For many years, there was one name that dominated all sides of tech and gadgets. But, in recent years we've seen the rise of smaller, more specialist brands that challenge the general order of things. Names like Urbanears, Master & Dynamic, Bose, and more offer new ways to enjoy your audio.

Even if you are a die-hard Apple fan, it must be said that there are headphones out there that offer similar functionality, and sometimes at cheaper price points.

We’ve rounded up a few models that will get you more bang for your buck when it comes to style, sound quality, and battery life.

Scroll on to shop the best wireless earphones.

Urbanears Boo

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Buy at Urbanears

We know how often you lose your wireless earphones, so opting for one of the more affordable alternatives is a good plan. Urbanears just dropped this aesthetically beautiful pair called the Boo Tip. Made from 91 percent recycled plastics, it's a damn sight easier on the environment than most others, too. With up to 30 hours charge in the case and a sound breadth of 20Hz to 20kHz, it's not all aesthetics, either.

Bose SoundSport Wireless

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SoundSport Wireless Sports Bluetooth Earbuds



Buy at Bose

These sporty earbuds from Bose have gotten excellent reviews across the board — while they don’t have the longest battery life around, they have a super comfortable fit thanks to their wing-tipped design and the fantastic audio quality that Bose is known for. They’re sweat- and splash-proof, making them safe for every exercise — except swimming.

Jabra Elite 75t

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Elite 75t True Wireless In-Ear Headphones



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Yes, they’re a bit on the pricy side, but these Jabra Elite 75t earbuds are worth considering. Their matte-black finish gives them a sleek look and feel, and come with 4-microphone call technology, which basically means you’ll be able to speak freely on the phone without any outside noise pollution, even in the wind. They’re also water-resistant, have a boosted battery life of up to 7.5-hours playtime, and USB-C charging. Sure, they don’t have noise-canceling, but their sound quality beats the AirPods Pro.

Master & Dynamic MW07 GO True Wireless Earphones

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MW07 GO True Wireless Earphones


Master & Dynamic

Buy at Master & Dynamic

Coming in a choice of four shades, these color-pop AirPod alternatives are geared up for high performance in all weather, as well as during a tough workout. With a battery life of 10 hours, Master & Dynamic's wireless earphones, that connect to devices via Bluetooth, provide the gift of music truly on the go.

Jaybird Vista

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Vista True Wireless Bluetooth Sport Waterproof Earbuds



Buy at Jaybird

Runners, look no further — these Jaybird Vista earbuds are fully waterproof, sweatproof, and come with fully customizable single-button controls. The Jaybird Vistas have also gotten rid of the bugs that their predecessor, the Jaybird Run, were victim to.

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2

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SoundCore Liberty Air 2 True Wireless



Buy at Best Buy

For a highly affordable and all-around good pair of earbuds, the Soundcore Liberty Air 2s from Anker is the pair for you. Readily equipped for making calls, muffling ambient noise, and noise-isolating design, these earbuds will make you forget why you wanted Bluetooth in the first place.

Ausounds AU-Stream ANC earphones

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True Wireless Earphone



Buy at Ausounds

A great all-around earbud for music lovers. These good-looking, matte-black earphones from Ausounds are compact, water-resistant, have solid sound thanks to a 13mm AU Titanium Driver and noise-cancellation that actually works.

Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds

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Buy at amazon

In terms of “earbuds,” these are literally that. The Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds don’t have that little stalk that extends down from most earphones, making them incredibly compact. They also probably have the best noise-canceling in the industry, using HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1e and Dual Noise Sensor Technology, but this, along with their smart listening feature, means they’ll set you back a bit more $$$.

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1

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Melomania 1


Cambridge Audio

Buy at Cambridge Audio

If you’re looking for a long-lasting battery, look no further than Cambridge Audio Melomania 1. A single charge will last nine hours of listening, and the portable battery pack case will give you an additional 36 hours. They’re also pretty damn cheap compared to AirPods.

Klipsch T5 True Wireless

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T5 True Wireless Headphones



Buy at amazon

While definitely not the cheapest or longest-lasting battery out there, the Klipsch T5 True Wireless earbuds are known for their comfortable patented oval ear tips and excellent sound. A quick rundown of the specs: Bluetooth 5 technology, aptX, and AAC high-quality conversion mean incredible audio quality, especially for a wireless in-earbud.

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