February 2024

Wireless Headphones: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of wireless headphones rankings posted by key online experts, as of February 2024.

Summary

On 12 Feb 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 93 headphones endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

58 headphones were endorsed in total, only 13 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 12 Feb 2024, Sony WH-1000XM5 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed headphones with 8 expert endorsements. 5 experts out of 8 recommended it as the '#1 headphones' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking wireless headphones start at $32.95 (Skullcandy Riff Wireless) and go up to $699 (Focal Bathys). Median headphones costs $168.90 (Razer Opus).
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$699

At a glance - February Ranking

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Rank Change Price Headphones
Tom's Guide
Rtings.com
IGN
T3
Old Time Music
PCMag
Wirecutter
Digital Trends
What Hi-Fi
CNET
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- $398
Sony WH-1000XM5
The Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones have received positive reviews for their sound quality, noise cancellation, comfort, battery life, connectivity, and durability, making them a top choice for users seeking a premium listening experience.
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- $429
Bose Ultra Headphones
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones have received positive reviews for their sound quality, noise cancellation, comfort, battery life, and connectivity, making them a recommended choice for those seeking a versatile and enjoyable listening experience.
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+1 $297
Sennheiser Momentum 4
The Sennheiser Momentum 4 headphones have received highly positive reviews for their exceptional sound quality, noise cancellation, comfort, battery life, connectivity, and durability, making them a top choice for various listening needs.
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11
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-1 $269
Apple AirPods Pro 2
The Apple AirPods Pro 2 are highly praised for their exceptional sound quality, advanced noise cancellation, comfortable design, and convenient features, making them a top choice for everyday use.
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- $480
Apple AirPods Max
The Apple AirPods Max receive positive reviews for their sound quality, noise cancellation, comfort, battery life, and connectivity, making them a top choice for an outstanding audio experience.
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- $299
Bose QuietComfort Ultra
The Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds are highly praised for their sound quality, noise cancellation, comfort, battery life, connectivity, and durability, making them a recommended choice for music enthusiasts who value strong bass and treble, effective noise cancellation, comfort for extended use, and durability for various activities.
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- $298
Sony WF-1000XM5
The Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds have received highly positive expert reviews for their sound quality, noise cancellation capabilities, comfort, battery life, connectivity features, and additional features, making them a top choice for premium true wireless earbuds.
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Sony CH-720N
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+1 $379
Bose 700
The Bose 700 headphones have received positive reviews for their sound quality, noise cancellation, comfort, battery life, connectivity, and durability, making them ideal for travel, work, or leisure activities.
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+1 $149
Urbanista Los Angeles
The Urbanista Los Angeles headphones receive positive reviews for their sound quality, noise cancellation, comfort, battery life, and build quality, making them a recommended choice for bassheads and those seeking a powerful sound experience.
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+1 $279
Bose QuietComfort 45
The Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones have received positive reviews for their sound quality, noise cancellation, comfort, battery life, connectivity, and durability, making them a versatile and reliable option for users.
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New * $344
Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2
The Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 headphones are highly praised for their exceptional sound quality, effective noise cancellation, comfort, impressive battery life, versatile connectivity options, and durability, making them suitable for various use cases.
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- $75
1MORE SonoFlow
The 1MORE SonoFlow headphones receive positive reviews for their sound quality, customizable EQ presets, effective noise cancellation, comfort, long battery life, reliable Bluetooth connectivity, and durability.
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#15 $74.99 1MORE SonoFlow
#12 $149 Urbanista Los Angeles
#4 $269 Apple AirPods Pro 2
#13 $279 Bose QuietComfort 45
#3 $296.99 Sennheiser Momentum 4
#7 $298 Sony WF-1000XM5
#6 $299 Bose QuietComfort Ultra
#14 $344.49 Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2
#11 $379 Bose 700
#1 $398 Sony WH-1000XM5
#2 $429 Bose Ultra Headphones
#5 $479.99 Apple AirPods Max

We ranked Sony WH-1000XM5 #1 in February 2024 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 5 experts ranked Sony WH-1000XM5 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best wireless headphones overall / Editor's Choice

Articulate and engaging sound
Great control options
Impressive noise-cancelation

Redesign and eco credentials ups the price
Gets hot around the ears during longer listening

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IGN

Best Wireless Headphones

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T3

The best noise cancelling headphones for most people

Superb noise cancellation
Stunning sound
Great battery life
Very comfortable

Don't fold
Pricier than predecessors

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PCMag

Best Headphones for Audiophiles / Editors' Choice

Excellent audio performance with robust bass depth and crisp highs
Top-notch active noise cancellation
Intuitive on-ear controls
App offers an adjustable EQ and other customization settings
Comfortable, stylish design

