Updated: May 9, 2015
Best Wireless HeadphonesHeadphones have offered a way to listen to music on your own terms for some time now. Whether it is cruising along with your iPhone, or plugged into your PC with a headset, you get privacy and you don't disturb anyone else. Wireless headphones take this concept to a whole new level. Without the inconvenience of wires, you can sit across the room and watch TV in surround sound stereo at level 9, and not bother anyone. You can sit next to your spouse in bed and watch the news at a loud volume while they doze off to sleep, work on an airplane without all the distractions around you. It's also nice to be able to work out at the gym without getting your barbells entangled in dangling wires. A lot of wireless headphones connect to any audio out jack, so they can usually be used with cell phones, MP3 players, home stereos and TVs, etc. Just be sure to read about their connection options before buying to make sure it suits your needs. Some of the leading makers of wireless headphones are Sennheiser (makers of all sorts of headphones and headsets), Logitech, Audiovox, Sony, Jensen, and Acoustic Research. In this guide we'll take a look at the best models, what features to look for, and what price you can expect to pay. Browse the up-to-date list of best-selling wireless headphones here.
Right off the bat, we are going to say our two favorite wireless headphone makers are Sennheiser and Sony. Sure, there are others, sure you can try to examine 20 or 30 different models, but if you stick with a leading Sony or Sennheiser headphone, we pretty much gaurantee you'll be happy. One of our favorite, all-around wireless headphone sets is the (RECOMMNEDED) Sennheiser RS120 (about $70) -- they offer a 120 foot range, work through walls, weigh 8 ounces, and come with cushioned, open ear headphones with an adjustable headband. The rechargeable NiMH are charged when you leave the headphones in the transmitter cradle. We've used these for listening to TV and CDs at home -- these are not the type you wear to the gym connected to an iPod. Wireless headphones genenerally have more interference and static than their wired counterparts, so you should not plan on crystal clear listening with any wireless headphone units. That being said, most people that use these are overwhelmed by the crisp, clean sound, including good bass response which can be hard to find in headphones. If you want to take a step up and add surround sound then the Sennheiser RS 130 headphones are for you (about $150). You can get over 20 hours battery life from these lightweight headphones (<10 oz). Of course, your source material must be in surround sound (like HD TV or DVDs), though you can switch between surround and normal. Like the 120s sound is great, performance is great. If you don't want or need surround sound, save $80 and buy the 120s above. Sennheiser puts out new models regularly, so here is the list of all current Sennheiser headphones.
Wireless Headphones for IPod
Sometimes you want smaller wireless headphones for listening to your iPod - no need for wires hanging out of your gym pants or backpack while you listen to tunes. For that, we have a few suggestions. Logitech Wireless Digital Bluetooth Headphones for MP3 Players iPods and Computers are designed for - you guessed it - the iPod. These headphones come with a wireless adapter that plugs into your iPod - the headphones then give you a 30 foot range and 8 hours of battery charge to listen to untethered music. Unfortunately, we've heard so many complaints about the plastic head-band portion cracking and breaking that we can't recommend them. If you want to take a chance and really test them out during the warranty period, go for it. They sound terrific, and we love Logitech products in general, but we have some concerns on the build of these headphones. So as a second option, we are going to go with the (RECOMMENDED) Scosche BTHPK Bluetooth Wireless Headphones. You get about 6-7 hours of life on these per charge, and they also come with a built-in mic. In our use, they didn't sound quite as good as the iMuffs, but they are very close. They come with a 90 day warranty. At a little over $125, they are on the high-side in terms of price, but we love 'em.
Best Sony Wireless HeadphonesSo that brings us to Sony. To be frank, we love some Sony products and we can't stand others. Sony headphones? We give them 2 thumbs up
(all Sony models here). Their top-selling, lower-cost model is the (RECOMMENDED) Sony MDR-IF240RK Wireless Headphone System -- at less than $50, these are the best-in-class wireless headphones at this price point, in our opinion. They charge in the cradle like all the others, can last more than 30 hours on a charge, and are made for connecting to TVs. Their range is just a little over 20 feet, so they work fine for listening in a single room (like watching TV at night while your significant other sleeps) -- just don't plan on walking all around the house or yard with them. Sound quality is above average, but we really like the long battery life. If you want to take a step up, go with the Sony MDR-DS6000 Wireless Surround Digital (around $200). Full surround sound is the main benefit you get with this higher price, but they also have a range of nearly 100 feet and much better sound quality. We also think they are among the most comfortable fitting headphones out there.