Fri. Jun 5th, 2020

Best headphones for the OnePlus 8 series: OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z and more

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z is the obvious choice, but let's see what else is out there.

OnePlus 8 Pro screen in hand

The greatly anticipated OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are already making waves. With all the excitement, we want to make it easy to pick out the best headphones for your new OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro. We’re looking at the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z and beyond.

Best headphones for the OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro

  1. OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z
  2. OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2
  3. Sony WH-1000xM3
  4. Jabra Elite Active 75t
  5. Edifier TWS1

Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best headphones for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro regularly as new devices launch.


1. OnePlus Wireless Z

OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z

OnePlus The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z retails for just $49 USD.

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z boasts incredibly efficient fast charging whereby 10 minutes of charging via USB-C yields 10 hours of playtime, which is half of the 20-hour standalone playtime. The Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds are IP55 dust- and water-resistant, making them a fine option for rock climbers and runners alike. OnePlus retains the recognizable neckband design which makes it easy to keep track of the earbuds when inactive and allows for larger battery cells than true wireless housings.

Magnetic housings automatically pause music playback when the earbuds are connected and onboard controls include playback and volume adjustments along with direct access to your virtual assistant. You can also immediately switch between paired devices thanks to Quick Switch functionality. If you stream video often, then low-latency mode is ideal for you. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z retails for $49 USD and weighs just 28g. These are the ultimate headphones for the OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro smartphone.


2. OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2

A picture of the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 earbuds and neckband with the cable curling up and around on a black table.

The earbuds are magnetized. When clasped together, music playback is automatically paused.

The OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2 was the companion headset to last year’s OnePlus 7 and remains a great option for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro owners. The Bullets Wireless 2 uses Bluetooth 5.0 and supports aptX HD for high-quality streaming. Sound quality and isolation are both top-notch, both of which are dependent on finding a proper fit. Just like the OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z, these earphones support fast charging via USB-C: 10 minutes of charging also supplies 10 hours of playtime. It takes an hour to fully charge the earphones and SoundGuys testing measured 14.23 hours of playtime on a single charge.

Microphone quality is excellent, making the second-generation Bullets Wireless earbuds a great option for telecommuters and anyone whose days are filled with conference calls. Unfortunately, these earphones aren’t water-resistant, so athletes may feel even more inclined to get the newest model or consider Jabra’s workout true wireless earbuds.


3. Sony WH-1000XM3

A photo of a man wearing Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones which work with the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro series smartphones.

The Sony WH-1000XM3 supplies 24 hours of playtime on a single charge with ANC running.

Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM3 headset has been on the top of our list for what seems like ages, and for good reason: it’s a powerhouse pair of headphones that marries performance and affordability. Active noise-canceling (ANC) technology works wonders here, as midrange and high-pitched sounds are rendered anywhere from four- to six-times quieter than they sound without ANC. Whether you’re stuck working from home or trying to mute out the rumbles of a subway car, these ‘phones are perfect for you.

Sony supports a host of Bluetooth codecs (LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, and AAC) for all your music streaming needs. No matter what operating system you subscribe to, you’ll enjoy optimal wireless audio quality. Heck, there’s even a headphone jack for wired listening, so you can enjoy FLAC files from services like Amazon Music HD or Tidal HiFi. These are some of the best headphones around, and are really only outperformed by the even pricier Shure Aonic 50.


4. Jabra Elite Active 75t

A picture of the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless workout earbuds that work with the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones.

Jabra’s workout earphones are expensive but well worth it for listeners looking for versatile earbuds with fantastic microphone quality.

Athletes in need of a reliable pair of workout earbuds to go with their OnePlus 8 handset should turn their attention to the Jabra Elite Active 75t. These IP57-rated earphones are dust- and water-resistant, making them a great option for a wide variety of applications. Battery life is solid for true wireless earphones; they provide over seven hours of listening on a single charge and support fast charging: 15 minutes in the case supplies an hour of battery life.

Microphone quality is excellent, and other neat features like automatic ear detection and multipoint are supported. The latter allows you to connect the Elite Active 75t to two devices at a time as is also supported by the standard Elite 75t and the company’s noise-cancelling headphones. Whether you’re a cardio kid or a calisthenic king, the Jabra Elite Active 75t will serve you well.


5. Edifier TWS1

A picture of the Edifier TWS1 true wireless earbuds on a windowsill with flowers in the foreground.

The Edifier TWS1 use Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus for more stable connectivity and minimized latency.

Maybe you’ve spent all your hard-earned cash on the new OnePlus 8 Pro and didn’t leave yourself with much money to spend on headphones. In that case, the Edifier TWS1 is for you. These earbuds forgo features for raw performance and premium perks usually only afforded by more expensive alternatives. Aside from the sleek design and covert charging case, you benefit from aptX support and Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus for reliable connectivity, something rarely seen unless you want to bump up to something quadruple the price like the 1More True Wireless ANC.

Although microUSB charging is a bummer, it can be forgiven as the earbuds are durable and merit an IPX5 rating. They also afford just over seven hours of listening, which is excellent considering how small the battery cells must be. Sound quality won’t blow you away but is surprisingly good for $50, midrange frequencies in particular.

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Honorable mentions

Sony WF1000XM3 earbuds, a OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z alternative, and closed charging case on marbled surface.

The Sony WF-1000XM3 are currently the best ANC earbuds you can get, true wireless or not.

  • AKG N60NC: This is a rare variant of on-ear noise-cancelling headphone that’s actually comfortable and effective. Midrange frequencies are filtered out and made to sound five times quieter when a proper fit is achieved. As we expect from AKG, audio is accurately reproduced and bodes well for all genres of music.
  • Beats Powerbeats: Beats’ standard wireless headphones afford nearly everything that the Powerbeats Pro include without the high-cost of true wireless technology. iPhone users are granted hands-free access to Siri, seamless device switching, and power efficiency benefits.
  • OnePlus Type-C Bullets: Although we’re not huge advocates of USB-C audio, these are the earbuds to get for anyone committed to the once-promising connector.
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: Although these are Samsung-branded, OnePlus 8 series owners will enjoy all the Galaxy Buds Plus have to offer including Qi Wireless charging, great mic quality, over 11 hours of battery life, and Spotify integration.
  • Sony WF-1000XM3: These are Sony’s flagship true wireless earphones and the best true wireless ANC option — yes, even better than the AirPods Pro. The fit is extremely comfortable and quick charging is supported.

These are our picks for the best companion headphones for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro smartphones. Seeing how the OnePlus 8 was recently unveiled, we expect this category to grow as more products are released, and will be sure to keep you informed on future picks.