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The 7 Best Sounding Wireless Earbuds - Spring 2020
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In-ears and earbuds are a lot more portable than bulky over-ear and on-ear headphones. Wireless earbuds, in particular, provide extra convenience, especially for athletes and commuters. However, as headphones get smaller, so does their capacity to create an open and spacious sound. Although you might have to sacrifice a bit of sound quality and soundstage for a more compact and portable design, there are quite a few wireless in-ear and earbuds that still deliver in the sound department.

We've reviewed around 100 wireless earbuds so far and below are our top recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for sound quality to purchase in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best earbuds and in-ears, the best earbuds for bass, the best neckband headphones, and for the best truly wireless earbuds.


  1. Best Sounding Wireless Earbuds: Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless

    Test Methodology v1.4
    7.5
    Neutral Sound
    Type Earbuds
    Enclosure Semi-Open
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wireless earbuds for sound quality we've tested so far are the Bose SoundSport Free. They have a semi-open design, which helps let in ambient noise for a more open, spacious sound than other earbuds we've tested. Their earbud fit is very comfortable and they feel very well-built, too.

    They have a remarkably neutral sound that's suitable for almost any genre of music, with a deep, well-balanced bass, clear mids, and a balanced treble. The only downside is that Bose's mobile app doesn't have an EQ to tune the sound if it doesn't suit you, but this won't be a problem for most, especially if you prefer something that just sounds good without any fuss.

    While outdoor runners will appreciate how they let in lots of sound to have a better awareness of your surroundings, they're not recommended if you're trying to block out the noise of a crowded gym. Their battery life on these earbuds is also a bit short, at only 5 hours of continuous playback per charge, but they have an auto-off feature to help save power and their charging case provides a couple of extra charges.

    See our review

  2. Easier-To-Use Alternative: Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for some of the best wireless earbuds for sound quality but need something easy-to-use when you're on-the-go, then get the Beats Powerbeats Pro. They might sound slightly less neutral than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless, but their ear-hook design keeps them more securely in place and makes their controls much easier-to-use. Their battery performs very well, providing over 11 hours of playback on a single charge, and their charging case will help them last even longer. They charge via Lightning, though, which can be inconvenient for Android users, but this is to be expected considering they're designed with Apple devices in mind.

    If you care most about an accurate, neutral sound, then get the Bose; however, if you want something easier-to-use that still sounds great, you'll want the Beats.

    See our review

  3. Better-Isolating Alternative: Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you're looking for something that can help block out the noise of your busy commute while still sounding good, get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. Since they isolate a lot of noise, they don't have the same spacious sound quality of the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless, but they still reproduce audio remarkably accurately and are considerably less expensive. The upgraded Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless have better controls, but a more bass-heavy sound profile, so if you're looking for a neutral sound you'll want to stick with the older model while it's still being produced.

    Get the Bose if you don't care about noise isolation and prefer a wide-open sound, but if you want earbuds that do a better job blocking out background noise, go with the Anker.

    See our review

  4. Best Sounding Customizable Wireless Earbuds: Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless

    Test Methodology v1.4
    7.0
    Neutral Sound
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you prefer being able to customize the sound of your wireless earbuds, get the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They have a great sports-oriented design for athletes and are fairly comfortable for longer listening sessions. They feature magnetic earbuds that clip together for improved cable management and to help prolong their 13-hour battery life.

    They have great audio reproduction straight out of the box, but what sets them apart is the level of customization provided in their companion app, Jaybird MySound. It provides a full parametric EQ along with a detailed library of community presets so you can fine-tune their sound your way.

    On the downside, these earbuds use a proprietary charging cradle that can be a bit restrictive. If you forget the charger at home, you won’t be able to just borrow a friend’s micro-USB cable, which is a bit inconvenient. If you prefer being able to charge your headphones via micro-USB, consider the Sony WI-1000X Wireless. They’re also very customizable and they have active noise cancelling, which is great for commuters, but their battery doesn’t perform as well as that of the Jaybird.

