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The 50 Absolutely Best Headphones in 2020

Last updated: 4 months ago
11 min read

If you’re looking for the absolute best headphones in 2020, these are it.

Get the latest best headphones for your needs that will satisfy your every need.

This is a list of headphones that are absolute winners in their category because of their latest technology, useful features, fantastic sound and comfort, and overall great performance.

These are the best for different needs. Some people want high-end, some affordable, some mid-range and some cheap. We’re sure you can find something for you as well.

And, since we have limited space on the list, we focused on the best picks for most people.

You can probably find better, higher-end models out there for more money. We tried staying under $300 and in most cases recommend more affordable headphones.

So, if you want something more specific, you can find a way to get to the related guides from here, so you get exactly what you want.

Table of Contents

    Rating Price Connection Type Noise cancelling More info
    Sony WH-1000XM4 Best noise cancelling
    Sony WH1000XM3 wireless headphones
    4.7
    $$$$$$ ($300-$500)
    Bluetooth & wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
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    4.5
    $$$$$$ ($300-$500)
    Bluetooth & wired (2.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
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    4.2
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    Bluetooth
    In-ear, closed-back
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    4.7
    $$$$$ ($200-$300)
    Bluetooth & wired (2.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
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    4.8
    $$$$$ ($200-$300)
    Bluetooth
    True wireless, closed-back
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    Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Best for casual listening
    Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
    4.7
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    Bluetooth & wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.4
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    wired (3.5mm)
    In-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.8
    $$$$$$ ($300-$500)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, open-back
    crosscross
    4.7
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, open-back
    crosscross
    4.6
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, open-back
    crosscross
    4.4
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    wired (3.5mm)
    In-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.5
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, semi-open
    crosscross
    Jabra Elite Active 75t Best for workout
    Jabra Elite Active 75t
    4.3
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    Bluetooth
    True wireless, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.4
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    Bluetooth
    True wireless, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.5
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    wired (3.5mm)
    In-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.0
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    Bluetooth
    True wireless, closed-back
    crosscross
    Sony WH-XB900N Best bass
    Sony WH-XB900N
    4.6
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    Bluetooth & wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
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    4.6
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    Bluetooth & wired (3.5mm)
    True wireless, closed-back
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    Sennheiser HD 800 S Best audiophile
    Sennheiser HD 800 S
    4.5
    $$$$$$$ ($500+)
    wired (6.3mm)
    Over-ear, open-back
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    4.5
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    wired (3.5mm)
    On-ear, open-back
    crosscross
    4.1
    $$ ($30-$80)
    Bluetooth
    True wireless, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.3
    $$$$$$ ($300-$500)
    Bluetooth
    Over-ear, closed-back
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    HyperX Cloud Alpha Best gaming
    HyperX Cloud Alpha
    4.5
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.5
    $$$$$$ ($300-$500)
    WiFi & wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.2
    $ (<$30)
    wired (3.5mm)
    In-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.5
    $$$$$$ ($300-$500)
    WiFi
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.4
    $$$$$$ ($300-$500)
    WiFi
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Best under $100
    Audio-Technica ATH M40x
    4.6
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.3
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    Bluetooth & wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.3
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    Bluetooth
    On-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Best under $50
    Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
    4.6
    $$ ($30-$80)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.6
    $$ ($30-$80)
    Bluetooth & wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.3
    $$ ($30-$80)
    Bluetooth & wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
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    4.2
    $$ ($30-$80)
    Bluetooth
    True wireless, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.2
    $ (<$30)
    wired (3.5mm)
    In-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    Monoprice 8323 Best cheap
    Monoprice 8323 over ear headphones
    4.1
    $ (<$30)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.3
    $$ ($30-$80)
    Bluetooth
    True wireless, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.3
    $ (<$30)
    wired (3.5mm)
    In-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.3
    $ (<$30)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.4
    $ (<$30)
    wired (3.5mm)
    In-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.3
    $ (<$30)
    wired (3.5mm)
    In-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    Samsung Galaxy Buds Most comfortable
    Galaxy Buds Plus true wireless earbuds
    4.5
    $$$ ($80-$120)
    Bluetooth
    True wireless, closed-back
    crosscross
    Swimbuds Sport Best for swimming
    Swimbuds Sport
    4.3
    $$ ($30-$80)
    wired (3.5mm)
    In-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    AfterShokz Aeropex Best bone conduction
    AfterShokz Aeropex
    4.6
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    Bluetooth
    Open-air
    crosscross
    4.5
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    Bluetooth
    On-ear, closed-back
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    Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO Best isolation
    Beyerdynamic DT770
    4.7
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    wired (3.5mm)
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    Sennheiser RS 175 Best for TV
    Sennheiser-RS-175
    4.5
    $$$$$ ($200-$300)
    WiFi
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    Apple AirPods 2 Best classic earphones
    Apple AirPods
    4.8
    $$$$ ($120-$200)
    Bluetooth
    True wireless, closed-back
    crosscross
    Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Best for kids
    Puro Sound Labs Kids
    4.4
    $$ ($30-$80)
    Bluetooth
    On-ear, closed-back
    crosscross
    4.0
    $$$$$ ($200-$300)
    Bluetooth
    Over-ear, closed-back
    crosscross

