100+ The Best True Wireless In-Ear Headphones Reviews, Completely wireless in-ear headphones, also known as earbuds, have become hugely popular since Apple first conquered the mass market with its AirPods. No wonder, because on the go, they offer a significant plus in convenience compared to their wired colleagues.
We are constantly testing the latest true wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones; we have now tested a total of 126 models. 104 of them are currently still available. In terms of price, they are between the extremely cheap 20 and a whopping 400 Dolars $$.
Brief overview: Our recommendations
Sennheiser CX 400BT
Sennheiser has done everything right with the CX 400BT True Wireless In-Ears. They can be brought to the right place in the ear and stay comfortably there for a long time. The batteries in the in-ears have plenty of stamina and the earphones themselves offer an excellent sound – both when listening to music and making calls. The The CX 400BT are compatible with the Sennheiser Smart Control App, which conveniently controls all functions of the in-ears from the smartphone.
When money doesn’t matter
Shure Aonic 215+ TWS 2 Gen.
The Shure stage specialists have made many improvements to the Shure Aonic 215+ TWS 2nd generation that were criticized for the predecessor. The well-known 215 earplugs with the plug-in connections to which the Bluetooth technology is plugged in as earhooks have remained. As expected, the sound is phenomenal and the app for operation is constantly being revised.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless II
The Hammerhead True Wireless II from the gaming specialists Razer transmits the sound to the game without latency and can also be heard elsewhere.
With the Hammerhead True Wireless II , the manufacturer Razer has saddled up again. The app has been completely redesigned and now also works with other headphones from the Razer range. The latency-free data transmission can now be easily switched on or off using a switch in the app. In addition to the fast background noise when playing, the set also delivers an extremely good sound when listening to music.
Where to buy:
🎧 AirPods: https://geni.us/APqws (Amazon)
🎧 AirPods Pro: https://geni.us/gOAm (Amazon)
🎧 Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2: https://geni.us/cprqE (Amazon)
🎧 Bose Sport Earbuds: https://geni.us/KWpb3C (Amazon)
🎧 Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds: https://geni.us/ZUW7jj (Amazon)
🎧 Sony XM4 Earbuds: https://geni.us/Rqqw0G (Amazon)
🎧 House Of Marley Redemption ANC: https://geni.us/wfbA (Amazon)
🎧 Occiam K23 TWS: https://geni.us/Ti8c (Amazon)
🎧 Sony XM4 Earbuds: https://geni.us/Rqqw0G (Amazon)
🎧 Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro: https://geni.us/dP114mK (Amazon)
🎧 Jabra Elite 85t: https://geni.us/AVAJrN (Amazon)
🎧 Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: https://geni.us/yio0 (Amazon)
🎧 Shure Aonic 215 True Wireless: https://geni.us/IJrtH (Amazon)
🎧 OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z: https://geni.us/okKMrzW (Amazon)
🎧 Audio-Technica Quietpoints Noise Cancelling Earbuds: https://geni.us/I2FEnB (Amazon)
🎧 Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport: https://geni.us/X4Ke (Amazon)
🎧 Skullcandy Indy ANC Fuel: https://geni.us/0h5z (Amazon)
🎧 Galaxy Buds+: https://geni.us/NowrvK (Amazon)
🎧 Galaxy Buds Live: https://geni.us/Vsd6q (Amazon)
🎧 Google Pixel Buds: https://www.payetteforward.com/go/pix…
🎧 Microsoft Surface Earbuds: https://geni.us/CUIEkv (Amazon)
🎧 Jabra Elite 75t: https://geni.us/CUIEkv (Amazon)
🎧 Beats Powerbeats: https://geni.us/BWhd (Amazon)
🎧 Beats Powerbeats Pro: https://geni.us/wRz9PX (Amazon)
🎧 Beats Flex: https://geni.us/uzFLR3 (Amazon)
The best for the iPhone
Apple AirPod Pro
Thanks to the new design, the new AirPod Pro sit perfectly in the ear and sound better on top of that.
With the Airpods Pro , Apple topped it off shortly after the introduction of the Airpods 2 – but the pros are now also able to use active noise canceling. For this purpose, the actual in-ears have been completely redesigned, they are now pushed into the auditory canal like real in-ears with silicone adapters and thus seal perfectly. This literally leaves noises outside, and the whole thing also offers the best conditions for a significant sound improvement.
Soundcore Life P2 Mini
The Life P2 Mini from Soundcore are small and inexpensive, but in terms of sound they belong to the big ones.
The Sound Core Life P2 mini anchor cost less than 40$, are however waterproof and have an enormous battery life. On top of that, they also sound very good and are understandable even when talking on the phone. In short – there are currently no more headphones for the money, at least not than True Wireless In-Ear. Therefore, the Soundcore Life P2 Mini is our price tip.
True Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones: Pros and Cons
Cables are a huge annoyance when listening to music, not only when doing sports, but also when you are out and about. They’re constantly in the way and tend to get hopelessly entangled in storage. True wireless earbuds put an end to that.
But the wireless freedom comes with a disadvantage: Completely wireless headphones have a very limited battery life, after all, they are so tiny that there is hardly any space for batteries. Usually after three to four hours of listening to music, it is over, some True Wireless In-Ears only last two hours.
Almost all in-ear Bluetooth headphones therefore come with a storage case that is equipped with its own battery. So you can charge the earphones on the go – usually up to three times, provided the battery in the case is fully charged.
In addition to the battery, all kinds of electronics have to be built into the wireless in-ears. Because not only does the signal from the smartphone have to be transmitted to one of the two in-ears via Bluetooth, the communication between the two earbuds also has to be wireless.
Manufacturers have now succeeded in keeping electronics small and light, but batteries cannot be made smaller. The size of the earplugs available today is therefore mainly determined by the size and capacity of the batteries installed in them.
Better sound with cable
In the case of listeners with integrated fitness sensors (mostly movement and pulse), even more technology has to be accommodated in the earplugs. In addition, they should be sealed at least against sweat, but often also against the ingress of water, for example when showering, which results in more complex and larger housings or limits the size of the built-in batteries even more.
Delivering good sound quality with all this is like squaring the circle. So far, Bluetooth in-ears, whose earplugs are at least connected to a cable or neckband, have been ahead of the game in terms of sound. In addition, their ear pieces are often designed to be smaller, as the electronics and battery can be accommodated in the neck strap. This increases the wearing comfort in the ear – but you just have to deal with an annoying cable.
In order to give the electronics more space and the listeners more support, traditional manufacturers such as Shure and Fostex are picking up on the ear hooks or ear clips, which can do both and still get by without cables. In order to do this, the charging case has to be larger so that the headphones with the bracket fit in there.
Handling and operation
Since there is not much space for controls on in-ear headphones, you usually have to be content with the multifunctional button that each of our test subjects has to use to switch on / off and to activate pairing. In addition, the buttons are also responsible for making calls and zapping through the tracks during operation, using Morse code, so to speak. But here too, modern touch-based operating concepts are being used more and more frequently. The Momentum True Wireless 2 from Sennheiser sets the bar particularly high here because the touch operation can be individually adapted via the app.
Some manufacturers also come up with tricks: Apple’s AirPods have the pairing button on the compact charging and storage box and the earplugs connect to the smartphone when the box is opened. The in-ears from Bragi can be controlled not only with gestures, but also with head movements, which looks a bit strange to the observer and is not only followed by any other manufacturer.
With most wireless in-ears you get feedback through voice output, but sometimes acoustic signals have to suffice, and the connection to the smartphone and the coupling of the two channels with each other are becoming more and more uncomplicated and reliable.
Micro and battery life
In addition to musical skills, which, as I said, depend heavily on the fit in the ear, the earplugs should also be able to be used for making calls. To do this, at least one of the earplugs must have a microphone.
With True Wireless In-Ears, the microphone is far away from the mouth
In the case of in-ears with a cable, the microphone is usually integrated into the cable and can be moved towards the mouth in order to achieve better speech intelligibility. With true wireless in-ears, the microphones are further away from the mouth and must have an appropriate directional characteristic. Here, too, we listened carefully and were able to determine some dramatic differences. As of 2019, apart from the AirPods, a lot has happened and developed positively, so we have adapted our test procedure accordingly: We are now recording the recording of the microphones on the earbuds at the remote station and can then make a direct comparison.
We also stopped the battery life, exclusively that of the earbuds. All test participants – with the exception of one – have a combined charging and storage box that is equipped with a larger battery, but of course the in-ears cannot be used during the charging process. During the test, music is played at the highest volume and the listeners are one meter away from the smartphone, so they have to bridge the same radio link. In this way, we also learn a lot about the more or less stable radio connection.
Test winner: Sennheiser CX 400BT
With the Sennheiser CX 400BT , the manufacturer built on the basic construction of the Momentum True Wireless 2 , but omitted some cost-intensive details. For the first time, active noise canceling was dispensed with in the CX 400BT. The case got a completely normal plastic dress – without a fabric cover. It still looks good. The most important thing, however, are the in-ears themselves, which with their distinctive cube shape can be easily removed from the case in order to then sit surprisingly comfortably and securely in the ears.
Sennheiser CX 400BT
The CX 400BT from Sennheiser delivers excellent sound and extensive app control.
The left and right in-ear markings are very easy to read, but confusing them is practically impossible, at least when inserting it into the case. They are simply inserted into the ear canals, may only need to be corrected slightly at the beginning and after a while they can no longer be felt as a foreign body in the ears.
The CX 400BT are equipped with a total of four pairs of adapters, all made of soft silicone, so that they should finally nestle in the ear canal in most ears. A good seal is still a basic requirement for perfect sound, especially when reproducing low frequencies, which is also confirmed in the subsequent listening test.
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The Sennheiser CX 400BT uses the Bluetooth 5.1 standard and supports the most important transmission codecs with aptX, AAC and SBC, whereby aptX is known to offer the best conditions for a good sound result with a resolution in CD quality. Correspondingly, the CX 400BT are by no means spoiled, and they are by no means blenders who want to win over themselves with a superficial sounding from the first moment.
Rich bass, pleasant basic tone and finely resolved mids and highs
They go astonishingly deep into the bass cellar, creating an almost seamless connection to the finely resolved mids and highs with the fundamental range. The latter is achieved by the CX 400BT with the silky sheen that is almost typical for Sennheiser and without it becoming pointed and therefore annoying. Depending on the recording, the CX 400BT also manage to give the music the right spatial stage. Compared to some competitors, such recordings with the Sennheisers sound really big and therefore spatially authentic.
The arrangement and alignment of the built-in microphones also testify to the manufacturer’s expertise in handling audio in all its variants. In any case, the calls are received on both channels and the conversation partners at the other end can understand us very well, comparable to the AirPods Pro.
All functions of the Sennheiser CX 400BT are controlled via the generous touch surfaces. Starting and stopping the music as well as accepting phone calls can be implemented with the appropriate touch codes. With most gestures, you don’t have to rely on Sennheiser’s specifications, but can change them in the app according to your own preferences. Except for the gestures for making calls, these cannot be changed.
This is where the great app comes in
Sennheiser uses the Smart Remote app for all headphones that can be controlled via the app. This is hardly surprising, because basically it’s all about tone control and ease of use. Special functions such as active noise canceling are not possible with the CX 400BT and are therefore not available. It is different with the firmware update, which is always done promptly with the CX400BT via the smartphone app.
In addition to the customizable touch controls, the app naturally also offers extensive sound adjustments. In the meantime, you can even choose between two setting surfaces: one with Sennheiser’s own touch and slide matrix and one with a classic 3-band equalizer for the separate setting of bass, middle and treble. The common voice assistants on smartphones, i.e. Siri and Google Assistant, can also be activated by touch.
The charging dock of the CX 400BT is equipped with a USB-C socket and a suitable charging cable is included. Unfortunately, the dock only allows the in-ears to be charged twice. This can only be tolerated because the in-ears lasted over seven hours in our test – and at full volume. This results in a total runtime of over 20 hours if the in-ears are charged twice after the first run.
The charging case is a bit tight
Fortunately, the charging process in the case doesn’t take too long. After a charging time of about a quarter of an hour, you can enjoy an hour of music – even if not at full volume, which will be too much for most anyway.
The Sennheiser CX 400BT have a lot to offer for the price, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. So we lacked the IP protection class certification. The in-ears just sit in the ears and you like to use them during sports and outside, so a certain tightness against penetrating sweat or rainwater would be an advantage. The capacity of the charging case is a bit tight, but the in-ears make up for the shortcoming with their own mileage.
