The Top Rated Wireless Portable Headphones

LG Tone HBS-700 Wireless Earbud Headphone ($45)

Despite selling for under $50, the LG Tone HBS-700 is one of the top rated bluetooth headphones. It received an 8 out of 10 rating from CNET, which makes it their Editor’s Choice for a bluetooth headphone. CNET says it was one of the most comfortable headphones they’ve tried, and that the audio reproduction was impressive. Amazon buyers also liked this headphone — it received an average of 4.5 of out 5 stars, from a total of 264 reviewers. PC Magazine liked the long battery life on the headphone, but said that the bass reproduction was “thin”, and gave it an overall rating of “Good”.

The LG Tone HBS-700 is available from Amazon for about $45.

Nokia BH-905 Wireless Portable Headphones ($200)

Pros:

  • Features active noise cancellation
  • Lightweight and comfortable, folds flat
  • Balanced sound
  • Versatile for use with various devices

Cons:

  • Slightly bulky for portability

Top Review Sources:

  • CNET: 4 out of 5 stars; Excellent
  • PCMag: 3.5 out of 5 stars; “Solid performer”
  • Amazon: Average 4 out of 5 stars, based on 66 customer reviews

Another versatile set of wireless headphones, the Nokia BH-905 can be used with or without the active noise canceling feature, with or without Bluetooth, and can be plugged in for wired sound. The design has been praised for comfort and would be good for travel, though the earpads are on the bulky side when compared to other portable headphones. However, the numerous navigation controls are easy to use. Eight microphones are discretely placed for active noise canceling and two microphones for phone calls.

The Nokia BH-905 are for sale on Amazon.

The Top Rated Gaming Headphones Of 2011

Gaming headphones are designed exclusively with the gaming enthusiast in mind with an integrated microphone and noise isolating features. Headphones for gaming allow for a more immersive experience to improve upon the game.

These top-rated headphone were selected based upon studying reviews on CNET, Crunchgear, PCWorld, and Digital Trends, as well as user reviews from Amazon and Newegg.

 

Sennheiser PC 350 Collapsible Gaming Headphones ($175)

Sennheiser PC 350

Sennheiser PC 350

Top Review Sources:

  • Digital Trends: 8.5 out of 10; “Comfortable, Excellent sound quality”
  • Trusted Reviews: 9 out of 10; “The very best headset for gaming”
  • Amazon: Average 4.3 out of 5 stars, based on 173 customer reviews

Sennheiser, a name synonymous with exceptional sound, offers up the PC 350 for the serious gamer. Sennheiser owners rave about the sound clarity during games and the headphones transfer well for movie and music listening, though the microphone inhibits versatility in that area. The microphone is one of the best tested with excellent noise cancelling. The use of a sound card is recommended to get the most value out of these pricier gaming headphones.

The Sennheiser PC 350 collapsible gaming headphones are available on Amazon.

Turtle Beach Ear Force X 41 ($140)

Turtle Beach Ear Force X 41

Turtle Beach Ear Force X 41

Pros:

  • Excellent 7.1 channel surround sound
  • Removable microphone
  • Wireless, includes a headphone jack to connect another headset
  • Xbox live chat with automatic chat boost

Top Review Sources:

  • CNET: 3.5 out of 5 stars, very good, “One of the best wireless gaming headsets around.”
  • Amazon: Average 4 out of 5 stars, based on 319 customer reviews

The Ear Force X41s from Turtle Beach can be connected to virtually any audio source using the included base station, though the live chat is only for Xbox users. Wireless technology has had its’ issues in the past, but these headphones use radio frequency to produce excellent surround sound. Powered by a USB port, these headphones come with all the required cables to get started.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 gaming headphones are for sale on Amazon.

Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 ($118)

Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930

Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930

Pros:

  • Wireless technology sounds as good as wired
  • Accurate 7.1 channel surround sound
  • Programmable G-keys for one touch commands
  • USB recharging base recharges during play

Cons:

  • Not MAC compatible
  • Microphone not removable

Top Review Sources:

  • Crunchgear: “A very nice headset with great sound and solid wireless technology.”
  • Newegg: 4 out of 5, based on 162 user reviews
  • Amazon: Average 4.1 out of 5 stars, based on 153 customer reviews

The Logitech G930 gaming headset uses improved wireless technology with a range of up to 40 feet. The microphone works well for noise cancelling and mutes when rotated out of the way, but is not removable. Sound is impeccable for gaming and movies, but doesn’t transfer well for music listening. The battery life and ability to recharge while in use beats other wireless gaming headsets.

The Logitech G930 wireless gaming headset is available on Amazon.