Best Headphones

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Headphones are easily the most popular way to enjoy music, and since the dawn of the portable cassette player, not to mention the more recent dawn of the MP3 player, the market has been growing remarkably fast. This is great for enthusiasts, consumers, and professionals alike, because more competition means better products, lower prices, and more innovation. With the ever-increasing popularity of portable media devices, coupled with the new technologies that arise from their development, the market has taken an explosive upturn in just the last 4 years, and there are now headphones for just about any kind of activity imaginable, catering to a wide variety of listening styles, feature sets, and form factor preferences.

Headphones comes in all different sounds, sizes, form factors, and prices, and before even beginning research, it is best to decide exactly what you will be using your headphones for; this is a factor that should influence your choice just as much as your preferred sound or price range, because ultimately it will have just as much importance in whether or not you are satisfied with your purchase. Choosing the right headphones means knowing how big you are comfortable with them being; there are some excellent Bluetooth headphones, and the Bluetooth feature makes them incredibly portable, and yet I would seriously hesitate to recommend it to someone who will use their headphones mostly for jogging or exercise, because they are enormous! Likewise, we would hate for someone planning to do most of their listening at home to compromise the level of fidelity they are able to experience simply because they liked what they heard about headphones listed in the Running section.

Setting a price limit for yourself can be very useful as well. Audio products are subject to drastic diminishing returns at around $100-$300, depending on how acute one's hearing is, and only those with well-trained or exceptional naturally endowed hearing abilities will be able to notice differences in levels of detail and refinement between headphones above this price range. Many enthusiasts and audiophiles begin their lengthy, often expensive quests for the perfect headphones by doing exactly what you are doing right now, and while we always encourage people to try as many products as possible, we would hate for someone to spend more than they need to just to find a sound they can be happy with.

All that being said, audio preferences are, first and foremost, subjective, and ultimately what matters most is that you enjoy your music, so if you find a sound you really like, stick with it! Most headphones, even those described using similar terms, or possessing very similar frequency response curves, sound very different when the sound hits your ears, so if you've got something that really sounds good to your ears, it's usually a good idea to either keep what you've got, or perhaps upgrade within the same line of products. Again, we always encourage people to try as many products as possible, especially before buying one, but if you find yourself 99% satisfied with a particular product, it's usually futile to go back out and find something totally new in an attempt to correct the one tiny flaw you have found in an otherwise great headphone.

So please, read on, and enjoy! Remember that the best way to learn about headphones is to hear them, so be sure to look up your local HiFi or audiophile store and pay them a visit to see what models they have in stock; the people who work at such places are usually very knowledgeable, and may wind up being an even more valuable resource to you than anything you read on the web.

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones:

Traveling can be a real drag when it comes to noise. No matter if you are on a bus, train, airplane, or outside waiting for transportation on a busy street, noise cancelling headphones can make the world seem a little less chaotic. The best systems will be able to reduce both droning noises (such as motors) and chatter from background voices without impacting the music or whatever you are listening to. This is tricky stuff since the same audio frequencies creating the noise will also be present to some degree in your audio source material. Essentially, all of the different manufacturers solution to the problem involves cancellation via the creation of an out-of-phase version of the noise.

Bose is the best known maker of noise cancelling headphones, and their system works very well indeed. However, depending on the mix of noise reduction vs. high fidelity reproduction needed, other choices on our best lists might make more sense for you. Our ratings are based on noise cancellation effectiveness, overall audio fidelity, features such as iPhone / iPad controls and headset options, comfort, and of course price.