Sennheiser CX 400BT in the test mirror
The Sennheiser CX 400BT are still quite young on the market. We found some reviews anyway, more will follow as soon as they are published:
On ComputerBild.de , the CX 400BT achieved an overall rating of 1.9. In addition to the sound, the simple operation was particularly positive:
»It is easy to do without noise canceling and the wool sock over the transport box, as with the expensive Momentum, because there are currently no true wireless headphones that deliver better sound than the new Sennheiser CX 400BT for around 200$. With a balanced and clear sound, they convinced in the test. The wireless in-ear headphones sit comfortably in the ear, provide good battery life and are easy to use. A “good” grade of 1.9. “
On the test portal Kopfhoerer.de , the CX 400BT also impressed with good sound and high ease of use. They achieved the final grade of 4.25 out of a total of 5 possible points. Here, too, the CS 400BT is lined up with the expensive Momentum In-Ears:
»Anyone who wants to save around 100 $ compared to the Momentum True Wireless 2, can do without active noise suppression including transparent hearing and otherwise favors sound, sound and more sound, won’t go much wrong with the CX 400BT from Sennheiser. In direct comparison to the larger Momentums, the 400s are definitely a sensible and successful gradation. “
The bottom line is that Sennheiser has the edge for us with the CX 400BT . In terms of sound and equipment, however, it is also better – if you are willing to spend more money. But there are also models that are much cheaper and represent a good alternative, provided that you accept some restrictions.
For audiophiles: Shure 215+ TWS II
The Aonic 215+ TWS 2 Gen. from Shure follow the proven concept of equipping excellent in-ears, which were originally only developed for cable operation, with plug-in Bluetooth electronics. This is not a problem, as the in-ears, in our case the tried and tested 215s, are equipped with a plug-in contact anyway. So that the not very tiny electronics including the control button can be docked sensibly, they were built into an ear hook without further ado. This is sometimes a bit more cumbersome to handle than normal True Wireless In-Ears, but offers a reliable hold in the long term. The temples can also be plugged together with other Shure in-ears – there are hardly any limits to the sound quality.
When money doesn’t matter
Shure Aonic 215+ TWS 2 Gen.
Shure has made significant improvements to the second generation Aonic 215+. The sound quality is outstanding.
Once you get used to the temple construction, it can be quite comfortable. The prerequisite is of course that the correct ear tips are installed. As always, it’s time to try it out, so there are a total of six pairs included: three made of silicone and three made of foam, the extremely adaptable foam that hugs the auditory canal perfectly and seals the inner ear particularly well. All of them are available in three sizes, so that almost every ear is catered for. Only for those who wear glasses is the handling of the Aonic 215+ TWS 2 not that easy, if possible you put the receiver on first and then the glasses. In-ears with hangers generally have this problem.
For operation, there is a button on each bracket of the Aonic 215+ TWS 2 , which thanks to its size can also be operated blindly, and also has pressure points that can be easily felt. With the help of the free Shure Plus Play app, the operation of the buttons can even be customized. You can even switch on an ambient mode here, because the Shure In-Ears seal very well with the appropriate Eartips. In addition, various sound presets can be selected or the sound can be set individually with the elaborate equalizer.
In addition to the control buttons and the electronics, the batteries are also housed in the brackets, which, according to our test, are sufficient for almost ten hours of music sprinkling at full volume. They can then be fully charged three times in the case. This is one of the positive side effects of the size – both with the in-ears and with the case.
In terms of sound, the Aonic 215+ TWS 2 are a revelation compared to most of the listeners tested here. The listeners convey an enormous spatiality, they can convey the live feeling on the Queen album for the film »Bohemian Rhapsody« very authentically.
The 215 converters not only push the frequency ranges to the limit of perceptibility, the resolution in the mid-high range is also enormous. The listeners follow every short, crisp impulse immediately. Basses are crisp, precise, powerful and always controlled. Even the brilliant intro of the HBO series Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi bring the Shure listeners to the point almost effortlessly, without ever giving the impression that they could be overwhelmed – almost like very good full-size listeners.
At the higher end of the frequency band it gets down to business as well, but without ever getting annoying or sizzling unless it’s exactly the same on the recording. In between, the listeners cover the whole range of music in all its facets, so that it is a pleasure – audiophiles will like the Shure!
Gaming on the smartphone: Razer Hammerhead True Wireless II
The gaming specialists at Razer are continuing the line of their Bluetooth headphones optimized for gaming with the Hammerhead True Wireless II . Nothing fundamental has changed compared to the Hammerhead Pro , which previously occupied this place. Except maybe that the otherwise black in-ears can now shine in all colors of the rainbow. Only removing it from the dock is still a bit of fiddly work, as the in-ears have hardly any grip and are held firmly in the dock by magnets.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless II
The Hammerhead True Wireless II from the gaming specialists Razer transmits the sound to the game without latency and can also be heard elsewhere.
Behind this effect are RGB LEDs, which have recently been installed. Together with an additional app, the in-ears can now shine brightly or flash – gamers like that, but everyone else can switch it off, so the listeners run longer.
However, the True Wireless II have plenty of stamina ; Overall, the in-ears lasted six hours in our test – at full volume. You can then recharge it up to four times in the case, giving you the impressive running time of a total of 30 hours. Minus the charging breaks, of course.
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The True Wireless II are also controlled quite normally via touch surfaces. The associated app has been completely redesigned and now also recognizes other Razer listeners. A sure sign that Razer is continuing to expand its headphone business. In addition to the usual functions, such as activating noise canceling, adapting touch gestures or extensive sound correction, the app again offers the option of making Bluetooth transmission latency-free.
This means that the time lag between picture and sound in gaming is close to zero. This feature makes the Hammerhead True Wireless II one of the most comfortable, because it is wireless gaming headphones in true wireless format.
The True Wireless II can also convince in terms of sound , and not only when gaming. They sound a little more balanced than the pros from a previous test. Basses arrive bold and yet controlled, in the middle they are slightly restrained, only to add a little more in the highs. This slight loudness character is definitely wanted, as it still makes the music very voluminous, especially at low volumes.
The Hammerhead True Wireless II deliver a very good performance when gaming on the smartphone, but they do not have to be taken down to listen to music or make phone calls.
For Apple fans: Airpods Pro
With the Airpods Pro , Apple introduced the first headphones with active noise canceling. The design of the in-ears is fundamentally different from that of the other AirPods, for a better hold and seal, Apple uses the conventional design with so-called Eartips, i.e. adapters, for the Pros. The distinctive stems have remained.
Three pairs of these adapters are included with the Airpods Pro, the case for storage and charging corresponds to that of the Airpods 2 introduced a few months ago . You can charge either with the Lightning cable included in the scope of delivery or wirelessly if you have a suitable charging device.
The best for the iPhone
Apple AirPod Pro
Thanks to the new design, the new AirPod Pro sit perfectly in the ear and sound better on top of that.
The Airpods Pro are operated via a button on each of the rods, which seemed to the developers possibly more reliable than the touch surfaces of the other AirPods. If the button is pressed briefly, regardless of which side, the music starts or stops. If you press twice briefly, it jumps forward one track, if you press it three times it goes back. A longer press activates the ANC or the transparency mode or, alternatively, calling up Apple’s voice assistant Siri on one side. The operating status is acknowledged by various tones, not by announcement.
Bad times for androids
For individual adjustments, such as the reassignment of the buttons or the automatic ear recognition as well as the test of the correct fit, at least iOS 13.2 is required. These functions are stored directly in the Bluetooth menu and not in a separate app – bad times for older operating systems and for androids anyway.
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The active noise canceling works well, especially since it has almost no audible influence on the volume or the sound.
In terms of sound, the Airpods Pro are audibly superior to their colleagues – especially when it comes to the transmission of low tones, they even manage to help a little below, just enough to produce a nice, full basic tone. This may be due to the better fit of the in-ears in the ear canal, but also to the dedicated bass driver that Apple allegedly also installed.
For Apple users, the Airpods Pro are always an asset, even if noise canceling is rarely used, but they are quite expensive.
Good choice for little money: Soundcore Life P2 Mini
The Soundcore Life P2 Mini are almost outrageously cheap with an RRP of less than 40 $. We can then easily take out the equally small in-ears with a handle construction from the rather compact case. This construction not only makes it easy to place the earphones correctly in the ear. Thanks to the microphones, which are mostly located in the stems, they can often also convince when telephoning.
Soundcore Life P2 Mini
The Life P2 Mini from Soundcore are small and inexpensive, but in terms of sound they belong to the big ones.
Soundcore is the audio brand of the Anker company. You can already draw on the full potential during production, because both the workmanship and the equipment hardly suggest the low price. The sound cores are waterproof according to IPX5, so they can digest a powerful jet of water without damaging the electronics.
Otherwise, they are straightforward, special features such as active noise canceling or an elaborate app have been deliberately omitted in order to concentrate fully on the key qualities. This of course includes the sound quality, both with music and when making calls.
For now, however , the Life P2 Minis want to be properly placed in the ears, which, as already mentioned, is quite easy to do. There they sit, seal well, and after a short time they are no longer noticeable. With us they were allowed to make music for almost 10 hours before they had to go back to the charging case. There you can recharge it up to three times, which gives us a total playing time of an enormous 40 hours, not counting the interruptions for recharging.
There was also nothing to complain about in the sound test. The Soundcore Life P2 Mini sound astonishingly good, are tuned towards loudness, which is quite pleasant and delivers a rich sound even at a low level. However, they do not go really deep into the bass cellar, which is then compensated for with a slight increase in the level in this area. The highs are clear and bright, and never tend to hiss unpleasantly with the S sounds.
We can only repeat ourselves, the Soundcore Life P2 Mini currently offer the most for the money among the True Wireless In-Ears and thus take our place in the price tip.
Klipsch T5 II True Wireless
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless is, as the name suggests, in the second generation. You can read the test of the first generation below, but Klipsch has made significant improvements to the new ones.
However, this does not affect the design and the basic technical concept. The heavy charging case made of brushed stainless steel still feels good in the hand. In addition to the anthracite color, like our test model, it is also available in silver – also with a brushed surface, which makes the beautiful case less sensitive to scratches. A total of six pairs of ear tips of different sizes are included with the T5 II True Wireless.
The running time of the charged in-ears is a full nine hours at full volume. The case is appropriately charged via USB-C, the charging cable has a corresponding connector at both ends. If your power supply unit has the larger type A socket, simply insert the adapter supplied. You can fully charge the in-ears in the case up to three times, giving you a total of at least 36 hours of playing time – at full volume.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless are operated via touch surfaces, but some settings can also be conveniently made with the smartphone app. Although this app does not offer the possibility of customizing the touch gestures, the sound characteristics can be selected from six presets, the seventh activates the user-defined setting. A five-band equalizer is then available here
The manufacturer has left the driver unit almost untouched in the second edition of the T5 True Wireless and the result speaks for itself. The second Klipsch can also completely convince in terms of sound. The fine dynamics, especially in the sensitive mid-high and high frequency range, are unparalleled in this price range. With the Klipsch, the bass reproduction begins very far down – and it does it without having to turn the level too much.
On the other hand, the manufacturer has turned to speech intelligibility when making calls. Here we had a few complaints about the first edition, which was completely corrected in the second generation.
The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless has its price, but given the high quality workmanship and great musical performance, it is worth every penny. For athletes, Klipsch offers the T 5 II True Wireless Sport, a special edition on the same basis. Not only are the in-ears waterproof, but the charging case itself and it is also much more robust. You can find the test below.
Bowers & Wilkins PI7
With the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 , the case is made particularly stable using a lot of metal. You don’t see a very special feature at first glance: a so-called Bluetooth transmitter is integrated. You only have to plug the supplied cable into the headphone socket of the stereo system, the other end into the USB-C socket of the case and you can listen to the music from the stereo system via the PI7 in-ear Bluetooth headphones enjoy.
Bowers & Wilkins is of course convinced of the sound properties of the in-ears. And the PI7 actually deliver a very appealing sound image, with a stage that is as broad as that of the competition from Shure. In terms of sound, they manage the perfect balancing act between deep, rich bass, a pleasantly sonorous basic tone and a very finely resolved mid-high range. The rather large and bulky-looking in-ears sit surprisingly comfortably in the ears.
The integrated battery can charge the in-ears up to four times, but with a runtime of the in-ears of just under four hours, this is urgently needed.
The Bowers & Wilkins PI7 is the ideal Bluetooth supplement for the home stereo system. When traveling, it can ensure perfect relaxation with good noise canceling and the corresponding soundscapes.
Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport
Two basic things distinguish the Klipsch T 5 II True Wireless Sport from the T5 II True Wireless . Instead of the noble, heavy metal charging case, the in-ears of the sport version are in a large plastic case. But that has it all – literally, because a small portion of silica gel rustles in the double-walled lid, the crumbs that occasionally keep things dry even in conventional packaging. Here they are permanently installed to keep the inside of the case and thus also the in-ears dry.
The lid is provided with a seal all around so that the case closes nicely and watertight. The closure works with leverage and is reminiscent of the closure of weck glasses or the swing top of some beer bottles. This is exactly why the case is sealed watertight. As with the others, the in-ears themselves are waterproof from the outset according to IP67.
The second difference concerns those in-ears. The basic shape and technology have remained the same, the normal ear tips now include additional hooks of different sizes in the scope of delivery. This means that the T5 II True Wireless Sport sit securely in your ears even during sport and provide a good seal. The app works here too, of course; In addition to the possibility of playing updates on the in-ears, the sound can also be set individually here. There is also a transparency mode that lets the outside world through more (position X) or less (position Y). B. helps avoid collisions while jogging.
