Wireless Headphones: Ratings of Sources
Total of 22 Sources
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Best Wireless Headphones
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET editors review many wireless headsets. Most models are Bluetooth headsets for cell phones, outside the scope of this report, but some stereo headphones are scattered throughout the section. The site also maintains a separate page that lists the best portable wireless headphones.
The 10 Best Bluetooth Headsets
by David Pierce
Our AssessmentPCMag.com evaluates several Bluetooth headsets in its independent testing lab; this article lists the 10 best models reviewed by the publication. The majority of the models listed are one-ear versions, but three stereo headsets are also listed, with the Samsung Modus HM6450 snagging an Editors' Choice award. In a separate stand-alone review, the Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 also receives an Editors' Choice award.
Wireless Headphone Reviews
by Editors of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine
Our AssessmentThe editors of this British publication review more wireless headsets than many other publications, and many of the models examined are also available in the United States. Many receive poor ratings, but Sennheiser's wireless headphones seem well-liked by the editors: the Sennheiser PXC 310 BT is named as the best wireless headset of 2010, both the Sennheiser PX360 BT and the Sennheiser RS 180 garner perfect 5- star ratings and the Sennheiser RS 160 receives a 4-star rating in brief, but insightful reviews.
Mobile Phones -- Reviews
by Editors of CNET (Australia)
Our AssessmentCNET (Australia) covers Bluetooth headsets as part of its mobile phone coverage, including many stereo models. The reviews themselves are in-depth and numerical scores are provided. The Plantronics BackBeat 903+ receives the best score, although it is mistakenly called the BackBeat 903 (an older, discontinued model) in the review.
by Editors of PC World (Australia)
Our AssessmentPC World (Australia) tackles many more headphone reviews than its US-based counterpart. The reviews are based on hands-on testing and cover functionality as well as performance. Each review lists pros and cons, contains a synopsis and assigns the product a numerical rating, which helps time-deprived readers get to the meat of each report quickly.
by Editors of Wired
Our AssessmentWired mixes reviews of some wireless models into its overall headphone category, although the wireless headphones it looks at tend to be higher priced. The reviews are in-depth, with plenty of hands-on testing, and each set of wireless headphones receives a numerical rating. While good things are said about Sennheiser headphones -- especially the RS 180 -- the highest score goes to the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 wireless gaming headset thanks to its mix of versatility and performance.
Best Gaming Headset: Five Pairs on Test
by Henry Winchester
Our AssessmentThis round-up pits five separate gaming headphones in a head-to-head competition to see which delivers the most bang for your buck. Each product receives a brief write-up and a numerical percentage as a rating. Only one -- the Logitech G930 -- is wireless. Even though some say that wireless headphones can't sound as good as wired ones, the G930 earns the best review, and its 90 percent rating tops the number two scorer by a full 8 percentage points.
by Editors of TrustedReviews.com
Our AssessmentBritish tech site TrustedReviews.com covers a wide range of headphones, occasionally looking at wireless models. The Plantronics BackBeat 903+ and Sennheiser RS 170 both earn solid 8 out of 10 ratings after being subjected to hands-on testing.
by Editors of Pocket-Lint.com
Our AssessmentPocket-Lint.com has reviews and hands-on impressions of many types of headsets and headphones, including wireless models -- though these are mixed in with the rest. Previews and articles discussing new models that haven't yet been reviewed are also helpful, as long as the information is viewed in context. The Sennheiser RS 160 headphones get a good rating among current models.
Recommended Stereo Headphones
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThe few wireless headphones ConsumerReports.org tests are mixed in with the wired headphones reviews. One wireless headset stands out and rates better than many wired models. Although the publication also rates Bluetooth headsets for mobile phone use, its top stereo picks consist of discontinued models.
by Editors of Engadget.com
Our AssessmentEngadget.com doesn't review wireless headphones very often, and when they cover Bluetooth headsets, the headsets tend to be of the one-ear variety. Still, the site's reviews are fairly in-depth and full of comparisons to other products, even if they no longer assign a numerical score. The Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 wireless gaming headset garners significant praise, but the Razer Chimaera wireless gaming headset and the Harmon AKG K830 BT and K840 KL Bluetooth headphones fail to impress the editors.
by Editors of PC World
Our AssessmentPC World reviews some headphones and related peripherals, and its reviews are often syndicated on sister sites in the U.K. and Australia, as well as to Macworld. The focus here is on computer-centric headphones, mostly for gaming or VoIP. Only a handful of wireless headsets are reviewed, with the Creative Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset garnering the most positive review.
