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Headphone Reviews

After the smartphone, headphones are the gadget we reach for most often in our daily lives. Here, The Verge tracks the best headphones for every budget and purpose, whether they be wireless, noise cancelling, in-ear, or over-ear. With all the big brands — from Bose and Beats to Sony and Sennheiser — and a few of the over-performing smaller ones, there's a perfect pair of headphones out there for everyone, and we'll have it covered.

V-Moda M-200 ANC review: $500 headphones can’t be this unpolished

V-Moda’s first noise-canceling headphones are built well and have balanced sound, but they fall short on features

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7.5

The best open-ear headphones for bike riding

Hear traffic and also podcasts

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8.5

Anker’s Liberty Air 2 Pro pair good noise cancellation with a low price

Marshall’s Mode II earbuds are stuck between rock and a hard price

The best noise-canceling headphones to buy right now

Headphones do a better job than earbuds at muting outside noise

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro review: good sound at the wrong price

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8.5

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: the right balance

They don’t win at any one thing, but they strike a great mix in terms of sound quality, ANC, and comfort

Amazon Echo Frames review: listen to these specs

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8.5

Apple AirPods Max review: luxurious sound for a luxury price

Apple’s over-ear headphones have tremendous build quality and sound, but there’s no denying they’re expensive

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds review: noise-canceling champion

Good sound quality and best-in-class noise cancellation come in an awkwardly big case

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How Becca Farsace tests and reviews wireless earbuds

Jabra Elite 85t review: noise cancellation isn’t the only big change

UE Fits review: a fit that’s lit

They fit better than any consumer earbuds I’ve ever tried, but they aren’t without shortcomings

Beats Flex review: wireless earbud basics done right

Beats’ first earbuds with a USB-C connector are only $50

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Google Pixel Buds review: second time’s the charm

Google’s new earbuds finally go truly wireless and have improved sound quality

Sony WH-1000XM4 review: the best noise-canceling headphones get better

Sony didn’t change much, but it made the improvements we’ve been waiting for

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: cool beans

An unconventional design turns out to be a winner

A photo of two sets of OnePlus Buds resting on a OnePlus 8 phone.
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OnePlus Buds review: cheap AirPods for OnePlus phones

A rigid, hard plastic design without ear tips

Sony WF-SP800N review: noise cancellation for your workouts

With longer continuous battery life than the 1000XM3s — and proper sweat resistance

Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review: perfect for work-from-home life

Now at a much more sensible price

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Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: comfort at a cost

They’re super comfortable and have lengthy battery life, but the style won’t be for everyone

Razer Opus review: surprisingly competent wireless headphones

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7.5

Google Pixel Buds review: second time’s the charm

Google’s new earbuds finally go truly wireless and have improved sound quality

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: great sound, now with noise cancellation

Beats Powerbeats review: reliable wire

1More True Wireless ANC headphones review: great features, not-so-great fit