Expensive

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Wirecutter

Great performance, with some effort

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Digital Trends

The best wireless headphones overall

Excellent sound
Very good comfort
Ultra-clear call quality
Best-in-class noise canceling
Very good battery life
Hi-res compatible (wired/wireless)
Hands-free voice assistant access
Classy, modern design

Fold-flat, but don’t fold up

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What Hi-Fi

New design, same winning result for Sony’s latest premium wireless headphones

Sensational sonic clarity
Nice to use
Punchy and precise, agile bass

Build seems a little less premium than before
Don’t fold away completely

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CNET

Best noise-canceling headphones from Sony

More refined sound and even better noise canceling
Slightly more comfortable
Best-in-class voice call quality
Robust feature set

Higher price tag than the previous model
Larger carrying case (headphones fold flat but not up)

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We ranked Bose Ultra Headphones #2 in February 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Bose Ultra Headphones as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best wireless headphones for ANC

Modernized design
Effective Immersive Audio experience
Intuitive controls
Best-ever ANC

High cost compared to most rivals
Middling battery life for a flagship design

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Rtings.com

Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

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T3

The best noise cancelling headphones for travel

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PCMag

Best Headphones for Noise Cancellation / Editor's Choice

Class-leading active noise cancellation
Crisp audio with rich bass
Adjustable EQ
Immersive audio modes with spatial effects

Expensive
Adaptive noise cancellation might cause ear pressure

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Digital Trends

Best noise canceling

Premium materials and design
Excellent comfort
Best-in-class noise canceling
Natural-sounding transparency
Impressive spatial audio
Hi-res compatibility

Tricky volume control
ANC can't be turned off

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CNET

Best new noise-canceling headphones

Design is an upgrade
Lightweight and very comfortable
Excellent sound and great noise canceling
Voice-calling performance is top-notch
Immersive Audio mode offers some sound-quality enhancements

Higher price than the previous model
No USB-C audio
Immersive Audio mode hurts battery life

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend wireless headphones.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of wireless headphones, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for February 2024 ranking

We ranked Sennheiser Momentum 4 #3 in February 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Best-ever battery life for a wireless headphone with ANC

Spectacular battery life
Great sound
Effective noise-cancelling performance
Reliable touch controls
Robust design with plain styling (if you like that sort of thing)

Anonymous styling
Earpads may make ears hot
Flaky connectivity issues with Smart Control app

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IGN

Best High-End Wireless Headphones

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T3

The best noise-cancelling headphones for battery life

Energetic, powerful sound
Very effective adaptive ANC
60 hours of battery, fast charging

Could look more exciting
EQ control could be more extensive

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PCMag

Most Stylish Headphones

Excellent audio performance with robust bass, detailed highs
Effective noise cancellation
Strong Bluetooth codec support
Handsome design with easy-to-operate on-ear controls

Underwhelming in-app EQ
App sometimes has trouble connecting to headphones

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Digital Trends

Best for sound quality

Amazing battery life
Outstanding sound
Effective wind noise reduction
Comfortable
Effective ANC

No auto-off function

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CNET

Best Sennheiser noise-canceling wireless headphones

Excellent sound
Improved noise canceling and voice-calling performance
Impressive battery life
Good sound personalization features

Ho-hum design
Noise-canceling isn't as good as Sony's or Bose's

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We ranked Apple AirPods Pro 2 #4 in February 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Apple AirPods Pro 2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The best headphones for Apple users

Supreme sound quality
Excellent adaptive noise cancelling
Longer battery life than predecessor

Fairly large headphone body
Android users miss out on some features

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PCMag

Best Earphones for iPhone Users / Editors' Choice

Rich, well-balanced audio performance
Excellent active noise cancellation
Adaptive Transparency mode is genuinely impressive
Charging case has a useful built-in speaker
Seamless integration with Apple devices

No hi-res codec support
Offers only non-adjustable EQ presets

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What Hi-Fi

Apple's best-sounding AirPods yet are up there with the very best

Clear, detailed and powerful sound
Very decent adaptive noise-cancelling
Smooth, intuitive use with iOS devices

Many features restricted to iOS devices
Sony XM5 and Bose (above) sound superior

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CNET

Updated Apple noise-canceling wireless earbuds

Additional dust resistance
MagSafe (USB-C) charging

Nearly identical to their Lightning predecessor
High price

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We ranked Apple AirPods Max #5 in February 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best over-ear wireless headphones for iOS users

Luxury design
Excellent noise cancellation
Spatial Audio sounds great

Expensive

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IGN

Best High-End Wireless Headphones for Apple Users

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PCMag

Best Headphones for iPhone Users

Excellent audio performance with rich lows and crisp, detailed highs
High-quality active noise cancellation, especially for low-frequency rumble
Stunning, unique design
Adaptive EQ and Spatial audio
Hands-free Siri access