Creative Sound Blaster Wireless WoW Headset
by Devin Connors
Our AssessmentTomsGuide.com looks at various electronics products, including some headsets. This review of the Creative Sound Blaster Wireless WoW Wireless Headset calls the model the best current headset for gamers. Though it isn't compared directly with competing models, reviewer Devin Connors says other wireless gaming headsets are "mediocre at best."
Sennheiser Wireless Headphones: Model RS-120
by Matthew Torres
Our AssessmentThis review by former About.com TV/Video guide Matthew Torres is brief, but it still offers plenty of detail. The majority of the hands-on portion of the review is dedicated to testing the limits of the headphone's wireless receiver, but Torres is also impressed by the audio quality of the set, which he calls "better than any audio coming from the television." There's also a list of pros and cons. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is most useful when you have already narrowed your choice. User comments can be subjective and sometimes not very relevant to performance, but many headphones get lots of feedback, making it easy to spot general trends. User reviews of headphones are especially good for learning about comfort and long-term problems. Many Sennheiser wireless headphone models receive high overall ratings.
Wireless and Bluetooth Headphones
by Contributors to Newegg.com
Our AssessmentThe contributors to Newegg.com tend to be more tech savvy than users on general retail sites, but in most categories, the number of reviews submitted can be limited. That's not the case with wireless headphones. The majority of Sennheiser's wireless headphones receive a large number of positive reviews, especially lower-priced models like the RS 110 and RS 120. The Sony MDR-IF240RK also garners a large number of fans.
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentThe U.K.'s TechRadar.com reviews headphones regularly and posts reports from associated British magazines, with the occasional wireless set included. The Sennheiser RS 160 gets a good review in which it is compared to its more expensive brandmate, the RS 170, but the RS 180 gets a lower score.
Plantronics BackBeat 903+ Bluetooth Headphones Are the Best On The Market
by Nick Broughall
Our AssessmentThe Australian version of the popular Gizmodo.com gadget website doesn't delve into wireless headphones very often -- in fact, this review of the Plantronics BackBeat 903+ is the only wireless headphone covered -- but it does an admirable job of describing the pros and cons of the headset. While functionality and form are covered in depth, only a scant paragraph is dedicated to the unit's audio performance. In that space, however, the audio is called "fantastic" for a wireless headphone, although Nick Broughall admits that hardcore audiophiles might not be as impressed.
Ask Engadget: Best (Non-Gaming) Wireless Headphones?
by Darren Murph
Our AssessmentIn this "Ask the crowd"-style post, a user asks for opinions about the best wireless headphones that would allow him to listen to music and TV while in his backyard. The replies are extensive, with more than 180 comments, occasionally they are heated, but they are a good source of user opinions. After listening to repeated customer testimonials, the original question-poser says he's leaning towards the Sennheiser RS 170 or Sennheiser 180.
by Contributors to Crutchfield.com
Our AssessmentThe user reviews at this site aren't as plentiful as the ones available at other online retailers, and the write-ups tend to be a bit on the short side, but it's still a useful destination for some additional user feedback. Two Sennheiser models -- the RS 120 and the RS 180 -- receive many more reviews than other models and maintain a high overall user rating.
by Editors of GoodCans.com
Our AssessmentGoodCans.com sells and reviews premium headphones, and by the site's own admission, mostly ignores wireless headphones because "the standard transmission methods of most wireless headphones just doesn't impress us." However, Sennheiser's higher-end models are recommended because of the wireless technology that they use.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentThere aren't nearly as many owner-written ratings for wireless headphones at Epinions.com as there are at Amazon.com, so this site isn't as helpful. However, reviewers have the option of listing pros, cons and the bottom line, which is a nice feature that Amazon.com lacks. Reviews here also tend to be more detailed.