Wires are out. Bluetooth headphones are here to stay. If the rumour mills are right, we could see the second generation of Apple AirPods within two years of the debut of the successful first edition. We pick the five best Bluetooth Ear buds that produce stellar sound, feel featherlight in your ears and also bring some cool features (like noise cancellation and water resistance) to the party:

Apple AirPods: a no-brainer for iPhone and iPad owners and another shining example of Apple’s  design credentials. They’re programmed to pair with your Apple devices seamlessly, just pull them out of the case and watch them handshake with your iPhone. You can also use them with  Android phones too. It’s not just the instant connectivity, you can customise the taps on the left and right ear pod to perform specific tasks with your iPhone tucked away in your pocket. They’re remarkably intuitive, take one of them off your ear and the music stops like magic. You can barely feel them in your ears, while the dental floss type carry case can slip into your slimmest jeans and then there’s the 24-hour battery life. (Rs 12,990)

 

Sony WF-SP700N: Sony has positioned these ultra-light earbuds as the world’s first wireless noise-cancelling headphones with a splash-proof design. The WF-SP700N finds the delicate balance between everyday usage scenarios and sound quality. These headphones should stay fastened to your ears even during the middle of an intense workout thanks to a bunch of customisable ear tips bundled in the box. It’s IPX-4 certified, you’re sorted for those runs through a mild drizzle. Sony’s companion App allows you to tweak the sound settings that include Extra Bass Sound, Sony’s very own innovation that adds some serious bite.  (Rs 12,990)

 

Samsung Gear IconX: these ultra-light headphones might have taken a while to arrive in India but they bring some cool functionality. The music experience is enhanced by the device’s in-built 4GB storage that allows you to listen to your favourite playlist even if you’re not hooked up with your phone. The equaliser feature offers five presets while the Ambient sound function lets you decide how much ambient sound you want to let in. Smart tracking is the second key value proposition. The IconX pairs effortlessly with devices like Samsung’s Gear S3 Frontier and Samsung users can benefit from instant connectivity with Bixby (Samsung’s digital assistant). It also has independent activity tracking capabilities built in.  – the IconX can automatically track your run or walk and return analytics like distance, time and calories burned. (Rs 13,990)

 

Bose SoundSport Free: you’ll barely feel these headphones in your ears – at 10 gms apiece, these are among the lightest out there. The charging case doesn’t just look elegant, it’s imminently pocketable. You don’t have to stress about these popping out – Bose’s StayHear+ sport tips ensure they sit securely for hours. Bose’s new antennae system guarantees these headphones stay connected to your devices. Don’t judge them by their size, the SoundSport Free punches way above its weight in terms of sound quality. (Rs 18,990)

 

 

 

Jabra Elite Sport: targeted at fitness buffs and active lifestyles, these headphones also feature a custom App. The Jabra Sport Life app gives you a personalised audio trainer and fitness coach for your workouts. Battery life is another big plus with 4.5 hours of playback on a single charge plus 9 hours of battery back up in the case, effectively offering close to 14 hours of battery life. These bass-heavy headphones give you a Sound isolation option via Jabra’s ‘Hear Through’ technology. The presence of four microphones also make this the perfect accessory for calls where external sounds are kept to a minimum (Rs 15,990)

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