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The 7 Best Sounding Wireless Earbuds - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jul 08, 2024 at 04:54 pm
Best Sounding Wireless Earbuds

These days, you don't need to sacrifice portability or affordability if you want headphones that make your music sound good. While earbuds can't create the wide, natural soundstage that some over-ears can, you still have plenty of choices if you want earbuds with quality sound. There's no genuine one-size-fits-all approach to determining what sounds best to everyone, but 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. Some earbuds also offer extra features like an EQ, so you can adjust the sound profile or virtual surround sound for a more immersive listening experience.

We've tested over 265 wireless earbuds and in-ears, and below are our top recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for sound quality. See our recommendations for the best in-ear headphones, the best earbuds for bass, the best neckband headphones, and the best true wireless earbuds.

  1. Best Sounding Wireless Earbuds

    The best sounding wireless earbuds we've tested are the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless. These high-end buds 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, making their sound profile a bit more versatile than the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless, which are our top bass-heavy pick below. However, they lack the Bose headphones' variety of sound customization features and instead use an adaptive EQ system that adjusts their sound based on ambient noise conditions and playback volume.

    Unlike the Bose, Apple's buds support Spatial Audio, a feature that allows audio to follow your head movements to create a more immersive experience. That said, even though they have a lightweight design, the buds can wiggle out of your ears over time, affecting their stability. If you'd like slightly more stable buds that perform similarly to Apple's set, consider the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 4. These also have a much better microphone than the AirPods and a slightly longer continuous battery life, but they lack Apple's spatial audio features, and the Apple's case holds one more additional charge than the Sennheiser.

    See our review

  2. Best Sounding Upper Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds

    If you want something more affordable without sacrificing performance or features, consider the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless. These comfortable buds rival the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless in many ways, including in sound. They have a flat, neutral sound profile that's versatile enough for most audio content. You can also customize their sound using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets to suit your tastes better. In addition, when paired with a compatible Samsung device, you get to listen to higher-quality audio using the Samsung Seamless Codec.

    Their ANC offers excellent overall performance, cutting down background noise like traffic or chatty coworkers around you. With their ANC on, they last under five hours continuously. Luckily, their carrying case supplies an additional 2.6 charges if needed. Consider the Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless if you're looking for buds with better overall battery performance. They have over seven hours of continuous playback time with a further 2.3 charges in the case, and they support multi-device pairing. However, they're a bit more expensive, and their mic isn't as good.

    See our review

  3. Best Sounding Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds

    If you're looking for a less expensive option, consider the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Truly Wireless instead. These earbuds are available for under $100 and offer solid build quality and a comfortable design. They have a relatively neutral sound profile out of the box, and their excellent bass accuracy means your audio has body and punch that doesn't overwhelm instruments and vocals. If you prefer a different sound, they have adjustable EQ presets. Unfortunately, they're only available if you own an Android device. While they have an ANC feature, it doesn't block out as much noise as the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless'.

    Their continuous battery life of around six hours is also on the short side, so you'll have to top up the battery in the case during long workdays. Unlike the pricier options listed here, they don't have any virtual surround sound features or support for multi-device pairing. They also don't have volume control by default, which can be frustrating when you're trying to adjust the volume on the fly.

    See our review

  4. Best Sounding Budget Wireless Earbuds

    The Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless offer some serious features for a budget-friendly price. Their sound profile works for a variety of genres with plenty of boom and a controlled top-end that doesn't get harsh. In the mid-range, instruments and vocals sound present and detailed, without honk or boxiness. You can also tune the EQ in the app if you want more or less of a frequency. The buds have low distortion, so your audio remains clean. They connect via aptX for Android-friendly performance, although you only get the SBC codec when using Apple devices and no multi-pair capability.

    At this tier, there aren't many options for ANC, so you'll need to look to the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Truly Wireless for that. That said, these comfortable earbuds perform admirably for just having passive isolation. They seal your ears from environmental noise and do a decent job blocking out office noise and quieting the whine of computer fans. Their battery life lasts over seven hours on a single charge, which isn't too shabby. Basically, they're somewhat stripped back as features go, but they still sound good.

    See our review

  5. Best Sounding Cheap Wireless Earbuds

    If you want cheap earbuds that punch above their weight, look no further than the Skullcandy Dime 3 True Wireless. They have a well-balanced sound profile, with plenty of bass on tap, an accurate mid-range, and a bright treble response that adds sizzle to sibilants. You can also use the three built-in EQ presets to adjust the sound further. While these wireless in-ears don't have an ANC system, they block out a decent amount of noise passively and have some premium features, like Bluetooth multi-device pairing.

