Headphones were once a specialized device for professional sound studios and audio professions, or a cheap add-on for popular media consumption.

Ever since the growth of personal music playing devices and the explosion of digital media, the headphone industry has become a staple for daily use, along with specialized uses in exercise, gaming, and, of course, the growing studio applications that often happen in basements and bedrooms.

There are many headphone options and some of them are matters of function, while still others are stylistic. Runners need certain features, frequent travelers or commuters look for other elements, and hi-fi music lovers search for still other options.

How do you know which the best one is for you?

Do you need a reliable Bluetooth connection to your phone or are you looking for professional soundstage for a deluxe stereo sonic soundscape?

With reliable industry standards and newcomers well represented across a series of price points, this list should give you everything you need to make an informed decision to enjoy the listening experience that fits your taste and needs.

METHODOLOGY

Our methodology is based on a weighted score of a variety of factors that include: price, input power, comfort, soundstage, digital and Bluetooth features, style, and more.

We carefully scrolled through numerous websites, taking in ratings upon ratings from real users, consumer journalism to create a robust scoring system. We then took an aggregate of those scores across different categories to come up with our rankings based on a scale from 0-100.

Then we took an average of those scores for a final metascore and built our ranking from there, categorized by headphones that subdivide between earbuds and over-the-ear headphone, to organize the different product comparisons.

This list will help in choosing a new pair of headphones. Each entry has simple and detailed explanations, in language that is not only for audiophiles.

Categories go from noise canceling to wireless to Bluetooth in earbuds and headphones, along with special applications like running, gaming, and studio.

 

THE BEST HEADPHONES [BY CATEGORY]

BEST NOISE CANCELLING EARBUDS

1. Bose QuietComfort 20

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Bose has long been an industry leader in noise canceling headphones. Small but mighty, the Bose QuietComfort 20 earbuds take things to the next level in their first in-ear set, which still delivers superior noise cancellation.

From a bustling office to noisy commuting, the Bose QuietComfort 20 earbuds keep out unwanted noise. Coming in two versions, one for Apple products and one for non-Apple products, the Bose QuietComfort 20 earbuds are compact, comfortable to the ear.

They utilize the Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology, delivering noise reduction that matches any full-size set.

Weighing 1.5 ounces, in a sleek zippered carrying case, the Bose QuietComfort 20 is highly portable. The StayHear+ tips are designed to sit loosely on the ear — not crammed into it, causing pain and soreness — and are noted as being extremely comfortable for users.

In addition to Bose’s TriPort headphone technology and acoustic voodoo, two additional microphones monitor external noise and a mirror soundwave counterbalances, giving users very limited excess noise.

Noise cancellation is powered by a lithium-ion battery and lasts for 16 hours before needing to be recharged.

The Bose QuietComfort 20 averages around $250, making it a steeper investment than most earbuds, but in this case, you get what you pay for. They are worth the investment for those looking for superior noise cancellation and a comfortable, compact design.

Rave Meter: 100

 

2. Phiaton BT 220 NC

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The Phiaton BT 220 NC’s active noise canceling features combined with a sleek, compact design makes it a top choice in this category.

A commuter’s dream, clicking on Phiaton’s active noise canceling feature will block up to 95% of ambient background noise (under 1 kHz), giving users superior protection from traffic noises, fans, and other irritating sounds.

The Phiaton BT 220 NC utilizes everplay-x technology, which keeps sound coming even after the battery has run out. Battery life extends to 17 hours of music-listening time, 16 hours of calling time, and 300 hours of standby.

The Phiaton BT 220 NC has features like Apt-X Technology, Tap-to-Pair NFC pairing technology, clear voice capture, and multipoint connection which allows two Bluetooth devices to be connected simultaneously.

These Bluetooth 4.0 headphones are made specifically for users to pair with mobile devices. Whether using a phone or iPad, a set of buttons on the side of the remote easily controls volume and allows for a change of tracks and a Call Answer button that will quickly power sound off, making The Phiaton BT 220 NC very user-friendly for listening and phone correspondence.

The Phiaton BT 220 NC ranges in price between $159 and $179 and is a smart buy for a noise canceling powerhouse.

Rave Meter: 99.17

 

3. B&O PLAY BeoPlay H3 ANC

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Bang and Olufsen’s Active Noise Cancelling earphones are another quality choice for those looking for Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology. Still giving users the boutique Bang and Olufsen signature sound, additional unwanted noise is made basically obsolete when ANC is activated.

Even without ANC activated, the earphones will still function.B&O PLAY BeoPlay H3 has a built-in mic along with the traditional 3 buttons iOS users appreciate.

Ultra comfortable and securely fitting in the ear, the B&O PLAY BeoPlay H3 ANC earphones have exchangeable, extra-soft T-200 Comply memory foam ear tips and also include silicone tips.The earphones are lightweight and comprised of aluminum, weighing about 40 grams and have 23 holes drilled into the casing, creating a broad sound for users.

B&O PLAY BeoPlay H3 has a rechargeable battery with up to 20 hours of continuous playtime with ANC turned on. To activate noise cancellation there is a USB hole to charge the battery, specific to the ANC feature, which takes about 2 hours to charge.

The B&O PLAY BeoPlay H3 ANC comes with a flight adapter, USB cable, and carrying pouch. One of the more affordable B&O PLAY products, the B&O PLAY Beoplay H3 ANC averages around $250.

Rave Meter: 98.17

 

4. Bose QuietControl 30

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The Bose QuietControl 30 wireless headphones are Bluetooth-enabled earbuds and are equipped with technology that gives the users excellent noise cancellation for any situation.

The Bose QuietControl 30’s In-ear headphones snugly and comfortably fit in the ear and utilize a thin neckband, which helps keeps the earbuds comfortably secure for all-day wear. The earbuds included in the Bose QuietControl 30 highlight Bose’s StayHear+ tips and have three industry-standard sizes of earbuds (small, medium, or large).

A sleek in-line remote has buttons for noise-cancellation (which can also be adjusted to match the desired level), volume up and down, and play/pause/skip. Water resistant and with Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC connectivity, dual microphones that aren’t compromised by wind or extra noise, and volume optimized EQ, The Bose QuietControl 30 offer an impressive array of features.

The Bose QuietControl 30 has a battery life of around 10 hours, giving plenty of time for users to take advantage of its multiple features.

At a price point around $300, the Bose Quiet Control 30’s are a bit of an investment, but with the level of noise cancellation offered through an earbud, those who want an undisturbed, undiluted sound will add these as a strong contender.

Rave Meter: 97.3

 

5. Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 Quietpoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones

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The Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones are a smart buy for those looking for noise canceling earbuds.

The ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint ANC’s boast the ability to reduce irritating background noise by up to 90% and still provide users with high-quality sound.

With a miniature microphone in each earpiece that dilutes ambient noise and a noise-cancelling wave that acts as noise eraser, giving users a pure sound and free from distraction, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint ANC’s compact, well thought out design makes them  easy to take on planes, on a run, while working in a busy office, or for listening to music out and about.

The Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint ANC has soft interchangeable earpieces (small, medium & large) which ensure a proper fit, thereby increasing their efficiency in noise cancellation. Comply™ Foam Tips seal the ear canal tightly but comfortably.

These earphones come with a protective pouch for convenient and safe storage. A single AAA battery powers noise-canceling electronics and the control box offers on/off switch, a clothing clip, and volume control.

