The best wireless earbuds for 2023

A natural extension of the smartphone and a must-have of our time, earbuds are both functional devices and a must-have personal lifestyle item. Here’s our guide to the best on the market for every need.

In 2016, the world met the AirPods, launched as a wireless companion to the iPhone. Since then, Apple’s wireless earbuds have paved the way for a new product category that rapidly took off, becoming the most popular of wearable devices – tech items that also include watches like the Apple Watch or augmented reality glasses, which may soon join the ranks of the most desired objects.

Unlike wired earbuds, wireless earbuds incorporate a variety of technologies that optimize the sound according to the situation and cut out background noises to isolate the user. Right from the start, they have been used as audio augmented reality accessories thanks to their voice assistant option – featuring Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and so on. When not in use, they can be tucked away in a case that holds extra charge and significantly extends battery life – a full day of playback is the current average for top-of-the-line devices.

The combination of comfort, portability, device integration, sound quality, and charging technology has made wireless earphones popular all over the world. The main features that make one stand out from the pack and can guide your choice are the quality of sound and ANC (Active Noise Cancellation), but also the transparency mode option, which uses the built-in microphones to let in sounds from the outside world as if you were not wearing the device. There are also other factors to consider; battery life, customization of the touch control interface, and software support for apps to manage advanced features such as EQ settings and advanced sound options like Apple’s Spatial Audio or Sony’s 360 Reality Audio.

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