Like it or not, our old friend the headphone jack is going the way of the VCR. Rumor has it Apple will nix the 3.5-millimeter plug on its next-generation iPhone. And Android lovers won’t be spared either: The only hole on the new Moto Z is a charging port. This is actually good news for audiophiles; connecting via Lightning (Apple) or USB (everyone else) means that headphones can include onboard amplifiers and deliver higher-quality sound. The rest of us get slightly thinner cell phones and another item on our shopping list. But there’s a way out: The phone gods aren’t taking Bluetooth away. Going wireless now will keep the music playing in the future. Here are our favorite headphones that allow you to unplug.
PHIATON BT 460
$199, phiaton.com While it was busy cutting cords, Phiaton also did away with buttons. The BT 460 over-ears include a touch-sensitive pad on the ear cup, from which you can adjust volume and skip tracks. The headphones also automatically pause when you take them off your melon. If you and a friend each buy a pair, both sets of headphones can connect to share the same audio feed.
SENNHEISER PXC 550
The crowning glory of Sennheiser’s newest cans is their ability to shut out the world around you. The headphones use active noise canceling, which listens to the din of a room and generates opposing sound waves to nix it, so you’ll hear only your music. Need to hear an announcement on the subway or listen to the boss rant for a second? Tap the touch-sensitive pad on the right ear cup to start and stop your tunes.
MASTER & DYNAMIC MW60 WIRELESS OVER-EAR HEADPHONES
No matter how gorgeous a pair of headphones—and the MW60 is undeniably beautiful—Bluetooth audio can turn into a bummer the second it shudders, skips or drops out. So rather than waste its whopping 45-millimeter drivers, Master & Dynamic focused on the MW60’s antennae, borrowing the exposed design from Apple. The result is a clear signal that travels up to 50 feet, even with drywall and doors in the way.