Top 5 Premium Wireless Earbuds Compared in 2020

True Wireless Earbuds have come a long way and there are some really great premium ones that you can buy out there.

True Wireless Earbuds

But which ones are actually the best of the best?

Now, in this article, we will be breaking down the differences and comparing head to head five of the best premium true wireless earbuds to show you guys how crazy the differences are and that price actually doesn’t mean, it’s going to be better. 

Now, the earbuds we are comparing are very very different from price to sound quality to noise cancellation to features and to microphones.

The ones we will be talking about in this article are of course the B&O E8, Gen 3, they just came out and they are the most expensive of this group.

B&O E8, Gen 3

Then we have the classic Airpods Pro, some of the most popular earbuds on the market today. You will see these absolutely everywhere you go, people love them but how do they stack up against the other ones that are also very premium.

Apple AirPods Pro

Then we have the Sony WF-1000XM3, annoying name to say, yes, but uncontested in the past year. These are some of the best earbuds and they have been kind of the reigning champ since they came out for their incredible sound cancellation and sound quality and of course battery life.

Sony-WF-1000XM3-in-ear (1)

Then we have the Jabra Elite (Active) 75t, coming in at the cheapest out of this group but they have some really incredible features for their price and are definitely on the premium side of the earbuds.

Jabra Elite 75t

And then lastly we have the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2 which may be the new king based on their specs, they have some really really impressive specs with active noise cancellation. They fixed all the problems they had with the original ones including battery problems and connection. Now, they still have that incredible sound quality and many other features.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds

We will do the comparison in order based on what we think is best. 

In terms of Design

1. Jabra Elite (Active) 75t

Jabra Elite Active 75t

Number one on our favourite design is the Jabra Elite (Active) 75t earbuds. It’s a very compact and very small case.

A really nice finish on there and kinda soft rubber coating and we like how it opens on the top so it can sit upright on a table.

They are very small buds and very small case but still an incredible battery life that we will talk about later.

The Jabra Elite (Active) 75t fits very far in your ear. They are very comfortable and they have a physical button on the outside which is very nice of you are outside and it’s cold, you are wearing gloves or if your hands are wet, literally any other time that you don’t want to use the capacitive touch sensor, you can just like the buttons are a great alternative to have on these earbuds.

As far as colours go, the Jabra Elite (Active) 75t have many different colours and we think all of them look very good.

2. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Then we have the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 whose case is a little bit larger and the buds are also a little bit larger.

But we really like the design of these and really nice lid where its open just like the Jabras kind of does and on top of that they do have a nice fabric finish on the outside of the case which looks very nice and very premium.

There are two colours, a greyish-white one and a black one. So, they both look really good and these also have touch sensors as well.

3. Apple Airpods Pro

Apple Airpods Pro

Next, we have the Apple Airpods Pro. The case on this is very strong, very robust with an excellent hinge on the back.

They have Qi Wireless Charging and when you flip it open, one strange thing is that you can’t really set it upright with the Airpods.

And then the buds themselves have that stem right there so a very different aesthetic here that is very polarizing. Some people love it some people hate it.

But as far as controls go, this is also very different from any of the other ones we are talking about. They don’t have physical buttons and they don’t have touch sensors instead it’s a force or pressure sensor.

So, you are gonna be pinching a little straw right there at a little stem.

4. B&O E8, Gen 3

B&O E8, Gen 3

Next is the B&O E8, Gen 3. We chose this at number 4 is mainly because we like how the leather looks. It also has a Qi Wireless Charging on the bottom.

These are available in black or grey and these also have touch sensors on the earbuds as well.

5. Sony WF-1000XM3

Sony WF-1000XM3

Number 5 is the Sony WF-1000XM3 which has the largest case and the largest earbuds.

Definitely some really nice colours, they have 2 different colours you can get. We think they look really nice except they definitely are pretty large.

In terms of Sound Quality

Something that you probably care a lot about, this the sound quality comparison here and this can be a little bit subjective. So, we will break this down as analytically as possible.

But depending on the music taste you have, your ear shape and the type of balance do you want on your audio, you ould have a different response to these than what we have.

1. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds

At number one, the best, the clear winner we would say is definitely the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds.

We think most people testing these would agree with us that the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds are best sounding earbuds on the market.

They have a very balanced audio profile just right out of the box.

You can eat cue it but you really don’t even need to for the most part. They are very warm, very rich, very detailed and very analytical audio.

They are using aptX so you do have that very hi-fi sound when you are listening to music. If you are listening to the title. You know Spotify is gonna be great as well but if you are listening to the title, you can really flex these.

2. Sony WF-1000XM3

Sony-WF1000xm3

Next is the Sony WF-1000XM3. These do not have aptX but Sony definitely makes up for it with some internal little tricks.