    The Best Headphones

    Best Noise-Cancelling

    1. Sony WH-1000XM4

    Sony WH-1000XM4 on a desk
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 4-40.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 38h (28h with ANC) | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: 3h + quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, LDAC | Water resistance: No | Features: ANC, Ambient mode, multipoint, auto play/pause, 360 Reality Audio, 3.5mm port

    Sony WH-1000XM4 are the successor to already the best wireless headphones right now. Nowhere you get so many features in one place. Comfortable, lightweight design, a top-tier active noise-cancellation, and a natural sound with wide soundstage. These are an easy recommendation for the majority of users.

    Related: Best noise cancelling headphones


    2. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

    Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

    Bose continues the legacy of making excellent active noise-canceling headphones, that are loved by many. Their newest flagship sports a modern design, with thick pads that provide comfort for hours. Newly developed drivers produce a very mature sound that goes well with all kinds of music genres.


    3. Sony WF-1000XM3

    Sony WF-1000XM3
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 6h (ANC on), 8h (ANC off) + 24h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: 1.5h + quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: No | Features: ANC, Ambient Aware, mobile app with EQ

    Feature-packed wireless earbuds from Sony are mostly known for their impressive noise-cancelling capabilities. Apart from that, they’re very comfortable to wear, thanks to their Tri-Hold design, and have a superb sound quality (DSEE HX technology), especially for the price.

    Read the full Sony WF-1000XM3 review.

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    4. Bose QuietComfort 35 II

    Bose QC35II wireless headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 4.1
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 20h | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: Quick charge – Micro-USB | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: No | Features: ANC, Ambient mode, 2.5mm port

    Despite getting a bit old, these remain a fantastic pair of wireless headphones. Noise-cancelling is still impressive, even by today’s standards. Some might also prefer a more balanced sound signature in a world of bassy headphones. All in all, well made and very comfortable cans that are still relevant to this day.


    5. Apple AirPods Pro

    Apple AirPods Pro white earbuds
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 5h + 24h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: 2h + quick charge – Lightning | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: IPX4 | Features: ANC, Transparency mode, Dolby Atmos

    The H1 chip inside offers a seamless connection between Apple devices, amplifying the overall excellent user experience. Besides the improved sound quality and sleek design, they also support active noise-canceling. Its implementation works wonderfully, rivaling the ANC kings such as Sony WF-1000XM3.

    Read the full Apple AirPods Pro review.

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    Best All-Rounders:

    6. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

    Audio-Technica ATH-M50x wired headphone
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm / 6.3mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 45mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 15-28.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 38 Ohm | Weight: 10 oz (285g) | Cable lenght: 3.9ft (1.2m) & 9.8ft (3m) | Features: Detachable cable, foldable

    These headphones took the world by a storm. They’re insanely popular among studio workers and those who want a verified fun sounding headphone. They offer sturdy construction, comfortable pads, and foldable cups, that can also rotate. A perfect choice for frequent commuters and office use.


