Best Wireless Headphones for iPhone 14 Pro Max
Nowadays, wireless headphones are practically required due to Bluetooth’s convenience and Apple’s removal of the audio connector from its iPhone lineup. Most people won’t notice the difference in sound quality between wireless and cable anyway.
Despite the size of the market, these are the top wireless headphones for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Macs that we have evaluated. Some of these features are wired connections in conjunction with Bluetooth if you prefer them, however, we also have a list of the top wired headphones.
And if you’re wondering why and how the AirPods Max didn’t make the cut, absolutely guarantee that we managed to give them careful consideration. However, despite their exceptional audio quality, their exorbitant price and poorly thought-out case design prevented them from making the cut for this list of the best wireless headphones. For a detailed explanation, read our in-depth Headphone Max review.
Wireless Sennheiser CX Plus
Sennheiser recently released the CX Plus, an improved version of their well-liked CX True Wireless earphones that adds active noise canceling and support for AptX while maintaining a low price of $179/£129 (right now in the US, it’s on sale for $129.95). The CX Plus retains the same somewhat hefty form as its predecessor, which is still available for £119, but that’s a small quibble because the CX Plus offers excellent value for money thanks to its appealing sound quality and useful noise-canceling functions.
A good-sized battery that can last for about eight hours with a single charge is also possible because of the size of the earbuds. The CX Plus is a good choice for long trips because you can recharge the earbuds twice more using the charging case, giving you between 21 and 24 hours of music playtime, depending on how much noise cancellation you use.
Regular travelers will also value the noise-canceling functions because they are effective at reducing background noise. The Sennheiser app offers some basic EQ options, and in addition to the transparency feature offered by many earphones, the app also enables you to establish and save sound zones for particular situations that have their own unique settings, like the gym or a train, and play them back later.
The sound quality of the CX Plus is excellent for headphones in this price range, and it supports both Apple’s AAC for Bluetooth and AptX for Android devices. The opening of Blondie’s Rapture begins with a clean, precise cymbal crash, and the CX Plus then plays the enticing chord progression with a hip-swaying beat. The sound is also incredibly accurate, picking up on all the minute background nuances like the ticking drumming and jangling accompanying guitar. The CX Plus comes out as a really fantastic all-around set of headphones at a very affordable price. The charging case does not enable wireless charging, but at this price, it is an acceptable tradeoff.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI5
The appealing sound quality offered by Bowers & Wilkins’ PI5 wireless earbuds doesn’t let down; the company has a long history of creating high-grade headphones and speakers. The PI5, which comes in black or white and costs $249/£199, are a great alternative to the Earbuds because they also have active noise-cancellation as well as a wireless charging case.
It’s true that the earbuds’ hefty design may not be for everyone, but B&W offers three sizes of earplugs to help you find a decent fit, and the wireless headphones have an IP54 classification for water and dust protection, so they’re durable enough to handle life outside.
The PI5 will be a great alternative for non-Apple devices as well because the sound quality is superb and they support both Apple’s AAC and AptX for Bluetooth audio. The Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up” opens with a fantastic, laid-back guitar riff, and Charlie Watts’ crisp, uncomplicated drumming is expertly captured by the PI5.On The Orb’s Prime Evil, though, the PI5 truly digs down to provide the sinister bass effects of the dance music with an amazingly slinky pace.
The noise-cancellation features also function well, effectively eliminating background noise without degrading the music quality. Additionally, they include an “ambient” mode that lets you listen for background noise when you need to, just like the majority of headphones these days.
When utilizing noise-cancellation, the battery life is 4.5 hours, which could be a little longer. The wireless power case enables you to recharge the earphones three more times while you’re away from home, although that is comparable to the pricierAirPods Pro.
Pro Apple AirPods
In addition to offering active noise-cancellation (ANC) characteristics that many competing earbuds have long had, the AirPods Pro was finally released in 2019 with a more contemporary design that incorporates silicon ear tips for a tighter, more snug fit. The AirPods Pro, as expected, cost more than prior AirPods models, but their price is still comparable to that of other high-end earbuds. Of course, they cost less than half as much as the absurdly costly over-ear AirPods Max.
These are the first AirPods that I could wear for training or running without worrying about them falling out the entire time because there are three sizes of silicon earphones included with the AirPods Pro. As a result, most individuals should be able to get a good fit. The tiny sensor on the earphones’ stem is more sensitive and user-friendly than the one on the standard AirPods, making it simpler to manage your music as well.
Additionally, the tighter fit improves the sound quality, and the AirPods Pro sound unquestionably better than the standard AirPods (either 2nd or 3rd gen models). The bass in Billie Eilish’s song You Should See Me in A Crown is substantially louder than on the 3rd generation AirPods and has a deep, menacing tone that fits the song’s theme. The Bluetooth Headphones also pick up all the finer subtleties at higher frequencies, like the tense tension of the drumming that beats in the background.
Additionally, the noise-canceling capabilities perform admirably, and there is a “transparent” mode that enables you to focus on ambient noise as necessary. The main drawback is that the noise-canceling feature has a battery life of only 4.5 hours, but the wireless charging case does allow you to top off the battery while you’re traveling so that you can use it for 24 hours in total.