With a price point under $100, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint ANC delivers a high degree of noise canceling technology very well and at a terrific price point. For a set of in-ear headphones that combines efficiency, affordability, quality, and delivers what it says it will, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint ANC is a strong choice to consider.

Rave Meter: 97.17

 

BEST WIRELESS EARBUDS

1. BeatsX

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BeatsX by Dr. Dre earphones are well equipped wireless earphones. A user-friendly design, with earbuds attached to a Flex-Form cable provides all-day comfort as it wraps behind your neck and makes BeatsX easy to keep track of.

Multiple ear-tip options give a personal fit that is secure and easy to wear for long periods of time. Secure-fit wingtips make sure that the pieces stay exactly in place.

Simple in-line controls offer users easy access to raising and lowering the volume, rewinding, pausing, and skipping tracks. A built-in microphone for calls is there too.

Water resistance makes BeatsX a great choice for commuting or working out and a handy magnet to snap the buds together when they are out of the ear keeps them from tangling and becoming a nuisance.

Crisp, clean acoustics with punchy, loud, and strong bass all coming through in the signature EQ the brand is known for, BeatsX leave even the most discerning listener happily surprised with the sound quality.

With 8 hours of battery life, BeatsX keep the music going. BeatsX distinctive Fast Fuel feature offers 5-minutes of charging to give you 2 hours of playback, which is a huge gain for users and a feature that really makes this set different from the rest of the pack.

At a price point of around $150, these wireless earbuds are a bit of an investment but win in comfort, unique features, and high sound quality.

Rave Meter: 100

 

2. Jaybird X3

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Jaybird X3 is micro-sized, sporty pair of in-ear headphones that allow users to wirelessly stream audio from Bluetooth enabled devices like smartphones, tablets, digital music player, or computers.

With a snug and comfortable over- and under-ear fit options which completely lift the cord off the back of the neck, Jaybird X3 was designed with user-ease in mind. Signature ear fins and Comply premium isolation memory foam ear tips make it easy to wear the Jaybird X3 for extended periods of time with no irritation or discomfort.

Made for active use, Jaybird X3 sweat-proof, hydrophobic nanocoating protects against sweat damage and rain or weather, allowing users to exercise without worry. Jaybird X3’s sleek size allow them to be worn under helmets and are not cumbersome while engaging in active sports.

Jaybird X3’s give users 8 hours of battery life with a single charge and superior Bluetooth signal strength ensures no delays or annoying drops in sound.

The fully customizable Jaybird MySound App allows personalization and the ability for users to save their preferences on the X3 headphones, regardless of the music device they’re paired with or what music service.

At a price point around $150, the Jaybird X3’s are moderately expensive, but for those looking for in-ear headphones that do not hinder an active, sporty lifestyle, these are a dependable, high-quality option.

Rave Meter: 100

 

3. V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless

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Forza Metallo Wireless by V-MODA is a simple, stylish, minimally designed in-ear wireless headphone. Translated from Italian to mean “metal strength,” the Forza Metallo Wireless meets military test standards for strength and durability.

A neckband-style headphone, the V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless features an ergonomic Trap Lock titanium neckband. It also includes four ear tips and V-Moda’s detachable, patent-pending sport fins in three sizes keep the tips snug and still feel comfortable for users.

Featuring a 5.8mm micro, ultra-lightweight, high-res driver outputs providing stunning sound quality and with Bluetooth connection capabilities within 33 feet for 2 devices, the V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless really delivers.

Sound quality is not diminished significantly even when entering a busy subway or other noisy situation.

Resistant to sweat and weather, the Forza Metallo Wireless iworks fantastically whether you are at the gym or on a run, commuting or just at home. A lithium-ion battery provides the V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless up to 10 hours of sound life and the rapid 15-minute Fast Charge delivers 2 hours of playback, which users will find extremely handy.

At a price point of around $150, the V-Moda Forza Metallo Wireless combines style, functionality, and affordability, giving those looking for a wireless earbud set a winning combination worthy of consideration.

Rave Meter: 99.83

 

4. Jaybird X2

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Looking for a sporty set of wireless earbuds, ready for an active lifestyle? Try the Jaybird X2, their in-ear Bluetooth sport headphones. With the option to wear them over or under the ear, these powerful buds are attached to a tangle-free cord, which sits on the back of your neck.

Included with the Jaybird X2 are their patented SECURE-FIT Enhanced Comfort Sport Ear Fins and the COMPLY Premium Sport Foam Ear Tips. Three X-fit clips are also included in a handy pouch. A lifetime warranty against sweat related damage bodes well for consumer confidence.

The Jaybird X2 users report superior noise isolation and with SHIFT Premium Bluetooth Audio Premium Sound and Warm Bass, the Jaybird X2 stands strong with any wireless earbud contenders.

The Jaybird X2 has a micro-USB charging port, which is part of the casing of the right earbud. An 8-hour Super-Capacity HD battery allows for a long time of listening and is easily charged via the included micro-USB cable.

A user-friendly and accessible in-line remote features buttons to accept calls, adjust the volume or control music. The SIGNALPLUS feature allows for Skip-Free sound.

Weighing only about 10 ounces and with a price point under $200, the Jaybird X2 delivers on its compact size, ease of use, and ability to generate a full sound — all with a sporty look make the Jaybird X2 a great choice for consideration.

Rave Meter: 99.33

 

5. Apple Airpods

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Apple Airpods take wireless to the next level, being a completely wire-free operation. A universal size earbud, specially deduced by Apple, fit into the user’s ear and the Apple Airpods begin to showcase their powerful and useful features.

From the moment users take the Airpods from their charging station, they instantly power on and connect to any Apple devices, from Apple Watch to Mac. This is initially done in a simple and hassle-free single tap, which engages a W1 chip and gets devices synced.

The W1 also syncs the two separate Bluetooth signals being sent to the Airpods, which basically eliminates problems with poor connection and sound disruption.

Siri is the ultimate assistant to the Apple Airpods, and a simple double tap connects users to Siri, who helps switch songs, change volume, or use the phone.

Apple Airpod’s unique charging case also has a magnetic grip which keeps them secure as they charge. Airpods boast a 5-hour battery life, which is a decent amount of continuous usage.

At a price point around $150, the Apple Airpods ease of use, fantastic Bluetooth connectivity, and W1 chip make them a great choice for those whose ears fit the universal sizing.

Rave Meter: 99.08

 

BEST EARBUDS

1. HC-RET In-Ear Earbuds Headphones with Mic

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The HC-RET In-Ear Earbuds Headphones with Mic are an incredible value for any earbud set and these particular earbuds have an enthusiastic fan base who think they have found a fantastic, economical solution that doesn’t compromise quality and comfort.

Made of metal, the HC-RET In-Ear Earbuds are additionally stylish and yet look minimalistic to the ear.

The HC-RET In-Ear Earbuds Headphones with Mic are soft to the ear and very comfortable and easy to wear. Made with silicone rubber, the earbuds come in three sizes which allow users individualize and find the perfect fit. A long, tangle-free cord makes use easy.

Universally compatible with all devices that use a 3.5 mm plug, the HC-RET In-Ear Earbuds Headphones with Mic accommodate whether you are using an Apple device, Android, mp3 or tablet. The surround sound quality is fantastic, giving crisp, clean notes, and super highs and lows.

Sound isolation is also more than satisfactory, giving users an overall positive experience with the product.

