Headphones are a favorite gadget that is hard to do without. The main thing is to choose your model. And to make it easier to choose, we have collected the 10 best headphones of 2021 with high-quality sound and excellent autonomy.
Headphones are a favorite gadget, which is difficult to do without. The main thing is to choose your model. In our material, we have collected the 10 best headphones of 2021 with high-quality sound and excellent autonomy.
Apple Airpods 3rd generation
Apple Airpods are headphones that millions of users have come to love for a reason.
Ease of connection to the iPhone, good sound, battery life, convenient design and a good microphone for wireless headphones — this is all about the new Airpods.
The third generation replaced Airpods, which have already become classics, because they have not changed their design since their release in 2017. The old model also remains on sale and has become slightly cheaper.
The new model inherited the design of Airpods Pro, but in terms of its form factor, these are earbuds, not in-ear headphones. As for convenience, everything here is individual, like any headphones, it is better to try them on before buying.
In addition to the form, the playback control process has changed. Instead of a single-finger tap, two-finger pinch movements are now used, just like Airpods Pro.
The housing of the headphones is protected against moisture according to the IP68 standard. In them, you can do active sports indoors or outdoors, without fear of rain or sweat.
Sound quality is difficult to evaluate objectively, but Apple has added several new features to the headphones that affect it:
- Surround sound function. With it, Airpods can adjust the sound depending on the position of the head in relation to the sound source.
- Adaptive equalizer. With it, the headphones independently adjust high and low frequencies to a specific composition.
The battery life of the model is 6 hours of listening to music or 4 hours of talking, with a charging case — 30 hours. The case can be charged both with a cable and with a wireless charging device, as well as with the Apple MagSafe standard.
Unfortunately, this model does not have an active noise canceling function. For those for whom it is important, it is better to choose Airpods Pro or the next model on our list.
Apple AirPods 3rd generation (MME73)
TWS headphones • connection method: Wireless • design: In-ears • acoustic design: Open • emitter: Dynamic … unfold roll up
Release date: October 2021.
Pros: updated design and shape, good autonomy, moisture-proof construction.
Cons: the cost is comparable to Airpods Pro, there is no active noise canceling function.
Apple Airpods 3rd generation headphones have a surround sound function and an adaptive equalizer
There aren’t many good active noise canceling headphones on the market. The Sony WF-1000XM4 is the fourth generation of one of the best compact headphones with this feature.
This is a compact in-channel model in the popular TWS form factor. Not everyone will like this shape, but this design has good passive noise isolation.
As in previous generations, this chip works with wide settings in the Sony WF-1000XM4. Moreover, it can be adjusted by both the user and the automation in the headphones, analyzing the noise level around.
The noise canceling function can be turned off or, conversely, increase extraneous noise — it will be useful for safety during outdoor runs.
Sony WF-1000XM4 headphones support AAC and LDAC codecs. They provide better sound quality than most wireless headphones with the standard SBC codec. But do not forget to make sure that your smartphone also supports these codecs.
A nice bonus: the fourth generation of headphones has support for wireless charging of the case.
Sony WF-1000XM4 Black (WF-1000XM4B)
TWS headphones; connection method: Wireless; design: Hermetic (“plugs”); acoustic design: Closed; Emitter: Dynamic … unfold roll up
Release date: September 2021.
Pros: excellent functionality, potentially high-quality sound, autonomy.
Cons: high but justified price.
Sony WF-1000XM4 Black headphones support AAC and LDAC codecs. They provide better sound quality than most wireless headphones with the standard SBC codec
Philips Fidelio L3
Philips headphones are rarely found in recommendations for quality sound headphones. And in vain, the Philips Fidelio 3 is a good model with a full-size design.
It has large speakers, high-quality sound and good autonomy — 32 hours with the active noise reduction function turned on. This is one of the best results among the competition in this form factor.
If you do not plan to use noise reduction, the working time will be 38 hours.
Philips Fidelio L3 is Hi-Res certified, supports AAC and Aptx-HD codecs. Users of iPhone and compatible Android smartphones will be able to appreciate this, respectively.
