The best new wireless headphones announced at CES 2022 - CNET

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While CES 2022 has been greatly impacted by the latest COVID-19 outbreak, we're inactive seeing a fig of companies rotation retired caller products successful a fashionable category: headphones. While there's thing caller from Sony oregon Sennheiser, plentifulness of companies announced caller wireless headphones and earbuds, a fewer of which I've already gotten a accidental to try.

Read more: The 5 large CES 2022 takeaways everyone's talking about

So without further ado, present are the astir promising headphones announced astatine CES 2022. Release dates and pricing are provided wherever available, but are taxable to change.

Jabra Elite 4 Active

$120 (Available now)


Last year, Jabra released 3 caller true-wireless earbuds with varying levels of features, the Elite 3 ($80), Elite 7 Active ($180) and Elite 7 Pro ($200). Now it's added a 4th acceptable of earbuds to the line, the Elite 4 Active, that carries a database terms of $120 (£120, AU$179). Unveiled at CES 2022, the Elite 4 Active are billed arsenic Jabra's astir affordable workout exemplary and "a relatable alternate for those who emotion an progressive manner but are not looking for the strength of its much aspirational sister successful this range, the Jabra Elite 7 Active." The Elite 4 Active earbuds are disposable present successful 3 colour options -- blue, achromatic and mint.

Read Jabra Elite Active 4 archetypal take.

Shure Aonic 40

$249 (available now)

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The caller Shure Aonic 40 noise-canceling headphones are a spot smaller and much affordable than the company's well-received Aonic 50 headphones ($299) that were released successful 2020. My speedy take: They dependable rather bully with clean, well-balanced dependable that you tin tweak successful the Shure companion app for iOS and Android (you tin take from preset EQ settings arsenic good arsenic a customizable manual EQ setting).

The progressive sound canceling is coagulated but not rather up to the level of Sony's oregon Bose's and similar Aonic 50, they enactment good for making calls (Shure is known for its microphones) and you tin link them to your machine via USB-C. For those with AptX-enabled Android devices, the headphones enactment AptX HD Bluetooth streaming.  

You don't get other features similar ear-detection sensors that automatically intermission your euphony erstwhile you instrumentality the headphones disconnected your caput and resume playback erstwhile you enactment them backmost on. However, the headphones person a dual-hinge plan truthful they some fold up and fold flat, allowing them to person a much compact lawsuit than the Aonic 50's (its lawsuit is beauteous huge). In different words, these are much question friendly. Battery beingness is rated astatine 25 hours with sound canceling on.

They're precise bully headphones -- sturdy, excessively -- but I didn't find them rather arsenic comfy arsenic competing models from Bose and Sony. For immoderate people, the apical of the headband whitethorn enactment a small unit connected the crown of your caput (the headband's padding is OK but could beryllium better). I pushed the headband guardant a spot connected my caput to get a much comfy fit.

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The No. 5909 are high-end audio marque Mark Levinson's archetypal headphones and yes, they're expensive. (Mark Levinson is owned by Harman, present a subsidiary of Samsung.) Unsurprisingly, they're truly bully headphones -- I liked them a batch -- but I didn't person to wage $999 for them. Read my afloat hands-on impressions of the No. 5909


AfterShokz has changed its sanction to Shokz and has released caller 9th-generation bone-conduction headphones that it says connection improved bass performance. They person a lightweight, wraparound titanium framework and are rated for up to 10 hours of euphony playback and you tin get 1.5 hours of artillery beingness from a 5-minute charge.

Technics EAH-A800 Noise Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

$350 (Feb. 2022)


Panasonic has a caller introduction successful the premium noise-canceling headphones arena, the Technics EAH-A800, and it looks beauteous sweet. Highlights see up to 50 hours of artillery beingness with sound canceling on, 8-microphone exertion for noise-canceling and dependable calls, multipoint Bluetooth pairing (so you tin link to 2 devices simultaneously) and enactment for Sony's LDAC audio codec for high-res streaming implicit Bluetooth with Android and Sony devices that LDAC-enabled. 

The EAH-A800 is scheduled to vessel successful February successful achromatic oregon achromatic colour options for $350 (£299). We'll spot however it stacks up to Sony's WH-1000XM4. Watch Panasonic's promo video.


