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The Best Wireless Headphones—So Far—for Active People on the Go

Powerbeats Pro earbuds combine the best features of the AirPods but with a better design.

Powerbeats Pro by Beats by Dre.

Powerbeats Pro by Beats by Dre.

Photographer: Heami Lee for Bloomberg Businessweek; Prop stylist: Jacqueline Draper

Finding comfortable, high-quality headphones for an active lifestyle has long required some sort of compromise, whether in design, function, or battery life. The $250 Powerbeats Pro take a step in the right direction. Apple Inc. acquired Beats by Dr. Dre in 2014, and these have similarities to its own AirPods, including speech accelerometers to filter external noise and motion detection that recognizes when the buds are in your ear so they start playing right away. At just 20 grams (0.7 oz.), they’re lightweight enough to wear for hours—whether you’re taking business calls or training for a marathon—without causing the ear soreness that can come with long listening sessions.

• The Klipsch T5 True Wireless set ($200), released in June, is a throwback to ’70s-era style but offers cutting-edge sound. Its black buds, emblazoned with a copper-toned signature logo, can play eight hours on a charge, and they’re water- and sweat-resistant.