Buying New Headphones? Start Here

Runner, musician, audiophile or budget shopper?

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Henry Phillips

There’s no one pair of headphones to rule them all. The same sweatproof beats you wear running, while also adequate for commuting, aren’t cut out for lossless audio. And those prized hi-fi over-ear headphones are too bulky (and precious) to stuff in a travel duffel. Below are a variety of headphones species — ranging from wireless to hi-fi, over-ear and in-ear — along with several ears-on reviews. Whatever your listening preference, occupation or budget, here’s a pair (or two) for you.

Buying Guides


Headphones for All Activities


The Best Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

For travelers and noisy offices, these are the best noise-canceling headphones of 2016.

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Best Wireless Headphones

We rounded up the best wireless headphones, both in-ear and over-ear. It’s time to cut the cord.

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Best Sweatproof Headphones for Running

Sport headphones have to be sweat proof, lightweight and secure. These are the best.

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Best In-Ear Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

For those who find over-ear headphones uncomfortable, these are the five best in-ear noise-canceling headphones, from $40 to $300, on the market.

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Budget Beats: Best Earbuds Under $50

Looking for better sound on a budget? Check out our list of the eight best budget earbuds, all available for $50 or less.

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Best In-Ear Hi-Fi Headphones

When nothing but the best will do, these in-ear hi-fi headphones deliver the clearest, richest sound.

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Best Hi-Fi Headphone Setups

Into high resolution audio? Here are six perfect hi-fi setups, fit for varying budgets.

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In-Depth Reviews


Ear-Tested Audio


Fender’s First Ever In-Ear Monitors

After acquiring Aurisonics, Fender has released a line of in-ear monitors that will satisfy musicians and audiophiles alike.

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Sennheiser’s $55,000 Orpheus Headphones

Forget about the $55,000 cost of Sennheiser’s new Orpheus headphones. These beauties provide an unparalleled audio experience.

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Optoma’s BE6i Wireless Headphones

Optoma’s BE6i wireless headphones are improved for 2016, adding an IPX5 water resistant rating — meaning you can sweat in them all you want.

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