Design, games, audiophiles or classics: the editors offer you a selection of wireless headphones that you can slip into your Christmas gift list.
It is one of the sure values of Christmas. Popularized by the first AirPods, wireless headphones have been very popular for several years and have gradually established themselves as essential everyday products. Discreet and less bulky than wireless headphones allow you to enjoy increased freedom of movement combined with sound quality.
Equipped with technologies such as active noise reduction or 360° sound spatialisation, they are among them linked gifts the most valued. With references multiplied, it is not always easy to find your way around the abundance on offer. To see more clearly, here is a proposal for wireless headphones carefully selected by the editors.
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Apple AirPods Pro 2
With its AirPods, Apple has taken the wireless headphone market into another dimension by democratizing use. The Californian brand is back with a new generation that improves many points of an already very efficient model. That AirPods Pro 2 offer excellent sound quality with the added bonus of spatial sound and head trackingone of the very best, if not the best, active noise reduction for intras, and a transparency mode (to listen to the music perfectly without being cut off from the outside) at a very high level.
Add to that increased autonomy (6 hours per earcup, 30 hours in total) and, above all, the ability to beep its charging box (wireless or wired) to easily find it thanks to the Locate application on the iPhone. It is also possible to locate his lost earphones. Note that the cover can be recharged on a support for Apple Watch.
Apple AirPods 3rd generation
If the AirPods Pro 2 are too expensive for you or you don’t like the in-ear model, Apple offers a more affordable version with very good sound quality with AirPods 3 that look like two drops of water to AirPods Pro, except for the tips. But no active noise reduction is offered or transparency mode.
For such a model, however, they include spatial sound technology for total immersion and adaptive equalization. They are available with a Lightning or Lightning + Qi wireless charging case. They also have stem-level control and increased battery life (up to 30 hours thanks to the case).
Headphones sony The WF-1000XM4 is undeniably at the top of the curve by offering an above-average sound quality. In fact, the sound reproduction, dynamic and precise, is perfectly balanced with rich bass and well-controlled treble. Equipped with excellent spatialization, they are also adorned with an active noise reduction system that is among the most effective on the market.
Compact, discreet and comfortable, especially thanks to a new foam used for their tips, these in-ear headphones also offer more than sufficient autonomy: up to 9 hours with noise reduction activated and 12 hours without. Their elegant design, the various control customization options available and the many settings in the accompanying application make them an indisputable reference in the category.
Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
Galaxy Buds2 Pro benefits from excellent ergonomics. Comfortable, they stay perfectly in place in the ears as well as in the compact case that doubles as their case. They are also IPX2 certified, allowing them to withstand water and temporary submersion of less than one meter. A function that is particularly suitable in a sports context, and which can also be used for cleaning the headphones.
These offer very good sound quality with good reproduction of well-calibrated bass and treble. The sound reproduction is detailed and Buds2 Pro provides good sound spatialization. In addition, the active noise reduction system effectively filters ambient sounds. Headphones off Samsung give a relatively correct autonomy estimated between 5 hours and 8 hours depending on whether active noise reduction is activated or not.
Nothing Ear (Stick): for the design
Whose No ear (stick) offering a balanced and correct sound, they shine above all with their design that stands out, especially with a charging case in the shape of a lipstick. The ear (Stick) is also aimed at those who do not like in-ear headphones, but this also comes at the expense of certain functions such as active noise reduction, which are not offered.
Nevertheless, the British brand’s headphones are excellent quality, suitable for multiple ear shapes and offer touch controls on their easily accessible stems. The call quality is quite good. The product also shines with its autonomy with 7 hours for each earphone and up to 29 hours thanks to the charging box. In addition, it is possible to recover 2 hours of listening in 10 minutes of charging. For their price point, Nothing Ear (Stick) offers good value for money.
OPPO Enco X2
Designed by smartphone specialist Oppo, the Enco X2 is a real success. The quality is there from an aesthetic point of view, with a slim and elegant design both for these premium in-ear headphones and for their case, as well as a success from the point of view of sound reproduction excellent invoice. The sound is not muffled, the built-in active noise reduction technology is also very effective with many adjustment options.
The Enco X2 also benefits from a very good level of comfort and support. They are equipped with a bone conduction microphone capable of ensuring clear and precise communication. Autonomy is a little behind with 5h30 per earpiece when noise reduction is activated and 10 hours without. But the ratio between quality and price is among the most effective on the market.
The EU fits
Ultimate Ears knows how to please athletes and more. With its UE Fits, the brand offers wireless headphones that adapt perfectly to the user’s ears to offer comfort and better listening. For this, the integrated molding system light form will use a violet light to adjust the gel of the tips to the shape of the ears. Before then, the application will test the position of the headphones to perfectly adjust the molding and solidification process of the tips (in 60 seconds). No more need for different sizes to find the perfect support, which will be ideal especially for running enthusiasts. Added to this is excellent sound quality, but an absence of active noise reduction. Autonomy is not the most durable: 8 hours per earpiece, but 20 hours only with the case. Too bad it doesn’t offer wireless charging.
For sale on the Ultimate Ears website.
Asus ROG Cetra True Wireless
Specialist in PCs and gaming equipment, ROG also has wireless headphones in the same way as the rest of its devices: quality and play with RGB colors. Cetra True Wireless therefore has a futuristic look of wireless headphones with glowing neon lights to also illuminate the storage and charging case. A rather elegant case and offers wireless charging (up to 27 hours of battery life in total).
With a touch of video gaming, they are equipped to meet the demands of smartphone gamers, especially with very low Bluetooth latency between audio and video, which will be suitable for competitive gaming in particular. The Cetra TW also benefits from active noise reduction for better immersion and transparency.
The sound quality is balanced, although it lacks a bit of midrange and will make some vocals a little less detailed. In games (shooting, adventure, sports, etc.) the sound relief is very good. The steering is present on the bars and takes some getting used to knowing where to tap.