The Best Headphones

The best headphones of the year

Picking the right pair of headphones is hard, especially with a universe of choices, and with few stores letting you try them with your own music, finding the best headphone is made harder. But we’ve rounded up what we think are the best headphones, and will be updating this page as time goes on.

Best In-Ears

Stellar standouts: Bose’s SoundSport Wireless earphones reviewed

A pair of in-earphones made to work with every phone, even the ones that skip a 3.5mm headset jack, the SoundSport Wireless check a lot of boxes.

Stellar standouts: Bose’s SoundSport Wireless earphones reviewed

Worthy of your ears: Bang & Olufsen’s H5 wireless earphones reviewed

The struggle is real, and finding great wireless in-earphones that can be worn with anything isn't easy. B&O's fills the gap, though they're not cheap.

Worthy of your ears: Bang & Olufsen’s H5 wireless earphones reviewed

Remarkably reasonable: Australia’s $60 AudioFly AF33W reviewed

Cheap rarely equals good, but with an Australian pair of budget Bluetooth earphones, AudioFly delivers something both cheap and cheerful in its low-cost AF33W earphones.

Remarkably reasonable: Australia’s $60 AudioFly AF33W reviewed

Best Active Noise Control
(Noise Cancellation)

Auditory awesomeness: Sony’s WH-1000XM2 reviewed

Last year, Sony’s MDR-1000X stunned with brilliance. So how do you beat that? Meet the WH-1000XM2, better in every way. Now that’s what we call an upgrade.

Auditory awesomeness: Sony’s WH-1000XM2 reviewed

A solid concept: Bose’s QC35 II wireless headphones reviewed

The latest generation of Bose's noise cancelling cans have returned, and in the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, Bose wants to hear more of your voice.

A solid concept: Bose’s QC35 II wireless headphones reviewed

A stellar value: Plantronics’ BackBeat Pro 2 reviewed

Best Totally Cord Free

Apple’s AirPods reviewed

When Apple wants to shake up the world, it usually does so with a bit of a bang. Now that it has removed the headphone jack, it's time to remove that pesky cord in Bluetooth, too.

Apple’s AirPods reviewed

Cheap and cheerful: Trndlabs’ Nova wireless earphones reviewed

Apple’s AirPods may get all the totally cordless attention, but it’s not alone, and at under $100, Trndlabs’ Nova deserves its share.

Cheap and cheerful: Trndlabs’ Nova wireless earphones reviewed

Terrifically tiny: Jabra’s Elite Sport wireless earbuds reviewed

Getting earphones down to the smallest size has become the priority of all manufacturers, and now that Apple has wireless EarPods, what can other players do? If you're Jabra, the answer is go smaller.

Terrifically tiny: Jabra’s Elite Sport wireless earbuds reviewed