    They have a stable, reasonably comfortable fit, and their battery lasts over eight hours on a single charge, which is enough to get you through long days at the office. They have a deep in-ear fit that won't feel natural for everyone. If you want further options to fine-tune your headphones, consider the JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless. They're not as neutral-sounding out of the box, but they have a companion app with a parametric EQ and presets to help you achieve your desired sound. They have a less stable fit, though.

    See our review

  6. Best Wireless Earbuds With LDAC

    Consider the Sony WF-1000XM5 Truly Wireless if you want premium buds that can stream high-resolution audio. These earbuds support LDAC, Sony's proprietary high-resolution audio codec, allowing you to listen to higher-quality audio if your streaming service supports it. They also do an amazing job of isolating you against noise of all types, which you might want if you're looking for earbuds for commuting. Their memory foam ear tips help with isolation and provide a comfortable fit, especially if you have smaller ear canals. Their sound profile is warm but not as bass-heavy as the Bose and Apple, and they sound balanced across all frequency ranges. They also support multi-device pairing and Sony's 360 Reality Audio, which adds head-tracking and immersive audio qualities via compatible apps like TIDAL. Sadly, they don't have an adaptive EQ feature like the AirPods or Bose, but you can manually adjust the sound profile with an in-app graphic EQ.

    The Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless are also a good choice if you're looking for cheaper earbuds that can still stream high-resolution audio. They have an ANC feature that does a great job of blocking out ambient sound, including bass-range noise like rumbling engines and higher-pitched sounds like voices. However, their default sound lacks low-bass rumble and can make instruments and vocals sound a bit veiled.

    See our review

  7. Best Bass-Heavy Wireless Earbuds

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    The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless are our top pick for bass-heavy earbuds. These comfortable buds have an excellent array of features that rival the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless in many ways, but their sound profile out of the box is less neutral overall and more geared towards thumpy bass. They feature Bose's CustomTune technology, which adapts their sound profile based on the shape of your ear and listening habits. Further sound customization is also available via the graphic EQ and presets in the Bose Music app.

    These buds are among the first to feature the manufacturer's Immersive Audio technology, which tracks your head to add depth to your audio. Their incredible ANC performance also means they block out a wide range of ambient noise, from low engine rumble to office chatter, so you can focus on your tunes without distractions. Like most Bose headphones, they have a pretty comfortable fit, too, and last about seven hours continuously. There are three additional charges in the carrying case if you need it, though.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are comfortable, compact, truly wireless earbuds with a customizable sound. However, their bass is somewhat unbalanced out of the box, unlike the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless'. See our review
  • Bowers & Wilkins Pi7 S2 True Wireless: The Bowers & Wilkins Pi7 S2 True Wireless are premium buds with a bass-heavy sound. They support aptX Adaptive, which is good for streaming high-quality audio. However, their sound isn't as customizable as the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless', and their continuous battery life is significantly shorter. See our review
  • JBL Vibe Buds True Wireless: The JBL Vibe Buds True Wireless are lightweight, portable in-ears that won't break the bank. These buds have a bass-rich sound that will please fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop, but they're not as balanced out of the box as the Skullcandy Dime 3 True Wireless, and they're more expensive. That said, you can adjust their sound profile through a parametric EQ and presets in their app. See our review
  • Technics EAH-AZ80 True Wireless: The Technics EAH-AZ80 True Wireless and the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless perform very similarly. If you're deeply enmeshed in Apple's ecosystem, the AirPods are the obvious choice. But if not, the Technics' companion app is available across multiple platforms, and they also have multi-device pairing via Bluetooth and LDAC compatibility. On the other hand, they don't come with a virtual soundstage feature like Apple's Spatial Audio. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 08, 2024: The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 4 were added as an alternative to our top pick because they perform similarly to our pick but lack virtual soundstage features. The Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless replaced the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless as the alternative pick in the upper mid-range category due to changes resulting from Test Bench 1.7. Finally, we added the Technics EAH-AZ80 True Wireless as a Notable Mention.

  2. May 02, 2024: We've checked our picks to ensure they're all still in stock, and there haven't been any major price fluctuations. We've also mentioned the Technics EAH-AZ80 Truly Wireless, which we're currently testing and have garnered a lot of praise online.

  3. Mar 05, 2024: The Jabra Elite 3 True Wireless are the new budget pick, and the Skullcandy Dime 3 Truly Wireless have been moved to the cheap pick.

  4. Jan 08, 2024: We've replaced the JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless with the Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Truly Wireless as our mid-range pick and replaced the Sony WI-C310 True Wireless with the Skullcandy Dime 3 True Wireless as our budget pick. The JBL Vibe Buds have been added as a Notable Mention.

  5. Nov 28, 2023: The Sony WF-100XM5 Truly Wireless are now our top pick for the 'Best Wireless Earbuds With LDAC', with the Sony Linkbuds S as an alternative. We've also added the Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds Truly Wireless as our bass-heavy pick, with the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 as an alternative.

All Reviews

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.