What are the best over-ear, wireless, great-battery-life headphones?
October 10, 2018 1:46 PM   Subscribe

What are the best over-ear wireless headphones with a great battery life for less than $350?

I work freelance and wear headphones all day long. Every pair of wireless earbuds I've tried is cheaply made, loses it's bluetooth connection constantly, and needs recharging every 4 hours.

What are some high-quality headphones for work that are worth spending the $$$ on? Wirecutter recommended the Sony H900Ns awhile back and I'm interested in something comparable.

(I typically listen to my own home-recorded music throughout the workday to evaluate it for mixing and editing so keeping that in mind...)

(And: something with an adjustable headband that doesn't squish your hair/head too badly during the workday would be great...)
posted by deern the headlice to Shopping (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I work in a room with three other people and we all wear Bose QuietComfort 35's all day long (our workplace purchased them for us). We got them to wear while our building was under construction, and they are phenomenal. No headband hair, either.
posted by zoetrope at 1:50 PM on October 10, 2018

I used the Bose On-ear Wireless Headphones ($179) for a few months before finally taking the plunge and purchasing the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Noise Cancelling Headphones ($350).

The On-ear Wireless Headphones are good, with a few days battery life, and decent sound. But the QC 35 Noise Cancelling Headphones have been the best money I have ever spent in terms of maintaining my sanity and productivity in the office. I generally get about three to four days worth of use from them from one battery charge.

I'm not sure if they have the fidelity you need to properly evaluate music for mixing and editing, but in terms of making it possible to work in a loud, open plan office, they have been worth every single penny.
posted by ralan at 2:12 PM on October 10, 2018 [2 favorites]

I have a pair of AKG Y50BT and they're excellent. About 16 hours battery life, reliable connection and really great sound - very well balanced. They're not noise cancelling, and they're on-ear rather than circumaural, if that's important, but What Hi-Fi gave them 5/5.

(What Hi-Fi currently recommend the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Over-ear as their preferred headphones in this category - I've not tried them but my experience with Sennheiser cans in generally very positive; I also have a pair of HD-25s for studio/recording work, and Momentum Free for when I'm working out, and I'd absolutely recommend those)
posted by parm at 2:20 PM on October 10, 2018

I've had the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Over-ear phones for a few years now, 20 hour battery life, much better sound than something like the Bose and insanely comfortable.

That being said I would also insist you test drive the Sony WH-1000MX3's as well
posted by Twinge at 3:05 PM on October 10, 2018 [1 favorite]

Will second parm and Twinge. I got a pair of Sennheiser (forget which model), via a recommendation here at Metafilter! They have lasted for years, and seem to have pretty good battery life.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 10:07 AM on October 11, 2018

I enjoy my Sony XB950N1 headphones. They were on sale at BestBuy for a little over $100 last Christmas, but $248 at the Amazon link.
posted by lhauser at 9:48 PM on October 11, 2018

I have the Sony WH-1000XM2 and they have a 30-hour battery life. I wear them all the time in the office. Sound a tad better than the Bose and I think the noise canceling is a little better (I'm no expert, just tried co-workers' Bose).
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 11:41 AM on October 12, 2018

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