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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.

Google Pixel Buds Pro review: the sweet sound of redemption

Google’s premium buds have more features — without deal-breaking flaws

Beyerdynamic Free Byrd earbuds review: soaring sound and long battery life

For a first effort, there’s a lot to like about Beyerdynamic’s $250 buds

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2 review: great sound with style

The best noise-canceling headphones to buy right now

HyperX’s Cloud Mix Buds deliver the goods but not the comfort

Pricey and far from perfect

SteelSeries Nova Pro Wireless review: it nearly does it all

The standard Nova Pro is a compelling wired option, too

OnePlus Nord Buds review: very affordable, perfectly capable

These budget earbuds don’t disappoint for their under $40 price

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

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 wing tips are surprisingly comfortable

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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

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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8.5

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

But Alexa remains easy to ignore

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