While all wireless headphones continue to suffer from the same problems — higher prices, a reliance on batteries, and generally duller sound than their wired counterparts — those downsides are countered by, well, not having to use cables. For a lot of people, that's enough.
So, since the future of audio appears to be wireless — at least if you plan on buying an iPhone 7 — we've rounded up the best Bluetooth headphones we've tested thus far.
The Creative Sound Blaster Jam is one of the few respectable Bluetooth headphones available for less than $50.
Wireless headphones are inherently limited, so it’s usually best to pay up for something decent. But if you’re really on a budget, the Creative Sound Blaster Jam is probably your best bet.
They’re certainly built like a pair of $40 headphones — 80s-style foam earpads and all — and they aren’t going to handle complex tracks too well, but they’re light on the head, and their sound is clearer and stronger than what’s normally in this range. Just know that they’ll leak some noise when you turn the volume up.
The Jabra Move Wireless is a fun listen, and not terribly expensive to boot.
They’re another pair of comfortable, fairly lightweight on-ears, but they’re more sturdy, and their bass-forward sound brings more life to lots of popular music. They're not going to satisfy audio purists, but for less critical listeners (i.e., most people) they're a good value.
The Skullcandy Grind Wireless has a dynamic sound that belies its low price point.
It’s a similar story with the Skullcandy Grind Wireless. Their soft earpads sink onto your head, they get a solid 10-12 hours of battery life, and they feel competently put together.
The sound is the highlight, though: It’s punchy and exciting, but altogether less colored than the Jabras above. Bass is tight, treble is crisp, and there’s good detail. For a $90 pair of wireless headphones, they're great.