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Best Bluetooth multipoint headphones

All the best multipoint picks for any budget.
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September 22, 2023
Best overall
Sony WH-1000XM5
Product shot of the Sony WH-1000XM5 in black on a white background.
8.7
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Positives
ANC performance
Amazing microphone
Bluetooth 5.2 with SBC, AAC, LDAC, and wired connectivity
Negatives
Price
No IP rating
The Bottom Line.
The best of the best is the Sony WH-1000XM5. Packed with amazing features, great sound, top-tier ANC, and Bluetooth multipoint, this headset will not disappoint.Read full review...
Best design
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
The Bose NCH 700.
8.1
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Positives
Design
IPX4
Great ANC
Negatives
Price
Not super comfortable
The Bottom Line.
If you want top-notch design and great ANC, the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 is a great pick with Bluetooth multipoint capabilities.Read full review...
Best connectivity
Shure AONIC 50
A product render of the Shure AONIC 50 noise canceling headphones in brown against a white background.
7.9
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Positives
SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX LL, LDAC codecs; wired
Fast charging
ANC performance
Negatives
Price
No folding hinges
The Bottom Line.
The Shure AONIC 50 is for those who want many connectivity options from their noise canceling headphones. We also like the AONIC 50 because it doesn't requiring any equalization.Read full review...
Best for studio
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2
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7.8
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Positives
Frequency response works for studio and casual listening
Fast pairing
SBC, AAC, LDAC codecs; Wired option
Negatives
LDAC doesn't always work
Tight fit
The Bottom Line.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 brings studio sound headphones with a wireless option. With multiple connectivity options and handy fast pairing, this headset is a premium sub-$200 USD option.Read full review...
Best earbuds
Jabra Elite 7 Pro
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro true wireless earbuds in titanium black.
7.7
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Positives
Adjustable ANC and HearThrough
USB-C and wireless charging
IP57
Negatives
SBC and AAC only, no aptX
Mediocre ANC
The Bottom Line.
For those who prefer earbuds, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is strong contender in a competitive field. You get multipoint, a durable IP57 rating, and a useful companion app.Read full review...

Once you’ve tried multipoint connectivity on a pair of headphones, it’s hard to live without it. The convenience of being able to switch between devices seamlessly is a perk of Bluetooth technology that makes total sense but is rarely implemented. We’ve sifted through the options that are out there, from headphones with active noise canceling (ANC), to earbuds, to some more budget-friendly picks, and present you with some of the best Bluetooth multipoint headphones to choose from.

What's new?

For our top five picks, you can find the isolation and frequency response charts at the end of each image gallery. Learn more about how to read our charts.

Why is the Sony WH-1000XM5 the best pair of Bluetooth multipoint headphones?

Anyone looking for the best of the best should look no further than the Sony WH-1000XM5. This is one of the best headsets you can buy, and the WH-1000XM5 improves upon its predecessors in many ways but retains Bluetooth multipoint. This headset features top-tier active noise canceling, an enjoyable sound profile, and a stellar microphone. At $399 USD, it’s certainly expensive. If you’re tight on cash, you should probably look elsewhere.

Sony WH-1000XM5
Sony WH-1000XM5
8.7
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Sony WH-1000XM5

The WH-1000XM5 has extremely effective low-end noise canceling capabilities. It also happens to have some of the best noise-suppressing microphones you’ll find in a pair of headphones, making wind and street sounds nearly inaudible when you’re on a phone call. It also has a long battery life of 31 hours and 53 minutes with ANC on in our standardized battery testing. This headset will take you from your morning routine to your commute to work and all the way back, easily switching between your devices using Bluetooth multipoint.

To get an idea of how the Sony WH-1000XM5 microphone sounds, listen to our demos below and vote to let us know your thoughts. Note that the background noise from our office and wind simulations are practically inaudible.

Sony WH-1000XM5 microphone demo (Ideal):

Sony WH-1000XM5 microphone demo (Office):

Sony WH-1000XM5 microphone demo (Wind):

How does the microphone sound to you?

