The best wireless headphones for 2020

by Vincent Wee

In the 21st Century, the days of getting caught up in dangling cables while dancing to your favorite song, exercising, or walking your dog, are over. Wireless headphones now make it possible for you to listen to music whenever and wherever you want to. Here are 4 of the best wireless headphones for 2020.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

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The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are over-ear noise-canceling headphones that are well-made, comfortable, and have a funky futuristic design. They have a touch-sensitive control system that is packed with functions. The control does take some getting used to, but their noise isolation is excellent, and the integrated microphone deals with ambient noise well. 

The Bose 700 headphones are ideal for use in the office and by professionals on the go. They block out sound well and leak less noise so you won’t disturb those around you. 

Bose has used its patented active noise canceling technology where microphones inside and outside the earcups monitor sounds around you. The headphones create an opposing signal to cancel them out. A TriPort acoustic headphone structure vents the earcups using external ports. That maximizes the acoustics inside the earcup, which gives you a full, rich sound.

Sound controls allow you to adjust between full noise canceling to full transparency and has nine settings. You can pause your music and enter conversation mode with a single click. A microphone system consists of 6 microphones that work together to produce crystal clear voice quality even in conditions where there is a lot of ambient noise.

Sennheiser HD 450BT

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The Sennheiser HD 450BT are over-ear wireless headphones that have a sleek design and are well-built. The best thing about Sennheiser’s HD405BT’s is their battery life. They offer 30 hours of continuous usage. 

They are ideal for exercising and commuting as they have a snug fit, but they don’t reduce bass-range sounds like trucks or busses when it comes to noise-canceling. So they don’t offer an utterly noise-free experience. However, the ANC performance is still above average, and they are excellent value for money with excellent blue tooth audio and easy-to-operate controls.

These headphones come with an audio cable that can be used with the headphones powered down or with ANC enabled. The difference between the quality of the sound when using the cable or Bluetooth is negligible. 

It comes in a nifty travel pouch with a very thin profile when not being used and expands to hold the headphones and cables. The noise cancellation of these headphones is not perfect, but it is solid enough for the price. This makes them ideal headphones for exercising and traveling.

Sony WH-1000XM3

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The Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are excellent for most uses but are particularly suited to commuting and traveling. Why? Because of their outstanding battery life. They are also an over the ear headphone, and they are one of the best noise-canceling headsets around. 

They should block most ambient noises and have easy-to-use controls. Their sleek design makes them comfortable to wear for extended periods, yet another reason they’re so suitable for travel. And, the cherry on the top is their fantastic wireless range.

One of the most useful features of the Sony WH-1000XM3 is that once you’ve installed the app, you will hardly ever need to use your phone to control the sound. Playback is easily navigated by simply swiping up and down or using a long press to activate the voice assistant.

These headphones are light with comfortable padding and suitable for a wide range of uses unless you’re an audiophile who wants completely lossless listening. The microphone is also surprisingly good, but it can make your voice sound “bassier” than it should. 

Overall, these headphones are excellent value for money and are among the best noise-canceling headphones on the market in 2020.

Marshall Mid ANC

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The Marshall Mid ANC headphones have a solid but compact design and deliver strong sound and acceptable noise-canceling. This wireless on-ear ANC headphone has an efficient control system, excellent wireless range, and a long battery life. 

They are versatile headphones that are perfect for mixed-usage. When using Bluetooth, there can be latency and, if you wear spectacles, you may find them a bit uncomfortable. However, other than that, the Marshall Mid ANC is pretty well-balanced and will work well no matter which genre of music you listen to.

These ergonomically designed headphones are comfortable and have a handy mini-joystick universal control knob. The button allows you to skip through tracks and adjust the volume quickly. They can also be used wired and come with a sturdy but slightly bulky carrying case. 

The Marshall Mid ANC’s noise-canceling capabilities are not as good as many other headphones on the market, but they are well priced, durable, and the audio reproduction is good.  

Usage recommendations

Wireless HeadphonesCommute/TravelExerciseOfficeLossless
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700XXXX
Sennheiser HD 450BTXX
Sony WH-1000XM3XX
Marshall Mid ANCXXX

As you can see, wireless headphone technology and design have reached a point where wireless headphones are the norm. Even mobile phone manufacturers are starting to design phones without ports for headphones as 2020 has ushered in top quality headphones compatible with any new device, like the ones above.

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