Music is a part of everyday life. Any chance we get, we tune in to our favourite songs. Whether we are working, on a commute or when we hit the gym, we take our music anywhere it can help us relax and focus. Music is linked to our moods, with this we use it to help us accomplish what we’re set to do. We’ve been doing this forever. From the time Sony’s Walkmans hit the stores, we knew music mobility will be a part of our lifestyle.
Over the years, our listening devices changed, but not our love for taking music anywhere. We were inseparable. What more now when mobility has changed to ubiquity, where music and its paired device is everywhere a person is. Now, it’s the millennials penchant for healthy lifestyle that is paving the way for music in the gym or on workouts.
With that, began our quest for the best wireless listening device. The search for best Bluetooth earphones UK as an annual activity that most of us look forward to. We use these wireless in-ear headphones review as a guide to choosing gifts for our loved ones. But most of all, we simply must find out what the best Bluetooth headphones in the UK are, so we can prepare to shop around once more and update our devices.
The Beats Solo2 On-Ear Wireless Active Headphones boasts of a wider range of sound with its higher fidelity audio fit for any type of music that’s playing. Its Bluetooth range allows for free movement within 30 feet. With its built-in mic and on-ear controls, adjust according to your preference without having to reach for your device it is connected to. If you’re so stoked you don’t want to take it off, don’t worry, you can listen to your heart’s content for 12 hours. When it’s time to recharge, its LED fuel gauge will light up signalling you it needs more juice.
Design-wise, its built to curve flexibly to your head, making it more comfortable. Its earcups are ergonomic in design so it adjusts for best fit. And when you’re done listening, you can fold and keep for another day of awesome listening.
Definitely one of the best in the list, but not the best Beats product. Still an awesome headphone when it comes to volume and clarity with semi noise cancelling feature. It does lean towards the bass more than anything, so when listening to anything that’s bass-heavy, the Solo 2 is perfect. However, music that are less on bass and beat might not be the best. But then again, this is entirely subjective, as most would not be too technical to drill down.
One thing we noticed though is that its microphone isn’t as great when you’re listening to music. The volume decreases when answering calls. Best thing to do this is to make sure you’re not in a crowded place when talking on the phone so you can hear better and the other line can hear you. Wired or wireless though does not make a difference in the sound volume and quality.
On another element, its batteries are amazing! In the product description, it says 12-hours of battery, but it died 14 hours after leaving it overnight. On a lower volume, we are assuming a longer battery life.
In terms of comfort and durability, these are better than earlier models. More cushion on the ear so it’s softer for better fit plus the fact that it’s designed ergonomically. However, they clamp something fierce. You might not be able to wear it for long periods or else you get a headache. Again, this is somewhat subjective as some readjusting might work for you. Buttons are still as responsive as ever. You will need to tap on the Beats logo for pause and play, and up and down for volume control.
Style and Design
The Beats Solo2 On-Ear Wireless Active Headphones is the most fashionable on our list. But is it more than just a brand? Most would say you’re paying for the brand, but if you compare it with most headphones, you can’t argue that this is slick and unconventional with its wide range of available colours. It comes with black, blue, white, blue grey, gold, grey, red, rose gold, yellow grey and silver. Wheew, that’s a long list compared to most headphones that stay traditional in black or silver.
In addition, you have to give plus points to its ergonomic design on the muffs so its stays fitted as needed with a bit of adjusting according to preference.
When it comes to price, this damages the wallet unfortunately. However, we dare say it has reason to. It retails from £163 to £299, so you’re lucky if you can find the store with the lowest offer. Shop around a bit so it won’t dent your wallet too much.
Pros and Cons
Overall, if not for the price, this is a solid buy, perfect as a gift because of its luxury-feel. If you’re using this as a music partner, then it’s perfect, but if you’re planning to use it for work to answer phone calls, then it is not for that purpose. In addition, although its headband design fits comfortably with some adjustments, it tends to fall off. Fit and comfort is subjective because you might find these things fine. We especially like it that it’s so fashionable, not because of the brand but it really does look nice with different colours. Let’s leave the blacks to little black dresses and let colours rule in our music lifestyle.
