The true wireless, it’s the promise of being able to listen to your music freely, even more than just using Bluetooth headphones.
The method of communication is the same, but the form is a little different. The so-called headphones true wireless, or “really wireless” in French, not only do not need cable to connect to audio sources, but also the cord that usually connects them, hence this feeling of total freedom.
On the other hand, you will have to be a little more careful not to lose them, since it is also easier. But you are probably not there yet if you consult this guide with no other purpose than to guide consumers lost in the growing range of headphones true wireless.
It must be said that this has been one of the strong trends in the audio sector for two years, and that almost all brands now offer at least a 100% wireless reference. Here is our selection of the best models available to date, and passed by our test laboratory.
Apple AirPods v2 2019: the timeless
As fashion accessories as audio devices to take everywhere, Apple’s AirPods are undoubtedly the most popular true wireless headphones on the market.
Models that Apple updated in 2019 to better appeal to those who still doubted. These models do not review the design of their elders, including the charging unit, and more or less maintain the same autonomy (4h50 on average per charge). It is therefore in terms of hardware that their copy was reviewed.
The headphones thus benefit from the Apple W1 chip which notably allows access to Siri without having to tap the headset. For the rest, the audio quality and the insulation remain comparable: more than accessories for audiophiles, the AirPods are excellent companions of everyday life.
To benefit from an active noise cancellation system, remember that you have to turn to the AirPods Pro, whose format is slightly different, since these are in-ear headphones.
Sony WF-1000XM3: active noise cancellation in true wireless version
Particularly well represented in the world of true wireless headphones, Sony stands out with its WF-SP700N, the results of which have risen to the top of our 2019 ranking of 100% wireless models.
A reference closely followed by a pair of WF-1000XM3 also simply, which we praised during its test the noise reduction system.
An option rarely included, and more rarely satisfactory when it is. The WF-1000XM3 also features a neat design and provides a 6h15 autonomy per charge with ANC, or up to 32 hours with the box that accompanies them.
Autonomy increased by an hour and a half in Bluetooth alone, with the bonus of fast charging. Finally, we appreciate the direct access to a voice assistant of your choice. A product suitable for Android users and undeniably powerful.
Sony WF-SP700N: the choice of efficiency
The WF-1000X had been able to convince in their time, but their sporting counterpart, the WF-SP700N, were just as satisfactory, if not more.
They are certainly intended to be worn during physical activity sessions, and for this they rely on an IPx4 certification and on a good support provided by a flexible fin, but do not stop there.
The audio quality is there, with just a little boost in the bass, and we especially benefit from a suitable passive isolation which can be supplemented by a powerful noise reduction system.
The autonomy is still maintained at 2:45 when it is activated, and increases drastically when deactivated. A model to use for sport, therefore, but also for everyday life.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless (M3): city dwellers
Characterized by their slightly more luxurious look than most products in their category, the Momentum True Wireless convince by the audio quality they deliver, but also by the correct isolation they provide.
They are also supplied in a charging box with practical USB Type-C port, even if we regret a less comfortable autonomy than on certain competitive models, since it remains within four hours per charge.
The fact remains that these Momentum, moreover equipped with controls located on the headphones and providing access to voice assistants, constitute a highly recommendable model for everyday use.
Jabra Elite Sport: for athletes
The Jabra Elite Sport – which are nevertheless starting to date – have obviously been cut for sport, and are therefore adorned with small fins ensuring excellent support.
You don’t risk losing them, even during intense activities. They also benefit from excellent autonomy (more than 4 hours), an integrated heart rate monitor and can transform themselves, thanks to the companion application, into a real sports coach.
What compensate for the small weaknesses observed in audio during their passage in the lab, such as a slight pre-emphasis in the bass and a peak at 4 kHz, while the low passive insulation will allow us to remain vigilant during training in urban areas.
It should be noted that the Elite 75t have just been declined in an Active version which is also adapted to sport. They will be marketed in the coming weeks.
Beats PowerBeats Pro: sporty, but not only
Beats had not yet entered the true wireless headset segment, and it is now done. The PowerBeats Pro are completely wireless, but have an earhook ensuring their good support during the most hectic sports sessions.
But these headphones, which offer good sound quality, with little distortion and whose autonomy reaches 9:30 on average per charge, are suitable for everyday use.
The insulation remains perfectible, but it is a very small weakness with regard to the overall performance of the product.
Finally, we appreciate the simplicity of connecting the headphones to an iPhone thanks to the integration of the Apple H1 chip.
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