Polk Audio Ultra Focus 8000 On-Ear Headphones

Comfortable and with superior sound, the UltraFocus 8000 by Polk provide a high-fidelity listening experience combined with good, but not great, noise cancellation. These are the best sounding noise cancelling headphones on our list. They provide i-device friendly remote controls and headset functionality as well. The one negative to these is the lack of a truly passive mode. But if you want top notch sound, these are your choice, and our top pick. Read Full Review

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    Polk Audio Ultra Focus 8000 On-Ear Headphones

    Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

    The Bose QuietComfort 15 are probably the best-known noise cancelling headphones around. Relatively speaking, Bose has a long history in making high quality headphones with best-in-class noise cancellation. The QC15 is no exception. Audio quality is good overall despite the the bass being unbalanced. If you prefer a flatter frequency response these are not for you. But if you are a frequent traveler who hates airplane, train, and traffic noise, these Bose cans will quiet the din and deliver the music. Read Full Review

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      Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

      MEElectronics NoiseSHIELD Active Noise Canceling Headphones NS63

      These versatile noise cancelling headphones can be used for music and movie watching, and offer headset capabilities via a second cable with built-in microphone. Noise cancelling is not as good as some, but works well and was designed to have little effect on overall fidelity. The NOISESHIELD NS63 are comfortable and very affordable. Read Full Review

      MEElectronics NoiseSHIELD Active Noise Canceling Headphones NS63

      Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B Noise Canceling Headphones

      With very good overall sound quality, the ANC7Bs are a good choice for those who care more about the music and deal less with very noisy environments. Noise cancellation is adequate, but offerings from other manufacturers do it better. For the price, however, they might be just the ticket. Read Full Review

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        Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B Noise Canceling Headphones

        Sony MDR-NC200D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones

        About half the price of some offerings on the list, the Sony MDF-NC200D are a lightweight, on-the-ear design with switchable "intelligent" noise cancellation. They will work in full passive mode which saves batteries when noise cancellation is not needed. With a sound profile that is on the crisp side, these Sony cans might be fatiguing to listen to for long periods, but overall are a good choice for music on the go. Read Full Review

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          Sony MDR-NC200D Digital Noise-Cancelling Headphones

          Best Mid Range Headphones:

          There is perhaps no price point in any realm of audio gear that is as intensely competitive as headphones costing between $100-$300. Traditionally representing the bridge between professionals and consumers, as well as that between casual listeners and audiophiles, this market represents the value sweet spot in a world where those who go beyond either have a large studio budget, or are willing to spend sometimes ridiculous sums of money on cables, amplification, modifications, and source components. Some of these headphones can compete with the very best in the world, perhaps missing out on the smallest refinements or details, but capturing at least 90 percent, if not more, of the performance of headphones costing double or even triple their MSRP. If you want truly HiFi sound, but don't want to break the bank, you've come to the right place.

          The headphones in this list have been chosen primarily for their price-to-performance ratio, as well as their ability to accommodate a particular listening style. Please keep in mind that some models listed here require a dedicated headphone amplifier to sound their best, so be sure to read thoroughly before ordering something that may require an extensive system to truly enjoy.

          AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference-Class Premium Headphones

          The Q701 was tuned and voiced with the assistance of famous Hollywood producer Quincy Jones to give this headphone a sound signature that has come to be loved by producers, recording artists, and audiophiles alike. While it is a fully open headphone that does not block any sound whatsoever, if you have a quiet room at home, the Q701 is one of the most detailed, spacious headphones on the market, even outshining competitors up to double its price in timbral accuracy and instrument placement. Read Full Review

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            AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference-Class Premium Headphones

            Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones

            The DT880 is a studio-bred standard of the HiFi and recording industry, offering one of the flatest frequency responses and nearly the most tonally neutral, spacious, and well-separated presentation of instruments of any headphone at any price. Offered in a variety of impedences to accommodate home, studio, or mobile use, the DT880 is built like a tank and has a bright, open sound that is ideal for mastering or any critical listening application. Read Full Review

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              Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones

              Ultrasone PRO 550 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones

              For anyone who wants to show their Beats-wielding friends just how tacky, overpriced, and lo-fi their fashion-fad headphones really are, the Ultrasone Pro 550 will show them up with a bang. With a flashy yet classy design and powerful, detailed sound that puts the muddy Beats Pro to shame, these are the headphones that most of the boxes on Best Buy shelves wish they could hold. No amp required. Read Full Review

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                Ultrasone PRO 550 S-Logic Surround Sound Professional Headphones

