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Updated: May 28, 2016 22:20
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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.

26 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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.

13 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

Skullcandy Grind

The Grind Wireless offers a comfortable fit and good sound for its relatively modest price point..

26 expert reviews | 227 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

Sennheiser Momentum 2 Over-Ear/G M2/i M2

While we'd like to see it cost a little less, Sennheiser has fixed the original Momentum's one weakness, making the new 2.0 Momentum not only sound slightly better but fit more comfortably.

19 expert reviews | 490 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II

The Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear II remains one of the most comfortable, full-size headphones out there, pairing great sound quality with an improved, more durable design.

13 expert reviews | 949 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

Parrot Zik 3.0

Parrot’s new Zik 3 offer an embarrassing wealth of high-tech features, a sleek and comfy design, and world-class noise cancellation that makes them a top option in the high-end wireless headphone segment. While the highly-affected sound signature isn’t...

9 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Focal Sphear

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

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Bose QuietComfort 25

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

40 expert reviews | 6042 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless / Sennheiser Momentum 2 Wireless

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.

22 expert reviews | 237 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless

If the Bowers & Wilkins P5 look like an Aston Martin, they sound like a muscled up Mustang. While the low end can get a little pushy for our ears, those seeking powerful, musical bass without sacrificing lucidity in the midrange and treble will...

27 expert reviews | 61 user reviews

#11
alaScore 97

Jaybird X2

The Jaybird X2 is an improvement over the Bluebuds X and one of the better wireless sports headphones out there -- so long as you get a snug, comfortable fit.

13 expert reviews | 2734 user reviews

#12
alaScore 96

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.

20 expert reviews | 173 user reviews

#13
alaScore 96

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...

11 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

Sennheiser HD 800 S

The Sennheiser HD 800 S are a new version of the Sennheiser HD 800, one of only two pairs of headphones to which I've given a 10/10 score in my time reviewing at TrustedReviews – which at this point is just over five years.

4 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#15
alaScore 96

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H7

Apart from some small flaws, the BeoPlay is an excellent wireless headphone that's very comfortable, well built, looks good on your head, and matches up well versus the competition.

6 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#16
alaScore 96

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless

V-Moda’s new Crossfade Wireless move too far into the basement for our taste, but those looking for a wireless solution with powerful bass that won’t sacrifice detail will find it here. Add in sleek styling, rugged durability, and solid wireless...

7 expert reviews | 228 user reviews

#17
alaScore 96

Denon AH-MM400

The Denon AH-MM400s are a really impressive pair of headphones. They're solidly built and comfortable to wear, and are able to deliver everything from soaring vocals to punchy bass in superb quality.

13 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450

Conclusions Turtle Beach's Ear Force Stealth 450 is an affordable and functional wireless gaming headset, but it's a solid example of getting what you pay for. It doesn't sound bad and it doesn't feel cheap, but it pales in comparison with the Editors'...

9 expert reviews | 200 user reviews

#19
alaScore 96

KEF M400

KEF's M-400 may not be an exceptional on-ear headphone for the money, but it's certainly competent and attractively designed.

8 expert reviews

#20
alaScore 95

Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2

The Alfa Genus V2 feel more robust than the previous version and still offer great value

4 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#21
alaScore 95

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...

16 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

#22
alaScore 95

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.

16 expert reviews | 263 user reviews

#23
alaScore 95

Plantronics RIG 500E

Conclusions The RIG 500's big draw is its flexibility, and the $150 RIG 500E is the most flexible model in the series. It gives you just short of two gaming headsets (you'll have to get a second headband if you want both at once), each of which sounds...

5 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

#24
alaScore 95

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC

I have tested and reviewed many earbuds and earphones in the past few years. One thing I learned is that everyone has a different interpretation of what "good" is, and that listening is a very subjective experience. I have learned that what I like is...

2 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#25
alaScore 95

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...

24 expert reviews | 2552 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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