Welcome to TechRadar's guide to the best wireless and Bluetooth headphones you can buy in India in 2020.
The need for a good pair of wireless headphones started a few months ago when all of us started working from home due to the lockdown and finding it hard to concentrate on the work. A good pair of headphones comes with noise-cancelling feature with the long battery life which is also comfortable for travelling.
Even though the market before also had some good wireless headphones, most people always preferred traditional wired headphones. Wireless headphones became a mainstream product a few years back and since then we’ve seen a lot of brands offering a variety of headphones that can match the wired headphone quality with less hassle to manage. Additionally, our list of best headphones also comes with noise-cancelling features. These are also significantly larger and provide better sound output, noise isolation and battery backup.
In this list of best wireless headphones in India, we have listed down the ten best headphones with the pros and cons of each product. These include headphones from top brands like Sony, Bose, Sennheiser, and more. Also, we have added one affordable headphone in the list for people who are looking for a cheaper one without noise cancellation.
Ditch the wire
So how do you determine the best wireless headphones from a whole bunch of wannabes?
Easy. You try dozens of wireless headphones and stack them against one another, mano a mano. (Well, stereo a stereo in this case.)
While these headphones are great for anyone looking to go wireless, they're especially practical when you consider the growing number of phones launching without headphone jacks.
Looking to finally ditch the cord? Here are the top 10 best wireless headphones in India in descending order of price:
One of the best-designed headphones in the list, the Sennheiser Momentum 3 offers fantastic sound and are easily customizable thanks to the companion app. However, they’re let down by measly 17-hour battery life and their high price.
In terms of sheer sound quality, the headphones sound brilliant, with high levels of detail, warm bass, and natural-sounding highs. The customizable noise cancellation is good, but it doesn’t quite reach the class-leading standards set by the Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless headphones.
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What do you get when you take the QC35 and add a dedicated button to activate Google Assistant? You get the QC35 II, of course. You get the standard Bose fare with the QC35 II – good sound quality, comfort and not to forget, the class-leading noise cancellation technology. To round it all up, the battery life is great, too.
If you're looking to save some money, however, consider the original Bose QuietComfort 35 (opens in new tab). They can also be found for far cheaper these days, and if you're not fussed about having Google Assistant built into your headphones then you can save yourself some money while you save up for QC35 II.
Read the full review: Bose QuietComfort 35 II
With the Crusher ANC, Skullcandy tries to take the bass to the next level. The Crusher ANC is the successor to the Crusher 360 and adds Active Noise Cancellation to the mix. Also, Skullcandy brings the ability to personalize sound using the app while still delivering the bone-rattling bass.
The bass on the Crusher ANC is like a double-edged sword, it struggles at higher volumes, and the plastic build doesn't feel as premium compared to the Crusher 360 which came with a metal build. On the positive side, the Crusher ANC offers 24 hours of battery life with quick charge support.
One unique design feature is the integrated Tile tracker, which is handy if you often misplace your headphones.
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Want something that offers great battery life, style and a lot of customization options? The Jabra Elite 85h has answers for all your needs. That said, purists will bemoan the lack of high-end codec support and there are punchier headphones on the market at this price point.
However, when you consider that Jabra’s Elite 85h headphones are Bose’s first attempt at premium wireless ANC headphones, the result is quite commendable. We can’t wait to see what the company’s next premium ANC headphones will accomplish.
If you want an alternative to Sony's WH-1000XM3, this is it.
Read the full review: Jabra Elite 85H
Sony’s 1000X series of headphones have been our favourite for years now. Thanks to a combination of aptX and LDAC wireless codecs, in conjunction with Sony’s noise cancellation techniques, we’ve come to love Sony’s 1000X range of headphones.
Whether you travel a lot or want to shut the outside world off, the 1000X series offers just what you need. The M2 could suffice your needs, but the M3 throws in improved noise cancellation algorithms and a touch of style to make the upgrade worth it.
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Read the full review: Sony WH-1000XM3
If you are looking for a pair of wireless headphones that don’t burn through your pocket, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC headphones could be what you’re looking for. They offer decent noise cancellation that justifies the price. They may not be as powerful as the Sony WH-1000XM3 or sound as great as the Amiron, but these Sennheiser headphones offer good value for money.
Read the full review: Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
Audio-Technica has a rich history when it comes to class-leading high-end audio products. The ATH-M50xBT carry that legacy forward while cutting the cord, delivering studio-quality audio experience sans the wires.
The ATH-M50xBTs are designed for really high-end audio performance, with 45mm drivers and a frequency response range of 15-28,00 Hz, and it shows - we were very impressed with the warm, well-rounded sound.
The ATH-M50xBT headphones also performed well in terms of battery life and Bluetooth connectivity. The one area where they aren’t up to snuff is the microphone – it is not strong enough and you may end up struggling to make phone calls with them. That said, these are studio-grade headphones and you’d probably not buy them for phone calls, so they are still great when it comes to their primary task.
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Read our full review: Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
If you travel a lot and want something that can last really long and block out all the external noise, then let us introduce you to the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. These headphones are one of the few ones on the market that can do all of the above and still cost a fraction of what headphones from big players like Sony, Bose and Beats cost.
To maximise battery life, Plantronics has added a special feature that turns these headphones off when you are not wearing them.
To make it simple, the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 offer great battery life, sound good, have great noise cancellation on offer and carry an affordable price tag.
Read the full review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2
One of the most affordable noise-cancelling headphones in the market. The Sony WH-CH710N is priced under Rs 10,000. Instead of the conventional active noise cancelling technique, these offer noise cancellation using Artificial Intelligent (AINC).
Sony claims 35-hour battery life with noise cancellation but, in our testing, we could get even more. It also offers a quick charge via Type-C port. For connectivity, there is Bluetooth 5.0 and also NFC.
The mids and lows are on the lower frequencies. Overall, I felt that they sounded flat more often than not. However, the loud music makes it up in many cases. The dual-microphone does a pretty decent job here. These are worth considering if you’re looking for a headphone with noise cancellation under Rs 10,000.
Last on the list is the most affordable headphones on too. Boat is one of the most popular brands in India which makes accessories like headphones, earphones, Bluetooth speakers, and much more. The Boat Rockerz 600 headphones are quite popular with youngsters and the two main reasons being - affordable price and powerful punchy bass.
The Boat Rockerz 600 features 40 mm drivers to produce punchy bass and can last up to 8 hours on a single charge, which is good for the price. It features soft earcups for a comfortable fit but, the fit may be too tight for some people.
Apart from that, they are very easy to carry around as they come with foldable design. Overall materials used is also quite good and overall sound quality is pretty much good. The headphones are more suited for people who prefer bass.
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We're constantly reviewing new wireless headphones so do get in touch if there is a set that you'd like us to take a look at!