    7. Shure SE215

    Shure SE215 wired in-ear monitor
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 22-17.500Hz
    Type: In-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise Cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Microphone only | Impedance: n/a | Weight: n/a | Cable lenght: n/a | Features: Detachable cable, optional wireless adapter

    A highly regarded in-ear monitor that doesn’t break your bank. These can be used in many applications, for studio work, monitoring your sound on stage, casual listening at home or a bus, and even running. They’re also built very well and offer a replaceable cable if it gets damaged.

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    8. Sennheiser HD600

    Sennheiser HD 600
    Connection icon Connection: Wired 3.5mm & 6.3mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Open-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 300 Ohm | Weight: 9.17 oz (260g) | Cable lenght: 9.8 feet (3m) | Features: /

    An audiophile standard since the day they came out, the HD600’s are appreciated for their true-to-life sound. They’re very accurate and neutral, equipped with thick velour pads so that you can listen to them for hours. A huge plus is that you can replace all the headphone parts if something breaks.

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    9. Philips Audio Fidelio X2HR

    Philips Fidelio X2HR wired headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm / 6.3mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 50mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 5-40.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Open-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 30 Ohm | Weight: 13.4 oz (380g) | Cable lenght: 118 inch (3m) | Features: /

    A studio-grade headphone that is still recommended by many users. They are big, cushy, and comfortable to use for hours. Slightly boosted lows prevent them from being perfectly flat, but this is what makes them more fun to listen to. They can also display a massive soundstage, which makes them great for gaming and live recordings.


    10. HIFIMAN HE-400I (2020 Version)

    HIFIMAN HE400i (2020 Version) wired headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Wired 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: Planar magnetic drivers
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-35.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Open-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 35 Ohm | Weight: 13 oz (370g) | Cable lenght: 4.9 feet (1.5m) | Features: Detachable cables

    HE-400I use planar magnetic drivers instead of dynamic ones. While the bass on these does not rumble, it’s much more controlled and detailed. The same goes for the midrange and treble. These are perfect for casual listeners who want to experience the music in a way it is recorded.


    11. 1MORE Quad Driver

    1MORE Quad Driver in-ear monitor
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 3 balanced armature, 1 dynamic
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-40.000Hz
    Type: In-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Yes | Impedance: 32 Ohm | Weight: 0.65 oz (18.5g) | Cable lenght: 49 inch (1.25m) | Features: THX certified, inline controls

    Having multiple drivers means less distortion since they all cover different parts of the frequency response. As the name suggests, these use 4 BA drivers, and the result is a sound with exceptional clarity. To make sure you find the perfect fit, you get 9 different sized ear tips inside the box.

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    12. AKG K240 Mk II

    AKG K240 MKII wired headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm / 6.3mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 30mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 15-25.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Semi-open | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 55 Ohm | Weight: 8.5 oz (240g) | Cable lenght: 9.8 feet (3m) | Features: Detachable cable

    AKG headphones have a long reputation of being the best studio monitors. K240 are one of the cheapest from the bunch, while still offering a neutral sound signature that compliments all music genres. What you’re getting is their classic design and an option to replace the cable if yours gets damaged.

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    Best for workout:

    13. Jabra Elite Active 75t

    Jabra Elite Active 75t earbuds in box
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 7h + 20h in case | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2h 20min + quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes, built-in | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, BT-CVSD, mSBC | Water-resistance: IP57 | Features: EQ, "find my buds" feature

    There are many competent sports headphones to choose from, but Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless earbuds take the lead. Ergonomic housing sits comfortably in your ears, remaining perfectly stable even during movement. There’s also an IP57 water-resistance if you ever get them soaking wet, and the physical controls, that actually works great.

    Read full Jabra Elite Active 75t review.

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    14. Jaybird Vista

    Jaybird Vista true wireless earbuds on a rock
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 6h + 10h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Yes, built-in | Bluetooth codecs: SBC (with JBS1 chip) | Water resistance: IPX7 | Features: Ear fins, EQ, "find my buds" feature

    Vista’s have a robust, military-grade housing, that fits perfectly inside your ears. You can run with them or perform an intense workout session; these are not falling out. They also come with an intuitive app that lets you tweak the already great audio performance.