                SoundMAGIC HP100 Premium Over-the-Ear Folding Headphones

                The HP100 is an incredible value for the money, competing with some sets up to double its price in terms of detail, soundstage, and tonal accuracy, and has a very appealing, nearly universal tonality. If you are looking for the best $200 closed headphone for listening to a large variety of music with a home system, this is probably it. Read Full Review

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                  SoundMAGIC HP100 Premium Over-the-Ear Folding Headphones

                  Grado Prestige Series SR325is Headphones

                  If your idea of a good listening session is sitting at home in a quiet room rocking out to your favorite bands, you may just be a Grado lover in the making. Grado headphones have a following that approaches cult status, and the SR325i has one of the most involving, fun, and musical presentations I've ever heard, even standing up to some of the Brooklyn firm's top shelf models. Read Full Review

                  Grado Prestige Series SR325is Headphones

                  Best Budget Headphones:

                  The term "budget headphones" can mean different things to different people. You can buy cheap headphones for under $10 that will make some noise, and will work for a while. Some audiophiles might consider anything under $200 to be in the budget category. Our Best Budget Over-Ear Headphones list includes headphones that are within the range of everyone and were chosen because they provide better sound quality and build quality than dime store junkers. All of the models here will work well with phones and portable devices, and one even includes remote control and headset functions. Within the list, the overall sound profiles are very different, and there should be something for everyone. Keep in mind you are not going to get super accurate, audiophile-quality sound. You should, however, be able to find a set of headphones that will provide an enjoyable listening experience at a very good price.

                  Superlux HD 681 Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones

                  Superlux's primary market is musicians and recording studios, but at this price you would not really expect to find headphones with this level of balanced audio presentation, bass extension, and soundstage. The HD 681 are not the most comfortable cans ever created and would not be ideal for wearing all day. These are nice headphones to mate with a portable music device, laptop, or your home stereo. Read Full Review

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                    Superlux HD 681 Dynamic Semi-Open Headphones

                    JVC HARX900 High-Grade Full-Size Headphones

                    A larger, heavier yet very comfortable over-the-ear design, the JVC HARX900 full-size headphones are for listeners who like full bass, a bit of a recessed midrange, and bright (but not painfully bright) treble. These have high sensitivity and will work fine with portable devices and phones. They are not neutral in sound, but are fun and pleasing for rock, funk, jazz, and big orchestral sounds. Read Full Review

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                      JVC HARX900 High-Grade Full-Size Headphones

                      Koss Porta Pro KTC Ultimate Portable Headphones

                      A new take on an old favorite, the Koss Porta Pro KTC headphones provide punchy bass and an overall fun listening experience. These Koss folding headphones are unique in this price range in that they provide headset and remote control capabilities for portable devices and phones, and provide a better than average music listening experience too. Read Full Review

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                        Koss Porta Pro KTC Ultimate Portable Headphones

                        Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones

                        The Sennheiser HD 202 II sound like a pair of good quality mid 1970s to 1980s headphones, non-fatiguing, bass-heavy, and mellow. The midrange is smooth. These are a good choice for those with varied music tastes. A firm seal around the ears provides good passive noise isolation. Inexpensive yet with Sennheiser quality, the HD 202 II are a good choice for music lovers with long train or bus commutes, or who work in a noisy office. Read Full Review

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                          Sennheiser HD 202 II Professional Headphones

                          Monoprice 108323 Premium Headphones

                          These Monoprice headphones are inexpensive and sound good. Although a bit weak on the upper frequencies, they provide a pleasant listening experience suitable for those with wide ranging music tastes who are not critical listeners. Ear cups swivel for potential DJ use, and two cables are included. Read Full Review

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                            Monoprice 108323 Premium Headphones

                            Best Audiophile Headphones:

                            Audiophile headphones occupy a unique place in the world of high fidelity sound. A good pair of "cans" can deliver a superior listening experience without the need for an acoustically perfect room, or a wallet bursting with bucks. In fact, some audiophiles prefer the experience of listening with headphones with high quality digital or analog sources.

