A PAIR FOR EVERY SCENARIO
Libratone Track+ In-Ear Headphones
($199) We have yet to find wireless in-ear headphones with sound quality that can stand up to that of the Track+. This Scandinavian company emphasizes great design, and it shows in this product's features, including easyto-adjust auto noise cancellation, tangle-proof wires that lay flat, and auto sleep mode so your headphones won't drain battery or interfere with other Bluetooth connections when you're not using them. Libratone's app is worth downloading too—it allows you to customize your sound experience and hook up with another Libratone wearer so you can both jam out to music from the same audio source.
Earin M-2 ($249) The M-2s are extremely compact—even for true wireless buds! Earin has artfully crafted its sound experience—highs and middles are crystal clear, bass is decent and doesn't overwhelm, and audio transparency is easily adjustable from Earin's app. The M-2s are great for urban life or the office. You can listen with one or both earbuds, which is a nice touch, but sadly there's no volume control on the M-2s themselves. A feature we really appreciate in such small and easy-to-misplace tech is the magnetic hold of the charging case, so the buds won't go flying if you yank open the case or accidentally drop it.
Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds ($219.99) The Elite Sports are designed for the most serious (and sweatiest) of runners. The most rugged of Jabra's wireless earbuds, this pair of true wireless earbuds sound great, fit snugly in your ears, and feature heart rate monitoring as well as Hear Through technology, so you can adjust how much street noise you want to hear. For weightlifters, the Jaybird
Run True Wireless Sport Headphones ($179.99) are a great option, allowing you to block out all surrounding noise and adjust the treble and base to your liking. Pros of the Jaybird Runs include a lightweight build and great battery life; the one con is that even with the tips and fins, we found sharp movements like running to dislodge them occasionally.
Sony MDR-1000X ($399.99) The Sony MDR-1000Xs are the complete package. Not only do they have best-in-class sound quality and noise cancelation, but they're also beautifully designed for hours of comfortable wear and fold up neatly and stow in a protective case for easy travel. Sony went the extra mile with its noise cancellation—not only will you find sensors on the outside of the earpads like most headphones, but also on the inside, so that the noise cancellation can tailor to your individual head shape. If you travel frequently, these headphones are worth splurging on. If you're looking for amazing sound at a lower price point, check out the no-frills, wired alternative with the 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear Headphones ($249.99).
Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC ($379.95)
The sound quality of the Voyager 8200s are so good, you'll think you're listening to a turntable in the privacy of your bedroom instead of wandering a crowded office. Other selling points include a strong wireless connection, noise cancelation, and the ability to pair with two devices at once so you can seamlessly switch between your iPhone and laptop without having to reconnect to different devices. The playback control buttons on the ear cups are unintuitive, however, and while you can customize controls in the Plantronics app, it requires a little trial and error to adjust your headphone settings exactly how you want.