    Read full Jaybird Vista review.

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    15. Bose SoundSport Wired

    Bose SoundSport Wired workout headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: In-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Yes | Impedance: n/a | Weight: 0.64 oz (18g) | Cable lenght: 51 inch (1.3m) | Water resistance: IPX4 | Features: Ear fins

    One of Bose’s most basic sports earbuds, but still great if you’re on a budget. They are very comfortable to wear, with big ear fins that hold them in place. Sound is overall balanced, with just a little bass and sparkle up top to make them more exciting. With them, you get a fancy carrying case.

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    16. Aukey Key Series T10

    Aukey T10 and carrying case
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 6h + 18h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 1.5h + quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: IPX5 | Features: Awarded design, ear fins, Qi wireless charging

    They might be affordable, but with their award-winning design, they look very premium. Because of earbud’s superb comfort, you don’t even know you’re wearing them. With the IPX5 water-resistance, they’re also suitable for all kinds of sports activities. Plus, they sound good with all genres.

    Read the full Aukey Key Series T10 review.


    Best bass:

    17. Sony WH-XB900N

    Sony WH-XB900N
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 4.2
    Driver size icon Driver size: 50mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz (20-40.000Hz with LDAC)
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 30h (with ANC) | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: 7h – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC | Water resistance: No | Features: ANC, Ambient Aware, mobile app, foldable, NFC, 3.5mm port

    These are quite literally the WH-1000XM3, but with much more bass. If you enjoy your music with a powerful low-end slam, these are definitely for you. Besides that, you also get an active noise-canceling, custom button for Google Assistant, and a foldable design, if you ever need to pack them for a trip.

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    18. Beats PowerBeats Pro

    Beats PowerBeats Pro in charging case
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 12mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type:: In-ear | Battery Life: 11h + 24h in case | Range: 33ft – 10m | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: Under 1h + quick charge – Lightning | Mic & controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: IPX4 | Features: Ear hooks, H1 chip, volume controls on both sides

    Beats are mostly known for their bass-heavy headphones, and PowerBeats Pro are no different. However, they sound much better than older models, providing better detail in other frequencies. With their ear hook, they fit securely in your ears, making them an excellent choice for active users.

    Read the full Beats PowerBeats Pro review.

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    Best audiophile:

    19. Sennheiser HD 800 S

    Sennheiser HD 800 S
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm, 6.3mm, & 4.4mm balanced
    Driver size icon Driver size: 56mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 4-51.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back desgn: Open-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 300 Ohm | Weight: 330g | Cable lenght: 3m | Features: /

    Sennheiser’s spaceship-like flagship headphones offer amazing sound quality that satisfies even the most demanding audiophiles. It’s very balanced with exceptional clarity and vast soundstage. Despite their huge high-quality construction, they’re designed to fit your ears snuggly. However, all of that comes at a high price of over $1000.

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    20. Grado SR80e Prestige Series

    Grado SR80e flat
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm / 6.3mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: On-ear | Back design: Open-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 32 Ohm | Weight: n/a | Cable lenght: n/a | Features: /

    You either like or hate their design, but you simply can’t help but fall in love with their sound. Despite their open-back design, they offer a very punchy bass with balanced midrange and crystal clear highs. They work fantastic with all music genres, giving you an audiophile quality for under $100.


    21. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1

    Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 earbuds with case
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 5.8mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 6.5h + 25h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2h + quick charge – Micro-USB | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX | Water resistance: IPX5 | Features: Physical controls

    A fantastic pair of wireless earbuds for an audiophile on a budget. The earplug designed housing is exceptionally light, and with the addition of memory foam tips, these provide a very comfortable fit. Because of the IPX5 rating, you can even use them on your workouts. With the support for aptX, these sound fantastically clean all across the board.

    See Melomania 1 review.