Expensive
Sound signature and Adaptive EQ/spatial audio aren't for purists
No user-adjustable EQ
Button placement makes it easy to misfire when adjusting fit
Smart Case does little to protect the headphones

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Digital Trends

Best for iPhone users

Best-in-class ANC
Amazing transparency mode
Excellent build quality
Excellent sound quality
Top-notch call quality

Charges via Lightning cable
Heavy on head

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CNET

Best high-end Apple wireless headphones

Surprisingly comfortable for their weight
Impressive sound and build-quality
Adaptive noise canceling is top-notch and so is transparency mode
Good headset performance for calls
Spatial audio virtual surround for iPhones and iPads is a sweet bonus feature
Automatic switching between iOS devices on your iCloud account (multipoint Bluetooth)

Expensive, heavy and the smart case may be too smart for its own good
No cable included for wired use

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We ranked Bose QuietComfort Ultra #6 in February 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

Best noise-cancelling earbuds

Top notch sound
Incredible comfort
Unrivalled noise cancellation

Case is larger than some
Pricier than most

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PCMag

Best Earphones for Noise Cancellation / Editor's Choice

Best-in-class noise cancellation
Crisp, full-bodied audio
Active Aware feature blends noise cancellation and transparency modes
Spatial audio support with head tracking
Good Bluetooth codec support

Case doesn’t support wireless charging
No multipoint connectivity

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What Hi-Fi

Bose's premium wireless ANC earbuds sound the business

Punchy, musical sound
Solid, weighty bass
Excellent ANC

Immersive Audio slashes battery life
No multipoint Bluetooth
No wireless charging

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CNET

Great noise-canceling

Excellent sound and best-in-class noise canceling
Fit Kit ear tips and stabilizer system gets you a secure, comfortable fit
Immersive Audio creates a different listening experience
Slightly improved voice-calling

No wireless charging or multipoint Bluetooth
Immersive Audio mode hurts battery life

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We ranked Sony WF-1000XM5 #7 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best Earphones for Audiophiles / Editors' Choice

Rich bass response and crisp, detailed highs
Adjustable in-app EQ
Excellent noise cancellation
Top-tier mic clarity
Case supports wireless charging
Hands-free Alexa and Google Assistant

Expensive
Some bloat in companion app

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What Hi-Fi

Sony's best true wireless earbuds to date, with a price tag to match

Class-leading levels of detail and clarity
Top-notch musicality and timing
Comfortable, discreet design

Some rivals produce more bass
Could feel more secure

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CNET

Best sony earbuds

New smaller design
Improved sound, noise canceling and voice calling
Upgraded processors and drivers

Pricey
No Find My feature integrated into app

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We ranked Sony CH-720N #8 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

Affordable over-ears with no obvious shortcomings

Compellingly clear, direct sound
Decent ANC for the price
Solid, durable build quality

A little over-enthusiastic in the bass
Sadly no case or foldability

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CNET

Top midrange noise-canceling headphones

Lightweight and comfortable
Good sound with very good noise canceling
Good voice-calling performance
35 hours of battery life

No carrying case
No ear-detection sensors
No LDAC audio codec support

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We ranked Bose 700 #9 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Rtings.com

Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones For Calls

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IGN

Best Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

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We ranked Urbanista Los Angeles #10 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Battery Life / Editors Choice

Solar-powered charging
Impressive audio performance with rich, deep bass and crisp highs
Quality noise cancellation for the price
Stylish design

No in-app EQ
Noise cancellation slightly impacts sound signature

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Digital Trends

Best for the eco-minded music fan

Solar charging really works
Secure fit
Real-time power meter in app
Huge 80-hour battery

Only works under optimal conditions
No EQ adjustments

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We ranked Bose QuietComfort 45 #11 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Closed-Back Wireless Headphones

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T3

Great noise-cancelling headphones for travel

Impressive noise-cancelling
24 hours of battery life
Sound you can listen to for hours
Folding design, great carry case

Can’t turn off noise-cancelling entirely
No manual EQ settings

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We ranked Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 #12 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Updated premium over-ears with elite sound

Great sound
Low-profile designs with smart styling
Effective noise canceling

No touch controls
Noise canceling isn't as good as its rivals

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T3

Best premium ANC headphones

Great audiophile grade sound
Motion-sensing features
Stylish and comfortable

Don't fold
Pricey
ANC less impressive than others

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We ranked 1MORE SonoFlow #13 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best wireless headphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Best budget wireless headphones

Great sound quality
Very comfortable for long periods
Ridiculous battery life
Solid ANC performance
Great app support
Affordable price

No wear sensors
Wired mode disables extra features

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CNET

Good-performing noise-canceling headphones under $100

Comfortable
Good sound quality for their price
Decent noise canceling
LDAC audio codec support for Android users

A bit generic looking
Noise canceling only works in wireless mode

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