The Sony WF-1000XM3 have up their sleeve but the sound quality on these is also very analytical. Maybe not quite as sharp as the Sennheiser’s but we think the untrained ear may not even be able to hear the difference.

Then the audio profile of the Sony WF-1000XM3, they do have an accent on the lower bass so really really thumpy bass. 

They have an accent on the higher vocals so when you have that kind of shift right there, it kind of gives you like a high definition like HD effect on the audio. 

3. Jabra Elite (Active) 75t

We are actually going to call this a tie at number 2 not because this necessarily sounds the same as the Sony WF-1000XM3s but because it sounds so different.

Number 3, we are gonna say the Jabra Elite (Active) 75t is right here. Mainly because of their bass and so if you wanna listen to EDM, rock or rap and you just want an insane amount of bass, you just want seismic bass with incredible volume that is just gonna be a skull shaking bass then you want to get the Jabra Elite (Active) 75t.

The Jabra Elite (Active) 75t have a master-slave connection, these do not have aptX but you just won’t find bass like this on any other pair of earbuds.

4. Apple Airpods Pro

Apple Airpods Pro

At number 4, we have the Apple Airpods Pro. These don’t really compete as well with the top two as far as the sound quality goes because these have more of a spotlight on higher vocals between 1000-1200 Hertz.

So, great for podcasts or phone calls or if you are listening to like coffee shop type acoustic music and you just want to hear like that frequency range.

But as far as bass goes, the Airpods Pro really doesn’t quite deliver anything thumpy. Even if you change the EQ, we don’t find the bass on these delivers quite as much as the first 3.

5. B&O E8, Gen 3

B&O E8, Gen 3

Then, unfortunately, in the last place, which the most expensive in the group, the B&O E8, Gen 3.

They do have aptX on there so excellent codec. It should be really good but the reason they are in the last place, the B&O E8, Gen 3 have a weird hiss going on when you are listening to them.

Non-stop its this white noise hiss in the background. It’s not really what you like to hear and the audio profile in these is not something we were especially happy with given the price point.

Now, if these were cheaper, it’s definitely not bad but compared to the rest, the B&O E8, Gen 3 are definitely very bright and kind of thin sounding in our opinion.

It’s a little bit of a weak separation and they have a dip somewhere around maybe like 150Hertz so the high bass generally kind of a little bit weaker with the B&O E8, Gen 3.

There is some thump on the low bass if you really cranked it up but it can be a bit muddy because you are cranking it up so much in the EQ.

Something to note, all of these have Bluetooth 5.0 except for the Sennheiser Momentum TW2 and B&O E8, Gen 3 have Bluetooth 5.1.

You might not really notice the difference with those but it’s nice to be a little more future-proof.

In terms of Noise-Cancellation (Active and Passive)

1. Apple Airpods Pro

Apple Airpods Pro

Now, starting with the Airpods Pro, honestly, they do a very good job of blocking out all sounds pretty much dropping everything evenly so typically ANC just drops like the bass out of things but the Airpods Pro drops out higher frequencies as well.

So, definitely very comfortable and there is really no white noise and its a really subtly. Everything is just quieter 

2. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

The Sennheiser buds, we would say probably the most powerful active noise-cancellation out of all of these from what we have seen.

They do an excellent job of cutting out lower frequencies so engines, traffic just really low. Ambient sound totally goes away. 

There is a really slight amount of white noise and it doesn’t really cut out the high frequencies, as well as the AirPods Pro does.

But overall, definitely very very impressive with Sennheiser Momentum TW2 earbuds.

3. Jabra Elite Active 75t

Jabra Elite Active 75t

The Jabra Elite Active 75t don’t have active noise cancellation so you will get purely passive noise cancellation.

They are not at the same level as the active noise cancellation but definitely they do a really good job for passive noise blocking.

4. Sony WF-1000XM3

Sony WF-1000XM3

The Sony WF-1000XM3 were previously kind of deemed as the king of active noise cancelling and they definitely do a really good job.

Its really clean cut and there is not really any white noise on these wireless earbuds.

Maybe not quite as powerful as the Sennheiser in our opinion.

But that’s really impressive because these for a long time easily have been the best and most powerful active noise cancellation.

5. B&O E8, Gen 3

At last, we have the B&O E8, Gen 3 and these don’t have active noise cancellation and are available with only passive noise cancellation.

The B&O E8, Gen 3 isn’t really blocking out nearly as much as the Jabra Elite Active 75ts and obviously without ANC can’t even really compete with the others.

In terms of Comfort

1. Jabra Elite Active 75t

Jabra Elite Active 75t

Out of the 5 premium wireless earbuds, the Jabra Elite Active 75t is the winner for us. Of course, everyone has different ears but these we think will be a popular first because they are so small and so compact in your ears that if you choose the right tip, it’s very unlikely to fall out.