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    22. Bowers & Wilkins PX7

    Bowers & Wilkins PX7 wireless headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 43.6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 30h | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: Quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive | Water resistance: No | Features: ANC, auto play/pause, Ambient mode, multipoint support

    PX7’s frame is made of carbon fiber material that ensures these headphones can survive years of abuse. They’re very stylish, with huge, cushy pads that provide amazing comfort. Even though the bass is slightly boosted to appeal general public, the overall sound experience is crystal clear.


    Best gaming:

    23. HyperX Cloud Alpha

    HyperX Cloud Alpha
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 50mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 13-27.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Yes | Impedance: 65 Ohm | Weight: 11.8 oz (336g) | Cable lenght: 51 inch (1.3m) + extension | Features: Detachable boom mix,

    Despite the current flood of wireless headphones, wired options are still the most reliable in the gaming world. Cloud Alpha’s are a good example of a well-priced headphone with a cool-looking design, durable construction, amazing comfort, and a 50mm driver with great sound quality.

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    24. SteelSeries Arctis 7

    SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless gaming headset
    Connection icon Connection: Wireless 2.4GHz
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 24h | Wireless range: n/a | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: n/a | Microphone: Bidirection, retractable | Controls: Yes | Surround sound: DTS Headphone:X 2.0

    If you still want to go wireless, the Arctis series is usually the best. They have nicely padded cups, with an intuitive system to adjust the headband. Not only they look nice, but the sound coming out of these is fantastic. Deep bass with crisp highs, and support for the DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround audio.

    See top wireless gaming headsets


    25. Turtle Beach Battle Buds

    Turtle Beach Battle Buds wired gaming earbuds
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 10mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: In-ear | Noise Cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Yes | Water resistance: No | Features: Detachable boom mic

    If you find full-sized headphones too bulky, there’s a great in-ear alternative. Battle Buds are slightly bigger earbuds that feature great comfort and stability, thanks to the ear fin. And of course, the detachable noise-cancelling microphone. For the price, they offer a sharp treble response that helps you pinpoint your enemies more quickly.

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    26. Astro A50 Wireless Gen.4

    Astro A50 Wireless Gen.4 for XBOX black
    Connection icon Connection: Wireless 2.4GHz
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 15h | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: Base station | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: / | Water resistance: No | Surround sound: Dolby Atmos | Features: Desktop app, ChatMix

    Robust construction looks both “gamer” and premium. Despite their massive size, the A50’s offers excellent comfort. They transmit all the audio through a base station, which has a bunch of different audio inputs. The Xbox version comes with support for Dolby Atmos, which amplifies the immersion inside a game.


    27. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

    SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless gaming headset
    Connection icon Connection: Wireless 2.4GHz / Bluetooth 4.1
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 10-40.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 20h | Wireless range: 40ft (12m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: USB | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: n/a | Water resistance: No | Surround sound: DTS Headphone: v2.0 | Features: USB, Optical, 3.5mm ports

    These share the same design as other Arctis models, but with even more robust and premium build quality. You’re also getting amazing comfort and a quality microphone. With 2 included batteries you should expect around 20 hours of playtime. Audio is loud and clear, and if you want to add, for example, more bass, you can do that inside the SteelSeries Engine 3.


    Best under $100

    28. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

    Audio-Technica ATH M40x folded
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm / 6.3mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 15-24.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 35 Ohm | Weight: n/a | Cable lenght: 47 inch (1.2m) + 118 inch (3m) | Features: Detachable cable

    Many users swear by these, even preferring them over the ATH-M50x. The reason is that M40x has a more balanced and almost neutral response while still keeping the bigger brother’s punchiness. The cable is detachable for better portability, and despite being slightly less comfortable, you can easily swap the pads with aftermarket ones.

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    29. Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT

    Sennheiser HD 4.40 Bluetooth headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 4.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 18-22.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 25h | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: Micro-USB | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX | Water resistance: No | Features: NFC, foldable, app, EQ, 3.5mm port

    Their modern design works very well if you want to use them to commute. Thick pads prove a superb comfort, even for long listening sessions. You get all the basic controls to skip tracks and answer calls and 3.5mm jack if your battery dies. As for the sound, these wireless headphones are most suited for bass lovers.

