The 6 Best Earphones With A Mic - Fall 2021 Reviews
While earbuds and in-ears can be excellent day-to-day headphones thanks to their portable and convenient design, they generally don't have the best microphone quality, especially if they rely on a Bluetooth connection. While dedicated Bluetooth headsets designed for phone calls may have better microphones, they often only have one earbud, making them less than ideal for listening to music at work or during your daily commute.
Bluetooth Earphones With Microphone: Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
The best earphones with a mic that we've tested are the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless. These wireless in-ears have a flexible neckband, a decently comfortable fit, and good controls with call and music functions. Their in-line mic makes your voice sound clear and understandable over the phone, and it's okay at separating it from background noise.
They have a good build quality and a somewhat warm sound profile, with a very well-balanced mid-range that makes them well-suited for vocal-centric content like podcasts or phone calls. Their ANC feature does a very good job of isolating you from a range of background noise, from the low rumble of bus and plane engines to ambient conversations. They support NFC for easier pairing and can connect simultaneously with two devices.
However, their neckband can also get snagged on longer hair. Some people may find their in-ear fit fatiguing, especially when wearing them for long periods. They come with several different sizes of ear tips, including foam and silicone options, which can help with finding a more comfortable fit. Overall, if you like the neckband design, they're a satisfactory choice for making phone calls.
TRULY WIRELESS ALTERNATIVE: EARFUN AIR PRO TRUE WIRELESS
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
If you're looking for truly wireless earphones to use for phone calls, you may prefer the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless. These earbuds don't support multi-device pairing or have a companion app, unlike the Sony WI-1000XM2 Wireless, but their Bluetooth-only design makes them much smaller. They have onboard controls for answering and ending calls and have an integrated mic with satisfactory overall performance, so you should be easy to understand over the phone, even if you're calling from a moderately noisy place. The ANC feature also does a great job of isolating you from ambient sound. Their battery provides just over nine hours of continuous use from a single charge, and the case also holds a few extra charges. Their slightly v-shaped sound profile is suitable for many types of content and genres, but they don't come with any sound customization features like an EQ or presets.
If multi-device pairing or a customizable sound profile are important to you, try the Sony, but consider the EarFun instead if you want truly wireless earbuds or better battery performance.
Best Wired Earbuds With A Mic: Bose QuietComfort 20/QC20
Noise Cancelling Yes
The Bose QuietComfort 20/QC20 are the best earbuds with microphone that we've tested. These headphones have a unique in-line battery, which powers their active noise cancelling (ANC) system. It does an outstanding job of blocking out background noise so you can hear your call more clearly.
They have an in-line mic, which does a good job recording your voice, so you sound detailed and understandable. While the mic struggles to separate speech from moderate background noise, you shouldn't have too much of a problem if you're talking in quiet environments. These headphones also have a comfortable and lightweight fit, which is good if you're on long calls.
Unfortunately, they have a boomy and dark sound profile, which some users may find muddy. They also lack sound customization features like an EQ or presets to help adjust their sound to your preferences. That said, if you're looking for wired earbuds with a mic, their comfortable fit and powerful ANC and mic's good recording quality make them a suitable choice.
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