Best headphones 2024: We rate the very best TWS earbuds this year

The number of completely wireless headphones entering the market has exceeded all reasonable limits, and it’s easy to get confused about the new models. Among all this diversity, we try to...

The number of completely wireless headphones entering the market has exceeded all reasonable limits, and it’s easy to get confused about the new models.

Among all this diversity, we try to highlight the most interesting TWS headphones that deserve attention both in terms of sound quality and original technical solutions.

7. Edifier NeoBuds Pro 2

7. Edifier NeoBuds Pro 2

Price: $129.99

Pros – advanced noise reduction system, hybrid acoustic part

Cons – design?

Verdict – Great sound and excellent noise reduction

The headphones are distinguished by the use of a wideband and multi-channel active noise cancellation system, which allows not only to block unwanted sounds, but also to select certain types of noise that the user wants to continue to hear. The maximum noise reduction level is -50 dB, and each earphone has 4 microphones. The acoustic part of the model is built on dynamic and reinforcement emitters Knowles RAN. The total battery life when using the charging case is 20 hours, the model supports the low compression LDAC codec. The headphones have a special gaming mode with low signal delay and a surround sound mode.

6. Technics EAH-AZ40M2

6. Technics EAH-AZ40M2

Price: $169.99

Pros – beautiful design, excellent sound, LDAC support, good noise reduction system

Cons – almost nothing

Verdict – perfectly balanced headphones in all respects

The acoustic part of the model uses a proprietary 6 mm dynamic driver. A special acoustic chamber that optimizes airflow allows the headphones to play with minimal distortion even at high volumes. Support for the LDAC codec also contributes to high sound quality. The active noise cancellation system offers various modes, including Ambient and Attention. The headphones are available in three colors, the model is certified to the IPX4 standard. On a single charge with the noise cancellation system turned off, the headphones can work continuously for up to seven hours. The backup battery in the carrying case increases autonomy for another 24 hours. If you activate noise reduction, the battery life will be 5.5 and 18 hours, respectively.

5. JBL Live Flex

5. JBL Live Flex

Price – $199.95

Pros – long battery life, flexible sound settings, adaptive noise reduction system

Cons – weak passive insulation, price is high

Verdict – comfortable and practical open-back headphones with a long range

Open headphones are equipped with 12 mm drivers with neodymium magnetic systems. The Personi-Fi 2.0 system is responsible for customizing the sound to the user’s personal preferences; the model is also equipped with an adaptive noise reduction system with six microphones. The cases are protected from dust and water according to the IP54 standard, and a Bluetooth 5.3 adapter is responsible for wireless communication. The total battery life of the headphones will be up to 40 hours: eight hours will be provided by the batteries in the headphones and 32 hours by the battery in the case, which supports Qi fast charging technology.

4. Sony Inzone Buds

4. Sony Inzone Buds

Price: $199.99

Pros – long operating time, connection without signal delay, high-quality sound

Cons – only price

Verdict – Excellent headphones for gamers

Sony gaming TWS headphones support 360 Spatial Audio mode, which provides surround sound and allows you to accurately localize the position of opponents in multiplayer games. And features such as Sound Field Optimization and Sound Tone Personalization allow you to create a sound profile tailored to the user’s hearing characteristics. The acoustic part of the headphones is built on proprietary Dynamic Driver X drivers; the model also uses an active noise reduction system and an AI Noise Reduction system. The headphones can last up to 12 hours on a single charge and up to 24 hours using the charging case. Minimal signal delay during games is ensured when headphones are connected wirelessly via a special dongle connected via USB-C.

3. Jabra Elite 10

3. Jabra Elite 10

Price – 249.99 euros

Pros – support for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Head Tracking, IP57 protection

Cons – price, no support for low compression codecs

Verdict – advanced headphones for athletes and more

The company’s top-end fully wireless headphones support the Dolby Atmos surround sound format, as well as Dolby Head Tracking technology. It allows you to adapt the sound of stereo and multi-channel tracks depending on the position of the listener’s head. The acoustic part is built on 10 mm dynamic drivers, the Bluetooth 5.3 wireless adapter supports simultaneous connection to several signal sources. The headphones and charging case are protected from moisture and dust according to the IP57 standard. The active noise reduction system has several modes; when activated, the operating time on a single charge will be 6 hours. Using the charging case extends the total battery life to 27 hours.

2.Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds

2.Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds

Price: $299.99

Pros – Excellent noise cancellation, comfortable fit, aptX Adaptive and Snapdragon Sound support

Cons – short battery life, price

Verdict – A natural choice for Bose fans

The main improvement of the new model compared to last year’s Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II concerns the sound quality during telephone calls, as well as support for Snapdragon Sound. It allows Android smartphones to stream music using the aptX Adaptive codec with a higher bitrate. On a single battery charge, the headphones will last up to six hours with Immersive Audio turned off or four hours with it turned on. The company is offering the new product an optional wireless charging case for $49, which will be backwards compatible with the QC Earbuds II model. The headphones are available in black and white finishes.

1. Devialet Gemini II

1. Devialet Gemini II

Price – 400 euros (600 euros for the Opéra de Paris version)

Pros – great sound, unusual design, adaptive noise cancellation

Cons – high price, short operating time on one charge

Verdict – the best choice for audiophiles

The updated version of the French company’s completely wireless headphones has received an improved adaptive noise reduction system that can reduce the level of external noise by 40 dB. It uses three microphones and a bone conduction sensor. The headphone housings have decreased in size by 22%, and the shape of the charging case has also changed. With the noise reduction system turned on, the Devialet Gemini II will work for 5 hours, while the total battery life, taking into account the charging case, is 22 hours. The headphones are protected from moisture and dust according to IPX4 class. The acoustic part is built on 10-mm dynamic drivers with a titanium diaphragm; the Bluetooth adapter supports the low-compression aptX codec. The limited edition Devialet Gemini II Opéra de Paris is distinguished by the fact that the metal elements of the headphone housings and case are plated with 22-karat gold.

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