    See our review

  5. Better-Isolating Alternative: Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you prefer the more compact form factor of truly wireless earbuds, then consider the Jabra Elite Active 65t. Their companion app doesn’t offer quite the same level of customizability as that of the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless, but it still lets you tweak the way the sound to a good degree. They isolate an impressive amount of noise passively, which makes them good in-ears for travel or commuting, and they also have a durable design that’s great for sports. Unfortunately, they have a rather bulky earbud design that can cause some fatigue during longer listening sessions. Those with smaller ears may also find them a bit hard to fit comfortably as well.

    If you want a more customizable EQ or prefer having a wire connecting your earbuds to rest your headphones on your neck when not in use, go with the Jaybird. However, if you want a more compact pair of headphones that isolate background noise better, go with the Jabra.

    See our review

  6. Best Sounding Budget Wireless Earbuds: JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless

    Test Methodology v1.4
    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If being on a budget doesn’t stop you from having high sound quality standards, then get the JBL Endurance Sprint. They have a sporty design with a rubberized matte finish and are rated IPX7 for waterproofing, although we don't test this.

    They have very accurate audio reproduction and a balanced, neutral sound that lends itself well to all music genres. They also have great isolation and block a very good amount of noise for headphones without active noise cancelling.

    On the downside, they aren’t the most comfortable in-ears we’ve tested. Their earbuds protrude quite deeply into the ear canal and their twist-to-lock mechanism can be hard to get right. Those with smaller ears may also find their large ear-hooks uncomfortably bulky. That said, their neutral sound profile is one of the best we've seen at this price so they're still a great choice overall.

    See our review

  7. More Comfortable Alternative: Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you more bass-rich sound, get the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. They’ quite a bit more bass than the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless, so they're not ideal if you prefer a more neutral sound, but they still do a good job at reproducing instruments and vocals and sound quite well-balanced overall. They have an easier-to-use control scheme and an impressive 18 hours of battery life.

    Get the JBL if you care most about having a more neutral audio reproduction, but if you have a hard time finding a comfortable pair of headphones, go with the Anker.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless: The Bose QC30 have a good sound and a more travel-friendly alternative to the SoundSport Free, but don't sound quite as balanced. See our review
  • JBL UA True Wireless Flash: The JBL UA True are well-rounded, versatile truly wireless in-ears that have great audio reproduction, but aren’t as comfortable or easy-to-use as the Beats Powerbeats Pro. See our review
  • Beats BeatsX Wireless: The Beats BeatsX are decent sounding in-ears that isolate a good amount of noise but have worse battery performance than the Powerbeats Pro. See our review
  • Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016: The Freedom F5 are a versatile option with customizable sound at a budget price, but restrictive charging cradle and poor battery life. See our review
  • Jaybird X4 Wireless: The X4 are decent wireless earbuds with a nice stable fit for sports and good audio reproduction, but the Jaybird Tarah Pro perform better overall. See our review
  • AKG N200 Wireless: The AKG N200 are straightforward wireless in-ears with a low-profile design. Great audio reproduction, but no customization options and poor noise isolation. See our review
  • JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless: The Reflect Mini 2 are great wireless in-ears for sports that sound decent and have great isolation, but lacking in active features. See our review
  • Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless: The beats Powerbeats3 are well-designed ear-hook in-ears that reproduce audio very well and have good physical controls, but poor noise isolation. See our review
  • JBL FreeX Truly Wireless: The FreeX are comfortable truly wireless earbuds with great audio reproduction, but mediocre battery performance. See our review
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless: The Galaxy Buds are well-rounded, versatile truly wireless earbuds that are comfortable and sound decent but are a little shy on bass and sound customization only offered on Android. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best sounding wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones 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/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.

Recent Updates

02/11/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.

12/13/2019: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.

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