                            The headphones on our best audiophile list are those that can portray a realistic soundstage, have a balanced approach in reproducing the entire spectrum of sound, have very low distortion, and can respond rapidly to transients. This last aspect sets audiophile phones apart. It's the ability to accurately portray the sound of a bow on a violin or cello, the overtones of a Harmon mute on a trumpet, or the finest ambient reverb tails of a concert hall.

                            Names such as Koss, AKG, Sennheiser, Grado, and at the very top, Stax, have been known and loved for their sonic wonders for many years. Our best audiophile headphones list includes familiar and perhaps new names. The criteria listed above, along with price and value, are the basis for the individual ranks.

                            HiFiMAN HE-500 High Performance Headphones

                            Utilizing magnetic planar drivers, the HiFIMAN HE-500 delivers a balanced and natural sound with a well-defined soundstage. These headphones are for fans of all music, but especially those who enjoy jazz, classical, and acoustic music. The bass response is un-hyped which makes it perhaps less than ideal for fans of heavier music. However, if you want realistic presentation and that something extra that adds life to the music, at a price still within reason, this is the winner. Read Full Review

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                              HiFiMAN HE-500 High Performance Headphones

                              Grado PS 500 Headphones

                              The Grado PS 500 is a newer model from a company known for a dedication to audiophile sound. They have the Grado sound but with a little more bass as well. Based on the technology used in the much pricier PS 1000, these comfortable headphones bring accuracy and fun to the music. They are a great choice. Read Full Review

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                                Grado PS 500 Headphones

                                Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium 600 OHM Headphones

                                The super comfortable DT 990 Premium headphones from Beyerdynamic are ideal for extended listening sessions with a wide range of music. With more oomph in the bass, they are great for those whose tastes run more towards rock and electronic music. However, jazz and classical fans will not be disappointed at the detail and soundstage presented. These are a great value in audiophile sound despite not being as neutral sound as other choices in the list. Read Full Review

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                                  Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium 600 OHM Headphones

                                  Audio Technica ATH W5000 Audiophile Closed Back Headphones

                                  These fine Audio Technica headphones offer accurate sound with a bit more bass extension than open ear designs. If you want audiophile-grade reproduction of your music, and tend to listen in noisier environments, consider the ATH W500s. Read Full Review

                                  Audio Technica ATH W5000 Audiophile Closed Back Headphones

                                  Sennheiser HD650 Audiophile Headphones

                                  Sennheiser HD 650 headphones have a bit of a bump in the bass and mid-bass but don't let that dissuade you from considering them. These phones still provide plenty of detail and will please those with varied music tastes. Well-made, and very musical, they are a fine way to start exploring audiophile-grade sound. Read Full Review

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                                    Sennheiser HD650 Audiophile Headphones

                                    Best Headphones for Running:

                                    Most might assume that any old set of earphones will do for running, but those of us who pound the pavement every day know that this just isn't true. Earbuds fly out, headphones fall off, and even deep-fitting silicon tips get shaken or jerked loose when Eye of the Tiger has you pounding out those last few stairs.

                                    Montages aside, if you want a pair headphones that really work for working out, you generally have to buy them for that specific purpose, because anything else is going to cause a world of annoyance, and probably cost you a good bit of money, with regular abuse. The headphones listed here have been chosen specifically for having deliberate design features to ensure a solid fit that won't come out during a heavy workout, but also for having good sound for the price, and many have extra features that make using them on the go especially convenient. Enjoying your workout is just as important as what you get out of it, so if you're sick of buying cheapies that just won't stay in, read on!

                                    MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones

                                    The Meelectronic M6 is a well-rounded earphone, especially for the price, and has an excellent design for running. Its ergonomic shape and over-ear cables make it extremely hard to dislodge, and the clear, balanced sound signature with a little extra bass should be just what most runners are looking for. Read Full Review

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                                      MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones

                                      Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones

                                      If there was ever a headphone designed specifically for outdoor exercise, this is it. The SIE2i comes equipped with large drivers for an in-ear, as well as a vented design, which combine to deliver a fun, bassy sound while still allowing joggers and others exercising in public to be fully aware of their surroundings, and an exceptionally secure and ergonomic fit: a rare feat indeed. Read Full Review

