Headphones:

Best stereo Bluetooth headphones of 2014

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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Beats Studio Wireless Series

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

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.

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4 stars Excellent

LG Tone Ultra Bluetooth Stereo Headset (White)

With a little help from JBL, the LG Tone Ultra wireless stereo headset gets a design and sound quality upgrade -- along with an unwelcome price bump.

3.5 stars Very good

Harman Kardon BT

While its design may not be for everyone, the Harman Kardon BT is one of the best-sounding Bluetooth headphones available.

4 stars Excellent

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

Best Bluetooth wireless headphone

Parrot Zik wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Despite some issues, Parrot can make a case for its Ziks being the Porsche of Bluetooth headphones.

4 stars Excellent

Plantronics BackBeat Fit

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

4 stars Excellent

Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 + Charging Case

The inclusion of a charging case as part of this bundle helps the excellent Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 overcome its one serious weakness: short battery life.

4 stars Excellent

Bose AE2w Bluetooth Headphones (Black)

Despite a few question marks and a high price, the AE2w headphones are a very good-sounding Bluetooth pair that's lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

4 stars Excellent

Jabra Revo Wireless

Despite some small flaws in sound quality and a somewhat high price, superior comfort and design help the Revo Wireless distinguish itself from its Bluetooth headphone competitors.

3.5 stars Very good

SOL Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones (Gunmetal)

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

3.5 stars Very good

Nokia Purity Pro by Monster

For smartphone owners who crave both active noise canceling and Bluetooth wireless audio, the Nokia Purity Pro by Monster is worth its steep price.

3.5 stars Very good