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Updated: Feb 10, 2016 22:35
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#1
alaScore 100

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.

20 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

Focal Sphear

The Focal Sphear is a relatively affordable audiophile-grade in-ear headphone that's easy to listen to for long stretches.

8 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Bose SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II

The SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphone II mixes a strong blend of comfort and performance in attractively designed wireless headphone.

13 expert reviews | 779 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

RHA T20

RHA has gradually morphed from a boutique manufacturer of quality, budget earphones to a purveyor of much higher-end gear, and the new T20 ($239.95) represents the company's current top-of-the-line offering. Audiophiles keen on being able to tweak...

10 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7

The Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 is a great-sounding headphone with the one caveat that its sonic detail is so impressive that it brings out both the best and worst in any given source material.

24 expert reviews | 152 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Bose QuietComfort 25 / QC25

The QuietComfort 25 model takes Bose's already stellar noise-canceling headphones and levels them up to new heights.

43 expert reviews | 5182 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Oppo PM-3

The OPPO PM-3 headphones are a rather remarkable accomplishment. Using a driver technology that, until recently, was reserved exclusively for the most expensive audiophile headphones out there, OPPO has brought to market an exceptionally great sounding...

19 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

AKG N60NC

The AKG N60 NC headphones deliver balanced, laudable audio performance and solid noise cancellation in a travel-friendly design.

6 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2.0 / M2 AEBT (Around-Ear / Over-Ear)

While it may be a bit overpriced, the Momentum 2.0 Wireless is an excellent and well-designed Bluetooth headphone with active noise-cancellation that also offers strong wired performance.

21 expert reviews | 171 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Plantronics BackBeat PRO

Class 1 Bluetooth 4.0 is gilding the lily a bit, but they sound terrific and their battery lasts a good long time.

37 expert reviews | 940 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless is an impressive-sounding luxury Bluetooth headphone, but its high price tempers our enthusiasm.

22 expert reviews | 44 user reviews

#12
alaScore 97

Jaybird X2

The wireless Jaybird X2 headphones offer an exceptionally secure fit and solid Bluetooth audio performance, making them ideal for athletes.

7 expert reviews | 1915 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

XTZ Headphone Divine

The XTZ Headphone Divinewireless headphones look to be an interesting offering. While we are always abit wary of Kickstarters, this one has already more than doubled its initialgoal. With Dirac DSP onboard, we expect that these headphones will sound...

4 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

Sony MDR-1A

The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone that's well worth considering if you're looking for a full-size headphone in the $250-$300 range.

18 expert reviews | 200 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

Bose QuietComfort 20 / QC20 / QC20i

Supreme comfort and stellar anti-noise make the Bose QuietComfort 20i the noise-canceling buds to beat.

55 expert reviews | 3918 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

Kingston HyperX Cloud II

Gaming headsets don't have to be just for gaming. Any good set can also work well as regular stereo headphones, as long as they have a 3.5mm connection and sound good, and the boom mic doesn't get in the way. However, most gaming headsets embrace...

22 expert reviews | 2055 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Skullcandy Grind

When I first saw the Skullcandy Grind, it appeared the company had done the unthinkable: design a pair of headphones very clearly targeted at young consumers, without including phone controls. But it turns out this $59.99 on-ear headphone pair is a bit...

18 expert reviews | 171 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Bose SoundSport In-ear Headphones

While the Bose SoundSport In-Ear may not be the best sounding in-ear headphone for the money, the design and comfort level are great, and it's ideal for people who want this sort of headphone style without the need to jam the tips into their ear canals.

5 expert reviews | 2409 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless

We listed the lack of active noise cancellation as a "con," but given the audio performance of these wireless cans, some audio fanatics will actually consider that a "pro."

15 expert reviews | 116 user reviews

#20
alaScore 96

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450

When Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party won the most recent election in Canada, my colleague Brian Cheung told me a punny joke. "Why does Justin make the best bread? Because he uses Trudeau". Obviously I am not the only one around here that likes puns, but...

7 expert reviews | 96 user reviews

#21
alaScore 96

RHA S500i

RHA has made a name for itself by offering quality headphones and earphones at budget prices. Eventually the company expanded its lineup to include some pricier options, like the RHA T20, but is returning to its roots with the S500i. The in-ear S500i,...

8 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#22
alaScore 96

Jabra Sport Coach Wireless

When you're in the groove you know it. You're pushing your body past the last benchmark that you set for yourself and while you're gasping for more air, inside you're feeling great! This must be what it feels like to be an Olympic athlete, a pro...

13 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

#23
alaScore 95

Pioneer SE-MASTER1

According to Pioneer the headphone drivers they use are so accurate that they are capable of frequency response out to 80kHz (4X the limits of human hearing) which is great for any audiophile pets around the home.

4 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 95

RBH EP3 In-Ear Monitors

RBH has introduced the mid-range EP3 Noise Isolating Earphones that showcase just how good affordable, portable audio can be. RBH's EP3 earphones clearly hit the sweet spot in value. Check them out!

3 expert reviews

#25
alaScore 95

Plantronics RIG 500E

With incredible sound quality, a great feel and the comfort to allow extended use, this is one best headsets I have ever owned.

3 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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