Here are eight standout True Wireless earphones in 2023
Notable True Wireless earbuds in 2023 from brands have a compact design, integrate smart features, active noise cancellation, and long battery life.
The second generation high-end earbuds model from Devialet has an entirely new design, with 40% smaller earpieces compared to the previous version, and added extra small eartips suitable for users with small ear canals.
This model uses a 10 mm driver with a titanium speaker diaphragm and has a maximum volume of 120 dB. In addition to active noise cancellation and ambient sound mode common features, the Gemini II also has an active wind noise reduction feature. The product is equipped with Bluetooth 5.2 to automatically switch between two devices. The Gemini II provides 5 hours of usage time, while the charging case allows 4.5 additional full charges, extending total usage time up to 22 hours.
Bowers & Wilkins Pi7 S2
The Pi7 S2 is the highest-end True Wireless model from Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) with ANC support. The model still retains a similar design to the previous generation with oval-shaped housings and protruding touch-sensitive panels. The Pi7 S2 provides 5 hours of battery life, and the charging case extends total usage time to 16 hours.
The Pi7 S2 fixes the unstable connectivity issues of the previous version. The product supports the aptX Adaptive codec that is highly compatible with high-quality music streaming services. This model is equipped with a custom 9.2 mm hybrid driver system and an exclusive BA driver from B&W, along with separate amplifiers for each driver.
The latest earbuds generation from Bose does not change its design and size compared to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, but upgrades its technology significantly. This model has IPX4 water resistance but does not support wireless charging. The earbuds have an ergonomic design with angled housings, offering a secure and comfortable fit, good noise isolation and direct sound delivery into the ear canal.
The ANC and ambient ActiveSense modes automatically adapt to the surroundings, and the EQ can be adjusted independently for each earbud. The product can also be connected to Bose smart soundbars. The battery life of the earbuds is about 6 hours, while the charging case allows three additional full charges, extending total use time to 24 hours.
Marshall still uses the signature plastic case design with faux leather grain, the change is the logo moved down the body and added Qi wireless charging. The earbuds have a traditional in-ear design but the housings are small oval shapes, suitable for users with small ear canals. The product supports IPX5 water resistance, while the charging case is IPX4.
The Motif II ANC is equipped with 6 mm drivers, the microphones for active noise cancellation and ambient sound modes are larger than before. Battery life is a noteworthy upgrade with 6 hours with noise cancellation on and 9 hours with it off. Combined with the charging case, total usage time is 30 and 43 hours respectively.
The JBL Tour Pro 2 is the world’s first True Wireless model with an integrated touch screen on the charging case, sized at 1.45 inches. Besides displaying information like battery level and connections, the screen also allows controlling the earbuds’ features without needing to take out the phone.
The device still uses an in-ear design with eartips but more compact in size. JBL equipped the product with 10 mm dynamic drivers, the oval ear canal design helps fit more users. Battery life is 10 hours with ANC turned off and close to 8 hours with ANC on. JBL states that the charging case can provide three additional full charges, totaling up to 40 hours of use time.
The WF-1000XM5 is an upgrade over the 2021 WF-1000XM4 model. The product has a more compact design, thanks to that wearing and long-term use is more comfortable. The device can play music continuously for 8 hours with noise cancellation on and 12 hours with the feature turned off. The charging case provides two additional full charges for a maximum usage time of 36 hours. The new processor improves audio quality while the enhanced AI boosts noise cancelling capabilities. The product also supports high-res audio standards like LDAC, AAC, SBC.
The design of the product is no different from the “younger sibling” Studio Buds, except for the transparent case and earbuds. The earbud housing has three sound-releasing holes, one more compared to before, helping improve sound quality and reduce pressure on the user’s ears.
The ANC and ambient modes on the Studio Buds+ are better improved. The microphones supported by AI help enhance call quality. The drivers are the same as the Studio Buds for good compatibility with Android and iOS devices. The model supports Spatial Audio as well as Apple’s Dolby Atmos. Battery life is increased to 9 hours with ANC off, the charging case will extend total usage time to 36 hours. The Studio Buds+ will support Apple’s Find My as well as Google’s Find My Device.
The FreeBuds 5 takes inspiration from Rupert’s Tears – molten glass droplets frozen when falling into water. The product has an open design without ear tips. The 5th generation FreeBuds provides 5 hours of battery life for the earbuds and a total usage time of 30 hours with the charging case. It supports fast charging with 5 minutes charging for 2 hours of use.
The FreeBuds 5 uses only an 11 mm driver along with a two-layer magnetically controlled booster amplifier, achieving Hi-Res and HWA high-quality audio standards. Noise cancellation abilities are improved with an adaptive ear canal algorithm based on the user’s ear shape.