Headphones have made listening to music on the move a way of life, but if there’s one thing that can take the fun out of mobile music, it’s the headphone cable. Those two pieces of wire can’t help but get in the way when you’re jogging or simply aren’t long enough to let you watch programmes comfortably on your laptop or tablet.
Wireless headphones, as the name suggests, let you listen to your devices in private without a cable in sight, sending sound via a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone or tablet. Here are some over ear and in-ear wireless headphones for your consideration...
Over-ear wireless headphones
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless
Aimed at travellers, these wireless cans fold up and last 30 hours per charge, and feature noise-cancelling technology to block out background noise. NFC makes for easy pairing and the on-ear trackpad lets you skip a track with a swipe of the finder. Audio experts What HiFi recently awarded them 5 stars.
These wireless over-ear headphones have Active Noise Cancellation that cuts ambient noise by 85%. They come with a cable if you don’t want to use them wirelessly via Bluetooth, and they can be charged via USB.
Beats Studio Wireless
Available in Sky grey, these lightweight on-ear headphones pair with your phone using Bluetooth and last for 20 hours per charge. Adaptive Noise Cancelling silences unwanted noise, adjusting to suit the surroundings.
Creative Outlier Wireless Bluetooth
Aimed at commuters and sports fans, the Outlier has a built-in mp3 player and plays audio from four sources: Bluetooth, wired, USB and microSD – a 32GB card is supplied. NFC enables quick pairing, the battery lasts 10 hours and Lap Timer provides voice prompts for runners.
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-ear Wireless
Made from stainless steel with an Alcantara headband, these incredibly stylish on-ear Bluetooth headphones have NoiseGard active noise cancellation.
In-ear wireless headphones
SOL Republic Amps Air
These wireless headphones are completely free of any cables, with the two ear buds able to sync with each other. Battery is also no barrier, as it comes in a travel case which acts as the charger, so as long as the case has juice, so can charge your headphones. Handily enough, it can also be used to charge your smartphone as well.
Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Wireless for cable-free calls and music, these earbuds feature P2i military-grade nano-coating can withstand sweat and moisture. When they aren’t being used DeepSleep kicks in, putting them into hibernation and extending battery readiness by up to six months.
One For All Rechargeable wireless stethoscope TV headset HP 1040
These wireless TV headphones improve the listening experience of people with a hearing impairment. With a range of 50 metres they enhance speech and dim background noise from your television. For minimum interference the headset connects using the 2.4 GHz band.
Urbanista Boston Wireless
Aimed at those with an active lifestyle, these in-ear Bluetooth headphones have an IPX5 water resistant rating and repel sweat and rain. The cable is reflective to offer greater visibility at night.
Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear
These in-ear Bluetooth buds hook over your ear and are IPX-4 certified, which means they are sweat- and water-resistant.
TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Magnetic Earbuds
Wireless headphones for those on a budget, these in-ear headphones include built-in magnets that clip together, so you can wear it safely around your neck like a necklace.