The best wireless earbuds (2023)
It’s gonna be a great year for your ears.
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The best wireless earbuds have a trifecta of qualities – audio quality, solid connectivity, and comfort.
Once those are satisfied, you can add other features, like active noise canceling, stylish exteriors, and charging cases for times you’re away from a charger.
And thanks to advances in Bluetooth protocols, you can get great sound out of wireless earbuds. Sure, there are other options, but nobody likes jogging in bulky over-ear headphones.
But with so many options out there, what are the best earbuds? Well, that’s where we come in, and we’ll give you plenty of options to sift through.
The best-sounding wireless earbuds
Master & Dynamic MW08 Sport
We’re big fans of anything Master & Dynamic puts out, and for good reason.
Every pair we’ve used has stellar sound quality, intuitive physical controls, and a style that just won’t quit.
The MW08 Sport comes with a Kevlar charging case for a little less weight to carry around, and it recharges via Qi-compatible charging pads.
The active noise canceling is decent, and they have a transparency mode, so you don’t feel cut off from your surroundings.
These earphones check off every item on the list regarding premium Bluetooth headphones. You get killer sound, an attractive design that oozes coolness, and impressive active noise cancellation. Seriously, there’s a lot to like here.
- Gorgeous design
- ANC is absolutely excellent
- Bluetooth pairing is an absolute breeze and it always stays connected
- Battery life could be a bit better
- The charging case scratches easily
- The app lacks EQ controls
Gravastar Sirius Pro ($130)
Sometimes you want your earbuds to look different. The Gravastar Sirius Pro comes in an alloy charging case that’s literally out of this world.
They come IPX5 rated for sweat and rain protection and give you 4hrs of listening, with another three charges in the case.
The neat thing is its Gaming/Music/Movie modes, which tweak sound and latency to suit the content. Oh, and that metal case is handy as a bottle opener for those warm, lazy summer nights.
The GravaStar Sirius Pros are definitely worth consideration. Especially if you’re looking for an outside-of-the-box design that will stand out against other earbuds. The Sirius Pros offer great sound, even when listening at full volume. And the Gaming and Movie modes are actually pretty impressive.
- They sound great even at the highest volumes
- I'm a big fan of the sci-fi design of the case
- Movie and Gaming modes are nice to help immerse you in what you're doing with virtual surround sound
- There's no active noise canceling
- It's sometimes a little difficult to get them out of their case
- The battery life for both the earbuds and the charging case is unimpressive
Audeze LCDi3 ($899)
What’s as good as over-ear headphones but fits inside your ear?
Audeze’s LCDi3 wireless earbuds are one of the best-sounding IEMs that also comes with a wireless option.
You have to deal with a cable running behind your neck to use them wirelessly, but that’s worth it when you hear the expansive sound.
They’re also tweakable with the Audeze app so that you can turn the reference sound into something closer to your preferences.
I’m a big fan of the Audeze sound, and while the LCDi3's aren’t cheap, they’re fantastic. It’s the closest to the open-backed goodness of larger over-ear planar drivers, probably because they’re the same, just scaled down on the LCDi3.
What’s more impressive to me is that there’s not much variance in sound quality between using an analog cable, or the two CIPHER offerings, pointing to how well Audeze has managed to design these to be easy to drive. If you’ve got the cash and prefer IEMs to over-ears, this is the set for you.
- Signature Audeze sound
- Excellent build quality
- Cables for every way you want to listen
- Tons of accessories
- The weight might irritate you after a while
Google Pixel Buds Pro ($200)
Google Pixel owners are going to want to pick up a pair of Pixel Buds Pro. They come with Pixel-specific bonuses like easier settings, and Spatial Audio is planned for early 2023.
Multipoint Bluetooth support is a big feature, as is active noise cancellation. They also have quality sound, long battery life, and are comfortable to wear for long periods.
Google’s Pixel Buds Pro is “Google’s best buds yet,” and the Pixel Buds Pro holds up well against the competition. The point is that Google is on par with the competition now. If you’re a Pixel phone owner, these are the buds you should check out.
- AirPods Pro, but for Android.
- Google’s best buds yet
- Google can make good hardware that isn’t centered around a smartphone camera
- Perfectly balanced, as all things should be
- ANC was fine but suffered in dynamic scenarios
- Transparency mode is unreliable
We’ve included both true wireless (TWS) earbuds and some with wires. Which type suits you is a matter of preference.
While some prefer the size of TWS, others like that the wire will catch the earbud if it falls out of their ear. Regardless of your preference, we have a solid list lined up.
We’ll keep revising this list as the year progresses, but here are the best wireless earbuds.
PaMu Z1 ($69)
For a really nice price, you get a lot of sonic performance from the PaMu Z1 wireless earbuds.
They’ve got hybrid Active Noise Canceling, Bluetooth 5.2 for solid wireless connection, 6.5 hours of playback from a single charge, and a total of 24hrs due to the charging case.
That case charges via USB-C or Qi wireless, and the 10mm titanium drivers give a powerful sound.