But as mentioned, the battery life is the most impressive, lasting 14 hours on our first try. Saves us the trouble of having to recharge it everytime we want to use it.
Music or calls, the Pioneer SE MS7BT On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones with NFC has dual functionality. Whether you want to enjoy your music or you need to make calls hands-free, it’s built to satisfy both with ease.
This Pioneer headphone supports AptX audio and AAC for high quality audio even on wireless. Because of NFC, finding compatibility will not be a problem and is as easy as using it on a smartphone. Its 40mm drivers are fitted to its wide-cushioned cups to allow for a comfortable fit. Its controls and microphone are built into the headphones but when batteries die, it comes with a 1.2m cable so you can continue listening. Aside from headphone cable, it comes with a USB cable for recharging.
Sound quality on the Pioneer SE On-Ear Bluetooth is for audiophiles but would also work well with those who aren’t too particular with the technicalities. It could do more bass if we are to talk about the nitty gritty.
On the other hand, it fits pretty well and are very comfortable. Its ergonomic design helps in distributing weight equally. In addition, it hugs the ear for an exact fit. However, these are a bit big so it’s awkward to use it in public.
Most headphones enthusiast, especially the wireless kind would worry about battery life, but the Pioneer SE stays on for 12 hours as promised.
Style and Design
We are partial to the brown leather design more than the black one. The smell of leather is proof of its authentic material. If you’re particular about the design, the black ones are just common, so just get the brown for that classic, luxurious, premium leather feel. The metal cap over leather is a nice combination to the brown and black.
We spotted this on Amazon for £94.97 but it can go up as high as £129 and as low as £81.53. The key is to shop around from legitimate sellers.
Pros and Cons
The Pioneer SE-MS7BT is a solid choice for its price range, especially if you don’t mind it being a bit bigger than most headphones. Its leather and metal design combination makes it stylish enough to compete with Beats by Dre. Most of the young ones might prefer Beats over this because of its hiphop vibes, but the working class might find this a bit more to their taste. Again, we absolutely love the brown choice. Its easy-to-pair built is also a convenient feature, for those times that you absolutely have to switch from one device to another.
The Brainwavz BLU-100 is the cheapest of the bunch and it is an in ear Bluetooth headphone. But mind you, it competes well with the rest. It has a 3-button remote that works with iOS, Android, Windows phones and PCs. Compared to the first two headphones, these are not the headband type but the usual in-ear headphones, so it’s light along with its housing, cable and remote. With a good comply tip, they block out most sounds coming from your surroundings.
Surprisingly with this price point, the Brainwavz Blu is amazing. If you’re particular about bass, you won’t be disappointed in these, although treble comes out pretty nicely too. Because it’s an in-ear type of headphones, you don’t need to worry about pressure on your head or jaws. It’s comfortable because of the foam buds. However, you will need to fit it in your ear correctly to maximize the sound experience. It sometimes comes off when not properly put on, especially when jogging. It’s steady on a less active exercise such as when you’re lifting weights.
Next, its batteries don’t last that long unfortunately if you’re looking at more than two hours of wireless experience.
Style and Design
Discreet but it comes in small, medium and large sizes. Depending on your preference you can choose which fits you best. If you didn’t get the right size, it will dampen the listening experience. The flat cables are designed to avoid coiling, and easily cut wires inside the cables, which often happens with earphones. It says it comes in three colours, but there isn’t much difference on the Blu-100 and Blu-200. Get the Blu-Delta if you want a mix of colours.
This is cheap, and we don’t mean it in a bad way. At this price point and quite a few positive experiences with it, we call this a value-for-money purchase. If you’re looking for the best earphones under £50, then this is what you’re looking for. It retails for £34.50 on Amazon.