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SoundGuys Editors Choice
Sony WH-1000XM5
ANC performance • Outstanding microphone • Useful app features
MSRP: $399.00
The king of the ANC pack extends its reign

The Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 has the best design

Bose is a leader in noise canceling technology, and this headset won’t disappoint with its ANC or its other features. Minimalist design enthusiasts will love the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 (aka NCH 700), which features excellent sound quality, standout ANC, and Bluetooth multipoint. It’s still a pricey choice at $379 USD, but that’s a price worth paying for a product like this.

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
8.1
Neither the Shure Aonic 50 nor the Bose Headphones 700 (pictured, black) have folding hinges.Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 outsideA photo showing the microphone array of the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700.Bose Noise Canceling headphones 700 pictured from above on a Huawei Matebook X ProThe frequency response chart for the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 which follows our house curve, though some bass emphasis is apparent.A plot showing the excellent active noise canceling performance of the Bose Noise canceling headphones 700.
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
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The NCH 700 is also IPX4 water-resistant, which is not too common in over-ear headphones. This way, you can be sure that your headset will last through your commute in light rain or from any accidental light splashes you may encounter in daily life.

Here are some demos so you can hear the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 microphone.

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 microphone demo (Ideal):

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 microphone demo (Office):

How does the microphone sound to you?

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SG recommended
Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700
Excellent ANC • Lightweight design • Rotable ear pads
MSRP: $379.00
If you want some of the best ANC you can get, Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 have you covered.

For plenty of connectivity options, opt for the Shure AONIC 50

The Shure AONIC 50 has you covered with support for more Bluetooth codecs than you can shake a stick at. This headset also has effective ANC and isolation, and with Shure being Shure, it sounds great too. With wonderful features all around, so many Bluetooth codec options, and Bluetooth multipoint, this headset is worth every cent. Even better, you can often find it for as little as $249 on sale.

Shure AONIC 50
Shure AONIC 50
7.9
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Shure AONIC 50

The Shure AONIC 50 supports the SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, and LDAC codecs. You also get the wired connectivity options of using a 2.5mm to 3.5mm headphone cable or USB-C passthrough, so this headset will work with a wide variety of devices to ensure quality audio all the time. The ShurePlus PLAY app also works on any phone to allow you to adjust the EQ to your liking so your music always sounds just how you want it.

The microphone system on the AONIC 50 is okay, just not the best. Shure updated the microphone quality with a firmware update early into the product’s lifecycle, which is helpful.

Shure AONIC 50 microphone demo (firmware 0.4.1):

Shure AONIC 50 microphone demo (firmware 0.4.9):

How does the microphone sound to you?

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SoundGuys Editors Choice
Shure AONIC 50
Bluetooth 5.0 and wired listening • SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency, LDAC • Multipoint connectivity
MSRP: $299.00
This is the headset to get if you value build and sound quality over all else.
The Shure AONIC 50 noise canceling headset is a premium solution to your work from home and commuting woes. Large removable earpads lengthen the lifespan of the headphones and are easy to clean. Noise canceling is excellent as is functionality and comfort. The biggest drawback of these headphones is the price.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 has a studio-friendly sound

Audio-Technica is a well-loved company for studio headphones. The ATH-M50xBT2 frequency response can appeal to people with versatile music tastes who don’t necessarily want the bass boost found in a lot of consumer headphones. Combine the sound quality with LDAC support, Bluetooth multipoint, and an advanced microphone system for calls, and you have yourself a competent jack-of-all-trades headset that costs less than $200.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2
7.8
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2
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Another feature of the ATH-M50xBT2 is the battery life, which is a staggeringly long, 64 hours, 51 minutes. This long battery life, along with its wired connection option, makes it a surprisingly eco-friendly headset. It also has fast charging abilities, with just 10 minutes of charging time, gaining you 180 minutes of battery life. However, if you’re looking for significant passive isolation or any active noise canceling, this won’t be the headset for you.

The microphone in the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 is pretty clear and does a solid job canceling out background noise. Take a listen here:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 microphone demo (Non-standardized):

How does the microphone sound to you?