Controls for adjusting tracks, answering and ending calls, and pause are paired with a high definition microphone which provides clear connection. A carrying pouch adds to the overall appeal of the HC-RET product.

Boasting an exceptionally low price of around $20 makes these a bargain, with no exceptions made of quality, that anyone should have within their headphone arsenal.

Rave Meter: 100

 

2. 1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphone

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1More’s Triple Driver In-Ear headphones give you just what they say. Three titanium drivers with patented silicon covered armatures allow for the optimal surround sound experience and deliver incredible audio.

Their company motto says it all, “We’re not in this business to sell headphones. We’re in this business to deliver music.”

The Triple Driver’s oblique angled ear fittings conform easily to user’s ear canals. With 9 different ear tip sizes included, ranging from silicone to foam, finding the perfect fit is simple.

The Triple Driver’s in-line 3 button remote control works seamlessly whether using Apple or Android, and allow you to take calls, adjust volume, and change songs. A MEMS microphone has independently set ground wires which reduces extra irritating noise.

While not noise canceling headphones, the Triple Driver’s do provide enough sound isolation to diminish much excess noise, which users find as a value added. The Triple Drivers are Hi-Res certification and have an extended frequency range of 40,000 Hz.

Falling into the under $100 category, the Triple Driver’s are a stylish buy with some superior features. Adding in the uber-functional magnetic carrying case, airplane adapter, and coordinating shirt clip, the Triple Driver In-Ear headphone’s are a great purchase.

Rave Meter: 98.25

 

3. RHA T10i

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Looking for an earphone that delivers a heavy sound? Check out RHA’s stainless steel earbuds, the T10i.

With over-ear hooks which keep the headphones snuggly in place and simultaneously provide excellent noise resolution, users will also be pleased with their comfort. Also included are stainless steel ear tip holder and a stainless steel tuning filter holder with a premium storage case, clothing clip and owner’s manual.

The RHA T10i offers customizable listening through the adjustable tuning filter system. A high-fidelity driver gives any music genre superior sound quality.

User-friendly remote features 3 buttons for adjustments and a microphone which is Apple compatible and functions with some Android models.

The RHA T10i comes with six sets of dual density ear tips which feature a luxe outer layer to create a pleasant feel in the ear and a firmer core to ensure a tight seal which doesn’t allow in extra irritating noises.

There are also two sets of double flange and two pairs of memory foam tips for users to create the perfect fit for their listening needs.

At a price point around $200, the RHAT10i is in the mid to high price point range for earbuds, but with its sturdy construction and heavy-duty features, they may be an investment worth careful consideration.

Rave Meter: 97.67

 

4. Kz ATE Copper Driver Ear Hook Hifi in Ear Earphone Sport

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The Kz ATE Copper Driver earphones deliver a high-performance copper driver unit and a sporty, sleek look all at an incredible value. Featuring a HD microphone, they boast the ability to make clearer calls and reduce irritating noise and background static with their CVC digital noise reduction technology.

With oxygen-free copper cables and a gold plated jack, signals are transmitted with minimal loss and give a rich sound for users. An over the ear “memory wire” hanging ear design allows the earphones to rest securely and not jostle out of position.

The Kz ATE Copper Driver earphones are lightweight and durable and wearing them is effortless. An inline wire remote sits on the right side, below the earpiece, a gold weight hangs which was designed to hold the Kz ATE cable in place. The wire itself is showcased in a rubber-like casing, which gives these an almost industrial aesthetic.

Sound quality for the Kz ATE is quite impressive, especially considering the rock-bottom, bargain price point they are sold at. Listed for around $12, these earphones are one of the best buys on the market today and will surprise discerning audiophiles with their features, durability, and overall appeal.

Rave Meter: 97.5

 

5. Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2

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Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 earbuds deserve recognition for their strong design detail and sound quality. The C5 Series 2 uses a secure cushioned Secure Loop design that expands to fit the inner ridge of the ear, providing stability and measured sound control.

With luxe silicone earbuds that arrive with 3 different size options, finding the perfect fit is simple and no annoying aches from the earbud placement occur. The loops around the ear are adjustable and can also be detached.

Ambient noise is kept to a minimal and users can focus only on the sounds they want to hear.

A new and appreciated feature of the C5 Series 2 is the 9.2mm dynamic driver, which gives users a strong sound that maintains control but also showcases the full depth of the audio. Micro Porous Filters help create the rich sound users are looking for.

With a microphone and remote that are literally ‘Made for iPhone,’ C5 Series 2 users are able to manage their music and make phone calls with ease.

A sleek zippered storage bag completes the set. At under $200, the Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 is a strong contender in the earbud category, both for ease of use, durable craftsmanship, and innovative design.

Rave Meter: 97

 

BEST HEADPHONES

1. Sennheiser HD 800 S

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In “the pursuit of perfect sound,” the Sennheiser HD 800 S are a top of the line choice in the headphone market. the Sennheiser HD 800 S is an open-back stereo style with circum-aural, ergonomic cups that completely cover the ear and lock in sound.

The Sennheiser HD 800 S created an innovative design for the ear cup to transmit sound waves toward the ear at a bit of an angle, which allows better sound quality. The Sennheiser HD 800 S also employs technology to absorb audio, which lessens user complaints about unwanted noise and helps listeners hear a richer sound in their music.

With 56-millimeter ring radiator transducers, the Sennheiser HD 800S have the largest dynamic driver in use in a headphone. In addition, the headphones are crafted from Leona, a lightweight, non-resonant product with superior strength. Stainless steel mesh covers the transducers.

Included with the Sennheiser HD 800 S are a pair of impedance matched, low capacitance cables. Made in Germany with handcrafted assembly, the Sennheiser HD 800 S is a well-made product with significant attributes audiophiles will love.

On the market for around $1500, the Sennheiser HD 800 S is a product that is a steep investment for many, but for those who want rich sound, high quality, and a reputable brand, these are headphones to carefully study. 

Rave Meter: 100

 

2. Bose Quiet Comfort 35

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Bose really delivers a fantastic headphone with their Bose Quiet Comfort 35. Setting the industry standard for noise cancellation, these headphones utilize their innovative noise cancellation technology and give users true quiet when they want a quiet sound, but also richness and broad, full audio as well.

The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 boasts an EQ that is volume-optimized, which gives stellar sound at any decibel. Voice prompts make activating and pairing with Bluetooth and NFC quick and user-friendly.

No matter the weather, the Bose Quiet Comfort 35’s dual microphones allows for clarity in calls and a significant reduction in ambient noise. The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 has a strong 20 hours of battery life and when in wired mode, 40 hours.

The Quiet Comfort 35 headphones are made from Bose’s signature plastic. A glass-filled nylon with luxe Alcantara on the headband and comfort-inducing memory foam in the earcup, luxury and comfort are paramount. In addition, there are slanted drivers, durable buttons and metal caps surrounding the earcups.

At a price point of around $350, the Bose Quiet Comfort 35’s are in the moderately priced range. For those looking for the quality assurance of the Bose brand and a superior headset, especially in regards to noise cancellation, the Bose Quiet Comfort is a fantastic choice.

Rave Meter: 99.91

 

3. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

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The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones have received accolades from the audiophile community and also top studio audio engineers for their durability, design, and sonic performance.

No matter the situation, from personal in-home use to the studio, to DJ, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones are vividly clear because of their wide-reaching frequency span.