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    30. AKG Y500

    AKG Y500 Bluetooth headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 4.2
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 16-22.000Hz
    Type: On-ear | Battery life: 33h | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2.5h + quick charge – Micro-USB | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: No | Features: Ambient aware, foldable

    While AKG is mostly known for their studio headphones, they can also make sleek, high-quality cans for everyday use. You get a modern-looking on-ears with aluminum cups and a memory foam padding. And while you’re enjoying refined sound quality, you can still listen to your surroundings with the Ambient Aware feature.


    Best under $50

    31. Audio-Technica ATH-M20x

    Audio-Technica ATH-M20x
    Connection icon Connection: Wired- 3.5mm / 6.3mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 15-20.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 47 Ohm | Weight: 6.7 oz (190g) | Cable length: 118 inch (3m) | Features: Included 6.3mm adapter

    This is a third headphone from the ATH-M series on this list, and for a good reason. For under $50, you can still expect impressive sound quality, with overall balanced response. You can also use these for studio work since they seal very tightly and have a minimal noise bleed.

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    32. Anker Soundcore Life Q10

    Anker Soundcore Life Q10 wireless headphone
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5..0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 16-40.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 60h | Wireless range: 50ft (15m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2h + Quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: n/a | Water resistance: No | Features: BassUp, Hi-Res, foldable, 3.5mm port

    You can find a lot of wireless headphones under $50, but none are better than these. They’re incredibly lightweight and provide a very comfortable experience. The 50mm drivers are producing insane amounts of bass, which makes them perfect for EDM, trap, or hip hop. On top of that, you also get amazing 60 hours of battery.

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    33. TaoTronics TT-BH085

    TaoTronics TT-BH085 wireless ANC headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 40h (25h with ANC) | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: Quick charge – USB-C | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX | Water resistance: No | Features: 3.5mm port

    The cheapest active noise-canceling headphone, that can rival more expensive ones, such as Sony WH-1000XM3. Besides that, they’re equipped with USB-C, 3.5mm jack if the battery fails, and aptX for better audio. And speaking of that, the sound is quite warm and bassy, with good overall clarity up on top.

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    34. Jlab Audio Jbuds Air

    Jlab Audio Jbuds Air
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 8mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 6h + 18h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: Under 2h – USB-A (attached) | Mic & Controls: Yes, built-in | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water-resistance: IP55 | Features: Rubber sleeves

    These tough-looking wireless earbuds are a perfect companion for jogging or gym. Not only they stay firmly inside your ears, but they also offer IP55 water-protection if your workout gets too sweaty. Sound quality is decent, with a few EQ presets to choose from. For the price, there isn’t much to complain about.

    Read the full Jlab Audio Jbuds Air review.

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    35. SoundMAGIC E10

    SoundMAGIC E10 wired earbuds
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 10mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: In-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: n/a | Weight: n/a | Cable lenght: n/a | Features: RF insulated cable

    There is exceptional sound, comfortable fit, and great noise isolation. Just a few words that describe E10 earbuds. For under $50 you’re getting punchy bass with balanced mids and highs. Housing is very lightweight and made of metal. You might miss the in-line microphone, for which you must buy a more expensive version.

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    36. Monoprice 8323

    Monoprice 8323
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 50mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 40 Ohm | Weight: n/a | Cable length: 47 inch (1.2m) | Features: Foldable, detachable cable

    Monoprice makes headphones with a great price/performance ratio. The 8323’s are most suitable for DJ’s on a budget. Their closed-back earcups can swivel up to 90° and are decently padded to provide better sound isolation when playing music on stage. As expected, the sound has a distinctive V-shape, making the bass and the highs more pronounced.

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    37. Aukey EP-T21

    Aukey EP-T21 sweatproof earbuds in rain
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 6mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 4.5h + 20h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2 hours – Micro-USB | Mic & Controls: Yes, built-in | Bluetooth codecs: SBC | Water resistance: IPX4 | Features: Touch controls

    If you like the design of Apple AirPods, these are a great true wireless option. For much less, you get an overall comfortable fit that works well even for outdoor activities. Thanks to IPX4, you don’t have to worry about sweating or light rain. They can get dangerously loud while producing an enjoyable sound.

