Superior Wireless Headphones

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Courtesy Bowers & Wilkins

The supple leather and sleek design of the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphones will be familiar to devotees of the hi-fi British audio brand. And while almost identical to the P5 Series 2 headphones, they also allow you to roam wirelessly. Wireless headphones often end up being more trouble than they’re worth, between shaky Bluetooth connections and remembering to keep them charged. But the P5 Wireless set completely changes the cordless game — this pair can hold a charge for at least 17 hours.

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Bluetooth aptX technology, also used in the Bowers & Wilkins T7 honeycomb speaker, makes connecting from any device quick and simple without compromising high-res audio files while streaming from device to headset. A tiny button on the right cup allows you to pause and skip tracks, or switch over to take a phone call. The absence of a dangling cord connecting your headset to whichever device is in your hand is an alien feeling. In getting used to the new freedom, you might find yourself gesticulating more in conversation. Charging is simple, thanks to the included USB cord that allows you to power it up straight from your laptop. The bottom line: These headphones aren’t just liberating — they sound good, too.

[$400; bowers-wilkins.com]