10 High-End Wireless Headphones for Your iPhone 7

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-09-16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 High-End Wireless Headphones for Your iPhone 7
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    10 High-End Wireless Headphones for Your iPhone 7

    Because the iPhone 7 doesn't include a headphone jack, owners of the new Apple phone will need to buy wireless headphones. Here are some options.
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    Go High-End With Sennheiser Momentum Headphones
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    Go High-End With Sennheiser Momentum Headphones

    The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones are among the most expensive in this roundup at $500. For that, customers will get a full headphone design, complete with earcups to keep the sound around the ears. The headphones connect to a device wirelessly, though they do come with a cable for those who want wired sound. The Momentum Wireless headphones also ship with an omnidirectional microphone so they can be used for calls.
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    The New Beats Solo3 Come With the W1 Chip
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    The New Beats Solo3 Come With the W1 Chip

    The Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones come with Apple's new W1 wireless chip. The Beats Solo3 headphones, which were unveiled at Apple's iPhone press event, come with up to 40 hours of battery life and earcups to keep the sound trapped around the ears. They retail for $300, and users get three hours of playback after just five minutes of charging. Plus, they can simultaneously connect to Apple Watch, Macs and iOS devices.
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    Bose Makes QuietComfort Wireless
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    Bose Makes QuietComfort Wireless

    The Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless comes with the company's popular noise-canceling technology, which eliminates ambient sound to deliver better audio quality. Like many others in this roundup, the QuietComfort 35 headphones have volume-optimized EQ for balanced audio levels and dual microphones so users can make calls. The headphones have up to 20 hours of wireless charging and can connect to devices not only via Bluetooth but also near-field communication. The QuietComfort 35 Wireless headphones cost $350.
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    Plantronics Goes Wireless With the Backbeat Sense
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    Plantronics Goes Wireless With the Backbeat Sense

    Plantronics is perhaps best-known for Bluetooth phone headsets, but the company's Backbeat Sense also are worth considering. The Backbeat Sense come with up to 18 hours of audio playback before they need to be recharged and cost a somewhat more affordable $180. Like several others, the Backbeat Sense have a built-in microphone to place calls and come with a "smart wireless" feature that can connect to devices at ranges of up to 330 feet.
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    Jaybird Keeps Freedom Earbuds Small
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    Jaybird Keeps Freedom Earbuds Small

    Jaybird calls its Freedom earbuds the smallest in the business. While it's unclear whether that's true, the Freedom earbuds are extremely small and designed to barely be noticeable in the ear. The earbuds are made from "premium metal" and have an accompanying MySound app so users can create settings for optimum sound. The earbuds work with smartphones and wearables, and cost $200.
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    Bowers & Wilkins Has High-End P7s
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    Bowers & Wilkins Has High-End P7s

    Bowers & Wilkins is another high-end headphone maker, and its P7 Wireless headphones fit that mold at a cost of $400. The heavy-duty headphones come with a leather finish and a folding design to fit snugly into a carrying case. Bowers & Wilkins says the headphones can be paired "within seconds," and have 17 hours of battery life. They also come with two microphones.
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    Jabra Designs Elite Sport Earbuds for Athletes
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    Jabra Designs Elite Sport Earbuds for Athletes

    Athletes looking for earbuds that can be used while running around town might want to consider the Jabra Elite Sport. The Jabra Elite Sport offer just three hours of music or talk time on a single charge, but if they're connected to their "on-the-go charging case," users will get an additional six hours of battery life. The low-profile earbuds also have a microphone and an in-ear heart-rate monitor that connects to an accompanying app. The Jabra Elite Sport is scheduled to hit store shelves on Oct. 30 for $250.
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    Check Out the Brand-New BeatsX Earphones
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    Check Out the Brand-New BeatsX Earphones

    At its iPhone event, Apple announced that Beats, which it acquired in 2014 for more than $3 billion, would launch new wireless headphones known as the BeatsX. The earphones, which are set to ship this fall, cost $150 but, like Apple's AirPods and the Beats Solo3, come with the W1 wireless chip that allows them to connect to the iPhone and Apple Watch. The BeatsX offer eight hours of sound on a single charge and the ability to add two hours of playback in just five minutes. There's also a wire connecting the two earphones that provides physical buttons for increasing volume, among other features.
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    Sony Goes Wireless With the H.ear
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    Sony Goes Wireless With the H.ear

    The Sony H.ear headphones come with the ability to connect to devices via Bluetooth or near-field communication. Like the Bose QuiteComfort 35, they also have noise-canceling features that digitally block background noise. According to Sony, the headphones, which cost $350, feature the "hi-res audio" certification and HD voice support in the microphone to deliver better hands-free calls.
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    Apple Has Its Own Accessories Called AirPods
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    Apple Has Its Own Accessories Called AirPods

    Finally, it's important to include in this roundup of iPhone 7 wireless headphones Apple's own set, called AirPods. The AirPods, which will launch in late October, have a simple design and connect to both iPhones and Apple Watch units through Apple's W1 wireless chip. The AirPods are designed to interact with Siri, as well as facilitate calls, thanks to their built-in microphone. AirPods have up to five hours of battery life on a single charge and can regain three hours of battery life after just 15 minutes of charging. They'll cost $159 when Apple releases them, planned for October.
 

Sept. 16 saw the release of Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and now many new owners and prospective buyers also are looking for wireless headphones. The iPhone 7 is the first smartphone from Apple designed without a headphone jack. Apple said its decision took "courage," but it was part of a broader initiative to move forward and not continue relying on outdated technologies. It didn't talk long, however, for Apple customers to express their dismay at the prospect of buying wireless headphones or using a Lighting port adapter to listen to audio on the iPhone 7. However, those critics should take comfort from the fact that there are many quality Bluetooth headphones that deliver outstanding sound and provide greater freedom in range of motion than their old-school tethered predecessors. Bluetooth headphones also generally have outstanding battery life, although some models are downright pricey. This eWEEK slide show discusses the various wireless headphones that are available for anyone who has bought an iPhone 7 and now is on the hunt for headphones.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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