Whether you are a mobile Netflix junkie, a music addict, or just someone looking to cut down on the noise in your office or on your commute, there is a chance that you (or someone on your shopping list) could use a new pair of headphones. To help you out we have collected our list of favorites and best-buys for a few different category of uses and needs.
Yes, we know the style is a little dated, but these headphones are all about sound, style-de-damned. When it comes to sound-per-dollar, we have never found a set of headphones that are better. The simple construction means they are nearly bullet-proof, and it helps the keep the costs low. If you keep your eyes on Amazon, you can find these cans for as little as $25. If you love music, you cannot go wrong with these Koss headphones.
Hardcore Gamer and Streamer
We reviewed the Sennheiser GSP550 a few weeks ago, so if you need lots of info on these cans, you can read that. For those of you who missed it, the Sennheiser GSP550 combines a class-leading microphone with Dolby 7.1 sound support and all-day comfort. For the gamer or streamer in your life, you’ll be hard pressed to find something better. Thanks to the amazing microhphone, these are also a great option for anyone who does a lot of VoIP calling.
When we reviewed the MW07 from Master & Dynamic we found them to be the best sounding and best looking true-wireless earbuds you can buy. The battery life could be better, and the charging case is a little slow to top off the buds, but overall it’s a great experience. The biggest sticking point is the $300 price tag, but if you can swing the cost, you won’t be disappointed.
If you are looking to snag a pair of noise canceling headphones for the frequent flyer in your life, Bose is the king of the hill. The QC25 is the cheaper option, and it’s the one we recommend. The audio quality and comfort improvements that come with the more expensive QC35 aren’t worth the price jump in our book.
For The Dongle Haters
If you have a modern smartphone, you probably don’t have a headphone jack anymore. For the Android fans out there, the USB-C Pixel Earbuds are about the best option for anyone who just wants to plug a cord into their phone and listen to music, podcasts and more. At $30, you won’t worry about losing or breaking them, and the sound quality is actually solid as well.