I’m not sure Why but autumn seems to be the time of year most people start asking me about headphones. Maybe it’s the overcast days that are approaching, or how many of us are busy working long hours before the holidays. In any case, headphone manufacturers seem to have realized this as some of our favorite brands have reduced prices right now. This is the right time if you are looking for some new headphones or cans.
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These are our favorite headphones for those with an iPhone. Apple-made buds (9/10, WIRED Recommend) have a super-comfortable fit thanks to the soft silicone earpads, and they have better noise cancellation and bass than the first-generation AirPods Pro thanks to better sealing.
Samsung peanut-shaped earphones (7/10, WIRED Recommend) have some of the most unique designs we’ve seen, but they’re also some of the most comfortable earbuds I’ve used to date. They nestle right inside your ears, delivering surprisingly good sound and great transparency to take them out and about. I especially like them if you have a Samsung phone and for this price they are well worth buying.
Sennheiser makes some of the best in-ear headphones we’ve ever heard, and I’m particularly impressed with its latest IE 300 model, which has much deeper bass than you’d expect from small buds. so. I like to use them around my home recording studio, where I know I’ll get realistic sound reproduction without any of the microphones being runny. Detachable cables mean you won’t have to worry about snagging and breaking them forever, which is great for wired headphones like these.
Wireless headphones for $15? You will be amazed at the performance of these Jlabs. That includes five hours of battery life and a snug fit. They’re even sweat-proof, so you can wear them at the gym. However, they are a bit heavy on the bass, and the case can pick up dust and lint. However, they are only $15.
The Jabra Elite 7 is great for anyone who is hard on their tech. If you regularly run outdoors in any weather, these buds will last a long time. They’re comfortable, have good sound quality and noise-cancelling technology, plus you’ll get 8 hours of battery life.
Deals on gaming headsets and over-ear headphones
You might think Beats headphones are plastic and terrible, but they’ve been good since Apple bought them a decade ago. This pair (8/10, recommended wired) are comparable to higher-end models from Sony and Bose, but with the added trick that they work better with iOS devices, thanks to Apple’s H1 chip.
If you want to spend very little on a pair of headphones, this is a good choice. They look attractive, are comfortable to wear, and can provide up to 50 hours of music playback on a single charge. That is remarkable.
Considering the price, here are some of the best noise-cancelling wireless headphones you can get. They have great battery life (40 hours) and they sound pretty good for the money. They’re a bit pliable, so you’ll want to be careful with them.
You don’t get a crazy deal, and if you’re a avid audio enthusiast, you might still want to check out this sale on the iconic Sennheiser HD 650 over-ear headphones. These backless headphones offer some of the best sound you’ll get on this $1,000 noggin. Just be aware that sounds can leak out at high volumes, so don’t take them to the library.