Pros and Cons
The Brainwavs Blu-100 is a steal at less than £50. For this price point, you get amazing sound and a sleek design. The batteries could be more without having to recharge it after 2 hours. Also, if you’re into jogging, this is not the Bluetooth earphones for running. Depending on what you often use a Bluetooth headphone for, this is more for easy listening while on the subway or just working in front of your workstation. To us, this is by far the best budget wireless headphones and is worth a look over.
The Bose Sound Sport Wireless shows off its Stay Hear+ tips that fits into the ears comfortably while being stable. Its ear tips are made of silicone and is funnel-shaped instead of the usual circular that others are designed with. This is supposedly made to create a better fit and with the silicone, a sticky fit into your ears because of its suction function. It is built with an inline mic and remote for volume control, track selection, and when taking calls on your smart phones. It comes with the SoundSport Wireless Headphones, Stay Hear+ tips, USB charging cable and a carry case when purchased.
The Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones, we are happy to tell you, has a clear and sharp sound. Some of you would be Bose fans and would attest this lives up to its name. You get the tonal fidelity that most audiophiles would be looking for while staying fun for the non-techy users. The crispness of the sound with a highlight on bass is perfect for outdoors and intensive workout. No wonder it’s called SoundSport.
Although it comes with the traditional neckband cable, this in-ear pairs are light with that barely there feel. Aside from the ear tips, its hooks are also made of silicone to trace the lines of the ear allowing grasp to its tip suction, so double the stability.
On the ear piece itself is the battery signal, indicating whether or not it needs recharging. Batteries are made of lithium-ion that lasts for 6 hours. Long enough for even the longest commute, a run or a visit to the gym.
Style and Design
There is nothing unusual on the design of the Bose SoundSport, except for the earpiece that has a funnel shape tip. We are assuming that the silicone material is what helps keep it in-ear especially when you’re on a rigorous activity like running. Colour comes in black, aqua and citron.
Although its design
The AKG Y50BT is a portable, foldable, wireless Bluetooth on-ear headphones with impressive features. With an impedance of 32 ohms, your listening experience will be as smooth as ever. Aside from the headphones, it comes with a By-pass 1.2m detachable cable, Micro USB charging cable, and a carrying pouch for safekeeping. The by-pass cable is what you use when you run out of batteries unexpectedly.
Moreover, its Bluetooth is enabled for music listening and phone calls. The right ear cup has control buttons for play/pause, volume, and power/device pairing. It has a 3D axis on the ear cups for portability when stored and flexibility to avoid easy cracking.
The sound quality of the AKG Y50BT is excellent, and we are impressed! For a Bluetooth headphone, it exceeds expectations that you might mistake it for a wired headphone. All of sound’s features come together beautifully. It’s perfect for any type of musical genre. Its clear and precise sound, with the help of some noise isolation feature makes the listening experience one of the best.
The AKG Y50BT gets better with every feature introduced. It has a battery life of 20 hours, more than anything we have in the list. In addition, it’s comfortable with no pressure at all on our heads or jaws that usually happens with on-ear headphones.
Style and Design
The AKG Y50BT competes with Beats by Dre. It also comes in youthful colours such as blue, red and yellow. But it also has traditional colours such as black and silver. It is made from aluminium and plastic and the balance of use on these materials are just right. Its soft cushion on the cup makes it comfortable to wear even in long hours.
The AKG Y50BT retails from £99 to £141.99. Here’s hoping that you get the best price because that would mean a bonus with such a good headphone.
Pros and Cons
Out of all the wireless headphones in this list, our best bet would be the AKG Y50BT. For the sound quality, design at this price point, we consider this the best among the rest, and the best deal we have come across reviewing yet. is not over the top, we like it that it comes with NFC that allows for just a touch between our smart phone and the SoundSport to connect via Bluetooth. In addition, because it’s made for active lifestyle, it is sweat and heat resistant so you can sweat all you want without worrying it will affect it.
*All product photos are sourced out from Amazon UK and Argos.