We’re not going to sugar coat it, fellas—Apple kind of blew it with the iPhone 7. Now, some of you are going to say we’re being harsh here, and that’s OK—with the fancy new dual lens setup and the cool new portrait settings, and the blah blah blah we understand why some of you are hyped for it. And when you’re a company known for changing the world and shaking things up, we can’t really blame Apple for living up to its name and turning the tech world upside down. That, even, is forgivable. But Apple’s “courageous” move of removing the headphone jack was a step backwards for the company, and there’s no real way to spin it positively.
But it’s not really the end of the world. Everyone is going wireless, and outside of Apple’s GolfclubPods, there are a lot of excellent Bluetooth options to looks at. Here are the 8 best over ear Bluetooth headphones that’ll make owning an iPhone 7 suck a little less.
Let’s start with the obvious one. If you have the coin and care about quality, the Bose QuietComfort 35 is the hands-down best Bluetooth headphone on the market, no ifs, ands, or buts. Incredible comfort, intuitive usability, and sound quality unrivaled by anything else on the market—world-class noise canceling technology, volume-optimized EQ, rich bassy lows, punchy highs, and everything in between—then the Bose QuietComfort 35’s are everything you need and more. You can quit reading now.$349
Over the last 70 years, Sennheiser has become synonymous with quality, precision sound engineering. Their state-of-the-art over-ear active noise canceling headphone, the Momentum 2.0, is a perfect example of the quality hundreds of thousands of people have come to know and love. Noise Gard active noise cancellation blocks ambient noise by using four microphones for ultimate isolation, coupled with a 22-hour battery life on one charge, an exceptionally sturdy build, and a two-year Sennheiser warranty (when purchased from an authorized dealer) makes this particular set of Bluetooth headphones a major contender. It’s a little pricier than the Bose, which is about its only drawback, but overall, it’s an incredible pair of headphones.$390
If you’re looking for quality Bluetooth sound at an affordable price, the Philips SHB5500’s are worth their weight in gold. They’re light and comfortable, but avoid feeling cheap, and the sound quality is excellent. Again, they won’t hold a candle to the spendier Bluetooth headphones in the same class, but for a comparatively cheap alternative, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth—and then some.$50
Listen… We know 250 bucks isn’t exactly small cookies, but when it comes to proper sound quality, the people who’ve tried the N60nc by Austrian audio powerhouse AKG have given it rave reviews—and for good reason. Travelers love them because they’re comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time, and they fold up to fit conveniently inside most bags, carry-ons, etc. Audio nerds love them because the sound quality is impeccable. The targeted noise-canceling technology performs well, the speakers are excellent, and the battery lasts upwards of 30 hours on a single charge. If you’re a travelin’ man, these are probably the headphones for you.$250
Noise-canceling over-ear headphones whose price tag won’t make you want to cut your ears off and jump off the roof. This over-ear rig by the folks at Naztech is about as good as you can possibly expect below $100. In fact, people on the Internet are comparing them to the Bose QuietComforts. We’re not saying they’re right (or that we believe them), but the comparison is being made. What we can say is for the price, there probably isn’t a better active noise-cancelling headphone on the market. It’s not perfect, but it’s damn good.$80
Before you jump down our throats over including a pair of Skullcandy headphones (which sounds more like a Hot Topic exclusive than an audio tech company), understand that we were just as surprised as you. But believe it or not, they’re a phenomenal pair of headphones at a phenomenal price. The massive rubbery ear covers are soft and comfortable, and also do well to omit ambient noise from the listening experience. The battery life is rated at 12 hours—conservatively. They’re well built, the battery charges super quickly, and while they’re light, they’re solid. They’re sturdy, yet adjustable, and offer an exceptional neutral sound without being too boring or overbearing.$90
We’ve seen the Jabra Moves everywhere in recent months, but never really took the time to learn more about them. A hundred-dollar set of headphones from a company we haven’t heard too much about didn’t sound too appealing. But when we took the time to try them out, we found a beautifully designed headphone that sounds great, and at a price that’s equally attractive. Excellent sound quality, gorgeous design, and a price that’s more than fair—what more can you ask? The only complaint we saw about these were the build quality in earlier versions, but the company has since rectified the problems—without jacking up the price. All in all, we’re sold on the Move, and we think you will be too.$85
Two or three years ago, if you wanted a quality Bluetooth headphone rig, you would pay an arm and a leg. But sound tech has come a long way over the last couple of years, and the Sony XB650 is the perfect example of that. Thirty hours of battery per charge, simple sleek design, and impeccable sound quality, all at a price under a hundred bucks. We don’t really know what else we can ask for, especially from a brand like Sony.$98