The Top Five Wireless Headphones Under $200
Wireless means freedom, and in a world where nearly everything is cord free, you probably want your headphones to be as well. Unfortunately, the majority of wireless headphones are subpar, either cheap enough to offer low-quality static instead of music and audio, or so expensive that they are difficult for the average consumer to warrant purchasing. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the top five wireless headphones under $200. We have focused on stereo options for listening to music, gaming, or listening to a TV. Unfortunately these are not in order because each one has its own pros and cons.
Plantronics BackBeat Go 2
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 are one of the best pair of wireless sport earbuds available, and in fact, one of the only pairs of decent wireless earbuds. The earbuds feature a cord that loops behind the neck to prevent loss, an included charging case, and an inline microphone so you can take calls from the headphones. The battery life is short at just 4.5 hours, but they are ideal for quick gym and running sessions, which they are pretty much designed for. They are also good for wearing while out biking, unlike many larger headsets.
Harmon Kardon BT
The Harmon Kardron BT is one pair of headphones that sounds good, but looks quite weird. The headphones feature square earphones that definitely do look odd, but does offer sophisticated playback for an average price of $170, although you can find them anywhere on the range from $150-$299 depending on where you shop. The Kardron headphones feature built in playback buttons, a wireless range of up to ten metres, and a built in microphone so you can accept calls and talk on the phone.
Jabra Revo Wireless
Jabra is well known for their sports headphones, but they also have luxury headphones in the form of the Jabra Revo Wireless. The Revo are the best option if you want wireless headphones with a built in microphone. You also get intuitive touch controls on the side of the on-ear headset, so you can tap and scroll your finger over the headset rather than finding buttons. However, the bass is a little high if you are looking for pristine sound (but great if you love bass). Jabra also offers an equalizer app that you can use with classical music, although it is a bit muddy with anything with vocals. You can usually get the Jabra Revo Wireless for $199-$179 new on Amazon, or $250 anywhere else. They only have a ten meter range, which is quite short compared to some options, but usually good enough for using in your house.
Sennheiser is one of the best for the money brands out there, and the Sennheiser RS120 fits quite nicely into that niche, although it does not come with a built in microphone. Most users prefer the more expensive RS170, and it does sometimes infrequently retail for $170 on Amazon should you want to check it out. If your budget is lower, the RS120 is the way to go. The RS120 features a very strong wireless signal that you can use up to 328 feet away, even through walls and ceilings, as it operates on a very wide bandwidth. It also features a self charging cradle, although you may have to occasionally replace the batteries as the charge lasts less time. If you are looking for quality, they are one of the best options out there.
If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive over-ear wireless headset with decent sound and decent durability then the Sony MDRRF985RK is it. The new model retails for $109 to $75 depending on where you shop, and you can find it secondhand for as little as $25. The headphones feature an adjustable padded headband, a 120 foot radius, and offer an up to 25 hour battery life depending on how loud you keep the volume. The battery automatically recharges while you leave it on the charging cradle, so you can just leave it there overnight to recharge.
At the end of the day, wireless headphones are still an unfinished technology. Even the most advanced options still have flaws, so you can’t expect very many to be perfect. History also suggests that waiting two to five years will result in a plethora of much better, lower priced options on the market, so you may want to get a mid-range option now, and then rebudget and buy another pair in a few more years, when the technology is better.