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Best true wireless earbuds of 2018

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As we're nearing the halfway point in the year, it's once again time to pause and quickly recap some of the best true wireless earbuds we've checked out so far. This is a segment that's been growing dramatically, spanning the gamut from inexpensive entry-level models, all the way to options at the top of the food chain that are filled to the brim with features. Of course, these true wireless options offer users an untethered experience where two independent earbuds deliver music to our ears.

So far, the biggest trend we've been witnessing in this space has been the saturation of the market, and thus the reduction in price. There are still a handful that carry a premium well over the $250 range, but the average price has been declining steadily. In fact, most of the mainstream offerings range between $140 and $180 – making them significantly easier for consumers to pick up. And on top of that, many of these mainstream offerings now feature ambient sound amplification, which was once reserved for the most premium devices.

The second half of 2018 should prove interesting, given the solid offerings we've been given so far for the first half. Naturally, we expect pricing to be getting even more competitive, but before we get too ahead of ourselves, let's get back on track with our list. Without any further delay, these are the best true wireless earbuds of 2018 that you can pick up right now!

Jaybird Run Earth Day Special Edition

We're starting off the list with the pair that we nominated as one of the best true wireless earbuds of 2017, the Jaybird Run. This one, however, is a newer variant of the original model. Dubbed the Earth Day Special Edition, these Jaybird Run earbuds now sport a brighter green paint job, making them much more visible in the ear than the previous colors. They were released to coincide with Earth Day, as they also feature a green-friendly packaging. Beyond that, they're lovable for their customizable sound equalizer profiles, superb audio performance, and snug fit. You can pick them up for $180 right now.

Sony WF-SP700N

One of the better truly wireless earphones from 2017, the Sony WF-1000X, was a remarkable offering that had nearly everything we wanted in a perfect pair of earbuds. However, the Sony WF-SP700N delivers even more. Being one of the latest pairs to be released, the WF-SP700N continues the legacy with a ton of packaged goodies. The listing is extensive with these earbuds, as they feature preset equalizer settings, an incredible fit in the ear, solid noise cancellation, ambient sound amplification, strong range, and arguably one of the best tuned sounds. Slapped with an $180 cost, it's unbelievable these aren't priced higher.

Rowkin Surge Charge

Rowkin has always leaned towards offering affordable true wireless solutions with its lineup, and that certainly rings true with the next one on our list – the Rowkin Surge Charge. The Rowkin Surge was released last year, but one of the biggest issues that we had with them was that they didn't come packaged with any battery charging case. That meant having to connect each one individually to a charger, which was a huge inconvenience. This time, however, the Rowkin Surge Charge fixed that by including a battery charging case – while also lowering the starting price to $120. They're definitely worth the look if you're on a budget!

B&O Beoplay E8

On the complete other end of the spectrum, we have the Bang & Olufson Beoplay E8 earbuds, a pair that fetches for a whopping $300. That may turn some people away, but it's not without any justification. If you're serious about audio quality, then you won't be disappointed by their robust performance, offering one of the best sound signatures around. In addition to that, the B&O Beoplay E8 features custom equalizer settings, transparency mode that lets through ambient noise, no latency issues, and tons of built-in controls – so you're not left to just simply using your smartphone. They're pricey, that's for sure, but as we've pointed out, there's warrant for that.

Anker Zolo Liberty+

Anker might have its roots established delivering various accessories for mobile devices, but they managed to bring to market a really good pair of true wireless earbuds with the Zolo Liberty+. They're not without their shortcomings, like latency issues when it comes to streaming videos, but for those intending to listen to music mostly, they definitely will suffice. From their snug fit in the ear, to the decent sound performance, and to offering one of the beefiest battery charging cases around, there's a pleasant package accompanying this pair! The $150 cost is right there in the middle of the pack, too, making them worthy for your consideration.

Apple AirPods

Even though they've been out for quite a while now, the Apple AirPods remain one of the best all-around true wireless solutions for casual music listeners. Sure, they're not perfect, but the combination between the $159 price point, exceptional audio quality, intuitiveness when it comes to their setup, and battery life, makes them something you should consider if you're in the market for a truly wireless pair. The design may not be for everyone, especially for those looking for a workout buddy, but they're no doubt unmistakable when worn. For casual music listening, they're more that ideal for the occasion!

Soul X-Shock

Soul's offerings have been largely on the affordable side, but with the X-Shock, its price rose up a bit to $170. They're in the same ballpark range as many other popular true wireless earbuds, but they're one of the more balanced offerings on our list with their rich & full-bodied sound signature, and great connectivity. Even better, they're unique on this list because they're perfect for nighttime running with bright LEDs embedded in them that regularly light up. And that's the thing, the Soul X-Shock were really made for runners who want to remain visible while running outdoors.

Bragi Dash Pro

Earning our runner-up position for the first half of the year, the Bragi Dash Pro makes our list because they're the most advanced pair of true wireless earbuds on the market right now! There's just nothing else around like them, establishing themselves as the premium choice to side with if you have the disposable income to throw around. It features more on-board controls than any other pair we've checked out, a rich audio performance using its foam ear tips, sound transparency mode that amplifies ambient sounds, superb isolation, and 4GB of internal storage. And you know what else? They can even help to translate languages in real-time when they're worn.

Jabra Elite 65t & Elite Active 65t

Topping our list of best true wireless earbuds for 2018, the Jabra Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t impressed us for a number of reasons! The biggest one, though, has to be the phenomenal battery, which at 6 hours of continuous usage, is the longest lasting battery life in any we've tested so far. Not only that, but they feature custom equalizer settings to tune the audio to your liking, an intriguing design that's very different, HearThrough sound amplification, and zero latency issues when streaming and watching videos. The latter is particularly important, because there are still very few in circulation that can properly do that. Best of all, they're priced at $170 and $180 respectively – with the Elite Active Sport offering an IP56 rating for superior protection against sweat and dust.


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