    Read the full Aukey EP-T21 review.

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    38. Symphonized NRG 3.0

    Symphonized NRG 3.0 wired wooden earbuds
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 8mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 18-22.000Hz
    Type: In-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Yes | Impedance: 16 Ohm | Weight: n/a | Cable lenght: 4 feet (1.2m) | Features: Wooden housing

    With genuine wooden housing, these earbuds look exquisitely unique. The shiny chrome rings make you think you’re wearing something much more expensive than it really is. These are very comfortable to wear, with a rich, warm sound signature. If you’re looking for something cheap and stylish, look no further.

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    39. Koss UR-20

    Koss UR-20
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 30-20.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 32 Ohm | Weight: n/a | Cable length: 8 feet (2.4m) | Features: /

    It’s amazing what you can find under $20 price tag. UR20 are a fantastic pair of headphones for DJs who are just starting out. They offer accurate sound with strong bass that goes quite deep. However, all-plastic construction does appear fragile, but for the price, this can easily be forgiven.

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    40. KZ ZST

    KZ ZST in-ear monitor
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 10mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: In-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Yes (Optional) | Weight: 0.85 oz (24g) | Impedance: 16 Ohm | Cable length: 47.2 inch (1.2m) | Features: Detachable cable, 1 Dynamic + 1 BA

    Beautifully designed housing that fits perfectly in your ears. KZ’s sub-$20 earbuds offer great value, with a detachable cable and sound quality that goes way beyond their price. They are slightly V-shaped, having just a touch more bass and high-end sparkle. If you like good sound and you want to start with something cheap, consider these.

    Read the full KZ ZST review.

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    41. Panasonic RP-HJE120

    Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 with branded sides
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 9mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 10-24.000Hz
    Type: In-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No (mic optional) | Impedance: 16 Ohm | Weight: 12g | Cable length: 3.6 feet (1.1 m) | Water resistance: No

    These are one of the best-selling earbuds in the world. The main reasons are, of course, the price and performance. They work great with everything, from music to movies, producing an enjoyable sound with a slight bass boost. Comfort and durability are also top-notch, despite being all plastic.

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    42. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

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    Samsung Galaxy Buds+ in open case
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 7.5h + 10h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2h + quick charge – USB-C & Qi charging | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, SSC | Water resistance: IPX2 | Features: Mobile app, auto play/pause

    The improved true wireless Galaxy Buds+ have a more ergonomic design, with ear fins to provide extra security. Because of their lightweight housing, these are one of the most comfortable earbuds out there. Dual drivers are responsible for making an enjoyable, punchy sound that can appeal to most users.

    See the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ review.

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    43. Swimbuds Sport

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    Swimbuds Sport
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 10mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: In-ear | Water resistance: IPX8 | Cable: Short cord + cord extension | Warranty: 1 year | Ear tips: 11 pairs (4 types)

    While a bunch of headphones offers IP ratings, only some work underwater. Swimbuds Sport are the best in that regard, having a robust IPX8 water-resistance and tons of accessories to find a perfect fit. They don’t sound as good as standard earbuds, but at least you can listen to your favorite tunes while swimming.

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    44. AfterShokz Aeropex

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    AfterShokz Aeropex bone conduction headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: Bone conduction transducer
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: Bone conduction | Battery life: 8h | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2h – Proprietary cable | Mic & Controls: Yes, built-in | Bluetooth codecs: SBC | Water resistance: IP67 | Features: Moisture detect alert, EQ, multipoint

    Since they transmit audio by vibrating your bones, you don’t need to plug them into your ears. This is great if you want to listen to music and be completely aware of your surroundings at the same time. They’re not the most bassy out there, but if you’re looking for this type of headphone, the Aeropex are the best.

    Read the full AfterShokz Aeropex review.