The True Wireless Sport can also fully convince in terms of sound, after all, nothing has changed on the in-ears themselves. The fine dynamics, especially in the sensitive mid-high and high frequency range, are unparalleled in this price range. When it comes to bass reproduction, the sport variant can often act even more precisely, as it seals the ear even better with the additional hooks. This makes the T 5 II True Wireless Sport one of the most musical companions for jogging and other sporting activities.
LG TONE Free DFP8
The TONE Free DFP8 from LG can be used quickly, which is favored among other things by the construction in the handle construction. This quickly brings them into the clearly correct position, while the soft silicone ear tips seal off perfectly from the outside world.
Operation is carried out as usual with touch gestures, and the app can also be downloaded, which happens almost automatically when there is an existing connection to the PlayStore. A special feature of these LG In-Ears is the UV cleaning integrated in the case. This not only charges the EarPlugs in the case, but also removes most of the germs using UV light.
In the app you will find the usual Meridian presets (including 3D Sound Stage), plus two custom presets that can be set with the help of an equalizer. The touch gestures can also be customized here.
The TONE Free DFP8 are very balanced, but the maximum level seems to be limited regardless of the smartphone settings. However, this does not prevent the listener from reproducing a rich, deep bass, provided that the ear tips have always been carefully selected. These in-ears from LG are also literally a clean affair. In terms of sound, they provide a good basis that can be easily expanded with the help of the app.
JBL Tour Pro +
There is nothing wrong with the wearing comfort of the JBL Tour Pro + , although they are quite bulky, they can be used very well and then sit comfortably in the ears. However, because of their size, they protrude quite a bit. Using the app, they can be measured for the correct fit and thus the perfect seal.
After the listener is optimally seated, you can choose between the Alexa or Google Assistant voice assistants. In addition, the battery level of both in-ears and the case are displayed. Gesture control can also be customized. In addition to the pure audio connection, there is also a video mode that ensures lip-synchronous sound when watching films. There are four presets for setting the sound, further individual presets can be made and saved using the equalizer.
The sound of the Tour Pro + is rather bright, which can lead to annoying hissing with some S-sounds. The bass range is also a bit indifferent from time to time, but the JBL listeners do not exaggerate the level in order to conceal the lack of depth.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
With the Galaxy Buds Pro , Samsung is continuing the development of its own true wireless in-ears. Since the Galaxy Buds Live are innovative, but not necessarily understandable for everyone, improvements have been made at this point. The effort has paid off, the shape of the in-ears has been optimized from an ergonomic point of view, without being too mainstream. They are very easy to insert and, with their organic shape, nestle perfectly into the concha, i.e. the inside of the auricle.
The Galaxy Buds Pro slide into the correct position by themselves and seal nicely there. This not only allows the sound to develop so much better, the noise canceling, which works actively with the Buds Pro, also has an easier job.
As a promise of good sound, the AKG logo is emblazoned more or less inconspicuously on the lid of the charging box. In the in-ears, two drivers share the reproduction of the frequencies: One is responsible for the bass and mid-range, a second for the treble.
From the deepest bass basement to the finest, glittering highs, everything is reproduced cleanly and precisely by the Galaxy Buds Pro . The bass does not seem superimposed or thickened, nor do you help the low and high frequencies with a loudness tuning. Read more about the Galaxy’s active noise canceling capabilities here .
The Technics EAH-AZ70W is another manufacturer of true wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones, but Technics is the brand under which Panasonic markets high-quality hi-fi products. The EAH-AZ70W fits exactly into this category .
The EAH AZ70W project because of their size, although quite far from the ears out, on the other hand facilitates the operation via the also quite large touch surfaces. And you can show what you have.
The Technics EAH-AZ70W also have active noise canceling, which can also be operated by touch, but it is more differentiated with the associated app. In the app there is the usual battery level indicator, separately for each listener, a stepless adjustment of the noise canceling or the outside noise passage and of course the possibility to put an update on the listener.
Various tone control options are also possible with the app. You can choose between two presets or use an equalizer to make individual sound settings – with full depth where it belongs. Wherever it should be quick and lively, the listeners also do everything right and convey the corresponding joy in playing. It is also noticeable that the spatial representation is not neglected.
Libratone Air +
The Libratone Air + also correspond to the handle construction, they are ultra-light to use and then sit securely and comfortably in the ears. You can then use the app to carry out the leak test, which can provide the last bit of pressure in the deep bass, and both channels are measured separately.
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In the associated app, the ANC and transparency mode can be continuously balanced. In addition, the touch gestures of the Libratone Air + can also be individualized in the app. In addition to some sound presets, there is a simple bass or treble correction.
However, the Air + hardly need that much sound gimmick . Even from a standing start, they come very close to the Shure Aonic 215+ in terms of sound , and they can even stand up to our current favorites from Sennheiser. However, the libratones are also more expensive.
1More ColorBuds 2
As the name suggests, the ColorBuds 2 from 1More are in the second generation. The in-ears are easy to insert and can quickly be optimized; they can hardly be felt, but they seal very well.
The app has been revised several times and is now pretty good. Instead of the usual presets, there is a Sonarworks-supported acquisition of the so-called SoundID. Using several sound examples, the individually preferred sound signature is recorded and transferred to the music playback. You can repeat this procedure more often, but you can also switch off the SoundID completely and let yourself be guided entirely by the vote of the listener.
Because the 1More ColorBuds 2 sound a bit richer and fuller than the ComfoBuds 2 from the same company right from the start . The bass goes down well, always remains contoured and is crisp and dry instead of springy. Even with violent bass thunderstorms, the listener always remains in control.
JLab Epic Air Sport ANC
The Epic Air Sport ANC from JLab are designed with a bracket – for good reason, because they should stay in place as much as possible during exercise. Precisely because the body of the in-ears is quite bulky, they cannot be inserted very far towards the auditory canal. For a good seal, the large ear tips may therefore have to be used directly. But the temples are so slim that even the glasses usually fit without being too tight.
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The operation is carried out as usual via touch gestures, but these are not always clearly recognized, which sometimes leads to incorrect operation.
Fortunately, the gestures can be easily customized in the app. This is quite extensive, but well structured, albeit still entirely in English.
The sound can also be adapted to individual taste with the help of the equalizer. A total of four presets are available, one memory location is still free and can be assigned your own preset.
If the JLab Epic Air Sport ANC does not sit perfectly in the ears, this is acknowledged with a rather thin bass foundation, the sound here is even more dependent on the perfect fit than with other listeners, because they do not fit in every ear.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
The shape of the Galaxy Buds Live from Samsung is very reminiscent of beans. Therefore, it is not clear from the start how they should be inserted into the ears. Those who do not want to rely on their intuition will be supported by the instructions.
The Galaxy Buds Live are inserted so that the sound openings point into the ear canal. Interestingly, the fitting pieces do not sit over the sound openings, but around the contacts, so they seal the auditory canal against the so-called concha, i.e. the inside of the auricle. This is not only important for the sound, but also for the active noise canceling that the Galaxys can also do.
The surfaces of the in-ears are designed as touch surfaces, which react to a certain touch code, but can also be reprogrammed in the app according to your own ideas. The sensitivity of the noise canceling can also be adjusted.
The sound of the Galaxy Buds Live is on the same high level as the Momentum True Wireless 2 from Sennheiser. They sound more sophisticated than most cheaper listeners and deliver the full bandwidth of the listening spectrum, with a moderate increase in the low frequency range. The mid-high range dissolves very finely and allows the necessary liveliness to shine through with appropriate food.
The Galaxy Buds Live are actually worth experimenting with. They fit much better and more comfortably than the in-ears in the one-fits-all design, which, like the first AirPods, manage without any adapters. In addition, they can be easily operated using touch surfaces and an app.
The KEF Mu3 have become a real designer piece , as with the other products from the KEF Mu series, star designer Ross Lovegrove was at work here too. Since being beautiful alone is not always enough, especially when it comes to everyday functionality, we were immediately able to determine that the beautiful, smooth, organic shape of the in-ears has its pitfalls when inserted into the ears.
If the Mu3 are correctly in place, they are very comfortable and after a short time the wearer no longer even notices them as a foreign object. In addition, they seal very well, which of course benefits the sound and also the active noise canceling. Since we are primarily concerned with sound and wearing comfort at this point, we have disregarded the ANC. You can read more about this in our corresponding test .
The KEF headphones are operated exclusively via the buttons on the in-ears, with the usual click gestures for volume, for zapping through the tracks etc. Fortunately, the buttons are sensitive enough that you can press them without the in-ears pressing deeper into the ear than necessary. KEF does not provide an app, the smartphone is responsible for the tone control. However, it should also be noted at this point that even the KEF In-Ears have a transparency mode that can be switched on if necessary.
In terms of sound, the Mu3 can play right at the top, they deliver a more detailed sound image than those from Bose and can even keep up with the Technics. So if you are primarily looking for a great design and excellent sound properties, you will surely be happy with the Mu3. Active noise canceling plays a subordinate role here.
1More ColorBuds ESS6001T
With the ColorBuds ESS6001T , 1More plays the design card at first glance. The beautiful, organic design with the fine surface, which is available in four color variants, is easily accepted by the in-ears as earrings. The fact that they are also very easy to use and then remain comfortable in the ears for a long time is not a nice side effect, but one of the main concerns of the manufacturer.
The ColorBuds can be connected very quickly and, as mentioned, sit quickly and correctly in place due to their shape. There is also a built-in sensor that detects whether the earphones are in the ear or outside. In the second case, they immediately switch to standby to save electricity.
As usual, this is also operated via touch-sensitive surfaces. There is also an app, but it is still quite rudimentary. The 1More Music app is of course responsible for firmware updates. It also shows the battery level and allows you to customize the touch controls. There is no way of influencing the sound or other features. It is also completely in English, but that could be changed with an update.
In terms of sound, there is little to complain about with the ColorBuds ESS6001T. The presence area is sometimes a little too pronounced, the fundamental tone and bass could use a little more emphasis.
Given the price, the ColorBuds ESS6001T have a lot more to offer than just a beautiful case. At least there is an app that explains the operation and, if necessary, individualizes it, and the sound is slightly above the class level, both when listening to music and making calls.
Lypertek Soundfree S20
The Lypertek Soundfree S20 are quite inconspicuous at first glance, but immediately unfold their very pleasant side after being removed from the charging case. Due to the smart shape of the in-ears, they are particularly easy to insert into the ears, quite intuitively and, thanks to the many ear tips included in the scope of delivery, also optimally suitable for many ear canals. Incidentally, the compact case is enough to recharge the in-ears a total of four times, not that that is so important given the runtime we measured of around ten hours.
The Lypertek headphones are operated in the classic way using small buttons on the in-ears. This works quite well, among other things because the said mini-keys are easy to find without hesitating, and pressing them does not put the in-ears in the ear. Here, too, there is a key combination to activate the ambient noise – you have to press one of the two keys three times in quick succession. However, there is no corresponding feedback. We did find an app, but we couldn’t get it to connect to the Soundfree S20, either because it can’t or because it’s not intended for listeners, which would be a shame.
In terms of sound, however, there is nothing to complain about, the inexpensive Soundfree S20 can easily keep up with much more expensive headphones. The bass goes down abysmally, and plays there with an ease and precision that is otherwise hard to find in this price range. As if that weren’t enough, the mid-high range ties in almost seamlessly and, on top of that, delivers a fine resolution together with a good portion of space.
The Sound Free S20 leave a little mixed feelings overall – on the one hand there is the Qi compatible charging case high-tech at its best, even the sound is given the price a blast. On the should side is the rather mediocre sound quality when making calls, as well as an app that does not (yet?) Really like to work with the listener.
However, when sound, endurance and comfort count at the end of the day, the Soundfree S20 is a very good investment. Especially since the case can be conveniently charged next to the smartphone on the Qi charging station.
Bose QuietComfort earbuds
With the QuietComfort Earbuds , Bose is now continuing the development of in-ears with active noise canceling after a while of stagnation. You can read more about it here , in this test the focus is on the sound, operation and comfort. The most striking feature of the new Bose devices is the rather large charging box in which the no less large in-ears are charged.
Despite the huge box, the QuietComfort Earbuds can only be charged up to two times. With a running time of the in-ears of seven and a half hours, a total running time of over 22 hours is achieved, measured with the in-ears at full volume and the ANC switched on. The case itself can be charged either with the help of the supplied USB-C cable and a corresponding charger or wirelessly via induction.
The large in-ears are amazingly easy to insert and then seal very well. The large touch surfaces of the in-ears are available for operation, or the app. Unfortunately, this is not yet fully developed. Coupling was only successful after several restarts of the app and the in-ears. If you then activate the carrying detection, the corresponding options (pausing when putting down, etc.) are hidden directly so that you cannot select anything here. A tone control is also missing so far.
When it comes to the sound of the QuietComfort earbuds , however, Bose did everything right. They offer a balanced sound image, although they do not illuminate the upper and lower limits of the audible frequency band as far as, for example, the EAH-AZ70WE from Technics. So you get the usual, long-term Bose sound.
RHA TrueConnect 2
The RHA TrueConnect 2 are housed in the same, elegant case as the first generation. It can be swiveled open so that the two earplugs can be removed. Like the in-ears, the slots are color-coded to the right and left so that there is no confusion.
