Best TWS: True Wireless Earphones in India

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What are the best true wireless (TWS) earphones you can buy in India right now? Options vary depending on your budget, and we’ve picked out the best TWS earphones in terms of price points, key features, and specific requirements.

We’ve seen some impressive innovation and growth in the true wireless earphone segment, including some big launches from premium brands like Apple and Samsung. This has helped freshen up the space a bit, which was much needed given the generally long product life cycles in the true wireless earphone segment. As a result, there are new launches across a variety of categories and platforms, including some long-awaited successors to previous favourites.

Active noise cancellation remains a key feature buyers look for when choosing true wireless earphones across a range of price points, including the affordable space, but new innovation in the form of advanced codec support and features built for certain devices and platforms, remain a major trend in the segment. We’ve refreshed our top picks across price points for true wireless earphones, with new products from the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Oppo. Here are our top picks.

How do true wireless earphones work?

Until the advent of true wireless technology, wireless headphones and earphones had some kind of connector between the left and right channels, whether wire or headband. With true wireless earbuds, even this short cord is gone and each earbud has its own battery, DAC, amplifier and Bluetooth chip. The earbuds connect individually to the source device, or a dominant earbud connected to the source then also connects to the second earbud to provide the digital signal.

This way each earphone can work independently, but the two work together to ensure that the listener gets stereo sound from the source device. The obvious benefit of this setup is the convenience of a completely wireless listening experience, enhancing comfort and ease of use. This is a boon in many usage scenarios, including when exercising, in crowded places, while commuting or when you want to use your earphones lying down.

True wireless earphones also often contain built-in microphones, allowing them to be used as hands-free devices with your smartphone. Provided the microphones are good enough to pick up sound over a slightly longer distance, this makes true wireless earphones the most discreet and effective way to have conversations on the go. And while the extra components may make the earbuds a bit heavier than regular earphones, many new options feature compact, lightweight designs that are comfortable and don’t rely on winged tips or ear hooks to stay in place in your ears.

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Best True Wireless Earphones: Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

The long-awaited successor to the original Apple AirPods Pro, the second-generation variant sees some big improvements in the user experience. While the design and styling of the earbuds have remained largely unchanged, the charging case gets new smart functionality, controls have been improved, and active noise cancellation and sound quality are significantly better.

Of course, all of this works best if you’re already in the Apple ecosystem, as you’ll need an iOS device to access and use some of the features. If you do have an iPhone, you can track the earbuds and charging case using the Find My service, charge the case wirelessly (even an Apple Watch charger now works), and use Spatial Audio. You can also access detailed controls and settings for the earphones via iOS.

On Android, the earphones can be paired normally via Bluetooth, but many of the extra features aren’t accessible, making this a sensible choice only if you have an iPhone to use them with. The sound signature is nice across genres though, and the active noise cancellation on offer is some of the best you’ll find on true wireless earphones right now. While expensive, overall there’s no better pair of true wireless earphones than the AirPods Pro (2nd generation).

To buy: Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

Best True Wireless Earphones for Android: Sony WF-1000XM4

The Sony WF-1000XM4 is a true wireless headset in every way, and it has one key factor that sets it apart from other similar products: LDAC Bluetooth codec support. This makes it particularly suitable for use with Android smartphones, and the sound quality on offer is indeed some of the best you can get from this form factor. Good ANC, a functional app and other useful features make this a capable true wireless headset.

While the fit feels a little insecure due to the size of the earbuds and the control customization options are limited, the Sony WF-1000XM4 ranks among our top picks due to its support for LDAC, which works stably and without connection issues. The sound is detailed and entertaining, making these arguably the best true wireless earphones you can buy right now – if you have an Android smartphone.

To buy: Sony WF-1000XM4

Best for sound quality: Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are arguably the best sounding true wireless earphones you can buy right now, benefiting from advanced Bluetooth codec support, good drivers and tuning, and very good active noise cancellation. The sound is detailed, well-tuned and generally enjoyable, especially with popular music genres.

