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Headphone & Headset Reviews

Updated: May 22, 2018 23:10
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#1
alaScore 100

Sony WH-1000XM2

Bowers & Wilkins, Audio-Technica, Sony, Beats, and a whole lot more

15 expert reviews | 519 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Existing QC35 owners don't need to upgrade, but the addition of a dedicated Google Assistant button gives the already excellent wireless noise-cancelling headphone an extra bit of personality.

16 expert reviews | 479 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Steelseries Arctis Pro

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC is a great-sounding, comfortable gaming headset with its own DAC/mixer/controller. Its $250 price tag still feels a bit steep when compared with similarly priced, wireless headsets, but for serious competitive...

7 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Bowers & Wilkins B&W PX Headphones

Although not quite as strong as some competitors, the Bowers & Wilkins PX still ranks among the top wireless noise-canceling headphones available right now.

19 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Apple AirPods

Apple’s AirPods are the best completely wire-free earbuds available today. Their flawlessly stable wireless connection and range alone puts them ahead of the handful of competition. Their superiority may be short-lived as competitors like Bragi, Bose,...

58 expert reviews | 2023 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Beats by Dr. Dre Studio3 Wireless

Beats has taken a very good wireless noise-canceling headphone and significantly increased its performance.

24 expert reviews | 117 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Sony MDR-1000X

The Sony MDR-1000x are a feature-packed pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and the best we have ever tested overall. While some headphones offer slightly stronger noise cancelling, and others distinctly crafted sound signatures, never have we seen...

44 expert reviews | 1091 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Sony WI-1000X

Sony's earphone game is getting stronger by the year, with its latest wireless earphones being testimony to that improvement. The WI-1000X are, without doubt, among the best in-ears we've tested in a while.

9 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Beyerdynamic Aventho

It all comes down to price. The Aventho Wireless headphones look and feel great, and delivers a solid audio experience. The app is neat, too, though you might not notice a tremendous difference in sound quality. But we can't quite get past the $449...

10 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Sony WF-1000X

While it comes with a frustrating lack of polish, the Sony WF-1000X is one of the best-sounding totally wireless earphones currently available.

17 expert reviews | 268 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Bose SoundSport Free

Better than the AirPods in some ways, the Bose SoundSport Free are among the best totally wireless headphones, although some small performance issues keep them from achieving a more exalted status.

19 expert reviews | 549 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 / IconX R140

One of the best products I bought in 2017 was the Apple Airpods and not so much for the quality of the audio or the fit, but for the convenience of connectivity and charging. The Apple Airpods were not the first truly wireless headset, but the...

20 expert reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Bose QuietComfort 35

As headphones go, Bose guaranteed itself a hit earlier this month when the company unveiled the Quiet Comfort 35s. These new $350 headphones feature Bose's best-in-class noise cancelation and are...

57 expert reviews | 2939 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

Sennheiser Momentum Free

Another impressive addition to Sennheiser’s talented range of Momentum headphones

6 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

Marshall Mid

The Marshall Mid ANC headphones get just about everything right, from excellent Bluetooth audio performance to respectable noise cancellation. When you throw in a cable with a remote, a nice travel case, and a comfortable design, you have a winner....

12 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Corsair HS50 Stereo

The Corsair HS50 is totally functional for gaming and works on a wide variety of platforms, but it doesn't do much to distinguish itself.

10 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Corsair VOID PRO RGB Wireless

So I’ve been using the Corsair VOID PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset as my main headset for about 3 weeks now and I do have to say I am really enjoying it. Corsair just seems to do things right and this headset is the perfect representation of that.

11 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay E8

For $300, you shouldn’t have to deal with audio interruptions

9 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i

From an audio standpoint, the Beoplay H9i headphones are terrific, if a bit pricey. From a noise cancellation standpoint, they're not up to par with Bose, which sells the Bose QuietComfort 35 II for $150 less. So if you're looking for the best active...

3 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Jabra Elite 65t

With solid sound, great battery life, and intuitive features, the Jabra Elite 65t easily rank among the best fully wireless options on the market.

6 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#21
alaScore 95

Sennheiser HD 660s

Comfort and great sound quality make these excellent at-home headphones.

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#22
alaScore 95

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless

SteelSeries improves on the floating headband and also makes a play for the "affordable wireless" market with its latest Arctis 7 line.

12 expert reviews | 58 user reviews

#23
alaScore 95

AKG N60 NC

We'll make this simple: If you're looking for best-in-category active noise cancellation, that distinction still belongs to Bose—check out the aforementioned QC 35 or the in-ear QC 30, both of which are wireless. However, if you want the best Bluetooth...

