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Updated: Jan 18, 2021 16:14
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#1
alaScore 100

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony has made the best even better. With a bunch of seemingly small changes, the company has...

30 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds

Bose may be fashionably late to the party, but the wait was worth it. Are the new QuietComfort...

18 expert reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

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

38 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Sony WF-1000XM3

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

45 expert reviews | 605 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Apple AirPods Max (2020)

Apple's AirPods Max headphones deliver excellent audio performance, top-notch noise cancellation...

13 expert reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (2020)

Samsung's latest true wireless earbuds have a unique “open type” design that will keep you from...

31 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Apple Airpods Pro (2019)

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

59 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Jabra Elite Active 75t

For $20 more than the awesome Jabra Elite 75t, the Elite Active 75t give you a fully waterproof...

20 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Sony WF-SP800N

Sony's new mid-range model offers a lot of high-end features at an affordable price. The WF...

17 expert reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

OnePlus Buds

The simple, stylish OnePlus Buds earphones offer very good wire-free sound quality for...

25 expert reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus / Buds+

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

38 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Philips Fidelio X3

The Philips Fidelio X3 headphones deliver clean and balanced audio performance that will appeal...

6 expert reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Sony WH-1000XM3

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

55 expert reviews | 2719 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Sennheiser CX 400BT True Wireless

With its third set of true wireless earbuds, Sennheiser's CX 400BT is a more affordable option...

11 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Marshall Major IV

The on-ear Marshall Major IV headphones deliver deep bass and bright highs in a user-friendly...

4 expert reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Corsair HS60 Haptic (2020)

Would I have felt this positive about the HS60 Haptic in a year where I wasn’t constantly...

6 expert reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Sony WF-XB700

Sony covers all the basics with an affordable true wireless model in its Extra Bass headphone...

13 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport

Sure, the stylish Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport earphones are more expensive than they need to...

6 expert reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Huawei FreeBuds Studio

Huawei's first top-end headphones definitely deliver, but they have a couple of small drawbacks...

8 expert reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

OnePlus Buds Z

Finally, affordable true wireless earbuds that don’t suck

7 expert reviews

#21
alaScore 95

Sennheiser HD 560S

The Sennheiser HD 560S are inadequate for mixed usage. They're bulky, don't really isolate you...

3 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

Sennheiser HD 450BT

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

10 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Klipsch T5 II True Wireless

The Klipsch T5 II True Wireless are decent for mixed usage. Their portable design makes it easy...

4 expert reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Bowers & Wilkins PX7

B&W’s flagship noise-cancellers are born entertainers and can rub shoulders with the very best

20 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Jabra Elite 75t

Now with ANC, Jabra's $180 Elite 75t are an even better choice for those looking for great sound...

25 expert reviews | 5 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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