Five of the best earbuds for workouts, travels, and a new normal at home.
By Michael Frank
JBL Reflect Flow
These buds’ snug, secure fit makes them great for workouts – they’re also waterproof, so sweat or getting caught in a downpour isn’t an issue. A special “hear-through” mode pipes in more outside noise as a safety feature for running or biking near traffic. 10 hours of listening per charge. $150, jbl.com.
Apple AirPods Pro
Apple’s AirPods deliver superb sound reproduction with active noise-canceling capability and an exceptionally comfortable fit. This fall, the company will introduce “spatial” separation to its flagship buds through a software update, so concert recordings, especially, will let you distinguish different voices and instruments. 4.5 hours of listening per charge. $249, apple.com.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport
You’ll pay extra for them, but for playback time, stellar sound, and waterproof design, Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay E8 Sport buds are the king of the passive-noise-canceling bunch. Like the JBLs, they also offer a mode to allow in ambient sounds for safety. 7 hours of listening per charge. $350, bang-olufsen.com.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
These earbuds offer active noise canceling to shut out the world’s din, convey a pure sound profile with clear highs and strong bass, and recognize voice prompts to activate either Siri or Google Assistant. 7 hours of listening per charge. $300, sennheiser.com.
Jabra Elite 75t
These boast the best active noise canceling of the group and sound quality that’s just slightly less impressive than Apple’s, sacrificing some clarity for deeper bass. 7.5 hours of listening per charge. $200, jabra.com.