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Tracing the origins of music from the beginning of civilisation to now can be tedious. Unlike before, music doesn’t have to performed live as they can be recorded and replayed for the listener. This means the method of listening evolves through time as well. 

Now, the future is wireless playback. In fact, wireless earphones have been in demand in the market for their portability and sleekness.  

Earphones vs Earbuds vs Headphones

It’s easy to differentiate headphones from earphones and earbuds as they are bulkier and not as portable. 

Most people usually confuse earphones and earbuds. Unlike the comfortable ear tips of earphones, earbuds are a one-size-fits-all. They sit on the outer ear rather than the canal, as earphones do. 

As such, earbuds are usually the cheapest of the three and do not deliver the stellar audio experience as compared to headphones. Earbuds also fare the worst in noise-cancellation. 

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How do I choose earphones?  

While there are objective ways to narrow down on a specific pair of earphones, there are also subjective ways in doing so. By subjective, that indicates the sound you prefer; whether it’s a deeper bass or a more natural sound. Objectively, you can choose an earphone based on the following criteria:

1. Comfort

Questions to consider: Are they comfortable to wear? Do they fit nicely in my ear? Do they fall off easily?  

It’s best to invest in a pair of earphones that fit you. It’s also important to consider your listening hours as some pairs aren’t comfortable to wear for long periods. 

2. Purpose

Questions to consider: What am I buying earphones for? Is it for working out or casual listening?  

Most people prefer wireless earphones as they don’t interfere with their workouts. As such, most companies produce sports earphones that are sweat and water-resistant for enhanced durability. If you’re a casual listener on a budget, then a basic pair would do. 

3. Features

Questions to consider: What experience do I want to get from this pair of earphones? Do I want wired or wireless (Bluetooth)?

If you want a wireless earphone that offers superb connectivity, you’ll want one that’s updated to the latest Bluetooth 5.0. For blocking out environmental noise for a fully immersive music experience, get a noise-isolation or noise-cancelling pair. Otherwise for high-fidelity acoustics, go for audiophile or studio earphones as they are meticulously tuned and include powerful drivers. 

Now that you’ve read this, it’s time to run through some of the best wireless earphones around!

Best Bose wireless earphones - suitable for running
Bose
1. Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones
Best Bose wireless earphones - suitable for running
Buy Now RM824.00

Everyone loves a great running companion, and the Bose SoundSport Free happens to be one of them; these earphones are an audiophile’s dream for its incredible acoustics! The pair is rated IPX4 against sweat and weather. For added convenience, Bose have also provided StayHear+ Sport ear tips in three different sizes (S/M/L) so there’ll always be a pair that fits everyone!

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Best Beats wireless earphones - suitable for iPhone
Beats
2. Beats Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones
Best Beats wireless earphones - suitable for iPhone
Buy Now RM888.00

Nothing pairs with iPhones better than Beats. Their highly-acclaimed Powerbeats Pro Wireless just happens to be one of our favourites in this list. The pair is designed to deliver a premier listening and audio experience. Since it’s a sports pair, it has secure-fit ear hooks and water-resistance for worry-free workouts. It even responds to “Hey Siri”!

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Best Sony wireless earphones - comes with noise-cancelling
Sony
3. Sony WI-1000X Wireless Earphone
Best Sony wireless earphones - comes with noise-cancelling
Buy Now RM1,188.00

Sometimes you just want to block out the sounds around you. There’s no better way to do it than the wireless Sony WI-1000X earphones. This noise-cancelling pair is innovated with ‘Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing’ for users to enjoy their favourite songs without outside interruption. Audiophiles will also appreciate its high-quality audio!

Best earphones for Samsung smartphones
Samsung
4. Samsung Galaxy Buds (R170)
Best Samsung wireless earphones - best for Android
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add_circle Six hours of battery life
add_circle Sweatproof
add_circle Wireless charging case
remove_circle Only 7 hours of battery in case

Don’t take these Samsung Galaxy Buds lightly; their drivers are actually tuned by AKG, whom are highly renowned for their headphones. While it’s under Samsung, they still sync with other Android smartphones. We also love how user-friendly and durable this pair is. Not only does it have a convenient touch control, it even supports wireless charging!

More: 9 True Wireless Earphones For Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere!

Best JBL wireless earphones - suitable for working out
JBL
5. JBL Endurance PEAK True Wireless In-Ear Earphones
Best JBL wireless earphones - suitable for working out
Buy Now RM449.00

Working out is fun, but working out with music is much more enjoyable! The JBL Endurance PEAK earphones deliver just that with its comfortable ear tips for you to wear at long hours. That said, this pair is highly durable, securing an IPX7 rating against varying depths of water. It even plays in mono or stereo so you can even opt to use one earpiece.

Xiaomi
6. Xiaomi Mi AirDots TWS Bluetooth Earphones
Best Xiaomi wireless earphones - one of the best budget options
Buy Now RM64.90

Looking for the TWS experience on a budget? Get the Xiaomi Mi AirDots. This sleek pair has touch-enabled commands which conveniently plays or pauses music at the tap of a finger. There’s also decent sound isolation and a punchy bass for bass enthusiasts. What’s more, it’s extremely light and is one of the most portable cases ever!    

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Best true wireless earbuds for gaming
Sennheiser
7. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless
Best Sennheiser wireless earphone - best for music
Buy Now RM988.00

This Sennheiser Momentum is known for its rich and velvety sounds as a result of careful tuning. The 7mm dynamic driver embedded delivers an incredible sound quality that most earphones would envy. It fares well in noise-cancelling and even allows you to go on ’Transparent Hearing’ should you prefer a bit of the ambient noise.

More: 9 Best Headphones That are Truly Made for All Audiophiles

Best Jabra wireless earphone with mic
Jabra
8. Jabra Elite Active 65t
Best Jabra wireless earphone with mic
Buy Now RM899.00

As the name suggests, the Jabra Elite Active 65t is made for the active sportspeople. More interestingly, it has a 4-mic system with wind noise protection and ambient noise reduction. The result is satisfying, clear calls on both ends. Its ear tips, or ‘Eargels’, are made in three different sizes for greater comfort and in-ear stability.

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Best wireless earphone for great bass
Anker
9. Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo
Best wireless earphone for great bass
Buy Now RM239.00

If you love bass, you’ll want the Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo. This pair delivers clear, deep bass thanks to its Graphene drivers. Pair the bass with IPX5 rating and you’ll get an affordable pair of water-resistant sports earphones! It’s even got a 12-hour playtime for music lovers who are always on the go!

Best earphones with mic for Android
Sony
10. Sony WF-1000XM3
Best wireless Bluetooth earphone
Buy Now RM729.00

The Sony WF-1000XM3 looks as great as it sounds thanks to its exceptional 6mm driver. Lose yourself in your music as the most advanced ‘HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e’ filters out the noise around you. Plus, the DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX) upscales your music files closer to high-resolution audio quality. Definitely a great option for Audiophiles!

Best wireless earphone for calls
Plantronics
11. Plantronics Backbeat Pro 5100
Best wireless earphone for listening to calls
Buy Now RM899.00

If call quality is your priority, Plantronics Backbeat Pro 5100 is the boss. This pair is enhanced with four noise-cancelling mics and ‘WindSmart’ technology to deliver callers and listeners crystal-clear calls. 

The earphones are made for all-day comfort and performance, with a time-usage clocked in at 19 hours! A nice bonus to the earphones are its smart sensors which plays or pause music whenever you wear or take off the pair.

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