By M. W. Byrne

Hearing Compared: The 12 Best Bluetooth Earbuds

Innovation and evolution stepped in and now we’re able to get strong signals that transmit great – if not quite studio-grade – audio packed into a tiny headphones that moves when we do.  Hence, the 12 best Bluetooth earbuds.

Anker Soundbuds Sport IE20

Connectivity is strong, though you’re going to be pushing some pretty inexpensive drivers, which means passable audio and little else. Purchase: $24


SoundPeats Q30

Not the most amazing sound, but quite listenable. Worth the money, especially if lose things and need something semi-disposable. Purchase: $27


Skullcandy Ink’d Bluetooth

There’s a really nice bass bump to these, which is rare in a set of wireless earbuds. Sometimes the bass can actually be too much, drowning out the vocals. Purchase: $43


Samsung Level U Pro

Inexpensive, expressive sound, a good look, snug fit, they’d be great for anyone. Except that if you use them with anything other than a Samsung device, they pump out a lot of piercing frequencies that are agony. Purchase: $43


Phiaton BT 100 NC

Able to operate while charging – a feature that more wireless headphones should adopt – but also able to run for 7 to 12 hours depending on what kind of sound you’re pumping, these go the distance. Purchase: $58


Optoma NuForce BE Sport3

As headphones, they fit firmly and consistently, have many accessories for securing them to your pretty little head, and run about 8 to 10 hours.  Purchase: $69


JLab Epic2

Able to fit happily in almost any ear with the smart design and customizable silicone tips, it’s rare that these won’t stay in place without strain mile after country mile. Purchase: $100



The slick metallic and black body is also a nice fashion piece should you want to wear these into first class. Purchase: $100