Headphones:

Best wireless Bluetooth headphones of 2016

Updated

Portable Bluetooth headphones represent the next evolution in headphone technology. If you have a compatible smartphone with Bluetooth, the obvious benefit is that you can get rid of the wires snaking from your backpack, purse, or pocket. Many of the models collected here also include track navigation features on the ear cup as well as a built in microphone for taking calls hands-free. However, keep in mind that Bluetooth sound quality still isn't up to wired standards, so you'll have to sacrifice fidelity for the convenience.

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Best Bluetooth wireless headphone

Beats Studio Wireless Series

While it'll cost you a hefty $380, the Beats Studio Wireless is an excellent wireless Bluetooth headphone.

Price: $474.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Plantronics BackBeat Sense

At less than $200 USD, the well-designed Plantronics BackBeat Sense is one of the best on-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones currently available.

Price: $269.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II

The SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphone II mixes a strong blend of comfort and performance in attractively designed wireless headphone.

4 stars Excellent

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth On-Ear Headphone

The Bose SoundLink Bluetooth On-Ear is pricey, but it's also one of the best -- if not the best -- on-ear wireless headphones to date.

4 stars Excellent

Sony MDR10RBT

The Sony MDR-10RBT gets you about 75 percent of the way to the Beats Studio Wireless for a lot less money.

Price: $281.06 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless

The well-built V-Moda Crossfade Wireless should be on your short list if you're looking for a premium wireless Bluetooth headphone.

4 stars Excellent

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

That Plantronics BackBeat Fit may not be perfect, but it's one of the best wireless sports headphones available.

4 stars Excellent

LG Tone Infinim (HBS-900)

It's more expensive than other LG Tone stereo Bluetooth headsets, but the retractable earbud feature is nifty and will be worth the extra cost for a lot of people.

4 stars Excellent

Sol Republic Shadow Wireless

The Sol Republic Shadow Wireless headphones deliver solid Bluetooth sound for a great price.

4 stars Excellent

Jaybird X2

The Jaybird X2 is an improvement over the Bluebuds X and one of the better wireless sports headphones out there -- so long as you get a snug, comfortable fit.

3.5 stars Very good

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8

The $500 Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 wireless on-ear headphone looks great, sounds very good and is loaded with features, including noise canceling, but a few small flaws take away some of its luster.

Price: $649.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless is an impressive-sounding luxury Bluetooth headphone, but its high price tempers our enthusiasm.

3.5 stars Very good

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless

The Sennheiser Urbanite XL is a well-designed, dynamic-sounding Bluetooth headphone that works well with a lot of music -- but not quite everything.

Price: $299.00 - $499.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless

While it's a bit overpriced, the Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless is among the best wireless sports earphones.

3.5 stars Very good

Sol Republic Tracks Air Wireless

SOL Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones (Gunmetal)

At $200, the Sol Republic Tracks Air Wireless aren't cheap, but they're better priced than some of the premium Bluetooth headphone competition -- and sound relatively good, too.

3.5 stars Very good