An interesting feature of the model: connection both via Bluetooth and via a cable with a mini-jack connector.
Philips Fidelio L3 Black
Headphones with a microphone • connection method: Wireless • construction: Full-size • acoustic design: Closed • emitter: Dynamic • cord length: 1.2 m … unfold roll up
Release date: September 2021.
Pros: comfortable full-size design, autonomy, equipment and functionality.
Cons: high cost, the form may not suit everyone.
Philips Fidelio L3 headphones are Hi-Res certified, support AAC and Aptx-HD codecs. Users of iPhone and compatible Android smartphones will be able to appreciate this, respectively
Jabra Evolve2 65ms
There are many wired and wireless headphones on sale. But in the era of remote work and video calls, a full-fledged headset with an arc-mounted microphone will come in handy.
The Jabra Evolve2 65ms has a comfortable overlay design and good passive noise cancellation. This is important if you have to work indoors with other people.
The model has a wireless connection type — wires will not interfere with the table. An interesting detail is the LED indicators that flash during a conversation and signal to people around you that you are busy.
Often headsets for conversations are not suitable for listening to music. But Jabra Evolve2 65ms is a universal model, and in the break between meetings you can enjoy music in good quality.
The headphones are certified to work with all popular communication systems: Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype and Google Meets, as well as dedicated conference calls. Autonomy Jabra Evolve2 65ms — 37 hours of work.
JABRA Evolve2 65 MS Stereo USB‑A Black (26599–999-999)
Specialized headset • connection method: Wireless • design: Overhead • acoustic design: Closed • emitter: Dynamic … unfold roll up
Release date: March 2021.
Pros: music sound quality, dedicated microphone with noise reduction function, wide compatibility with communication systems.
Cons: high cost
The Jabra Evolve2 65ms headphones have LED indicators that flash when you’re on a call to let people around you know you’re busy
HUAWEI Freebuds 4
HUAWEI Freebuds 4 are the cheapest headphones with active noise cancellation. The model has an in-ear form factor that will be appreciated by those who do not like in-ear headphones.
An interesting feature of HUAWEI Freebuds 4 is that the headphones automatically stop playing when you take them out of your ear.
The only downside of the model is the low level of autonomy of each of the modules. Without a charging case, this is a maximum of 4 hours of listening to music, with the active noise reduction function — up to 2.5 hours.
HUAWEI Freebuds 4 Silver Frost (55034500)
TWS headphones; connection method: Wireless; design: Inserts; acoustic design: Open; Emitter: Dynamic; remote control: + … unfold roll up
Release date: July 2021.
Pros: cost, design, availability of the active noise reduction function.
Cons: relatively low autonomy.
HUAWEI Freebuds 4 are the cheapest headphones with active noise cancellation
Marshall Major IV
Major IV is the fourth generation of one of the most famous headphones with an amazing 80 hours of battery life.
In this generation, headphones have wireless charging. If you place the Marshall Major IV with one of the cups on a charging station that supports the Qi standard, you can charge the headphones without wires. A wireless charger is not included.
From the point of view of design and construction, these are the usual headphones of the Marshall Major series with all the pros and cons. Those who are familiar with this design and appreciate its convenience will feel comfortable.
Unfortunately, this shape of bowls and ear pads is not suitable for everyone. Therefore, it is important to try on and listen to the headphones in advance before buying.
Technically, the new generation has no changes in the speakers, so the sound is still of excellent quality.
Marshall Major IV Black (1005773)
Headphones with a microphone; connection method: Wireless; design: Overhead; acoustic design: Closed; complex construction: +; Emitter: Dynamic; remote control: +; cord length: 1.2 m … unfold roll up
Release date: April 2021.
Pros: branded design, record autonomy, familiar design and management.
Cons: the shape of the cups may not suit everyone.
Marshall Minor III headphones have an amazing working time of 80 hours
Marshall Minor III
Minor III is one of the most stylish headphones in our selection. This is the third generation of Marshall’s compact wireless headphones in the True Wireless form factor.
