When buying a set of headphones, there are three major considerations: sound, comfort and price. With the vast variety of headphones on the market, you can get exactly what you want without having to sacrifice any of your criteria.
Headphones run from the sophisticated to the simple, and from inexpensive to pricey. They also are targeted to those who love to workout or just listen to music.
We’ve put together lists of budget and top-of-the-line headphones for music lovers. And if you use your headphones for tough workouts, we have you covered.
The best sound you can afford
OneOdio Adapter-Free Closed Back Over-Ear DJ Stereo Monitor Headphones
This OneOdio model is ideal for a DJ digital mixer, mixer panel, turntable, monitoring in recording studios, radio, film production, video, anywhere you need high-quality sound. Not only that, these headphones are comfortable enough to be worn during long working sessions.
These flexible headphones can be adjusted to fit any sized head and the ear-cups can rotate left and right for a single-ear monitor. An adapter-free headphone comes with a detachable spring cable that with a 3.5 mm and 6.3 mm plug on each end for different needs.
TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth 5.0 TWS In-Ear Earphones
The TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 technology to give you a fast and seamless connection without audio delay. One great feature is that once you finish charging the earbuds, they instantly auto-connect with the last paired device.
Also, their ergonomic design makes them so light you can wear them comfortably for hours. With its Smart Touch Control, you can answer and hang up calls or access other functions by tapping on the earbuds instead of picking up your phone. So how do they sound? TaoTronics True Wireless earbuds deliver clear, strong sound.
Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones Sport IPX7
If you’re looking for an inexpensive option for headphones that are great for working out or just listening to music as you relax, try the Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones Sport IPX7. The headphones feature HD stereo sound with a richer bass. With built-in CVC 6.0 noise-canceling microphones, the earphones filter out ambient noise while you are talking or listening to music.
They also come with a lithium polymer battery that gives you nine hours of power after a 90-minute charge. Now to the workout part. The lightweight design makes them perfect for running, jogging, hiking, yoga, exercises, gym, fitness, traveling and more. They are also water and sweat-proof thanks to a nano-coating.
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Stylish beats when money is no object
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3
Sony touts its Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3 as the best in the industry. It uses digital noise-canceling to create a personalized, virtually soundproof experience. Ah, but you’re not alone in that silence. These headphones are Alexa-enabled so you can ask her to access your music or any other type of information.
You activate Alexa with a simple touch. Is somebody talking to you? Just cover the right ear cup to turn down your music instantly. Even better are the headphones’ smart listening functions which adjust the ambient sound to your activity to give you the best noise cancellation.
Beats Studio3 Wireless
Beats Studio3 Wireless offers adaptive noise canceling to block external noise, along with real-time audio calibration that modifies itself to the changing ambient noise around you. With cushioned earcups and an ergonomic design, the Beats Studio3 can be worn for hours.
Thanks to the Apple 1 chip, your Bluetooth Class 1 wireless allows you to skip songs, take calls and even talk to Siri. And with its rechargeable lithium-ion battery, you get up to 22 hours of battery life with adaptive noise canceling.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
As with the Beats Studio3 Wireless, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are Alexa-enabled. Unlike the Beats Studio3 Wireless, the Bose comes with three levels of noise cancellation for better listening in any environment. It also comes with a noise-rejecting dual-microphone system for clear sound and voice pick-up. And no matter how high or low you have the volume, the Bose provides balanced audio performance.
The most interesting feature of these headphones is that they are Bose AR-enabled, an innovative, audio-only version of augmented reality. You unlock the feature via a firmware update through the Bose Connect app currently available for iPhone and iPad users only. Android apps are being developed.
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The best ways to work it out
Powerbeats Pro – Totally Wireless Earphones
The Powerbeats Pro – Totally Wireless Earphones are made for working out. They are totally wireless, and they have a reinforced design for sweat and water resistance during tough workouts. Besides being tough, they are comfortable with adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks that are lightweight and stable.
Out of the box, you get ear tips with four size options. But what about the music? Each earbud has volume and track controls, voice capability and auto play/pause. With its Class 1 Bluetooth, you also stay connected over an extended range with fewer dropouts and it automatically connects to your Apple Watch.
Jaybird RUN True Wireless Headphones
The Jaybird RUN True Wireless Headphones are built for dedicated runners. They’re sweat-proof and water-resistant so you can push yourself to the limit rain or shine. Plus, you don’t have to worry about them slipping out of your ears. The Jaybird RUN provides a secure comfort-fit for any shape of ear.
You can customize your music by adjusting the lows, mids and highs so the rhythm can match the beats of your run. And if you can’t locate them around the house just use the Jaybird app to find them.
LETSCOM Bluetooth Headphones IPX7
The LETSCOM Bluetooth Headphones IPX7 are great for working out. First off, you can make the LETSCOM headphones fit your comfort-level by choosing the small, medium or large ear tips included in the package. Plus, the ergonomic ear hooks keep the headphones securely in position while you exercise.
These headphones can take whatever you throw at them, whether it’s running, cycling, gym fitness or swimming. They also come with CVC noise-canceling mic to get rid of static and ambient noises during phone calls. With buttons on the headphones, you can play/pause music, adjust volume, skip tracks, answer/end calls and activate the voice control of your phone with one simple operation.
Here’s one more interesting feature, when your headphones are connected to your phone, the LETSCOM battery capacity is displayed on the phone so you’ll always know how much headphone battery you have left.
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