The well-designed circumaural shape fits securely around the ears for wonderful sound isolation and well-made ear-pads and headband feels luxurious and is comfort driven. One-ear monitoring is simple with 90° swivelling ear-cups.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones have 45mm large-aperture drivers. They also feature voice coils that are made of copper clad aluminum wire

Included with the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones are two different length straight cables and one coiled cable, an adaptor that screws on, and a carrying case to keep the headphones safe.

These headphones are also recognized for their ambient noise reduction, despite not being active noise canceling, making them a great choice for commuters on the go. 

At a price point of around $150 dollars, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones are a great choice for those looking to invest in an audio upgrade and for those who are looking for a moderately priced headset that delivers excellent quality.

Rave Meter: 99.75

 

4. Bose QuietComfort 25

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Bose is well known as an industry leader for noise cancellation and reduction technology in headphones, along with pioneering sonic technology in general.

Whether on the subway, at the office, or trying to sleep on an airplane, the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones are able to provide users with a rich sonic sound that hits with depth and gives a full-bodied feel, locking in the sounds you want to hear, and eliminating those you don’t.

Putting on and wearing the Bose QuietComfort 25 headset is a user-friendly experience. Comfortable, lightweight cups fit around the ear and are able to be worn for hours on end without any irritation or soreness. A softly lined headband rests nicely on users’ head.

A microphone and inline remote keep you connected to music and calls. The Bose QuietComfort 25 maintains audio that is crisp and clear.

One AAA battery keeps the Bose QuietComfort 25’s noise reduction technology active, but even when it runs out of life, the music will go on. Designed especially for use with Apple products, the Bose QuietComfort 25 is readily compatible when many other brands as well.

Included with the Bose QuietComfort 25 is the inline remote, AAA battery, airplane adapter, and carrying case. At under $300, they are a moderate- to-high investment, but offer Bose quality sound, which makes them one to consider.

Rave Meter: 98.75

 

5. Jabra Evolve 75

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A perfect solution to office noise and distraction, Jabra Evolve 75 delivers a powerful punch in noise isolation and stellar clarity of sound. With active noise cancellation that can be adjusted to block out even the most minor sounds, users are drawn away from irritating noises and able to focus on just the sounds they want to hear.

Jabra Evolve 75 are equipped with up to 15 hours of battery life, giving users the ability to wear the headset for a full day of work and beyond. A generous range of motion of 100 feet gives users of the Jabra Evolve 75 the ability to move around as long as their Bluetooth is connected to a smartphone or PC.

On each side of the headset are busy-lights which flash red, indicating to others that you are on a call and acting as a visible “Do Not Disturb” sign. When not using the headset for a call, a microphone boom arm can be clipped onto the Jabra Evolve 75’s headband.

With HD voice and superb sonic capacities, whether taking calls or listening to music, Jabra Evolve 75 will respond with clarity and high performance.

At a price point of around $300, Jabra Evolve 75 is a great buy for those in an office environment that need noise cancellation, mobility, and a finely tuned sound.

Rave Meter: 98.75

 

BEST BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES

1. Bose QuietComfort 35

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When searching for a best buy in Bluetooth headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 35 are hard to top. Bose is already known for its Acoustic Noise Cancelling technologies and this set is no exception in offering Quiet Comfort for its users at a quality that Bose is known for.

The Bose QuietComfort 35 offers great range when connected to Bluetooth, allowing a good range of motion for users and still stay connected and without interruption. The Bose QuietComfort 35 offers around 20 hours of battery life and when in wired mode up to 40 hours. A zippy 15-minutes in charging and you get another 2.5 hours.

With the Bose QuietComfort 35’s dual microphones expect clear audio for calls. Ambient noise is significantly lowered as well, which many users really appreciate. Volume optimized EQ is another feature that makes the Bose QuietComfort 35 a headphone to look twice at.

In terms of product specifications, the Bose QuietComfort 35’s are made with corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Boasting glass-filled nylon components with plush Alcantara on the headband and ear cushions made with a synthetic protein leather comfort is paramount.

Selling for around $350, the Bose QuietComfort 35’s are in the middle price range. When searching out the perfect Bluetooth compatible set, the Bose QuietComfort 35 is one to watch.

Rave Meter: 100

 

2. Creative Sound Blaster Jam

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Creative Sound Blaster Jam Ultra-Light Bluetooth Headset is another top choice for those looking for a Bluetooth headset, especially at an affordable price point. Featuring Bluetooth 4.1 and Near Field Communication technology, setting up and pairing the system is easy. With no wires to tangle you up, the freedom of the Creative Sound Blaster Jam headset can’t be beat.

Featuring an extended Bluetooth playback feature, users will get as much as 12 hours of wireless sound streaming with Creative Sound Blaster Jam Ultra-Light Bluetooth Headset. A unique One-Tap bass enhancer is also a part of this system which is where users can instantly pump up the bass with a tap.

Manufactured from lightweight, yet durable materials and with no cords to tangle or obstruct, it is easy to take the Creative Sound Blaster Jam Ultra-Light Bluetooth Headset everywhere you want to go. Featuring a thick foam ear cushion, wearing the Creative Sound Blaster Jam headset is comfortable and never feels irritating.

Convenient to charge, the Creative Sound Blaster Jam Ultra-Light Bluetooth Headset charges via USB through a pc/mac. At a price point around $50, the Creative Sound Blaster Jam is a Bluetooth headset that provides, range, depth, and comfort – all at an affordable price.

Rave Meter: 98.75

 

3. Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 Special Edition Headset

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A solid headset, the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 headset offers users great audio, durable construction, and plenty of extra features. It is also a Bluetooth headphone, giving even more flexibility for those looking to ditch the cords, tangles, and annoyances of other sets.

Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 headset is able to stream full-bodied audio from up to 330 feet from any Class 1 Bluetooth device. This gives users a ton of active flexibility to move around, while never missing out on the audio of their choice.

Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 headset can maintain a full day (up to 24 hours) of wireless music, media content, or phone calls before needing to charge again. This is great news for those who like to have a personal audio library on their headset.

With superior audio and drivers that give the perfect amount of attention to highs, mid-tones, and lows, the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 headset also features on-demand active noise canceling, which gives users incredible separation from unwanted noise.

Included is also an open listening mode for the times you do want to absorb what is happening around you. A protective travel case is also included.

At a price point of around $250, the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 is a mid-range investment. When looking for a Bluetooth headset with lots of extras, keep the  Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 in mind.

Rave Meter: 98.25

 

4. Sony MDR-1000x

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The Sony MDR-1000x have features that will appeal to those looking for a high-quality Bluetooth audio headset. Use Bluetooth with NFC to quickly connect to all of your go-to devices and receive a Hi-Res sound.

Want to eliminate extra, unwanted noise? Incredible noise cancellation action on the Sony MDR-1000x makes sure you are getting only the audio you want. The Quick Attention button tunes you into what is happening outside, particularly useful if you are on a jog near traffic or in another unpredictable environment.

Bluetooth profile connectivity and an integrated microphone enables high-quality sound and also makes hands-free calling simple. A quick tap on the right earcup of the headphones will answer a call and a tap again will end the call.

With up to2 0 hours of battery life, keeping connected and audio going is simple on the Sony MDR-1000x. Easy Touch controls allow users to navigate with ease.