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                                        Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones

                                        Sony Active Sport In-Ear Headphones - XBA-S65-B

                                        The XBA-S65 uses a revamped version of their ear hook design to imbue this new earphone with an especially secure fit. Utilizing a balanced armature driver that sounds a bit cleaner and more precise than most of the headphones in this review, the XBA-S65 is a good choice for those looking for a more analytical-sounding pair of headphones for exercise. Read Full Review

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                                          Sony Active Sport In-Ear Headphones - XBA-S65-B

                                          Koss KSC75 Portable Stereophone Headphones

                                          A long-time budget favorite and incredible value for the money, the KSC75 delivers a fun, exciting sound in an ultra-portable package that works well for light exercise. Its ear hook design may not appeal to everyone, but those who find them comfortable usually enjoy the extra bass and forward presentation.
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                                            Philips SHS5200 Reflective Neckband Headphones

                                            If youre looking for plain old headphones with a secure fit that wont break the bank, the Phillips Rich Bass neckband-style on-ears are an easy recommendation. With a bass-driven sound and design cues specifically targeting outdoor use, including a reflective neckband, they make for a hassle-free exercise companion, and wont go down without a fight!
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                                              Philips SHS5200 Reflective Neckband Headphones

                                              Best Bluetooth Headphones:

                                              Bluetooth headphones have come a long way in the last few years. Once scorned by enthusiasts for their overly lossy transmission and generally poor fidelity, Bluetooth headphones now have the ability to offer serious audio quality approaching that of midrange wired headphones, making them a very viable option for on the go listening, even for serious listeners. With a huge variety of form factors and ever-expanding feature sets, it is a burgeoning market that represent the fusion of modern consumers' desire for ultimate portability and functionality, as well as the increasing demand for audio fidelity. If you tried a pair of stereo Bluetooth headphones once upon a time and wrote them off, it may be time to reconsider, because serious leaps in performance have been made in just the last few years, and some of these cans come dangerously close to true HiFi; there are even some very affordable options that trump the over-priced sets of yesteryear when this tech was barely peeking over the horizon. The headphones listed here have been chosen on the basis of offering the best sound quality for their price and form factor, as well as extra features that help make these headphones the ultimate do-all on-the-go companions that they have become.

                                              Sennheiser MM 550-X Wireless Bluetooth Travel Headphones

                                              The MM550-X stands atop piles of competitors, putting Sennheiser squarely in the lead in yet another segment of the headphone game. Utilizing the coveted Apt-X Bluetooth transmission codec and a full-sized circumaural design, the MM550 runs a pretty penny, and wired cans in its price range are more capable, but the MM550 is the only full-sized Bluetooth headphone on the market that can hold its own against some of the top wired headphones in the extremely competitive $100-$300 segment, and beats all of its Bluetooth competition in terms of both sound and features. Read Full Review

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                                                Logitech Ultimate Ears UE9000 Wireless Headphones

                                                Ultimate Ears made a name for themselves with their in-ear headphones, including their wide range of custom-fit monitors, and has used this momentum to branch into the world of full-sized cans. The UE9000 is their first TOTL full-sized headphone, and it comes with just about every feature imaginable in a full-sized headphone. Read Full Review

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                                                  Logitech Ultimate Ears UE9000 Wireless Headphones

                                                  Sony MDR-1RBT Premium Bluetooth Over The Head Headphone

                                                  Sony's Bluetooth iteration of its new, very popular flagship headphone, the MDR-1R, is a strong performer in all areas, just like its wired cousin, and caters specifically to modern music with its bassy yet not muddy sound. While it lacks noise canceling and a few of the other extras possessed by the MM550 and UE9000, the MDR-1RBT is cheaper and still sounds great, making it an excellent, safe choice for a top quality Bluetooth headphone. Read Full Review

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                                                    Sony MDR-1RBT Premium Bluetooth Over The Head Headphone

                                                    Sennheiser MM 100 Bluetooth Headset

                                                    Sennheiser's lone wrap-around style headphone is also one of their few Bluetooth sets, and it easily outperforms most headsets of both types. Its not the tightest fit, and may be a bit expensive to risk exercising with, but for a hassle-free stereo Bluetooth headset for use on the go, it performs exceptionally well. Read Full Review