Apple AirPods Pro 2 ($249)
Apple upgraded the internals of its AirPods Pro for the second time around. The new H2 chipset improved active noise cancelation and transparency modes, and the stems now have swipe gestures for volume control.
The charging case works with Find My and has a small speaker for battery notifications and to play sound if you lose them.
You also get a more balanced sound signature, punchy low end, clear mids, and treble. Battery life is improved to six hours on a charge, with a total of 30 hours with the battery in the charging case.
Oddict Twig Pro ($149)
These aptX Adaptive capable TWS earbuds from Oddict sound as good as they look.
Powered by 12mm dual layered carbon drivers, you get active noise canceling, 5.5 hours of playback in the buds, and another 1.5 charges in the case.
That’s less than many TWS sets, but the Twig Pro’s charging case is much easier to pocket.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds ($279)
Bose has been shutting out the world for decades with some of the best active noise canceling around. The QuietComfort Earbuds continue in that proud tradition, with rich sound and a comfortable fit.
The six-hour battery life is bolstered by two more full charges in the case, which also has fast charging to top you back up in no time.
Sony WF-1000XM4 ($278)
If the main thing you want from your wireless earbuds is active noise canceling, the Sony WF-1000XM4 should be the first thing on your list.
They are better than anything else on the market, with ANC that doesn’t affect the full-bodied sound signature when on.
If satisfied Amazon customers are anything to go by, they’re also comfortable to wear and have great on-call quality.
1MORE EVO ($169.99)
1MORE has long been a favorite of KnowTechie, and EVO is no exception.
Two drivers give you solid performance across the frequency band with clean, deep bass. LDAC support means high-quality source material.
Bluetooth 5.2 means rock-solid connectivity.
That’s just for starters. You also get four ANC modes, two transparency modes, and sensitive touch controls.
With ANC off, get 8 hours of playback (based on playback at 50% volume), with 2.5 more charges in the case. Oh, and IPX4 rating, so they’re great to use when getting your sweat on.
Nura NuraTrue ($200)
Nura’s true wireless IEMs, the NuraTrue, customize their sound signature to your ears, just like on the larger NuraPhone. They sound excellent even before tweaking, and that’s the beginning.
You also get active noise cancelation, IPX4 waterproofing, fast charging, and Hi-Res audio support.
Beyerdynamic Free Byrd ($249)
Beyerdynamic’s first pair of TWS earbuds is a heavy hitter.
Quality sound, ANC that removes background noise without fatiguing, and up to 11 hours of playback combined in a tidy little package.
The carrying case has another 19 hours’ worth of charge in it. You get aptX Adaptive and AAC, IPX4 waterproofing, and a ton of ear tips to find your best fit.
The best part? Mimi Sound Personalization, which tweaks the EQ from a two-minute listening test, so the sound quality is personal to you.
EarFun Air Pro 3
These are budget-minded headphones, but who’s to say they don’t belong here? I mean, this post is titled “The best wireless earbuds,” right? So allow me, if you will.
KnowTechie and Earfun go back. And no, this isn’t some sponsored endorsement. I genuinely love their company’s products. I mean, afterall, for the price they’re selling their products for, you really can’t as ask for much.
Review: EarFun Air Pro 2 – great comfort and amazing sound
EarFun’s Air Pro 2s features the company’s second-generation Quiet Smart active noise cancellation to help you cut out unwanted sounds.
Back track a few weeks ago, Earfun launched its new AirFun Pro 3.
After reviewing previous versions of the Air Pro’s, we were excited to try out the Pro 3s, and we’re happy to report that they’re a step up in every way.
Not only do the AirFun Pro 3 earbuds sound great, but they also feel great in your ears, thanks to their comfortable and secure fit.
Plus, they come with a range of features and capabilities that make them a solid choice for anyone looking for high-performing and reliable earbuds.
One thing I liked is that they even have an ultra-low latency mode for a better video and gaming experience, making them perfect for your entertainment needs. Plus, at an affordable price for ANC true wireless earbuds, it's a steal
- All-new multi-device connectivity
- Premium immersive sound with 11mm Wool Composite Drivers
- Superior clarity call quality
- Cancellation up to 43dB
- Bluetooth 5.3 with Next-gen LE Audio & LC3 codec for ultra-low power consumption and stable transmissio
Review: EarFun Air Pro 2 – great comfort and amazing sound
Before you go and spend a ton of money on a pair of noise-canceling headphones, check these out.
The best wireless earbuds don’t have to break the bank
As you can see from the list above, there are plenty of great options for in-ear headphones that don’t break the bank.
For example, the PaMu Z1 in-ear headphones cost about the same price as a new video game.
But, if you have the ability to splurge, there are also great options that provide amazing sound clarity and features.
At the end of the day, any of these options will treat you right, so look through the guide to find the perfect fit (both literally and figuratively) for you.
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These headphones have powered by the advanced Qualcomm QCC3071 chipset and aptX Adaptive Audio technology, which means you’ll get incredible sound quality and range with minimal distortion.
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