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This is thanks to a rather impressive approach to the Bluetooth codec, with the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro supporting the new 24-bit SSC Hi Fi Codec. Battery life is good too, and there’s Qi wireless charging alongside USB Type-C fast charging.

The only reason these aren’t our top picks among true wireless earphones (or even Android devices in general) is the fact that accessing that premium sound quality requires a Samsung smartphone to be paired with the earphones. With everything else, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro haven’t unlocked their full potential. While the app works on all Android devices, it is not yet available for iOS.

To buy: Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro

Best True Wireless Earphones Under Rs. 15,000: Oppo Enco X2

The Oppo Enco X2 is slightly more expensive than its predecessor, but it continues to offer value for money in true wireless earphones like no other. Priced at Rs. 10,999, this is a headset that challenges much more expensive competitors and still comes out on top. With good ANC and excellent sound quality for the price, there really isn’t a better mid-range option right now.

Much of this is down to the driver’s settings; the Oppo Enco X2 has a dual driver setup, which is still quite rare on true wireless earphones. There’s also LHDC and LDAC Bluetooth codec support, as well as good active noise cancellation, app support, and native customizations and settings on select devices, including OnePlus and Oppo devices. Perhaps the only downside to this headset is the average battery life, but the pros far outweigh the cons of the Oppo Enco X2.

To buy: Oppo Enco X2

Best Affordable True Wireless Earphones: Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro

Affordable true wireless earphones often come with active noise cancellation, and the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro is one of the best you can buy for under Rs. 5,000 with this feature. Priced at Rs. 3,499, the Enco Air 2 Pro is impressive for many reasons, including its good design and fit, app support, decent ANC performance for the price, and a clean and attacking sound.

This is a jack-of-all-trades in every way and our top pick among affordable headsets. While the battery life is average and the sound is a bit shrill at very high volume levels, the advantages of the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro outweigh the disadvantages. This offers value for money in every way and delivers performance that is much better than the price suggests.

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To buy: Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro

How we chose the best true wireless earphones

We’ve reviewed or used a wide variety of true wireless headphones, including popular options from major electronics manufacturers, as well as options from traditional audio brands that have been in the business of making headphones and earphones for many years. We’ve also considered specs, codec support, and price to come up with our best recommendations.

True wireless earphones are a relatively new product segment and we’ve had the chance to test most of the new options. In addition to the earphones themselves, we also paid attention to the charging cases that come with these options. The cases usually provide extra battery backup and also provide a convenient and safe way to carry your earphones when not in use. With all these points in mind, we’ve selected our list of top recommendations, as well as other options to look out for, as listed below.

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Also consider these true wireless earphones

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3: A bundle of premium fun, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is worth considering, but feels a little pricey compared to competing options.

Google Pixel Buds Pro: Google’s answer to the AirPods Pro, the Google Pixel Buds Pro is a very good true wireless headset, but it’s held back by the lack of advanced Bluetooth codec support.

Sony LinkBuds S (WF-LS900N): A step below the flagship WF-1000XM4, the Sony LinkBuds S (WF-LS900N) is almost as good, but at a price that’s a bit more affordable.

Realme Buds Air 3 Neo: While far from exceptional, these entry-level true wireless earphones from Realme offer good value for money and a good first step into the TWS form factor.

Jabra Elite 85t: Jabra’s latest true wireless headset costs Rs. 17,999, and is the most advanced yet with great sound, good ANC and all-round performance. It’s just a bit expensive, compared to the excellent Oppo Enco X.

OnePlus Buds Z2: Priced at Rs. 4,999 in India, the OnePlus Buds Z replacement features active noise cancellation and delivers a punchy, fun sound, making this a worthwhile choice for less than Rs. 5,000, especially if you have a OnePlus smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: Samsung’s true wireless headset is an excellent option with advanced codec support and very good sound quality for around Rs. 10,000 – if you can get used to the tricky design and fit.


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