Best wireless headphones to buy in 2013
Looking for a cable-free earphone experience? We've rounded up the best wireless headphones you can buy in 2013.
Whether you're looking for on-ear or over-ear headphones, Bluetooth or RF wireless options, we have a recommendation for your needs, whatever your budget.
From £30 to £300, we've rounded-up the best wireless headphones from our most recent reviews, and we'll be keeping this page updated as and when we review new cans...
Best wireless headphones under £50
Tested at £30
£30 for an on-ear pair of headphones seems fairly unbelievable. Once you consider that the SD50 is a wireless Bluetooth headphone then the proposition becomes even more staggering.
For the price it was never going to trouble the top guns nearer the £100 range in terms of features, but for this price you get a compact pair of cans with a decent charge of ten hours. Perfect for when you're out and about.
Compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones these SD50 headphones offer good performance for a great price.
Best wireless headphones under £150
Tested at £115 Compare Prices
The entry-level version of the Sennheiser RF headphone range, the RS 160s aren't cheap but offer plenty for the price.
With closed-backed earcups (sound is trapped in, less leakage), these headphones are made of two components: the headphones themsleves (HDR 160), and the transmitter (TX 160). The latter can connect up to four pairs of headphones using KLEER wireless technology (up to 20m line of sight range), and has a 3.5mm jack for wired connection of MP3 players, smartphones and other devices.
They may have been around a while but they're still a great listen. Crisp and clean, though a touch aggressive over prolonged periods.
MORE: Sennheiser RS 160 review
Best aptX Bluetooth headphones under £180
Tested at £180 Compare Prices
A 2012 Award winner, the Sennheiser MM 400-X headphones blitzed the competition with a terrific effort. Light and portable, they come with a respectable battery life of about 10 hours.
Fitted with aptX Bluetooth (a higher quality version than standard Bluetooth), the MM 400-X deliver plenty of detail and balance.
If you already own an aptX enabled smartphone (the Galaxy S4 and HTC One both are, for example), then listening to your tunes in fantastic quality – allied with the convenience of Bluetooth – make the MM 400-X a great choice.
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Best wireless headphones under £200
Tested at £185 Compare Prices
More Sennheisers! You can't argue with the results, however: the RS 180s may be three years old but their excellence remains intact.
Much like their cheaper siblings the RS 160s, the RS 180 headphones employ the same look and use of the KLEER RF wireless transmission. Beware though, these cans are open-backed meaning they will leak sound.
The trade-off is excellent sound. Punchy and dynamic, they deliver appropriate heft no matter what you throw at them. Very much recommended.
MORE: Sennheiser RS 180 review
Best portable Bluetooth headphones under £200
Tested at £190
Another oldie, this time with aptX Bluetooth, the PXC 310 BT cans are a great option if you want a more portable, on-ear pair of wireless headphones. They also offer noise-cancelling in to the bargain. A little hard to come by, you should see them for around £200 if you can bag a pair.
Not to be confused with the similiar looking MM 400-X earphones, the 310 BTs also feature Sennheiser's TalkThrough functionality, which can sift through background noise and speech so you don't need to take your headphones off to talk to someone. Nifty.
It would all be for naught if the sound was poor. Thankfully, the sound is excellent, a clean and exciting listen, with little in the way of difference between wired and wireless performance. Result.
Best bluetooth headphones under £250
Tested at £250
Similar in look to Philip's own M1 headphones, the M1BTs are the Bluetooth version of the Award-winning M1s (hence the BT for Bluetooth). Not to be outdone, both the M1 and M1BT came away from our 2013 Awards with wins in their respective categories.
And the M1BT won by combining a well-built frame with some fantastic sound quality. Knowing that fiddling with the controls on your phone can be somewhat intrusive, Philips has cleverly built the controls into the exterior of the right pad, a design trait that's much more conducive to the listening experience.
Good for around ten hours of portable use, high-quality aptX Bluetooth is on-board meaning your tunes will sound great even without a wired connection. And sound is where they truly excel with a good turn of pace and bags of detail uncovered. Whatever you throw at them, they can handle it.
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Best bluetooth headphones £300
Tested at £300
Comfy to wear with a sturdy frame, the UE 9000 have the Ultimate Ears familiar glossy and reflective styling. Performance is energetic and although bass can be a bit high it never detracts from the overall listening experience.
Noise-cancelling features largely work too, removing most sounds from your area. Dual mics and volume controls in the earpads mean hassle free calls and volume modulation.
Offering wired or wireless performance, they work over a distance of up to 15 metres, and provide 10 hours of wireless play. In terms of energy and entertainment, you can't go far wrong with these.
MORE: Logitech UE 9000 full review
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