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2
High-quality sound • Fast pairing • Long-life battery
MSRP: $199.00
An excellent-sounding and straightforward headset.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2 headset offers excellent sound and the long battery life with an optional headphone jack promotes an uncomplicated music experience.

Prefer earbuds? Check out the Jabra Elite 7 Pro

If you’re looking for noise canceling earbuds with Bluetooth multipoint, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro has that and so much more. The Elite 7 Pro supports HearThrough so you can hear your surroundings when you don’t want ANC on. You also get wireless and fast charging and IP57 water and dust resistance, all in a well-designed pair of earbuds. It’s a solid option for athletes or commuters who want to bring their earbuds wherever they go.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro
Jabra Elite 7 Pro
7.7
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Jabra Elite 7 Pro

The Jabra Sound+ app allows you to adjust ANC and HearThrough levels, locate lost earbuds with Find My Jabra, adjust your EQ manually, or even do a hearing test that gives you an EQ customized to your hearing abilities. For $199 USD, this premium pair of earbuds is a smart purchase.

The microphone in the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is really nice. Voices come through clear in ideal conditions, but noise suppression isn’t ideal. Take a listen here:

Jabra Elite 7 Pro microphone demo (Ideal):

Jabra Elite 7 Pro microphone demo (Street):

How does the sample sound to you?

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Jabra Elite 7 Pro
VPU sensor • Bluetooth 5.2 • IP57 rated
MSRP: $199.99
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro focus on making your voice calls clearer
The Jabra Elite 7 Pro feature a Voice Pick Up (VPU) sensor that helps make your voice clearer during phone calls. When you combine this with the usual audio and comfort features of a Jabra Elite product, you've got some great TWS earbuds.

Is the Bose QuietComfort 45 worth buying?

the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Bose QuietComfort 45
If you prefer wired listening, make use of the included cable.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 has excellent ANC, it has Bluetooth multipoint, and it’s a very comfortable headset (hence QuietComfort). On the surface, it seems wonderful, but for the price of $329, you can get better headsets with fewer issues.

And there really are some notable issues with the QC 45. You can’t turn off ANC, and the frequency response boosts treble to a level that makes some older songs with poor mixing sound pretty bad. Newer songs with more vocal-heavy mixing and podcasts can sound totally fine, but if you like older punk music or otherwise badly mixed music, you might find it sounds pretty bad through the QC 45. Get this headset if you don’t plan on venturing into a DIY music scene and just want a comfortable pair of headphones with ANC.

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SG recommended
Bose QuietComfort 45
Excellent ANC • EQ adjustable • Comfortable ear pads
MSRP: $329.00
An ANC headset that provides comfort and ease of use.
The Bose QuietComfort 45 does an excellent job cancelling outside noise, and it sounds great for podcast listening. It has a decent battery life, and the fast-charging USB-C adds another 180 minutes with only a 15-minute charge.

What makes the Jabra Elite 45h a good pair of on-ear headphones?

A picture of the Jabra Elite 45h on-ear Bluetooth headphones on a wooden surface with journals; the left ear cup is rotated so the interior padding is visible to the viewer.
It’s not super comfortable if you wear glasses.

The Jabra Elite 45h is a solid sub-$100 headset with 54 hours of battery life, a  microphone for calls, Bluetooth multipoint, and an app for changing the EQ to your liking. And while it doesn’t have an official IP rating, Jabra has a two-year warranty for rain and dust damage if anything bad happens to them.

However, there are some downsides. The Jabra Elite 45h is an on-ear headset, so it doesn’t provide much in the way of isolation, and the feeling of the earpads pressing down on your ears can be uncomfortable after some time, especially if you wear glasses. The frequency response also swings very bassy, which can be good for some, but not ideal for most. If you don’t wear glasses and like bass a lot, this might be a reasonable headset for you.

