These days, smaller and more reasonably priced wireless in-ears deliver high-quality audio that can nearly keep up with high-cost over-ears, so it's essential to consider what kind of sound you want from your device. While there's no genuine 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 best sounding wireless earbuds we've tested are the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless. These premium earbuds have a slightly u-shaped sound profile, with a touch of extra bass and treble that makes the mix sound warm, bright, and clear. Whether you're a fan of EDM, jazz, or rock, you'll love how they deliver rich, consistent audio wherever you go. Additionally, you can fine-tune the sound profile to your liking using the companion app's graphic EQ and presets.
These in-ears are top-of-the-line in sound performance, and they have powerful active noise cancellation (ANC) that easily cuts out background noise from bus engines, ambient chit-chat, or whiny computer fans. These earbuds last six hours on one charge, and their carrying case holds an extra three charges. While bulkier than other premium buds like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, they're more stable and come with different-sized stability fins and ear tips, meaning you can get the most secure fit possible.
If you're an iPhone user and want the most out of Apple's extra sound features, the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless are the best sounding upper mid-range earbuds we've tested. A premium competitor to our top pick, these headphones have a slightly warm sound profile, with more thumpy bass than the original Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. The rest of the range is relatively neutral, so you can enjoy most genres without any difference in the listening experience. However, note that these earbuds don't come with any sound customization features and instead rely on an adaptive EQ system that adjusts the sound profile based on ambient noise conditions and playback volume.
These earbuds have a nearly six-hour continuous battery life, with four extra charges in their carrying case. They have an excellent ANC system that cuts out a lot of background noise across the range. Their ANC isn't as powerful as the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless, but they still perform at a level expected for premium earbuds. They also aren't as stable and may fall out of your ears during a run. Fortunately, they're rated IPX4 for resistance against water splashes, so you won't have to worry about using them in the rain.
The Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for sound quality at the mid-range price point. If you can manage a tight seal and fit, the sound is v-shaped, with lots of thumpy, rumbly bass and bright treble to compliment modern pop, hip-hop, and EDM. We had trouble testing these headphones because they kept falling out of our ears during testing. Their comfort is decent, but it's hard to ensure consistent sound unless you can be sure that these buds will stay put.
These earbuds last about seven and a half hours on a single charge, with nearly two extra charges in their case, if you need them. While they can fall out of your ears with moderate movement, they're well-suited for sports since they're rated IPX4 for resistance against water splashes and have a simple and easy-to-use control system. If you're an iOS user, you'll want to consider the Beats Fit Pro True Wireless since they have more Apple-centric features. However, their sound isn't as neutral or customizable.
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are the best sounding lower mid-range wireless earbuds we've tested. Out of the box, these earbuds have a very flat and neutral sound profile that's versatile enough for different 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 you can fine-tune 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 will last through long days on the go, 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 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.
At the budget price point, the Sony WI-C310 Wireless are the best sounding earbuds 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. Thanks to a bump in their bass range, they have a bit of extra punch and boom, 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, these headphones have a lightweight neck cable design so 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, parts of their build also feel particularly fragile. However, if you don't mind their design, they have roughly 17 hours of continuous battery life, so they'll 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 love to listen to genres like EDM and hip-hop, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 pack a ton of powerful bass into such a small package. Rather than boost the sound profile's bass, as you see in several earbuds, these have a recessed treble range, meaning that while the detail in the bass isn't overemphasized and muddy, vocals and lead instruments can sound veiled and lacking in detail. If you're listening to the right kind of music, this may not necessarily be a problem. Fortunately, these earbuds' companion app comes with a customizable 3-band graphic EQ and presets to balance out the mids, flatten the mix, or boost the bass even more! The choice is yours.
Given their upper mid-range price point, these headphones also have an impressive active noise-canceling (ANC) system that isolates you from a lot of background noise in the bass range, meaning that loud subway buffering and plane engines won't be as bothersome. However, they don't perform as well in the mid and treble ranges as our main upper mid-range pick, the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. You can hear about as much in this range as with ANC turned off. With ANC on, these earbuds last over eight hours continuously and have an extra three charges in the case, making these ideal for long workdays. They don't leak much audio either and have good in-ear stability thanks to their included fins, meaning you can use them at the gym without issue.
Jan 10, 2023: Overhauled our picks for this list to showcase new and better-performing wireless earbuds.
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.
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.