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Cut the Cord | 5 Best Wireless Headphones

In the advent of new technologies, older ones are certain to go the way of the dinosaurs and become extinct. As smartphone manufacturers move to remove headphones jacks, and steer users toward a truly wire-free experience, wireless headphones have not only become a must buy, but they’ve also increased in both options and quality. But with so many high quality options on the market now, what should you spend your hard-earned money on? Try our picks for the best 5 wireless headphones currently available.

JBL is synonymous with high quality audio, so it’s no surprise the new JBL Everest Elite 750NC made it on our list as our favorite over-the-ear headphones. The 750NC offers adaptive noise cancelling, boasts a 15-hour battery (with just 3 hours for a ‘quick recharge’), and is the most customizable experience. The TruTone calibration function ensures the best audio performance regardless of the fit of the earcups.

In part, it was Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and beyond that prompted such a surge in wireless headphones and made them the norm, so it’s fitting that Apple’s wireless earbuds - called AirPods - are among the best available. The sound quality doesn’t compare to the JBLs, but in terms of sheer convenience, the AirPods take the cake. The convenient charging case means that the AirPods themselves rarely run out of juice. The ease of pairing also makes for an easier, faster listening experience.

Beats X are better than the other options we’ve presented thus far for fitness. These stay in your ears better than Apple’s AirPods, and aren’t as weighty as an over-the-ear set like the JBL 750NC. Don’t expect audio performance anywhere near the JBLs, but they serve their purpose well for the gym. The best feature is the Beats X fast-fuel technology that nets 2 hours of playback with just a 5-minute charge.

Sennheiser is the best audio quality of the bunch, but also the most expensive at $399. You tend to get what you pay for, and the Senneheiser PXC 550 is no different. This set is surprisingly light weight, and folds flat making it ideal for travel.

Like the Apple AirPods, the Jaybird RUN earbuds fit in-ear, and offer a portable charging case. But the Jaybird RUN are more geared toward fitness, being lightweight and sweat-resistant. They also a more striking visual appeal than the AirPods and better audio performance.