Tired of untangling the mess that your headphone wires inevitably get into every time you pack them away? Tired of losing the Bluetooth signal on your wireless headphones? So are we – which is why we tested out an array of new high-end wireless headphones that use advances in Bluetooth to deliver huge sound with no dropped signals to find the best of the best. Here are our top six finds.
You can wear these pillowy cans all day, thanks to their lambskin ear pads, and you are going to want to: The BeoPlay H7s pump out sound with ultraclarity at all ranges. The bass is exceptionally warm and adds just the right kick to more mellow jams. Bonus: These are big headphones that manage not to feel heavy. $449, beoplay.com
Killer Feature: The H7s have a removable battery, so you can keep a second one (sold separately) on hand and not stress about having to recharge while you're on a long plane trip.
Need room to dance? The gorgeous MW60s have about four times the range of the average Bluetooth headphones – so you can wander about 100 feet from your music source. Credit goes to that brushed aluminum, which looks cool and acts as a boosted antenna. Oh, yeah, powered by 45mm custom drivers, they sound incredible too. $549, masterdynamic.com
Killer Feature: The optional $300 Zero Halliburton aluminum carrying case. Come on, if you're already spending this much on headphones, go for it.
The first clue this is a premium headphone? The female voice with the British accent in your ear ("Power on. Connected"). The second? Sound that never breaks, even when you crank the Stones at max volume. Active noise cancellation filters out ambient sound without the vacuum-suck sensation of similar systems. $399, sennheiser.com
Killer Feature: A joystick-like volume switch that's easy to find on the go – even while wearing gloves.
The Audi of headphones – loaded with features and swathed in stitched leather – the Zik 3s work best with a smartphone app that allows you to alter the sound signature. Out of the box they perform great, but you can dial in more punch on the low, mid or high ends. There is also active noise cancellation and wireless charging, with a separately sold charger. $399, parrot.com
Killer Feature: Never miss a beat – when you take off the Zik 3s, the music automatically stops playing.
They're not much to look at, but the WS99BTs have an analog quality to their sound – and we mean that in a good way. Skipping through the Art Blakey catalog, we found the sound remarkably naturalistic – like being at a club. Credit may go to proprietary technology that claims to maximize the Bluetooth signal. Whatever it is, it works. $249, audio-technica.com
Killer Feature: One of the knocks on most Bluetooth cans is that they don't get loud; these are an ear-blowing exception.
With headphones, the old adage about getting what you pay for is usually true, but these wireless earbuds are a pleasant surprise at this price point. Insert them properly and they sport remarkably deep bass and are comfortable to wear, with no issues from the flexible band that goes around your neck. $119, solrepublic.com
Killer Feature: They're water-resistant, so you can rock out while you sweat.