A handy hard case makes carrying the Sony MDR-1000X headphones safely an easy option. Priced around $300, the Sony MDR-1000X headphones are on the upper side of the moderately priced headphone sets, but their Bluetooth features and high-end features make them a great choice in this category.

Rave Meter: 97.75

 

5. Sennheiser Momentum

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The Sennheiser Momentum Bluetooth headset is a solid option for those looking for a durable product that exudes comfortable style. Featuring metal and natural leather elements, sound delivery has a sophisticated, clean look.

Sennheiser Momentum features an around-the-ear headphone, which includes light, breathable leather padding and a combination of metal and stainless steel in the ear cups. The headband was designed with water and perspiration resistance in mind.

Particularly good at blocking ambient noise, the Sennheiser Momentum makes sure users stay focused on only the audio they want to hear, with no irritating distractions. Right out-of-box, the performance of Sennheiser Momentum has impressed many discerning audiophiles.

Stellar dynamics and audio output are achieved Sennheiser Momentum’s 18-ohm operating impedance. Sennheiser puts its product through rigorous quality control tests to ensure rich stereo sound for users.

A pair of interchangeable cables are included with the Sennheiser Momentum. A remote control with an in-line mic is on one and also a basic cable creates simple connection for users, as well as a stereo adapter.

When on the go, a sturdy hardcover carrying case is included with the set, so you will never have to worry about damage to the product when it is in your suitcase or backpack. At a price point of around $200, the Sennheiser Momentum is a rare combination of sophisticated style and overall sound quality.

Rave Meter: 97.75

 

BEST NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONE

1. Bose QuietComfort 35

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Bose really understands noise cancellation and their technology to provide headphones that offer as complete of isolation from ambient noise as possible is the industry standard. Whether it is distracting commuter noise, loud conversations or an office chatter, the Bose QuietComfort 35 transport users to their own space.

The Bose QuietComfort 35’s wire-free approach allows for even greater ease of use, with no cumbersome wires tangling up and getting in the way. Connecting direct to smartphones or portable devices, the Bose QuietComfort 35 utilizes Bluetooth or NFC. If your device has NFC capabilities, setup is a simple tap and activation for listening to begin.

A 20-hour battery gives plenty of audio life for users to enjoy, whether an international flight or day outside. When using the included backup audio cable, you can plug in and receive up to 40 hours of sound.

Whether using the Bose QuietComfort 35 to make calls or listen to music, expect clear sound. With two noise-rejecting microphones making calls on a windy or particularly noisy day won’t impede being able to hear conversations.

Made with Bose’s high quality, but lightweight materials, consumers should feel confident in this noise canceling powerhouse. At a price point of around $325, they are on the upper range of headphones, but for noise canceling features, they are the cream of the crop. 

Rave Meter: 100

 

2. Bose QuietComfort 25

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The Bose QuietComfort 25 gives users all the features that make Bose the industry standard for active noise cancellation. An around-ear headphones fully equipped with Bose’s Active EQ and TriPort technology, the sound you want is rich and deep and unwanted ambient noise is taken out of the equation.

Putting the Bose QuietComfort 25’s on, users love the lightweight and therefore mild pressure on the ear. Sound is able to stay in, without feeling uncomfortably tight and restrictive.

Coming with a wired microphone cable and 56-inch QC25 inline remote, calls can be taken with no problem and adjustments are simple. Utilizing a AAA battery, the Bose QuietComfort 25 give users plenty of battery life and by using a standard battery, are easy to replace when needed.

A sturdy carrying case allows for the Bose QuietComfort 25’s to stay safe whether in your carry-on luggage or backpack. Compatible with most any smartphone, the Bose QuietComfort 25’s were designed specifically for use with select Apple products.

At a price point of around $275, they are one of Bose’s mid-range products. For those looking for a true escape from the unwanted noise around them, the QuietComfort offers all the features that provide the quiet and comfort they might need.

Rave Meter: 99.73

 

3. Bose QuietComfort 3

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The Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are another fine option from Bose for those who prioritize active noise reduction. Whether trying to focus from distractions studying for an exam, sitting next to chatty passengers on a plane, or trying to get past that never-ending construction site, putting on the Bose QuietComfort 3 and dialing into the sound of your choice puts you in a whole new place.

Sound quality is the stellar richness consumers have come to expect from Bose. Details and full-bodied highs and lows are all recognizable. The Bose QuietComfort 3’s are also easy to wear, with the TriPort® acoustic headphone structure and a cushioned on-ear fit that isn’t overly tight or restrictive and easily allows hours of wear without any ache.

Featuring a rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger, users can expect to get around 25 hours of use before needing to plug in, giving plenty of time to listen and relax with the Bose QuietComfort 3. Also included with this set are two audio cables which offer a on-line mic and remote and hands-free phone calls.

While newer models of the QuietComfort line are available, many prefer the simple features of the QuietComfort 3. Able to be found on the web, the Bose QuietComfort 3 are a Bose option that is going to be affordable and offer QuietComfort’s superior noise canceling technology without distraction.

Rave Meter: 99.4

 

4. Sony MDR-1000x

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Looking for a Sony set that offers fantastic noise cancellation? Try the Sony MDR-1000x, a closed, dynamic headset which offers substantial detachment from outside ambient distraction and carries Sony’s high-quality construction, comfortable style, and affordability.

Featured in the Sony MDR-1000x is the Quick Attention button which allows users to promptly switch off audio and hear what is happening around them. Perfect for traffic-filled streets and unexpected conversations.

With an integrated microphone, Bluetooth capabilities, and innovative Easy Touch controls there are some great features in the Sony MDR-1000x. Easy Touch allows a two tap on the right earphone to pause or play a song. Swiping left, right, up and down moves tracks and adjust volume and calls are answered and ended through tap as well. Once comfortable with the Easy Touch system, the value added is fantastic.

Hi-Res audio and a strong 20 hours of battery life keeps users connected for longer. A sturdy, hardcover carrying case protects your Sony MDR-1000X investment.

At around $300, the Sony MDR-1000X is a mid- to- upper-range investment, but for those looking for a set that offers unique features, an attractive aesthetic, and a brand reputation of quality, check into the Sony MDR-1000X.

Rave Meter: 98.65

 

5. CB3 Hush

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CB3 Audio was created to give consumers high quality audio at a great price point. The CB3 Hush gives a fantastic active noise cancelling experience to users, reducing ambient noises, making quiet even quieter, and giving audio the opportunity to be at its fullest.

Featuring Bluetooth technology, the CB3 Hush’s wireless set up means no tangling of cords, although a auxiliary cable is included if you would prefer. A well equipped microphone allows clarity in calls.

The CB3 Hush carries 40 mm drivers allowing sound to comes through exceptionally well and at the same time hold firm to the noise cancelling features, not allowing irritating sounds to seep in. Wearing them with their foldable, rotatable ear cuffs is comfortable.

A rechargeable battery include with The CB3 Hush offers up to 12 hours of playtime and small controls on either ear cuff are easy to click and make adjustments.

A carrying pouch, 3.5mm audio cable, micro USB, (1) 3.5mm Audio Cable, and airplane adapter are all included with the CB3 Hush. At a price under $100, these are a wonderful deal that doesn’t compromise noise cancellation features. If you are looking for a brand that can compete with the big companies, take a look at CB3 Audio.

