Whether you're a fan of jazz, rock, or EDM, sound quality is important, even when shopping for wireless earbuds. While there's no true one-size-fits-all approach to determining what sounds best to everyone, there are certain qualities you want to keep an eye on. A neutral sound profile is ideal since it's versatile - most people find it sounds good with a wide range of music genres. However, some people prefer more bass, while others like a brighter sound. As long as there's a balance between bass and treble, with a clear and even mid-range in-between, you can find something that suits your tastes without sounding muddy, cluttered, or dull.
We've tested over 215 wireless earbuds and in-ears, and below are our top recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for fans of neutral sound. See our recommendations for the best earbuds and in-ears, the best earbuds for bass, the best neckband headphones, and the best truly wireless earbuds.
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are the best sounding wireless earbuds we've tested. Out of the box, these earbuds have a very flat and neutral sound profile that's versatile enough for a variety of audio content. They also have very consistent audio delivery, thanks to their in-ear design. Although a dip in the mid-mid can nudge vocals and lead instruments to the back of your mix, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can finetune them to your liking. You can also access the MySound feature in their app, which can optimize their audio reproduction to suit your unique hearing.
These in-ears have a well-built design with a comfortable and stable in-ear fit. Their continuous battery life of over eight hours should last through long days on the go too, and if you need to top their battery off, their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges. However, even though they have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system, it doesn't offer much of an improvement over the buds' passive isolation capabilities. While they struggle to block out the low rumble of bus engines, they can still cut down office chatter well.
The Sony WI-C310 Wireless are the best sounding budget earbuds that we've tested. Although they don't have any customization features, these wallet-friendly headphones have a smooth and warm sound profile that's well-suited for genres like rock or jazz. They have a bit of extra punch and boom thanks to a bump in their bass range, but it doesn't overwhelm vocals and lead instruments. As a result, these sounds are still accurately reproduced, sounding clear and detailed.
Unlike other picks on this list, they also have a lightweight neck cable design so that you can wear them around your neck when you aren't actively listening to audio. They also have a decently comfortable and stable fit, but the cables leading up to the earbud are long and can get snagged on something if you aren't careful. Unfortunately, they also don't feel very durable as parts of their build feel particularly fragile. However, if you don't mind their design, they have roughly 17 hours of continuous battery life, so they should easily last through long listening sessions. If you like to listen to audio at high volumes in shared spaces like an office, they don't leak much audio at high volumes either.
If you want to enjoy your music on the go and don't like being disturbed by surrounding noises, the best sounding wireless noise cancelling earbuds we've tested are the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. Their neutral sound profile has great detail and clarity in addition to a hint of extra rumble. They're suitable for a wide variety of audio content, especially since you can EQ them to your liking using their app. Their ANC system is also quite effective and has multiple presets for different situations, allowing you to adjust how much ambient noise you hear. The earbuds have around seven hours of playback time with the ANC activated, on top of two additional charges from the case.
They're comfortable, but their bulky protruding design might not be for everyone. If you're looking for a pair of slimmer ANC in-ears with good sound quality, check out the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless instead. These premium in-ears have a more traditional bud shape, and their ANC performs quite similarly to the Bose. However, the Apple headphones lack a thumpy low-bass and don't have an EQ or presets to help you customize their sound.
If you love to listen to genres like EDM and hip-hop, then the best sounding bass-heavy wireless earbuds we've tested are the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless. Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump, punch, and warmth to mixes. That said, if you want an even boomier sound, their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets so that you can finetune them to suit your tastes. These earbuds also have a comfortable fit and good build that feels sturdy. If you want to wear them to the gym, they have a stable in-ear fit and are certified IPX4 for resistance against water splashes.
Like the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, they have an ANC system. Although these buds don't outperform the Bose when it comes to noise isolation, they can still help block out a great amount of ambient noise, like the rumble of bus engines and office chatter. With the ANC on, their battery lasts just under seven hours continuously. If that isn't enough, their carrying case supplies an extra three charges if you need it.
The Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for sound quality and with LDAC support that we've tested. LDAC is a codec created by Sony for streaming high-resolution audio. This codec passes more data over Bluetooth than the default SBC codec, but you need to use supported devices and media from services like Tidal or Nugs.net. Out of the box, they sound more neutral than the Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless, which are another pair of high-end LDAC earbuds. Although vocals and instruments are clear and bright in your mixes, you can also fine-tune their sound profile to your liking using their app's 8-band graphic EQ and presets.
These buds have a comfortable fit and feel well-built. They also support multi-device pairing, allowing you to connect them to your smartphone and laptop at the same time, and they have a great noise isolation performance, thanks to their ANC system. Their 5.5-hour continuous playback probably won't last through your day without a recharge. At least their carrying case has three additional charges if you need it.
Jun 02, 2022: We've restructured this article. We've removed the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and moved the JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless to Notable Mentions. We've also added the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless as 'Best Sounding Bass-Heavy Wireless Earbuds'.
Apr 04, 2022: Added the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Feb 03, 2022: Replaced the JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless with the Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless as the Jabra have a more neutral and flat sound profile. Move the JBL to a new category: 'Best Sounding Wireless Earbuds Under $100'. Moved the JBL Vibe 1000TWS True Wireless and EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Nov 26, 2021: We've overhauled our article to add better-performing wireless in-ears and earbuds. Added the JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True WIreless, EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless, Sony WI-C310 Wireless, and JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless.
Sep 29, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to picks but added the Wyze Buds Pro Truly Wireless to the Notable Mentions because of their very neutral sound profile.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless earbuds for sound quality to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.