Finally! Some Wireless Headphones That Don't Have Wires

By James O Malley on at

Wireless bluetooth headphones have been around for a few years now but despite the name, they always seem to have some wires - usually to link together the left and right earbuds in the form a headband or a looser-fitting wire to run behind your head. But finally, it seems that someone has got it right.

At IFA in Berlin today Onkyo unveiled its W800BT earbuds in which both left and right earbuds operate completely independently, and wirelessly.

The right earbud also contains a microphone so you can use them to take calls if you wish, and that they also come with a USB charging case that works a bit like the portable batteries you can get for phone. This means that you can give your 'phones some extra juice on the go enabling up to 12 hours of music playback, 15 hours of talk or 30 hours on standby. (Perhaps slightly ominously it isn't clear how long the earbuds will go without a recharge in the case - so perhaps it is best not to rely on them on a super long journey).

In terms of audio quality the range is 20Hz-20kHz with a sensitivity of 100dB, which ain't bad at all. The earbuds will be released in November for an eye-watering €300 - which works out at around £220.