10 best wireless headphones for your Android, iPhone, and other Bluetooth devices

10 best wireless headphones for your Android, iPhone, and other Bluetooth devices
One by one, today's high-end smartphones are turning to genuine audiophile devices with elaborate DAC and amplifier setups. Even if you don't listen to music much, getting a Xiaomi Mi Note, Oppo R5, Vivo X5 Max, or Galaxy Note 4/Edge smartphone means buying a ticket to the promised land of high-resolution audio! And even if you aren't into 192KHz audio, most modern smartphones do a great job playing lossless FLAC files, so don't get too involved in the uber high-resolution hype. 

Anyway, what you'll need to enjoy pristine quality music is high quality audio files first, and a pair of quality wireless or wired headphones later. We're going with wireless today. Why wireless? Because everything is better when there are no wires getting in the way! Well, that's one way of looking at it. The other is that those hi-res FLAC files on your smartphone won't be beamed to the headset with the highest quality possible due to Bluetooth's limitations. 

Nevertheless, you will get some awesome audio going on, so prepare for a wireless headphones shopping therapy! We've rounded up 10 over the ear models with prices starting from $70 (lower than that, you'll likely get a dud) and reaching $299 - only for true enthusiasts! Now, we don't have the resources to put each pair through the kind of rigorous testing we do with smartphones and tablets. But we did our research and brushed off many a expensive wireless headphones that may be rated highly, but turn out to have shoddy build quality, mediocre sound, or are capricious towards the devices they connect to. Each pair should reliably connect to your mobile devices - be it Android, iOS, Windows or whatever - as well as home theater or hi-fi system. 

We might look into earbuds and on-ear models at a later time. Until then, enjoy our selection and shop smart!





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12 Comments

1. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Blutooth and 'hi-res' do not go into the same sentence. Even Sony's latest LDAC codec only goes up to 900kbps and some of these ones listed aren't even aptX compatible so it's capped at well below 320kbps.

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You're right, an audiophile won't invest in these. I like good audio output quality but that doesn't qualify me an audiophile, being one means more but I prefer in-ear wire headsets.

12. bmcelvan

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

My current point of view about Audiophiles is really changing. It should be about listen to high quality music. But lately I'm coming to the realization that "audiophile" mostly means you are an idiot. Virtually no one on earth can tell the difference between a properly mixed cd (16bit_44.1kHz) and a higher res version of the same music. To that end, less than 0.5% of people can hear any difference between those files above and a well encoded mp3 at 220kbps, a double blind trial done is Boston in 2014 confirmed this using roughly 100 professional audio engineers, musicans, composers and audio theorists debunking the entire audiophile claims about high res audio. They can say they have the most best expensive equipment, but they literally cannot hear the difference. Bring us back to BT, if you can't hear the difference between a 220kbps mp3 and a cd or better, than techincally BT should be able to stream Hi-Res quality audio. The problem is that you either have to stream from a lossless file (which are big to store) or just send the mp3 or aac file directly to the device, no re-encoding. But for some reason, device manufacturers aren't doing this.

4. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

Except in the article where it states that the Bluetooth headsets won't do "Hi-Res" FLAC files justice, I'm not sure who you're trying to argue with here. Clearly the market for bluetooth headsets is for convenience, not quality. For example, when I run I prefer to use my bluetooth earbuds rather than sport my Audio Technicas.

7. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Exactly... I love bluetooth tech... BackBeat Go2 headphones, InMotion SoundBlade portable speaker, Bose SoundDock 10 home speaker, XSP-N1BT car stereo... It is the absolutely most convenient way to enjoy my music, and even though I like my music in good quality I am definitely not an audiophile.

5. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It's relative. Also, any "audiophile" buying bluetooth headphones is no audiophile. Bluetooth are for convenience and nothing more.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I used to spent like $20,000 on audiophile audio but that the past. Now good bluetooth headset are pretty decent not Grado reference standard yet but the clear audio with transparent music decent bass deep is achievable. The best bluetooth headset to my liking is LG Tone Infinim HBS-900, i have plenty of bluetooth headset like Samsung gear circle, Plantronic BackBeat Go, Creative WP 450..etc..etc The worst is WP-450 That is really bluetooth audio and it suck! Plantronic BackBeat and Gear Circle is on par with Sony typical discman sound. Clear audio with a typical emphasis on bass. LG HBS-900 (real one) plenty of imitation give a transparent clear sound with deep bass, 3D vocal quality and a some what crisp treble.

2. TerryTerius unregistered

Those House of Marley headphones look absolutely amazing! That is a really great design, kudos are definitely in order.

6. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sennheiser paired with my Z3 compact. No need to go ultra hi-res flac for bluetooth headphone, 320kbps at the most is ok. Audio technica is also great.

8. pM.014

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Sennheiser in ear IE80 + Samsung Note 3 + FLAC audio files = awsome sound quality.

9. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Bose sound-link for me.

11. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

My favourite is Philips Fidelio M2BT, the one that receive award 2014 from What Hi*Fi.

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