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Best mobile devices on the go: Tech Awards 2021 Editor's Choice Results (Part 1)

By Team HardwareZone - 10 Apr 2021

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. They give their owners maximum freedom and flexibility. And right now, there’s no shortage of true wireless earbuds to choose from today. Just about every mobile and audio brand has one. Crucially, true wireless earbuds have gotten better over the years. They now come with features like customisable EQ and active noise-cancellation. Battery life has also improved significantly for most models and so has basics like even connectivity strength.

To make the cut for this year’s award, the true wireless earbud must be the best the brand has to offer and must have a truly wireless design with active noise-cancellation capability.

 

Nominees:

  • 1More True Wireless ANC
  • Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW
  • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
  • Huawei FreeBuds Pro
  • Jabra Elite 85t
  • LG Tone Free HBS-FN7
  • Panasonic RZ-S500W
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
  • Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
  • Sony WF-SP800N (unfortunately, Sony does not have a newer top tier contender and their WF-1000XM3 is by now nearing two years since launch)

 

And the winner is...

 

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Price doesn’t always commensurate with performance but it certainly does in the case of the Sennheiser True Momentum Wireless 2. This is Sennheiser’s second-generation flagship true wireless earbud and it is handily the best you can buy today. To start, it’s one of the few true wireless earbuds to support all three major wireless codecs – aptX, AAC, and SBC – which means it’ll work well with Android and iOS devices. Performance is also commendable. Overall tonality is balanced and coherent, and it sounds smooth and liquid. Its active noise-cancellation function is also adept at drowning out noise from the environment. Finally, it has a useful app that lets you customise the sound and earbuds’ controls to your liking. It may be pricey but it’s more than justifies its price tag with its high level of overall performance and refinement.

 

Scoring Breakdown
Model Design Performance Features Value Overall Price
1More True Wireless ANC 7.5 7.5 8.0 8.0 7.5 S$329
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 S$348
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 S$399
Huawei FreeBuds Pro 8.0 7.5 7.0 8.5 7.5 S$238
Jabra Elite 85t 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 S$348
LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 8.0 8.5 9.0 8.5 8.5 S$298
Panasonic RZ-S500W 6.5 8.0 8.0 7.0 7.5 S$349
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.0 S$308
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 8.5 9.0 (adjusted from 8.5) 9.0 (adjusted from 8.5) 7.5 (adjusted from 7.0) 9.0 (adjusted from 8.5) S$419
Sony WF-SP800N 7.0 8.0 7.5 7.5 7.5 S$279

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

 

References

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