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Best Wireless Headphones 2023

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Wireless headphones are possibly the greatest gadget of recent history. Thanks to their ability to connect over Bluetooth, you can use headphones with your phone, tablet, laptop, TV, Nintendo Switch, and virtually any device. Bluetooth headphones come in all shapes and sizes now, from compact earbuds to sizable, over-ear headsets. They can also come with a dizzying number of features like noise-cancelling, low-latency audio codec support, surround sound modes and more.

We've picked out Bluetooth headphones that will give you plenty of options for how they work and their extra features. While we've stuck to larger headphones here, if you're looking for smaller in-ear check out our best wireless earbuds list – and click here to see them in the UK.

TL;DR – These Are the Best Wireless Headphones:

Sony WH-1000XM5

Best Wireless Headphones

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Sony continues to one-up itself with its latest WH-1000XM5. This update makes some of the most dramatic changes to the headphone since the WH-1000XM2. Most notably, you get improved noise cancellation with eight microphones on board that monitor the noise around you, optimizing the sound using AI to drown out all the distractions around you. There are even activity and location smarts baked in, so it can detect when you’re walking or at a location you frequent – like a coffee shop – and adjust the sound based on your preferences.

Beyond the ANC improvements, you get a whole new design with the WH-1000XM5, including a headband that does not fold up, making it slightly less portable. However, that headband is wrapped in pleather and memory foam to rest comfortably on your head for hours. It also totes slightly tweaked earcups with various intuitive on-ear controls for easy listening. Of course, the audio quality on these pair of cans is unmatched, with a wide sound stage and warm sound for insane sonic clarity. Sony even includes DSEE Extreme to improve the quality of compressed audio files, like MP3, so you can take full advantage of the wide frequency response range of the drivers and enjoy the premium LDAC codec.

Razer Opus

Best Budget Wireless Headphones

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Razer has done some more dabbling in the on-the-go headphone business with the Razer Opus. These headphones offer many of the premiums you'll find on high-end headphones at a slightly more affordable price point. Namely, you'll get a long, 40-hour battery life (32 with ANC on) over a Bluetooth connection and active noise cancellation to cut down on ambient sound. The headphones can let you hear your surroundings with Quick Attention Mode as well, giving you multiple ways to use the headsets built-in microphones.

The Razer Opus features leatherette coverings for the headband and ear cups along with memory foam padding for your ears. While Bluetooth 5.0 may be the star of the show, the Razer Opus also offers up a standard 3.5mm wired connection whenever you need it. And, these headphones charge over USB-C, so you won't need to carry around any outdated micro USB cables to keep them charged.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

Best Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

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The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offer an elegant and lightweight package that lets you take your music with you wherever you go while avoiding the headache of background noise disrupting it. Bose’s noise-cancelling technology trades blows with Sony’s, and the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offer a particularly compelling experience for commuters thanks to their ability to cut down on low droning sounds – think the loud hum of airplanes. Bose also lets you dial in that noise cancelling with multiple levels of intensity, and you can activate a transparency mode to hear your surroundings without having to take the headphones off.

With 20 hours of battery life, these headphones are ready for your longest days. Even if the battery does run low, you don’t have to stop listening to your tunes, as the headphones feature a backup 3.5mm connection. You also can keep your headphones, charging cable, and audio cable all together when you’re on the move in Bose’s included carrying case.

Bose QuietComfort 45

Best Closed-Back Wireless Headphones

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The Bose QuietComfort 45 is the successor of the legendary QuietComfort 35 II. Bose’s latest closed-back headphones offer insane comfort thanks to the large plush ear cups and lightweight build, so you’ll be content rocking these for hours – which is easy to do with the 24-hour battery life. They still pack in class-leading noise cancellation using tiny mics to observe and then react to outside sounds. And, a new Aware Mode will turn down your music and turn off ANC in order to easily hear what’s going on in the environment around you.

It’s easy to activate the Aware Mode thanks to loads of intuitive controls on the Bose QuietComfort 45. The earcups offer a button not only for the Aware Mode but also for playback, volume, and your phone’s virtual assistant. To further improve your listening experience, you can tune the EQ settings using the Bose Music app. However, it’s important to note that these headphones don’t have the punchiest base or best call quality. But if you're looking for an uber comfortable and quality pair of cans, the Bose QuietComfort 45 is ready to rock.

Beats Solo 3 Wireless

Best Wireless Headphones For Apple Users

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The Beats Solo 3 Wireless is pretty much the closest thing to a pair of Airpods you put around your ears. They come equipped with Apple's W1 chip for seamless connection to Apple devices such as an iPhone 11 Pro, iPad Pro, or the Apple TV 4K.

