Having a pair of wireless earphones nowadays is very beneficial, with the most obvious benefit being portability. Not being bound by wires while listening to your favorite music gives you the benefit of being able to walk around without any fear of damaging your phone. It also eliminates any problems like tangled wires or frayed earphone jack connections which is a usual problem that most wired earphones users have.
Having a pair of wireless earphones also ensure that with the proper care, it will have a longer lifespan compared to its wired counterparts since there is no risk of damage to the wires. The wireless earphone technology has also been steadily improving the past few years, so the sound quality of these earphones are now at par with the wired headset version, so this is really good news for audiophiles who are particular about the quality of sound.
We present to you the list of the best wireless earphones that are available in the Philippine market right now.
Gear IconX 2018
The latest version of the Gear IconX has been deemed by some reviewers as having hit the sweet spot. Having released the initial version of the Gear IconX in 2017, the 2018 version has updated its latest set of wireless earphones with the biggest improvement being battery life and improved sound quality performance.
The battery life on the Gear IconX can last up to 8 hours on stand-alone mode and up to 4-5 hours on Bluetooth tethered mode with your phone. The Gear IconX 2018 are a capable pair of earbuds that outperform most of its competitors. It doesn't really have the best sound quality, but it excels in other aspects that more than make up for its shortcomings.
The best thing about the Gear IconX is that it's almost invisible when the user puts it on because of its low profile. The weight is just right, though some users have observed some discomfort with prolonged usage, earphones are not meant for long-term use anyway and breaks are recommended in between.
The Gear IconX 2018 comes with its own carrying case that also serves as a power bank, though it can only provide one full charge before it has to be charged itself. The earbuds also come with 4GB of internal storage, giving the user a decent amount of space for their workout or relaxation soundtrack.
The Gear IconX 2018 also has a built-in pedometer that syncs effortlessly with the Samsung Health app on Samsung Galaxy phones, making it especially useful for fitness-conscious users.
Priced at around PHP 8,500, it's a bit on a high side, but I personally own a pair of these and I can vouch for its quality, so be sure to consider these when on the lookout for a new pair of wireless earbuds.
BeatsX - Beats by Dre
The BeatsX wireless earphones by Beats by Dre were released in December 2017 and were seen by some as a statement product by Apple due to its in-ear design, perhaps as a way of noting complaints from customers about losing their Airpods.
These wireless earphones have a flat design which ensures that it doesn't tangle whenever it's stowed away. A new feature from these earphones is the Quick Charge functionality where the user can get up to two hours of listening time from 5 minutes of charging, making it ideal for people on long commutes or for extended sessions at the gym or in the library.
Controlling the earphones is the in-line remote which can be used to control the volume and skip or retrieve tracks. It can also be used to take calls since it features a built-in microphone.
The flat wires make it comfortable to wear and avoid tangles, and for extended sessions at the gym, the BeatsX earphones are certified to be water-resistant, so no need to worry about sweat ruining these earphones, though it is not waterproof, so it is not advisable to use these for a swim or in heavy rain.
Priced at PHP 6,490 at the Apple store, the performance of the pair is reasonable for its price. It doesn't really do high notes very well, but other than that, the sound is very clean for a pair of earphones in this class. It's an ideal balance of price to performance.
The Jaybird X3 has been out in the market for 2 years as of this writing, but it still manages to impress due to its quality in both the sound and build departments. The X3 is made out of plastic but the way it is built still manages to exude a premium feel.
The earbuds on the X3 are slimmer than the previous generation X2 earphones but it's been observed that it has a built of bulkiness to it. Wearing it is comfortable and is ideal for both office and physical activities. In terms of waterproofing, it doesn't have a waterproof certification like most earpieces available, but it does come with waterproof nanocoating. However, expect that it will wear out over time.
The Jaybird X3 has a decent battery life of up to 8 hours, which is good enough for the entire day at the office or for a couple of days' worth of workout sessions.
With regard to sound quality, it doesn't really stand out, but it does have decent enough performance that will make you appreciate the music you're listening to.
Priced at around PHP 6,000, this is a good pair of earphones, but it would be better to consider other earphones first since the X3 lacks an IPX waterproof rating.
Jabra Elite Sport
The Jabra Elite Sport pair of earphones are one of the premium wireless earphones on this list. The 2017 version of these earphones features several upgrades that make it ideal for the most discerning users.
The Jabra Elite Sport features a built-in heart-rate monitor that is useful for people monitoring their health and is something that active people can use during strenuous activities. The 2017 version has an upgraded battery life of 4.5 hours, up from the 3-hour battery life from the previous version, making it ideal for use at the gym.
The Jabra Sport Life app complements the Jabra Elite Sport since it allows users to play around with the earphones' equalizer settings, giving users the opportunity to create their own sound profile that fits their taste.
These earbuds are elite for a reason, and that reason is that these pairs are fully waterproof, meaning it can be used while going for a swim, but it will still function normally. This makes swimming sessions more interesting since it would now have a soundtrack.
For people who are always on the go and need to use these earbuds for calls in noisy places, the Jabra Elite Sport has a noise-canceling feature, sealing out the user from outside noises, so great care must be observed, especially while jogging outside.
Priced at around PHP 15,000, the Jabra Elite Sport is targeted towards users who want the best of the best. Even though there are some quirks with this product, these earphones are one of the best ones available right now in the market.
Powerbeats3 Wireless - Beats by Dre
The Powerbeats3 Wireless earphones were created with active people in mind. It has a clean design with eye-catching colorways, but there is a major drawback to this product: there are several complaints that the Powerbeats3 Wireless can be destroyed by sweat, which is ironic considering that this product was designed for physical activity. The microUSB port is exposed and doesn't have any form of cover, which could serve as an entry point for moisture.