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Jabra Elite 45h
Battery life • Portable design • Warranty protects against rain and dust
MSRP: $99.99
The Jabra Elite 45h are stellar on-ear headphones for casual listeners who prioritize compactness and microphone quality above everything else. Despite some sound quality drawbacks, these are some of the best on-ear headphones under $100.

The Sony WH-CH710N gives you quality ANC at a lower price

Shot of the Sony WH-CH710N on a wooden balance board and green jacket
No LDAC here.

While the Sony WH-CH710N can’t dethrone its more expensive counterparts like the Sony WH-1000XM5 or Bose NCH 700, it does the job well for a $149 USD headset. It’s comfortable, has satisfactory noise canceling, Bluetooth multipoint, and a battery life of 35 hours, and 41 minutes with ANC on. It also has quick charging, so you can get 60 minutes of playback from just 10 minutes of charging.

While the frequency response isn’t perfect, the Sony WH-CH710N still sounds really nice and has a bit of a bass emphasis. The microphone is alright, but it’ll suffice for phone calls. It also has a bit of a cheaper build quality and surprisingly doesn’t support LDAC, despite the codec being made by Sony. If you’re looking for multipoint and ANC at a cheap price point, these might be worth getting, especially when they’re on sale.

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Sony WH-CH710N
Excellent ANC • Long-battety life • Various connecting options
A pair of headphones with best-in-class ANC
Turn down the world's noise with the long-lasting noise cancelation performance of the WH-CH710N wireless headphones. Dual Noise Sensor technology automatically senses your environment to deliver an amazing sound experience.

The best Bluetooth multipoint headphones: Notable mentions

The Sony WH-1000XM3 and Sony WH-1000XM4 lay folded up on a wooden bench.
The WH-1000xM3 (top) looks nearly identical to the Sony WH-1000XM4 (bottom).
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty 3 Pro ($89.99 at Amazon): With LDAC support, multipoint, EQ, and ANC customization, and lots of ear tips to choose from, the SoundCore Liberty 3 Pro is feature-packed. It isn’t really the best at anything it does, but it sure does a lot and affords flexibility.
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II ($374 at Amazon): The QC 35 II is super comfortable and has noise canceling, though it’s a little behind the times at the time of its release compared to top competitors. It has a sound profile very close to our consumer curve, though you can’t adjust the EQ in the Bose Connect app, unfortunately.
  • Jabra Elite 85h ($190.99 at Best Buy): You can pair up to eight devices with the Elite 85h, which is extremely convenient. It also has a long battery life of 34 hours, 35 minutes, and an enjoyable sound profile. The ANC is lacking, so don’t get this if that’s important to you.
  • Focal Bathys ($699 at Amazon): Sure, that $800 price tag is eye-watering, but this is one of those rare instances where expensive headphones are worth it. The Bathys supports multipoint and is among the best wireless headphones ever made. If you’ve got money to burn, you should.
  • Shure AONIC 40 ($247 at Amazon): The AONIC 40 is much like the much-loved Shure AONIC 50, but with fewer frills. It supports the SBC, AAC, and aptX codecs, trimmed down from the plethora of codecs the AONIC 50 supports, and has less effective ANC performance, but it’s still a nice headset with an extended 36-hour battery life.
  • Sony WH-1000XM4 ($348 at Amazon): The much-loved Sony WH-1000XM4 has excellent ANC, an enjoyable sound profile that you can customize, and lovely features like multipoint, touch-sensitive ear cups for controls, and a sensor in the left ear cup for auto-pause/play.

Hold up! Something’s different:

The Shure AONIC 50 and some of our notable mentions’ frequency response and isolation charts were measured with our old testing system. You can find the notables’ charts in each individual product review. We have since purchased a Bruel & Kjaer 5128 test fixture (and the appropriate support equipment) to update our testing and data collection. It will take a while to update our backlog of old test results, but we will update this article (and many others!) once we’re able with improved sound quality measurements and isolation performance plots. These will be made obvious with our new chart aesthetic (black background instead of white).

Thank you for bearing with us, and we hope to see you again once we’ve sorted everything out.