And the Jabra Elite Active 75t should be very comfortable for pretty much anybody.

2. Apple Airpods Pro

Apple Airpods Pro

Number 2, then is very clearly, Airpods Pro as these are so comfortable. They are not number one just because they stick out a little farther so they are a little bit more likely to come out.

But the AirPods Pro have very compliant and comfortable tips. If you have an iPhone, they also have the ear fit test to make sure you have the right tip in your ear.

3. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

At number 3, we have the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 as they are way more ergonomic than the first generation.

But still a little bit larger and they stick out a little bit. So, basic running should be fine but any more dynamic workout like if you are doing burpees or like a boxing workout, they may a tendency to wiggle out of your ears over time.

4. B&O E8, Gen 3

B&O E8, Gen 3

Similarly, the B&O E8, Gen 3 is just slightly less ergonomic but almost a tie at number 3 and we are putting them at number 4 though just because they do fall out a little more frequently for us.

However, everyone’s ear shape is different and therefore you should try it by yourself.

5. Sony WF-1000XM3

Sony WF-1000XM3

The last place for ergonomics and comfort is going to be the Sony WF-1000XM3.

We will say if you are sitting still, they are very very comfortable and it would be much better but considering anybody who is walking around or at a light jog or even a significant run, these just stick out so much farther that they will be more likely to fall out of your ears.

In terms of Battery life and Features

So, the last category then is the battery life and features and we are not going to rank these ones through five because it really just depends on what you are looking for in a pair of earbuds.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 Earbuds

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 has seven hours of battery in the buds and 28 hours when you include the case.

They have autoplay and auto-pause feature so when you take them out of your ears or put them back in, they will auto play/pause your music.

Autoplay auto-pause feature is available in all except for the Jabra Elite Active 75t and the B&O E8, Gen 3. Just keep that in mind.

The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds also have transparency modes and touchpads like we said they have EQ in-app and you can customize the touchpads 

So, single, double triple tap, tap and hold on either earbud. So, you have a lot of customized ability with what you want the earbuds to do.

Sony WF-1000XM3

Looking at the Sony WF-1000XM3, the NFC case on there is for a quicker pairing and they have 6 hours of battery in the earbuds and 24 hours when you include the case.

The battery is significantly longer when you don’t use the active noise-cancellation. They have adaptive sound control so if you start walking, it will go into a different setting.

Or if you are running or sitting still or if you are on a train, it detects what you are doing and it will change to whatever you decide.

They also have some pretty good integration with voice assistance and they also have customizable touch controls.

However, they do not have Qi charging as neither did the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds.

Jabra Elite Active 75t

The Jabra Elite Active 75t has seven and a half hours of battery in the earbuds and 28 hours when you include the case which is very impressive for how small it is.

They have a Find My Buds feature so if you lose your case, it will actually use your GPS to remember last time you were connected.

Then we have soundscape so you can listen to some white or pink noise or maybe you can listen to like ocean sounds, jungle sounds, all within the app. Kind of a cool feature to have right there.

The Jabra Elite Active 75t has different modes similar to what we saw with the Sony WF-1000XM3 but not using GPS.

They are very waterproof and they have some pretty good voice assistant integration as well.

And once again no Qi wireless charging on the Jabra Elite Active 75t, unfortunately.

B&O E8, Gen 3

The B&O E8, Gen 3 has some cool features like Qi wireless charging, transparency mode, they have touchpads and they do have that very nice leather case.

Otherwise, not really the extensive feature set you might be looking for that price range.

Apple AirPods Pro

The AirPods Pro may have the most different feature set out of all of these. Being the Apple they are always pretty unique.

So, four and a half hours of battery in the buds and 24 hours when you include the case. Definitely on the lower end of the spectrum with these earbuds.

But they do have Qi wireless charging, they do have some really good connectivity with Apples so if you have an iPhone, you just open these up and they connect pretty much instantly as kind of Samsung Galaxy Buds do with the Galaxy phone.

The AirPods have force pads which are very unique right there. They have a fit test if you have an iPhone so they can tell you if you have the right tip in your ear.

Also, they have adaptive EQ, they can summon Siri. Again a lot of these features are really better if you have an iPhone.

But for the most part, they do still work with Android phones and then last they do have a pressure-equalizing vent, so you shouldn’t have a buildup in your ears.

Kind of what we said before when you are using the active noise cancellation, it feels very gentle and quiet and you don’t hear any kind of white noise and there is never any kind of pressure buildup.

Overall, these are all great earbuds and we love listening to each of them for different reasons like if you are working out, the Jabra Elite Active 75t are great if you are casually listening to title then the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 are great.

However, at last, it depends on your taste and requirements.

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