36 expert reviews | 248 user reviews

#24
alaScore 95

Focal Listen

I tested the Focal Listen Wireless with an iPhone 7 along with the Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 and high-res audio players. The latter two players are aptX-compatible and confirmed their aptX connection when paired. Source material included some AAC-encoded...

22 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

#25
alaScore 95

RHA MA-650 Wireless

If you're looking for exercise-focused Bluetooth in-ears with boosted bass, you have plenty of options. Consider the Jaybird X3, JBL Reflect Fit, or EQ-adjustable Moshi Vortex Air. And if you're not a fan of the MA650's collarband design (or $100...

6 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Headphones & Headsets

    Most people already know this, but it bears repeating – without a set of good headphones, it does not matter how fancy your audio media device is, you just won't get a satisfactory listening experience. The headphones that come pre-packaged with audio devices are often not of high quality, and it may be to your benefit to purchase a new pair. Headphones come in a wide range of types that fit in with all lifestyles – although all types of headphones are versatile, be sure to choose a set that fits in with your needs. How you intend to use your headphones – for music, gaming, or home theater – and where you plan to do your listening – on the go or at home – will narrow the range of possible types you'll want to choose.



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    Types of Headphones

     

    • Earbud – Earbud headphones fit directly into the ears, are lightweight, compact, and discreet, allowing listening on the go in a portable package. Earbud headphones are perfect for those who value convenience and portability.
    • Over the Ear – This is the traditional style of headphone, and offers the greatest sound fidelity. Because many models cover the ears completely, over the ear headphones are likely to include noise reduction technology. Over the ear headphones are for music professionals and purists who demand the best in sound quality.
    • Behind the Neck – As the name suggests, behind the neck headphones fit behind the neck, instead of over the head. This is particularly useful for people who wear hats or other head coverings. The behind the neck style is also very secure, an added benefit for those on the go.
    • Sport – Generally made in the earbud style, sport headphones are water-resistant, lightweight, soft, and durable, and are able to withstand the pounding from jogging or a vigorous workout. They also feature a resilient grip, to reduce slippage during energetic use.
    • Wireless – Cordless headphones have been around for years, but they have only recently started to approach the sound-quality standards of the better corded phones. Wireless headphones use Bluetooth technology, radio frequency (RF) or infrared to provide the ultimate listening convenience. Your mobility is guaranteed, and with wireless headphones you no longer need to worry about wires becoming tangled, snagging on exposed edges, and headphones being ripped off your head or out of your device. But the wireless headphones generally don't sound quite as good as equivalently priced wired headphones. The audio gets processed by electronics in the base unit, gets transmitted via radio frequency (or in some cases infrared) and then is converted back to an audio signal by the headset. All this processing adds extra noise to the audio signal.

        Additional Headphones Features

        Noise Reduction – Noise reduction and canceling technology comes in a number of different forms. It may be design-centric, meaning the headphones are molded to fit snuggly over the ears, with no room for outside noise to enter. Or, they may have an active noise-reduction function, which creates interference along a number of different frequencies that can cancel out extraneous noise. Since you no longer have to turn up the volume to overcome background noise, you can listen at lower levels, hear more low-level detail in your music and reducing ear fatigue. Noise reduction is an absolute requirement for music purists and frequent commuters.

    • Bass – Even at its very best, headphone bass is never the sort of driving experience you literally feel from massive speakers or subwoofers. Those systems' bass is as much felt by your body as heard by your ears. Earbuds are tiny and portable, but – except for a couple of high-end models – they can't compete with full-size, over-the-ear headphones for deep bass response or visceral dynamic range. As with speakers, headphones need at least 10 hours of vigorous use before they sound their best.

        Connectivity Options – Headphones generally use different connectors, make sure your new headphones' plug fits the jack for your stereo or portable MP3 player. The 1/4-inch (6.33-mm) plug is still the professional audio standard and may be found in nonportable AV equipment such as receivers, home stereos, and DVD players. The minijack (3.5-mm) plug is the most common headphone connector, especially for portable audio devices. Small, 2.5-mm (0.1-inch) headphones are typically used in cell phones and other small devices. Of course, if you have a good pair of headphones that don't fit your audio equipment, you can always find an adapter.

        Popular Brands of Headphones

        Whimsically-named Skullcandy headphones are a popular choice for hipsters and the younger crowd. Philips and Sony have a wide selection of headphones of all types, featuring the most up-to-date audio technology available. Sennheiser specializes in wireless headphones and accessories, also they offer a full range of headphone types which will suit your need at different prices.

        Whenever shopping for new headphones, be certain that the model you select is completely compatible with your primary audio media device. Headphones are generally priced very reasonably, so you may want to purchase a different set for different occasions (one set for travel, another set for the home, etc.).

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