Consumer Reports: Worry-free wireless headphones

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Been admiring a new pair of headphones? You've probably noticed the world has gone wireless. (WLS)

Been admiring a new pair of headphones? You've probably noticed the world has gone wireless.

Google, HTC and Motorola have all followed Apple's lead and eliminated the headphone jack from their latest smartphones.

So if you're done with adapters and tired of getting tangled up in headphone cords and ready to take the plunge on a new, wireless pair, Consumer Reports can help.

In today's "on-the-go" world, wireless headphones are the way to go. Ready to cut the cord on your headphones? The tech team at Consumer Reports said now may be the perfect time.

"You don't have to spend a ton of money to get a pair of wireless headphones that sound pretty good," said Nicholas Deleon, Consumer Reports Tech Editor.

These JVC Gumy wireless headphones (Model No. JVC HA-FX9BT) sell for around $30. They're pretty basic, but the audio quality scored "Very Good" in Consumer Reports' tests. A higher budget gets you more features, like noise cancellation.

"Noise cancelling is a feature on headphones that blocks unwanted, external sounds. That may be useful any number of reasons, if you're sitting at a cafe or if you're in kind of a noisy, open office environment," Deleon said.

Others allow you to control your music from the earpiece, without ever taking your phone out of your pocket, which may be a little tricky to master.

"This particular model, you can swipe your finger up to increase the volume, down to decrease the volume. That's fine, easy to remember. But then you can also tap once to pause, tap twice to fast forward, tap three times to rewind. Now you have to remember how many taps does what thing," Deleon said.

Also, consider style. Bulkier, over-the-ear headphones may get you more battery life. In-ear models are easier to stash and can be true wireless, even from each other.

Consumer Reports also reminds that every headphone might not be the right fit for every person. The best thing to do is try them on before you buy them. Or at the very least, make sure you buy a pair that is returnable.

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