Best Wireless Headphones in 2022

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With many wireless headphones to choose from, which are the best of the best, Here are CNET’s top picks, from full-size, noise-canceling models to tiny true wireless earbuds.

Sonny-WH-1000XM4

Sony’s earlier WH-1000XM3 model was great. But if it had a weakness, that was its voice-calling capabilities, particularly in noisier environments.

The new Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless earphone improves in that area and also adds multipoint Bluetooth pairing so you can connect to two devices — such as your phone and PC — at the same time. That means that if a call comes in while you’re using the headphones with your computer, the audio will switch to your phone when you answer the call. That is Best Quality for Sony WH-1000XM4.

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 probably still have a slight edge for voice calls, but the 1000XM4 headphones are arguably a  more comfortable and also have some other slight improvements to noise cancellation and sound that make this model a great all-around choice. They’re easily the best wireless headphones for noise-cancelling.

Apple AirPods Max

Yes, they’re expensive, but the AirPods Max deliver richer, more detailed sound than lower-priced competitors from Bose, Sony and Jabra elite 85h work very well as a headset for making calls. While I wouldn’t recommend them for Android and Windows users, they’re the

best wireless headphones for iOS and Mac users who want to switch easily between their Apple devices. 

They also feature arguably the best noise canceling on the market, along with premium build quality and Apple’s virtual surround spatial audio feature for video watching. While they’re heavy, they manage to be surprisingly comfortable I did have to adjust the mesh canopy headband to sit a little more forward on my head to get a comfortable secure fit when I was out walking with them. They should fit most heads well, but there will be exceptions,.


Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
 

The Momentum True Wireless 2 are better all around than the originals, with a slightly smaller, more comfortable design, active noise canceling that rivals that of the AirPod Pro, improved battery life (up to seven hours versus the original’s four) and better noise reduction during calls. Most importantly they have the same stellar sound — for true wireless earbuds, anyway — offering clearly superior sound quality to the AirPods Pro. That makes them one of the on the market today and earned them a CNET Editors’ Choice Award in 2019. They may not be the overall best wireless headphones, but they are a strong true wireless option. 

These use Bluetooth 5.1 with support for the AAC and aptX codecs (for devices that have aptX, such as Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones).

Jabra Elite 45H

Released in mid-2020, the Jabra Elite 45h wireless headset was essentially billed as the best wireless headphones to fit on the ear for those on a budget. While there’s nothing terribly fancy about it is one of the best on-ear headphone values right now, with good sound quality, a sturdy design and comfortable fit (for on-ear headphones, anyway). Additionally, it performs well as a headset for making calls and includes a side tone feature that allows you to hear your voice in the headphones so you don’t talk too loudly. Battery life is also good. It’s available in multiple colors.

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