What you should know about the best Bluetooth multipoint headphones

Bluetooth multipoint headphones are still fairly hard to come by, but if you like to multi-task, it’s well worth the hunt. Read on to learn all about multipoint connectivity and why it matters.

What is Bluetooth multipoint?

The Jabra Elite 45h on-ear Bluetooth headphones next to a Samsung Galaxy S10e smartphone and wireless car keys on a white table.
Bluetooth multipoint is a super convenient feature.

Bluetooth multipoint is a feature that allows a Bluetooth headset to be connected to two or more sources simultaneously, allowing for quick switching between devices. However, there can be limitations, like the fact that most headsets only support multipoint between two devices at once, and you can’t necessarily get audio input from two different places at once. Moreover, some devices only support multipoint connectivity over the AAC codec, like the Sony WH-1000XM4.

Regardless of the limitations of multipoint, it’s a very convenient feature that allows you to answer calls from your phone quickly from your headset while you’re working on your computer, for example. It’s a must-have feature for work headphones. For a more in-depth explainer on multipoint, check out our article about it.

When should you use multipoint connections?

A man uses a Pixel 3 with the Sony Headphones app open.
While the app isn’t the prettiest, it does give you access to all the customization options you need and even some special features.

Multipoint is great for professionals who work on their computers and need to monitor their phones. After all, it can be tough to hear if you have headphones with noise canceling. It’s also helpful if you’re watching a movie but need to be able to answer the phone for any reason or you just want to be more aware of your devices and who might be trying to contact you.

What are Bluetooth codecs, and why do they matter?

Image of Android Bluetooth codecs including aptX and LDAC
Codecs encode and decode audio data.

Bluetooth codecs encode and decode audio data from your device to your ears, and different codecs do that with different transfer rates, which is how much data is transferred per second. Also relevant is the sample rate of your music, the amount of data in an audio file per second, and bit-depth, or how much data is encoded in each sample. Higher transfer rates equate to better quality audio, as long as your audio files are higher quality too.

The baseline of audio codecs is the SBC codec, which is perfectly fine for most use cases. Other codecs include AAC, another compressed lossy codec, and higher-quality codecs like aptX and LDAC. For more information on Bluetooth codecs, check out our article about understanding Bluetooth codecs.

How we choose the best Bluetooth multipoint headphones

A hand holds one of the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) to the ear of a head simulator.
We use a Bruel & Kjaer 5128 artificial head to perform isolation and frequency response tests, as seen here with the AirPods.

At SoundGuys, we perform objective tests to measure things like frequency response, isolation, microphone quality, and more. To do so, we use a Bruel & Kjaer 5128 head and torso simulator (HATS) with an anatomically realistic ear canal and outer ear. We also use a standardized setup to test the microphone quality of products with pre-recorded phrases from a calibrated artificial mouth in our test chamber. This allows us to present standardized microphone samples so you can judge the quality of various products and compare them across the board. After we collect all of this data, we then score each product through various objective and subjective measures.

Our team then confers with one another regarding the best products for a given category and presents our list to you. It’s not over after we hit “publish,” though. Instead, we treat every article as a living document that we update as new and worthy products come out.

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The Shure AONIC 50 noise canceling headphones' onboard controls used by a woman wearing the headset.
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Frequently asked questions about the best Bluetooth multipoint headphones

The Sony WF-1000XM4 does not have Bluetooth multipoint.

This depends on the device. Some headsets can connect only to a phone and a computer at once, and some can connect to two phones. Check the manual for your headset, or contact the company to find this out.

As long as your phone has Bluetooth 4.0 or higher, your phone will support multipoint, which is highly likely.

Nope, not all Bluetooth headphones come with multipoint connectivity. It’s a feature, not a given. You’ll need to check the specs for each pair to see if they support connecting to multiple devices simultaneously.

Bluetooth 5.0 itself doesn’t automatically grant multipoint capabilities. The tech for multi-device connectivity lies in the software layer, not just the Bluetooth version. So, you could have a Bluetooth 5.0 device that doesn’t support multipoint, and vice versa.