Headphones

From the wireless, to the noise cancelling, in-ear, to over-ear, find the right headphones for every budget and purpose. Note: we sometimes pin affiliate links…
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Sony 1000X M3: Supreme noise cancelling
Sony's 1000X M3 over-ear, noise-canceling headphones have stupendous battery life and feature pillowy comfort. The noise canceling is extraordinary and USB-C charging is a nice touch. In short, they have the best sound from Sony’s 1000X yet. The bad stuff: the touch controls are still a pain, the bass response could be cleaner and more defined, and the pads get sweaty on warm days. Also get used to an irritating blinking LED status light on the left ear cup.
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MrSpeakers Aeon Flow: Songs of ice and fire
MrSpeakers Aeon Flow are the younger, cheaper, lighter siblings to the Ether Flow duo. Both models are outstandingly light with a comfortable design, and include carrying cases—the sound is inviting, pleasing, and clean. The bad stuff: a powerful amplifier is a must, and the cable is a bit shit.
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Bowers & Wilkins PX: Wireless noise-cancelling nirvana
In the wireless realm, there aren’t many headphones that convey as much of the emotion and excitement of music as the Bowers & Wilkins PX. They feature some of the best sound from noise-canceling headphones. The battery life is plentiful, they're durable with an attractive design, and they pause automatically when you take them off. The bad stuff: Bluetooth pairing is as nightmarish as most other wireless cans, and they're more comfortable when worn on the move than sat in front of a desk.
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Audeze LCD2 Classic: these cans will turn you into an audiophile
Audeze’s LCD2 Classic cans live up to their name. You can’t get better bass for the price, they fit comfortably and are well-built, and the soundstage is expansive. The bad stuff: These cans are huge. They don't come with a protective case, and there's not much noise isolation.
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Jabra Elite 65T Earbuds: The best AirPods alternative
Jabra's Elite 65ts have a pleasant sound with good bass, a customizable fit, and come with a two-year warranty against sweat/dust. Plus, the connection is incredibly stable. The bad stuff: sometimes they get uncomfortable during extended listening, foam tips are not included, and you'll need a phone with Bluetooth 5 for best performance.
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Bose QC35 II Wireless Headphones
Bose’s QC35 IIs are extremely light and comfortable. The sound is clean and well-balanced with a wide soundstage. Plus they're compact with a foldable design. The bad stuff: they use the older Micro USB charging, and they can't match the epic battery life and superb noise canceling for Sony's M3s.
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Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds: More than okay Google
Google's new Pixel USB-C earbuds offer a clean, smooth sound, are featherlight and super comfortable, and are compatible with most recent USB-C devices. The bad stuff: the noise isolation is negligible, the bass is lightweight, and the glossy white finish isn’t easy to keep looking pristine. And although you might love the in-ear cable loops, you might hate them too.
OnePlus is adding a pair of wireless earphones to its portfolio and, sure enough, the $69 Bullets Wireless keep up with the OnePlus pedigree. Their sound is emotive, engaging, detailed, and wide. The fit is excellent and light weight for lasting comfort, plus the USB-C charging is fast. In all they're a superb choice for vigorous exercise. The bad stuff: The sound can be a little abrasive in a quiet environment. Those dangling wires are an aesthetic disaster, and the battery life underwhelms. Vigorous Exercise, Never Settle, Wireless Earphones, 404 Error, Round Sunglass Women
OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones
OnePlus is adding a pair of wireless earphones to its portfolio and, sure enough, the $69 Bullets Wireless keep up with the OnePlus pedigree. Their sound is emotive, engaging, detailed, and wide. The fit is excellent and light weight for lasting comfort, plus the USB-C charging is fast. In all they're a superb choice for vigorous exercise. The bad stuff: The sound can be a little abrasive in a quiet environment. Those dangling wires are an aesthetic disaster, and the battery life underwhelms.
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Audio-Technica R70x: The definition of neutral headphones
Japan’s Audio-Technica thinks of itself as a producer of professional audio equipment that just happens to also do some consumer-grade stuff. The $349 R70x headphones have an understated, minimal look and the sound is neutral without being boring. The construction is also solid, and strong that's nevertheless super light. The bad stuff: high impedance requires a powerful amp, the ear pads may be small for some, and the cable is annoyingly long.
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JLab’s Epic Sport earbuds are excellent workout headphones
JLab's $99 Epic Sport buds have a great sound quality, better waterproofing than their predecessor, and an improved charger. The bad stuff: There's still no Bluetooth 5 support, the microphone is average, and the customizable sound profiles could be better.
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AKG N60 NC Wireless Heaphones
AKG's N60 NC Wireless headphones are featherlight and effortless to wear for hours. The noise canceling doesn’t diminish sound fidelity, and the folding design makes them small enough to fit into a jacket pocket. The bad stuff: You pay a premium for the smaller on-ear design, and the construction materials could be better. Plus, there's no hard carry case provided.
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The $199 Brainwavz B400 will make you wish your phone had a headphone jack
The Brainwavz B400 wired earphones sound terrific and feature good noise isolation. The fit is comfortable, and Comply foam tips are included—as is a hard carry case. The bad stuff: They are pricey for a wired pair, and the over-ear hooks won’t be to everyone’s liking. And the quality assurance is questionable.
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Apple AirPods: A glimpse of our wireless future
They weren’t first to market, but well over a year after their release, Apple’s AirPods remain the best truly wireless earbuds you can get because of their effortless pairing, great sound for what they are, the excellent carrying case, and battery life. The bad stuff: they won't fit all ears well, the open design lets in all outside noise, and the design itself has been ridiculed.
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Woo Audio’s WA7 amp makes audiophilia beautiful
The $999 Woo Audio WA7 is probably the prettiest piece of audiophile gear you can buy without having to remortgage your home. It's gorgeous from every angle, sounds good (with a good knob feel), and can sate the power demands of almost any pair of headphones. The bad stuff: You're going to pay for the good looks as well as the performance. It's a huge power supply brick, and the XLR output would’ve been a nice inclusion for audiophiles. Plus, the LED lights have been known to fail.
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Samsung Gear IconX (2018) wireless earbuds: Hitting the sweet spot
Samsung's new IconX earbuds are clearly much more capable than their predecessors. They have a great sound, bountiful battery life, and feature useful run-tracking features. The bad stuff: You lose some features on non-Samsung phones, the touch interface is tricky, and there are occasional audio dropouts.