Best Headphones

Last Update: April 23, 2024

Technics EAH-AZ80

88%

PROS:

  • LDAC audio codec support for Android devices
    cnet.com
  • Outstanding comms and comfort
    techradar.com
  • Can pair with three devices simultaneously
    cnet.com

CONS:

  • Noise-cancelling and battery life are nothing special
    techradar.com
  • Could conceivably sound more animated
    techradar.com
  • Voice-calling performance is decent but could be slightly better
    cnet.com

Apple AirPods Max

83%

PROS:

  • Impressive sound and build-quality
    cnet.com
  • Spatial audio virtual surround for iPhones and iPads is a sweet bonus feature
    cnet.com
  • Surprisingly comfortable for their weight
    cnet.com

CONS:

  • Expensive, heavy and the smart case may be too smart for its own good
    cnet.com
  • No cable included for wired use
    cnet.com
  • People around you can hear what you're listening to if you have the volume up (they leak some sound)
    cnet.com

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds

90%

PROS:

  • Fit Kit ear tips and stabilizer system gets you a secure, comfortable fit
    cnet.com
  • Excellent sound and best-in-class noise canceling
    cnet.com
  • Active Aware feature blends noise cancellation and transparency modes
    pcmag.com

CONS:

  • No multipoint connectivity
    pcmag.com
  • Immersive Audio mode hurts battery life
    cnet.com
  • Case doesn’t support wireless charging
    pcmag.com

Meh // not enough data:
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  • HP HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless (100)
  • Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2 Headphones (90)
  • JLab Audio Go Air (80)
  • Master & Dynamic MH40 (2023) (80)
  • 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones (100)
  • Bowers & Wilkins PX8 (90)
  • Bose QuietComfort Earbuds 2 (100)
  • JLab Go Air Pop True Wireless Earbuds (90)
  • Sony WF-C700N (100)
  • Sony WH-CH520 (90)
  • Sennheiser ACCENTUM Wireless (83)
  • (85)
  • Beyerdynamic T1 (3rd Generation) (100)
  • Beyerdynamic Amiron (100)
  • Grado SR325x (100)
  • Shure Aonic 3 (100)
  • Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Generation (100)
  • Sony WH-CH720N (100)
  • Sony WF-C500 (100)
  • Shure Aonic 50 Gen 2 (80)
  • Jabra Elite 10 (80)
  • JBL Reflect Aero (80)
  • Urbanista Los Angeles (80)
  • Anker Soundcore Liberty 4 NC (80)
  • Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) With MagSafe Charging Case (USB‑C) (90)
  • Beats Studio Buds Plus (82)
  • Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) With USB-C (80)
  • Anker Soundcore Space A40 (80)
  • Beats Fit Pro (88)
  • Beats Studio Pro (80)
  • Sony CH-720N (80)
  • Apple AirPods Pro 2 (USB-C) (91)