Rave Meter: 98.4

 

BEST WORKOUT HEADPHONES

1. Bose SoundSport Pulse

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Nothing is more frustrating that trying to get in a workout while simultaneously trying to keep your headset comfortably on. Bose has thought of everything when it comes to crafting a perfect headphone for working out with the Bose SoundSport Pulse, adding clever features that even can enhance the experience.

The Bose SoundSport Pulse earbud style headphones utilize the StayHear+ Pulse tips which fit securely in the ear. Three sizes are included, so no matter the pace or type of exercise you are engaged in, these are easy to keep in place.

Bluetooth and NFC pairing features allows quick and seamless connection to all devices. The Bose Connect app also provides added features like monitoring your heart rate, a perfect, practical addition.

Whether running park trails in the rain or doing cardio at the gym, the Bose SoundSport Pulse’s sweat and weather resistant properties and hydrophobic cloth make sure your headphones last. With 5 hours per charge from the lithium-ion battery, you can take the longer hike, the extra lap, or do one more set of reps without worry.

Priced around $200, these earbuds are a reasonably priced option. Paired with Bose’s brand recognition and quality standards, plus the extras that complement an active lifestyle makes them a set to consider.

Rave Meter: 100

 

2. Plantronics BackBeat Fit

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Looking for a stellar headset that matches an active, sporty lifestyle? Look into the Plantronics BackBeat Fit. Its full audio sound compliments the intensity of your workout and it durable manufacturing makes going the extra mile worry free.

Plantronics BackBeat Fit has a practical and well designed behind-the-neck earphones are stable and easy to wear with the soft neckband. The BackBeat Fit’s Bluetooth 3.0 allows for easy streaming and a durable connection.

Working up a sweat? No worries with the waterproof Plantronics BackBeat Fit. The specialized P2i coating keeps the elements running strong even when faced with sweat and wet conditions.

Easy to reach on-ear controls allow users to receive calls and adjust settings with one touch.

One charge yields up to 8 hours of sound and the deep sleep hibernation mode gives up to 6 months of audio standby. Firmware updates can be set automatically to users via the free Plantronics BackBeat FIT Companion app, ensuring the headset is working at its optimal level.

At a price point of under $150, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit gives those looking for a workout-ready headset an incredible deal with lots of bonus features. Whether on the treadmill or at the beach, this set can keep up.

Rave Meter: 99

 

3. Bose SoundSport

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The Bose SoundSport in-ear headphone set is solid buy for those looking for gym-friendly, workout savvy audio amplifiers. With Bose’s comfortable silicone StayHear+ tips included in three sizes, getting these buds to fit perfectly snug should be no problem and keeping out ambient noise is easy.

Bose SoundSport employs their signature TriPort audio technology, which gives depth and pop to any type of sound. Compatible with certain iPhones, the in-line mic with remote allows for quick adjustments and calling.

Whether braving the elements or inside working up a sweat, Bose SoundSport is resistant to sweat and weather, making it an investment that will last for years to come. The StayHear tips are known for their secure fit in the ear, so no matter how vigorous the workout or activity, the Bose SoundSport’s are able to stay secure.

Available in bright, vivid colors and also with a clothing clip, these are eye-catching and attractive, with a sporty feel.

With a handy carrying case included, users can take these anywhere without worry. With all of the features that Bose has created for the active, on the go user, wearing them can be done without worry as well.

The Bose SoundSport is available for around $100, making it an affordable option from Bose, ready to go right into your gym bag.

Rave Meter: 98.25

 

4. Jaybird X3 Sport

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The Jaybird X3’s are tiny, but powerful wireless earbuds – perfect for keeping those at the gym focused on their workout and not messing around with adjusting their headset. Jaybird X3’s were ranked by Men’s Fitness one of the “best wireless workout headphones of Spring 2017.”

Jaybird X3’s are lauded for their silicone ear fins which lock onto the top and behind the hear, giving users a stable grip and a secure feeling. No matter what activity you are doing, the Jaybird X3’s will stay with you and maintain a comfortable feel.

Whether the weather is wet or the indoor conditions steamy, sweat won’t hinder the Jaybird X3’s. Hydrophobic nano-coating repels moisture, making these a durable and long lasting set that is ultra-resilient.

Make the Jaybird X3’s all yours with the MySound App, gives users the ability to customize the settings and audio capabilities of their set and keep the information saved for next time.

Away from a charging spot? Don’t worry, as the Jaybird X3’s are equipped with an 8 hour running battery. With a quick 15 minute charge, you can add on another hour of sound, making these a convenient set to keep handy.

At around $100, the Jaybird X3’s are a fantastic buy and a great asset to an active lifestyle.

Rave Meter: 97.6

 

5. Beats Powerbeats3

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A perfect fit for the active user, the Beats Powerbeats3 combines stellar features for people who give their headsets a workout. As a wireless earphone, they are incredibly easy to use and hassle-free.

When you are training for the race, taking on new cardio, or just working through your exercise circuit, it is hard to not work up a sweat. The Beats Powerbeats3 are moisture and sweat resistant, ensuring product longevity.

Dialing into Class 1 Bluetooth on the Beats Powerbeats3 is simple and give incredible options to users. No wires equals no fuss. Flexible ear hooks can be adjusted for comfort and user ease.  

Need to take add an extra mile onto your run? With up to 12 hours of life thanks to the Apple W1 technology, the Beats Powerbeats3 audio power is lasting and can go with you. A 5 minute Fast Fuel charge is also available to give an additional boost.

Included with the Powerbeats3 wireless earphones are 4 sizes of eartips, USB charger, a handy carrying case, guide and warranty information.

Available on the web for around $100, the Beats Powerbeats 3 are a great value whether you are hitting the gym, the courts, or the pavement.

Rave Meter: 97.25

 

BEST HEADPHONES FOR RUNNING

1. CB3 Audio Fit Sport

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Are you a runner looking for an earbud that you can take with you? The CB3 Audio Fit Sport is a top of the line option that really works.

A wireless earbud with Bluetooth 4.1 technology, the CB3 Audio Fit Sport gives users consistent and stable connectivity. Earbuds designed with hooks that sit on the ear make sure the earbuds don’t jostle or fall out, no matter what pace you are setting.

Audio quality in the CB3 Audio Fit Sport is designed specifically to give the fullest sound and richest depth to an athlete. No worries about weak tones that fail to keep you motivated or focused on your workout routine.

No matter if it is pouring rain or a blistering hot day, the CB3 Audio Fit Sport are water resistant and IPX4 certified as sweat proof – ensuring longevity and lasting quality.

With the ability to log 160 hours of standby playback time on the CB3 Audio Fit Sport and maintain a charge for 7 hours, the music will play on, even if you need some extra time in the gym or around the bike trail.

At a price point of around $40 – the CB3 Audio Fit Sport is an incredible value. With so many features included with runners in mind, they should be seriously looked at.

Rave Meter: 100

2. Bose SoundSport

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Check out the Bose SoundSport in-ear headphone set if you are looking for a great set to take with you on your runs. Featuring three sizes of Bose’s signature silicone StayHear+ tips, you will stay focused on the sound delivered right to you, and not be distracted by irritating ambient noises.

Bose SoundSport features TriPort audio technology, which is responsible for the sound quality Bose has built its brand on. StayHear tips give a snug fit to the ear, so whether sprinting or taking a casual pace, these earphones will stay just in place and not shuffle around.