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                                                      Sennheiser MM 100 Bluetooth Headset

                                                      MEElectronics Air Fi Runaway Bluetooth Stereo Wireless Headphones with Microphone

                                                      Boasting impressive quality for both music and phone calls, the AF32 outperforms more expensive on-ear competitors at a reasonable price. They have just about everything one could ask from a Bluetooth portable headphone, including a well-designed "hidden" microphone and ultra comfortable ear pads. Beats Solo lovers, take note! Read Full Review

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                                                        MEElectronics Air Fi Runaway Bluetooth Stereo Wireless Headphones with Microphone

                                                        Best Wireless Headphones:

                                                        Wireless headphones are a great solution for music lovers, gamers, and movie buffs who want the privacy and convenience of headphones, but prefer the freedom of movement and lack of bothersome cabling that wireless technology provides. While current models can't reach the same levels of fidelity produced by top of the line headphones and speakers, some come admirably close, and others find their niche by offering application-specific features, including sound processing like Dolby Headphone, and different types of signal transmission that are optimized for particular environments. There are a wide variety of features to be considered, so keeping your particular purpose for buying wireless headphones in mind while choosing can be crucial to making a purchase that you will be happy with. The headphones listed here have been chosen for their overall sound quality, as well as varying features that make them optimal for specific applications and environments.

                                                        Sennheiser RS 220 Wireless Headphones

                                                        The RS220 is easily both the most expensive and technically capable wireless headphone on the market to date. Utilizing DSSS wireless technology, the highest fidelity publicly available method of wireless signal transmission, and powerful drivers rumored to be shared with the famous HD600, the RS220 delivers the last edge of detail and refinement to give Sennheiser the world's first and only truly audiophile-grade wireless headphone. Read Full Review

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                                                          Sennheiser RS 220 Wireless Headphones

                                                          Sony MDR-DS6500 Wireless Surround Digital Headphones

                                                          While not quite in the same league as Sennheiser's two top offerings in terms of raw detail, the DS6500 delivers a really fun, bassy sound (especially for a wireless can), excellent ease of use, and all the features one would expect from a quality wireless headphone. This headset is a great buy for anyone who wants good sound, especially for modern music, but isn't ready to shell out top-dollar, and is more concerned with price, ease of use, and basic functionalities. Read Full Review

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                                                            Sennheiser RS 180 Digital Wireless Headphone System

                                                            Though initially launched only in Japan, Pioneer's TOTL wireless cans can now easily be found on Amazon for shipping stateside and elsewhere. While their DIR800C model has been available nearly worldwide since launch, the flagship boasts both superior sound as well as better signal penetration, using the same 2.4ghz frequency utilized by Kleer wireless technology, as opposed to the line-of-sight-limited infrared transmission used by the 800C. Boasting a built-in Dolby Headphone processor and adjustable effects, the 3000C delivers the goods for gaming and movies, but is not the best choice for music alone. Read Full Review

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                                                              Sennheiser RS 180 Digital Wireless Headphone System

                                                              PIONEER Dorubi - Digital Cordless Surround Headphone SE-DRS3000C

                                                              The RS180 comes in a close second to its more technologically advanced big sibling, the RS220, in terms of realism and overall sound quality from wireless headphones. It doesn't hit the finest points with the same definition and control, and cant quite match the RS220s soundstage, but has a similarly refined, smooth sound reminiscent of Sennheiser's lower-midrange corded headphones, and many may even prefer it's livelier, more exciting sound signature. Read Full Review

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                                                                PIONEER Dorubi - Digital Cordless Surround Headphone SE-DRS3000C

                                                                Koss JR900 Cordless Stereo Headphones

                                                                Kosss JR900 is a strong choice for anyone who needs as much range as possible . Some issues with interference have been reported with cellular devices and other wireless tech, but the sound is solid and the range is unbeatable. These arent the best of the best, and better sound can be had for less in the RS180, but no phone in this list can match the distance at which the JR900 can transmit clear audio. Read Full Review

