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Headphone & Headset Reviews

Updated: Apr 22, 2017 22:18
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#1
alaScore 100

Sony MDR-1000X

Plush comfort, excellent noise cancelling, and superb sound put Sony's MDR-1000x at the head of the wireless class.

33 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

41 expert reviews | 326 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Apple AirPods

Look past their offbeat design and you'll find that Apple AirPods' compact size and high convenience factor are a winning combination.

42 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Beats by Dr. Dre PowerBeats3 Wireless

When Apple made their big iPhone 7 announcement in September, they managed to carve out the smallest sliver of time to introduce three new Beats products — the first set to directly benefit from the Apple's acquisition of Beats. The Solo3 Wireless...

11 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2

Plantronics scores a win with the slimmed-down, feature-packed BackBeat Pro 2.

23 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Jabra Elite Sport

If you want more than just cord-free music, the Sport Elite deliver in a way other wireless earbuds don't.

17 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX

Beats has been killing it lately. Their Powerbeats3 and Solo3 wireless headphones both earned Chip Chick Picks for being top notch wireless headphones in their respective categories. After a delay, their lightweight BeatsX in-ear headphones are finally...

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless

The Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless is an excellent wireless headphone that has the look, feel and sound of a premium wireless headphone.

10 expert reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Focal Listen

French company Focal's closed-back, over-ear headphone is designed for mobile use and delivers excellent sound for $250.

9 expert reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

With impressive sound performance, a sleek and comfy design, and Sennheiser’s best noise cancellation yet, the new PXC 550 are primed to be your next set of travel cans.

19 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Jaybird X3

Improving over both previous efforts, it's third time's a charm for Jaybird's X3.

9 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

Marshall Mid

Great sound, a low price, and excellent functionality make Marshall's latest Bluetooth on-ears an absolute joy.

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature

Like a supercar, the bass-ey P9 are fun to take out on the track, but they're not practical for most of us.

10 expert reviews

#14
alaScore 96

AKG N60 NC

Despite a few small downsides, AKG's $250 on-ear active noise-canceling headphone sounds great and is a worthy alternative to Bose's top-selling QuietComfort 25.

25 expert reviews | 70 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

AfterShokz Trekz

Thumbs up for a really good mic, and for eliminating the problems that persist with wired headphones – no cord to get caught and rip out is always worth a mention with sport headphones. But the Trekz Titanium AS600’s aren’t easy to store without the...

9 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Beats by Dr. Dre EP

The Beats EP may be a simple, wired, on-ear headphone, but it's arguably Beats' best headphone for the money.

3 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Beats by Dr. Dre Solo3 Wireless

Beats are back. It had been a while since we'd seen new products from Beats! Fortunately, there are a whole bunch of wireless headphones coming our way that were announced during the iPhone 7 launch. Now that Beats has been fully integrated into Apple,...

14 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless

New drivers, new cushions, more frequency response in wired mode and better battery life make V-Moda's next-gen Bluetooth headphone a winner.

3 expert reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Sudio VASA

The Vasa Bla are good sounding wireless headphones with quality accessories

10 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Bose QuietControl 30

So long as you don't expect the most powerful noise-canceling, the QuietControl 30 works really well as an everyday headphone. You can use it at the gym or for running.

7 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

#21
alaScore 95

SoundMagic E10C

A great new remote, paired with the same top-quality SoundMagic E10 sound.

5 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#22
alaScore 95

AKG K92

They may not feel like a premium pair of cans, but the sound quality of the K92s more than make up for the plastic exterior.

4 expert reviews

#23
alaScore 95

Sennheiser HD 800 S

This might be one of the shortest reviews I ever write, because of how uncomplicated its conclusion is. The Sennheiser HD 800 S is a sterling, wonderful pair of headphones that strikes a...

8 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

#24
alaScore 95

Sony h.ear on Wireless NC MDR-100ABN

Priced to compete with Bose's QuietComfort 35, the comfortable H.ear On Wireless NC offers impressive sound and noise canceling that make it a strong contender in the category.

11 expert reviews | 84 user reviews

#25
alaScore 95

Plantronics BackBeat Sense

The well-designed Plantronics BackBeat Sense SE adds water resistance to one of the best on-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones in its price class.

31 expert reviews | 69 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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