RHA specifies the playing time of the in-ears as a full nine hours, in our endurance test they lasted even longer – and that with music at full volume.
By design, the RHA sounds warmer and rounder than, for example, the Sennheiser. However, he also lacks its liveliness and thus in some pieces the last bit of joy in playing.
Since the RHA TrueConnect 2 still has to do without an app, it unfortunately had to give way to the new favorite on the podium. However, if you prefer to have in-ear Bluetooth headphones in a stick design and are attracted to the high-quality charging case, the RHA is still the right choice.
Shure Aonic FREE
With the Shure Aonic FREE , the manufacturer has now started developing true wireless headphones without additional ear hooks. Therefore, they are much easier to use than the Aonic 215+ , but they are also very bulky due to their size. Due to their ergonomically shaped housing, the in-ears sit fairly comfortably in the concha, which gives them additional support.
It is operated using small buttons that are easy to reach, but with some commands – for example, when they have to be pressed several times in quick succession – they have their pitfalls. In the app, incidentally the same as on all Shure headphones, the buttons can even be assigned individually, which can be particularly helpful here.
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The Aonic FREE sound a little more open / airy the siblings with the temples. The punch in the bass is a tad more reserved. Overall, the Aonic FREE sound very good, but the Aonic 215+ of all things shows that there is actually still some room for improvement . When it comes to wearing comfort, however, the Aonic FREE are clearly ahead.
OnePlus Buds Pro
The OnePlus Buds Pro are very easy to use and provide a perfect seal. The stems help with correct placement. Operation is exclusively via touch surfaces, unless you have a smartphone from OnePlus that is as up-to-date as possible, where there are a few setting options directly in the Bluetooth menu. Everyone else looks into the tube.
Even after the first few bars of music, you can hear where the sound journey is going with the OnePlus Buds Pro : Bass boost is all well and good, but you shouldn’t overdo it to such an extent that some pieces only reproduce a muffled variety of things. Voices quickly become too thin for OnePlus listeners. The heights are sometimes a bit pointed to annoying.
The in-ears of the Nura NuraTrue are quite large, round and bulky, which makes both removing them from the case and inserting them into the ears a bit tedious. If they are then correctly connected to the smartphone, you will first be asked to install the associated app. For this you have to register with Nura, otherwise nothing works.
After the app has been downloaded and successfully installed, the sound can be customized by measuring it on the ears. You can then choose either this individualized sound or the sound known as neutral, which the nuras normally emit. There is also the immersion mode (3D sound), which can be continuously adjusted as soon as the personalized sound is active.
As usual, it is operated using touch gestures, which can also be customized in the app. Active noise canceling, on the other hand, can only be switched on or off, which is also quite deep in the menu. There is no real influence on the sound in the form of an equalizer, nor is there a transparency mode.
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Teufel Airy Sports TWS
As the name suggests, the Teufel Airy Sports TWS are fully designed for sports. The insertion even works surprisingly well for listeners with ear hooks, even glasses don’t bother them much, they are operated using the usual touch gestures, there is no app for these headphones (yet).
As it should be for such sports equipment, the electronics of the Airy Sports TWS are even protected against a water jet in accordance with IPX5. The battery life is at a good average of five hours according to our test procedure, including the eight charges in the case, we even come to a total of 45 hours.
The Airy Sports TWS succeeds in reproducing the bass in an abysmal and precise manner, so that the right beat provides excellent support for sporting activities. The highs are brilliant but not annoying, the slight loudness character is definitely wanted, so the Airys still sound full and full even at lower levels.
1More ComfoBuds 2
As expected, the 1More ComfoBuds 2 are easily inserted and, with the handles, quickly optimized so that they can hardly be felt. But they don’t seal well either, so you can still hear a lot of the outside world.
The 1More app has outgrown its teething troubles and works quite well, but why the menu with the default settings for the sound was translated as “stabilizer” is a mystery. A total of eleven presets are available there. There is also a mode for low latency and of course the individual setting of the touch gestures.
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Although the ComfoBuds 2 are quite loose in your ears, the sound is not as thin as you would expect. Full sound is also conveyed full, even if a little more foundation couldn’t hurt, especially in the bass. They are rather brightly tuned, but never get annoying in the highs.
Marshall Motif ANC
The Motif ANC from Marshall also have short stems that are even used as surfaces for touch gestures. The in-ears and the case are not only reminiscent of the design of the old Marshall amplifiers, they are also made as solid as the noisy models.
They are easy to insert and position perfectly with the help of the chopsticks, from then on they sit very comfortably in the ears. The Marshall Motif ANC can be operated completely via app: All ANC / Transparence settings and also the individualization of the touch operation can be done in the app. The sound can be corrected using the equalizer and saved in three different presets. The music can also be started, stopped and zapped directly in the app.
Unlike the well-known models, the Marshall Motif ANC are tonally rather bright, tuned. The dark timbre of some singers is especially missing in the fundamental range. Despite the rather bright tuning, there are no annoying excesses even with the sharpest S-sounds.
Marshall Minor III
The Marshall Minor III have otherwise survive than their counterparts not only without active noise canceling, thanks to the well-known from the first AirPods one-fits-all design, there is also no Eartips. Nevertheless, they sit comfortably in the ears and thanks to their perfectly balanced weight they stay in place.
The app, which you can use to make extensive settings on the Motif ANC , does not (yet) work with the Minor III . Since the Marshall Minor III doesn’t seal the ears perfectly, there’s no big bass foundation either. There is also a deficit in the fundamental range. If you really want a receiver of this type, you can still not ignore the original from Apple.
Razer Hammerhead Pro
The Hammerhead Pro is one of the growing range of headphones launched by the gaming brand Razer. They were our gaming recommendation for a while, until now the successors have come onto the market.
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As soon as the Hammerhead Pro are taken out of the case, which is a bit fiddly because of the strong megnet and the smooth surface, they can simply be inserted into the ears and stay comfortably in place.
There they develop a sound that is not only suitable for gaming, but also puts most music tracks in the limelight. The slight loudness character is desirable, but can also be corrected according to your own taste with the help of the equalizer in the revised app. It’s great that the Hammerhead Pro are also recognized and supported by the new app.
EarFun Free 2
In view of the price, we didn’t set our expectations too high for the affordable EarFun Free 2 either. However, they are waterproof, have a considerable battery life and, on top of that, sound anything but cheap.
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In addition, the EarFun Free 2 masters transmission codecs such as AAC, SBC, AptX. There is of course no app for the price, but the Free 2 does not pose any puzzles in terms of operation, it just works as you would expect. There was nothing to complain about in the sound test either. They sound amazingly good, are tuned towards loudness, which is quite pleasant and delivers a rich sound even at a low level.
LG TONE Free FN7
Every time the in-ears of the LG TONE Free FN7 are inserted into the charging case, they are cleaned using UVnano technology . At least this should kill germs that could cavort on the in-ears. But of course the new true wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones from LG can do even more. Operation is either via touch surfaces on the rods of the in-ears, or via an extensive app, which is available free of charge for these and other LG headphones.
The gesture control on the in-ears can be individualized in the app and even the outside noises can be activated. The in-ears are very easy to insert and, after a slight twist, seal the ear very well. The LG TONE Free FN7 sound correspondingly full in the subsequent sound test. However, this only relates to music, when I am on the phone I am difficult to understand from the other side.
The audio specialists at Meridian are responsible for the good sound of music. It can also be extensively adapted in the app. In addition to the four selectable presets, two custom settings are available.
Soundcore Life P3
In the price range under 100 $, the case of the Soundcore Life P3 is one of the few that can be charged wirelessly according to the Qi standard. In total, the in-ears can be fully charged four times. In our test, one charge of the plug was enough for seven hours of music at full volume. That makes about 35 hours in total for the complete set.
With the free Soundcore app, in addition to active noise canceling and the transparency mode, the sound can also be set individually. This works either via one of the 20 presets or via the integrated equalizer. In the so-called sleep mode, on the one hand, the disturbing noises are blocked out by ANC, on request, preset background noise, such as the chirping of birds, the rustling of the forest or others, provide relaxation.
The Soundcore Life P3 transmits the bass in a powerful and controlled manner , only the mid- high range is better resolved by many more expensive competitors. The ANC and the great app alone make the Life P3 an interesting offer.
Huawei FreeBuds Pro
The Huawei FreeBuds Pro seem to have a particularly close relationship with the charging case. It may be supported by holding magnets. Anyway; The in-ears in the charging case offer most fingers little grip so that they can be removed without much fiddling. Once in the fresh air, however, the in-ears with the angular stems can be quickly and safely inserted into the ears. They are operated via small touch surfaces on said handles or via an app. The app offers the mandatory management of updates for the in-ears, as well as various settings for the ANC and HearThrough and the sound.
The sound does indeed need support from time to time, especially the bass came across quite thin. Despite the included fittings, the FreeBuds Pro found it difficult to seal our ears as much as is necessary for a decent bass foundation. In addition, the FreeBuds are not certified according to any protection class, which is not bad, but a real drawback in view of the rather high price.
Shure Aonic 215
The Shure Aonic 215s are basically old favorites . The manufacturer has provided the tried-and-tested, plug-in in-ears with ear hooks that literally have a lot to offer. The complete Bluetooth technology and of course the batteries are located in the ear hooks. The Aonic 215 comes with a wide variety of adapters and fits most ears to deliver great sound. The brackets keep the earphones securely in the ear during sports and other activities.
The 215 in-ears, which have already caused a sensation among the wired colleagues, serve as the basis . It is easy to build on such a basis. At Shure, they quickly set about developing fine, plug-in ear hooks and a matching charging dock. Thanks to the MMCX connector, the ear hooks with the electronics and the batteries can easily be used with these and many other Shure in-ears.
The Aonic 215 are available with a black, blue, white or transparent body. The endurance of the listeners is remarkable, they played six hours at full volume in the test. The two can be completely recharged up to three times via the dock, which results in a total playing time of around 18 hours. The dock is charged via USB-C. If in doubt, the charging cable from the mobile phone works, so that only a single charging cable has to be taken with you when traveling.
Many adapters made of silicone and Comply foam as well as a cleaning tool are included in the scope of delivery. The many fittings certainly contribute to wearing comfort, even if the ear hooks take a bit of getting used to and can come into conflict with the temples of glasses.
The two buttons on the ear hooks are easy to reach even when they are attached; they each operate the same functions: start / stop, on / off. Skipping through the tracks and volume control is not provided, you can only do this directly on the smartphone.
The ShurePlus Play app is also used there and can be downloaded free of charge for Android and iOS. It also helps to pair with other Shure headphones and offers extensive sound settings.
In terms of sound there is of course tried and tested fare. Logically, the Aonic have the same sound characteristics as their wired counterparts. With high-quality recordings, the Aonics spoil you with playback of a wide frequency band. In the linear setting of the app, the listeners sound natural and offer a wide stage image. In the mid-high range, very fine details can be heard without the sound ever becoming intrusive.
When making calls, the Shure Aonic 215 also impresses with excellent speech intelligibility in both directions and without interruptions or other interference. Unfortunately, I can only hear my phone partner in one ear.
If you don’t want to do without the ultimate sound performance with true wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones, you should definitely listen to the Aonic 215 from Shure. They even cut a fine figure when making calls.
The RHA TrueConnect are our former favorites. They offer a very good sound, an acceptable battery life and practical operation. Thanks to the many adapters, they should sit comfortably and securely in most ears. Thanks to the protection class IPX5, you don’t have to take them out of your ears even when it rains, and because of their good speech intelligibility, they are also suitable for making calls. In contrast to the AirPods, they offer unlimited functionality on both Android and iOS devices.
RHA supplies ten pairs of fitting pieces with the TrueConnect , as is usual with the bulkheads, neatly lined up in a metal display. This also includes three pairs of different sizes in Comply foam, there will be the right attachments for every constellation, which fulfills a basic requirement for a good sound result.
The TrueConnect fulfilled the expectations that I have of the RHA house right from the start. Sure, in the deep bass is gently helped, which is often done very consciously in the mobile area. The bass is less dry, but more resilient to the hearing, for stress-free long-term enjoyment. Thanks to their homogeneous playing style, the RHAs fit well with all genres and the good fundamental tone gives voices in particular a very pleasant timbre.
The RHA TrueConnect succeeds in connecting from here to the midrange and finally to the mid-high range without any audible weaknesses.
With the TrueConnect, the microphones for making phone calls have probably been relocated to the stems, following the example of the AirPods. With noticeable success: the phone calls are received on both channels and the other party at the other end can understand me very well, comparable to the AirPods.
All functions are controlled by a large button on each earbud. Here the device is switched on and off and the Bluetooth pairing is initiated. You can start and stop the music, take phone calls and zap through the music. The volume can be adjusted by double-clicking (quieter) and triple-click (louder) and the installed voice assistant can be called up – that can then be both Siri and the Google assistant.
The pressure points of the two buttons, however, cannot be felt very well, which may be due to the seals, after all, the earphones are protected against sweat and water jets with protection class IPX5. This allows you to stay in your ears while jogging, even if a heavy rain shower comes in between. So they are also suitable for sporting activities.
