Wireless earbuds are one of the best ways to listen to your music on the go, whether your commuting, heading to the gym, or relaxing poolside on a sunny day the right pair of earphones will stay put and bring you quality sound. We're fast approaching the best time to buy wireless earbuds: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The massive sales event kicks off on November 29, but we're expecting the deals to start rolling in from the beginning of November – make sure you bookmark our Black Friday deals hub for the best headphones deals we can find. You'd be forgiven for thinking wireless earbuds aren't as good as wired models – that's because a few short years ago, Bluetooth wasn't the best way listen to your favorite music. Back in the day, Bluetooth earphones didn't sound as good as their wired counterparts, suffered connectivity issues and became known for having short battery lives.
True Wireless headphones – those that you see in this guide – have no cord whatsoever. While wireless allows us to wear headphones a few feet away from your music player or phone, True Wireless cuts the cord between the earbuds, giving us complete freedom. Wireless headphones on the other hand have existed for some time, basically since Bluetooth as a standard was invented. Though battery-powered and not physically connected to your phone, they have a cord connecting both buds – and sometimes a band around the neck too. If you don't want to ditch the cable completely, check our best wireless earbuds guide here.
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With limited 3.5mm audio ports and the expansion of watches with music capability, Bluetooth earbuds are becoming the standard for audio on the go. Apple's latest AirPods Pro raised the awareness of active-noise cancellation (ANC) on earbuds so we are seeing more competitors focusing on this audio experience. Good earbuds aren't just great for making and receiving calls when on the move. They can help you relax and even block out the hustle and bustle of the world around you. In January I posted a review of the TicPods 2 Pro earbuds and was pleased with the experience, except there were no silicone tips to keep them in my ears while running.
The Apple AirPods Pro stand tall as our pick for the best overall true wireless earbuds right now. Apple's AirPods Pro take everything we love about the traditional AirPods and ramp things up a notch (or three). They sound better than all Apple earbuds before them, deliver excellent noise reduction, and add proper water-resistance (finally). What's more, these are the first Apple earbuds with swappable silicone ear tips, making it easy for just about anyone to get a comfortable fit. While battery life is middling at 4.5 to 5 hours (some competitors offer 10 hours or more on a single charge), the pocket-friendly charging case holds multiple recharges for 24 hours total listening time. In addition, quick charging provides an hour of listening in just five minutes, so you'll rarely need to worry about dead earbuds. In our lab tests, we found the AirPods Pro's noise cancellation was on par with pricier noise-canceling headphones, with a minimal hit to battery life. Their Transparency Mode is also among the most effective and natural-sounding we've experienced, allowing you to pipe in the outside world for those times you want to be aware of your surroundings.