Easy to use with certain iPhones, the in-line mic with remote is easy to make adjustments with. A compact carrying case comes with the unit, keeping the earphones safe when not in use.

Whether taking a quick jog around the track or investing time into a full marathon, perspiration and any weather elements are not to be worried about as the Bose SoundSport is resistant to sweat and moisture, ensuring a product that will last.

The Bose SoundSport is available for around $100 and comes in many color options. Not only one of the best values from Bose, but also one of the best earphones available for runners from any company, the Bose SoundSport is a set to check into carefully.

Rave Meter: 98.8

3. Plantronics BackBeat Fit

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit is an earphone set that really enhances the audio experience for runners. Specially made for wearing in sports and physical activity, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit provides users with a superior sound, a comfy fit, and enough perks to make it a great option for runners.

The behind-the-neck earphones complete with a soft neckband on the Plantronics BackBeat Fit are fantastic for running, as they stay secure on the ear and don’t ever seem to get in the way or become overly noticeable. The Bluetooth 3.0 technology included gives a great, durable connection.

A specialized P2i coating on the Plantronics BackBeat Fit keeps the set dry from moisture and adds to the weatherproof, water-resistant properties. Need to change your sound or make adjustments? The on-ear controls are easy to use.

With a charge life of up to eight hours, marathons can be run and plenty of jogging can happen before needing a boost.

The Plantronics BackBeat Fit can be yours for under $150 and don’t skimp on any of the things that runners need in a headset. Moisture resistant, durable, and secure to the ear, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit is a fine option to check into.

Rave Meter: 98.75

4. Sennheiser CX 686G

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Compact, easy to wear and even easier to stay secure in your ear, the Sennheiser CX 686G is a great addition to a runner’s lifestyle. Created by Sennheiser specifically for sport after researching how movement would impact those running or engaging in other high impact activities, every detail was fine-tuned to make these a set that runner’s go to.

The Sennheiser CX 686G boast an in-ear fit that locks in sound and keeps out unwanted ambient noise. The Slide-to-Fit design allows users to find their most comfortable and custom fit to the ear.

Ear adapters are equipped with SteriTouch antimicrobial technology for cleanliness and are washable and waterproof. No matter where you take the Sennheiser CX 686G’s, you can expect a long-lasting product.

With an in-line microphone and easy to use remote that works with most smartphones and devices, making adjustments to sound and activating functions is easy with the Sennheiser CX 686G. Users keep connected, whether on the track, the trails, or the treadmill.

Even when running, Sennheiser thought of everything, as the par-aramid reinforced cables stay tangle free and avoid becoming a nuisance and distraction. At under $100, the Sennheiser CX 686G are a good value for great technology.

Rave Meter: 98.55 

 

5. Jaybird X3 Sport

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Need a headset to take with you on your run? The Jaybird X3’s are wireless earbuds that fit perfectly into a runner’s lifestyle, with their minimal size and yet powerful sound.

Taking the longer route? Don’t worry, as the Jaybird X3’s are equipped with an 8-hour battery. A 15-minute charge adds on another hour of sound, so a quick boost can get you back on track.

Wearing the Jaybird X3’s is comfortable and stylish, due to their silicone ear fins which fit securely all around the ear, allowing users to feel confident they are not going to fall or jostle, no matter the pace they are setting.

Sweat-proof and water resistant, the Jaybird X3’s Hydrophobic nano-coating keeps moisture away, adding to the resiliency of this set. Running in the misty mornings or even through snowy flakes won’t be an issue that make you want to tuck these away.

Tap onto the MySound App that the Jaybird X3 employs and give your audio a completely customized feel. Don’t worry, you can save the specs you set up for next time.

Ranked by Men’s Fitness one of the “best wireless workout headphones of Spring 2017,” the Jaybird X3’s are a terrific buy priced at around $100.

Rave Meter: 98.5

 

BEST HEADPHONES FOR GAMING

1. SteelSeries Arctis 7

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Serious games know that the better you can immerse yourself in the game, the better the outcome. Finding a high-quality headset is of paramount importance to full engagement with the game. Enter the SteelSeries Arctis 7.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a wireless and lag-free headphone with 40 feet of wireless range and 2.4 GHz of wireless audio. Its proprietary ClearCast microphone not only gives amazing, clear sound, it also is able to block out unwanted ambient noise, allowing gamers to stay focused.

For most gaming systems, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 has stereo audio options and for PC’s it offers DTS Headphone:X – Premium 7.1 surround sound. Check out the SteelSeries Engine 3 software which allows users to personalize their audio.

A 24-hour battery is a fantastic feature of the SteelSeries Arctis 7. Marathon gaming quests are no issue with this headset and on-ear controls make adjustments simple.

Manufactured with AirWeave cushions which keep your ears cool, sporty performance fabrics and an innovative suspension band across the head which distributes weight and balances pressure points, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a comfortable choice.

Award-winning for design and overall appeal for gamers, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a top set to look into.

Rave Meter: 100

2. HyperX Cloud II

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HyperX Cloud II is a fantastic gaming headset that offers innovative technology and gives gamers an incredible audio experience. Featuring a redesigned audio control box with USB Audio Sound Card, the HyperX Cloud II now offers incredible clarity and intense audio detail in its 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound and offers 53mm Drivers Neodymium Magnets, a highlight that gamers love.

HyperX Cloud II offers easy set-up, just plug in and you are ready to play, no driver necessary. Featuring an inline sound card which has many stellar features, among them noise canceling and echo canceling, the HyperX Cloud II works for gaming, but don’t forget about them when listening to music or watching a movie.

A headset that is easy to wear on the ear, the HyperX Cloud II has memory foam pads that are comfy and also come with extra Velour earpads.

HyperX Cloud II has certification from TeamSpeak and works great for Skype and other voice chat programs.

At a reasonable price point of around $100, the HyperX Cloud II offers high-end features, detailed audio, and a user-friendly fit at a moderate price. When looking for a new headset, specifically tailored to gaming, check out the HyperX Cloud II.

Rave Meter: 99.9

3. HyperX Cloud

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The HyperX Cloud headset boasts an incredibly easy, comfortable fit and a full set of features that gamers appreciate for everyday wear. Lightweight but durable materials and a real sleek design make this a fantastic headset for gameplay.

Lauded especially for its comfort, the HyperCloud X has memory foam ear cups and leatherette or detachable Velour Ear Cushions, which give a gentle grip. The HyperCloud X has a soft band on the headset eliminates the pressure on your head and creates a pleasant resting position.

The ear cups on the HyperCloud X are able to provide fantastic sound, while all but eliminating ambient noise, allowing gamers to stay focused on their play. With 53mm Hi-Fi drivers, details in sound are brought to life like never before, enhancing the gaming experience.

A detachable microphone gives users the flexibility to store it away when not in use and a convenient travel bag makes sure all parts remain safe.

The HyperCloud X is compatible with most any standard machine or device, from smartphones to PS4, tablets to PC’s. At a price below $100, the HyperCloud X is the perfect set for those who want the high-quality sound, without the high price tag.

Rave Meter: 99.32

 

4. Razer Thresher Ultimate

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The Razer Thresher Ultimate is a headset especially created for PlayStation 4. With incredible audio, gamers find their screens pop and come to life like never before, due in large part to their ultimate 7.1 surround sound and Dolby quality.

