The Best Bluetooth Headphones I’ve Heard So Far

Implementation matters

Bose QC 35 II

Bose cheated a little to make their Bluetooth mode sound good, and that’s because they “cheat” to make noise cancelling work also.

The obligatory selfie was the only non-marketing/promo image I used in my original 1000X review. What weird decision two-and-a-half-years-ago Alex!

Sony MDR1000X

Yes, I intentionally called out the original 1000X here and not the two follow-up models.

Audio-Technica M50XBT

From two headphones that use extensive DSP to one that relies on good old fashioned analog acoustic tuning.

The more of my older reviews I revisit, the more I realize how silly/fun they used to be. Hmm.

Skullcandy Grind Wireless

The Grind Wireless is the rare, relatively inexpensive Bluetooth headphone which managed to maintain the same sound signature as its older wired model, and didn’t lose any comfort, build quality, or portability in the process.


It’s hard to know if a Bluetooth headphone will have a good or bad implementation until you’ve listened to it. That same problem afflicts all headphones due to the subjective nature of audio.



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