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Headphone & Headset Reviews

Updated: May 26, 2020 10:04
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#1
alaScore 100

Apple Airpods Pro (2019)

The new Apple AirPods Pro are a big departure from the company's previous AirPods, adding...

57 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser's second-generation true wireless earbuds, rolling out in April 2020, are coming...

17 expert reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Jabra Elite 75t

Can the $180 Jabra Elite 75t maintain the pace set by the superb but aging Elite 65t, or have...

19 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Sony WH-1000XM3

Sony's WH-1000XM3 aren't just a great pair of noise canceling headphones, they're quality cans...

56 expert reviews | 893 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

Don't let the familiar design fool you, Samsung's latest earbuds were overhauled to drastically...

19 expert reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Bose Noise Canceling 700

At $399.95, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 live up to the expectations set by the...

36 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Beats by Dr. Dre PowerBeats4

The new Beats PowerBeats 4 add an array of new features and change up the design from the...

9 expert reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Marshall Monitor II A.N.C.

Quite simply, Marshall's best headphones yet

11 expert reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Sony WF-1000XM3

Sony’s impressive noise-canceling wireless buds kickstart a whole new genre

29 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Amazon Echo Buds (2019)

With an astounding number of features for the money, Amazon's $130 Echo Buds could just be the...

15 expert reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Jabra Elite 85H

Even with unrefined sound quality, the Elite 85h offer the best battery performance I’ve seen in...

29 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Sennheiser PXC 550-II

It’s not often big over-ear headphones can be described as ‘discreet’ - but that’s how the PXC...

4 expert reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Sennheiser HD 450BT

Sennheiser's HD 450BT headphones have lots going for them, from crazy-long battery life to...

5 expert reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Philips PH805

Not quite the complete package but a diverting option nevertheless, the PH805s are well worth a...

7 expert reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds (2018)

Sennheiser's true wireless earbuds may sound the best of any we've tested, but frustrating...

32 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Beats Powerbeats Pro

The new Powerbeats Pro: Stellar workout buds with one serious flaw

29 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Jabra Evolve2 65 MS

The Jabra Evolve2 65 Bluetooth headset gets the important things right, like a comfortable fit...

2 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless

Sennheiser’s Momentum 3 can’t beat Bose at its own game, and these cans don’t have to

9 expert reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Master & Dynamic MW07

Master and Dynamic's MW07 wireless earbuds were a big hit in 2018, but their battery life left...

26 expert reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Buds

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are the true wireless earbuds we’ve been waiting for

53 expert reviews | 175 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 95

Jaybird Vista

The Jaybird Vista hold off sweat while you tune their sound

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

B&W PI3

In the market for a pair of talented wireless earbuds and don’t mind a neckband design? You...

8 expert reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Skullcandy Crusher ANC

The Skullcandy Crusher ANC headphones offer a big and bold sound with a unique adjustable sensory...

2 expert reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

RHA True Connect

The RHA TrueConnect has a bit of everything going for it—a somewhat sporty, sweat-resistant...

12 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

AKG N700 NC

The AKG N700NC M2 Wireless headphones offer good noise cancellation with superb audio performance...

12 expert reviews | 2 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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