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On Test: Create an aural aura with these true wireless noise-cancelling earbuds

BEST FOR SOUND

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser has a reputation for producing impressive-sounding headphones — and that doesn’t change with its second generation wireless earbuds. They deliver plenty of warm bass and detailed treble to win over even the most discerning audiophile. Over on the companion app, you can tinker with that sound profile and adjust the touch controls built into the buds. Active noise cancellation means great sound isn’t fighting a losing battle with the outside noise trying to invade your ears. A seven-hour battery life gives you ample listening time before you need to reach for the charging case to power these impressive buds back up again. £279, johnlewis.com

BEST FOR CONTROL

Nuheara IQbuds2 Max

A newcomer to the audio space, Nuheara effortlessly cancels out environmental sound and features audio-augmenting profiles to personalise, fine-tune and give you greater control over your audio environment. For example, when you’re in a busy place and need to be aware of your surroundings, you can amplify and focus on voices. Active noise cancellation is just an earbud tap away with a sound profile that puts the emphasis on the treble over heavy bass. The array of three microphones ensures phone calls are clear, while a battery life of five to eight hours gives you enough time to put them to good use. £349, nuheara.com

BEST FOR SPORT

Sony WF-SP800N

Sony’s latest earbuds are designed to deliver uninterrupted sound while you get your sweat on. An IP55 water-resistant rating means they’re built to withstand a tough workout and are safe to give a good clean post-session too. A choice of variously sized wing tips and earbuds also ensures a good fit. Sound is suitably bassy and onboard smarts switch sound profiles when the buds recognise you’ve swapped the office commute for the weights bench. Extra features such as Sony’s immersive 360 Reality Audio mode and a charging case to top up the nine-hour battery life make these a versatile all-rounder. £189, centresdirect.co.uk

BEST FOR TIGHT BUDGETS

Huawei FreeBuds 3i

Huawei’s truly wireless earbuds have clearly taken design inspiration from Apple, offering similar features for significantly less money. Available in black or white, FreeBuds 3i use dual microphones: one is tasked with noise-cancelling while the other minimises distracting noise heard during phone calls. When it comes to music, they offer surprisingly punchy and enjoyable sound that isn’t too heavy-handed with the bass. Gesture controls mean you can skip tracks without reaching for your phone, and although the 3.5-hour battery life isn’t the best, for the money these buds offer solid, all-round audio performance. £89.99, consumer.huawei.com