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Best of Mobile Gadgets: Tech Awards 2022 Editor's Choice Results (Part 1)

By Team HardwareZone - 15 Apr 2022

Best True Wireless Earbuds

Best True Wireless Earbuds

One of the biggest audio trends in recent years is true wireless earbuds. These are headphones that, as their name suggests, are unencumbered by wires and sit within your ears. Their owners love them for their convenience, freedom, and flexibility. And right now, there’s no shortage of true wireless earbuds to choose from. Nearly every mobile and audio brand have a couple of earbuds in their lineup. Crucially, true wireless earbuds have gotten better over the years. They now come with features like customisable EQ and active noise-cancellation at much lower price points. Battery life has also improved significantly for most models and so has basics like enhanced resistance to water and dust.

To make the cut for this year’s award, the true wireless earbuds must be the best the brand has to offer, was released in the last 12 months, must have a closed-back truly wireless design with active noise-cancellation capability.

Nominees:

  • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ
  • Bowers & Wilkins PI7
  • Jabra Elite 7 Pro
  • JBL Club Pro+
  • Klipsch T5 II ANC
  • LG Tone Free FP9
  • Master & Dynamic MW08
  • Nothing Ear (1)
  • Oppo Enco X
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds2
  • Sony WF-1000XM4
  • Technics EAH-AZ60
  • Xiaomi Redmi Buds 3 Pro

 

And the winner is...

 

Sony WF-1000XM4

Sony's long-awaited successor to the WF-1000XM3 did not disappoint. The WF-1000XM4 arrived in the middle of last year to much fanfare and it was a thorough redesign and rethink of Sony’s flagship earbuds.

To start, it’s more compact, which makes it more comfortable to wear for extended periods. It also has a new Integrated Processor V1 chip that delivers class-leading active noise cancellation. If silence and serenity is what you seek, no earbuds do a better job than the WF-1000XM4. It sounds fantastic too. Tonality and timbre is excellent, and if you don’t like what you hear, you can tweak its sound signature using the accompanying Headphones Connect app. The WF-1000XM4 is also one of the few earbuds to support the higher bit-rate LDAC codec, which I’m sure more discerning listeners will appreciate. Overall, Sony really hit it out of the park with the WF-1000XM4. It’s very easily the best true wireless earbuds for most people.

Scoring Breakdown
Model Design Performance Features Value Overall Price
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ 8.0 8.0 8.0 6.5 7.5 S$629
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 8.0 7.5 8.5 6.5 7.5 S$689
Jabra Elite 7 Pro 8.0 8.0 8.5 7.5 8.5 S$318
JBL Club Pro+ 7.5 8.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 S$299
Klipsch T5 II ANC 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.0 S$379
LG Tone Free FP9 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.0 8.0 S$298
Master & Dynamic MW08 8.5 7.5 7.5 6.0 7.0 S$629
Nothing Ear (1) 8.5 7.5 8.5 8.5 8.0 S$179
Oppo Enco X 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 S$259
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 8.5 8.5 8.5 9.0 8.5 S$248
Sony WF-1000XM4 9.0 8.5 9.0 8.0 9.0 S$379
Technics EAH-AZ60 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.0 8.5 S$379
Xiaomi Redmi Buds 3 Pro 8.0 7.5 7 9.5 7.5 S$89

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section below.

 

References

  • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ review coming soon
  • Bower & Wilkins PI7 review coming soon
  • Jabra Elite 7 Pro review coming soon
  • JBL Club Pro+ review coming soon
  • Klipsch T5 II ANC review coming soon
  • LG Tone Free FP9 review coming soon
  • Master & Dynamic MW08 review coming soon
  • Nothing Ear (1) review
  • Oppo Enco X review coming soon
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds2 review
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 review
  • Technics EAH-AZ60 review coming soon
  • Xiaomi Redmi Bud 3 Pro review coming soon
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