If the runtime of a good three hours at full volume is sufficient, the TrueConnect can certainly be happy. However, they are not much cheaper than their successors, which can now score with ample battery life.
With the WF-1000XM3, Sony has brought a long overdue update of the WF-1000X onto the market. However, this update looks like a completely new development: The earplugs and the charging dock are hardly reminiscent of the predecessor, but the perfectly functioning noise canceling and the very good sound have remained. Alexa support has also been available since a firmware update.
Seven pairs of adapters are included with the Sonys. They consist of two different types of silicone, each available in three sizes. At first glance, the body of the in-ears looks quite large, but thanks to the long horns, the plugs sit perfectly in the ear canal and have enough hold in the auricles.
The loading dock is slightly larger than that of the predecessor. It now charges the earplugs three instead of twice, and its size is just about acceptable to take with you. The NFC chip is also housed there, which supports the in-ears when pairing with a compatible smartphone.
One charge of the two plugs was enough for us for a full eight hours of continuous sprinkling, at full volume and switched off noise canceling. If the NC is active, the electronics are challenged more and the running time is reduced a little.
Operation takes place mainly via the sensitive touch surfaces of the listener, at least basic functions such as pausing playback, accepting a call or skipping through the pieces of music. The activation of the noise canceling or the ambient sound is also possible via the touch surfaces. The ambient sound mode determines which type of outside noise is allowed to pass through to the ear, e.g. voices for announcements or important traffic noises such as horns or sirens.
The volume can only be adjusted using the smartphone, the buttons and the app (Sony Headphones Connect). This app can also be used to individually adjust the sound and fine-tune the noise canceling and ambient sound.
The WF-1000XM3 sound excellent, balanced and very dynamic. When noise canceling is active, the level goes up audibly. When ambient sound is turned off, the listeners sound more open and less compressed. Only when making a phone call do you have to make some compromises: We understand the caller very well – both on the left and on the right – on the other hand, the caller’s voice is a bit quiet and muffled. Others can do that better.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
With the Momentum True Wireless 2 , Sennheiser has introduced the second generation of its True Wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones. Even if they are almost exactly the same as their predecessors, these are only outward appearances. On the other hand, a lot has happened inside: Thanks to active noise canceling, the True Wireless 2 can now completely isolate them from the outside world. But there have also been some improvements in terms of endurance and operation.
The Momentum True Wireless 2 is now available in black as well as in white, as in our example, the fabric cover of the case is then also a little lighter so that everything harmonizes optically. The endurance of the in-ears has doubled compared to their predecessors: The new Momentum now play for seven hours, without active noise canceling, but at full volume. The two can be completely recharged up to three times via the dock, which results in a total playing time of around 30 hours. The dock is charged as usual via USB-C.
The Momentum True Wireless 2 are just as big as their predecessors, but fit just as easily in the ear and stay comfortably in place while still being securely in place. Operation is carried out on the touch surfaces of the two earbuds: a long press on the right increases the volume, a long press on the left decreases it. Tapping once on the right activates Siri, the Google Assistant and Co. as well as accepting calls, tapping once on the left starts and stops the music. But it can also be completely different, because the »Smart Control« app has learned something new and offers, in addition to other features, also an individual adjustment of the operation.
The so-called “Transparent Hearing” can also be activated in the app or directly on the in-ears. So you can switch on the outside world and either stop the music or let it continue. The equalizer is also available again, with one touch the frequency curve can be bent as desired and saved as a preset. A push of a button undoes this and the True Wireless 2 plays neutral again.
The Momentum True Wireless 2 sounds largely neutral without the frequency bends, extends deep into the bass cellar, creates a seamless transition into the mid-range and pampers the ears with fine-resolution mid-high tones. He manages to span the musical stage both in width and in depth like a large headphone. With the sound potential, it is a matter of honor that the Sennheiser also supports the aptX codec, but it would be better to support the HD version or even LDAC.
The Momentum True Wireless 2 also impress with their excellent speech intelligibility and no interruptions or other disruptions when making calls. However, many competitors have also made improvements here, so that most earbuds are pleasingly close to our current favorites in this regard.
The only downer is the still quite high price that is due for the Momentum True Wireless 2 . However, it is worth every penny and the predecessor started at the same level at the time , only to be a whopping 100 euros cheaper .
The Sony WF-1000XM4 are now in their third generation. The packaging is made of completely recyclable material without plastic, and the in-ears and case have been completely redesigned. The latter has become significantly smaller, which has not least affected the battery capacity. A full one and a half charges are now only possible, so the slightly extended runtime of the earbuds is only little consolation.
The shape of the in-ears is significantly rounder than that of the predecessor, and instead of the usual seven pairs of ear tips, there are now only two made of silicone and one made of foam. Active noise canceling has become even more intelligent, but this is largely due to the app.
The WF-1000XM4 are also equipped with Sony’s intelligent noise canceling system, which also benefits from the constant improvements made to the app.
The sound of the new WF-1000XM4 has also remained true to itself. However, our telephone test was disappointing. Although the remote station is very good and can be heard on both sides, the XM4 does not come close to its predecessor in terms of speech intelligibility.
The improvements of the WF-1000XM4 are limited. The predecessor WF-1000XM3 is currently the better choice because it is cheaper.
JBL LivePro + TWS
The LivePro + TWS from JBL are equipped with five adapters, so they sit perfectly in each ear and stay comfortably in place. They also seal off well to the outside, so that the bass range in particular can develop well.
The good fit also leaves out a lot of background noise, so that active noise canceling has an easy time. All settings for this can be conveniently made in the app. The LivePro + TWS also have a lot to offer in terms of sound. The bass reaches very deep, but always remains contoured and allows mids and highs to come into their own.
In addition to its smart design, the JBL LivePro + TWS offers a very good sound result. The very good noise canceling is the icing on the cake.
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+
With the Melomania 1+, Cambridge Audio pioneered the next generation of beautiful, slimline true wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones. Virtually nothing has been left out of the equipment. Starting with a total of ten pairs of ear tips, six of which are made of silicone and four of which are made of foam, to the IPX5 certification against splashing water, hardly anything has been left out.
Only the distinctive shape has remained, and accordingly the Melomania 1+ can also be inserted quickly and remain comfortably in the ear. Six and a half hours straight, that is how long our test samples lasted at full volume. Then they have to go back to the loading dock. They are simply inserted with the point downwards – it always fits, close the lid and wait. The earbuds can be charged a total of four times, which is enough for a considerable playing time of over 30 hours.
In addition to the usual update function, the app also has various sound presets, an equalizer and the option of setting up the touch gestures for operation according to individual preferences. When telephoning, there is sometimes slight distortion at the remote station.
Fortunately, there is not much new to report about the Melomania 1+ in terms of sound: They sound very balanced and natural, without any obtrusive bass boost. Compared to the more expensive ones, there is only a lack of fine dynamics in the mid-high range. Nevertheless, they are very good because of their comfort and the unobtrusive way of playing music
suitable for long-term listening.
The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW has, as the name suggests, on active noise canceling. Given the price, this is reasonable, especially since Audio-Technica relies on the somewhat old-fashioned operation with small buttons on the earbuds. Fortunately, the Audio Technica app supports the ATH-ANC300TW as well as other headphones from the company. It is quite rudimentary, but what is important is that the intensity of both talkthrough and noise canceling can be adjusted, which, as I said, is quite annoying via the buttons. The sound cannot be influenced via the app, and unfortunately the language of the voice guidance cannot be changed either, which is and remains in English.
The ATH-ANC300TW immediately show a clear loudness tendency, and they also provide a considerable spatial reproduction of the music. The mid-high range has a very fine resolution and gives the listener the necessary amount of liveliness and joy in playing with the appropriate music. In terms of sound, there is nothing wrong with the ATH-ANC300TW , only the operation via mini buttons is a bit annoying and no longer entirely up-to-date.
1More ComfoBuds Pro ES901
The 1More ComfoBuds Pro ES901 actually sit very comfortably and offer the sound quality you are used to from 1More. However, the earbuds are held magnetically in the case and the very smooth surface offers little grip when they are removed. But they look very nice! The listeners have plenty of stamina: They lasted for over 15 hours in our test and can also be reloaded a good four times in the case.
An app is also available that can be used to set the noise canceling, which the listeners can also do, in two stages. The sometimes annoying wind noise, for example when jogging, can also be suppressed in the app. The touch gestures can be individualized in the custom settings, but tone control is not possible.
The ComfoBuds Pro ES901 spoil the in-ear Bluetooth headphones with a rich, full sound, which, however, does not lose control even during violent deep bass orgies.
Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch
The Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch basically has similarities with the Melomania only in name , and the case in which the earbuds are stored and charged is evidence of a completely new development. It is covered with black synthetic leather, and the in-ears themselves have also been given a completely new design. The ear tips are now supported by so-called hooks when they are held in the ear and the headphones are also operated completely via the touch-sensitive surfaces. There is also an app that can be used to control the basic functions and, above all, the sound. The first version had to do without that and touch controls.
The Melomania Touch have also learned a lot in terms of sound, at least if you manage to nudge the in-ear Bluetooth headphones perfectly into your ear, so that the bass in particular can develop well in a quasi-closed system. For some ears, it is only when you do without the additional hooks that the sound is successful. When making calls, the speech intelligibility is on par with the competition on both sides. The charged in-ears only last four and a half hours at full volume, but they can be fully recharged four times and at least halfway once in the dock.
If you can cope with the fit of the Melomania Touch in particular , you should include the listener in the closer selection, but they currently cost just as much as the test winners.
Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro
The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro are available in four color variants: sapphire blue, white, rose quartz and onyx. The scope of delivery includes a total of nine pairs of ear tips in finely graduated sizes. Unlike most charging cases, the Liberty Air 2 Pro is equipped with a sliding lid.
The Liberty Air 2 Pro are equipped with active noise canceling, which actually works pretty well. Last but not least, the app contributes to this with its many setting options. In addition to the three presets, the effect of the noise canceling can be continuously adjusted in customized mode.
The service life of the earbuds is very good at six hours at full volume, but they can only be fully charged twice in the case.
The Liberty Air 2 Pro have a pronounced loudness character, which can be largely compensated for with the sound setting in the app. Overall, with the help of the app, the listeners offer an effective and inexpensive option for active noise canceling, if you accept the slight loss of sound and the scarce loading capacity of the case.
Teufel Airy True Wireless
Teufel is celebrating its debut in this product category with the Airy True Wireless . They are constructed similarly to the AirPod Pro, also with fitting pieces. They are easy to take out of the box and only need to be adjusted a little until they sit perfectly. The stems ideally point slightly forward towards the corners of the mouth.
Interestingly, there is a reference to microphones for external noise suppression in the manual, but the Airy does not have any active noise canceling, so Teufel may have something else in the pipeline. The touch areas respond well, but you have to practice here as well until you have the code out. An app would offer more ease of use here, but it doesn’t exist.
In terms of sound, the Airy True Wireless has a lot to offer, albeit a little less than the favorites. So the punch in the bass could be a bit stronger, and the stage could also be a bit wider. Because it is relatively narrow, but the instruments and performers are clearly placed. The mid-high tones, on the other hand, have a very fine resolution and are authentic. However, it is also a little cheaper than most of the recommendations.
LG TONE Free HBS-FN6
The LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 comes with a very special feature: the UVnano function is supposed to kill most of the germs on the earbuds as soon as they are plugged into the dock for charging. Of course, that costs some battery capacity in the charging dock, and the effect can only be checked with great effort. Nevertheless, the in-ear Bluetooth headphones can be recharged up to three times in the dock and then played for five hours again, in our test at full volume.
What can be checked, however, is the very good sound that the Tone Free have. LG got help from a competent source here: The audio specialists at Meridian have both fine-tuned the hardware and at least helped to program the app. The Tone Free have very good basic hardware requirements, as well as extensive options in the free app to individually adjust the sound.
While the UV cleaning is more likely to be classified as a gimmick that is adapted to the current zeitgeist, the Tone Free were able to fully convince us in terms of sound and comfort. Only when talking on the phone do I arrive at the other end quite dull and difficult to understand. If you rarely or never make calls with the in-ear Bluetooth headphones, the LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 comes with a nice- sounding set and a great app for free.
The OnePlus Buds are also among the True Wireless In-Ears, which are constructively modeled on the AirPods. Like them, the buds do not have any adapters. They are a bit clunkier than, for example, the similarly constructed Mi True Wireless Earphones . As a result, they usually seal better and offer a slightly better bass performance than the Mis.
Nevertheless, they have audible weaknesses in the fundamental tone, which a slightly exaggerated midrange accommodates. Overall, that sounds slightly discolored.
The OnePlus Buds are recognized directly by the smartphone from the same manufacturer, and the appropriate app is usually preinstalled. If you install the app on another smartphone, it shows the battery levels of the earbuds and the dock, and the in-ears can also be updated. The find function rounds off the app functions, a sound setting is not possible.
The OnePlus Buds does a lot of things right, only the same services are available elsewhere, cheaper and with a better design.