You also get one some of the longest battery life—up to 40 hours—and you can get up to three hours of charge after plugging them in for just five minutes. If you're looking for something stylish, the Beats Solo 3 Wireless comes in a wide variety of color combinations too.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 4

Best High-End Wireless Headphones

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The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 4 are classy and comfortable headphones with heavily cushioned leatherette ear cups and a padded, fabric-lined headband. Even with the lightweight build, you still get a wild 60-hour battery life along with easy-to-operate on-ear controls using both physical buttons and a touchpad. Just be aware it’s easy to accidentally trigger that touchpad.

As far as sound quality goes, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 4 delivers booming bass and crisp, pleasant highs, though you can customize your audio further using the Sennheiser Smart Control app. The headphone’s ANC does a decent job of blocking outside distractions to immerse you deeper in that sound but still can’t compete with Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. You’ll also enjoy listening to some high-end audio files over Bluetooth 5.2 with support for AAC, AptX, AptX Adaptive, and SBC codecs.

Audio-Technica ATH-S220BTWH

Best Long-Lasting Wireless Headphones

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Many of the best wireless headsets are lucky to last 20 hours on a charge. However, the Audio-Technica ATH-S220BTWH blows past the competition with a dreamy 60-hour battery life at an insanely affordable price. You even get a quick charge feature, giving you over three hours of juice in just 10 minutes.

Though these headphones are cheap, they don’t feel it, toting a surprisingly durable, lightweight build with a well-cushioned headband and earcups, making them perfect for travel. Those earcups also deliver impressive sounding audio for the price and do a decent job of muting outside noise, which is handy, as you don’t get ANC on this pair of cans. The only major downside is the muffled sounding mic, but if you slide in the 3.5mm cable with an inline mic, that issue is easily remedied.

Apple AirPods Max

Best High-End Wireless Headphones for Apple Users

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Apple users don't get left out when it comes to high-end headphones made for their devices anymore. Apple has made its own pair of premium headphones with the AirPods Max. They come at a pretty premium, but what you get is nothing short of luxury. The AirPods Max headphones offer massive, circumaural earcups to provide plenty of cushion for long-term comfort. The headband design, which Apple is calling the canopy, is akin to what we've seen from SteelSeries recently, with what's effectively a stretchy mesh band that evenly distributes pressure across the top of the head to prevent any sore spots.

Naturally, since these are coming at a premium even over the AirPods Pro, they aren't lacking in features. The AirPods Max headphones support active noise cancelling to cut out unwanted background noise and they also support an ambient passthrough mode, so you can hear what's going on around you without having to take the headphones off. When you're listening, you'll get powerful sound from Apple's specially designed drivers. And, with Apple's H1 chips, the headset can offer spatial audio and head tracking, so you'll get even more when pairing these other Apple products.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal

Best Wireless Headphones for Gaming

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Who says you have to buy gaming headphones and Hi-Fi headphones separately? The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal headphones serve dual purposes with an array of connectivity features to use on the go and native support for Xbox Wireless to connect directly to an Xbox Series X/S for game audio and chat. You can also take advantage of the headphones' multiple connections at the same time to play music over Bluetooth while you're gaming. With both connections active and ANC on, the headset will run for 12 hours, which is longer than anyone should play in one go anyway.

This headset can connect to a wide variety of devices over Bluetooth 5.1 and supports the aptX Adaptive and AAC codecs to deliver high-quality audio. It also supports wired connections over USB-C and 3.5mm audio cables. It'll pump out sound through its 40mm speaker drivers and shut out outside noise with active noise cancellation technology. While you're gaming, you'll also be able to benefit from virtual surround sound with Dolby Atmos. And, the Beoplay Portal's Own Voice technology will help you hear yourself so you don't shout at your teammates on accident.

Where to Get the Best Wireless Headphones in the UK

Sony WH-1000XM4Best Wireless HeadphonesSony WH-1000XM4 £299.99Razer OpusBest Budget Wireless HeadphonesRazer Opus £199.99Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700Best Wireless Noise Canceling HeadphonesBose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 £349.99Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II)Best Closed-Back Wireless HeadphonesBose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) £229.00Grado GW100 WirelessBest Open-Back Wireless HeadphonesGrado GW100 Wireless £164.95Beats Solo 3 WirelessBest Wireless Headphones For Apple UsersBeats Solo 3 Wireless £99.00Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 3Best High-End Wireless HeadphonesSennheiser Momentum Wireless 3 £299.00Apple AirPods MaxBest High-End Wireless Headphones for Apple UsersApple AirPods Max £549.00

Kevin Lee is IGN's Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam

Danielle Abraham is a freelance writer and unpaid music historian.

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