Shootouts

Shootout: The 12 best flagship true wireless earbuds compared

By Kenny Yeo - 12 Apr 2024

Introduction

Note: This feature was first published on 28 March 2024 and has been updated with buying links for all models.

Featuring a whopping 12 earbuds, this is one of the biggest shootouts we've ever done.

Why true wireless earbuds?

For many readers, true wireless earbuds are our preferred choice of headphones. It’s easy to see why: they offer so much freedom and their compact nature means it’s easy to carry them around. And in the past couple of years, true wireless earbuds have improved tremendously, offering features and performance that rivals full-size headphones. As such, there’s never been a better time to buy a set of true wireless earbuds. However, with so many brands available, it can be hard to decide. Fear not, because we’ve rounded up and tested the best that all of the major brands have to offer.  

We have 12 of them and you can click on them to skip straight to their page.

1. Apple AirPods Pro USB-C 7. Jabra Elite 10
2. Audio-Technica ATH-TWX9 8. JBL Tour Pro 2
3. Bose QuietComfort Ultra 9. Montblanc MTB03
4. Bowers & Wilkins Pi7 S2 10. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4
5. Creative Aurvana Ace 2 11. Sony WF-1000XM5
6. Devialet Gemini II 12. Technica EAH-AZ80


To start, here’s a table that compares the key features of all these earbuds that we are testing. For some, this table alone might contain enough information to make a decision. But if you are still undecided, continue reading to find out who our winner is and for a more detailed take on each earbud.

Flagship TWS earbuds comparison
Model Driver type Voice Prompts Multipoint Supported Codecs Water resistance

Battery life
(with ANC on)

Price
Single Total
Apple AirPods Pro USB-C Custom Apple driver No Yes (with Apple devices)
  • AAC
  • SBC
IP54 <6hrs <30hrs S$365.70
Audio-Technica ATH-TWX9 5.8mm dynamic driver Yes Yes
  • AAC
  • SBC
  • aptX Adaptive
IPX4 <6hrs <18.5hrs S$399
Bose QuietComfort Ultra Unknown Yes No
  • AAC 
  • SBC
  • aptX Adaptive
IPX4 <6hrs <24hrs S$379
Bowers & Wilkins Pi7 S2 9.2mm dynamic driver + balanced armature No No
  • AAC
  • SBC
  • aptX Adaptive
IP54 <5hrs <21hrs S$729
Creative Aurvana Ace 2 Dynamic driver + xMEMS solid state driver Yes Yes
  • AAC
  • SBC
  • LC3
  • aptX
  • aptX Adaptive
  • aptX Lossless
IPX5 <4hrs <16hrs S$219
Devialet Gemini II 10mm titanium-coated dynamic driver No Yes
  • AAC
  • SBC
  • aptX
IPX4 <5hrs <22hrs S$629
Jabra Elite 10 10mm dynamic driver Yes Yes
  • AAC
  • SBC
IP54 <6hrs <27hrs S$378
JBL Tour Pro 2 10mm dynamic driver Yes Yes
  • AAC
  • SBC
IPX5 <8hrs <32hrs S$349
Montblanc MTB03 7mm beryllium dynamic driver Yes No
  • AAC
  • SBC
  • aptX Adaptive
IPX4 <6hrs <24hrs S$590
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 7mm dynamic driver No Yes
  • AAC
  • SBC
  • aptX Adaptive
  • aptX Lossless
  • LC3
IP54 <7hrs <30hrs S$449
Sony WF-1000XM5 8.4mm dynamic driver No Yes
  • AAC
  • SBC
  • LC3
  • LDAC
IPX4 <8hrs <24hrs S$429
Technics EAH-AZ80 10mm aluminium alloy dynamic driver Yes Yes
  • AAC
  • SBC
  • LDAC
IPX4 <7hrs <24hrs S$469

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