The Best Earbuds For 2019 !FULL!
While they aren't water-resistant, Sony's new WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones feature excellent sound, are great to listen to music with, and they have something you won't find in Apple's AirPods: active noise cancelation. At $230, they're not cheap, but with a battery life lasting up to 24 hours, they are among the best new true wireless earphones of 2019.
The best earbuds for 2019
At $180 (160, AU$280), this pair of earbuds is more expensive than it should be, but it's among the better true wireless headphones to hit the market in 2019. The Vista earbuds will appeal to those looking for a more discreet set of totally wireless sports earbuds that offer full waterproofing. Good for runners.
What's most impressive about the EarFun Free is the features: Bluetooth 5.0, both USB-C and wireless charging and fully waterproof (IPX7), according to their specs. Do they sound fantastic? No, but they sound pretty good. They don't have the clarity of higher-end true wireless earbuds that cost $150 or more, but they do have plump bass and enough detail to avoid sounding dull. They're also pretty solid for making calls. An excellent value at less than $45.
Anker is known more for its value headphones, but it's trying to step into more premium territory with its Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro earbuds, which carry a list price of $150. From a design standpoint, they share some similarities with Sony's WF-1000XM3, although this model doesn't have active noise cancelation. Anker says these earbuds have large 11mm drivers combined with Knowles Balanced Armature, with up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge (32 total hours of playtime with the case) and noise-cancelation microphones to help reduce ambient sound so callers can hear you better. They charge via USB-C and also support wireless charging.
New for 2019 is the Aeropex ($160, 150) over-ear headphones, which AfterShokz describes as its "lightest, highest-quality headphones yet." The sound quality is definitely better than that of the company's previous flagship model, the Trekz Air -- or the Air ($119 at Amazon), as it's now called. It's also slightly more comfortable to wear with a comfortable fit.
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The Apple AirPods Pro (2019) are Apple's high-end wireless earbuds and among the best-sounding earbuds from Apple. Unlike the newer Apple AirPods 3, they deliver active noise cancellation, making them a good shot in the stakes for best noise-cancelling headphones. They also have an improved design compared to the original AirPods.
In September 2022, Apple launched the long-awaited upgrade to these original AirPods Pro (2019), the AirPods Pro 2. These latest buds deliver some significant upgrades in terms of both functionality and audio performance.
Still too pricey? It's rumored that a cheaper AirPods Pro model is on the cards; the AirPods Pro Lite could be an entry-level version of the noise-cancelling earbuds, though a release date still eludes us.
The important thing to note if you're weighing up between the AirPods Pro (2019) and the AirPods Pro 2 is that the older model is always discounted these days at retailers other than Apple, so while both are available, the new version costs more, effectively.
Achieving a tight seal against your ear canal is an important aspect of the overall sound quality of the earbuds, and helps to create physical sound isolation and passive noise reduction; in a perfect world, no sound gets in, and no sound leaks out.
This writer's ears are just terrible when it comes to having most kinds of earbuds fall out, and we achieved a good fit straight away, with the AirPods Pro feeling like they were in no danger of detaching from the ol' head holes easily; in the headphones-reviewing world, we call that a plus.
Compared to a high-end pair of on-ear headphones (or even some other top true wireless earbuds, like the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1), it was harder to hear all the details in the music in the AirPods Pro.
Sony WF-1000XM4The Sony WF-1000XM4 are our pick for the best true wireless earbuds you can buy today, offering excellent sound quality, good noise cancellation, and a ton of quality-of-life features.
We saw slightly more votes cast in the wireless category compared to the true wireless category, but the overall crowd favorite was ultimately untethered by any wires. With an astonishing 50% of the vote in the true wireless category and 23.5% of the overall vote, your pick for the best wireless headphones so far in 2019: the truly wireless Sony WF-1000XM3.
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Beyond that, the Sony WH-1000XM3s sound great, are super comfortable, and offer excellent battery life and wireless range. Whether you're an audio nerd or just someone who wants a little extra peace and quiet on your next flight, they're a fantastic choice. Again: not cheap. But they're some of the very best headphones wep've ever tested and they're bound to become the best thing in your bag.
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