The Powerbeats3 Wireless has a solid build and can take quite the beating. The ear hooks are comfortable and help the earpieces stay in place even during constant movement. Like the BeatsX earphones, this Powerbeats3 Wireless also features a tangle-free cable and comes with a slider which can be adjusted to give it a tighter fit.
With regard to battery life, these earphones can last up to 12 hours, though some reviewers were only able to get 10 and a half hours during their testing. However, it is still good enough for a couple of days' worth of use at the gym or at the office. The battery also features a Quick Charge functionality where 5 minutes of charging time can give up to an hour of use.
With regard to sound quality, it produces good sound and has a decent amount of bass. Priced at PHP 9,990, it's quite pricey, and given the complaints about the durability of this unit, we hope that everything is considered very carefully before purchasing these earphones.
Samsung Level U Pro ANC
The Level U Pro ANC is Samsung's premium earphones that feature a collared design. It was released together with the Galaxy S7 line of smartphones 2 years ago. It has been claimed that when the Level U Pro ANC is paired with a Galaxy smartphone, they will enjoy Ultra High-Quality Audio (UHQA).
The collared design is a bit of a mixed bag; some users have given feedback that it's not comfortable to use during physical activity since it scrapes against the skin. A closer inspection of these earphones shows that the build looks to be a bit cheap because of the plastic used. Since these earphones also don't have an IPX rating, it can be used for running, but using it during the rain is not recommended since it might end up getting damaged.
If the Level U Pro ANC is to be used during work and commutes, then these are one of the most comfortable earphones to use and be paired with the correct earbuds, it will definitely cancel outside noise.
With regard to sound quality, it does very well in almost all departments, with the main concern that it has difficulty handling high-frequency sounds.
Priced at around PHP 3,000, these pair of earphones are reasonably priced and also had a good price-to-performance ratio, so this is something to consider when on a budget, though the lack of an IPX waterproof rating means that it cannot be used in the rain.
LG TONE PRO
Like the Samsung Level U Pro ANC, the LG TONE PRO also features a collared design. The collar has a flexible rubber design and is lightweight at 1.6 ounces. It also has a variety of colorways: black, gold, metallic red, white, and both matte and metallic blue.
The TONE PRO was engineered solely for casual use and isn't meant to be used for physical activities. It also doesn't have an IPX water rating, so it's not meant to be used during rainy weather or if the user is sweaty.
The controls for power, volume and playback are located on the right side of the neckband and can be easily reached during use, and it can also be used for taking calls.
The TONE PRO doesn't impress all that much in the sound department and lacks bass and the sound produced some crackles when the volume is set to the maximum.
Priced at around PHP 12,000, the price-to-performance ratio on these earphones are underwhelming. Those on the lookout for a new pair of wireless earphones might want to consider other options.
The ZOLO Liberty+ is the first pair of wireless earphones from Anker to support Bluetooth 5 technology. These earphones are similarly designed to Samsung's GearX Icon where it also has its own carrying case that serves as a power bank.
Since the ZOLO Liberty+ features Bluetooth 5, connectivity has been observed to be reliable and doesn't have any dropout compared to other earphones using earlier versions of Bluetooth technology. With regard to the build quality, it's sweat-proof, so it can be used for the gym or while jogging.
In terms of battery life, it's a bit short at 3 hours, but also has its own version of quick charging where 15 minutes of charge time can give the user up to an hour of listening time, though it would have been better if it had a longer battery life.
The sound quality on the Zolo Liberty+ is a bit on the heavy side with the bass, so it sounds weird when listening to certain genres of music. The high tones are OK, though it doesn't hit certain notes very well.
Priced at around PHP 6,500, it's a good alternative to the GearX Icon since it almost has the same features.
Jabra Elite 65t
The Elite 65t by Jabra is a stylish pair of earphones that have a futuristic design going for it. It has a simple black colorway that's accented with silver.
It comes with its own carrying case that serves as a power bank to charge the earbuds. The battery life on these earbuds can reach up to 5 hours, with the carrying case/power bank providing 2 full charges, so it can theoretically last up to 15 hours on a single charge.
The Elite 65t is engineered for casual use, so it doesn't have any additional features that will complement it with a workout session like a pedometer or a heart monitor, but it does have an IP55 rating, making it dust and waterproof and ideal for commuting.
With regard to performance, it has been observed that these earbuds have an excellent fit and have a balanced performance with its sound quality. The superior build, battery life, and sound quality make these pair a worthy investment.
Jabra Elite Active 65t
The Jabra Elite Active 65t is similar to the Jabra Elite 65t, with the main difference being that additional features have been added, making this ideal for active users.
With regard to the build and colorways, everything is similar to the Jabra Elite 65t, and it even comes with the same carrying case/power bank. The battery life is also the same: 5 hours on a single charge and up to 15 hours since the carrying case/power bank carries up to 2 full charges.
The added features on the Elite Active 65t is that it has a built-in pedometer that can be used to measure steps taken during exercise sessions. The other major improvement is the IP56 rating, which means that these earbuds can withstand sweat and dust. In case the earbuds get too dirty, it can be rinsed clean using a faucet.
With regard to sound quality, the performance is still balanced, with some critics saying that these are the best pair of earphones that they have ever used.
Priced at around PHP 13,000, it's a bit on the high side, but with the improvements and the sound quality, this is a worthwhile investment.
Having a good pair of wireless earphones is a necessity nowadays since smartphone sound technology has slowly been evolving the past few years, reaching the point where it can now compete with its wired headset counterparts. So, in order to make the most out these new technologies, getting a new pair of earphones is a must.
This list contains the best wireless earphones available in the Philippines right now. We sincerely hope that this list can help you make the right choice.