The 1More PistonBuds from the headphone specialist cost only half as much as the ColorBuds , our current price tip from the same manufacturer. For the lower price you not only have to forego the variety of colors, you also have to accept slight compromises in terms of sound. The PistonBuds have a very strong loudness character, but with a strong emphasis on the lower frequencies, which sometimes makes them sound a bit dull. The aptX codec is also not supported.
The scope of delivery is also limited to three silicone ear tips, so you have to make some compromises. With the PistonBuds it becomes clear that even specialized manufacturers like 1More can not do magic at a price well below 100 euros .
JBL Live 300TWS
The Live 300TWS from JBL can be easily removed from the charging box and just as quickly inserted into the ears. According to the imprint, they are resistant to sweat and splash water, but there is no certificate for a protection class. The operation of the earbuds is regulated with touch codes, the codes are listed in the packaging. As always, you have to fumble into it first, but all language assistants are supported. JBL does not provide an app for operation.
In terms of sound, the Live 300TWS is on a class level, it lacks at most the last bit of high-frequency resolution, which it makes up for with a solid fundamental range. Both channels can be heard when telephoning, but you have to accept slight reductions in speech intelligibility on the other side.
Even if the charging dock of the Live 300TWS is quite large, the true wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones can only be fully recharged twice. However, this is put into perspective when we measured a runtime of six hours per charge.
With the HA-A7T , JVC shows that they also have affordable true wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones with touch controls in their range. Unfortunately, the battery capacity in the charging case was saved so that the earbuds can only be fully charged once. Then it is still enough for an emergency charge of up to around 50 percent, but the total playing time is still only 15 hours, at least according to our measurements at full volume.
That’s a shame, because the HA-A7T sound extremely good and sit very comfortably in the ears – and, as already mentioned, they can be operated using touch gestures.
Tronsmart Apollo Bold
The Tronsmart Apollo Bold also belong in the highly competitive price range around 100 euros . They are some of the cheapest true wireless in-ears with active noise canceling and have quite large and bulky earbuds that are surprisingly comfortable in the ears.
Apparently there is no app, at least not from the manufacturer, which makes operation very uncomfortable overall, especially since the Apollo Bold, as I said, also has active noise canceling and a talk-through function. The large touch surfaces make the extensive operation only marginally easier, but the efficiency of the noise canceling is limited. Fortunately, the sound is hardly affected when noise canceling is active.
In terms of sound, the Tronsmart have a clear tendency towards loudness characteristics, which is definitely wanted, as the sound comes across full and round even at low levels. The support of aptX and other codecs as well as compliance with protection class IP45 round off the capabilities of the listener.
The RZ-S300W are the slightly cheaper set from Panasonic. The RZ-S300W do not have a bracket or handle, so they are constructed in a conventional manner. Accordingly, they are easy to use and you can quickly enjoy their tonal qualities. The batteries last well over seven hours at full volume, but then they can only be inserted into the charging box with great difficulty. At the latest when you want to close the lid, in most cases you have to find out that at least one of the in-ears is not correctly inserted in the dock, so that improvements have to be made.
Here, too, there is a free app that enables sound settings as well as the infinitely variable display of outside noises, the so-called talkthrough. The sound is, however, beautifully voluminous even without adjustment, which is not least due to the slight loudness characteristic.
The inexpensive RZ-S300W can largely convince, only the wobbly insertion into the dock and the rather mediocre quality of calls do not really fit the overall impression.
Slightly more expensive than the Panasonic RZ-S300W are the RZ-S500W , but for this they also have active noise canceling. In terms of workmanship, wearing comfort and sound, both listeners are on a similar level. However, this also applies to poor speech intelligibility when telephoning – unfortunately. The RZ-S500W also deliver over seven hours of music at maximum volume, but can only be reloaded twice in the dock, while the little ones can even be reloaded three times.
With active noise canceling, the Panasonics are still priced slightly below the comparable competition. Our favorites with the same feature are much better suited for making phone calls. If you really want active noise canceling, but are afraid of spending too much, you will find an affordable alternative in the RZ-S500W, albeit with slight cutbacks.
Huawei FreeBuds 4i
The Huawei FreeBuds 4i are equipped as stem-in-ears with ear tips. once the earbuds have been removed from the very attractive case, they are quickly and comfortably inserted into the ear. They seal very well, which on the one hand benefits the sound and also benefits active noise canceling. They can do that too. Unfortunately, Huawei has not yet made an app available that would significantly simplify operation and, above all, the balance between noise canceling and transparency mode.
In our test, the FreeBuds 4i lasted almost ten hours, so that, together with the two possible additional charges in the case, they can easily deliver 30 hours of music in total.
The FreeBuds 4i sound very natural and balanced, even the activated noise canceling has no audible impact on the sound. Together with the comfortable seat, the True Wireless In-Ears can convince musically. They are not very suitable for making calls because our voices arrive at the other end quite distorted.
Huawei FreeBuds 3i
At first, the Huawei FreeBuds 3i does not come from one of the largest cell phone manufacturers. They are very easy to use, stay comfortably in place, and deliver a very good sound there. If a call comes in, you can quickly see what Huawei has focused on: Both participants can understand each other very well, clearly and without crackling or other disturbances.
The only malfunction occurs after about three hours, when the in-ear Bluetooth headphones are empty and have to go into the dock to recharge. Even if we rarely listen to three hours of music at full volume, the battery life is a bit short. The five charging cycles that the dock can offer to the in-ears provide comfort. After all, the app always keeps you up to date on the charge status. Sound or other settings are not possible with the app.
If you can cope with the rather short battery life and are looking for the right True Wireless In-Ears for your smartphone, the FreeBuds 3i is still good and relatively cheap, even if the smartphone does not have a Huawei logo.
SkullCandy Indy Fuel
The SkullCandy Indy Fuel also come with an app that helps pair the in-ears with the smartphone. There is also a tone control and the Tile search function, which helps you find misplaced earbuds. Unfortunately the app is (still) completely in English.
The Indy Fuel is easy to insert and then stays comfortably in the ears. They sound natural, with a slight tendency towards loudness, which gives the sound a pleasant fullness. Unfortunately, this does not apply to telephoning, because I can only be heard very dull and with occasional noise at the other end.
According to IP55, the Indy Fuel is even protected against water jets, so you don’t have to take it down in the shower. So they are ideal for sports, since you don’t use the phone anyway.
Among the true wireless concepts, the Fostex TM2 is certainly one of the most idiosyncratic – it works with ear hooks that accommodate the batteries as well as Bluetooth technology. In addition, the temples and the earbuds are plugged together, using the widespread MMCX connector system, which offers undreamt-of possibilities. The Fostex TM2 ear hooks with electronics and batteries as well as the actual drivers can easily be combined with other partners, provided they are also equipped with MMCX plugs. A connection of the drivers with a neckband or a cable would be conceivable. On the other hand, other drivers – including suitable third-party brands – could be converted into true wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones with the Bluetooth brackets.
By the way, the brackets are quite large for a reason, after all, here – and only here – batteries are in them. The box supplied is only used as a charging cradle, not as a battery on the go. That’s why the TM2 lasted a full 20 hours at full volume in our test. A transport bag is included for transport, you have to get by with a total of three pairs of fitting pieces.
Before use, the TM2 must be initialized, they must first communicate with each other before they can be paired with a smartphone. That is not entirely trivial, but after three attempts the coup was successful and the TM2 could be placed in my ears. Here, too, you should take some time and, if possible, remove the glasses you may have, otherwise it will be fiddly.
The surface of the right ear hook reacts to the touch-sensitive setting of the volume, you may then have to fold your ear slightly forward. Skipping and pause / start can be done using the small multifunction button – also on the right-hand side. The sound is good, they deliver a wide frequency spectrum, and the spatial representation is fascinating. Tonally, they are more of the balanced variety, but with enormous depth, the deep bass is present, but by no means plays itself in the foreground.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
The first edition of the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless do not have active noise canceling and do not have the battery life of their successors. Externally, however, they hardly differ and the sound signature is basically the same. Only the currently significantly lower price does not make some music lovers think twice. Rightly so, because the first generation of the Momentum True Wireless will probably no longer be reproduced. The Momentum True Wireless are quite large, but surprisingly fit very well into narrow ear canals. They seal very well and sit comfortably and securely in the ear.
They sound balanced, well resolved in the mids and highs and with a deep bass foundation that is only slightly raised. The musical stage is wide and deep, as you almost only know from large headphone jacks. The Momentum are also convincing when making calls with decent speech intelligibility and, after one of the last updates, also with interference-free transmission.
Some owners complain about empty batteries in the earphones as well as in the charging case, this is due to the standby switch. The listeners scan their surroundings at regular intervals for the paired smartphone. That costs electricity, which is pushed by the case, but if the Momentum True Wireless has been in the drawer for weeks or even months, the dock can be pretty empty. So you should recharge the case with the earbuds in good time after a long break.
If the True Wireless 2 is currently too expensive for you and you can do without active noise canceling, you can currently get the benefits of the Momentum True Wireless at almost a bargain price.
As with our current favorite, the 1More E1026BT-I is also a debut in the true wireless world of in-ear Bluetooth headphones. 1More has already been able to convince with other Bluetooth in-ears, but most of them have a neckband. Now the E1026BT-I should win over fans of completely wireless music enjoyment. Thanks to the many adapters in combination with the additional, soft hooks, the earphones sit very comfortably and securely in the ears. You can then stay there for about six hours. Only then do you have to be recharged in the dock, which is possible up to four times.
It is operated using the two small buttons that are located on the earplugs, which can be a bit fiddly. All drive functions such as start, stop, tilting forwards and backwards can be implemented with the two buttons. Accepting calls and even activating the assistant, whether from Google or Siri, is no problem either. Only the volume can only be changed on the smartphone itself or using the voice assistant.
The auditory canals are well sealed, so that the E1026BT-I also have a good deep bass foundation . It comes across as bone dry and with a lot of punch if necessary. The transition to the mids can also be described as successful and the pleasant fundamental range comes into its own particularly well with voice-heavy music. The highs are resolved very well, at most a little gloss is missing.
When telephoning, both channels are active here too, so that we can hear our caller well in both ears. On the other hand, he has to listen a little more closely, because the 1More arrive a bit quietly, but without distortion. By the way, the earplugs can also be used individually, as a headset, so one ear remains open to the environment.
For the further reduced price, the 1More E1026BT-I offer an extremely good sound experience and very good wearing and operating comfort.
OnePlus Buds Z
With the OnePlus Buds Z, smartphone manufacturer OnePlus already has the second True Wireless In-Ears in its range. We started with the Buds Z , which can be argued in part with the significantly lower battery life; they did not last for four hours in our endurance test. In addition, they can only be charged four times instead of five times in the dock.
On the plus side, they sound a little better than their expensive brothers, which is as true for music as it is for making phone calls. The protection class is specified as IP55, which also means an improvement. With OnePlus you still have to do without an extensive app, but it is rather rare in this price range anyway. With OnePlus it is enough for an update of the earbuds and an integrated operating manual. In terms of sound and comfort, the OnePlus Buds Z is on the safe side if it weren’t for the poor endurance.
The Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW are not only a little more expensive than our current price tip, they are also significantly larger. On the other hand, the in-ears last a whole day at full volume and can then be recharged twice in the case. Despite the clunky appearance, the ATH-CKS5TW’s earbuds are easy to use and pairing is done quickly. Only the two small buttons are initially a bit fiddly and difficult to find intuitively. After a few unsuccessful attempts, the operation works smoothly: Pressing the right stands for start / stop, pressing twice for zapping forward, pressing three times for zapping back. If you press the left once, it gets louder, if you press it twice, it gets quieter.
The normal fitting pieces are supplemented by silicone rings in two sizes, which should prevent the earbuds from slipping out. The ATH-CKS5TW then sit securely in the ears, seal well and evidently push in the deep bass significantly. So if you like it particularly powerful in the bass and also want to benefit from the enormous endurance, the ATH-CKS5TW will do just fine. If you prefer more resolution in the mid-high range, you should ask elsewhere.
Klipsch T5 True Wireless
With the T5 True Wireless , Klipsch has added a True Wireless to the T5 series and – by the way or on purpose – has developed a great designer piece. The charging case is nice and heavy in the hand, which is not only due to the built-in battery. It is made entirely of thick aluminum and has a solid hinge, which is very similar to an expensive lighter. Charging is appropriate via USB-C, the charging cable has a matching plug at both ends. If your power supply has a type A socket, simply insert the adapter supplied.
In terms of sound, the Klipsch T5 True Wireless come very close to the Sony and even the Sennheiser. They have a fine resolution, form a large stage, and overall sound just a touch thinner than the Sennheiser’s. When making a call, I unfortunately arrive at the other end a bit muffled, the connection was always stable.
The T5 True Wireless are definitely something for fans of unusual designs and good sound characteristics, which, if necessary, the in-ears can also use for phone calls.
With the 1More EHD9001TA , the manufacturer has once again managed to combine great design with lavish features and good sound properties at an affordable price. With active noise canceling, the 1More EHD9001TA is in direct competition with the Sony. But it can do almost everything a little better: It sounds a bit more balanced, currently beats any competition with its intelligent, adaptive noise canceling, and is currently even cheaper than the EHD9001TA.
