You can put a price on (wireless) freedom, and it’s less than you think.
It was only a few years ago when you were hard-pressed to find a set of decent wireless headphones, let alone in-ear buds.
Fast advancements in Bluetooth and battery technology have led to a market where wireless and true wireless in-ears are the new normal.
The perfect companion to the now ubiquitous smartphones, wireless in-ear buds now provide sound that not only rivals but exceeds some of their antiquated corded ancestors, with products to suit on-the-go listeners at every price point.
Bluetooth IE Buds Under $150 JBL E25BT - $89.95
JBL’s wireless in-ear headphones offer impressive sound at a low price, with a battery life of up to 8 hours.
While they don’t have a charging case, they do come with a carry pouch, neck clip and multiple eartips to ensure optimal fit.
Jaybird X3 - $99
The Jaybird X3 offers a similar battery life of up to 8 hours, with a companion app giving users control over the output and allowing them to save custom sound profiles.
The sound profiles save to the buds themselves, providing consistent listening across all devices.
Designed with sport in mind, the X3’s feature fins to keep the buds securely in the ear, with double coating and reinforced seams to protect against sweat.
Bluetooth IE Buds Between $150 - $300 Jabra Elite 65T - $299
These true wireless earphones use a set of four microphones to isolate noise and improve clarity on voice calls, as well as block out (or let through) ambient sound, as well as communicate clearly with voice assistants Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.
While the buds themselves are only good for 5 hours, the included charging care provides an extra 10.
Marley Liberate Air True Wireless - $249
Sustainability focused audio brand House of Marley have managed a practically unparalleled 9 hours of battery life on its new true wireless earbuds, with an additional charging case providing a further 32 hours.
The buds are constructed with bamboo, recycled aluminium and Marley’s own fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.
Pairing starts the second the charging case is opened, meaning in most cases the buds will be connected and ready to go by the time they’re in the user’s ears.