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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.

Sony LinkBuds S review: supreme comfort doesn’t come cheap

An airy fit, ANC, and LDAC all in one pricey package

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Sony WH-1000XM5 review: new design, new sound, new price

Sony’s latest noise-canceling headphones have a fresh look and iterative improvements

Sennheiser’s flagship wireless earbuds are now better and cost less

The best noise-canceling headphones to buy right now

The best wireless earbuds to buy right now

It’s hard to make a bad choice

Rode’s first pair of headphones offer a comfortable and balanced way to monitor audio

The NTH-100 offers a great option for audio mixing

Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro review: feature-packed buds

Xbox Stereo Headset review: wired and worth it

The LinkBuds are Sony’s strangest earbuds in years — and surprisingly good

They’re weird, refreshing, and fantastic at voice calls

Sony WF-C500 earbuds review: basic ain’t bad

Jabra Elite 7 Pro review: something’s missing

Jabra’s latest earbuds impress on voice quality but arrive without the company’s signature feature

Wyze Buds Pro review: budget Bluetooth buds worth buying

Beats Fit Pro review: sporty AirPod Pros with better sound

The latest Beats earbuds are the company’s best product since the Powerbeats Pro

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Apple AirPods (third-gen) review: new design, same appeal

Urbanista Los Angeles review: solar-powered headphones deliver on a lofty promise

Bose QuietComfort 45 review: comfortably familiar

A masterclass in going back to what works

Jabra Elite 3 review: nailing the essentials for $80

BuddyPhones Cosmos Plus are full-featured travel headphones for kids

All the bells and whistles

OnePlus Buds Pro review: these earbuds get a lot of things right

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless (2021) review: ANC with a colorful light show

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 review: nailing the basics with style

When the entry-level earbuds are this good, why go Pro?

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Nothing Ear 1 earbuds review: almost something

Standout design, noise cancellation, and wireless charging for $99

Beats Studio Buds review: big ambition, imperfect execution

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Sony WF-1000XM4 review: a sonic triumph

Google Pixel Buds A-Series review: price is everything

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Amazon Echo Buds review: very hard to beat for the price

These wireless gaming earbuds deliver less lag but not much more

Bose Frames Tempo review: the specs to beat

Bose’s sporty shades offer good sound, a steady fit, and total awareness

1More ComfoBuds Pro review: comfortably sound

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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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

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

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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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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