Opinions only differ on the design, and the 1More also charges its case inductively, i.e. wirelessly, which is quite convenient, especially for people who have a smartphone with similar qualities. You can read more about the other qualities of the 1More in our corresponding test .
Tronsmart Apollo Air
The Tronsmart Apollo Air in the handle design can convince with their easy handling right away. With the associated app, both active noise canceling can be activated and ambient noises can be faded in in what is known as talkthrough or transparency mode. In addition, the gestures for operation can be individually adapted. A tone control via equalizer and presets rounds off the app.
The in-ears lasted less than four hours in our test, but can still be recharged up to four times in the case. This results in a total runtime of at least 20 hours – not counting the charging time that the earbuds spend in the case, of course.
The Apollo Air deliver an astonishingly natural sound in this price range. When telephoning you arrive at the remote station slightly distorted and with occasional interruptions. This and the rather short runtime of the true wireless in-ear Bluetooth headphones cloud the otherwise quite good overall picture of the Tronsmart headphones.
Earfun Free Pro
The Earfun Free Pro prove to be very stubborn until you get them out of the case. They are of course extremely cheap, but have active noise canceling. It is clear that this is kept quite simple, in addition, the two earbuds didn’t really want to seal with me, so that the sound also falls by the wayside.
However, the Free Pro is not lacking in the deep bass, which is so pronounced that it occasionally leads to distortion, so it’s better to reduce the bass a bit in the smartphone or buy better headphones.
Earfun Air Pro
The Earfun Air Pro even has active noise canceling, which is of course not very efficient at the price quoted . The In Ears can be used well and are then quite comfortable to wear. They also seal very well, which makes noise canceling easier and is also good for the sound.
However, it is very bass-heavy, and sometimes even tends to boom, so that it is better to reduce it a little in the smartphone settings. However, there is no app of its own, and if it comes down to the KLeng, there are other providers who do not use ANC at all.
As quickly as the JVC HA-A10T may inspire you right away, the disillusionment comes just as quickly. The beautiful earbuds, which not only sit very comfortably with the complies from the scope of delivery and can also convince in terms of sound, fail when it comes to operation, of all things. Real control buttons instead of touch surfaces are more common in this price segment, but those of the HA-A10T are quite difficult to operate.
The loud clicking in my ear shows me that the keystroke has arrived, but it is a bit annoying in the long run. The JVC HA-A10T would be perfect with touch operation, even if there is no operating app.
The similarity of the Lypertek Tevi with the Momentums from Sennheiser is probably not entirely unintentional – a rogue who thinks badly. But that’s about it with the similarities, because the Tevis barely cost half the design model. The Tevi-In-Ears are sufficiently equipped with a total of four pairs of adapters – three made of silicone, one made of Flexfit Foam – to ensure a perfect fit in most ear canals. As is so often the case, this is one of the prerequisites for a good sound experience. The Tevis have a sound with a loudness character, so the bass and treble are slightly raised, whereas the mids are a bit more reserved.
This results in a nice, full sound even at a lower volume. Fortunately, this sounding is not exaggerated, so that the bass remains controlled and contoured and the highs never lapse into annoying hissing. All in all, the Tevi listeners turn out to be real street workers for long-term enjoyment. This is supported by the perseverance they show.
They only reach their limits when talking on the phone – although we understand the call partner very well, we ourselves are rather distorted. The enormous endurance of the in-ears is likely to be an important selling point for many. So it’s good that the Tevis also have practical equipment and a very good sound.
Master & Dynamic MW07
The Master & Dynamic MW07have long been traded as an insider tip or underestimated acoustically as a pure fashion accessory. No question about it, the rather large earplugs look great, especially since they come in many different colors and patterns. The beautiful, shiny chrome charging dock also looks more like a high-quality jewelry box than a battery pack with storage options. Despite the size, the MW07 sit surprisingly comfortably in the ear and if the sound opening of the earbuds does not fit far enough into the ear canal, you can simply remove the additional, claw-shaped adapters, then it is guaranteed to fit. Wherever they fit, they provide additional hold in the auricle so that the MW07 won’t fall out while dancing or exercising. The solid charging dock has a USB Type-C socket and corresponding fast charging capabilities, at least
In terms of sound, the Master & Dynamic MW07 are right at the front: The bass is abysmal and comes across very controlled, the mids and highs resolve very finely. However, you can sometimes get a little more out of it, especially in the low frequency range. For example, the listeners sealed my ears better after the claws had been removed, with the result that the bass reached a little deeper and clearly showed more contour.
In terms of operation, the MW07 are not quite as advanced. The volume rocker is on the left plug, the multifunction button for start, stop and making calls is on the right. This is the only way to realize the different housing designs that are available. The Master & Dynamic MW07 are pieces of jewelery with excellent sound properties and therefore definitely something for people who, in addition to good sound, also want a piece of individuality.
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro
The clunky shape of the Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro reaches its comfort limits when fumbling out of the charging case . This continues when it is inserted into the ears, and you have to turn and experiment a lot at the beginning, because the correct insert is not immediately apparent from the shape. The operation then works pretty well via the rather large touch surfaces, after all, the size of the in-ears seems to be an advantage here.
The available app also supports other Soundcore listeners, so the Liberty 3 Pro can be found and integrated quickly. Here, ANC and Transparency or both can be selected. Contrary to what the word suggests, the sound mode is about the codec used, whereas the actual sound settings can be found under “Sound Effects”. There are a number of presets as well as a HearID test, which then saves an individual signature. The touch gestures can also be customized, as well as testing and adapting the fit and much more.
When it comes to bass, the Liberty 3 Pro mean it quite well, and on some tracks there is even too much of it. The depression in the midrange and the raised highs signal a clear loudness character. However, some voices sound quite unnatural due to the lowered mids.
JLAB Epic Air ANC True Wireless
The JLAB Epic Air ANC True Wireless has a particularly practical feature: the USB charging cable is firmly integrated in the case, so it is always with you when you are out and about. The surface of the case is reminiscent of the structure of synthetic leather and is accordingly insensitive to scratches and other adversities. However, their angular shape is not exactly “pocket-friendly”.
The Epic Air ANC have the proven stem design and adapt to all possible ear canals with a total of six pairs of ear tips, one of which is made of memory foam. With the perfectly cranked top, they are quickly and optimally placed in the ear. The listeners seal very well, and active noise canceling is relatively easy. An individual balance between ANC and transparency mode can be set in the app. An equalizer is also just a click away, so you can adjust the sound to your own taste.
The listeners alone ran a good 15 hours non-stop at the highest volume in our test, they can be fully charged three more times, resulting in a total runtime of around 60 hours.
In terms of sound, the JLAB Epic Air ANC are tuned to be modern, bass-heavy. If you then still listen to bass-heavy music, you sometimes have to turn it down a bit so that the rest of the frequency band also comes into its own. The handset is less suitable for telephoning, you can hardly be heard at the other end due to the strong distortion.
Earfun Air Pro 2
The Earfun Air Pro 2 with their chopsticks are easily inserted and stay comfortably in place. The entire operation takes place exclusively via the touch surfaces, this also includes the settings of the ANC and transparency mode, there is no app.
If one of these modes is active, the Air Pro 2 is prone to strong noise and chirping noises. Regardless, the sound is okay. Because of the restraint in the fundamental range, they sometimes sound a bit bright, even if the S sounds are not exaggerated too much.
Oppo Enco W11
At Oppo, one relies less on a copy of Apple’s successful models. The Enco W11 are then also in the conventional manner, so they sit fairly comfortably in the ears and also seal them off well. They are clearly marked to the right and left, but the charging dock is not, but it is not possible to mix them up.
The operation is also no puzzles: Pressing for a long time on the right increases the volume, on the left decreases it. A quick tap of the finger stops or starts playback. The sound is very unobtrusive, of course. The listeners have a fine resolution and are not particularly sensitive when it comes to the seat. They create a beautiful, spatial sound image. What some are missing is a little more depth and possibly a little more battery life. For this they are protected against the ingress of water according to IP55.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2
The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 are manufactured under the direction of the conglomerate Xiaomi and should possibly complement the smartphones from the same company. The design is based on that of the AirPods, so they do not have any adapters, seal just as little as the models from Apple and accordingly provide little bass foundation. Removing it from the dock is a bit fiddly.
Except for the bass reproduction, they are rather inconspicuous in terms of sound. With complex music they also quickly lose control, so that some pieces become almost a confusing mess of sound. An app from Mi is only available for the shop and for fitness bands, not for in-ears.
Bragi Dash Pro
The Bragi Dash Pro also works without a smartphone thanks to its internal memory and integrated operating system. The music then plays from the memory, and fitness data is also stored there so that it can be passed on to the smartphone later. The Bragi has a whole range of functions which, however, also require complex controls, which is why it can be operated with head movements in addition to knocking signals. To do this, however, the Dash Pro must first be trained or calibrated accordingly. Many commands have to be laboriously memorized before you can operate the Bragi smoothly.
The Dash Pro comes with a whole range of adapters: four silicone and three foam tips ensure a secure fit and acoustic seal. The sound of the Dash Pro is a bit bright. It has less bass and doesn’t go down that far. On the other hand, it delivers an impressively three-dimensional sound image, which makes up for the rather neutrally tuned bass.
However, the Dash Pro from Bragi is anything but a bargain. It’s only really worth it if you actually want to use the earbuds without a smartphone. Theoretically, this also works in the swimming pool, because the Dash Pro are completely waterproof. Theoretically, because at the latest when crawling (or freestyle, as it is correctly called), the expensive pieces shouldn’t stay in the ear for long.
Padmate PaMu Slide
The PaMu Slide from the manufacturer Padmate are very fresh on the market. The in-ears look like black AirPods because of the rods, the storage and charging box is very large because a correspondingly powerful battery is used. The lid can be pushed open, hence the name »Slide«. Under this cover are the actual earbuds of the PaMu Slide, curiously the one for the left on the right and the other on the left – not really understandable from an ergonomic point of view.
When correctly inserted into the ear, they sit securely and comfortably in place. The pairing is quick and the smartphone promptly displays the current battery level. In terms of sound, you are also on the safe side, as long as you don’t want to make a phone call. Although we can hear our telephone partner quite clearly and on both sides, he will quickly complain about the poor intelligibility on our part.
The PaMu Slide set really scores with stamina, because the in-ear Bluetooth headphones can be charged up to eleven times. If you focus more on listening to music and less on telephoning, the PaMu Slide ensures long-lasting listening fun.
Apple AirPods 2
With the Airpods 2 we have the 2019 update of the successful models from Apple in the test. By far the most important and most clearly perceptible feature is the extension of the charging dock with inductive charging capability. With the well-known standard case, the new AirPods cost around 180 euros, with the new case 230 euros. If you just want to buy the new case without AirPods, you have to budget 90 euros. Unfortunately, there is still no such charger in the portfolio of the California group, which is why Apple is also delivering the 2019 generation of Airpods with a charging cable – on one side with a Lightning connector and on the other with a USB connector.
The new AirPods now house the H1 chip, which should offer longer battery life and connect the Airpods to source devices more quickly via Bluetooth. The runtime has increased by almost 15 minutes, but with a runtime of 4 hours this is more of a measurement inaccuracy. Establishing a connection, especially with Android devices, is actually done much faster, although there are slight inconsistencies in communication with androids.
The battery symbol is missing here next to the Bluetooth logo, which at least in the case of the other Bluetooth earphones shows their battery charge, even in percentages if desired.
The Siri voice assistant can now be started directly with the command “Hey Siri”; with “Okay Google” the Google assistant is started on the Android smartphone.
When placed in the ear, an AirPod takes getting used to, at least if you are used to classic in-ears with adapters. Because the pods are inserted into the ear canal so that the rods point downwards.
Apple claims that the AirPods have a universal fit, but that’s not entirely true: while they actually fit most ears – but not all. If the AirPods cannot be properly held in the ear, they are simply unsuitable. If you can handle the normal in-ear headset that Apple ships with the iPhone, you won’t have any problems with the AirPods either: their fit is practically identical.
Jabra Elite Sport
The Jabra Elite Sport comes with six adapters, three of which are silicone and three foam versions, each in sizes S, M and L. In addition, additional ear wings provide additional support if required. Here, too, there are three different sizes to choose from. At Jabra, they obviously know that True Wireless Earbuds need a secure hold – even more so if they are also to be worn during sporting activities. The Elite Sport is operated with easy-to-feel buttons on the earbuds. This is at least more practical than swiping gestures when exercising, but it does require some practice.
It also has other features that make it ideal for sport. It is waterproof to IPX6, which includes sweat resistance, but you cannot go swimming with it. Most importantly, it is equipped with a movement and a heart rate sensor. This allows the Jabra or the associated Jabra Sport app to display and record both movement and the associated heart rate.
The app can be used to create complete training plans and document the corresponding training progress, and there is also a reward tool that rewards the athlete with a trophy in a training sequence for improved performance – only virtually, but no less motivating. You can also connect directly to communities like Strava and Endomondo.