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    45. Plantronics Voyager Focus B825

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    Plantronics Voyager Focus B825 wireless headset
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 4.1
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: On-ear | Battery life: 15h (12h with ANC) | Wireless range: 100ft (30m) | Noise cancelling: Yes | Charging: Docking station | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: n/a | Water resistance: No | Features: ANC, smart sensor tech

    If you work in a place where you do a lot of phone calls and search for a headphone with a great microphone, look no further. The Voyager Focus B825 are perfect for office use, with active noise-canceling and a feature that mutes the microphone as soon as you take them off your head.

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    46. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

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    Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250ohm
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm / 6.3mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 45mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 5-35.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: No | Impedance: 16, 32, 80, or 250 Ohm | Weight: 9.5 oz (270g) | Cable lenght: 9.8 feet (3m) | Features: /

    Great if you want to listen to music and not be bothered with the surrounding noise. Thanks to the soft earpads, they fit snuggly on your head. This provides a tight seal for excellent noise isolation. Apart from their amazing sound quality, they’re also built exceptionally well, with an option to replace individual parts if they get damaged.

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    47. Sennheiser RS 175

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    Sennheiser RS 175 - TV headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Wireless 2.4GHz
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 17-22.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Battery life: 18h | Wireless range: 300ft+ (100m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: Docking station | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: n/a | Water resistance: No | Surround sound: Yes | Features: 3.5mm/optical/Toslink Digital Input/RCA ports

    Everyone likes to watch TV in peace. RS 175 offers a ton of features, while also providing exceptional comfort. They connect via a charging station that doubles as a transmitter. It supports all kinds of ports usually find on a TV. Moving to audio, these produce a very natural sound, with 2 options for surround sound.

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    48. Apple AirPods 2

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    Apple AirPods 2
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: n/a
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: n/a
    Type: True wireless | Battery life: 5h + 24h in case | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: 2h + quick charge – Lightning | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC | Water resistance: No | Features: Touch controls, auto play/pause

    These are so popular you can see them everywhere. They come in a sleek small case, that also supports Qi wireless charging. AirPods themselves are equipped with an H1 chip for fast connectivity between Apple devices. They’re enjoyable to listen to, with great vocal clarity. The latter is very important for making phone calls.

    Read the AirPods 2 review.

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    49. Puro Sound Labs BT2200

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    Puro Sound Labs Kids
    Connection icon Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: On-ear | Battery life: 20h | Wireless range: 33ft (10m) | Noise cancelling: No | Charging: Micro-USB | Mic & Controls: Yes | Bluetooth codecs: n/a | Water resistance: No | Features: Volume limiter, 3.5mm port

    Sound Labs Kids wireless headphones are perfect for protecting your children’s hearing. They’re small on-ear headphones that look cool and are very comfortable to wear. The main feature is the loudness limiter, which prevents them from going louder than 85 dB. Tuning is also very non-fatiguing with good bass and smooth treble.

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    50. Brookstone Wired Cat Ear Headphones

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    Brookstoone Wired Cat Ear Headphones
    Connection icon Connection: Wired – 3.5mm
    Driver size icon Driver size: 40mm
    Frequency range icon Frequency range: 20-20.000Hz
    Type: Over-ear | Back design: Closed-back | Noise cancelling: No | Mic & Controls: Yes | Impedance: 32 Ohm | Weight: n/a | Cable lenght: n/a | Features: Detachable gaming mic, external speakers

    People prefer different styles of headphones, but some just want them to look cute. Cat Ear wired headphones are the most adorable solution for all of the cat lovers out there. Even Ariana Grande once used this brand in her videos. Sound quality is good, but maybe not the best for the price.

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    How We Pick the Best Headphones?

    It’s true “best headphones” is a very general term, and you might want to dig deeper to find exactly what you’re looking for.

    Now, what we did is pick the best headphones we think are suitable for most people.

    This is a general guide (but you can find links to more specific headphones), so if you already know what kind of headphones you need you can see the related guides here.

    We took into account:

    • The price
    • What are the most popular types of headphones
    • What kind of technology they have

    Obviously, we also considered their sound quality, durability, comfort, and other features.

    Take a good look, and you will find something that suits your needs and wants.