10 best wireless headphones

Free yourself from the drag and snag of cables. IndyBest plugs in to find gadgets that will help you cut the cord

Wireless headphones once meant compromising sound quality for portability. But as Bluetooth has caught on and improved, it now just means that you can listen freely without fearing the dreaded yank — keeping your headphones and whatever device you’re listening to your music on safe.

We picked through the wireless headphones available in 2015 — including both Bluetooth models and those without it — to find the best ways to free yourself from the tyranny of cords.

{1}  Sony MDR10RBT, £117, amazon

 

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These also have a big bassy sound and a modern look – but a much smaller price tag. They look less slick than those of their competitors, but they are far from ugly and the audio quality is top-notch.

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{2} Parrot Zik 2.0, £220, amazon

 

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These are claimed to be the “world’s most advanced headphones”. You get Parrot’s software for improving your listening – such as apps that make you feel you’re listening in a concert hall – as well as a clever touch panel on the side that avoids the need for buttons. They sound great, too.

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{3} Beats Solo 2 Wireless, £229, johnlewis

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These are the slightly cheaper, slightly smaller version of Beats’s flagship Studio headphones. They were slightly uncomfortable on my head during testing – though better on smaller ones – but if you want the Beats look without the expense, these are your pair.

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{4} JBL Synchros S400BT, £224, amazon

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This well-priced quality pair gives a full bass sound without being too over the top. JBL’s Synchros have long been loved with wires; now they’ve cut those cords – and added controllers on the headphones and near-field communication (NFC) for easy pairing.

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{5} AKG Y45BT, £70, richersounds

 

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These are towards the cheap end of wireless headphones, but still benefit from AKG’s faithful sound and sturdy build. They have all the features you’d expect – plus some you wouldn’t, such as NFC for quick pairing.

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{6} AKG K845BT, £162, amazon

 

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These are the absolute opposite of Beats in everything but quality – much bigger, and comfortable on the head, as well as offering a full and flat sound. They embrace your ears and can be worn for hours without problems, but still look good and are not too hefty.

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{7} Bose SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones, £220, johnlewis

 

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These sound great and, unlike some other Bluetooth headphones, are comfortable enough to stay on your head all day. They’re slightly more expensive than the “around-ear” ones, which sit more snugly on the head, but they also feel much nicer.

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{8} Sennheiser Momentum Wireless, £290, johnlewis

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These have been extremely popular in their wired form, and Sennheiser made a Bluetooth version this year. They’re not cheap but they give you much bigger battery life than most rivals, as well as sounding good and a feeling comfortable.

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{9} Beats Studio Wireless, £319, johnlewis

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What you think of Beats headphones comes down to how you feel about their very bass-driven sound and sculpted look. But if you’re on board with that, these are the slickest, most thumping wireless headphones around.

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{10} Sennheiser RS 160, £95, amazon

 

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Because these are not Sennheiser’s latest model, they can be snapped up a bit cheaper and still sound great. These don’t work on Bluetooth, so you have to plug in a little transmitter, but that also means it will work with any sound source.

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Verdict:

Beats are Beats – you either love and want them, or hate them with a burning rage. And if you're in the former camp, there's nothing that'll do the job better.

But if you're looking for something more flat – at least sound-wise – the AKGs are beautiful both in sound and build.

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