The services can also be shared via social networks, either individually, such as running routes, fitness level, training duration and the like, or all together. It is very important that nobody is forced to share their fitness program. You can also train all by yourself. The large variety of functions is available very quickly thanks to the clearly designed app and the fast, uncomplicated connection.
With a correct fit, the Jabra sounds very balanced, without missing that certain ounce of fun and training motivation. The bass foundation is only slightly raised, the mids and highs are open and clear.
This makes them a recommendation for everyone who wants to use wireless earbuds, especially when doing sports. The only catch: the smartphone must always be with you, because the Jabras do not have their own memory.
Motorola VerveBuds 500
The Motorola VerveBuds 500 have five pairs of finely graduated adapters. Although none of them are made of memory foam from Comply or another manufacturer, there is still a suitable attachment for almost every ear. The VerveBuds 500 sit comfortably in the ears and, with a good seal, ensure both a secure hold and a solid bass foundation. Although the two VerveBuds fit the listener really well with the right one, and they sound correspondingly good as well. Clear and clean, without excessive bass emphasis.
With the WF-1000X , Sony has introduced active noise canceling for completely wireless earbuds – and what one! In addition to the normal noise canceling, which, as usual, mainly suppresses engine noise when flying and traveling by train, there is also the ambient sound mode. For example, it suppresses the rather monotonous background murmuring in the open-plan office or train compartment, but is so intelligent that, for example, announcements and warning signals are passed on.
With the help of the free app you can even optimize it, especially since the WF-1000X are so intelligent that they can recognize the current movement status if necessary (rest, sport, walking) and adjust the ambient sound mode according to your own preferences.
Operation is via a button on the right earphone. With it you can start and stop music, skip tracks and take calls. A long press starts the Google Assistant or Siri. With the button on the left earphone you can select the different noise canceling profiles.
The Sony WF-1000X are equally something for downright technology freaks, sound enthusiasts and frequent travelers. In terms of price, they have now dropped to almost 100 euros , making them a good choice for everyone who values active noise canceling and can live with the weaker battery life.
Jabra Elite 75t
Jabra has now blossomed into a true wireless expert. The new Jabra Elite 75t also benefits from the know-how – and you can hear it. The quality of calls has been further improved, if only slightly. On the other hand, nothing has changed in terms of the extremely good wearing comfort of the Elite 75t. The same applies to the sound: they are audibly raised in the bass range, which, however, creates a round, full-bodied sound when you are out and about. In the fundamental or upper bass, however, they seem to be a little lowered again, so that a slight loudness character cannot be denied.
The operation on the earphones themselves has proven itself: The outside world can be switched on or off with the left button, which is called hear through. The volume can be reduced by holding down the button for a long time, a double tap plays the next track, triple tap the previous one. On the right we can pause the music and accept a phone call, or increase the volume by holding it down for a long time, and the voice assistant can also be activated.
Operation has really gained through the latest updates to the Jabra Sound + app, which is compatible with the Elite 75t . In addition to various sound presets, an equalizer is available here, and we can also select the desired language assistant here.
The AirPods from Apple are equally suitable for listening to music and making calls. Thanks to Bluetooth, they are not only limited to Apple devices, but can also be used without restriction for other devices. As always with Apple, operation is exemplary, and the AirPods are also among the best when it comes to battery life. The shape of the earplugs should fit universally without having to fit individual adapters, but that doesn’t always work: the Apple earphones simply don’t fit in some ears.
The JVC HA-XC70BT-R comes in a very special packaging: Both the charging and storage dock and the earbuds themselves are protected by a thick rubber coating. The case can also be locked with a simple twist and, with its key ring, is ideally suited for attachment to a backpack, belt or other equipment. Due to the rubber coating, the in-ears are quite bulky and difficult to fit into narrow ear canals, but then seal well. The sound is good; If the bass is too thin for you, you can click through the small switches on the earbuds for bass boost, but this can also be done using a smartphone app.
The JVC HA-XC70BT-R are particularly suitable for various outdoor activities, precisely because the dock and earbuds can easily cope with a fall or bump and they can be safely stored in the locked case.
Jabra Elite 65t
The Jabra Elite 65t adapts well to the ear and can therefore develop its sonic qualities well. In addition, the microphones for telephoning – similar to the AirPods – are clearly directed towards the mouth, with the result that speech intelligibility has been improved.
When attaching the microphones (four in total), the long rods on the AirPods were used as a guide. The success proves the designers right, the speech intelligibility at the other end is significantly better than, for example, with the Elite Sport . The Elite 65t doesn’t quite come close to the AirPods either, but they don’t look like tubes hanging out of your ear.
When making a phone call, you can hear the caller in both ears and not just in one, as is the case with most others. In addition to making calls, the Elite 65t is mainly used for listening to music and they do that very well. Here they can even compete easily with the Apple listeners, because they seal much better and provide a better bass foundation. The mids are also beautifully clear and without discoloration, only the highs sometimes lack the last sparkle.
Operation on the earphones is easy: The button on the right plug is for start / stop and for making calls, while on the left two small, easily tactile switches are responsible for skipping and volume. However, these keys in particular need a bit of emphasis and respond with a clearly audible “click”, so that operating them can be a bit annoying.
Huawei FreeBuds 4
The Huawei FreeBuds 4 are clearly modeled on the Ear Pods from Apple, easy to recognize by the so-called one-fits-all design, which does not require Eartips. Of course, that brings with it the design-related problems, because it’s not for nothing that even Apple is using Eartips again with the pros. They just seal better – and they should, at least if they have active noise canceling.
For this reason, the noise canceling of the FreeBuds 4 is as good as ineffective because the earbuds hardly seal the ear. The sound also suffers, at least the FreeBuds are hardly able to create a decent deep bass foundation.
If you really want to have beautiful in-ear Bluetooth headphones in a one-fits-all design, without the apple logo emblazoned on them, you can still make friends with the very comfortable FreeBuds 4, at least as long as you don’t expect a brilliant low-bass thunderstorm the ANC can largely do without.
Anker SoundCore Spirit X2
The Soundcore Spirit X2 from Anker are provided with ear hooks, which has two disadvantages; Firstly, they are very difficult to use, which is at the expense of comfort and sound. In addition, the charging dock has to be quite large so that there is space for both earbuds.
While you can still come to terms with the space requirement, the poor wearing comfort is not acceptable. Basically, the Spirit X2 even sound quite good, even when making a phone call, only the potential is mostly wasted because of the cumbersome handling.
The Aukey EP-T32 are among the in-ears with a temple construction, which are particularly popular with athletes because they offer more support. However, the Aukey headphones are not particularly easy to use: they are easy to take out of the case, but when you put them in your ears, the hangers in particular turn out to be particularly bulky. If the earbuds are to be put back for charging, it is not always clear how they belong in the case.
The Aukey EP-T32s sound very good, but until the time comes and they sit perfectly, you need a certain amount of tact. For the price, you’d expect better handling.
SkullCandy Sesh Evo
The Skullcandy Sesh Evo can be like the Indy Fuel use pleasantly light and has a high wearing comfort. But that’s about it with the similarities. The Sesh Evo is very bass-heavy, so much so that the mid-range and mid-high range clearly fall by the wayside. The result is a rather dull mushy sound that can even be annoying depending on the genre. The sound cannot be corrected with the SkullCandy app, because it does not (yet) work here.
Although it has the same stamina as its colleague at 4.5 hours, it can only be recharged three instead of five times in the dock. Since the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired when making calls, the Sesh Evo is not recommended at this price.
The Aukey EP-N5 are stem constructions, however, with adapters, which is reminiscent of the AirPods Pro in terms of design. A good seal is also necessary because they have active noise canceling. Unfortunately, there is no app here that would facilitate the ANC functions in particular. To activate or deactivate noise canceling, you have to hold the right handle for two seconds. This does not make a difference in sound, but the noise canceling is not particularly effective either.
The headphones sound good, and without an audible preference for certain frequencies, but there is a little lack of space. There could also be a touch more fine resolution in the mid-high range.
There are listeners for the same price with similarly good or better sound, but without noise canceling. But if you want a decent noise canceling, you should spend a little more.
With the Auvisio IHS-700 you get a headset including a transport dock for just under 50 euros , in which the earbuds can be recharged up to four times. The fit is very good thanks to the rather compact dimensions and the four fitting pieces included in the scope of delivery. Because the Auvisio listeners fit well in the ear, they also deliver good sound when listening to music. For a long time, the Auvisio listeners were our price tip, but the competition then followed suit. Still, the headset is well worth the money.
Simple FREE calls JBL Be True wireless debut, which can certainly be described as successful, the JBL can be used well and provide almost from the start, a very good sound with solid bass. In the upper mids and highs they could use a slightly better differentiation, but that was about the criticism of the sound. When talking on the phone comes the disillusionment: only one channel is active and the speech intelligibility is unacceptable on both sides of the phone call, strong noise and the usual latency quickly end every phone call. If you mainly want to listen to music and are reluctant to be disturbed by a phone call, you can definitely make friends with the JBL FREE, but there are better ones for the same price.
Taotronics Soundliberty 80 (TT-BH080)
The Taotronics Soundliberty 80 can be used quickly and easily. The rod construction makes correct alignment a lot easier. It is operated exclusively via the touch surfaces, there is no app.
The Taotronics Soundliberty 80 sound overall quite balanced, but without exploring the limits of the audible frequency spectrum. Those who like to listen loudly or want a little more pressure in the bass range will not be happy with the Taotronic headphones, they seem to be limited in volume so as not to cause even the slightest possible hearing damage.
Earfun Free Pro 2
The Earfun Free Pro 2 are difficult to take out of the box, also because the lid cannot be opened far enough. When inserting them into the ear, they are also very fiddly because you don’t immediately see how they have to be inserted. The entire operation takes place exclusively via the touch surfaces, including the switchable ANC and transparency modes, because you can get confused. There is no app from Earfun.
The sound of the Free Pro 2 has a strong loudness character, with the bass range remaining amazingly controlled. Sibilants, i.e. S-sounds, are a bit exaggerated, sometimes it even gets a bit annoying sizzling.
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air
After the first wow effect had unfortunately subsided after a few minutes, I had to refuse the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air ‘s recommendation again: First there were brief interruptions in transmission between the two listeners, then at least one of the two batteries gave up without notice (the charge status is with displayed on most cell phones), even though the display showed a harmless 80 percent shortly beforehand.
That’s a shame, because the Soundcore Liberty Air basically has what it takes to be a cheap alternative to the AirPods, and not just in terms of design. If they work, they sit very comfortably in the ears, seal a lot better than the AirPods thanks to adapters and always deliver a good sound with rich bass. When making calls, there are also only minor compromises, especially since the other person can be heard in both ears.
The price of the BeoPlay E8 is significantly higher than that of the competition, but the earbuds can also score points with their excellent design and excellent workmanship. In addition, the associated app offers features such as transparency or talk-through mode, as well as a sound setting with several presets.
In terms of sound, the BeoPlay E8 impresses with a clear, spacious, almost plastic sound, which at least in the basic setting has neither a cheeky bass nor a clear loudness character. However, there is still a need for improvement in terms of operation. It starts with unreliable pairing and continues with the cryptic knock codes distributed on both earplugs for volume control or for talk-through mode. Other manufacturers have solved this better.
The Jaybird Runs are expressly suitable for sport in terms of their name. It is also advertised that they are sweat-resistant. But unfortunately the headphones are not certified accordingly, which is problematic because of possible warranty claims, especially in view of the not exactly cheap price. On the plus side, the Jaybirds provide a comfortable, precise fit and a very good musical performance, so that the app with integrated equalizer is actually no longer necessary. When making a phone call, as with so many other devices, you can only hear your counterpart on one channel and you arrive clearly and distinctly, albeit with a certain echo effect. We find them too expensive for that.
Erato Audio Muse 5
The Erato Audio Muse 5 do not fit the ears quite as well because of their size, but they still offer good music playback and also deliver a slightly better voice quality when making calls than the Apollo 7. Due to their size, correspondingly large batteries have space in the housing – this results in an enormous battery life of four hours per charge. This makes them particularly suitable for people who use the phone a lot.
Samsung Gear IconX
The current Samsung Gear IconX (2018) have seen some improvements compared to their predecessors – especially the operation via the touch surfaces of the two earplugs is literally easy to use. Unfortunately, our test samples already gave way when they were initially paired with the smartphone. After a few unsuccessful attempts, what works right away with much cheaper true wireless headphones was successful.
After a successful procedure, the sound is convincing, but compared to the Jabra Elite Sport, for example, they come across as a bit narrow-band – the deepest bass and the highest treble are more likely to be heard with others. In addition, the Gear IconX does not have a heart rate monitor on board, only a step and movement counter. They can be credited with the fact that they also work without a smartphone because of the internal memory.
Anker SoundCore Spirit Dot 2
The sound of the Anker SoundCore Spirit Dot 2 is simply not acceptable. The bass is booming, the mid-high tones distort quite quickly, and they also show their muffled side when making calls. Even the battery life of around 4.5 hours is just mediocre, especially considering the maximum of two recharges that the dock allows.