The manufacturer decided not to invent its design, but was inspired by the shape of the Airpods case and headphones and changed it in its own way.
Inside the model is a 12-mm speaker that produces a good sound.
The battery life of the Minor III is 5 hours on a single charge and up to 25 hours with a charging case. Standard USB Type‑C is used for charging.
Marshall Minor III Black (1005983)
TWS headphones • connection method: Wireless • design: In-ears • acoustic design: Semi-open • emitter: Dynamic … unfold roll up
Release date: October 2021.
Pros: design, good autonomy.
Cons: high cost, taking into account the absence of an active noise reduction system.
Marshall Minor III is the third generation of Marshall’s compact wireless headphones in the True Wireless form factor
Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset
The Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset is one of the cheapest wireless headsets for Xbox consoles. Yes, despite the presence of Bluetooth, you cannot connect any wireless headphones to the Xbox due to the technical limitations of the console.
At the same time, there are not many wireless headphones on the market that can be connected to the console without additional adapters, and they cost a lot.
The Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset connects to the console as easily as an Xbox gamepad — with the push of a button. Turning on the headphones can automatically turn on the console, which is very convenient.
The sound of the model is sharpened for games, with good detail and powerful bass. If you are using the headset from a PC, it can be configured in the corresponding utility in the console or Windows interface.
The battery life of the model is 15 hours. There is a fast charging feature and a USB Type‑C port for it.
Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset (TLL-00001)
Computer headset • connection method: Wireless • construction: Full-size • acoustic design: Closed • emitter: Dynamic … unfold roll up
Release date: April 2021.
Pros: convenient design, powerful bass, battery life, price, integration with the console.
Cons: large size, bass can be overpowering.
The Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset connects to the console as easily as an Xbox gamepad — with the push of a button
Razer Barracuda X
If the headphones from Microsoft are perfectly compatible with Xbox and Windows, the Razer Barracuda X model is suitable not only for the already mentioned platforms, but also for Android, Nintendo Switch and Playstation.
It is interesting that the headphones are not connected to other devices via Bluetooth, but using an external dongle with a USB Type‑C connector or a mini-jack cable. The last option is good for Microsoft Xbox.
Using a dongle allows you to get rid of the delays that occur when connecting via Bluetooth.
In terms of sound quality, the Razer Barracuda X is a gaming and movie headset that works well for special effects. It is difficult to call headphones universal, music lovers are better off choosing other models.
The model has a removable microphone, which can be adjusted to yourself thanks to the flexible rod, or completely removed.
Razer Barracuda X (RZ04-03800100-R3M1)
Computer headset; connection method: Wireless; design: Full-size; acoustic design: Closed; Emitter: Dynamic; cord length: 1.5 m … unfold roll up
Release date: August 2021.
Pros: convenient full-size form, compatibility with various platforms.
Cons: sharpened sound for games.
Razer Barracuda X is a headset for games and movies, well suited for playing special effects
Xiaomi Redmi Airdots 3
Xiaomi Redmi Airdots 3 is the cheapest and in its own way interesting model without the function of active noise cancellation, but with high-quality sound.
The headphones have support for the AptX Adaptive codec, which will come in handy when paired with any smartphone that supports Bluetooth and this codec.
Xiaomi Redmi Airdots 3 has a metal case and protection of the modules themselves according to the IPx4 standard. This will allow you not to be afraid of light rain and to actively do sports without any problems.
A nice bonus: a USB Type‑C charging port and 30 hours of battery life thanks to a capacious charging case.
Xiaomi Redmi Airdots 3 Blue (BHR4799CN)
TWS headphones; connection method: Wireless; design: Hermetic (“plugs”); acoustic design: Closed; Emitter: Dynamic; remote control: + … unfold roll up
Release date: April 2021.
Pros: price, support for Bluetooth 5.2 and AptX Adaptive, a good level of autonomy.
Cons: taking into account the price — no.
Xiaomi Redmi Airdots 3 headphones have a metal case and protection of the modules themselves according to the IPx4 standard
We hope that our material will help you choose headphones, and we wish you successful purchases from the Hotline!
Author: Vitaly Bohdanov