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Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Updated: Aug. 14, 2018

So you’re looking for some wireless headphones. Welcome! The wireless headphones to suit your every need—from weight and fit to bass and treble—are out there. The first key consideration is whether you want over-ear or in-ear headphones. If you care more about bass performance and volume range or noise cancellation and battery life, then read on about over-ear headphones. If you want earbuds to wear running or something less bulky, then visit our in-ear headphone page. You can learn more about the differences between these two styles in our FAQ section.

Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

So you’re looking for some wireless headphones. Welcome! The wireless headphones to suit your every need—from weight and fit to bass and treble—are out there. The first key consideration is whether you want over-ear or in-ear headphones. If you care more about bass performance and volume range or noise cancellation and battery life, then read on about over-ear headphones. If you want earbuds to wear running or something less bulky, then visit our in-ear headphone page. You can learn more about the differences between these two styles in our FAQ section.

The Quid Pick

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

After assessing insights from every perspective that matters, from consumers and experts to brands and retailers, the results are in. Countless experts consider the Bose QuiteComfort 35 II to be the industry standard. The headphone were praised across the board: sound quality, adaptive noise cancellation, battery life, fit, and comfort. A dedicated button for Google Assistant gives the already feature-loaded set an added touch of seamless tech adaptation.

Quid Score

88

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Lowest Price

$349

Top Ten Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

The Quid Pick might not be ideal for everyone. Different people have different needs. Here are the Quiddity-approved Top 10 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones.

Our methodology

Frequently Asked Questions

The difference between over-ear vs. in-ear headphones

Fit is paramount. Not only for comfort, but for proper sound quality. In terms of earpiece design, there are two main options: in-ear and over-ear. Each style offers unique benefits, depending on your lifestyle and listening needs:

Over-ear

Have cushioned ear cups that enclose the ears

  • Widely considered the best for sound quality
  • Immersive listening experience
  • Near-total or total noise cancellation
  • Optimal for stationary listening
  • Heavier than in-ear headphones

In-ear

Sits inside ear canal

  • Foam or rubber tips provide a snug fit
  • Passive noise isolation
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Secure fit is optimal for exercise
  • Small silhouette

Which headphones have the best sound quality?

If sound quality is your biggest priority, look for these features: total noise cancellation, minimal latency delay, responsive controls, adjustable sound settings, powerful volume response, reliable Bluetooth connection.

Still not sure on which pair to pick? Musician and producer Nicky Paul recommends the Audio Technica QuietPoint® Wireless Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones. Watch his Reco to see why he picked them.

Watch: Nicky Paul is Desperate for True Sound

Which headphones are the best for work and/or travel?

Those working in an office or from home often prefer a headset for calling, so incoming and outgoing audio quality is crucial, as well as all-day comfort and battery life. We recommend the Sennheiser PXC 550 and the Bowers & Wilkins PX. If need your headphones to work as hard as you do, look for these features: long-term comfort, moderate noise cancelling, discreet appearance, high sound quality, no sound leakage, high incoming and outgoing audio quality.

Photographer and podcast host Nick Onken travels the world for his work and needs headphones that can keep up with him. For over ear headphones, he loves the V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless.

Watch: Photographer Nick Onken’s Favorite Headphones

Which headphones have the best battery life?

Out of our Top 10, the Sennheiser PXC 550 have the longest battery life of 30 hours. To get an idea of how these headphones perform on day to day usage, watch Hunter S.’s My Take.

Watch: My Take on the Sennheiser PXC-550 Headphones by Hunter S

Which headphones give full noise isolation?

Most over-ear headphones offer total or near-total noise isolation. Some noise-cancelling models let users adjust the amount of ambient noise the headphones let in, such as the Bowers & Wilkins PX.

Bowers & Wilkins PX

How long is the range for wireless headphones?

The standard Bluetooth range for wireless headphones is about 30 ft. The stylish Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 give an exceptional range of up to 328 ft. Speaking of stylish, see how Figliulo & Partners art director Alex Parodi styled an outfit to compliment this pair.

Watch: Alex Parodi Styles Headphone-Focused Outfits

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