that have lids and provide greater battery capacity
so look out for those models if you need a bit more battery life. If you don’t mind spending a bit more though
then we would recommend the Liberty Air instead. They have a much better-balanced sound that
caters well to both bass and vocal centric music. They’re also a bit more comfortable and have
a slightly longer continuous playtime of 4 hours with 4 additional charge. They also have a much better case that has
a lid. Their AirPods’ inspried design feels decently
premium despite their budget price but they may not be as durable as some of the other
options on this list. You can watch a more in depth dive of the
comparison between these two budget models by following the link below Moving on to the next category, if you have
a higher budget and want the most balanced sounding truly wireless headsets we’ve tested
then check out the Bose SoundSport Free or if you prefer a more customizable sound the
Sony WF-1000xm3. The SoundSports are little old and it shows
in their considerably bulky design and case. They also awkwardly stick out of ears but
Bose is slated to release a more compact update to this model sometime this year as part of
their new 500 and 700 series of products, which we will purchase and test once they
become available. In the meantime, the SoundSport free still
deliver in the sound department, with a neutral and balanced sound that’s good for both bass
heavy tracks and more vocal and instrument heavy music. They don’t sound too bright or muddy, but
unfortunately do not come with an EQ like all Bose headphones so far. They have a sturdy rugged design, but their
stiff physical controls are a bit difficult to use. They also do not have as much a battery life
overall as the XM3s at roughly 15 hours in total and 4.8 hours of continuous playtime. They are one of the more comfortable truly
wireless options and provide a different fit to more traditional in-ears, which some may
prefer. Unfortunately, their semi-open, earbud like
design means they do not isolate as well as most of the in-ears on this list. In this aspect the XM3 do much better thanks
to their in-ear tips and active noise cancellation. If you use your headset more for commute,
travel and at the office to block out the noise in your surroundings then the XM3 are
a good choice. They have a great premium feel and stylish
looking case that supports NFC pairing. They also have a well-balanced sound provided
you can get a good seal with the provided silicon or foam tips. Also, thanks to the Sony headphones app you
can customize their sound profile to better match what you typically listen to. The app also gives a good amount of control
over their noise cancelling feature, which works well but is slightly hampered by the
difficulty of getting a good fit and seal especially with the silicon tips. On the upside, they have an excellent battery
life with a continuous playtime of 7 hours and 3 additional charges in their case, so
they should easily last you long enough for the whole day and for most trips. Unfortunately, they also stick out of your
ears a bit awkwardly, have a limited touch sensitive control scheme and unlike some of
the other options on this list, they have practically no water or sweat resistance so
they would be a poor option for sports and working out. In that sense, if you want good all-around
true wireless design that you can use both casually and at the gym then consider the
Jaybird Vista, the Jabra Elite Active 65t, and the Powerbeats pro. The Jaybird Vista are the more affordable
of the three options especially when compared to the power beats pro. They have a better IPX rating which makes
them more suitable, if you primarily use your headphones for working out and sweat a lot. They also have a comfortable fit and a compact
design that will easily fit in most pockets. They come with an excellent app that gives
you a wealth of customization options and one of the best EQs that we’ve tested so
far. Their default sound quality is well balanced,
although slightly sharper than some of the other recommendations, but thanks to their
excellent EQ you can better tune them to match what you typically listen to. They also last about 5.5 hours on single charge
which should be more than enough for most workout routines and case gives you an extra
10 hours which should be good for most use cases and for a full day’s use. They’re a great option for sports but unfortunately
their control scheme is a little limited and requires that you tinker a bit with the app
to get a layout that works best for you. Here both the Jabra Elite Active 65t and the
PowerBeats Pro are a little better. The Jabra Elite Active provide a good controls
scheme with all the necessary functions at your fingertips and physical controls that
are easier to use than touch sensitive ones like the that of the Sonys and Ankers. They have a good 5.2 hour battery life on
a single charge with 2 additional charges in the case and also come with a good customizable
app that provides an EQ for adjusting their sound profile to your liking. They do not sound as good as the Beats or
Jaybirds’s out-of-the box but thanks to the EQ they’re a bit more versatile than
the Powerbeats for most users. They also isolate a lot better than both the
Jaybird and the Beats so if you often work out in a crowded gym or need a bit more isolation
on your commute to work, then they would be a the slightly better choice. Unfortunately, the somewhat bulky design and
form factor of the earbuds is not the most comfortable or stable for everyone. In this aspect the PowerBeats would be a better
alternative if you’re willing to spend a bit more. They have a comfortable earhook design that
impressively stable for running and working out. They’re super easy to use especially on
an iOS devices since they will pair automatically when in proximity of your iPhone or iPad thanks
to the H1 chip. They also have a one of the longest lasting
continuous playtime of any Truly wireless headset at 11 hours on a single charge which
is great for all day listening and especially if you don’t want to carry their bulky case
around. Speaking of the powerboats’ case, its sturdy
and provides an additional charge for up to 24 hours of playtime. However, it is considerably bulkier than some
of the more recent truly wireless designs we’ve tested, and it feels a little cheap
considering their premium price point. Also due to the H1 chip they are a bit better
suited for iOS users similar to the AirPods, so they won’t be the ideal option for android
owners. So if you’re looking for a more android focused
experience consider the Samsung Galaxy buds instead. They are one of the most compact truly wireless
design we’ve tested which is great for users with smaller ears. They have a decently well-balanced sound and
come with a good app available on android that offers some customization options and
some sports-oriented features. Unfortunately, their touch sensitive control
scheme won’t be for everyone and they do not feel quite as well built or as premium. On the upside they offer one of the best values
to performance ratio with a good well-balanced sound that you can customize with . They have
a 7.5-hour battery life with 1 additional charge, and they block a fair bit of noise
making them suitable for most environments. If you’re an android user and don’t want
to spend more than 150 on a truly wireless design, then the Galaxy buds are a great choice. So overall if you’re looking for budget options
the Anker Soundcore liberty air and the soundpeats tue free are great choices. If you’re primarily focused on sound, then
the Bose soundsport free and the Sony WF-1000Xm3 are great options. The soundsports deliver in the comfort and
sound department and the Xm3 are a good noise cancelling in-ears for commuting, provide
a customizable sound and a premium design reflective of their price range. And for the best for sports and in general
purpose use the Jaybird Vista and Jabra Elite Active 65t offer a great value. And the same level of versatility but more
os specific then the check out the Powerbeats Pro if you’re an iOS user or Galaxy buds
for Android. A few Notable mentions that didn’t make
the cut but are still good options if you’re looking for truly wireless headsets. JBL Under Armor True Wireless Flash are well-built
earbuds for sports with great audio reproduction, but lack features compared to some of the
other options on this list. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless and
BEO play E8 are premium and very well-built in-ears with a great cases but have an unremarkable
performance for their high-end price tags. Lastly the Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless
are a fairly budget option that with decent performance but not quite as good as the picks
in our budget category. And that’s pretty much it. You can check out our website for more in
depth reviews and for any models that you didn’t not see on this list. Also leave us a comment for any truly wireless
headphones you think we’ve missed, and we may get a chance to review them if we get
enough requests. Thank you for watching and see you next time.

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