Comfortable, memory foam ear cushions with foam indentation fit perfectly to the unique shape of the head. Users tout the lightweight, but durable materials in the Razer Thresher Ultimate and the ability to wear these for hours on end with no irritation or ache.

With a connection range of up to 40 feet and lag-free audio features, the Razer Thresher Ultimate combines consistent, high-quality digital 2.4 GHz audio and sleek design details seamlessly.

Whether in a loud room or other noisy space, communication is clear and dependable, thanks to a digital microphone that is retractable. Quick control buttons are also handy tools to use and Optical Connection brings users to the forefront of technology.

Another pro for the Razer Thresher Ultimate is their noise isolation, making focus simple and distractions a non-issue.

At a price point of over $200, the Razer Thresher Ultimate is a perfect companion for those looking for a high-quality audio system with responsive features.

Rave Meter: 98.57

5. Logitech G433

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For dynamic sound and the ability to engage games to their fullest audio potential, try wearing the Logitech G433 headphones. Billed as a “new breed of gaming headset,” the G433 surprises and delivers on the features gamers want.

Featuring a Pro-G Advanced Audio Driver which offers both analog and digital sound reproduction, the Logitech G433 gives clear and strong audio. If you are ready for a break from gaming, it is easy to switch from gaming mode to on-the-go mode.

The Logitech G433’s DTS Headphone: X 7.1 surround sound offer a sound experience that immerses you in the game and moment.

The Logitech G433’s lightweight sports-mesh ear pads are comfortably breathable and can also be exchanged for with the ultra-luxe microfiber pad option that is included. No worries about too tight of a fit, these grip in just the right places, lending a snug, but comfy fit.

With smooth, stain resistant, and hydrophobic fabrics, the Logitech G433’s tout their durability. A detachable boom mic also is equipped with a filter that offers clarity and drives out ambient noises.

At a price point around $100, the Logitech G433’s are a reasonable gaming headset that easily accommodates other uses as well, making them an all around good buy.

Rave Meter: 98.32

 

BEST STUDIO HEADPHONES

1. AKG Pro Audio K702 Channel Studio Headphones

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Whether you are mixing, mastering, or just enjoying music, when you are in the studio you want nothing less than the best equipment without any shortcuts. Enter the AKG Pro Audio K702 Channel Studio Headphones, a real winner from AKG Pro Audio.

An ultra comfortable and great looking set, these showcase 3D-foam pads for the ear and fit over the ear, so no matter how long the session lasts, your ears won’t be feeling the fatigue because of the headset.

AKG Pro Audio K702’s Varimotion two-layered diaphragm and flat-wire voice coils give distinct highs and lows and stellar audio experience. Improvements to impulse and response are immediate.

AKG Pro Audio’s attention to detail is top notch. Every K702 and cable is tested individually at production’s end and given its own serial number.

With more than 60 years of development and fine-tuning dedicated creating the perfect headphones, AKG Pro Audio takes

Rave Meter: 100

2. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

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When the best in the industry are giving accolades to a product, there is reason to take notice. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is one of those headsets that has received the positive attention of the music and sound industry for its sonic performance but isn’t out of reach for consumers to take advantage of.

With its signature Circumaural design, noise isolation is fantastic no matter how amped up of an environment you are in. The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x has 45 mm drivers that have earth magnets and aluminum wire voice coils with a copper clad, showing how seriously Audio-Technica takes material quality during manufacturing.

Earcups that are collapsible and space-saving, along with a unique 90° swiveling feature provide effortless one-ear monitoring. An extended frequency range gives full breadth to the soundscape available from the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x’s comfortable fit means that no studio session goes too long and the headset has a close, but not restrictive feel on the head.

With a detachable coiled cable, two detachable straight cables, a screw-on adapter, and protective carrying pouch Audio-Technica has gotten consumers off to a great start and at a price point of around $150, professional studio class quality has never been so affordable and within reach.

Rave Meter: 99.5

3. Sony MDR 7506

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Whether in the recording studio, working on film, radio, or video the Sony MDR7506 Professional Stereo Headphones are relevant and go beyond expectations, offering reliable audio precision.

Accurate monitoring is easy with the Sony MDR 7506’s pristine highs, extended lows, and mids.

This large diaphragm headset stands out with its secure closed-ear style, complete with an ultra comfortable headband. External noise is blocked off and listeners are able to fully concentrate on the audio they want from the Sony MDR 7506.

The Sony MDR 7506 features 40mm PET drivers and neodymium magnets, allowing rich, nuanced sounds to be achieved. A 9.8-foot cord finishes off with a nicely pieced unimatch gold-plated plug.

A frequency response between 10Hz and 20 kHz is another asset to the list of characteristics that make the Sony MDR 7506 a great piece of equipment. Whether for a professional studio or home, the overall appeal of the product is fantastic.

While fully suited for studio use, the Sony MDR 7506 is a treat casual users will also rave about. Easily foldable, the Sony MDR 7506 comes with a handy travel soft case and available at a price point of under $100, the Sony MDR 7506 is high-end professional grade equipment, but available at a reasonable price.

Rave Meter: 99.25

4. Sennheiser HD 800 S

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The Sennheiser HD 800 S is a serious headphone set, ready for a discerning audiophile who looks at the very best.

Intent on giving the listener as close to the artist’s original performance as possible, Sennheiser has spent the past 70 years pursuing “perfect sound.”

Sennheiser HD 800 S is an open-back, dynamic stereo headset that is also circum-aural. Its innovative ear cup design puts sound waves toward the ear at an angle, giving a natural listening experience.

The headband on the Sennheiser HD 800 S is made of metal and sits between multiple layers of resonance dampening polymers. This placement reduces vibrations from being transmitted to the ear cups and headphones and gives stability and better audio control.

With a 56 mm Ring Radiator transducer, the Sennheiser HD 800 S has a very large driver, producing a vibrant, rich sound. Its 40-millimeter aluminum voice coil is supported by a 42-millimeter magnet structure.

Frequency response peaks are absorbed, allowing all audio details to be heard. Manufactured artisanally in Germany, the Sennheiser HD 800 S exudes well-built quality.

At a price point around $1500, the Sennheiser HD 800 S is an investment, but worth it for the audiophile who only wants the Sennheiser quality.

Rave Meter: 99.25

5. Beyerdynamic DT-770

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A favorite choice among professional studio engineers and producers, the Beyerdynamic DT-770 delivers an incredible package. With custom built diaphragms built in Germany, no matter if you are a pro or just trying to create amazing sound at home, the Beyerdynamic DT-770 are a perfect tool to work with.

The Beyerdynamic DT-770 are made durable and to last. Still maintaining a lightweight feel, they are extremely easy to wear for hours on end without discomfort.

With Velour or leatherette ear pads, these closed diffuse-field headphones are complemented with a soft, cushioned headband. The headband is detachable, which gives Beyerdynamic DT-770 users the ability to perfectly adjust the headset to their head size.

Bass Reflex Technology shows off the low-end sounds and the Beyerdynamic DT-770 generates a better bass response than most.

The passive noise cancellation feature on the Beyerdynamic DT-770 gives stellar audio for users, keeping full concentration on what sound they want and eliminating the rest.

A gold-plated jack plug and adapter are included with the Beyerdynamic DT-770. At around $150, the Beyerdynamic DT-770 are a moderately priced headset, but for those looking for serious studio equipment or who want to replicate a studio environment at home, these are a set to look at carefully.

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