                                                                Koss JR900 Cordless Stereo Headphones

                                                                Best Budget Wireless Headphones:

                                                                Wireless headphones have a near infinitude of potential applications, the most common of which include convenient music listening around the house, gaming, and late-night TV or movie watching. Being able to do enjoy yourself without disturbing others is important, and shouldn't cost a fortune, so we've set out to find wireless headphones that not only perform well, but also won't break the bank. Ranging from truly budget setups to entry-level wireless cans from audiophile giant Sennheiser, this list contains affordable solutions for any wireless listening application. The entries listed have been chosen on the basis of providing better sound than similarly priced and designed models, as well as extra features that accommodate their individually tailored applications.

                                                                So if cords just aren't for you, or roommates are always complaining about your subwoofer amplifying gunshots and explosions, read on, and hopefully we can help you solve your territorial dispute with the power of technology!

                                                                Sennheiser RS 160 Wireless Headphones

                                                                While falling short of Sennheiser's top end models in terms of raw sound quality, the RS160 is a great deal at the $100-$150 range and still features the excellent build quality and user friendliness typical of Sennheiser products. Utilizing the unusually interference-free Kleer technology featured in all but the very best of Sennheiser's wireless cans, the RS160 is a great buy at its price point, and is worth the extra money if you can stretch your budget. Read Full Review

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                                                                  Sennheiser RS 160 Wireless Headphones

                                                                  Sennheiser RS-120 On Hook Charging Wireless Headphone

                                                                  Playing second fiddle to Sennheiser's over-ear sets, the RS120 nonetheless delivers considerable fidelity at an easily justifiable price. Its on-ear design makes it a bit more portable for around-the-house wearing, and battery life is solid, to boot. Read Full Review

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                                                                    Sennheiser RS-120  On Hook Charging Wireless Headphone

                                                                    JBL WR2.4 Digital 2.4GHz Wireless Rechargeable Over-Ear Headphones

                                                                    Though Harmon-Kardon's subsidiary focuses mainly on car and professional audio, their lone entry into the wireless world is a notable one. Using the same 2.4ghz frequency as many more expensive models, the WR2.4 isn't in the same league as Sennheiser's wireless models, but it holds its own against budget models, and has great connectivity. Read Full Review

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                                                                      JBL WR2.4 Digital 2.4GHz Wireless Rechargeable Over-Ear Headphones

                                                                      RCA WHP141 Wireless Headphones

                                                                      Though their glory days are over, RCA still has a few tricks up their sleeve, and the WHP141 is one of them. Offering big sounds for not much money at all, these buggers will go for 6-8 hours on a single charge, and don't sound too shabby, either. Read Full Review

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                                                                        RCA WHP141 Wireless Headphones

                                                                        Sony MDR-IF245RK Wireless IF Headphone

                                                                        A cheaper alternative to the RS120, the MDR-IF245RK is a slightly more affordale set of on-ear wireless cans. With an adjustable headband and drivers the size of those used typically in larger headphones, it packs a whallop in a small, comfortable package. Read Full Review

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                                                                          • angelriya.sharma.10 angelriya.sharma.10

                                                                          Has anyone tried - Azon Deal Shopper (just google it) There is a little gold box on the site that gives discount promo codes for any product on Amazon. Got my wireless headphones for cheaper than the listed rates. Don't know how I found Azon Deal Shopper, was just googling.

                                                                          Posted on 5/12/2014 2:10 am | Reply
                                                                          • captain scarlett captain scarlett

                                                                          Obviously you gus haven't come across Stax, Alessandro or JH Audio then!

                                                                          Posted on 4/25/2011 2:26 pm | Reply
                                                                          • captain scarlett captain scarlett

                                                                          Koss PortaPro, do me a favour! Popular though they are, there are far better headphones for the same money. art:one headphones springs to mind! Sennheiser PX100, PX200, Grado iGrado, AKG 420/430 I could go on, but you get the picture.

                                                                          Posted on 4/24/2011 7:23 pm | Reply