2015 is the year that Bluetooth headphones (sort of) went mainstream. In the past, Bluetooth headphones sounded so bad that they weren’t worth the hundreds of dollars brands charged for them. The good ones still cost $200 or more, but give listeners all the bang for their buck. Here are the three best Bluetooth headphones that came out in 2015.
The Best: Sennheiser Momentum 2 AE Wireless
When Sennheiser released the Momentum 2 AE Wireless headphones during the first quarter of the year for $499, there were a lot of complaints about an inconsistent Bluetooth connection that caused music to skip, fade, and perform other annoyances. Sennheiser finally recalled the Momentum Wireless in June, revised them, and put out the best pair of wireless headphones yet in September.
The Momentum 2 AE Wireless not only have excellent noise-cancellation, but they produce solid sound that some wired headphones can’t even produce. The headphones also have excellent phone quality and even if you are walking down a busy city street, you’ll easily be able to talk to whomever needs your immediate attention on your phone. The headphones may be $500, but they are completely worth it.
Runner Up: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
The Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones have been favorites among audiophiles for the past few years. When the P5 Wireless came out, many doubted the wireless cans could produce the same sound. You still can’t expect wireless headphones to produce the same sound as wired headphones, for the most part. However, Bowers & Wilkins succeeded with the P5 wireless. Even when using the P5 Wireless in wired mode, there is only a little difference.
Besides the thumping and clear sound, the best part about the P5 wireless is their sculpted design. Even if you are not a fan of on-ear headphones, the P5 Wireless still feel great — especially the way they hug your ears without making you feel uncomfortable. They don’t have noise cancellation like the Sennheiser Wireless cans, but they are also $100 cheaper at $399.
Runner Up: Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II
Bose can always be counted on to release high-quality products, but the first version of their wireless headphones was a huge disappointment as they sounded like Bose headphones, but the kind you listen to inside a tin can.
In 2014, Bose released the SoundLink On-Ear Wireless Headphones, which this column considered one of the best tech products of 2014. This year, Bose took everything that was loved about the SoundLink On-Ear Wireless and put them into an around-the-ear version. The phone call quality is actually slightly better on the new version. These aren’t the type of wireless headphones for people who like their music so loud it blasts their eardrum, but the smooth sound will satisfy most users. The $269 price is, perhaps, the best deal for Bluetooth headphones today.