Just two now - AirPods and Master&Dynamic MW50. Have been through a bunch though and sold/returned most of them to get to this point, inc:
M&D MW60 (great sound, too heavy to be mobile)
Solo3 (actually really good, but sold once the AirPods came out)
B&O H7 and H9 (very comfy, too quiet and a bit 'compressed')
Senn PCX450 (before their time, bluetooth functionality now superseded)
Beats Studio Wireless (broke these rather than sold them)
Plantronics backbeats 2...pretty bad
Jaybird X2.... just ok, I think they are a bit overhyped and they lost connection a lot while exercising.
Beats X... Pretty good, great fit, no skipping or connection dropping, great battery life.
After the Jaybirds X2, Vasa Bla from Sudio Sweden, Wolverine & Swift from Mpow, the best wireless earphones for me are the Decibullz custom molds. The batter lasts about 7 hours, they fit perfectly in your ear (as you mold them for your ears) which means they will stay in and will block 90% of the outside noise. Sweat-proof and quite durable.
Although BeatsX is probably going back since I'm not a huge fan of the aesthetics, comfort (the positioning of the ear tips doesn't work well for my ears), or the sound quality which is easily on-par with other Bluetooth in-ears for $100-$150 but just doesn't impress me in any way.
I also sadly returned the AirPods since I expected to enjoy the sound and the aesthetic more, which looked more ridiculous than I anticipated. Wanted to love them, was disappointed. Would have probably kept them if I didn't already have a great W1 headphone with the Solo3, but the Solo3's sound blows the AirPods away.
- Bose QC35: I've had these for a few about 8 months and have been using them every day at work. Battery life is really good and usually lasts me at a few days. I've used them on a plane a few times, and I like the noise cancellation.
Before receiving my Airpods a couple days ago, I rarely used the earpods, because I preferred bluetooth, and the wire on the earpods always caused these to fall out of my ear. I also use my iPhone and iPad frequently at home, and I didn't like using the earpods with the lightning connector with the iPad, because I couldn't listen and charge it at the same time so I always had to look for and switch to the appropriate earpods.
My pair finally arrived a couple of days ago, and I really like them. The case is really compact, and I love that they provide so much extra battery life and charge very quickly. They are very light and don't feel like I have anything in my ear.
I've had Shure earphones before that came with a bunch of different replaceable heads to better fit your ear, but you had to stick the earbuds far into your ear to get the proper fit, and they always ended up causing discomfort after a short while; so I like that you don't have to do this with the Airpods.
I also prefer to wear earphones as opposed to headphones when doing chores around the house (or doing any sort of activity), because I feel that wearing my Bose QC35s block out too much of the ambient sound and I prefer to be aware of my environment. I just hated using the earpods, because any sort of movement I would make would cause them to fall out of my ear. I don't have that issue with the Airpods, so I'm happy
Plantronics Backbeat 2, which are okay but fall out a lot and oddly the left side sounds tinny and quieter compared to the right. I want a pair of AirPods but have been put off by the 6-week wait. I kind of just want to walk into the store and enjoy an impulse buy but Apple can't seem to make these fast enough.
1. Airpods – good for stationary use in quiet situations and phone calls, used mostly in my office and when doing things around the house.
2. JLAB Epic – Had these for more than a year, great for the gym and for yard work. Great fit, good sound, nearly indestructible, and the over-the-ear design keeps them in place (like the Shure monitors I used to have for ye olde iPod). Good enough seal that I've used them on flights to keep out the engine noise.
Between those two, I'm covered for just about any situation.
I currently own 16 different Bluetooth in-ear monitors, 6 different Bluetooth headphones, a Westone MMCX Bluetooth Cable (turns any MMCX connected IEM into a Bluetooth IEM), and a Bluetooth Audio Adapter, which turns any 3.5mm jack IEM or headphone Bluetooth-enabled.
I just bought my first bluetooth headphones... a cheapo Anker set.
Anker SoundBuds Slim for $26
They are the kind that seal your ear-hole. I've never worn that kind before. Gonna take some time to get used to as they totally block out outside sound. I think they will be great for mowing the lawn.
I've worn Apple EarPods prior to these. But I hate dealing with wires. So I thought I'd try a cheap pair of headphones to get my feet wet with wireless.
I like it!
So I might step up to Apple AirPods for general listening and leave these Ankers for mowing the lawn.