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Updated: Apr 16, 2019 21:07
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#1
alaScore 100

Sony WH-1000XM3

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

38 expert reviews | 216 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Earbuds (2018)

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

18 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Samsung Galaxy Buds

Unlike Samsung's previous true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds are tailor-made for its recent...

19 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Jaybird Tarah Pro

Holding the Jaybird Tarah Pro box in my hand, I'm struck by the image of a mountain runner moving...

10 expert reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Jabra Elite Active 65t

With the new Elita Active 65t, Jabra makes a great thing even better. In terms of both...

36 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Apple AirPods (2nd Gen, 2019)

Apple's updated AirPods don't pack many thrilling upgrades, but the improvements they did get...

29 expert reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Sony WH-1000XM2

Sony's WH-1000XM2 may not be quite as comfortable as Bose's QuietComfort 35 II, but in some...

34 expert reviews | 889 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Existing QC35 owners don't need to upgrade, but the addition of a dedicated Google Assistant...

25 expert reviews | 544 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

The Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT offers consistently high sound quality for both wireless and wired...

9 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

AKG N700 NC

This is an excellent noise-canceling headphone, but if Samsung-owned AKG wants to see it on more...

8 expert reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Master & Dynamic MW07

If you want the best, you'll have to pay a premium. Master & Dynamics first true wireless...

14 expert reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Microsoft Surface Headphones

Microsoft made a solid first attempt at building high-quality noise-cancelling headphones. These...

15 expert reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Jaybird X4

From an excellent in-ear fit and waterproof design to a user-friendly app that allows for a bass...

10 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

RHA True Connect

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

6 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Grado GW100

Grado Labs' first wireless headphones sound great, and are light and comfortable enough to wear...

5 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

OnePlus Bullets Wireless

Great, full-bodied sound ; Very comfortable ; Helpful fast charge ; Low price

26 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Jaybird Tarah Wireless In-Ear

Jaybird's Tarah earphones have many things going for them—they're waterproof, they deliver solid...

6 expert reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

HyperX Cloud Mix

The $200 headset is Bluetooth-enabled and can be used both at home and wirelessly for music...

10 expert reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Sony WF-SP700N

The WF-SP700N are comfortable, well-functioning fully wireless in-ears, but short battery life...

21 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp

Bottom Line: The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 is a fantastic wired gaming headset even if its...

6 expert reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air

The Anker Liberty Air are above-average mixed usage headphones and are very versatile for...

3 expert reviews

#22
alaScore 95

Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha

The Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha is a very good wired gaming headset. It doesn't do anything fancy...

24 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Sony MDR-1000X

The Sony MDR-1000x are a feature-packed pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and the best we have...

50 expert reviews | 1000 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Sony WI-1000X

Aside from offerings from Bose, the Sony WI-1000X earphones deliver some of the best in-ear noise...

17 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Jaybird Run XT Sport True Wireless

Those interested in snagging a pair of Jaybird Run XT headphones won’t have to wait too long. The...

7 expert 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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