Belkin's upcoming Soundform Immerse Noise Canceling Earbuds are its caller premium earphones that diagnostic enactment for Apple's Find My feature. Equipped with ample 12mm dual-layer dynamic drivers, they're IPX5 splashproof, are rated for up to 8 hours of artillery beingness astatine mean measurement levels and person a Hear-Thru transparency mode that lets ambient dependable in. They travel successful achromatic oregon achromatic and are scheduled to vessel sometime successful the 2nd 4th of this year.

JBL Live Pro 2

$180 (Spring 2022)


These are fundamentally JBL AirPods Pro 2 competitors. According to their specs, they person bully artillery beingness (10 hours) and person six microphones that should let for bully dependable calling performance.

Live Pro 2 features

  • JBL's signature sound
  • Up to 40 hours of playback clip (10 hours successful the earbud; 30 hours from charging case) 
  • True Adaptive Noise Cancelling with astute ambient 
  • Six microphones with sound and upwind isolation technology
  • Dual Connect + Sync exertion with Google Fast Pair 
  • Hands-Free dependable power with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant 
  • All-access interaction power (or usage done the dedicated JBL headphone app
  • IPX5 standing (waterproof and sweatproof)
  • Speed complaint 15 mins for 4 hours via Qi-compatible charging
  • Price: $180

JBL Live Free 2

$150 (Spring 2022)


The JBL Live Free 2 besides person progressive sound canceling but diagnostic a much accepted bud design. They besides usage 6-microphone exertion for dependable calling. Battery beingness is rated astatine 7 hours astatine mean measurement levels.

Live Free 2 features

  • JBL Signature Sound
  • Up to 35 hours of playback (seven hours successful the earbud; 28 hours from charging case) 
  • True Adaptive sound canceling with astute ambient
  • Six microphones with noise- and wind-isolation technology
  • Dual Connect Plus Sync exertion with Google Fast Pair 
  • Hands-free dependable power with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant 
  • All-access interaction power (or you tin usage the dedicated JBL app)
  • IPX5 standing (waterproof and sweatproof)
  • Price: $150

JBL Reflect Aero

$150 (Spring 2022)


The Reflect Aero is the latest summation to JBL fitness-oriented enactment of earbuds. They person sports fins to support the buds locked successful spot and besides diagnostic progressive sound canceling and six-microphone exertion for dependable calls. They're afloat waterproof and person up to 8 hours of artillery beingness astatine mean measurement levels. 

JBL Reflect Aero features 

  • JBL Signature Sound 
  • Up to 24 hours of playback (eight hours successful the earbud; 16 hours from charging case) 
  • 6.8mm dynamic drivers 
  • Six microphones with noise- and wind-isolation technology
  • True Adaptive sound canceling with astute ambient 
  • Adjustable ear-fin for a unafraid fit 
  • Hands-free dependable power with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant 
  • IP68 waterproof and dustproof standing with reflective accents 
  • Customizable all-access interaction power done the JBL headphones app
  • $150


V-Moda has released a mates of caller true-wireless earbuds, the Hexamove Lite ($130) and the Hexamove Pro ($170). The Hexamove Pro has a "modular design" that allows you to adhd a operation of sports fins and receptor hooks to get a unafraid fit. They besides see 3 sets of shields -- the exemplary colour (black oregon white), metallic and bronze -- that you tin swap connected and disconnected to alteration their look. 

They're IPX4 splashproof and person a artillery beingness standing of six hours astatine mean levels. For those with AptX-enabled Android devices, they enactment AptX Bluetooth streaming arsenic good arsenic the AAC codec (iPhones). 

JLab Go Air Tones

$20 (Available now)


JLab has introduced a caller Tones mentation of its $20 Go Air buds. The Tones comes successful a assortment of colour options that are designed to lucifer -- you guessed it -- your tegument tone. You tin besides get matching Orly Color Labs nail polish to spell with your buds. 

Battery beingness is rated astatine up to 8 hours astatine mean measurement levels and the charging lawsuit has an integrated charging cable. They don't connection progressive sound canceling but they dependable decent capable for $20.

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