No more cables, even for headphones. True wireless has won over many manufacturers, and given birth to a new fashion. Should we fall for it and which models to move towards?
The true Wireless is the promise of listening to his music freely, even more than with simple Bluetooth headphones. The method of communication is the same, but the form is a little different. So-called true wireless headphones , or “truly wireless” in French, do not only need a cable to connect to audio sources, but also the cord that usually connects them to each other, hence this feeling of total freedom. On the other hand, you will have to be a little more careful not to lose them, since it is also easier. But you are probably not there yet if you consult this guide which has no other goal than to guide consumers lost in the growing range of true wireless headphones.. It must be said that this has been one of the strong trends in the audio sector for two years, and that almost all brands now offer at least one 100% wireless reference. Here is our selection of the best models available to date, and passed through our testing laboratory.
Apple AirPods Pro: the timeless ones, with ANC
A variation of the AirPods, which moreover remain a safe bet to this day, the AirPods Pro bring active noise reduction to headphones, which in the process swap their semi-intra format against in-ear tips. The audio quality is good, taking advantage of a controlled distortion, the noise reduction rather effective, even if the Sony or Huawei products in this selection do better on this point, and they are perfectly integrated into the Apple ecosystem. Their autonomy, which exceeds 4 hours with ANC, remains adequate, and there is an IPx4 certification allowing them to be used on a daily basis, even for playing sports.
Sony WF-SP700N: the choice of efficiency
The WF-1000X were able to convince in their time, but their sporty counterpart, the WF-SP700N, is just as satisfactory, if not more. They are certainly intended to be worn during physical activity sessions, and rely for this on an IPx4 certification and good support provided by a flexible fin, but do not stop there. The audio quality is there, with just a little accentuation of the bass, and we especially benefit from a suitable passive isolation which can be supplemented by a powerful noise reduction system. The autonomy is maintained all the same at 2:45 when it is activated, and increases drastically in the event of deactivation. A model to be used for sport, therefore, but also for everyday life.
Sony WF-1000XM3: active noise cancellation in true wireless version
Particularly well represented in the world of true wireless headphones, Sony stands out with its WF-SP700N, the results of which rose to the top of our 2019 ranking of 100% wireless models. A benchmark today followed by a pair of WF-1000XM3 also convincing overall, but above all offering one of the most effective active noise reduction systems on this type of headphones. It should also be noted that the option is rarely included therein, and that it is more rarely still satisfactory when it is. The WF-1000XM3 also feature a neat design and provide an autonomy of 6.15 hours per charge with ANC, or up to 32 hours with the case that accompanies them. An increased autonomy of an hour and a half in Bluetooth alone, with the bonus of a fast charge. Finally, we appreciate the direct access to a voice assistant of your choice. A product adapted to Android users and undeniably powerful.
Huawei FreeBuds Pro: a powerful ANC
Launched in fall 2020, Huawei’s FreeBuds Pro mark a turning point in the brand’s range of true wireless headphones. Their rod design has been revised, as has their case, but it is above all the addition of an active noise reduction system whose performance we have praised during our Lab test that we retain here. The headphones also deliver satisfactory audio quality and offer good battery life, since it exceeds 4 hours with ANC, and 7 hours without. Note all the same that to fully enjoy it, it is better to download the Huawei application (free) on its App Gallery.